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Wordy C on The Wrath of Cow Pie and How To Cowculate Bull

Wordy C on The Wrath of Cow Pie and How To Cowculate Bull

Buying a brown cow dos not automatically mean it will produce chocolate milk. There are some people in the Rain who would have you believe this fairy tale because in cyberspace anything is possible if one is willing to believe. Like the Goose that lays the Golden Egg, The Chocolate Cow award is the brass ring of stellar blogs. Who doesn't want to be the next Lenn Harley and own a website like HomeFinders.com? Who doesn't know three names of AR Staff? What are the first three things you think of when someone says TLW? If you are addicted to the Rain you subconsciously answered these thoughts without blinking or missing a beat because you can't be here a month and not know. Not knowing means you are not an active participant. If inactive, use the search feature to bring yourself up to speed. You are missing out if you have not read Lenn and TLW. :-)

BTW, there is more to TLW than crap points, ammo and a whip (LOL). Seriously... Give yourself time to get acquainted with your digital peers. It changed my life. Bet it will change yours in a wonderful way. ;-)

Google UFOs. Enjoy the arguments debates. They are very interesting and very compelling. We know they exist. There is a lot we don't understand. Looking forward to the explanations one day. Ezekiel saw the wheels in Chapter 1... (my fave visual) Dr. Rev Jesse Duplantis has Close Encounters of the God Kind creationist explanations that are fun and educational (stellar DVD). Pilots have taken film and pictures. The military is still freaking out about what they can't explain while governments keep pointing fingers at each other convinced new weapons are being manufactured and tested for the ultimate world war. The Blue Book Archives is a fascinating government website.

When it comes to UFOs we just don't know (a) what they are, (b) where they come from and (c) who is manufacturing them. Take out UFOs and feel free to substitute the word Blog Posts, then re-read this sentence again (LOL). Do you know the writers you are reading? Do you know where they are coming from, their true intent? Do you even know if they manufactured their own material?

Hmm... I think I know more about UFOs than the writers in cyberspace (LMAO).

UFOs are the Scientific Unicorn. Do we all subconsciously want to get our hands on one? You betcha! Think of all the free business publicity and historical notoriety not to mention the potential hypothetical money involved when governments and defense contractors start drooling over the rights to reverse engineer the technology of an advanced spacecraft or unicorn genome (LOL). Did I mention MONEY? (LMAO) Rumor has it it makes the world go round (besides gravity and God).

Anything that generates a substantial amount of money will always garner interest. If you maintain your blog well and treat readers right you will eventually discover you can generate a lot of money from several sources of revenue because you've stumbled into the Digital Goose that Lays the Golden Egg: Social Media.

Milk your social media opportunities by creatively marketing content and you open the door to opportunity. When opportunity knocks, your bloggers butt had better be in your digital home ready to respond. You have no idea who is reading you. You have no idea where your blog is going. From Club Chaos to Cosmic Cow Pies, doesn't matter what group you align yourself with. What matters is that the Rain allows you to be found in cyberspace by the entire planet. It's a commercial platform for your mind to find and connect with a business and/or consumer audience. Little kids can find you too. Anyone with access to cyberspace can make your acquaintance at any given moment.

When you introduce yourself, who and what are you introducing? Are you a whole person having a conversation or are you a made up individual trying to convince another person you have what you think they think they need? We are all working professionals in the Rain. Some of us like to play here more than work here but don't let our playtime fool you. Work can be playful and pleasant. It can be anything you make it because the two are not mutually exclusive. In the end, earning and collecting our fee is the goal of every working professional. When we take the time to market ourselves, we do so with this bottom line in mind: making money, paying the bills, making more money...

Like grass, money is green. Stop moo mooing and poo poohing over whether a kid or an elderly person wants to buy your book or do business with you. Stop worrying about whether or not it is greener on the other side because you are squabbling over a members blog post or dueling business titles as if the majority group can rule the minority groups. Earning a living should rule. That's where the money is.

Blogging is what it is: a digital conversation. It has intrinsic value based upon its stated and perceived worth of the reader/consumer. You may have an inflated opinion of yourself and run amuck accordingly or you can just have opinions and let them influence whoever as they may. I tend to think if you tend to your business the way you tend to your lawn people will eventually have a perception about you based upon the curb appeal of your blog. Neglect it, it gets all bald, spotted, brown and weedy and no one will want to be so bothered with sending a dollar or comment your way. Tend to it well and people will buy into what you are selling or at least be comfortable with taking your advice because you appear to have a green thumb and can help them learn how to tend to their own garden of business. I do not measure a blog's success by how many comments it generates, I measure it by how effective the message is and whether it generate readers visiting every day.

