Another Random Rambling…

So I signed up with ProBlogger for 31 days to help me write to this blog on a daily basis. Did it happen? No. Did I even bother to read the emails on a daily basis? No again. I did however save each of those emails and neatly store them away for safe keeping so I can refer back to them later. Does that help me write? Not really. So I say to myself, “BAD blogger! Bad, bad blogger!”

I also started up the networking thing again. I’m really excited to get it going, but have I been beating the bushes like I should to get people to show up? Ok, yeah, I have been doing that a bit, but not as annoyingly car salesman-like like I know I should. So currently, I’m planning on having the next one on Monday (January 4th at 6pm in Owasso, OK at Baja Jacks Burrito Shack). OMG, you have got to check out their BYOB, Build Your Own Burrito. It says to ask for as much or as little as you want, they put it together for you and viola! Magic! I only warn you of the jalapeno, if you request them, the cooks don’t seem to understand the term “lite” or “easy”.  Am just sayin. Anyway, I’m geeked to see who shows up. Everyone’s always very helpful and I have a bunch of cards for other people I have met during the holidays that haven’t been able to make it yet. Of course, me handing you a card for someone to refer services when you haven’t asked for them or met them isn’t the same as meeting them yourself, but hey, I liked ’em.

Oh, good grief, here I go again. I’m rambling without a point. It’s after midnight and Allen and I have been running all day long locksmithing, so I guess I’m allowed to be a little off. Besides, at least I’m writing something.

I remember now, I was going to complain about Facebook. I keep getting invites to be a fan of this group or that business or some random person. Even I have a fan page. I don’t have any fans, but I have a page, just in case someone wants to pet my ego. But I guess my issue is that if I ignore the invite it doesn’t exactly tell you that I ignored you, yet I get dozens of irritating invites from you. You see, I am fine and actually welcome getting befriended by just about everyone. Hell, I have almost 300 friends now. Most of you I have personally met at some point or another and I like and respect you. But for me to become a fan on your fan page or cause, I have to really believe in whatever it stands for. I mean, its like politics and religion for me. I’m going to be in one of three positions; “I’m behind you all the way,” “I think you’ve lost yer damn mind” (those are rare), or “sorry, but I just don’t care enough about the subject to become a “fan” of it. So, rarely do I become a fan of anything. I’m a fan of Keller Williams Realty, Keller Cares Charity, and anything that has to do with Cancer, particularly cervical cancer. So I guess my conundrum is that I’m not sure of a PC way of telling someone to please stop sending me invites to their cause or for their business. I’m in sales. I really don’t believe in the cram it down your throat until you buy into it kind of sales tactics.

I know that my sales tactics are gonna keep me in the poor house long before it ever saves me, but I actually believe in customer service and having a relationship with my clients. This brings up two points. 1) My personality is sort of an acquired flavor. Either you really, really like my brutal honesty or I annoy the ever-living [enter favorite obscenity here] out of you. 2) I feel like I’m one of only a handful of people like me in the service industry that treats what I do as an actual service industry position. For example, go to any retail establishment. Any of them, just pick one. Observe the cashiers. Do they smile? Do they make you feel welcome? Do they go out of their way to inform you on the product that you are in search of or even bother to ask if this is the product you really need to fit what you want to do with it? What happened to the customer service industry? Perhaps I’m naive, but I think this has become a gimmick for the majority and mastered by very few.

Ack, sorry, I got on my rambling soapbox again. That’s it. I’m shuttin’ up now. Perhaps I’ll have a point to my ramblings next time.

~B

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.

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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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