– Blog Fiesta, 2007. That one time we ate tacos and talked about blogging.
A decade ago, (seriously) I decided to host a meet-up for a few real estate bloggers in Colorado. I booked it in a Mexican restaurant, so I called it, “Blog Fiesta.” I created a website to promote the event, and decided to interview some of the folks that were attending. This was a full year before the first RE BarCamp.
Blog Fiesta lived beyond the event itself and became a blog about real estate blogging. Unfortunately, I had to abandon the site in 2009.
I recently noticed that I had somehow saved all the old posts from Blog Fiesta. I had even migrated them to this site. I don’t remember doing this, but hooray, they are here. The only issue is that the pictures are missing. I will get around to deleting those image errors… someday.
2007 was the year real estate blogging blew up. Since then, many of the people interviewed have moved on to other things and some of the tools people were using are out of date. Yet, I enjoyed reading through these. You might too. Tools change, but the strategies still apply today.
Originally written on December 29, 2010 and published to snap.tc
A tale of two quarterbacks:
Mike was a solid high school quarterback, but considered undersized
once he moved on to college. A hit from another player almost killed
him and his career as a quarterback quickly came to a close. Mike
became a coach. He started as an assistant coach in the college ranks
and eventually made it to the NFL where he worked as a quarterback’s
coach, an offensive coordinator and finally, a head coach.
John was a superstar quarterback in high school and college. He was
the first player drafted in the Quarterback Class of 1983 and ended
his career as the winningest quarterback in NFL history, and MVP of the
back to back World Champion Denver Broncos.
Throughout most of John Elway’s best years in the NFL, Mike Shanahan
was his coach.
Personally, I don’t care if the people who coach me are top producers.
I want them to be top coaches.
Eight years ago, my friend Andy Kaufman decided that it would be a good idea to bring BarCamp to real estate. BarCamp is an unconference, or a conference without speakers and agendas. I’ll tell you right now that I wasn’t sold on the idea of bringing this radical concept to real estate, but felt that, at worst, a couple dozen of us would get together one day before Inman Connect SF, drink some beer, and geek out about real estate. So I was in.
I helped Andy with the event by promoting it online. I created rebarcamp.com, and started drumming up attention for the event. Because I was a very public part of the original crew that helped organize the first RE BarCamp, many people give me more credit than I deserve for the event. Lots of people helped to make the first event a success and even more people helped to turn the event into a worldwide phenomenon Continue reading →
I remember way way back at the first RE BarCamp in 2008 that Rob Hahn suggested we do a BarCamp event for the real super geeks of real estate. It was a great idea, but I was really in no position to pull it off at the time.
Seven years later, I think it’s time to give it a shot. With some help from my peeps at NAR, we’re organizing “Data Science For Housing Meet Up” during NAR’s annual convention in San Diego. The event will take place at the convention center on Thursday, November 12th from 2:30 to 5:00.
REALTORS® are welcome to attend, but this is really geared toward coders, data scientists, business analysts, and maybe even a few economists who work in the housing industry. Heck, I hope 90% of the discussion is completely over my head.
More details to follow. RSVP now to save yourself a spot as attendance is limited to 150 people. Furthermore, please pass this on to those super geeks on your team. This is a great opportunity for them to network with their colleagues.