Here’s a truly amazing feat, which speaks either to my determination or the emptiness of my calendar on this particular day. But this morning Brian Brady successfully herded cats, luring some of the Phoenix area’s top real estate bloggers to a meet-and-greet session at the main branch of the Phoenix library.
Purpose to the meeting was seemingly lacking outside of the idea of bringing everyone together in the same room so we can match actual faces to avatars. Given the one-time brief public feud in which we engaged, getting Greg and I in the same room seemed like an incredible feat onto itself.
As the discussion evolved, several things seemed remarkably clear.
First, just as there are some who actively seek an Internet presence and work toward that end and others who just have websites, there are some with clear pictures of what they want from their blog and how to achieve it and others who have a blog and haven’t quite figured out the why. Which is fine, at least in the short-term. This is a new medium to the vast majority of us and only in time can you truly see the potential.
Second, there is an incredible amount of knowledge to be found on the various blogs. All of us have different opinions and different perspectives about the same subject – real estate – and sharing our thoughts and viewpoints only can help the industry as a whole. Maybe we’ll never change NAR but we can tilt at the windmill anyway.
Third, many of us view these blogs as therapeutic outlets. We write because we love to write, not simply to attract business.
And lastly, Phoenix absolutely is the epicenter of real estate blogging. Greg has 333 Technorati links (one way of measuring a presence.) Jay is over 80. I was over 60 before I made the switch onto my own server a ciouple of days ago. And we’re all in the same city, working many of the same neighborhoods, driving on many of the same roads. For all of the intellectual power being invested elsewhere nationally, I don’t believe there’s any one metropolitan area with anything close to what we have here.
As I said this morning, in this case the competition is an absolute benefit. I would never have worked as hard as I have on my blogs, never would have posted as often and never would have sought quality as urgently as I have had the folks in the room today not been there to push me beyond myself. Ultimately, the readers of the various blogs will be the benefactor.
And so, ladies and gentlemen … I beat you to the keyboard. And I look forward to your thoughts on today and the future.