– 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 Since then, many of the people interviewed have moved on to other things and some of the tools people were using are out of date.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.
I bet at least a few of you thought I was going to interview myself. I’m not that vain. However, Dustin Luther of Rain City interviewed me way back in December of 2005. I thought it would be fun to share as his questions as ther’re what gave me the idea for the interview series here.
One note. In a full circle sort of way, the answer to Dustin’s question, “What is the one tool or feature that you wish your site had?” came to fruition. Once I built that search engine, it inspired me to create REMBEX. REMBEX then lead to this blog.
Anyway, it’s kind of neat to look back.
I was lucky enough to meet Jessica Hughes at our Denver Fiesta Event. I think she asked more questions than anyone during our panel. I good indicator of someone who’s always trying to better themselves. Jessica’s business provides home staging in Boulder Colorado. She uses blogging in a business to business fashion. Loan officers, title reps, and anyone who wishes to acquire realty agents as clients should take extra notes here.
What inspired you to create a real estate blog?
I stumbled across Active Rain late one night in October of last year and never looked back. It took me a little while to figure out what blogging was all about given my introduction to it was through AR, which is more of a ‘blorum’ than a blogsite, but once I realized the potential to increase my business through blogging, I took it more seriously.
What do you like to blog about?
Anything unrelated to my business! Seriously, I have enjoyed blogging about my hometown of Gold Hill more than just about anything else. Maybe because otherwise it feels like work to me. I also feel kind of cheezy putting my little business tagline at the end of my ‘marketing’ blogs.
Where do you go, or what do you do to find topics to blog about?