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The Lords of Dogtown: How do you get to be a BloodhoundBlog contributor?

We’re adding a new contributor today, Sean M. Broderick, CCIM:

Sean Broderick is a real estate developer and a practicing commercial real estate broker, holding the coveted CCIM designation. His career has taken him from Florida to California, with a stint in minor league baseball.

James Hsu, who has always had a lot on his plate, is expecting twins. For now at least his plate is laden with dinner for five, so he’s going on the back-burner for a while. His account remains active and he’ll rejoin us when he can.

How do you get to be a BloodhoundBlog contributor? There’s no set formula, but a good rule of thumb is to bring us something we don’t already have. If you’re a Realtor in Phoenix, you would probably have to out-write me, out-wow-factor Russell and out-charm Cathleen to make the cut. Sean is a good writer with interesting points of view, but the fact that he’s a developer working the commercial investment side of the street makes him a unique contribution to our roster of contributors.

If you write and reason very well, your chances with me are great. I care a lot about the diversity of viewpoints we bring to the marketplace of ideas, but first-quality writing covers a lot of ground with me. Even so, if you’re a top-executive at a major brokerage franchise or a Real Estate 2.0 start-up, you can come on board even if you get lost mid-alphabet. We’ve swung and missed three times at big-name contributors — all chickened out (or were compelled to chicken out) for corporate PR reasons — but we haven’t given up.

What’s in it for you? Fame and influence. I say there are no rules for BloodhoundBlog contributors, but that’s no wholly true: We’re not in the business of selling anything except good ideas. Most commercial weblogging is done in pursuit of commercial objectives, but that’s at best a secondary pursuit here. We throw off dozens of hard clicks a day to our contributor’s home weblogs or web sites, and some of that may turn into business for them. But we attract around 1,200 unique visitors a day, around 26,000 unique souls a month. Our repeat traffic is hugely loyal, hugely persistent, and I cannot even speculate about our RSS subscriber base. Writing for BloodhoundBlog will make you very well known among wired real estate professionals, and that, in turn, will magnify your influence.

What will come of it? Hide and watch. I know there are books that can be extracted from this big dog’s mouth. Kris Berg has an eloquent comedy about real estate in real life within her. Michael Cook lives at the intersection of high-finance and commercial real estate investment. His book explaining the one to the other could become a perennial classic. There is no megaphone large enough that Russell Shaw can’t pick it up, and agents are literally starving for the manna he brings forth for free. I can’t turn on HGTV without wondering why Bawldguy Jeff Brown isn’t there already. I don’t know what, precisely, will come of all this, but I know good things can and will.

Sufficient unto the day. Say hello to Sean Broderick, the newest of the Bloodhounds. I would think this is more and more an intimidating pound to wag a tail in, so do your best to make him feel welcome.

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6 Comments so far

  1. Sean M. Broderick, CCIM October 5th, 2007 9:09 am

    Thanks for having me, Greg..

  2. Kris Berg October 5th, 2007 10:28 am

    Hiya, Sean. Wear body armor. 🙂

  3. DB October 5th, 2007 10:34 am

    Sean: Go Indians.

    Kris: No former professional baseball player is gonna wear body armor. I know the hounds are a rowdy bunch, but it’s nothing like sitting in the bullpen getting beer poured over your head by some fat guy with his front teeth missing saying stuff like how your jersey number should belong to a football player and having to listen to him and his buddies talk about your ex and mother for 3 full hours.

  4. Michael Cook October 5th, 2007 5:26 pm


    Welcome. Its so nice to get some non-realtor blood in here. Additionally, when you get your bio up let me know. I am in the wonderful world of real estate investment banking, meaning I (usually) have lots of money and connections to help out developers that need it. Not a sales pitch, but it will be great to get a chance to connect.

  5. Doug Quance October 5th, 2007 7:32 pm

    Welcome to the pack, Sean!

    I think having a CCIM on the team is a good thing… and Greg is good at picking contributors.

    I look forward to reading your posts!

  6. Brian Brady October 5th, 2007 7:35 pm

    Welcome, Sean.

    I read your profile. I was intrigued about the wireless property development. I had a customer who bought and sold those leases for a period of time; I hope you write a bit about how the consolidation in that industry has affected those assets (redundancy).