Al and Cal Homes and Community: So Many Great Blogs So Little Time

So Many Great Blogs So Little Time

So Many Great Blogs So Little Time

Since joining the ranks of active rain, I have been addicted to reading, learning, writing and commenting on the many great blogs of the members.   I have learned a lot!    It has helped me to grow and  stay up with the trends of today.   Helping to grow means it is an important part of business.  clock, time management

As my journey into  social medias lengthens and lingers, the time it takes to read, write and comment on blogs takes longer and longer.   I find myself waking earlier to read the folks I follow and to catch a few more posts that come up during the day.  

I'll admit I have always had somewhat of an issue with time management, putting the fun things and sometimes family things aside to get what I need to get in for work.   It's not a nine to five kind of job and it will never be.   Things are ever changing.   Those are two of the things that we love about this business.     But as business gets better, the work day gets longer.  

We get up before the sun, we eat in our cars, and sometimes dinner isn't served until after nine.    Have you ever seen a really thin successful Realtor?   Okay!!!!   I KNOW that's an excuse.  

Time management.    The need/ability  to block off the time.  But when someone needs to see something, in this market, or wants to make an offer, or put their house up, can I really say, oops... not now.   Got to go to the gym?     Not really.    In this market, the early bird can catch the worm.  I would hate for a client to miss out on their dream home, because I had to get a mani/pedi ...or, more likely, my kayak was calling and wouldn't be available for them.   

So, appointments get shifted and the fun stuff usually takes a beating.    Blogging and reading posts is a "fun" part of business to me.    It makes sense that this part is one of the things that get's pushed aside more easily.   

I made a vow to myself last week, not to let this happen.    So, I set my clock for a bit earlier.    My eyes are a bit more tired as I try to keep abreast of what is happening, escaping into my thoughts and ideas that sitting in front of the computer brings.  Reading what co workers from afar have to say, bringing yes, bringing even more thoughts and ideas into an already overloaded early morning mind.     The day begins.      



Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty




Comment balloon 48 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • May 14 2013 04:58AM


Hi Carol,

Boy you got this one right on the head.

So Many Great Blogs So Little Time

I subscribe to too many good Active rain Members.

I don't have the time not the stamina to keep up with all the posts. Most are really good posts too.

Have a great day in Franklin, Ma.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann: With all of the "things" at our disposal these days it can be tough to keep focused and find the time to do all the tasks at hand. 

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 6 years ago

Hi Clint.   Thanks for the comment.    I know your business is the same.    Have a nice one. 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Hi Anita.  You do it all so well.   One of my idols!  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Love the Title of this Blog, Carol Ann!  You said it so very well.

Posted by Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Terrific post Cal, we all have that same problem, it is impossible to read all the good stuff out there.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) almost 6 years ago

I find first thing in the morning and before bed time works really well for me for reading.  Just remember one task at a time, that's all you can do.  Enjoy the Rain (AR) - Have an awesome week.

Posted by Graziella Bruner, Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County (NCS Premier Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Well, I'll be a party-pooper.

"So many poor blogs and so much time to make them better".

Sadly, many don't have an interest in quality blog posts.  The put up those 4 line blurgs for the points. 

Which, of course, is why your is so good.  You write often and well.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

We're all feeling the time constraints. I can so relate. Great post sharing this dilemma.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) almost 6 years ago

Hey Cal Gal - I am going through the same thoughts and frustrations right now. I need more TIME! I appreciate Lenn's remarks to you - so very true. And, you got another star. :)

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 6 years ago

Hi Carol Ann....I knew you'd be a natural at this blogging stuff!!!  keep at it...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 6 years ago

Hi carol Ann. I too get up an hour earlier now to read blogs, comment and write my own. This extra hour has helped me get a lot more done and more blogs. Cute post.

Posted by Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate, Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties (RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann-Well done.  I do write each day, but there are days when I have no idea what to say.  I love reading everything here and struggle trying to find the time.  I've been spending some time late, late at night with my headphones on listening to Jimmy Kimmel or Craig Ferguson and reading the posts here.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 6 years ago

Great post and I can second everything you said in your blog! I feel like I could stay on AR and read blogs, learn and learn some more all day long! 

