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The POWER of Blogging

 Much has been asked about the power of blogging here on Active Rain.  People want to know if it is "worth" it? They want to know if blogging generates business... will it make them more money?

Well in order to make money your blog first be seen… and it looks like my words are being seen by others. 

One of those “others” noticing and mentioning my "pretty" blog (which is pretty much a mirror blog of my AR posts) is a cool blog site that until yesterday I never even heard of called Grow-A-BrainGrow-A-Brain is a fine example of how realtor blogging can be done. As you read it… you are charmed, challenged, intrigued and taught. Mary McKnight would be proud.

AND did I mention it is written by a realtor… all I can say is if I was looking for real estate in Riverside California, I would definitely be giving Hanan Levin a call. "HE" comes thru his blog "Grow A Brain". THIS is the first lesson of my blog today.

The second lesson is much more personal and has a bigger payoff.

Upon my return from my weekend get-a-way, I found an email in my box from a person whose name I did not recognize. The email started out, “How weird is it, me finding your blog! I was on the "Grow A Brain" site and your blog was linked there! How are you? I see you are still in Chicago, I am in Northern California, Gilroy to be specific…” here after nearly 20 years and lives that have taken us to different parts of the country a friend of mine from my high school years found me… thanks to blogging. To say I was blown away… would be an understatement as I have tried to find this friend of mine numerous times, Goggling her name and finding nothing.

So, if you blog you may make money… and sometimes if you are lucky much much more.  THANKS AR!


Comment balloon 6 commentsCraig Schiller • October 16 2006 06:54AM


Great testimonial that blogging gives us exposure we may not have been able to generate alone. Pretty awesome how she found you !

Glad you are back, I enjoy your writing.

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) about 14 years ago
I haven't had a friend find me yet but I did have a realtor contact me and ask me how I got to that position.  Blogging works!
Posted by Nima Rezvan CT Lender CT Senior Mortgage Broker, First Time Home Buyer Expert - CT FHA Loans - FHA (Nima Rezvan Prosper First Funding Corporation NMLS#110681) about 14 years ago

Craig, a mention on Grow a Brain is like getting an Oscar.  I was very excited to see your name there.



Posted by Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel (Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel) about 14 years ago
And your information will be out there for years to come. It is amazing how much infomation is already out there and now blogs have put us to the top.
Posted by Susan Trombley, Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs (Trombley Real Estate) about 14 years ago
Good story Craig.  I'm sure that this is the first of many connections that will be formed or re-formed because of Active Rain.
Posted by Christopher Smith (TREGO REALTY) about 14 years ago
Yes, I'm proud!  You are intriguing and charming- personable and just a fantastic blogger all around!  It's funny how blogging can really connect you.  Makes the World Wide Web a whole lot smaller, huh?
Posted by Mary McKnight (Sacrilicious Marketing) about 14 years ago