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How I Use My ActiveRain Blog to Enhance Relationships

I use my blog in many ways to enhance relationships with friends, family, clients, and others across the world wide web, which includes ActiveRain.

I've been here at ActiveRain since the beginning, back in the Summer of 2006.  I didn't completely understand the concept of blogging, but gave it a shot.  Weeks and months went on, and I feel I figured it out.  A blog is just a "Web Log" which is like a diary.  I started making my blog more personal, about me and my experiences, instead of just plain real estate information, and the followers came.

I'm definitely not afraid to talk about my opinion when I'm analyzing statistics and market activity.  I think my neighbors and clients like the bluntness and the no sugar-coating as they know they're going to get a good deal when negotiating with me.

I recently did a series that explained The Simple Steps to Follow when buying a house in Austin TX.  These steps are almost universal across the country, with a few differences per area customs.  I've emailed these steps out to many buyers I'm working with.

I also get my message out with Twitter and Facebook.  Whatever I post publicly on ActiveRain, Twitter auto-posts.  Then, Twitter has an auto-post to Facebook.  My posts are out there so no matter what platform you're on, you can see my latest information.

Whenever people bug me about pictures of my daughter, I always say, "You haven't read my blog lately, have you?"  I've never had anyone ask twice for an update as they know where to go!

I had a closing a couple of weeks ago with a Relocation buyer.  After several weeks of email communication, and only one phone conversation, they drove into town.  Her first question to me was, "How's that Topsy Turvey working for you?"  She read on my blog about the Topsy Turvey and was interested in using it herself next year.

Many people use their blogs to have one-sided conversations with themselves. With my blog, I feel I'm having several conversations at once with different people about different topics, and it's a great thing! No longer can someone hide behind a phone and still obtain new business in today's market.  You have to put yourself out there for all the world to see, and you can't be shy about it!

**Are You Packed Yet?** 

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Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline
www.DonnaHomes.com
Donna@DonnaHomes.com

Austin TX Real Estate and the surrounding areas of Lakeway, Bee Cave, West Lake Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Spicewood, Circle-C, Steiner Ranch, and everywhere in between... Hill Country Austin TX Real Estate and beyond. Whether you're buying or selling an Austin home, I'll be with you every step of the way. 

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Comment balloon 12 commentsDonna Harris • October 29 2009 02:03PM

Comments

This certainly shows how Active Rain opens up a whole new world for us realtors and our clients.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 10 years ago

Donna

Sounds like you have an effective plan.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 10 years ago

Donna, the integration between AR blog posts and Facebook and Twitter is a wonderful time saver! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) about 10 years ago

Jane, And mortgage people and stagers and every group within the industry.

Lou, It's a work in progress.

Leilani, I know!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

I definitely feel that the key to having a successful blog is NOT keeping it to yourself!!  Constantly making people go to it (especially by telling them they will find pictures of Alyssa there) is a great way to keep it in the forefront!  You mastered it girl!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) about 10 years ago

That contest

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

Donna,

Great post for the contest.  I am always referring to my blog...

Ann

Posted by Ann Hayden 636-399-7544, SelectAnn.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) about 10 years ago

Hey, Donna. You sound like me when someone ask you for pictures. Keep up the great work, Jim

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Renee, It's a secret!!

Greg, Gotcha!

Ann, Yeah!

Jim, We post enough, people should get it by now!  Off to post my Foto Friday from last night!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

great Idea about the pics! love the halloween one!

Posted by Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease (RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT) about 10 years ago

Tracy Lee, Thanks!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Donna - "You have to put yourself out there for all the world to see, and you can't be shy about it!"  This is great advice and I absolutely agree.  I've only been blogging for about four months now and I'm still trying to get my bearing on how and what to blog about.  Great Post!

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) about 10 years ago

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