The Fine Art of Procrastination, or Getting Over Your Social Media Fears

by Dru Bloomfield on July 15, 2010

Confession: I was asked to start contributing to the AAR blog many months ago.

Reality: I’ve started and stopped several posts, and there’s no evidence that I’ve done anything.

Sound familiar?

Yesterday, I was on a home tour bus lamenting to Janine Brown, major league association volunteer, about how I was experiencing a severe case of writer’s block, and maybe I should just write about procrastination.  She thought it was a great idea.

So, here goes…

We all have busy lives, with commitment to family, work, community, friends, ourselves.  It seems like an overwhelming list sometimes.  And that’s really what procrastination is all about, being overwhelmed.  It’s not a lack of commitment.  It’s not a lack of inspiration.  It’s an internal conflict with what you want and what think you should do!

I started blogging three years ago.  This week I went back and looked at my first post, and had to laugh.  It was about road closures for the upcoming weekend.  Nothing earth shattering.  Just a simple little post.  But that was all it took for me to get started.

And with this guest blogging opportunity at AAR, I started thinking about all the IMPORTANT or COOL or INSIGHTFUL things I could share, and I got STUCK!  I wanted to be helpful, but really I like to write about things that stir my soul.  Sometimes, readers will connect with them and other times not. And that is the reality of blogging.

Social media is a many-faceted “beast.”  It’s a great way for people (e.g. REALTORS®) to connect to others and the way the world of communications is going.  At the same time, it can be daunting for many agents to get started or stay involved.

The options are amazing.  You can jump onto Twitter if you like a little chaos in your life, or Facebook if you prefer a more connected conversation, or create your own blog to create “online capital” for years to come.  If you prefer photos or video, Flickr or YouTube are mainstream options.  Foursquare is yet another way to stay connected and share about your community.

For a glimpse into a few more of my thoughts on Social Media in Real Estate, I’ll share this recent interview, created by Stephen Murphey for  a communications class project at ASU.

The key point, I’m really trying to make here is that getting started is only as hard as you make it. Be brave, be bold, be you.  Focus on your community. Get to know your audience. Offer value.  And what you will find, are connections, ideas, and friendship… and a whole new way of doing business.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Joeann Fossland July 16, 2010 at 7:34 am

Love it Dru!
And, as far as I’m concerned, EVERYTHING you post is COOL< INSIGHTFUL & IMPORTANT! You ROCK!!!! Keep giving us you wonderful perspective on life as a real estate agent and as a mom and as a real person! It contributes to all of us!
Hugs & Smiles, Joeann

Ben Busy July 16, 2010 at 8:22 am

I’ll read this a later…

Dru Bloomfield July 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Thanks, Joeann.

Ben, you are cracking me up!

Nick Bastian July 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Glad to see you finally came out of your shell. :)
Great stuff as usual.
I enjoyed watching the video as you are clearly just like you are online!

Dru Bloomfield July 21, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Nick, It’s been a huge growth experience… both the blogging and jumping into social media. You’ve been a great role model. Thank you!

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