Dear Apprentices Of Project Blogger
I have been wanting to write this for some time and I hope that the apprentices see it. I want to say that I admire you all and I mean that sincerely. There is not one of you in the group that could not have a successful blog if you don't already.
If I had been an apprentice I would not have made it through the project. You all did and I admire you for it. I have read the critiques from various judges about your blogs and about your posts. If I had been critiqued as much I am not sure that I would have had the passion for my blog that I have today. I am not sure that I would have found my voice either. There is more to it than a voice, after a time it is more like a system or a rhythm that comes naturally and is not forced, or contrived.
Writing a blog is easier when it is done at your own pace, in your own way and with your own voice. There is no right way to do it. There are different types of posts and different techniques for writing them that will attract the buyers and sellers who are looking for you on the internet. Each person has a different style of there own. The idea is to find this, not to try and write a different way because someone told you to.
-Don't imitate anyone, be yourself.
-Don't spend much time thinking about any low scores you may have gotten during the project. Look at what went well and build upon it.
-What are you interested in?
-What do you have a passion for?
-What is it about your job or your life that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning and hit the ground running?
I could have benefited from some coaching. I think that there are times when we can all improve our skills by taking a class, reading a book or working with a coach. My blog has been a learning experience. It taught me things that I never imagined I would learn by writing a post each day. My readers taught me so many things about writing and about myself. It can be rewarding and the rewards are not all monetary.
While I did not have the expert advice that the apprentices had along the way I also did not have to learn how to write St. Paul Real estate in such a public way and with so many people watching and I did not have to read weekly critiques of my work. I gaged my progress by how many people were reading the blog and by how many contacted me and asked if I would be their Realtor. I followed a different set of rules, and set my own goals.
My blog has succeeded beyond any expectations I had when I started.
Early critiques were critical of my use of photos and said that the site did not look like a blog. To this day many of my readers do not understand that it is a blog. I can't see any reason to be concerned about it. I have no regrets about not listening to the experts.
I would strongly encourage the apprentices to continue blogging after the contest. Attention from the real estate community will most likely vanish shortly after it is all over but you will attract readers. They will judge you, your blog and it's content. If you pay attention to your readers, do a little experimenting, find your voice and rhythm and keep at it you will be rewarded.
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