Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): So Much to Blog About - help for Newbies - Localism tips

So Much to Blog About - help for Newbies - Localism tips

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There is just so much to blog about, I thought I might offer some suggestions for Newbies, or anyone for that matter.  If you want to connect with consumers (and who doesn't?) then you can post all sorts of things about your local area.  Put yourself in their shoes.... they are thinking of moving to your town.  They want to know about the schools and churches, the stores and restaurants, the hospitals, tha parks and all of those things.  Make it interesting and post stories about what's in your area, and you can become the local expert who they will call for more information.  And, a Localism post can earn you extra points if it becomes a featured post.

Some topics can be done as a series, or they could be a comprehensive list of all options.  Once you have a few posts on one neighborhood, you can link them back and forth to each other to tie them all in, and help the consumer learn more.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Real Estate offices - here's a chance to plug your own office 
  • banks, credit unions - where will they keep their hard earned money?
  • churches - post these to the Spiritual groups
  • schools - elementary, middle, high, college, tech, whatever - people want to know this stuff!
  • hospitals and clinics - seniors are especially interested in health care
  • furniture stores - a new house needs new furnishings
  • farmers markets, swap meets - what days are the best?
  • shops and stores - shopping centers, big box stores, boutiques - where do you go?
  • restaurants - who's got the best pizza?  where can you go late at night?
  • parks, beaches, public pools - this is the stuff that locals know best
  • golf courses, race tracks - gotta have some fun when you get there
  • spas, salons, nail shops - give recommendations of the ones you like best!
  • dry cleaners, laundromats - you must pass by some of these every day
  • vets, dog boarding, horse stables - people are concerned about their pets when they move - post to the pet lover groups
  • tradesmen - plumbers, electricians, tree trimmers, and carpet cleaners - new homeowners need this info
  • the price of gas - yes, they want to know this too - who's going to tell them?

You starting to get the picture?  The possibilities are endless, and I have some catching up to do too.  I took so many pictures today I could blog for a week or 2!  Grab your camera and take some pictures everywhere you go.  It might seem boring to you, but new homeowners find this stuff valuable. 

And here's a Localism tip - post your pictures there for points (no more points awarded for pictures). Then use them in your posts when you have the time.   BTW - Localism is an "appendage" of ActiveRain... in order to get your posts into Localism, you just post them here on ActiveRain....click the FOR CONSUMERS box and take it from there.

Good luck with your blogging!  Aloha from Maui.

Comment balloon 56 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • January 17 2008 08:51PM

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Hey Jim - those are some really great tips. I've got some work to do. Thanks!
Posted by Jim Albano, Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate (Prudential Damiano Realty ) almost 11 years ago
Hi Georgina - This is a great list for both new and old Rainers to build some quality Localism content. Nice tip about looking at our neighborhoods from the perspective of new homeowners. Thanks for your insights!
Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 11 years ago
Hi Georgina, nice post and it is for more than "Newbies" like you said.  You have hit some very key points to keep you recognition up and going.  Nice.
Posted by Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust! (Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions") almost 11 years ago
Hey, some great ideas. My problem is not enough time TO blog. But I am sending this age to myself for yet a few more ideas! Thanks!
Posted by Brian Wentz, Realtor - Des Moines Iowa Real Estate (Keller Williams Greater Des Moines) almost 11 years ago
Great ideas... I need to get busy ;)
Posted by Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec (Dave Jones Realty, llc.) almost 11 years ago

Jim - you and me both!

John - we were all new once - try and get that feeling again

Gary - thanks, I hope you get inspired

Brian - that's a real problem isn't it?  I always get too elaborate with my posts, it's hard to keep them simple.

Dave - no time like the present

BLOG ON IN THE RAIN

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago
Georgina, these are some great ideas.  Using localism to communicate the great things in your community is smart choice.  Thanks for the reminder.
Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) almost 11 years ago
Kate - I look forward to seeing some of your posts about your community
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Howdy Georgina

I like all of your ideas, for writing some fine quality blogs to be posted on localism. They are very helpful to all members of Active Raine. Your a very fine lady for taking the time to make this list.

