Your Blogging Past--Re-reading your first blogposts

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Your Blogging Past--Re-reading your first blogposts

Here's what you might learn about yourself

Having blogged since January of 2011, this is one of the first times that I've bothered to go back-in-time and re-read those "lost blogs" from my past. 

When you do this, you might find that you are reacting as if reading them for the first time written by someone else. And you may be horrified or say, gosh, I was pretty good way back when!

It might also offer you the opportunity to re-create them, put a new hat on them and send them back into the Rain!

I've read advice about blogging if you get stuck for ideas and this would be one of them. If you've been blogging for awhile, chances are that no one on God's Green Earth remembers those first posts of yours! (I sure as heck didn't remember my first post, or even my first 5-10). Or, you may have acquired a bunch of new followers who just think you're the Bees Knees and won't judge your old stuff. 

It can also be a reflection of how times have changed economically and in the real estate world--your niche especially. My first post was about doing private contracts, with the seller being the bank. (I had ZERO comments). Back then Fishhawk Lake real estate, being mostly 2nd homes, was not a "have to have", but a "want to have", or a "need to sell and here's how I can do it for a buyer who can't get a loan". That can still pertain to vacant lots here at Fishhawk Lake, as many mortgage companies won't loan on vacant land. But, our area became stabilized a year ago January and many MANY homes sold last year that had been on the market for a long time. 

I wrote six posts before I ever got my first comment. This was the post that received two whole comments!

Have You Blogged Today? A Novice's Experience 

Actually, I was pretty lighthearted about the fact that no one was noticing me. My very first commenter: 

Alexandra Seigel

Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing (

Ron and Alexandra Seigel have since become really close friends of mine and also with some of my other close AR buddies. Who knew that with that very first comment, she would launch me out of zero status and that I would go back four years later to realize how far we've come?? 

Here's what she wrote:

Enjoyed reading your well written.  A

(Thank you, my friend!)

So, go back and visit the "Old Blogger You", indulge yourself and be non-judgemental, because you can ALWAYS learn from your past! 


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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't think I have ever gone back and read any of my old posts, but perhaps I should do it sometime.

Feb 09, 2015 08:47 AM #16
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

I think we have all come a looonngg way!

have a great night

Feb 09, 2015 09:09 AM #17
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905  I few years back Lynn B. Friedman had a contest to refresh an old blog it was fun . Why don't you give it a try and talk with Kerrie La Guardia for a contest next month

Feb 09, 2015 09:37 AM #18
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Debbie Gartner--I know that you've slammed it out of the park with your posts and have gotten national attention from hats off to you! (No need to look back, huh?)

John McCormack--it's actually kind of fun to use it as a barometer for how far you've come and then pat yourself on the back. 

Sharon, loved that!

I'll say, Debb!!

Sharon Paxson, I look at some of those teensy-weensy pictures that I pulled off of some free site and those days are long gone, thank goodness. And yes, I loved it that Alexandra was my "first"!

Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR --they are a great TEAM! Mostly it's A that does the blogging and commenting. 

Tom White well, thank God your "first" was Tammie!! So, you consider yourself still a newbie, do ya??

Nick, do it!

Feb 09, 2015 10:40 AM #19
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Gayle - I've actually done that a few times. The very early ones showed how little I knew about blogging for results, and made me really appreciate the help and advice that was so freely given from other AR members.

Feb 09, 2015 10:44 AM #20
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint--the Elven Princess delivers! made me smile. I should have made Bees Bee's, but decided not to fuss about it...small detail. And like you, I was TERRIBLY excited when someone noticed my orphan post! By the way, you're too hard on yourself. 

Give it a whirl, Brian. 

Rob, we HAVE!!

Oh Hannah Williams, I did a contest once related to virtual traveling, and had a ball! It was VERY time consuming, though. However, as a result I started my weekly Tuesday Travelogue, which is ALSO time consuming. Good idea for someone else! 



