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...