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Picking up the pace: Introducing Geno Petro

Today we’re adding another writer to our line-up, but we’re also revealing the secret subterranean agenda of The Odysseus Medal competition.

Every time I turn around, there is someone accusing me of underhanded methods. I was seeking to get rich at $6.17 a month as an Amazon Affiliate. The Odysseus Medal is alleged to be a link-baiting scheme. And — the worst of my crimes — I hogged all the good grades in school!

I live in a simple world. I figure things are pretty much what they seem to be. Certainly I am, as is anything I build. I don’t do double-talk. I don’t get it, and I don’t care to take the time to puzzle it out.

So what is the real, super-secret, ultra-nefarious objective of The Odysseus Medal?

To unearth and celebrate talent. Period. My secondary hope is that I might recruit talented writers whose work I haven’t seen before to come write with us. But I want to improve my own mind — as I assume you do, too — and a good way for us to achieve that objective is to tell each other about great writing and great ideas we find as we leap across these nets.

Ooh… Crafty…

Today’s introduction is a treat for me. I had never read him before Sunday morning. He was nominated for The Odysseus Medal, and I knew about a third of the way through his post that he had won it. By the time I had finished reading, I knew I wanted to recruit him for BloodhoundBlog.

Enough. The man:

Geno Petro is the voice of Chicago on the A top-producing listing agent, he has done leasing and has worked in his own behalf as an investor. On top of all that, he is a stunningly original writer.

Geno Petro is an incomparable writer. Like Kris Berg, he takes you right into his world, and, while you are there, you cannot even imagine any other, so completely is it realized.

I love what we do here, but one of the things I love best is that it makes all of us stronger. We all have to run hard to keep up with this pack. That’s a good thing, good for our readers but even better for us. And today we’re picking up the pace.

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10 Comments so far

  1. Charleston real estate blog October 31st, 2007 12:37 pm

    Greg, congratulations to Bloodhound on landing the exceptional storytelling of my friend Geno who works the streets of my hometown of Chicago when he isn’t busy crafting another masterpiece. Howard

  2. Russell Shaw October 31st, 2007 12:38 pm

    Oh great. First you bring in Kris Berg, who can make taking out the trash seem real interesting and now another real writer. Damn you, Greg Swann. Damn you!

    Gene, don’t you even try to top my Banana Post with you dressed up in some zucchini outfit. BloodhoundBlog is too dignified for that sort of thing.

  3. Brian Brady October 31st, 2007 3:09 pm

    Hooray! Geno’s outstanding.

    This place might just turn into a Flyers blog now that we’re three

  4. Eric Blackwell October 31st, 2007 3:28 pm

    Russell–Too late, my friend! Did you read what he just posted?? That fall into the WOW! category…(grin)

    No worries though…you still have the title for making pictures TRULY say 1000 words.



  5. Michael Cook October 31st, 2007 4:33 pm

    Always nice to have another Chicago person around.

  6. Teri Lussier October 31st, 2007 5:05 pm

    The best news of the day!

  7. John Wake October 31st, 2007 5:18 pm

    Wow, that guy can write!

  8. Jay Thompson October 31st, 2007 9:50 pm

    Excellent addition! Geno rocks. I’ve been reading him a long time. Since early AR days maybe? I know it was before the Yankee Blgo Swap thing. Anyway, his post on Starbucks is one of my all time favorite blogs ever.

    Linkbaiting scheme. How stoopid. Like BHB needs to “game” for links. They say jealousy is the most sincere form of… something.

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