Feb 09, 2015 10:44 AM #21
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Dick Greenberg, between Bob Stewart and Nestor & Katerina Gasset, I learned, like you did about the finer points of SEO, what types of titles to use to capture a market, etc. Craig Daniels was also phenomenal in offering sound advice from a technical aspect. I used to love Bob and Kerrie La Guardia's webinars--they were incredibly helpful!


Feb 09, 2015 10:49 AM #22
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Some times it's just better to not go after that bee hive with a stick

Feb 09, 2015 11:46 AM #23
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905  Thanks! I refer back to my very first post I ever wrote here to show that we all start somewhere:) 

Feb 09, 2015 12:48 PM #24
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Gayle, Yes I have gone back and reread a few of my old stuff blogs and it was terrible and sort of embrassing. I do believe you can recycle some of this stuff and make it betterr now that we all know what we are doing?? 

Feb 10, 2015 06:53 AM #25
William Piotrowski
Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation - Naperville, IL

Great read thank you 

Feb 10, 2015 07:01 AM #26
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Revisits and adding on, updating the links if they 404 is a good idea.

Feb 10, 2015 07:02 AM #27
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Gayle, I routinely revamp a few old posts and re-post them throughout year. What I find is that a lot of posts are not timeless. The timeless ones are fun to re-post. The others were for a specific time and a specific purpose that was served a long time ago. It seems so easy today, but back in the say it was a lot of work. I guess we're all growing. 

Feb 10, 2015 07:24 AM #28
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

It sounds like a good idea.  I have no idea what my first post was about.

Feb 10, 2015 09:53 AM #29
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Great advice Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 !! Re-create, repurpose, and resend them back into the Rain! I agree so much but my plan is yet to be put into practical action this year... I so (painfully recall) my early blogs here in the Rain and elsewhere. They were like I was writing the 'great American novel' and I was Irish and a master of the run-on sentence! Blogs are more like "Hey, what's up?"  Reply: "Oh, a little of this, a little of that." [insert photo]... Not being cynical at all, just life changed. It's all good, but I'm an old school writer and it's been a challenge for me not to include absolutely everything I know and could share about a topic... So now days, I spend a lot of my time unwriting my posts as best I can, trying to leave room for the commentor to add and engage. This is such an amazingly amazing journey and worthwhile challenge. You inspire me. Thanks to you I've discovered and I've come to love FishHawk Lake. 

Feb 10, 2015 10:16 AM #30
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I love going back and re visiting my older posts.  I re-do them sometimes with what I have learned since I got here in 2008.

Feb 10, 2015 11:36 AM #31
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Gayle, I went back a while back and was sort of embarrassed by many of mine!  But some of them I sort of like.

Feb 10, 2015 12:27 PM #32
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Ed Silva, if you treat bees well, they can DELIVER. 

Katerina, oh so true! 

I dunno, Robert (Bob) Gilbert , do we ALL know what we're doing, even after we've been blogging for awhile?? (I still see some pretty static posts...)

William, thank you for stopping by--a newbie! 



Andrew Mooers sometimes I don't know WHAT THE HECK you mean, but this time I did!

Mike, you're ahead of most of us, then!

Evelyn, hope you checked it out. 

Rene Fabre, I LOVE your posts, and if it's old-school (which I totally get), then so be it! You weave a wonderful tale and that means being verbose at times...I am, too! Not to worry! Don't be so hard on yourself. You are a great storyteller and teacher. 

Tammy Lankford, see you have the right attitude! Go back, check in with yourself, it's all good! 


Feb 10, 2015 12:39 PM #33
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Patricia Kennedy, just take into consideration how far you've come and what inroads you've made on this platform!

Feb 10, 2015 12:40 PM #34
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

In the early times of my blogging, I posted hundreds of blogs that received no comments. At the time, I did not know enough about blogging to be discouraged since I was using most of the blog contents for mass email that did bring responses from prospects.

Feb 12, 2015 12:44 AM #35
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