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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