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Paralysis by Analysis

A couple of days ago I posted a somewhat meandering rant … well, rant may not be the correct term as the post lacked any significant level of vitriol … but it certainly meandered.

The underlying theme of my post about the mega-blogs, for those who missed it, is I’m just not all that bright sometimes. Or at least I don’t feel particularly bright when it comes to the world of Real Estate 2.0. I may be light years ahead of every one else working for my real estate company, but that doesn’t mean I know much.

But in truth, it’s not blogs such as Agent Genius and Rain City Guide that had me a bit stumped. And at the end of the day, I shouldn’t really be stumped by any. The point is to get yourself in front of the widest possible audience and, while I’m not that bright, I am smart enough to know my personal blog never will compete on readers with some of the bigger blogs out there.

So many developments are taking place on the web that it’s hard to keep up. I’m now Twittering. I don’t know. Does that make me a twit? I’m also on Facebook. I’m letting the profile my daughter set up for me on MySpace die on the vine because I don’t seem to be contacted by anyone but 19-year-old hookers.

I keep trying to figure out why they’re supposed to work when maybe the better strategy is to just try things out and let them work. I don’t think I’ll get a listing off of Utterz but it’s a hell of a lot of fun when you’re stuck in traffic. And it helps keep the posts flowing when there’s little time to sit down and right.

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Jeff had it right when he said all of these blogs are part of the same larger conversation. At the same time, it seems like we need to find a way to shout out over the crowd to get folks to look our way. I’m not at all certain how to do that except to keep plugging along.

What’s funny is in other aspects of life I’m not too concerned with how things work. My ex-wife was an engineer – that was her gig (and my daughter’s shown tendencies that direction at various times, such as trying to figure out the inner workings of the carousel at age three.) I usually just trust that things are supposed to work the way they’re supposed to work.

Maybe I ought to apply that same theory to Real Estate 2.0 – stop worrying so much about how, why or if something should work and just try it. That’s how I ended up here in the first place, after all. And that’s not a bad result at all.

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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. Jay Thompson

    November 23, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    “Does that make me a twit?”

    You sure you want people to answer that? 🙂

    I’m not sure I “get” mega-blogs either. Ironic since I just joined one today and already contribute to GeekEstateBlog (not really mega yet, but certainly multi-author).

    I really could care less about my “voice”, if I ever find it. For me, it’s mostly an experiment. And another venue. Will it lead to anything? I have no idea. But it’s fun. And it can’t hurt.

  2. Mariana

    November 23, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Jonathan – I, too, get wrapped up in HOW/WHY/IF this 2.0 stuff works. Yet, I am less inquisitve in other areas of my life.

    I just need to just (proactively) go along for the ride, I guess. …and I guess I am a new Twit, too.

  3. Teresa Boardman

    November 24, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Go one step further, try it, measure the results and if there aren’t any for you move on.

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