Some of you write for brownie points, crap points, AR points, no points (LOL). That's fine. Why you write is your personal and professional business. Have fun with it (or not). The problem I would like to address is the attitude some people take regarding their perception of who is a serious contender for generating business and who is not. (Yes, it is true, I have do-not-have-fun-police and hypocritical-commenter issues - LOL) Got news for you: it is up to the consumer to decide whom they want to work with, not you. Only readers decide who they want to read. We can all suggest where they may like to go because we recommend a writer we like, just be careful when you decide to fling a lot of disparaging remarks about because you don't like something written by your peer or competition. 

There are over 5000 groups on ActiveRain. Your blog posts give them an idea of what you are like and how you operate personally and professionally. You can place those thoughts on your AR Dashboard and in Outside Blogs, in Localism and in five groups. You can associate and congregate any way you please in the Rain. The AR Staff publish the rules and have discretion to tweak their business model as they see fit. So the only rules you, as a blogger and guest on a platform, should be making are the rules that affect your writing and personal presentation, not others. Notice how I didn't say you couldn't opine. I simply said you don't get to make rules for people who are not your children living under your roof dependent upon your money for their shelter, food and clothing. Stop treating your peers as if they are recalcitrant children you need to spank (unless you are their mentor or a group founder enforcing your group rules they volunteer to subscribe to).

If your digital group is bigger than my digital group, it doesn't rule me or the bay-bays writing under my digital roof. They are enjoying the blogging benefits associated with my Club Chaos home. Every group is home to a set of writers publishing there. Each group has been given digital real estate by this platform to operate and publish under with a group description that sets the tone or mandate of what the group is about. We are blooming as writers together in these forums. We are exploring a cyber-world filled with opportunity and promise, looking forward every day to being discovered by the public. We are making new friends and creating new business opportunities while freely associating with the writers of our choice.

Some writers don't get this, have no feel for community, spam the forums or are either digitally color blind and can't tell the difference between a cyber-flower and a cyber-weed. Those types of bloggers pull everything living out of a newbie, pollute the content of other writers and/or concrete their ideas like a mantra over other people's creativity. They try to sell the idea that their stone throwing is low maintenance paving to cover erroneous ideas that need to be rooted out by the uninitiated newb, pulled up by their digital roots and cast down in the cyber-dirt to be swept away like the trash they consider it. They think their spam constitutes the freedom to advertise and take offense when founders like me tell them the content is inappropriate for the group. Some people wont post a picture or icon and take offense when I ask them to do something with their blank smurf heads. If you care so little about your blog that you can't take the time to upload a picture, don't be angry when founders freeze your group account and eventually boot you for failing to respond to numerous requests to finish your profile information before posting in the house.

Community Rules are important in the Rain. If you experience a lot of flack as a writer then you may have picked the wrong group to plant your digital garden in or you may be dealing with someone unfamiliar with the rules.

Groups attract writers for a reason. Form or pick a new one if you are not happy. If you, as a blogger, do decide to stay, then stay and put up a fence to keep the wrong people trying to live in your computer from accessing a restricted area: your mind, will, emotions and heart. Once you set your digital perimeter, write what ever you want and warn them if they keep messing with you they may have to face the Wrath of Cow Pie. When you give as good as you get people learn something new about you (LOL). Never be afraid to moderate your comments section or tell a rude person to take a hike.

Did I mention blogging was a bloodsport? I think I did... so do yourself a favor and learn how to fight for your digital reputations because no one is going to fight for your rights with the same passion as you. I do not take using the delete button lightly. I rarely use it, but I will if I must. I am also not beyond dropping the F-bomb, tossing cow pies and kicking out a rant or a rave if you flip my b*tch switch (LMAO).

There is a difference between diversity in opinions and stupidity. Sometimes stupidity can actually be useful if you are quick on your feet with a pithy comeback and their diatribe illustrates your point (I love irony - LOL).

In sum and substance, today's Cow Pie talking point is learning how to cowculate the bull and use it to your advantage to grow your digital garden.  I do believe that I just did and if you haven't figured it out by now I am so easily amused (LMAO). Now you go out and do it too (amuse yourself bay-bays). Have fun with it and go check out those links. Dr. Duplantis is mad cool. So are Lenn and TLW. Talk about diversity in thinking  (LOL). ;-)

 

 

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Comment balloon 24 commentsC Tann-Starr • August 29 2009 11:44AM

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C - inbetween the UFO's and the Cow's I was kind of flying around from thought to thought - trying to keep track of them all. Whew - all that for a Saturday morning.  I think I'd better have some more coffee. I do like the colorful array of 'pictures' you've created to help folks know what social media is all about.  Relationships, building business and having a blast.  Having fun is important to me - if it ain't fun - what's the point. I mean come on - we spend a lot of time online - relating why not enjoy it all.  Law of attraction here~

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 9 years ago

Dr. J. Allen Hynek (a consultant on Close Encounter of the Third Kind, and the head of the Center for UFO Studies, here in Evanston) was an acquaintance, and a customer of mine when I worked at a local print shop.

