I had a great phone conversation with Teresa Boardman last week. She wanted to know if I was going to Inman Bloggers Connect this January. My answer was no. As a mortgage guy, the entirety of the Connect conference really doesn’t suite me. This summer, I went to just the bloggers pre-conference, and it was fun, but not particularly informative. I would still recommend Bloggers Connect to somebody with less experience. I admitted to Teresa, that while it might seem arrogant, I learn very little from other RE bloggers. It’s not that they don’t have a whole bunch to say, it’s just that I’ve probably already heard them (or someone else) say it. I started investigating the use of blogs for my mortgage career over three years ago. Lenderama launched in January of 2005. I’m quite certain I’ve laid my eyes on more RE.net blogs than anyone (at least 1500 of them). I still read a quite a few, but more and more, I’m getting my ideas from outside RE.net. I promised Teresa I would post an article on the sites I follow, and here it is.
Common Craft – Explanations in plain English. A great example of how to explain complex topics in simple terms
Copy Blogger – Brian Clark is making me a better writer. That’s a tall task.
Duct Tape Marketing – Pretty good marketing advice for those of us on a budget. Small business is a focus.
Found|Read – I just “found” this one a couple weeks ago. Great entrepreneurial blog.
Instigator Blog – anyone who can bring humor to the business world is worth a read.
Mashable – I love this blog, but I also hate it. They vomit out massive waves of garbage (to me). But then there’s a pearl of enlightenment that makes me love them again. Reading Mashable is a little like playing golf.
Matt Cutts – Seems to me, if you’re going to read a blog that covers SEO, it might as well be frome someone who works at Google.
Pro Blogger – Most bloggers look at this site as the bible. However, much of it really doesn’t appy to the RE.net. There’s only one advertiser on most RE blogs (the agent). So filter out the posts on AdWords and what not.
SEO Book – This one just came out, and I’m not sure it will be a long term resident in my RSS reader. But for now, it’s worth evaluating.
Social Networking Watch – another blog found at Blog World. Similar content to Mashable, but more discriminating in what they post.
Tech Crunch – You can’t call yourself a geek unless you read Tech Crunch.
TWIT – Not really a blog. Actually, it’s the most listened to podcast on the net. Hosted by Leo Laporte (God of all geeks) and featuring a crew of characters that makes nerds every ware hearken back to the days of TechTV.
Web Worker Daily – I have a feeling the author’s politics couldn’t be any more opposed to my own, but I like the blog.
Finally, I read Grow_A_Brain. The original real estate blog that really isn’t about real estate. Because sometimes, brain candy is the best way to feed your brain.