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For the record …

… there’s nothing wrong about writing when Chick-Fil-A comes to your town if it’s something that interests you.

Here I am yelling at those who indict others for their work and I inadvertently did the same. Brilliance. If I had been on Twitter yesterday I’d have seen the error of my ways much sooner.

The point I was attempting to make was those that tell you that you have to blog hyper-locally aren’t necessarily right because there isn’t a wrong way to blog (well, unless you’re too heavy with the salesmanship. But that’s just me.)

Actually, those who tell you what you “have” to do usually don’t have a clue.

Write whatever it is you feel passionate about and you’ll be fine. Even if it is a fast food place that arrived in Phoenix two years ahead of its debut down south.

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HouseChick, I apologize. As penance I’m off to watch Mr. Bean.

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Jonathan Dalton is a Realtor with RE/MAX Desert Showcase in Peoria, Arizona and is the author of the All Phoenix Real Estate blog as well as a half-dozen neighborhood sites. His partner, Tobey, is a somewhat rotund beagle who sleeps 21 hours a day.



  1. Derek

    December 23, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    The hyper local bloggers seem to offer a lot more than the other real estate bloggers. With a lot of the sites, the only think that makes them real estate at all is the fact that it’s an agent doing the writing. A good majority of the real estate blogs offer very little to those in their community or their prospective clients.

    As a person living in a small town, there are hardly no blogs here. In fact our local newspaper doesn’t even have a web site so if you have a real estate blogger blogging about things in the community, it builds trust and I can bet your real end off most locals will be going to that agent if they ever decide to buy or sell a house in the near future.

  2. Jonathan Dalton

    December 23, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Derek … I’ll concede the second point but can’t give you the first.

    I’ve seen all the home buying or selling tips you would expect to see. I’ve seen discussions of earnest deposits, short sales, foreclosures. I’ve seen discussions about aspects of the contract, about market trends about the state of the market.

    Some of us go off topic once in a while but it’s really hard to miss the real estate.

  3. Kelley Koehler

    December 24, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Okay, I forgive you. I re-read it the day after and saw it in a different light, decided my knee-jerk reaction was a bit too strong. Also, I decided I talk enough about Real Estate so that it’s never only food and filler on the main page, that it was all okay, and further, that it felt right to me.

    Coming Soon To A Feed Reader Near You: A hard-hitting post where I describe how I learned that flan is disgusting, and THIS JUST IN: Tucson gets it’s second stoplight.

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