Have a good one

Dale

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 11 years ago
Hi Dale - glad you liked it!  Have a great weekend.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

 I'm not a newbie but that gave me some more ideas. Gotts go do some posting to localism. before I go I'll click on your website and give you some extra traffic will you return the favor? Thanks

Sally in Greenwood Lake Greenwood SC Real Estate

Posted by Sara Norton (Cross Roads Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Sally - I sure will - thanks for the suggestion.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Sally - That's a very informative site!  And I see you're a painter too, good for you.  We have a great art supply store in Makawao that I will be posting about soon.

aloha - see you around the rain.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Those are all great ideas.  The way Broken Arrow is growing and all the new development that is going on I can't wait to take pictures!

Thanks a bunch!

Posted by Kelly Shoemaker, Realtor Broken Arrow, OK (Coldwell Banker SELECT) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the localism post ideas-and the suggestion about photos!

Kathy

Posted by Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging (STAGING SMART N SOLD) almost 11 years ago

Kelly - go for it!  Be the expert in your neighborhood.

Kathy - I need to stay home for about a week and stop taking pictures... lol

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Georgina,

I have recently started this venture of the blog.... I have posted a few and still learning how to do them to capture more attention. I'm trying to do a different location in town at least 2-3 times a week. Maybe I will hit a big one some day that will draw lots of attention.

 

Roland

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) almost 11 years ago
Roland - that's exactly how to do it.  You might not get a lot of comments from this crowd, but you will get the attention of people moving to your area, and that's what counts. 
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Georgina,

Great post with lots of ideas.  I learned a long time ago to always carry a camera.  You never know when you might miss something.

dione the home advisor

Posted by Dione Beilgard, Plano Tx Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 11 years ago
Dione -You got that right - and spare batteries too!  Thanks for your comment.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago
Georgina - great post, good tips! Be sure to name the images properly, too, for good SEO.
Posted by Kay Frenzer-Zeeh, Real Estate SEO (Buzz Marketing Pros) almost 11 years ago
Where do you post for localism? I think you've got a great bit of advice here but I'm so in the dark. Thx
Posted by Cody Loughlin (FloridaPropertyClub.com) almost 11 years ago

Kay - I put a lot of words into my picture tags and titles - every bit helps.  thanks!

Cody - when you submit your post, you can click on FOR CONSUMERS, and that will post it to localism.... you will get boxes to click off the state, the city, the neighborhood.  You can even create a neighborhood if it doesn't exist.  good luck with it!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago
Georgina- a great list to help getting started! and the camera, yes, the camera, one of the most important tools available to us!!! great advice!
Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago

Hi Georgina, First of all your pictures make me want to go vacation! I love your ideas for blogs and I'm very excited to get started. Are town has wonderful things about it so it will make it easy to write about. I'm glad Cody ask you that question because I've been wondering the same thing. Thanks!!

Posted by DeVerie Riley, Helping Buyers in Tehachapi & Bakersfield (Associated Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

There's something wonderful in every town or place.  Thanks for reading the post, I hope it will help get you started.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago
Thanks for all of the great ideas!  I am going to try and do a little bit at a time...so much to do ---so little time!
Posted by Betsy Byersmith, Realtor, GRI, CRS Toledo, Ohio (ReMax Central Group) almost 11 years ago
Betsy - welcome to activerain!  A good way to get started is to join the Newbies group and start a blog by posting it there, introducing yourself.  After that it will be a piece of cake!  I hope to see you around again.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago
great idea...i will continue to post on all topics pertaining to my area!
Posted by Scott Hutchinson, Lago Vista Real Estate (REAL ESTATE) almost 11 years ago
Georgina thanks!   Everyone here is so great!
Posted by Betsy Byersmith, Realtor, GRI, CRS Toledo, Ohio (ReMax Central Group) almost 11 years ago
Scott - Keep the localism posts coming... loved your pictures of the Pier.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Hi Georgina,

Thanks for the great ideas! I am a Newbie, and just starting posting to Localism.  I think it is a great way to serve the community.  With your ideas, I can really expand the service.

Take care,  Laurie

Posted by Laurie Logan, South Central WI Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty, Inc., Broker Associate) almost 11 years ago
Laurie - welcome to AR - blog away!
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Ok..I am a new blogger...not for long.