Dr. Hynek used to bring in many of his "reports" from the public, to have reproduced and sent around the country.  I had the privilege of being able to read many of them.  Most of them Dr. Hynek was able to debunk easily.  Some were not so easily explained away... and some couldn't be explained at all.

It's incredibly arrogant of the human race, to presume in a universe as large as ours, that we could be the only sentient beings out there.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) almost 9 years ago

Hey C...Why hasn't this been featured already??? We might actually have better participation and less whining about nonsense if everyone got the points you so eloquently stated here in the Rain...

Oh, well. Back to the pie...

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) almost 9 years ago

Holy Cow! I never have time to read all that you write (where do you find the time??) but I really do try to keep my finger on your pulse! XXOO

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 9 years ago

C --- when I first glanced at this post, my thought was "wow, I don't have time to read all of this", but I started and then couldn't stop --you are a fascinating person and a gifted writer.  Thanks so much for sharing your philosophy with us.

Mama Liz's Signature

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) almost 9 years ago

Can't you just see Alan knocking someone down to read the latest buzz on a UFO?  I can, there's a reason that's he uses an Elvis pic. 

Great post but a little lengthy on puttin' down the law around here.  You should get a sheriff's badge on explaining the finer points of gettin along in the Rain.  I just had someone stop by and make comments on how she hated my jokes on MY blog.  Well, thanks for stopping by not to laugh.  If you don't like it - just leave.  She was leaving comments on me needing a shrink.  Well, maybe so, but I'm entitled to good clean fun now and then.  All right, maybe it was just a little evil.

TLW is only interested in ammo, I'm sure of it just like the UFO is right outside my window right now.

 

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 9 years ago

C, so much information. Great advise. But, big enough for two or three posts! I, personally, haven't seen many of the problems you have outlined, but then I also haven't been able to blog much this summer...so busy. (Love it, not complaining.)

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

C,

Talking about you dishing it out and laying it down for all to see and understand...BRAVO!

I am equally amazed at how eloquently you wrote it, while still using the word cow pies all in the same paragraph!

I think that there is nothing wrong with having a different opinion, but gosh darn there is something WRONG with how it's presented!

In this world you can usually get what you want if it's presented appropriately, right?

The best part of this post is these magic words: the Digital Goose that Lays the Golden Egg: Social Media.   Now that's what I'm talking about!

Posted by Sheila Moran, SanAntonioSheila.com, RE/MAX Access, 210-32 (RE/MAX Access (Garden Ridge, San Antonio, New Braunfels)) almost 9 years ago

C - You had me from "BTW, there is more to TLW than crap points, ammo and a whip".  Anyway, I do make a point of reading every word of many of your posts.  You can say it like no one else.  I'm going to agree with Anna too about all the ideas you inspired in me to write about.  Don't know how much time I'll have this weekend to blog.  At least one though (I've already started it).  Thx for the inspiration C.

Posted by Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services (Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA) almost 9 years ago

BTW:  after reading Lyn's comment, I had to go and check her blog out.  While I found her post funny (so would my retired and ailing papa Jack), I'll keep my smart @$$ remarks about one of the comments to myself.

Posted by Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services (Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA) almost 9 years ago

(uh, oh... busted... I'm gonna have to quit the job at the quickie-mart again, and move on down the road).

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) almost 9 years ago

LOL @ Anna Banana. I'm entertaining my ADD. Makes life very interesting when you are making a series of points. :-)

Alan, the descriptions of Angels and Demons are enough for me to know we were never alone (LOL). I believe in God and HE has created many worlds...

William, more participation would really be stellar. I'm with you 100%. :-)

LOL @ Susie. Work in 20 minute intervals and you can get a lot done. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Liz, thank you for the kind words, very much appreciated. :-)

Lyn, lengthy is a Wordy C specialty (LMAO). There is a reason Mangiggly the I-Talian named me that. ;-)

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Marianne, I have discovered that sometimes if you break it up it breaks down completely different (LOL).

Hey Sheila! I am discovering Social Media is the bomb diggety. I get calls, texts and e-mails weekly to consider propositions. I've passed on a lot but am considering a few...

