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Do you ever feel a little awkward whipping out your.............?

OK AR Member's, do you ever feel a little awkward whipping out your........CAMERA because you saw the potential of a great ActiveRain Localism BLOG about a local shop, restaurant, or event but didn't have the courage to snap away?

Well don't anymore!  As ActiveRain member's we are given a great SEO tool thanks to AR to help spread the word about everything and anything in our local communities.  I for one will never take Localism for granted again. 

Recently I visited a local shop  and had an AH-HA Blogging Moment and I wanted to share it with the community....but I was afraid to whip out my camera for fear of the employees or in this case the owner's would wonder what I was up to.....what did I want.....or start dialing 911!  Don't ask me why but I always have these guilty feelings.

So after touring the store and meeting the owner's I ASKED (how simple is that!) if they would mind me taking some pictures and blogging about their great local shop.  At first they looked puzzled and were unaware of blogging but said "Sure!"  I told them I would send them a copy of the blog when it was done.  I still think they might have thought "what does she want" but I am glad they obliged.

Boy am I glad I had the courage to ASK and whip it out!  :)

The owner's were so happy with my Localism blog they sent me a lovely email thank you.

From one owner............

Thank you so much!!!!  Your blog was fantastic!  I'm not real computer savvy when it comes to putting together anything like what you did for the shop and really appreciate your blogging our store.

Thanks again, as a mom and pop store off the beaten track we need all the exposure we can get.

Then another owner..........

You wrote a very lovely article about "Jack's Nuts"....I thank you kindly...We appreciate it and are very thankful for all the props that we can get............

I thank you much for paying tribute...You are very kind.

To top it off they sent me another email letting me know that a local realtor stopped in after reading my blog!!  How cool is that!

So long blog short, if you haven't had the courage to whip it out and spread the word about wonderful local events, restaurants or shops in your community I dare you to do it now!  You will be helping your community and your business!  And who doesn't need that?  :)

Thanks AR! 

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Comment balloon 35 commentsJanice Sutton • November 07 2008 04:07PM


I have been doing this in my area and the local shop owners are extatic. I even took a picture the other day at a stop light to write a blog about gas prices!

Posted by Michelle Roethle, Your NorthWest "Real Estate Solution" (Windermere Peninsula Properties) over 11 years ago


It's a great way to network w/in your local community as well.  Hopefully, you got some free nuts and stuff, too??

Posted by Lanette Branch, Bel Air, MD Real Estate Agent (RE/MAX Components) over 11 years ago

I have caught myself thinking of taking pictures and I should because of localism.

Posted by Michael Wayne Jackson, Realtor - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

Hi Janice,

Blogging has certainly changed the way I think about my daily activities, including photo taking!

Don't forget me if you learn of anyone moving to "The OC!"


(949) 753-7900

Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) over 11 years ago

Excellent way to build relationships to.  You just got a potential client and even more leads and referrals from that shop owner.

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) over 11 years ago

LOL!   LOVED the hook into reading this (your subject line) and yes, I do feel awkward doing it but am getting much better about it :-))

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 11 years ago

This made me chuckle because I've felt that way too.  Great blog and I'm so glad the owners loved it!

Heidi :)

Posted by Heidi Marshall (Innovative Real Estate Group, LLC) over 11 years ago

Janice, great post!  I hadn't really thought of doing this, now I will have to put this info to good use!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 11 years ago

Actually that is why I love my camera phone, I always forget to bring my camera....but I always have my phone :)

Posted by Sue Pirrone (Pirrones Graphic Designs) over 11 years ago

thanks for the encouragement to be a little more "out there".  You're right, most people are really gracious once you come out of your shell a little.

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) over 11 years ago

Michelle - Keep up the good work!  It can get addicting. 

Lanette- It's funny I never really looked at it as networking....I thought I was just helping other's.  I guess what goes around really comes around!

Mike- Yes you should! Localism is a priceless marketing tool.  I look forward to your Pleasanton Localism post!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

Michael- Good for you!  What did we do before blogging? :)

Larry - Isn't that the cool part. I truly never expect anything in return.  But referrals are always welcomed!!

Kris - Ha!  Originally the title was going to be Locals are Loco about Localism!  But that was just too boring and you probably wouldn't have stopped on by!  Glad you are getting better and stepping out of your comfort zone. Thanks for visiting!  

