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Weenies, Flaming Poo, and Me

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I’ve been thinking about if and how I fit in here on AgentGenius.  I am not a frequent poster.  I’m told flaming poo is about to smack into my abode if I do not poke my head into this arena more often.  I started a post last week when I learned my first blog is as old as Teresa’s weenie, but in the process of writing it, I worked out my issue and felt no need to publish.Allow me to weigh in on the latest AG issues so we’re all caught up:

  • I do not own a suit.  I wear capris and privos to work, on the days I deign to change out of jammies and leave the house.
  • And from the same post which took a bizarre turn: I have taken down some of my own websites for improper use of the word ‘realtor’ as well as ‘mls,’ one after an NAR “enforcement” letter and the other after a threatening email from a not-so-friendly realtor across the country.  The ‘realtor’ domain has now been used by a different agent out of my brokerage for a couple years, with no seeming consequences.  C’est la vie, eh?
  • Much like Shailesh, I am also not Castro or Stalin.
  • I’m not burnt out, as much as I am overwhelmed.   
  • On a scale from 1 to Tolerant, I am a 4.

Now then. 

Mostly?  I keep my head down and I work.  I don’t spend much time thinking globally, or nationally, or even state-ally.  I don’t have deep, complicated thoughts about NAR or the MLS.  I prefer to leave the big picture, the politics, to everyone else.  If the stated goal here is to “talk about what is hot in technology, new and inventive real estate business models, the nature of the real estate industry, hot topics that impact consumers and so much more” then perhaps I fall into the “more” category.

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Here’s the thing: I don’t have answers.  I’ve got questions and issues and attempts to solve them that may or may not go awry.  I’ve got several big projects and ideas in the works, but I’ve been keeping a lot to myself just in case they turn out to be a massive truck of fail.

So I’ll happily write more often, if you’ll free me of my perceived obligation to enlighten you.  Perhaps it’s the Genius moniker that doesn’t sit well.  I’m just the little ole Housechick, plugging away over here in the Old Pueblo.  I’ll let you in on my projects and ideas, but there’s no guarantees here, and some posts may be more question than solution.  I’m not sure where I fit in on this crazy train, but I’m up for the ride if you are.

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Kelley Koehler, aka the Housechick, is usually found focused on her Tucson, Arizona, real estate business. You may also find her on Twitter, where she doubles as a super hero, at Social Media Training Camp, where she trains and coaches people on how to integrate social media into successful business practices, or at KelleyKoehler.com, a collection of all things housechick-ish. Despite her engineering background, Kelley enjoys translating complex technical concepts into understandable and clear ideas that are practical and useful to the striving real estate agent.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Jonathan Dalton

    March 25, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Very well said …

    I once was told I don’t “share” what I’m doing that makes me successful. Maybe it’s because I don’t always feel successful. Or maybe that when I do, it’s because I have my head down and am just plugging along doing much of what others are doing.

  2. Vicki Moore

    March 25, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Me too! I’m with you. Once I realized people were reading what I wrote, all of a sudden broke out with writer’s block. Genius or no, I enjoy reading what you write and I’m looking forward to hearing more.

  3. Mariana Wagner

    March 25, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    I *heart* HouseChick … Even IF she winds up with a “massive truck of fail” … which is highly unlikely.

  4. Maureen Francis

    March 25, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    The moniker weighs heavily here too. Maybe we should just post questions and let everyone else supply the answers.

  5. Benn Rosales

    March 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Humility is not a fail, and is the notable quality in which many of you were chosen. It is in essence what makes AG real and sincere, and the epic following and contribution at AG proves it.

    The great thing about AG is what is someone else’s stregnth is another’s weakness. When one is blocked, another writer fills the void and inspires.

    So even if you’re sitting idle on the sidebar with nothing to contribute, someone else will surely fill the void.

    c’est la vie

  6. Bill Lublin

    March 26, 2008 at 3:02 am

    Kelly – looks like you did insert genius here – nice post – well written thoughtful and articulate – Like Woody Allen said, “90% of life is just6 showing up”
    Don’t mean to put any pressure on you but I certainly felt enlightened – 🙂

  7. Teresa Boardman

    March 26, 2008 at 4:33 am

    I write because I am afraid of Lani. I am positive that she does have a way of throwing flaming poo at me even though we live at opposite ends of the country. I have also gone through a bout of writers block. Much has happened in the last couple of weeks. Not being able to write happens to everyone at some time. We just have to make sure that it does not happen to all of us at once. I don’t think Lani would actually hurt us but I like to be careful just in case.

  8. Shailesh Ghimire

    March 26, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Kelley,

    Very relevant. Needing every post to be a home run is not the reason to blog – and trying to prove you’ve got all the answers is not the point either. I blog therefore I am and to me that is all that matters. I agree with Benn’s assessment about the group of writers – the folks on AG write heart felt and genuine posts.

  9. Matthew Rathbun

    March 26, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    There is nothing like the threat of crap covered with combustible fluid, ignited and then catapulted at you; to encourage you to author your best diatribe!

    (I can translate that for those who didn’t get the humor)

    I have to say I am not easily intimidated at all, but when Benn and Lani e-mailed that we needed to write more; I developed a little blockage or my own.

    I love your honesty and I can completely agree…. it’s hard to write opinion when everyone expects you to be a world changer. Today, I’m with you. I don’t care about MLS or NAR. Tomorrow I’ll care about something – I suppose.

    I happen to like you for your Twitter posts, so unbury yourself and come back here to post!

  10. Gena Riede

    March 26, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Great article. Nice to see that there are so many “geniuses” right here…who would have thought!

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