Hi Donne! Will go lurk on your blog and see what you cook up. I'm thinking we can have lots of fun tag teaming a few peeps (LOL). Nothing like a good high-jack to get the conversation rolling. I'm thinking I should go check Lyn's blog out as well. :-)

ROTFLMAO @ Alan. What? No more quickie-mart? Seriously??? (LMAO) ;-)

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Hi C, At this time of night or should I say morning, one can  not just glance at your writing. You are deep, you are funny, you are serious, you educate, you lecture and you are way wise beyond your years!

What were the minions destroying getting into while your were at the keyboard? Never mind, we will find out in the next post or two.

 

This struck a cord: "it is up to the consumer to decide whom they want to work with, not you"

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 9 years ago

Alot to think about, but I was howling and beating the floor before I was halfway thru! I am still mulling over the Penelope Trunk's blog and will need to reread this when not so bleary eyed.Keep throwing those pies

 

Posted by Crystal Ledbetter (Texas Home Group) almost 9 years ago

C, 

Your grasp of the English language and depth of your writing is enough to make everyone want to have your daily dose of of prose.  It seems to me, as you so graciously described that the $$ is what everyone should be working toward.  Each individual should determine what is the "call to action" after reading a blog... What is it you want the reader to do???? CALL you to buy or sell a house or whatever you are selling.. .could be a good answer... let's take your words.. and turn it up a notch! 

"Like grass, money is green. Stop moo mooing and poo poohing over whether a kid or an elderly person wants to buy your book or do business with you. Stop worrying about whether or not it is greener on the other side because you are squabbling over a members blog post or dueling business titles as if the majority group can rule the minority groups. Earning a living should rule. That's where the money is.

 "Tend to it well and people will buy into what you are selling or at least be comfortable with taking your advice because you appear to have a green thumb and can help them learn how to tend to their own garden of business. I do not measure a blog's success by how many comments it generates, I measure it by how effective the message is and whether it generate readers visiting every day."

This is where the "turn it up a notch" comes in....Only my thoughts... start a membership group where individuals.. buyers, sellers, Realtors, internet entreprenures or just about anyone... pay $29.00 per month to belong to your special "club"... The name yet to be determined... something with COW PIE.. would ROCK! (needs to include funny & helpful content that helps people make money)  Let's do simple math.. 1000 subscribers <@#$%^&*>  Anyway... I think you get the drift.. you have a gift.. might as well "spread it around" COWABUNGEE  and get paid for it.. you have something people want, this is America... land of opportunity!  IMHO and experience as a small business consultant,  You got what it takes!   Be glad, give thanks, rejoice!  as the song goes. 

Thanks for sharing your stuff in the Cosmic Cow Pie!

Carra Riley CRB, CRS, GRI

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 9 years ago

Hey C: You really got wound up there ~ personally I enjoyed. I can't wait for Fringe to come on again. I like all of the Syfy stuff too. I also believe there is a grand plan. Most everyone gets really creeped out about it. Anyway~I ejoyed your post.

Posted by Sandy Childs, Realtor - Spartanburg, SC (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

Nice article, digital cow-pies very interesting. I like the way you think out side the box.  I think I am going to weed my digital garden and haul some cow-pies to my garden

Posted by Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii (Elite Pacific Properties Maui) almost 9 years ago

Cool! Time to get on with the crap-o-rama and let the chips fall where they may...

Featured in Blogs Happen... 

Helping you live your American dream...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

I guess I am addicted now.  According to you if I knew what & who you were talking about then I am addicted?  LOL  The only milk I like is chocolate!  I need to weed my garden.  Have any RoundUp?  Your a GREAT writer by the way.

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) almost 9 years ago

June, if you can weed out two members from 157,327 without blinking then yes, you are addicted to the Rain (LMAO). What are the statistical probabilities. Lets find out... (LOL) ;-)

Michael, thank you for the feature. Very much appreciated. :-)

Steven, very cool. Have at it sweetie pie! :-)

Sandy, I have been watching and re-watching Fringe on Internet TV. I am soooo addicted and hooked to that show. It is AWESOME!!!

Carra! Hello lovely! I am having mad fun with your group. Mad Cow is my next organic adventure waiting to be written (LOL).

Crystal, I love Penelope Trunk. She is so awesome in her transparency. I love, love, love transparent writers. I get them. I really enjoy exploring their minds. :-)

Thank you, Margaret. I am such a huge fan of your writing and you. What a wonderful compliment. I appreciate your kind words. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Yup, you're right.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

LOL @ Marianne. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

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