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

Heidi - It pays to ASK!  After I asked I was running around from corner to corner like I owned the place trying to get the best pic!  :)

Tony & Darcy - Thank you.  I am glad I could help you get moving on another AR priceless tool!

Sue - Yeah....my cell phone has come in handy too!  What would we do without them.

Janna - You're right!  The more I think about it who wouldn't LOVE FREE PRESS! 

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Posted by ravi over 11 years ago

Janice That was so nice of you to Whip It Out...I guess I can be rude that way I usually don't ask I just whip it out. You know Im not shy !

Posted by Fernando Rosado, 561-906-0050 or 561-840-8950 over 11 years ago

Janice it really does pay off when you help out someone else with their business. I am sure they will send you referrals for helping them out.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 11 years ago

That is great that they told you I stopped by!!!  And I agree with you we should not be afraid to "Whip It Out".

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) over 11 years ago

Janice, I love this, I ask as well!  If they know what blogging is they're usually fine with it--AND it helps their business.   I'm not shy, I ask away :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 11 years ago

this is very funny, it drives my significant other crazy, I am always saying, "wow, this would be a great blog article' , if you are not a blogger you would never understand I guess

Posted by James Wexler (wexzilla.com) over 11 years ago

Janice, Like you I'm sometimes hesitant but I'm getting over it; for just the reason you wrote about.  My women's group just had a fundraiser and there was supposed to be a photographer who didn't show up so it was good that I was on hand. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Janice - I stop frequently around town and whip it out, but I haven't done that in a business yet.  That's agreat idea.  I've read quite a few posts on AR about local events and businesses, I just need to remember to do that.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Lynn Johnson, Owatonna, MN Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Home Connection) over 11 years ago

What a great idea Janice I would have never thought of it like that.

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate Services, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc) over 11 years ago

Fernando - Yes my friend...you are NOT SHY!  That's why we love you! :)

Bill - It feels really great to help others.  Pay it forward!

Jane - I was so happy to hear you stopped in.  Don't you love that place?


Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

Carole- Thanks!  It's great to help other's.  I guess that is my problem I am a little shy.

Slowly stepping out of my box.

James - Ha ha.....it use to drive my husband crazy....now he's like "Where's your camera?"

Marchel- That is great that you were on hand to help out the women's group.  Did you blog about it?  I will have to go check out your site.

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

Lynn - You're welcome!  Business need all the help they can get. Whipping it forward!! :)

Joyce- Glad you like the idea.  Localism is a great marketing too. Take advantage of it!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

Janice - You had me at "whipping out"...  I agree, the folks that I've asked have been grateful to have "free" publicity about their business...  Love your post.

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) over 11 years ago

Debbie - Ha ha!  Thanks for loving my post and for stopping by...even if I did trick ya a little! 

In this economy anything free is a blessing!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

Hi Janice!

Great Blog and great idea!!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Posted by Howard Tennyson (Ace Home Inspection, LLC) over 11 years ago

Howard - Thank you!  Have a wonderful & successful New Year!! 

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

Thank you for this, I am still a little apprehensive after all this time about asking shop owners and worry about their reaction.

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 11 years ago

ASK!?!  Why didn't I think of that?

Posted by Tony and Libby Kelly, CRS, ABR, ePro, SRES, CLHMS, CDPE (Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere) over 11 years ago

Cynthia - You are very welcome!  I was concerned to...but after the positive feedback NO MORE!  :)Start asking and whipping it out!!

Tony & Libby - That's what I was thinking....duh!  Now I am so glad I ask.  You will be pleasantly surprised when you do!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

I admit it... sometimes I feel like citizen journalist... and it feels a bit silly... but oh well. :-)

Posted by Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me, Utah Homes (Utah Homes) over 11 years ago

It may take some guts, which will be difficult for me, but I can see the value in doing it.  You can create some great localism posts, advertise a business, get your name out there, and build a clientele all at the same time.  It's just a matter of taking that first step, and not being afraid.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) over 11 years ago

Chuck - Ha ha...I hear ya!  Maybe we should wear Reporter/Blogger hats. :) 

Troy - Exactly!  Don't be afraid......this economy needs you now more then ever!!  Start whipping it out!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago