C Tann-Starr's Outside Blog


A Perception of Value...

You virtually hear a lot of Internet chatter about "smart design."

Design influences a person's perception of value. Some people think posting an experimental page in the public forum (a) serves no purpose, (b) has no value and (c) is unprofessional, but I believe otherwise.

I'm experimenting with cells, illustrations, animation, photography and video because I'd like to improve my blog post experience for the consumer, surfers and my industry peers. Content is king, and quality content will rule the blogosphere.

Asking for feedback and help does not make me a bad blogger. Joking about my mangling computer programming code is not embarrassing to me. Having more than one person take it upon themselves to attempt to correct my "bad" behavior did annoy me. I have done nothing wrong. It's my blog. I can post what ever I want. It is my original content and I have permission to re-blog some content from my friends.

I have the right to design a page or present that content to the best of my ability. Since I have an idea that I do not know how to execute, I put it out in the public to discover useful answers to help me format my video and text, however, a number of people have e-mailed me about MY decision to post my experiment with cells in public. I have been chastised for celebrating my imperfections. (LOL)

Rather than answer their e-mails privately, I decided to answer it here. I believe you mean well and I thank you for writing...

HOWEVER: Consumers have talent. I have no idea what they do for a living until they tell me. On any given day a computer geek may run across my post and say, hey - I can help this Realtor! Maybe it will result in TannStarr.com getting a professional make over. Maybe it will result in someone who is not tech savvy to say, hey - she's not perfect and not afraid to let me see exactly what's on her mind regarding where she'd like to go today. How about, "I find that very interesting..." Now before you pooh-pooh that as a bunch of nonsense, the e-mails containing positive offers of help and encouragement have far outweighed the negative comments of a few well meaning peers.

I am posting this to let the nay-sayers know that I have touched my public and they have made contact with me. Some have clicked through to my profile and some have traveled even further from that point to my personal website and checked out my resource center. I now have two appointments to show co-ops today as a direct result of my experiment with Melodious and cells. You may want to reconsider your position the next time you decide to take the time out of your busy day to write another Realtor about their "lack of seriousness" and "unprofessional conduct" because we don't do blogging or marketing your way (e.g. I like to talk about my kids and make videos of my family and friends while designing and publishing real estate videos).

At least I create original content that my viewers can identify with and enjoy. My videos have gone viral across the nations. The family video of the boys attending the Blueberry Festival with Paddy Pizappi's family is a fave that is cropping up more than my real estate tour of homes, which is doing very well in Korea, BTW. Susan and Stephen are a hit with the younger crowd. It's being embedded by teenagers who like the music. Go figure... Little kids duplicate the Stephen Happy Dance. I know, because the public has told me so (shared a few of their kiddie clips as well) and I have the statistics to prove it... not to mention e-mail in other languages I have to run through Babel-Fish to translate and try to answer (LOL).

I am having fun being a Realtor. Is having fun at work so bad?

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Comment balloon 14 commentsC Tann-Starr • November 06 2008 08:43AM


I think you should do whatever makes you happy.  It is all about you!  You are awesome!

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) about 12 years ago


I for one, love you just the way you are! Experiment away! Your blog is YOURS to do with as you please...and so far, it pleases many, including me! What we like about your blog is YOU...! Heck, a blog is nothing more than a window through which you get to meet people and make friends!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C - I think it mostly about getting noticed, about what is different about you, what would make someone want to work with you. Keep it up.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Mel. Your bias is very much appreciated (LOL). BTW, you are obligated to love me. You are the boss of me. I am your mini-me. :-D (I do so love you - LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Fran. I adore you and your blog. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Big Mike, I value your opinion, my dearest friend. I shall take your advice. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Blogs have to be interesting in order to be read. Blogs have to be fun, education, suspenseful .... something that will get them back and get them to call you.

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) about 12 years ago

Hey C -- Do your thing, woman, and do it well.  That's all we can ask of you or ourselves.

I hope you didn't get bent out of shape w/"the nay-sayers."  If every blog (person, house...) were exactly the same, uniform, white bread enitity --  my, what a borrrring world it would be, don't cha think?

So, yeah, I get it; I see the value in what you are doing and I appreciate the way in which you do it.

Posted by Lanette Branch, Bel Air, MD Real Estate Agent (RE/MAX Components) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Lanette. I appreciate your kind words. It's mad fun playing, hanging and working with the kids. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Kathleen, very well said. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Why don't you tell them how you really feel don't hold back now. I stopped caring what other people thought a long time ago.

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate Services, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc) about 12 years ago

Joyce, sometimes I do care and sometimes I don't. I guess I'm fickle, depending upon which button gets pushed. I will admit those e-mails did push a button. I think since "they" thought it was okay to send them to me "they" must have sent them to others as well. I just wanted to say "be yourself" and do things that make you comfortable as a Realtor. We all have something we enjoy and like to share. I love my family and friends and enjoy sharing moments about them with my other friends (and the public). My family and friends read my blog posts and love to keep track of what has been going on. I'm trying to write to everyone plus specific people at the same time. That's how I plan to continue to run my blog... :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

I perceive your posts to be refreshingly honest and that is quite valuable to me!!!!

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Margaret.  I appreciate your kind words. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

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