Limping My Way To 100,000 Points

Home Stager with Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia

crossing the finish lineI didn't think it would be this way.  I mean, I had visions of blowing across the 100,000 mile, er... point marker while writing 4-5 posts a week and being featured at least once or twice a month.  It was not to be.  Instead I've gotten lazy and only write a post every now and then while leaving a few comments here and there.  So who's the bigest loser here (figuratively speaking)?  That would be ME!

It's time to take inventory to see where I went wrong, what I've learned along the way and where I go from here.  Are you with me?

  • First, I'll never forget being at a home staging convention several years ago where Cindy Lin was presenting.  She said, "If you're not blogging, you're not in the game."  That got my attention!  Although I had already signed up for AR, I believe that's when I actually got around to writing my first post.
  • My first blog posts were really quite pathetic (sort of lilke this one!)  I mean, who wants to read, "Elvis Is Dead, Tiger Is Back, and I'm Somewhere Stuck In the Middle."  Or how about, "My Kid Is Inmate of the Month at the County Jail."  I think you get the idea.
  • But somewhere along the line I hit my stride and actually picked up a few features.  I think the first one was on "A Stager's Advide To Realtors,"  Then I got features for a couple of posts I wrote on what I learned at The Google Academy.  And I found that it never hurts to have a little humor.  Another featured post was, "You Might Be a Redneck Home Stager If..."
  • Okay, I may as well throw in a random thought here.  I've noticed that there are lots of featured posts written on the topic,"How To Get a Featured Post."  Has anyone out there ever written a post on that topic that was NOT featured?  If so, I'd like to hear from you.
  • And a few other things that I've learned:
    1. If you want to get comments on your posts, you have to leave comments on others' posts.  (Sort of reminds me what my mom taught me when I was growing up -- "If you want to have friends, you must first be a friend."
    2. It's a lot of fun to help the Newbies.  They ask such cute questions and have these little 1-2 woman at computersentence posts basically saying "HELP!" like all the rest of us did when we first started blogging. 
    3. How to write posts so people won't get bored with them (by using all these little bullet points like I'm doing here and adding photos to illustrate the points); 
    4. How to be a better home stager by seeing many FANTASTIC B&A pics here in the staging groups; 
    5. Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about SEO from Stephen Graham's fantastic classes;
    6. And I've learned all about WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, QR codes, photography, search engines, what Google does and doesn't like, and how to be a better cook!

So how did I pick up my limp?  Simply put, I had a WordPress site built with a blog on it, cancelled my outside blog and turned my back on ActiveRain.  BIG MISTAKE!!!  What was I thinking???

Now here I am about to get that coveted 100,000 point marker icon under my name.  While I'm excited to be so close to the goal, I'm also sad thinking about all I've missed here on AR over the past 8-10 months. 

  • My SEO has suffered;
  • I've lost contact with some great friends;
  • I'm no longer building valuable backlinks to my site;
  • My learning curve has flattened out since I stopped reading all your great posts.

So where do I go from here?  Back in the Rain, baby, back in the Rain.

PS - Do I get a feature when I hit 100,000 points?

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Comments (18)

Julie Chapman
DR Horton - Ormond Beach, FL
New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be


Great post. Thanks for sharing. When you are new and need help, look for one of the Active Rain Ambassadors or the Active Rain University of keep on moving........

I am an Ambassador to pay it forward for all the SEO and direct sales I have made thanks to Active Rain.



Jun 23, 2011 02:02 PM
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Thank you for giving back through being an Ambassador!  Great tip.  Thanks!

Jun 23, 2011 03:05 PM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Welcome back Patsy. I had just gotten started here on the Rain, gotten to know you and then poof you were gone!

Jun 23, 2011 04:03 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Patsy- I'm glad you're back! Now... stay put!

Jun 23, 2011 04:20 PM
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Shar - yes, and look how well you've done on AR while I've been sleeping!  It's just the time factor, but I've gotta get back to it.

Kathy - thank you!  I've certainly missed conversing with you, Shar, and all my other AR friends.  Seems like every time I sign on, you've got a feature! :)

Jun 24, 2011 12:00 AM
Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

You can do it ... almost there now.  C'mon !

Let me tell you, the points seem to accumulate much slower on the other side of 100,000.  Or I'm still tired from the uphill climb :)

Jun 24, 2011 12:40 AM
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Sandi - Whew!  It truly is an uphill climb.  Yes, I can see where once you've past that 100,000 mark, things get murky.  Congrats on getting there yourself!

Jun 24, 2011 01:11 AM
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Welcome back Patsy which I meant to say when you recently commented on one of my blog posts.  So a wordpress blog didn't get you the SEO that AR does.  Interesting.  Hope to see more of you here as you climb the points ladder.  Cheers!

Jun 24, 2011 03:26 AM
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Hi Ginger!  Actually, I keep getting calls from people who are finding me online, so something is working.  I think the main thing an AR outside blog does for you is allow you to constantly build back-links to your site.  I read recentlly that that is the #1 thing that effects SEO on a site.

Okay, I just looked it up.  My booklet from Hubspot says, "External links from other sites are the single most powerful ranking tool amongst the major search engines of today."  That's what I'm missing.

Jun 24, 2011 10:40 AM
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Patsy, I knew they were important, just didn't realize how important.  Hmmm....gotta go back and make some additional changes.  Thanks for sharing that!

Jun 24, 2011 12:52 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Patsy, you sound like the little engine that could-and WILL-keep it going-love to hear more about your SEO experience.

Jun 24, 2011 03:05 PM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Patsy, I missed your posts. Welcome back.

Jun 24, 2011 04:02 PM
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Patsy--I'm on the slow climb to 100K, too, and your post inspires me, as there are days I wonder if it really is all worth it.  So thanks for the inspiration. 

Jun 24, 2011 11:31 PM
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Ginger - that's why it's so important to have an outside blog.  Next week I will renew my subscription.  Isn't that what's great about AR -- everything we learn along the way?

Joanna - sometimes you've just gotta keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Anna - thank you!  I have missed you, too!  I see you've racked up 100,000 pts. while I was sleeping.  Congrats!

Janet - we have to keep encouraging each other, don't you think?  I'm so glad you found this inspirational.  Keep moving forward...  you'll get there!

Jun 25, 2011 01:56 AM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Patsy, most of my points come from commenting. It was one 31 day May challenge that I attended . It did help me to rich those 100K points but I am still recovering from it  LOL. I am happy to see you back regardless of SEO.

Jun 25, 2011 02:55 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Patsy - You were certainly missed, but never forgotten.  So glad to see you back here.  Hey, how's the preparation on your house going? 

Jun 26, 2011 07:01 PM
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Anna - thank you!  I have certainly missed you and so many others.  As to the 31 day challenge, I've never gotten beyond day 3.  Again, congrats!

Barb - yes, the little engine (or blogger) that could.  Thanks for your encouragement!

Sally - thanks so much for not fogetting me.  My house?  Er... it's SLOWLY coming along.  I'm still trying to get my husband to say, "Yes, we will move."  Maybe next spring?

Jun 27, 2011 02:30 AM