PAULA'S SOUTHAMPTON BLOG: A NEW BLOG SITE IS LIKE A NEW PAIR OF SHOES!...A Bit Painful To Start

A NEW BLOG SITE IS LIKE A NEW PAIR OF SHOES!...A Bit Painful To Start

A NEW BLOG SITE IS LIKE A NEW PAIR OF SHOES!...A Bit Painful To Start; But give it some time and it WILL pay off!

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO START A BLOG??? I wanted to write this post for those who think they want to start blogging but can't find the courage or the incentive to do so---those who just keep putting off begining it, putting it on the back burner as so many other agents get involved and seem to master the art of blogging quickly.

It is all a fantasy, this idea that you can begin blogging and it catches on and you develop a following all in a short while. That rarely if ever happens with blogging. You need to prime yourself to get the juices flowing and even then it takes a while to get a deep understanding of what you need to write about that works for you as you develop your own blogging style.

You need to break your blogging shoes in--just as you would with your new shoes!

A NEW PAIR OF SHOES WON'T PINCH IF YOU DON'T WEAR THEMYou can break shoes in by wearing them a little bit at a time....Just don't try to wear them too long, too early!

This applies to blogging as well. As I review my earliest posts, I can see I was more than eager to get the blogging thing down quickly. That did not work--I had maybe 2 people read my posts--and I wasn't taking the time to make sure the content was what others wanted to read...Then I went too far away from writing about what I care about and that didn't get any followers either. 

I now take the time to make sure that what I am blogging about has relevance to my profession and my interests! It is no good to try to write about something that has no connection to what you are thoroughly involved in and care deeply about, in life and in work!

Research, research, research is crucial if you want to blog about the way to do a CMA or a market report. And when you get to blogging about the local area that you specialize in, you need to make sure that the data is correct and that the information is up to date; that the information is interesting and draws a person in. If you are delving into the historical part of an area, make sure that your research comes from a reliable source and is grounded in accuracy.

A NEW PAIR OF SHOES WON'T PINCH IF YOU DON'T WEAR THEM!

OK, So I have been blogging on ActiveRain since 2007; so a new blog site makes sense to me. It does especially with the latest surge in internet searches and with Google's new algorithm's so focused on good content and less on the stuff that fills the pages with "spam-like" content. Apparently from what I have read right here on AR, these algorithms are the latest thing to get SEO juices running again...keeps us on our toes, those of us who like to blog and who want to be on the first page of a Google search.

I have added Blogger and WordPress to my blogging roster and it has been difficult to get my attention over there to blog, especially since is easier and more familiar here on AR. But I do manage to get it done by copying and pasting some of my own posts from ActiveRain.

Most importantly, I have learned that blogging has opened doors for me that I would never have had opened before. It gives me an opportunity to talk about the place that I love so much, The Hamptons.

Southampton, Southampton Village, Water Mill, Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor are my favorite parts of The Hamptons and this is where I do most of my listing and selling real estate.BLOGGING IS THE BEST WAY TO NETWORK

Now, if I didn't find The Hamptons totally fascinating, I could not write about them. I took a long look at what it is about the Hamptons that I truly love and want to share with others. It is more than the fact that the water is irresistible, or that the beaches here are out of this world...Or that the restaurants are the best this side of the Atlantic!

When I think about the most important thing about the Hamptons to me, I think about it's history....how it all started here and those are the posts that pay off for me--big time! 

Blogging is not something you can do if you have no interest at all about the topics you pick, so pick carefully.

Once you  get your feet wet (get the point?) then you will find that the new shoes are not quite as tight as they were the previous day or week or month.

 

Those new shoes will actually loosen up quite nicely once you get into them. Just do it gingerly at the start--get the feel of the shoes and make sure you wear them a little at a time before you jump in with both feet!!!

AHHHHH...now that feels just right!!!

 

 

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Paula I. Hathaway, Senior Broker Associate, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Southamtpon Village Real Estate Specialist since 1995;  Also Specializes in North Sea, Noyac, Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York

Diamond , Gold and Chairman's Circle Awards; Top Producer since 2005

 

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Comment balloon 41 commentsPaula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA • January 21 2013 12:25PM

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Paula.. I started with a website.. then added AR to blog and then canned the first website to have a blog/website all in one over the summer.. ActiveRain is a place to learn and grow.. and the other is to end up with the traffic and convert my listings to leads. I'm sure that you will do just fine! it is a bit different that comments are less frequent... but the concept is the same. Good luck on your new Blog.. Be sure to let us know how to find it!

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) about 6 years ago

Janis: Thanks for your encouraging words...It's good to know that you have done the other blog/website thing. I have thought it would be beneficial to have a blog on my website too--but I have my AR blog plugged into my website and I never get hits on that. BLOGGER seems to be a totally separate and different type of blog site from AR and that's why I thought it may work....

