They are here and they are there. People are talking abut them and starting new ones everyday. I get emails about different ones everyday. In My RSS Feeder I get fed alot - ahem, trust me.. alot.
Blogs. Most people now know what a blog is and the truth of the matter is, I have had to explain what an actual blog is a few times and well to be honest, defend myself because of my blog.
This afternoon I got an email about Realtors blogging from MLS Marketing and it was a cute email - it went something this:
According to the 2007 Member Profile by the National Association of Realtors, only 4 percent of Realtors have a Blog. That means there is still time to get ahead of the competition by claiming your spot in the blogoshpere.
Blogs are a great way to share insights and opinions on a variety of real estate topics, from buyer-basics to the latest real estate trends. They are also a great way to build site traffic and prove your expertise to buyers and sellers in your market.
While all of that is true, they forgot to mention something very important: Social Networking! Social Networking is naturally created once a Realtor starts to blog and starts to converse with another Realtor/blogger. For some reason within the real estate industry it is very competitive, but when a two Realtors Blogs they become colleagues. I speak to Doug Hedding from True Gotham and I love speaking with Noah from UrbanDiggs - both are two different bloggers and both excellent in my opinion, but they are not using either of their blogs to bash or talk down about each other - they have become colleagues. Heck, Doug even referred me out. (which, btw Doug - thanks again).
Let me point out that there was a function this past month that drew hundreds of thousands of Realtors, Mortgage brokers, vendors and etc. together. They were are there to bounce off some ideas, perhaps debate some ideas and maybe even walk away from some ideas. But the fact of the matter still is - they (Bloggers) came from all over the place, two bloggers even took a month to make a cross country trip and meet up with almost every blogger from NYC to California. (No, I am not making this up).
Within a few weeks I will be speaking at the MLS Tech fair. I am actually very honored and excited to be doing a panel and helping other Realtors learn how to PROPERLY blog and I will want to give my own reasons as to WHY blogging in a social way is important.
As of this week coming, I have resigned as the manager of Carollo Real Estate. I will however still continue to "practice" real estate and I will hope that my Broker will continue to allow me to operate with him holding my license ( I asked and he agreed, but..) .
Please stay tuned for what happens next...