Dressing Up Your Blog.... Nirvana Recipe

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID

So, I tried this technique and it was so simple I was amazed!

I have been meaning to start using Script it, or whatever it is & never got to it. Using Word to dress up your blogs is so simple, it makes a lot of sense.

Thanks Jon for preparing such a detailed process!


Original content by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL

If you are a PC owner, then it is for you. Mac crowd in computer terms is already in paradise (LOL)

This is for those who are not in Paradise yet, and who are still alive and fighting with not so perfect PCs. Here’s how to achieve the nirvana the way I do…

Open Microsoft Word and just type you post.
First advantage is that you are Microsoft Word Iconnot going to lose your work if you accidentally clicked the Back button in AR, or the Proxy Server Error raises its ugly head again. Microsoft Word “remembers” what you have and you can easily restore the text by clicking “Undo”.

The other is that you do not need to use any HTML program like Kompozer, do Dressing up the blog - Jon Zolskynot need to switch from IE to Firefox to use Scribefire, which is not great...

I set the font to Calibri because this was the first font besides Courier that I tried, which did not give me trouble. It sometimes allows me to use Verdana, but it is a hit and miss, and I am quite content with Calibri, so that’s what I use by default.

I usually choose font size 14 like in this post. You can adjust the size depending on how good your eyes are. You can underline it, and/or italicize it in Word, but if you want to “Strike thorough”, you can do it after you have saved it in AR.

Do not format in Word beyond just typing. Use Calibri (any size) font type, italicized or underlined and set the colors. No fancy stuff. Do not add images in Word. I will tell you how to do it later.

Do not create links in Word. Do it in AR, but not in Word. It should be just text, or it would not work. 

Colors - jon zolsky blogAfter your thoughts are set on “paper”, you can highlight it (Control + A) and set the color of the font like you normally do. You can then decide that you would like to make each new paragraph, or a few words from this paragraph in bold like I did in this post. You can highlight any part of the text and set the color for it.

You can also opt for the background color. Again, just highlight the portion of the text, go to the icon “Text Highlight Color” on Microsoft Word menu and apply the color you like (very limited choices, though) like I did it here.

When you are done with the text, fonts and colors go to your AR and We can blog it - jon Zolsky blogclick “New Blog Entry” button. You should have both of them on your screen, the AR page and the Word page. Highlight the post you have in Word and drag (not copy and paste, but drag) it into AR page. It will be gone from your Word page but you will see it in your AR window. Type the title, choose “Draft” mode and submit. Now you will not lose the information.

The key here is dragging. If you copy and paste, it would look great, all the colors there, but when you press submit, it will come out as plain, as if you did it in AR blog window.

After you already have saved it in draft mode, you are not going to lose your work, but I still keep the word page open, until I finally publish it Members Only or Public. What’s left are some minor details. At this stage I add a photo or clip art the way you would normally do it in AR, and do “Strike Through” if I want to...this is it.

If you want to use a link to another post like when you are referring to another post (Jon Zolsky just posted Dressing Up.... Blogging Nirvana Recipe) you can either drag it from another post right into yours (in Edit mode, of course), but then it will be blogging - jon zolsky blogin much bigger font, so I drag it to Word, change the font to Calibri, set the size (usually the same 14 pt), and then highlight in Word and drag into AR. This way it will have the right size, and it will be already a link. All other links you do the way you always do in AR.

What if for some reason it is not showing with font and colors when you dragged into AR and submitted it? Easy fix. Open it again in Word, highlight the text, find and click “Clear Formatting” icon to remove the formatting. Then change the font, size, add color and you are done in less than a minute. This is a very easy and quick fix. Remember, you can drag anything from Word to AR window. But it is so much easier to work in Word.

If you did it the way I do, you will see it exactly the way you see mine here as this is how I did it. Is it a nirvana? Well, for blogging purposes it is the closest thing for me.

*  Images courtesy: Dressing up the Blog Brianna McCarthy, Color pencils david.nikonvscanon, and two last images by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com. All via Flickr.com

Comments (19)

Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Don:  I know that Jon loves using stuff like this, but in my silly old-fashioned opinion, it makes the blog posts look like they came right out of kindergarten art class.  Sorry to sound so negative...