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Excellent post, Paula.  You do need to get your own individual presence on the internet and build it up.  It takes time, but it is worth all the pain when those calls come in telling you how much they love your site.  It is a labor of love.

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) almost 6 years ago

Paula, you're right, it does take time to break in one's blogging shoes. And then, just when you think you've got it worked out, something new comes along that must be incorporated into the routine.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) almost 6 years ago

Well said, Paula.  It took me a long time to start a WP blog, but in less than six months it has surpassed my company's site.  So, I've had to shuttle some of the information to the blog to make sure clients have everything they need to learn about my area.  Good job!

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) almost 6 years ago

I am about to start blogging but am still anxious about having enough material to keep my self and the blog going. This post actually helped in getting me closer to starting.

Posted by John Fauth, Turning your dreams into an address! (Coldwell Banker King Thompson) almost 6 years ago

Don't wear heels and the best blog posts are written under water, barefoot, mulled over in the shower. So they are already written inside and just have to flow out the ends of the hunt and peck. More than one blog platform that you weed, feed, water daily. Makes the SEO sky rocket and helps save your buyers, sellers money, time. Expanding your reach way beyond your local home town.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 6 years ago

Jane: I am seeing more and more how much blogging really is the way to become the person who knows, loves, sells and promotes the place in which you live and work--selling real estate is just one of the many professions that can expand and grow with the indivduals presence on the internet--so why are there not more and more? Maybe that is why Google has sharpend it's algorithms! Get rid of the "riff-raff" and make way for the brave and the intrepid bloggers!

Maria: I love it though, don't you? I find myself much more informed in general because of my blogging--because I always read others ideas in the process! I am sure that our level of "knowing" is much more developed than before blogging.

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Mike: Glad to know I am not alone in finding my way with another website--and now I can look forward to an expansion that I would not have seen otherwise...thanks for your encouragement!

John: You are the perfect person to read this--you are the person whom I was aiming at and I am glad to see that you found it!

Andrew: You say it so perfectly! You are a perfect example too of the blogger I am speaking of--you, my man, have found your voice better than the average blogger! I truly appreciate your frankness and colorful way of putting things--you are also one of the first bloggers that I paid attention to in the beginning here on AR...Thank you for your abilities with words!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago
You are so nailed it with comparing to new pair of shoes! I'm not sure, though , that the men will relate:) but I totally agree with your suggestions. Take blogging thoughtfully. One breath at a time.
Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) almost 6 years ago

Inna: Maybe not but I think it "fits" too---and I have a new pair I need to go break in!

Valerie: It is more work isn't it? I have to spend so much more time there than here!!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Paula, with blogging just get going, and KEEP going....

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 6 years ago

Gary: You can say that again!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Hi Paula - love the analogy. With blogging, as with new shoes, the discomfort goes away the more you wear/do it :) Congrats on the feature!

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) almost 6 years ago

Wayne and Jean: Thank you---it is so true isn't it? I really like the way you say "the discomfort goes away the more you wear/do it!" That is so true!!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

From time to time, I've wondered about starting a new blog on WordPress, but AR makes it so darn easy. I've heard it described as blogging with training wheels.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) almost 6 years ago

Paula-  congrats on the feature...  I have to write a blog on my new wordpress site... talk about abby steps... still toddling but I will get there.. and the shoes aren't pinching now..

Posted by Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets! (Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty) almost 6 years ago

JUst build it and they will come, not sure that works anymore Paula but taking baby steps has been my approach for the most part

Posted by Charles Stallions Property Manager, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services) almost 6 years ago

Hi Paula -- I think this quote really spoke to me

"Blogging is not something you can do if you have no interest at all about the topics you pick, so pick carefully."

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 6 years ago

Jill: That is quite accurate--the training wheels thing. Not only do the training wheels work, the effects of the tight shoes on our willingness to express ourselves can stifle the creative juices and therefore, we need the information here on AR to keep us engaged and moving---don't you think? :)

Gay: ...and you are doing so well here on AR! Good luck as you move up on the the level of commitment to blogging! The wordpress  site is so difficult to use especially if you try to use illustrations or photos----doesn't handle that well at all! It took me over an hour to get the shoes on the post that I did here too...AR is a piece of cake when it comes to making your blog posts outstanding...

Joe: You are doing it the right way though and that is really good! Good luck as you press onward and up ward! :)

Joan: I think it is true and that is why it struck a cord!...we all have so much inside our heads and our hearts that it only needs a little coaxing to get it to come forward in a post--but it has to be genuine and relate-able to matter...

 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Paula, with this post, I can say, we are the most creative group of Realtor(r) on the earth! Interesting and unique comparison...

