Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County  &  Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)

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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I like a good mix.  We all do it differently and that's the beauty of blogging.

Nov 10, 2015 08:11 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Their inner post is missing and they need professional post counseling?

Nov 10, 2015 10:40 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Everyone has their own style in terms of how they run their business and how blogging supports that business. Everyone should be allowed to make that decision for themselves as to how personal they do or don't want to be on a blog platform. As for aiming for the AR community--again it needs to be a personal choice.

Nov 10, 2015 08:17 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Karen. Being personal as part of our blogging philosophy is a personal choice, one that not everyone is comfortable with, maybe that is the case with the person you mentioned. Let them do it the way they are comfortable, at least they are participating .

Nov 10, 2015 04:32 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Some people are just shy and like to keep their lives private, that is ok too

Nov 10, 2015 03:25 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


If your goal is to get readears among your clients, then you need to mix it up. If you just write marketing reports and talk about your listings, why would one of your clients or a referral person follow you.

There is a blogger I know of who writes the best marketing reports and they are very interesting to read.  He has made a name for himself in his community, and the whole community reads his post.  He is also one of the top producers ranking #3 among the agents in his marketplace!  A

Nov 10, 2015 02:38 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Depends on the person I believe.  Some are uncomfortable stepping away from impersonal.  When I started it felt like I was kinda opening my front door for anyone to look inside my home.  Others seem to be posting listings etc strictly to attract business.  As always to each his own.  Even if it means admitting to eating some crow pie.     Mark

Nov 10, 2015 01:54 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I'm with Patricia Kennedy ...I relate best to the bloggers that mix it up. You know business and pleasure. Although not everyone uses this site for social reasons. Some are here strictly for the google juice and business only. One of the neat things about this site is that you can make of it what you want. 

Those that interact, though, do benefit from getting to know and meet other agents and this could possibly lead to referrals. I know I've sent out several referrals this year, and they tend to go to the agents I know on a business and personal level. 

Nov 10, 2015 12:51 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner I am perhaps the 'guilty' party here....lol!

I do post mainly market reports and of course, participate in contests - which allows me to be little creative. I have posted about me few times and about the community and events,, too - though not much.

However, I have limited vocabulary to write 'fluent' posts that I enjoy from many prolific bloggers here and I feel I am not a good 'blogger'.

I want to change that, however, the mindset........

Well, I am going to work on it and you may find something different from me, perhaps once a week to begin with.

(I know this is a simple question not aimed at anyone.)

Nov 10, 2015 11:24 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Karen, I did reach out to one blogger and they only post local events.   I told them if someone was looking for a REALTOR that did business, no one would know they did.   Some bloggers want only the business side to be seen on-line.

Nov 11, 2015 02:10 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Sounds like their 'game' needs to jump a notch or two.

Nov 11, 2015 12:02 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

My opinion has always been to market to your Avatar.... nothing to do with the community or localism posts.... the phone will ring when you target who you want to read the post....

Nov 10, 2015 10:37 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Are they getting the results they want?

Such 'business' blogging, when supported by direct response marketing, can be incredibly successful. It is NOT necessary to tell the world about every emotion that enters one's life.

However, even in the business posts, better response will be obtained if the writers view, opinion, observation, interpretation or analysis is identified.

Nov 10, 2015 09:24 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I say each to their own.  

Nov 10, 2015 10:47 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

My favorite bloggers are the ones who mix it up, with some listing and market report posts and others that give us a snapshot of who the are. 

Nov 10, 2015 10:40 AM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

My husband says this site is a very heavy site and has great rankings in the search engines, so I presume that's what the majority of the posters sign up for. More or less to piggy-back off of this site to help boost their own site rankings. From a pure marketing stand point, I would have to agree it's a very smart move. I've noticed some here are pretty adept are marketing their listings. I wish them great success.

Nov 10, 2015 09:51 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

yes= I am rethinking my blogging patterns.

Nov 10, 2015 09:39 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes. I would recommend a change. Share some of your personal interests in your blogs. 

Take a few photowalks and your photographs will give you topics for plenty of blogs about your community.

Nov 11, 2015 03:39 AM
Aaron Marshall
Patterson Schwartz - West Grove, PA
Home sales, Relocation, first time home buyers

Yes, no one reads just statistics unless they have a personal connection to them.  

Nov 11, 2015 03:25 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner It depends on the individual. Some people only look at this from a business perspective. Then there are other who look at this from a social perspective.

Nov 11, 2015 01:50 AM
Rick Rhodes
Century 21 Golden West Realty - Caldwell, ID

Whatever they are comfortable with.

Nov 11, 2015 01:47 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Each to their own.  Everyone has their own reasons for being here.  If what they are doing is congruent with the "rules of the road" - that's fine with me.

Nov 10, 2015 10:53 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I would say keep up the good work.

Nov 10, 2015 10:18 PM
Toronto, ON

I don't worry about what other members put on their blog.  ActiveRain does not have any rules about the required content; it only has some rules about what is not allowed.  Each member puts content onto their blog based on whatever they feel is most useful for their business.

Nov 10, 2015 09:37 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Diffferent people have different styles and personalities. They should do what they are comfortable with .

Nov 10, 2015 09:18 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Everyone finds a niche! And, tend to stick to it!

Nov 10, 2015 07:28 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Wednesday morning Karen. I'm doing my best to change what I posted how I post it.

Nov 10, 2015 05:52 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I was watching others for about a year or more. I read blogs, left comments. Eventually I took a big breathe and posted my first post. The kindness and support of comments inspired me to continue.

Everyone has own timing to blossom:)

Nov 10, 2015 03:39 PM
Steven Toro
RE/MAX Premier Associates - Weston, FL

It's definitley a lot more Public Relations friendly if they post things that are more personal, and public relations is a very important component of what we do. If the person is already doing well for themselves without being personal, then that's how they choose to run their business - they clearly have other strengths. If they are a new member/agent, then it would be wise to suggest to them to show a little more character. I would just tell them that it's important for colleagues to get to know them for networking purposes, and they might even enjoy it. Something diplomatic along those lines. 

Nov 10, 2015 01:15 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

If it's working for them, I would make any changes.

Aug 29, 2016 02:10 AM
Joyce Marie Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Ormond Beach, FL
Luxury & Ocean Homes in Central Florida

Some people are comfortable with the market stats, listings etc and might not be comfortable expanding into other areas. In time they may branch out into other areas. Whatever makes them happy is what they should be doing. 

Nov 15, 2015 06:37 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Karen, it is difficult for me to post about my personal life because for so many years I've fought to keep it completely off the radar.  Up until this year, there was only ONE reference to me online!  And that was from 1998 and burried on page 4 of the Google Results page!!!  I do post recipes and rescues because that is of interest and shows the personal side without going to indepth.  Most of my posts though are they market reports, listings, etc. that show the professional side (and let's face it, I need all the AR business related love I can get to make the Google happy).

Nov 11, 2015 08:21 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Their choice; not for us to say.

Nov 11, 2015 04:57 AM