There’s always something to howl about

Quick notes on Inman’s Bloggers Connect

I’m juggling eggs in negotiations on between $0 and $2.2 million in new listings, but I’ve been following Inman’s Bloggers Connect off and on by RSS feed and email.

Paul Chaney at the Blogging Systems Group Blog was going great guns this morning, but I think maybe his laptop battery died. His summaries of this morning’s events are very good, though.

Kris Berg emailed that Teri Lussier and I did not win the Project Blogger contest, but I would have been stunned if we had. If you’re going into a competition with the intention of doing everything your own damn way, your only chance of winning is if the judging is based on how well you do things your own damn way. In that regard, BloodhoundBlog should win the Inman Innovator award — but I won’t be stunned if we don’t. Doing things your own damn way is its own damn reward, after all.

Mail from Teri:

My apologies to Cathy and her indignant cats, and I hope I didn’t let you down. OTOH, I’m quite pleased with my blog.
I had an interesting comment on TBR last night that made me think that I must be doing something right with it. And this reader is a Daytonian, and not in real estate, and has little patience for Realtors.
I don’t know if I would have changed anything to do it again… Although. If I had put an idiot widget and a few goofy graphics in occasionally to bust up the dreaded “wall of text”, I suppose Cathy’s cats would be well fed tonight. But since I really hate those, I’d probably end up hating TBR as well.  ;)
I’ve enjoyed the journey enormously!

Indeed. Likewise. And that “Well…” is just too perfect. Eudora Welty lives on at The Brick Ranch.

Inman Blog reports that’s Glenn Kelman claims that I am sending them business:

“Greg has long been my antagonist, and of course he is our best friend,” Kelman said. “Everytime he writes about us, he brings us business.”

I find that difficult to believe, but Kelman also said, of 60 Minutes Reporter Lesley Stahl:

“She kept saying I was full of s__t.”

This I find completely credible.

Note to an irate vendor: If you’re going to try to post anonymous ad hominem attacks, you might talk to the boys back in the cubicles about what kind of tracks you might be leaving on your “secret” messages.

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15 Comments so far

  1. Teri August 1st, 2007 5:05 pm

    >Doing things your own damn way is its own damn reward, after all.

    Ain’t it the truth! ;-D

  2. Kris Berg August 1st, 2007 6:47 pm

    Teri, You should be proud. You learned from the best, and have a fabulous product to show for your efforts. Awards are overrated. I have gotten two ears full of how we measure success by Google Analytics, SEO results, blah-blah-blah today. One panelists stated with authority that if you aren’t getting 2000 distinct hits a day from your blog within 6 months, you aren’t *&(%. There is a post in this, of course, but the message is that only you know how to do what you do best, and only you will know when you have been successful in your efforts. We all measure success in different ways. Awards would be one, the respect of your peers would be another, and an increase in business as a result would be yet another. I’ll take two out of three any day. You go girl. Your project is not over; it has just begun.

  3. Teri Lussier August 1st, 2007 7:27 pm

    Kris, I’m in complete agreement.

    The Insufferable Bastard brought me along for the ride, and we did much more than compete in a blogging contest. There is an online weblogging course that was born, in part anyway, because of this. I now have the priviledge and honor of being a Bloodhound, and as if that wasn’t enough, there are real live Daytonians who are very interested in TBR.

    If only the feral cats could see it this way. 😉

  4. Derek August 1st, 2007 7:43 pm

    Kris: Concerning your comment about measuring success on the basis of Google Analytics, and SEO results. I used to be that way as well but I think as a blogger (and one who does not blog for business) the I find the most helpful in determining my success is the number of people who according to my stats, have bookmarked my page. To me this means I have repeat readers. To me it says hey, I am interesting in what you are saying. Then again, I do my own damn thing (Greg’s words) and when I blog, I blog for search engines. I am blogging for future business as in 5-10 years from now so… I am keyword blogging even through I do repsond to the comments and stuff (building a community type blogging).


  5. Greg Swann August 1st, 2007 8:20 pm

    > If only the feral cats could see it this way.

    You shouldn’t feel bad about this. I’m sure Cathy has already made it up to the cats.

  6. Jay Thompson August 1st, 2007 11:04 pm

    “One panelists stated with authority that if you aren’t getting 2000 distinct hits a day from your blog within 6 months, you aren’t *&(%.”

    What a load of crap. I’m not getting that much (or the RSS subscribes she apparently discussed) after two years.

    I guess my blog is a miserable failure.

  7. Jay Thompson August 1st, 2007 11:06 pm

    Oh, and far more importantly, congrats Teri! Your blog is fabulous, and it’s real, and that matters far more than some arbitrary award.

    What would be *really* interesting is to follow up on all these blogs in 1, 2 and 3 years and see where they are.

    I know where I’d bet my money…

  8. Todd Carpenter August 2nd, 2007 12:35 am

    “Greg Swann is not here?… (sigh of relief) I feel comfortable”
    – Glenn Kelman, just before calling you his freind. 😉

    I just got home, I’ll have a bunch of stuff tomorrow.

  9. Greg Swann August 2nd, 2007 12:45 am

    “Greg Swann is not here?… (sigh of relief) I feel comfortable”
    – Glenn Kelman, just before calling you his friend.

    Bless you for that, Todd. You made my day!

  10. Cathleen Collins August 2nd, 2007 9:35 am

    Coal thinks maybe you should have thrown in more pictures, Teri; and been less interested in delivering value to your readers by writing great articles with your local market in mind.

    She stopped crying, though, after I explained that you really did win — ProjectBlogger or no — and none of this has anything to do with her dinner.

    She sends her congratulations to you both!

  11. Teri Lussier August 2nd, 2007 10:19 am

    >thrown in more pictures
    Yeah, I’ve heard that once or twice.

    It was apparent early on that what I was delivering was not what most judges wanted to see, so I truly was neither surprised nor upset about the competition. Until I saw this photo! :)

    At any rate, thanks for squaring things with Coal.
    Odysseus? in the background looks concerned as well. Let him know it’s all good. TBR is like Coal- a diamond in the rough. 😀

  12. Greg Swann August 2nd, 2007 10:41 am

  13. Teri Lussier August 2nd, 2007 10:51 am

    I feel that way, too!

  14. Derek Burress August 2nd, 2007 11:01 am

    Diamonds in the Rough. I like that name Teri. The reason being was back in 1996 I think it was, that was the name of my baseball website.

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