[photopress:dustin_1_2.jpg,thumb,alignright]The BIG news today is that Inman named Dustin Luther, Owner and Founder of Rain City Guide among many other things, one of the Top TEN People to Watch in 2008
Errol Samuelson, president, Realtor.com
Sheila Bair, chairwoman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp
Lockhart Steele, founder and publisher Curbed.com
Sam Zell, Chicago billionaire
Kerry Killinger, CEO, Washington Mutual Inc.
Andrew Cuomo, New York attorney general
Dustin Luther, founder, 4realz.net
Lawrence Yun, chief economist, National Association of Realtors
Ben Bernanke, chairman, Federal Reserve
Kurt Pfotenhauer, CEO, American Land Title Association
Those with an Inman subscription can catch it here for those who can’t see that link, the blurb on Dustin is reposted here.
Congratulations Dustin!!! I agree that you are clearly one to be watching in 2008. We certainly will be watching you. I find myself becoming addicted to 4Realz.net very quickly, though I think that site is just a speck of what we will be seeing and hearing from you in 2008.
[photopress:grasshopper.jpg,thumb,alignright]Gordon Stephenson of RPA asked me the other day for blog setup advice. Although I consider myself good friends with the master of real estate blogging, I am a blogging grasshopper compared to many folks. You see, I have never set up a blog before. Sure, I’m a contributor on RCG, I comment on popular real estate blogs, and I even write Virtual Earth based IDX/MLS systems (w/ geocoded RSS feeds) for fun and profit. However, I’m sure Dustin sets up more blogs before 10 AM in a typical day, than I do in a year. Hence, the reason for my post. Besides, as another real estate blogging master has pointed out to me, blogging about blogging is always a good topic.
Anyway, I essentially told Gordon the following…
I’d pick up a copy of the Realty Blogging book and read it. It’s probably out of date, (like most technology related books are) but I suspect it’s as good a starting point as any.
I’d recommend finding a good shared hosting company that sets up & hosts WordPress or Typepad blogs.
Most importantly, I’d ask other bloggers what they think!
I feel that’s good advice, however my clients deserve superior advice, and I don’t feel qualified to give it. Besides, Master Dustin took his pebbles when he left Seattle. 😉
Anyway, I really don’t want to host their blog. Besides, Zillow hosts their blog on Typepad, Move hosts their WordPress blog with Inmotion Hosting, and ShackPrices hosts their WordPress blog with Dreamhost, so I know I’m not alone in my thinking that they are better off out-sourcing to a shared hosting company that does blogs. So I have the following questions for the blogging masters.