Which Blog Posts are "Selling" in Active Rain? How Posts are Like Listings
Like many of you, when I am composing a new blog post here, I wonder if it will resound with the readers. With some of my writing, I am really hoping to strike a chord, and welcome a tidal wave of perceptive, interesting, and funny comments.
Well, here at Active Rain, as in real estate, you must be prepared for surprises sometimes. Just as I am constantly amazed by which listings sell and which ones do not, I am also taken aback occasionally when I feel that I have written something exquisite, yet it receives a lackluster, lukewarm response.
This makes my 131st post, and I feel like I have hit a nice groove these days with my blog, mixing humor with business, coaching with personal stories, Localism with AR group information, and more.
I wanted to share with you which of my own "listings" have sold quickly and for top price here at Active Rain. In case you are not able to follow this analogy, I wanted to do a retrospective post on which of my blog posts have brought the most points and interest as of today. Perhaps we can learn something from this - who knows? If not, it will at least be interesting to me, and hopefully to you as well.
Let me clarify briefly - I am only going to focus on those posts that were at least somewhat successful. There is no reason to trot the bad ones back out for another look. With that in mind, away we go.
Please keep in mind that some of the posts below are pretty lame compared to my current work, but I hope that it will show the newbies that there is some hope for you if you are just starting to learn how to blog. I started actively posting here on August 5th, even though my profile was set up months before that. When I started, I had no idea what to do.
Maybe you will spot an interesting title below and check it out, like my own personal Active Rain library. Or, if prefer going to the bookstore instead of the library, feel free to send me a check or a fist-sized wad of cash as a gesture of your appreciation. Either way, you should probably bookmark this, as it is a virtual treasure trove of valuable and entertaining reading (keep in mind that I am stating this not as the author, but as a disinterested researcher).
First, these are my moderately successful "starter" posts (scored 300-350 points):
Oldest business card photo? - this was my first attempt at humor on AR - 300 points
Funny quotes from my son - more humor - 300 points
Worst photo contest - first post of mine with over 100 comments - 300 points. This one actually made me some new friends along the way.
Integrity - 317 points - short and sweet - one of my first
This next group of posts are like move-up homes (351-399):
These fall into the higher-end "blog property" tier (400-500 points):
A Couple of Useful Technology Tools that I Like - 400 points
These are my personal "luxury" posts, with over 500 points:
My Friend David - 521
"High Property Taxes, Heat, and Tornadoes, TOO? Why would I want to move to Austin, Texas?" - 600 points for this Localism featured post
So, what can I glean from this information? Well, it looks like the very best posts that I have written manage to tie something from my life and family into my career. Five of my nine 500+ posts were inspired by my family in some way, and one of them is about my AR "family".
THE TIME HAS COME FOR A SHAMELESS PLUG. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Check out my group "Family Ties" to see some awesome writing on display, and please bring any suitable stories of your own. You won't regret it. We are a happy bunch!
Thanks very much for reading (or skimming through) this post. I sincerely hope you enjoyed it.