As many of you know, Dustin has taken a job with move.com, the parent company of Top Producer and Realtor.com and moved to sunny southern California. Yesterday he came to Seattle downtown Hilton and gave a great seminar on the “Basics of Blogging” to a bunch of real estate agents. This was sponsored by his company, but there was very little hype and lots of information packed into a few short hours. This was my first time to meet Dustin face to face and I was impressed with his presentation skills. He has a natural passion and enthusiasm for the subject that is infectious and his own personal success with Rain City Guide makes a great example for those wanting to get started in blogging. He was brutally honest with people in letting them know it was no cakewalk, and that just creating a blog was not going to automatically change their real estate businesses. I am a good example of that. I have a bit of a tech background and started a blog when I first heard about them back in 2004. I did NOTHING with it because I was so busy, blah, blah, blah (fill in the excuse). Now I am busy playing catch-up to some very good bloggers out there who have quickly dominated the Seattle real estate blogosphere.
Dustin also spent a fair amount of time talking about online community networks and the interactive nature of newer web 2.0 websites and the value and synergy that they bring to blogging. MySpace, Linkedin and biznik and others were discussed and links, links, links, were emphasized. In the end, it was a Dustin gave a very thorough lecture of the basics of blogging, what it takes to get started, and why it is important in the world of real estate web marketing.