Posted by Mary Preheim (Realty Executives of Nevada) almost 6 years ago
Hi Carol Ann, as we enter the busy season, time management is so crucial, unfortunately that probably equates to less "me" time. Waking up earlier, retiring for the night later, re-arranging our schedules to tend our clients. I for one take advantage of in between times to read blogs and comment.
Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) almost 6 years ago

so much time, and so little time to write quality blogs.  when we get busy, we neglect our blogs... both writing and reading.  but busy is good.... right??     right???

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) almost 6 years ago

So true! With all the various communications outlets available it is quite a challenge to keep up with it all!

Posted by Vanessa Saunders, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York (Global Property Systems Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

These days we seldom find great blog posts, most of them are just like that. I also have the same dilemma and truly feel your thoughts. 

Posted by John Dzialo (Law Offices of John Thomas Dzialo) almost 6 years ago

Soooo very true! I've been thinking lately about the information that is at our fingertips and I sometimes feel like I am on "Informatoin Overload" with trying to absorb all that I see and read each and every day. It's a lot of times vry hard to keep up. GREAT article and thanks for sharing!

Posted by The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston (THE TEMPLE TEAM) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann, reading AR blogs can be addictive and I do try to read as many as I can, but I know I miss a lot of them for sure.

Posted by Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793 (Rockwood Realty) almost 6 years ago

Hi Al and Carol, I feel you. I have the same frustration. I really want to catch up with the  interesting posts because they are truly helpful, but I just don't have the luxury of time to keep my eyes on these blog posts. 

Posted by Ridhi Raheja, FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan (Movement Mortgage (Illinois)) almost 6 years ago
Getting up earlier and earlier, and trying to write more in-depth and relevant blogs. I'm challenged by time management as well, just received my day timer 2-page per day notebooks yesterday.
Posted by Melanie Narducci, Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert (Hillscape Properties, Inc.) almost 6 years ago

Hi Fred.   Thanks.   :)


Hi Al.   I find myself reading many, but not having the time to participate as much as I would like.   


Hi Graziella.   Same here and back at you.  


Hi Lenn.   Thank you!!!     Points are nice, but I don't really see the point in them.      lol.  


Hi Jill.     You know, it is so much better than the other way around.  :)   Thanks.


Hi Kathy.   Now that is what I call multi tasking.   I love those two! 


Hi Debb.   Yes!  I don't know how, but another star.   I love being busy, but the time is going so fast.


Hi Barbara.   Thank for the intro.   Said it before, you have created a monster!


Hi Helen and Larry.     The positive note.   Very quiet that time of morning in this house!  





Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Hi Mary.  I know.   It sure can be a rabbit hole.   :)


Hi Beth.    Good point.  I could think about re arranging the day and see how that goes.    Thanks.


Hi Alan.   haha.    It is good, very good.    :)


Hi Vanessa.   Things sure have changed since I started in this business.   It was supposed to become simpler.   :)   


Hi John.  I have been lucky to follow some really good bloggers.   It has been a wonderful learning tool for me.  I see some others that maybe aren't so much.   Thanks.


Hi Kent.   Thanks for reading and commenting!!


Hi Kathy.  Me too.  The problem is I hate leaving anything on the table, and yet I know I can't read them all.  



Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Hi Ridhi.   I know, so we do what we can.  Wake up earlier and spend less time on the make up.  haha.   Oh... talking about me, not you.  :)


Hi Melanie.   Funny you say that, I was wondering if going back to the daytimer would help me.    I have to really think about that one.   Thank you.   



Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Cal, I have to say your blogging gets better and better all the time. You were already a really good writer to start with. Congrats on the feature and I completely understand what you are saying and most the time I resemble your remarks.. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 6 years ago

Carol-Ann, putting together quality posts is time-consuming. That's why I always cringe when I see a photo with a few words below it. I watched a webinar today that said, if you don't have 300 words in your blog post, it's useless. Google is searching for quality content and doesn't believe it can be conveyed in less than 300 words. My's better to have fewer posts with better content than many posts with none. You put out quality content and that's what really matters.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann, so true, so true, and that's why I hit the links at 6 AM

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 6 years ago

How true.  When we get busy, I notice that I can't spend the time online.  It likes watching TV, so many shows I'd like to watch, but can't.  

