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Growing Your Business By Community Blogging – I’m Speaking At WordCamp Victoria 2013

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Coming up this Saturday, January 12, 2013 is WordCamp Victoria 2013. If you are curious about blogging or how you can learn new skills and hear about new tools to blog better, WordCamp Victoria is where you want to be this Saturday.

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Happy Blogoversary!

It’s my blogoversary! One year ago I registered my very first WordPress.com blog. VictoriaBCRealEstateBlog.com [which is now imported and viewable in the archives of this blog] was originally intended to be a resource for REALTORS® about technology and web 2.0 stuff that I thought they’d like to know. However, I soon realised that not many REALTORS® in Victoria and surrounding areas actually read blogs or are as enthusiastic about tech as I am. So I started another WordPress.com blog, TimAyres.WordPress.com which then became Blog.TimAyres.ca, which focused on consumer issues and of course the Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day. Eventually I grew out of the limited (but still totally awesome) writing environment of a free WordPress.com blog and made the move to my own self-hosted WordPress.org installation this past June. The current revision focuses more on hyper-local content for Sooke. “642” for those that have asked is the telephone exchange prefix for Sooke. Most local numbers here are 642-xxxx.

Over the past year I feel I’ve come a long way as a blogger. I first started out regurgitating content that I’d found elsewhere on the web, or just linking to other articles. But I think now I’ve found my voice and my niche in the blogosphere. The addition of videos to my blog a few months ago has also contributed to the growth of my blog.

I’ve come to realize a few things about what’s popular on the blog. Sadly, the most popular entry I made was a list of safety tips for REALTORS® following the tragic murder of Lindsay Buziak in February. A post I wrote about a creep in a truck skulking about Sooke is also one of the most viewed, as are my recent musings on the marketing “genius” that went into Bell’s new -er campaign.

I blog because I enjoy it, and it’s a way for me to connect with not only local Sooke residents, but a worldwide audience of like-minded people. I’m constantly borrowing ideas from other bloggers and incorporating them here for you. I know I have about 30 regular subscribers, but if you’re out there reading this, why not drop a comment at the bottom of the post to say Hi!

Thanks for reading!

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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A Fresh Look, A New Direction

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope that I’ve gone the right way here in moving from WordPress.comSookie Sam's mini-golf to my own self-hosted WordPress installation. I have ideas and things I want to do with this blog that go beyond what WordPress.com could do for me, including the new theme and layout.

Inspired by other hyper-local bloggers like Miss 604, 642Blog.ca is going to focus on local Sooke content. Events, community info, history, people, and real estate will be topics covered. Have an event? let me know. Ideas for articles? Ditto.

I highly recommend you subscribe to the feed from this blog for free updates. I blog daily, and you won’t want to miss it. In the sidebar you can find instructions and information about subscribing.

I want this to be a community effort and a forum for discussion of local issues. I encourage you to comment (anonymously, even) on any post, good or bad. Just look for the comments box or link.

And for those not in the know, the 642 in 642Blog comes from our phone numbers in Sooke, which mostly start with 642. Yes. We’re all up in the 642, y’all.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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