It’s been 4 months, 21 days, 21 hours, and 42 minutes since I posted my first blog. And I feel confident saying, with pride, that as a Blogger, I have arrived. Not only here at VARBuzz, which is a huge honor, but to real estate 2.0. I thought I’d address some of the issues I face being a newbie blogger. This will be a series of posts, so be sure to stay tuned.
The hardest part of blogging, for me, was getting over my fears, and there are many of them! Initially there was the fear that no one would read it. Being a part of several social media sites helped drive my first readers to my blog. A few left thoughtful comments and many wished me well. But, there was still the fear that the general public wouldn’t find me. It took a month and a half for me to realize my blog was being read, and not just by friends and family. I got a LinkedIn invitation from a Realtor in Florida who asked me if she could send my post on Short Sales and Foreclosures to one of her clients. I was in shock! You mean, someone in Florida stumbled across my bog post and thought it was good enough to send to her client! Wow! What a feeling! I soon set up Google Analytics to track when, who, and from where my blog is being read. This is an amazing tool that I recommend all new bloggers utilize.
There was also the fear of the “Big Boy (and Girls).” These are the experienced bloggers. They took their training wheels off a long time ago. It’s hard not to be intimidated by them. I happen to be acquainted with many of the Virginia blogging elite, which made it harder for me. First, I was worried they wouldn’t be honest with me. I really do want and, more importantly, NEED their honest feedback. Second, I was worried they would be honest with me. No one likes to be criticized. No one likes to be told they are not good at something. It is up to me to get over this fear. No one is good at everything. Part of the blogging process is learning who you are and how you are going to present yourself to the world. The constructive criticism is an important aspect of finding your blogger voice.
Another part of the intimidation is the amount of tools these guys have learned to use. There are podcasts, embedded videos, and so much more. It’s hard to keep up. Learning my comfort level with technology and learning about the tools at my disposal was a big part of starting my blog. I’m not comfortable with video yet. And, that’s okay. It gives me a goal and something to work toward. Rome wasn’t built in a day; my blog portfolio doesn’t have to be either. It helped me to begin to look at the blogging veterans as a resource for a new blogger to tap into. They’ve made mistakes that you can learn from. They know what works and what doesn’t. There’s no sense recreating the wheel. I highly recommend getting a blogging mentor. They will help hold you accountable and push you through your fears.
My fears have not been conquered, but they will be. I’m pressing forward and finding new things to blog about. I’m getting more daring and more opinionated. I’m developing as a blogger. But the most amazing thing that has happened is that I’ve become a better Realtor. Blogging has forced me to step outside my comfort zone and confront my insecurities. I’m much more knowledgeable about my market and I own that knowledge. My blogging journey is far from over; but post by post, this is getting easier.