Can Blogging Really Be All That Scary?

Posted by: Jessica Gopalakrishnan on December 14th, 2007

Well, where do I begin…or, how do I begin? This is my very first blog post ever!

If it wasn’t for my new friend, Vanessa, at HomeGain, I wouldn’t even be here right now. She called and convinced me that I’d make a good “blogger.”.

“Why?,” I ask. What exactly is a blog?

My wife is always telling me that I’m a “natural” blogger. I love to talk with people and I love to write.

Maybe it’s my journalism degree or that I use to be a radio announcer, or that I am also a DJ and emcee at wedding receptions on weekends, or a retired Navy Public Affairs Officer and speech writer for admirals and generals, or a present day Realtor with lots of contacts.

I don’t know. But I have heard that “blogging” is the thing to do in today’s world. There are many popular real estate blogs out there, and it seems readership is growing larger all the time.

It’s one thing to be a reader, though, and another to be a writer.

I’m sending out information to potentially everyone in the world that has a computer, right? I may have millions and millions of readers reading my blog post.

That’s certainly pumping up my ego, but, it brings to mind a question. Am I “published” if my words simply go out into cyberspace?

Should I be nervous about offending someone or writing the wrong thing?

I am beginning to learn that to blog effectively you should have something interesting to share with others that might be helpful or informative (as I have read from the other real estate agents who write for the HomeGain Blog).

For right now, with my very first “blog,” this is just a test to see what happens (to prove to myself and all the other real estate agents out there that’s it’s not really that scary!).

I heard there is SEO (search engine optimization) benefit to blogging. I’d like to do it for recreation for now. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up loving it so much that I’ll start my own separate real estate blog!

I do appreciate this opportunity to blog with HomeGain. I have only been with HomeGain a couple of weeks but have been very impressed with their professionalism, friendliness and training.

My wife and I also have been getting more leads for our real estate business than several of our other lead sources combined. This blogging opportunity is just another bud on the rose.

Wow! That felt good! I am now a bonafide real estate “blogger!” Thank you, HomeGain, for expanding my horizons and computer skills.

Now, how do I turn off my computer, do I click “on” the “Start” button to end my session and turn it “off”? Maybe the computer engineers who dreamed some of this stuff up are just trying to keep us at a safe distance.

I hope to receive some responses from this. I would be happy to hear from anyone that might want to meet a new friend in Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, Florida.

I’m also LinkedIn.

Jerry Ryan
Realtor
Keller Williams Realty
Gulf Breeze, Florida

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3 Comments on “Can Blogging Really Be All That Scary?”

jim redmond

Thank you Jerry you have just giving me the push I need to write my own blog. I have other people from my company write for me, but I am going to take the plunge. Thanks again Jim P.S. It sounds like you know a little more about the computer than I do

Jessica

I agree with you, Jerry, that it’s all about getting over that initial fear. Once you start reading more blogs and writing more for blogs, you realize that it’s a pretty informal environment. People don’t expect fancy words and formats. I see it as a ‘cyber conversation’, thinking out loud through the tips of your fingers. Get it out of your head and onto the computer screen.

Some tips for writing and publishing online: Keep your sentences short. Break up paragraphs a lot more often than you learned was correct in English class. Link words to other sites whenever possible to make things more interesting for the reader. Sprinkle in lots of keywords (which would be a word or group of words that you would want/expect a consumer to type in in a search engine, e.g. Pensicola real estate).

You are correct that SEO can help bring you higher to the top of search engine results (natural traffic) and from there drive traffic to your site. However, you will have a much higher chance of accomplishing that by publishing your posts on HomeGain Blog than on your own blog b/c of the power that we have behind HomeGain.com. (That’s one of the reasons we created this blog — so that our agents wouldn’t have to manage their own blog and would actually get better SEO benefits.)

Good luck to you, Jerry. I look forward to your next real estate blog post.

Vanessa

Jerry,

Judy and I were correct, weren’t we? You are an excellent blogger. I’m very glad that you took me up on my offer and, as Jessica said, I’m looking forward to your next contribution.

Your friend at HomeGain – Vanessa

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