Oct 28, 2010 04:57 PM
Jeana Cowie
RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Paramus, NJ
Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES

Don, So this is how all you fancy folk do such a colorful blog.  Thanks for the advice.

Oct 28, 2010 04:58 PM
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Karen, I DO believe you can over do it! I think one needs to keep it simple, but sharp! I love this option!

Jeana, Isn't this cool! I think it will make a big difference for me, but I don't get too crazy...

Oct 28, 2010 05:04 PM
Jon Elshaug
Sinacore & Associates - Fallbrook, CA
Independent REALTOR 760.390.8396 - USMC (Ret)

Thanks for the tips, wish I had the time to do all that fancy stuff.

Oct 28, 2010 05:10 PM
Kimberly Thurm
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago - Naperville, IL
Broker / Relocation Consultant ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR

I had missed this earlier - thanks for the re-blog Don.  I'm going to try this as well.

Oct 28, 2010 05:11 PM
Debi Braulik
www.roundrealestate.com - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale

Wow. Great information. Thank you!

Oct 28, 2010 05:15 PM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

If I ever have time to blog again, I will follow these steps - sounds easier than some of the other one's I've read - heck - I've just gotten past the turning on the computer stage!


Oct 28, 2010 05:45 PM
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

This is a nice hint.  I will try it.  Hopeit works.

Oct 28, 2010 11:26 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Don, this is a great re-blog! While I usually am on my Mac, sometimes I'm writing/posting on our PC.

Oct 29, 2010 02:21 AM
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Jon, that's the beauty of this! It doesn't take any more time & it is truly a nice safety factor when you figure you may lose stuff.

Kimberly, I hope you have the chance to try this. I just posted another article & it is super simple!

Debi, I hope you find it useful!

Juli, make your husband do more work on the BPO's so you can blog!

Jim, I like it a lot!  Good luck with your Ducks!  Go Broncos!

Frank & Sharon, My son uses a Mac & it appears there are a lot of advantages... :-/

Oct 29, 2010 04:18 AM
Michelle Plumb
Coldwell Banker Ocean Beach Properties - Ocean Shores, WA

Thank you for the help. I usually type just about everything out in word first and I did that when I first started blogging too but when I copied and pasted it didn't come out. Now I know use only basic formatting.Thanks again. Happy Halloween!

Oct 29, 2010 12:10 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Nice tips to use Word to add a little punch of color to our posts. Of course, the key is "a little" -- moderation in formatting.

Oct 29, 2010 12:16 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Don - I think Karen has a point. However, I do it for other reasons as well. First, I do not like to tyoe it in Active rain simply because of the size of the font. When you "submit" it gets bigger, not not really by much. At my age I like it a few sizes up. I don;t like blog posts on a diet. i do not need the waist line, I need to read and enjoy, and not read and guess.

Color is a matter of preference.

And, by the same token, wy we agree with pictures and clipart, and not with color of fonts?

Don - so that I do not forget it. Thanks for reblogging, I feel flattered.

Oct 29, 2010 02:15 PM
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Michelle, I hope the drag method is working out for you. Thanks for reading!

John, I agree, color in moderation. It can get a little too busy, if we're not careful!

Jon, Yes, I think too much color can get distracting and maybe less professional, but in your post, you were obviously setting an example of what is possible.  I loved this idea & it has helped me out! I just used it to create another post! Definitely worthy of re-blogging... THANK YOU!

Oct 29, 2010 02:44 PM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

I really like what you have shared Don,  Thanks for the tips.  My assistant and I will check it out.

Nov 07, 2010 11:08 PM
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Wayne, I really have been loving this simple approach! It is so easy to do!

Nov 09, 2010 01:48 AM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

woohoo!!!  It works!!!!!! I had a little time this am and here it is.


PS - I kinda like the blue and the purple.

Dec 12, 2010 03:41 AM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

PPS:  I forgot to say THANK YOU!!!!

Dec 12, 2010 03:47 AM
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Juli, isn't this great!? Now don't be going all purple and blue on me! Take it easy! ;)

Dec 12, 2010 12:42 PM