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Sometimes it’s easy to get wrapped up in what we do, and assume that because we blog, everyone knows about real estate blogging. In our little world of Realtors, bloggers, real estate tech, we all know what we do and how crucial what we do is to our individual businesses and our shared professions – that’s why so many of us are heading to Atlanta this week .

Sometimes it's easy to get wrapped up in what we do, and assume that because we blog, everyone knows about real estate blogging. In our little world of Realtors, bloggers, real estate tech, we all know what we do and how crucial what we do is to our individual businesses and our shared professions - that's why so many of us are heading to Atlanta this week .

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It’s easy to assume that everyone we meet knows about real estate blogging. But what about the people who don’t?

“You write about real estate? Really? I didn’t know people did that.”

Awesome.

That was the response I received yesterday when I handed my card to someone. She looked at my title – “Realtor/Blogger” – and asked, “This says ‘Blogger’ – What do you blog about?”

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Surprise – an uncommon reaction in my little world in response to the statement that I write about real estate. It was refreshing and invigorating.

Sometimes it’s easy to get wrapped up in what we do, and assume that because we blog, everyone knows about real estate blogging.

In our little world of Realtors, bloggers, real estate tech, we all know what we do and how crucial what we do is to our individual businesses and our shared professions – that’s why so many of us are heading to Atlanta this week. But not everybody knows (and frankly not everybody cares).

Lessons learned

1 – Be gregarious.

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2 – Business cards are still useful.

3 – Don’t assume.

4 – Opportunity is everywhere.

5 – We have a lot yet to accomplish.

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Dad, Husband, Charlottesville Realtor, real estate Blogger, occasional speaker - Inman Connects, NAR Conferences - based in Charlottesville, Virginia. A native Virginian, I graduated from VMI in 1998, am a third generation Realtor (since 2001) and have been "publishing" as a real estate blogger since January 2005. I've chosen to get involved in Realtor Associations on the local, state & national levels, having served on the NAR's RPR & MLS groups. Find me in Charlottesville, Crozet and Twitter.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Brian Dittmer

    March 17, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Jim…

    XtremeAgent.com is giving away two FREE passes to REtechSouth09 — to help celebrate our emergence from private beta and St. Patty’s Day! All you have to do is drop me an email briand@xtremeagent.com and in the subject line put “I want a free pass to REtechSouth 09” . (Same info available on our blog.)

    Submissions must be in by midnight EST tonite.

  2. Brian Block

    March 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Jim,

    Despite the fact that many of us spend a lot of time in the small, but ever-growing real estate blogosphere, there are (gasp) many who have no idea that real estate blogging even exists.

  3. Jim Duncan

    March 18, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Brian –

    I think it’s important to recognize that there is a whole wide world beyond our typical interactions that doesn’t have a clue about the value of real estate blogging.

    Every day brings new opportunities. 🙂

  4. Matt Stigliano

    March 18, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Jim – I love the obviousness of this…it makes it hard to see sometimes. You’re right and I know I’m guilty of forgetting it at times. I try to approach blogging the same way I approach being an agent – that no one knows I do either.

  5. Jim Duncan

    March 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Matt –

    It was the obviousness that struck me. Of course she didn’t know that people wrote about real estate blogs – duh. 🙂

    I think it’s easy to ignore the fact that we’re ubiquitous only in our own little circles …

  6. Kevin Kirkpatrick

    March 20, 2009 at 3:10 am

    I think the stimulation and perception of productivity keeps me focused in the online world, but I could probably be much more productive if I cut my time spent online by about 75%.

  7. Danilo Bogdanovic

    March 25, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks for the reminder. I sometimes forget that not everyone knows about blogs and that agents/brokers within the RE.net comprise only a tiny fraction of all agent/brokers.

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