Don’t follow me either, I don’t seem to have a point.

I just read this great post by Teresa Boardman on Inman. You can find her link post here. I like to pride myself for being a total techno junkie and being ahead of the curve compared to most of my friends and colleagues in the Tulsa real estate market. I’m a total techno junkie. Seriously, there must be a 12-step program for people like me.

Anyway, I was reading her post and realized that even though I love technology and my friends and colleagues that know me call me the “Twitter Queen”, I really suck at consistently delivering a message. I am supposed to tweet and blog and create a “web presence” about real estate and about how I’m the greatest thing in real estate since we moved out of caves and into huts. And I tweet. I do. I just don’t see the point in tweeting about what I had for breakfast or tweeting daily mortgage rates unless it does something really, really cool.

The blog just doesn’t get the attention that I should be giving it. I blog about everything that I have an opinion about that I can talk about for more than 2 minutes. Wow, that happens about once a week, sometimes twice. I don’t like to write about just anything because if it bores me, it will bore you to read me being bored about whatever I’m writing about.

I also do the Facebook thing. I had a blast with it for a while and I played the games. But now my feed is inundated with my friends game updates. So-and-so accomplished this level in Mafia Wars or Whats-his-bucket wants to be your neighbor in Farmville. These days ignoring all the invites I get to play the games or join one of the hundreds of causes everyone sends for me to join in on takes all of my time when I’m on it. And don’t gasp about me ignoring invites. I accept all friend invites (unless they get naughty and then I delete them) and I’m sure you’ve deleted some game invite once or twice.

What I do tweet and blog and post on my Facebook are, are things that interest me. Whether its about real estate, the latest trends in paint, my latest car project (yes, girls like cars too), or about other jobs and friends businesses that I’m involved in. It sounds boring even to me.

What I’d really like to create is another networking group. I helped create one this time last year and it evolved into something I no longer enjoyed. I love all of this electronic media to network, but it isn’t the same as a good old fashioned face-to-face conversation. So I’m putting out the call again. I want to start another FREE networking group. No paid advertising, no official websites. Just good people networking to meet other new and interesting people for free. We’ll move it around town each week to support local businesses. Ooo, that could be the theme, supporting local businesses. Locally owned franchises would be good too. And we could change the hours every week because some people can’t make it during work hours and some people can’t do it at night. So we can change it around and make it available to everyone.

Please comment if you think this is a good idea or tell me your ideas if you would like to contribute to this brainstorm.

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Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 2:20 pm  Comments (2)  
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ProBlogger Challenge

Alright, I concede. I suck at writing a blog. I have lots of opinions about this or that, but I erase everything I write. Either I lose the passion to get that particular message out or I feel like the message is delivered too harshly.

So, I’ve signed up with ProBlogger for a 31 day challenge to become a better blogger. You can too and it’s totally free if you go to: http://www.problogger.net/31-days-to-build-a-better-blog-join-9100-other-bloggers-today/ and join up. They will email your daily challenge and you follow it. It sounds simple enough to me.

Besides, the worst that could happen is I could alienate the 3 whopping people that ever click on my blog. Don’t get me wrong, I love those three for bearing with me. Now I just want to be a better blogger so they can have something worthy of their loyalty.

~B

Published in: on November 10, 2009 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Ack! Technology is supposed to be my friend!

I have been working diligently to 1) find a blog program that is easy for me to use and 2) convenient. Well, 50% is good, right? Typically, I am very tech savvy. Ask anyone that really knows me. But for the last several months, I have been trying to figure out wordpress. It has an app for my blackberry which is why I chose it. It’s convenient to blog from my phone since the phone is ALWAYS within reach. I break out in nervous sweats if I am too far from my phone. Hell, I even take it to the bathroom with me. Now THAT’S obsession! But wordpress is proving to be my nemesis. I’ve created pages and written blog posts and played around with the site and I still can’t get it to RSS to my webpage. GRRR! There has got to be an easier way to do this! If (when) I find it, I will blog it for other KW Realtors to get help from this.

Published in: on October 14, 2009 at 6:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hurray! I figured it out!

Ok, on the subject of posting your blog from wordpress to your KW website… Here’s how to do it:

1) Log into KW.com

2) Under “Home” click on “Agent Website Administration”

3) Go to 3.10 (on the left) by clicking on “3.0 Add Your Content” and then on “3.10 eAgentC Blog and RSS Feeds”

4) Either create a new feed (if you haven’t created a blog before) or click on “edit” next to your current blog if you want to replace it with this wordpress blog.

5) Name your blog and fill in all the boxes with the appropriate information.

6) In the box that says “RSS Feed URL”, enter your wordpress address. Mine is https://brentatro.wordpress.com, but at the end of that you NEED to add /?feed=RSS2 so that the entire entry should look something similar to: “http://yourblognamehere.wordpress.com/?feed=rss2″

When you have it all entered. Click on “Preview Site” (its the orange box on the left) and then find your blog link and see what the page looks like. I hope this helps. If you need additional help, you can always call me at 918-829-2127 and I’ll be glad to try to figure it out with you.

I’m just tickled I was able to figure it out.

Published in: on October 14, 2009 at 2:11 pm  Comments (5)  
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