And the pair of shoes can be bought from different shops - blogging can be done on many platforms but only one is the best - ActiveRain!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 6 years ago

I can see why this is a feature. A great post with some very apt analogies. In the beginning it is tough, but it does get easier.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Paula - I like the analogy.  Still with me sometimes, the blog still pinches, most because of too much to do.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 6 years ago
Paula congrats on your great feature Post! Being a former flight attendant with a major airline, working on 12 hour flights, my feet truly appreciate your thought on breaking in new shoes. As for the blogging I agree, baby steps.
Posted by Christina Sanchez Hood, #SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living almost 6 years ago

Starting any new task is painful indeed.  Once we develop the habit, it becomes like second nature, like a favorite pair of shoes. Great post!

Posted by Tamara Inzunza, Close-In Alexandria and Arlington Living (RE/MAX Executives) almost 6 years ago

Paula, very good analogy! Blogging can cause blisters in the form of getting discouraged with blogging in the beginning. Taking it slow and being consistent will have many future rewards. Great Post!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 6 years ago

Anything worth doing is worth the pain to deal with it in the beginning.  Once we do it for 21 days with enthusiasm, then it becomes a habit.

Posted by Steve Warrene, Pittsburgh Real Estate Investment Specialists (Your Town Realty) almost 6 years ago

Very good post Paula.  After a while blogging will become a habit, but it is a hard thing to start and get used to.            

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) almost 6 years ago

What a great post and congrats on the feature.  Anything that you compare to a new pair of shoes is a great come on for me-I did start a new wordpress blog two weeks ago and while I am getting no traffic, I will keep on running with it and hope it takes off!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) almost 6 years ago

Sounds like good advice to me Paula... Happy Day

Posted by Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 (Long Island Cash Home Buyer) almost 6 years ago

Praful: You are so right! It is so much easier here--and we have the benfit of all the knowledge of the other members and they are so  willing to share too!

Ellie: I think it took me about a year before i got the swing of it---as I review my older posts I didn't really put out the best content for a very long time!

Christine: That is what I find too--not enough time to do it all!

Christina: Ouch! I get it--if you are in a situation like a flight attendant then you don't have the luxury of stepping out of your shoes frequently! Blogging can be painful but you can drop out for a time any time! So good luck with your blogging and I hope your feet have recovered!

 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Enjoyable post and topic and of course the hostess with the mostess is always a pleasant experience no matter what the topic is...best to you Paula

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 6 years ago

Tamara: You are so right===noting better than shoes that fit right--breaking them in is the painful part and once we know that we can fly!

Michael: Glad you got the point---I should have used men's shoes in the illustration too! It applies to both genders and I think you know that!

Steve: 21 days? I wish that is all it takes. In my blogging beginnings I took weeks to just figure out how to log in and find all the right gizmos to use ActiveRain---then it was smooth sailing after that but it was a good year before I truly could do it right!

Christiansens: I agree---there are so many things that interfere with your good intentions to blog; it can also be a lot like exercising and getting your work out routine down to a pattern.

Joanna: I just got 2 likes on this post on Wordpress---that is the first out of all my posts--like 13 of them before i got "pressed"

Richard and Beth: Good! I hope it gives you the incentive to keep up your great blogging!

 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

I found that the second one is much easier.  Keep it up.  Great post.

Posted by Michelle Wunker, Your Real Estate Coach (Century 21 Hometown Brokers) almost 6 years ago

So true... but there are still days when I feel those shoes pinching no matter how much I've worn them in!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) almost 6 years ago

Richie: You are the BEST! I like it when you like one of my posts---you always make me feel like I hit it out of the park!

Michelle: I wish I could say the same--maybe you mean the second of the other blogs besides AR? I have been on AR so long that it is second nature to blog here--the other places are so complicated and hard to work.

Nina: There are those days, yes. I have them too and in a case like that I just step aside and let others do the blogging. Sometimes I just need to re-group!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

 

 

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Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 6 years ago

Richie: :)

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Paula, like you I come to love my blogging. Active Rain was a great place to start, but I need to blog more on other sites like my WordPress blog. You hit a home run with this post.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) almost 6 years ago

Paula, that is really a brilliant post and being new here, lots of good stuff for me.  I really love Park City, so it is an easy sell for me and an easy topic to write about.  I can relate to that.  I have started getting up at 5 am just to jump on active rain and read and comment posts while at the same time formulating my next one.  I never was one for sleeping in and I find this really energizes me in the morning.  I look forward to doing this for many years.

Posted by Scott Larson, Park City, Utah Real Estate News (BHHS/Utah Properties) almost 6 years ago

Scott: Good for you --it is a eye opener in the morning and late at night too. I can't count the times I awoke a t 3:00 could not go back to sleep so I go on good old ActiveRain and blog until 4:00 and then I can fall asleep...ahhh. Good luck with your blogging, Scott!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

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