Life With Wee People: Friends With Cameras
My favorite part of being a writer is sharing something about my day with my kids and readers. Watching them skip off to school, marching off to do wee people chores, engaged in playdates and/or going on road trips makes it all worth while and frequently inspires me to chat about what I experienced or found interesting for the day. When the shorties are not around to get up close and personal with a project I am working on, I always make it my business to snap several pictures so they can see what they missed and help me decide what to blog about.
They like blogging... They love seeing themselves in the mix. They enjoy discovering life and having digital memories that prompt a reminiscent smile regarding a particularly tasty cookie, brilliant bug, fascinating yard or awesome car ride. We frequently joy ride with them playing TomTom after school. Kids will not hesitate to tell their parents where to go if you let them. (Yes, I have a wicked sense of humor but no, do not take that last line two ways - LOL)
Besides me passing along my Nikon fetish to the Little Minions I've also passed along my love for the hunt for eye candy. Noah is totally into his coffee book. I think the project is coming along fabulously and I will be posting more "Autistic Photographs of Noah E Starr" before I go on my next AR Road Trip so you can see what he has been sharing with me.
I hope to get the kid blogging. I am trying to use it as an incentive for him to read. Bloggers share a lot and sometimes if we/they take the right picture it will make you want to experience an event for yourself. Talking about life is fun but showing you what I am talking about is so much better don't you think? I think so. :-)
Bloggers can save you if you get lost while running amok looking for stuff to blog about (LOL).
Margaret Rome and I have been on a few eye candy hunts together and the very the first one was an accident (LMAO).
I was supposed to be going home from North Carolina after having mad fun teaching about being a "Google Whore" and "How To Monetize Your Blog" at Real Estate BarCamp RDU with my ActiveRain Club Chaos bay-bays. Seminars are a hoot. I really like them. I am looking forward to going back and doing it again. Maybe I'll bring the shorties and the Hubby if the dates work out with school (LOL).
I checked out of my hotel like a good little wife, had breakfast, got an invite to have lunch and figured what the hey, might as well stay for dinner because there was still so much to blog about and people to see (LOL). Dinner was so much fun I decided to spend the night in NC and had a lovely sleepover at SarahGray's house. BTW, that event alone is at least four very fun blog posts waiting to happen because we had wildlife drama but I digress (LMAO).
The point of bringing up NC is the fact that my TomTom failed while I was on the road. I was bent out of shape because there was a lot of highway construction detours and being a cranky New Yorker I was afraid I would get lost and take forever to get home. What did I do? I decided if I was going to be lost I might as well do it my way and started calling blogging buddies and making up AR Road Trips on the fly so I could get back to New York (LOL). Margaret Rome was at a business convention. When she discovered I was about to invade her state she offered me her Garmin, a free convention pass and a spanking dinner. I accepted. We were not together two minutes before we had our cameras out covering the event and each other (LOL).
Friends with cameras do that. They will start laughing about an event and soon invent an eye candy moment out of a flat tire, squirrel attack, lightening strike, snowflake, clogged drain, raging hormones, crazy kids (LOL). Here are a few of my fave shots from the first evening we hung out in Maryland together:
Had my TomTom not failed I would have missed all the fun and a stellar dinner. :-)
Being a good blogging buddy, of course I had to travel back to Maryland to return the Garmin. How could I not? Friends with cameras tend to want to use them. Besides, she has this spanking listing with classic cars so I met the owner and hung out in his garage (LMAO). Yes, I took lots of pictures. I also gave my girlfriend my camera so I could get in on the action. Did I mention me and my kids are car crazy? We are you know. We lurk at car shows. Getting a personal tour by an investor and/or collector is always a sweet treat. :-)
It's moments like this that make my kids run to go to work with me. We have fun with sellers and buyers. We have fun with other Realtors. It isn't just a profession, it's an adventure where you get to connect with people, make new friends, experience life and take a moment to enjoy when people are kind and take a moment out of their busy lives to share something that they love with you. If you only use your blog to troll for business and nit pick about how someone else does something different than you do, maybe you need to figure out why you are blogging instead of trying to tell someone else why they should or shouldn't blog what they do. Just because someone tells you the definition of blog equals business log doesn't mean you actually know what someone else's business plan is (LOL).
I have visited and will continue to invade states to hang out with my friends with cameras. We frequently mix pleasure with business. We are about to have an ActiveRain Open House in MD. If you had bothered to come to this listing you would have enjoyed the company of the seller, listing broker and visiting broker. We had a lovely time. The seller left us to hang out and conduct business as we saw fit. I played photographer and e-mailed exclusive photographs and info to my New York buyers.
I am about to go to Maryland to do it again at another of Margaret Rome's listings. My boys love farm houses. Too bad Mikey decided to stay in New York to minion sit. Maybe next time... At least they'll have lots of pictures to help me sort through.
The last time I went to MD Stephen selected this tree as a screen saver. Noah went for the car (LOL). :-)
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