Thanks for the ideas, Georgina, I just  need to get started

Posted by Lorraine almost 11 years ago
Lorraine - Glad I could be of help.  Let me know if you have any questions.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

You forgot to mention the hidden danger of blogging about restaurants.....all those calories consumed doing your menu research......LOL...thanks for the advice, Mike

Posted by Mike Tetreau, ABR, CRS, GRI, Sales Vice President (William Raveis Real Estate - Fairfield, CT) almost 11 years ago
Mike - hahaha - that's the best part.... especially the ice cream shops!
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago
Excellent post with lots of great info to become the local area expert.  Great tips for putting a relo post together.
Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) almost 11 years ago
Donna - and once you have a bunch of relo posts put together, hop over to the LOCAL EXPERT group and enter the relocation package contest!  Just read the rules and go for it!
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago
Georgina, great post.  Thanks for the info.
Posted by Marvin Thomas (Allegiance Mortgage Corparation) almost 11 years ago
Marvin - You're welcome!  I look forward to seeing some of your Localism posts.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago
Your info is very helpful, but I see my city has no info on Localism and although I was able to post pictures, I have been unsuccessful at using the city description I want to insert  because I don't know where and how to do it!
Posted by Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS (Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Caroly - I hope I answered your question... read the comments on your blog.  Did you know you can also customize your profile? ... try adding some of your city description there and see how it looks.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago
Thank you for this post. You have given me some great ideas. I have started using Localism and Really love it. Send me some warm weather to upstate NY!!(ha)
Posted by Carol Olsen, Realtor- Oneonta NY Real Estate (RealtyUSA) almost 11 years ago
Carol - OK here I come with a bunch of hot air!  Spring is on the way isn't it?
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

As a newbie to Active rain and one who has not posted to Localism I was just thinking about how to start. As I was sitting on the front porch with my dog (yes its nice in this part of Maryland today) I thought wow, I need to grab my camera and go exploring. I came back in and grabbed my laptop (was checking in on Active Rain) and here you were. Thanks Georgina. You were right here when I needed you.

It's a Good Life!

Martha 

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) almost 11 years ago

Georgina - Thanks for the tips!  All are great suggestions!

Best Wishes,
Kelsie
www.TriangleChoiceRealty.com

Posted by Kelsie Compton, Cary NC Real Estate (Triangle Choice Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Martha - I'll always be right here when you need me!  I've realized that if I just take a lot of pictures, sooner or later they will be useful... even pictures of the strangest things.  I like to use my own pictures, and not somebody else's.

Kelsie - And that's just a start.... there are plenty of other topics I didn't touch on.

Have fun blogging!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Georgina.

Should have read your post first before I posted my very first localism posting.  I will bookmark this for future reference.  Thanks

Posted by Tina Farinas, REALTOR, ABR, GRI, SFR, CHS, e-PRO (Fusion Real Estate Network, Inc.) almost 11 years ago
I have found this post to be extremely helpful!! Thanks again Georgina for starting it and to everyone else for adding to it.
Posted by Betsy Byersmith, Realtor, GRI, CRS Toledo, Ohio (ReMax Central Group) almost 11 years ago
Hi Jim, Thanks for the helpful tips...."Put yourself in their shoes" is great advice!  When you're familiar with an area you tend to overlook what newcomers might find interesting.  At least, I know I do.  Cheers, Harley
Posted by Harley Ramsey, Chatsworth, CA Real Estate (Keller Williams) almost 11 years ago

Tina - It looks like you're off to a good start.  Keep it up, but don't get carried away!

Betsy - My pleasure.

Harley - Jim who?  I'll put myself in Jim's shoes.  haha

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago
Georgina, thanks for all the great information.  I'm new and already addicted. 
Posted by Dustin R. Burke almost 11 years ago
Hi Dustin - Welcome aboard, glad to be of help to you.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

According to ActiveRain, they are NO LONGER issuing points for photos on Localism.com

We are no longer giving out points for posting Localism photos.

Thank you
Nicole

Posted by Monica Bourgeau, Business Coaching (New Phase Business Coaching) almost 11 years ago
Kevin & Monica - that's news to me - I will double check on that and make a note
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

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