My friend and fellow blogger, Linda Davis, memed me – and thus this blog topic! See definition at The Daily Meme. Linda is a dedicated blogger and she has lots of great articles and photos of beautiful Ledyard, CT (near Foxwoods) on her blog. Click here to check it out!
Anyway, here goes!
WEB – The web is an integral part of my life. Between setting up and monitoring all of the web sites where my listings are posted, utilizing my web-based programs for everything from CMA programs, showing feedback programs and our web-based MLS, I use the web as a resource to enhance my marketing and business systems and to promulgate new ideas. My first web site went “live” in 1996. Although it’s undergone many changes and formats — and has several web addresses that point to it – the web site has remained the same. www.LIagent.com is rated #1 by Google and Yahoo when searching for Dix Hills Real Estate, and # 1 on Google when searching for Melville Real Estate. Because I believe so strongly that the Internet is the most powerful marketing tool available, you’ll find my listings all over the web! I’m constantly looking for new ways to expand and enhance my web site and internet exposure. You can’t sit back in this field! It’s always changing.
E MAIL – I’ve been emailing – forever, it seems! It’s the easiest, fastest, most efficient way to communicate! And now everyone does it! So it’s really easy to not only send and receive messages – but the sharing of documents, photos and data has made email a real time-saver. – And I do love the paper trail!
BROWSER – Internet Explorer 7. Really love the tabbing! Use Firefox some.
GROUPS – I’m on a couple of List-Serves for professional organizations. But my heart belongs to the CyberProfessionals! We started as a small group of real estate agents in 1995 and have grown to an international group of dedicated and committed agents. These agents have become part of my family. We meet twice a year and “chat” once a week on a forum. Professionally and personally, being a part of this group is one of the best things I ever did. Becoming more involved with the real estate blogging community is something I’d like to do more of. Everyone seems so helpful and willing to share their knowledge and ideas. I know I would love it!
BLOG PLATFORM – I use Real Estate Blog Sites and have been very happy with them. It’s easy to use and their technology is awesome! I find my blog posts all over the place when I do searches. I’ve been surprised several times to do a search on something and find my blog article on the first page! At first I treated every article as it were going to be graded. (A trait that I remember from graduate school – where every report became a thesis – until I learned to “whittle it down”!) I do love it though! It’s really fun to put your thoughts and ideas on paper – and then see them published.
RADIO – WCBS – News Radio 880, occasionally, WINS 1010
MUSIC – vocals mainly
TV – I usually watch TV at 10PM – mostly crime shows – all the CSI’s, Criminal Minds – but also ER and 24. Tivo is great! We Tivo almost all “our shows” and watch them when we can.
BOOKS – I love to read! Mostly fiction. Real escape stuff. Usually read before going to bed as a way to “wind down”.
PODCASTS – No. Prefer to read info rather than listen to it.
COMMUNICATION – email. phone.
MAGAZINES – I like a variety to skim over. Really like newsmagazines the best!
NEWSPAPER – We have daily subscriptions to Newsday and New York Times. I usually read them in the morning. I usually have CNN, MSNBC or PBS on when I’m on the computer. Easy to multi-task. I also check out headlines online from a few different web sites – on a sporadic basis.
OK, Linda, I met your challenge. And you know what, it was fun!