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Run Off and Join a Blog Carnival... You Might End Up Being FEATURED in the Rain

 So, I just finished being the guest judge for this week's Carnival of Real Estate. Some really great and informative winning posts for this week's contest  can be found here on my "pretty" blog: Judging for Real Estate Blogging Award Ain't Just Easy as Black & White.

But that is not what I want to talk about. While judging it was fun and informative, I have to admit I was a bit shocked and surprised as I was reading through the variety of colorful and varied Real Estate industry posts that were submitted this week... it hit me that NOT MANY Active Rain Bloggers submitted their work for this week's carnival. And I wondered why.

I wondered why especially since I know that a common "compliant" here in the Rain is the fact that at times it seems difficult to be SELECTED AS A FEATURED POST. It only makes it more frustrating when you KNOW what you wrote was a well articulated and an informative blog.

What you might NOT know that the Carnival Of Real Estate is another great place to submit these types and any other well written posts. Weekly, on Monday mornings, the Carnival highlights the best of the best of the past week's Real Estate industry blogs (regardless of where they originated) and gives those who submit a post the possibility of even more exposure of it and its author to even a larger audience... outside of Active Rain.

Each week the "Carnival" moves to a different blogger's site... who in turn not only act as Host for the week's event but also the sole Judge for the week's submissions. The Host reads all the submitted posts, judges the best of the best, and writes a post on their site featuring the winners. It is great marketing exposure for any featured winner and the Host Judge's site.

Exposing your words to as MANY people as possible can only give more "life" to them. Many of the Carnival Hosts in the past are member's here on Active Rain. So having more people know you, and see that you have a message to share, can only help your chances at being featured back here in the Rain. Not to mention the fact that the GENERAL PUBLIC have yet another opportunity to see that you and what you had to say was acknowledged by your Real Estate industry peers. For Home Stager's this is especially important... as we work on building credibilty with our partners in the Real Estate Industry. Our staging VOICES should  and need to be heard.

Submitting posts to the Carnival of Real Estate is super easy. You can find instructions for submission on the bottom of the page in the Post Script here on my post today announcing the winners on my "pretty" blog. If you want to be a HOST of a Carnival... be prepared to wait. I was assigned this week, to be the host, 8 months ago back in November 2006. If you want to read about that whole experience go here: This Clown gets a Carnival and I owe it to being Active in the Rain.

Anyway, I guess what I am saying is WRITING your blog is one thing... MARKETING it is another. The Carnival of Real Estate gives you another avenue to get your own colorful message out to yet another audience... and the more they know of you out there, can ONLY help you here in the Rain.

Blog It Forward...



PS to HOME STAGERS: It is even MORE imperative and important that we as a group make sure our Staging words are heard in the Carinval of Real Estate. This week there were NO articles about staging submitted to the Carnival. With all the GREAT information being written on and blogged about here in the Rain on Staging...  don't forget that this is yet another avenue for recognition of who we are and what we provide and is just another small way we all can Stage It Forward...


Comment balloon 14 commentsCraig Schiller • June 11 2007 09:52AM


Great insite.  I never really knew what the Carnival.  Thanks for the encouragement to join in.
Posted by Blue Ridge Ga Real Estate >> Real Property in Blue Ridge Georgia (United Country Landmasters) over 13 years ago

thank you for your post on carniva.


Patricia Aulson/Lic NH/ME/MA

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 13 years ago

gee, Craig , I didn't know Carnival existed.  I'l get on the waiting list to be a host and now that I know about it, perhaps I can submit a blog now and then.

Good info and well written !


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 13 years ago
THANKS for the information, Craig. I've bookmarked it...and once again am reminded of why I subscribe to your BLOG!

Hey you tell us after the fact? Home Staging is such a new tool for marketing real estate that it needs to be embraced and celebrated by the industry as a whole and Carnival is a good place to start.

There is no reason on earth not to get excited about a new marketing tool for selling real estate. They need the lift!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 13 years ago

Sharon... LOL!

Hey I am NO dummy... I KNOW I would have been bombarded with posts this week.

As It was I had about 30 to read and judge THAT took all day yesterday and into the night!

I pity next weeks judge.


Posted by Craig Schiller over 13 years ago

Indeed you might Craig,  I am SURE, there will be not shortage of Staging blogs next week! 

Thanks for sharing, I checked it out quickly, but will look a little more later.

Posted by No Longer Available over 13 years ago
Ah man, my bad. I was at he Carnival page yesterday and I could not find out who was hosting. They changed the site and I couldn't find it anywhere. I then went through my posts to see if I had written any thing good this week and I hadn't. If had I known you were hosting I would have certainly entered. I am sooo sorry.
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 13 years ago
Shame on me.  I must admit I haven't really been familiarized with  The Carnival of Real Estate until I came upon your post Craig.  I will check it out, seems like it might be a fit for me, I can certainly play the part of the 'Circus Freak' quite well:-)  Seriously though, I need to do my due diligence and familiarize myself with it.  Thanks for the heads up.
Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 13 years ago
Thanks for the heads up Craig...I just might move into cyberspace!
Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 13 years ago

Craig, thanks for the info. Another item to put on my 'to do" list. :)


Posted by Julia Fedak, IRIS, CSP (Platinum Home Designs ) over 13 years ago
Craig - I remember when you announced you were hosting the Carnival of Real Estate.  It seemed like such a long time off.  I should have written it on my calendar.  I'll know better next time. ;)
Posted by Maureen Maureen over 13 years ago
Craig, I hadn't heard about Carnival of Real Estate.  I'm checking it out.  Thanks for being the judge this week.
Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) over 13 years ago

Craig, I never paid much attention to the Carnival contests before. Thanks for pointing out that it is great exposure, and definitely encourages better writing.

I'm in Chicago next week...can we meet for coffee? 

Posted by Sue Argue, NH Home Stager (Staged First Impressions) over 13 years ago