Active Rain Blogging Made Easier...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC NYS# 10491202097

Just a little tip... recently I found that once I had finished my active rain blog entries and wanted to post them they actually just disappeared... the active rain editor was asking me to enter a title and entry despite the fact I just had done that...

This happened a couple of times now and I am tired of writing blogs and then to loose them to the "cyber nowhere land" when trying to activate them...

Therefore I recommend that you write your blog entries in your own word processor on your computer and then just copy and paste them here...


You can copy the post onto your clip board before you try to post it... that way you still have your copy on hand to paste in case the post did not go through...



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Westchester County NY - Real Estate Listings, Sales, Rentals & Services

Voted 2010 through 2016 FIVE STAR Real Estate Agent by Westchester Magazine

(Disclaimer: Any and all grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes located within my blogs, web sites and any other content, are purely for your amusement and entertainment.) 


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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

It's so easy to push the wrong button, not just on AR, so now I always copy anything I write even before I get done. Should probably type it somewhere else first, will try gmail. Thanks for the reminder.

Jun 17, 2012 02:11 PM #57
Carolyn Kolba
Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio - Mentor, OH
Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio

Phyllis, this sounds pretty darn frustrating.  Going through all of that work, and then watching it disappear into cyberspace.  Ouch.

Jun 17, 2012 02:37 PM #58
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Phyllis, if you do it in Word, there can be a lot of HTML, like Sallie and David said. I write mine in Gmail - can enlarge the font and add color, email it to myself and I have a record. Always good idea to have a backup somewhere else, even though I haven't lost anything here in a long, long time.


Jun 17, 2012 02:47 PM #59
Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage - Roseville, CA
NMLS #281609

Excellent advice Phyllis.  I think most of us have had this frustration when we lose an hours work and "Poof" it's gone.  Thanks for a reminder for all of us to take the extra step to avoid the problem.

Jun 17, 2012 03:01 PM #60
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I actually write them in gmail and then copy and paste them. Then I have a record of the post and the date I wrote it.

Jun 17, 2012 04:34 PM #61
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great tip, I havent had this problem, but I generally write them in word first because I dont like the tiny font that I am stuck with when I write thim in ar.

Jun 17, 2012 04:49 PM #62
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

When I get the message, I copy and paste my blog and graphics to my AOL e-mail and send it to myself - it saves graphic and content so I can post it later.

Jun 17, 2012 05:17 PM #63
Walter Sadowski NYS Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
Cafe Realty - Somers, NY
The Real Estate Resource

Phyllis, while this hasn't happened to me yet on Active Rain, I'm sure the next time I go to post a blog it will, so I will certainly utilize one of the 2 recommended strategies... Thank you

Jun 17, 2012 05:45 PM #64
Jay Jones
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes - Branson, MO
Excellent tips! I'll keep this in mind for future blogging. Thanks!
Jun 17, 2012 07:38 PM #65
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer
Phyllis. All you have to do is have your posts 'lost in space' a couple of times and writing them outside AR and copy and paste is the way to go.
Jun 17, 2012 07:55 PM #66
Vanessa Saunders
Global Property Systems Real Estate - White Plains, NY
From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York

I make it a habit to do all important writing on the word processor first. This also provides two proofing opportunities.

Jun 17, 2012 09:06 PM #67
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I post directly on Active Rain because of the formatting. I save the post in draft mode first.

Jun 17, 2012 09:12 PM #68
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Phyliss,

I have always done that. Editing is easier, and I write them faster.

Thanks for the tip


Jun 17, 2012 10:14 PM #69
Kathy Della-Nebbia
Royal LePage State Realty, Brokerage - Hamilton, ON

Yes, happened to me too!  Started saving to my clipboard, just in case!


Jun 17, 2012 11:14 PM #70
Christine Ordze
Royal LePage Benchmark - Calgary, AB
ABR, CCS, ePro

Good point Phyllis!

Jun 18, 2012 12:11 AM #71
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

I use Scribefire and that provides an additional copy (and more formatting options) so that I won't have any issues if it disappears in AR cyberland.

Jun 18, 2012 12:58 AM #72
Gary Frimann
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

So, I am not the only one that this has happened to?  That is excellent news (or bad news, dependingon how you look at it). After losing a few, I did start to copy them just to be sure.  Glad I didn't throw my computer out the window after all.

Jun 18, 2012 01:31 AM #73
Christina Ehli
RE/MAX Platinum - Brighton, Michigan - Brighton, MI
RE/MAX Platinum Brighton MI Real Estate Agent

Thank you so much, Phyllis, for the tip!  I just started blogging and can certainly use the advice.

Jun 18, 2012 06:02 AM #74
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Phyllis, I have had the same problem more than once.  I started doing exactly what you suggested.  It works beautifully!!!

Jun 18, 2012 11:03 AM #75
Emily Medvec
Realty One of Santa Fe - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

After this happened to me once, I switched to creating content using Google docs (which of course they are changing and calling it something else!) What I like is every doc I create is there and easily accessible in one click on the title. Oh, plus it saves by the nanosecond!

Jun 18, 2012 01:05 PM #76
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