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 6 years ago

Blogs are the new magazines - and it allows everybody to be a publisher.  I love to write mine, but even more I love to read others for inspiration, and of course INFORMATION about the market around the country.

Happy Blogging!



Posted by Eric Estate (JB Goodwin) almost 6 years ago

Carol-Ann - You are doing a great job and I have found myself in the same situation.. with some family matters to take care, blogging has taken a back burner for awhile.  I'm glad I saw your post.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 6 years ago

Carol-Ann, last evening I said to myself that I am going to set some boundaries around me and my work at night. This place is simply addicting! lol Sharon

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann, you do such a great job when you write!  I have no time lately and am not writing like I use to ...reblogging to stay is a struggle..i go to bed way to late & up too early.  There is no time for me...

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Carol-Ann - Like you, AR is a fun part of my day, and it can be hard to get to it if I'm taking care of other things.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 6 years ago

Hi Cal-time management is crucial to a balanced life and I don't think most of us do it very well. I have made a vow to myself "when the kayak calls go to it!"

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) almost 6 years ago

I'm with you at times.  Luckily, my wife and I both do this full time and we have very few distractions.  Still, at times, we don't have enough time.  :)

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) almost 6 years ago

I am with you on this one Carol Ann.  When business starts flowing in, my blogging and commenting get pushed aside and that needs to stop.  When you stop participating with blogging, the success you have with in dwindles and then you end up having to rebuild..

It can be a vicious cycle.  Great post :)! 

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) almost 6 years ago

Just saw a Facebook meme that said, "I planned to clean my house, but FB got in the way."

Posted by Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore (Brad MacKenzie) almost 6 years ago

Completely agree! I've just started to make a conscience effort to read the features and my subscriptions on a daily basis. There's so much to learn.

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) almost 6 years ago

This is great!  The early bird gets the worm and it is feast or famine in this business.  Right now the market is so busy and hard to get back in the swing of things due to the down turn.  I also find myself getting up earlier, trying to have a little "me" time with God's word prior to running the rat race.  I like you have to skip the meals, mani and pedi's just to jump on the opportunities that are before me.  I have found one thing that is helping a lot and it is the nero sonic drinks.  They are helping me with focus and energy - which is much needed in today's busyness!

Posted by Brenda J. Andrew, Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX (ULTIMA REAL ESTATE) almost 6 years ago

LOLOLOLOLOL! Sounds like a path so many of us have been down. Real question, howver, is how's your website presence and SEO progressed since you joined and started contributing to AR?

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) almost 6 years ago

It sounds like we are all in our quest to learn and to balance work and family. I finally did it by including another agent in my office to help with some of the business. Sure my paycheck might be smaller but at least now I have a more balanced life. It was a good choice for me. I hope you find what works for you.

Posted by Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, California Homes for Sale in the East Bay (Golden Gate Sotheby's International) almost 6 years ago

I do my best to read 5 - 10 posts a day, and comment on most. Some days tho....

I've learned a LOT from my reading, so it's a good ROI for the time that I squeeze in!

Posted by Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker, email: / cell: 334-494-7846 (Team Linda Simmons, Enterprise, AL 36330) almost 6 years ago
I find there are little pockets of time when I comment on a few.blogs. So by the end of the day I've probably done the ten that I am committed doing. As to writing a blog, I try to take something that has happened to me that day and expand on that. And it virtually writes itself. If I wait until evening, it becomes harder for me to write.
Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) almost 6 years ago

Hi Carol Ann, I know how you feel, I have been a little overwhelmed with too many commitments as well, but the blogging does make for a good way to relax in between the other stuff.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann, how did you know you were describing my day?  "We get up before the sun, we eat in our cars, and sometimes dinner isn't served until after nine. "  This was my day!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 6 years ago

Hi Al & Cal, that is the problem we have all the time.  We like to post daily but sometimes it just does not happen.

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann, You Go Girl, another feature, Congratulations.  It does take a lot of time and determination to keep up with the Rain and in Busy Season it is so difficult!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) almost 6 years ago