Spring Cleaning of Blog Posts in Katy TX

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Spring Cleaning of Blog Posts in Katy TX


Debbie Laity  who is an agent with Cedaredge Land Company created a March 2017 Challenge requiring participants to go back and clean-up prior posts. I started in Activerain back in 2007 but I did not really get going with writing regular posts until around May 2011. I decided the early posts were so terrible it would be depressing plus tortious to go back and reread and modify these horrible posts.


I took the scatter gun approach of looking for recent posts where I was confident I could make improvements fairly ( or so I thought at first) easily and correct errors. Updating data, pictures and checking links was part of my process. This whole process will take many more hours to completely review and change all the posts needing attention. I will put this on my to do list and go back to it as time allows. I did go back to clean-up more than 10 posts required for this challenge. A few I posted once again with current information. Trust me this was hard enough let alone looking at all the other posts needing attention.


One major area needing improvement was font size as well as font style. These days I tend to use 14 point Arial or Comic Sans MS as the style. Many of my posts were written in 12 point or less font in the past. I also found a lot of underlining of certain words or combinations of words plus making certain items Bold. I have eliminated a lot of this underlining and bolding words practice.


I did find old posts where the topics were annual events in or around the Katy area. Katy has many annual events which have lasted for more years and local residents look forward to going each year. I used the original posts as a guide and rewrote several of these types of posts which I then posted once again. I also made sure the current data was included and featured item(s) were added or deleted as needed. I deleted old pictures and added new ones. Tags used were based on what I thought was important today as I did not even look at the tags or groups used when the post was originally posted. I know it took me longer to update these types of posts than it did to write them when it was first created.


As I said above this is a work in process and will take a large effort as well as time to complete.  


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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

This is not an easy job Robert Bob Gilbert  but one that needs fixing

Mar 31, 2017 02:18 PM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think this was the toughest challenge.  It took lots of time and attention, but well worth it.  A

Mar 31, 2017 02:26 PM #2
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hannah Williams and Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I agree as this is a very diffcult and time consuming process. Certainly not a Slam Dunk! 

Mar 31, 2017 02:31 PM #3
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It is a big work in progress as so many of us have discovered. One blog post at a time as they say.

Mar 31, 2017 02:53 PM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Bob

This was definitely a tough challenge for all of us but well worth the time spent. I found many of the same issues you did, and there is so much more to do.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Mar 31, 2017 03:03 PM #5
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It's a challenge to go back and take a tough look at our old post . . . . and then write about it.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 31, 2017 04:52 PM #6
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

This challenge is definitely a work in progress :)

Mar 31, 2017 06:18 PM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I had kind of vowed to spring clean some of my older posts this month.  Alas, I didn't follow through!  However, I will continue to put it on my task list, until accomplished.

Mar 31, 2017 08:10 PM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Bob.  It's not an easy job going into old posts and cleaning them up.

Apr 01, 2017 04:50 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like you made some great updates!  I didn't think it would take much of my time either, but it certainly took more time than I expected, haha.

Apr 01, 2017 07:34 AM #10
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Robert Bob Gilbert - believe me, this challenge has opened my eyes on what I have been missing! This indeed is a work-in-progress.

Apr 01, 2017 10:35 PM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob it wash a though challenge and sadly I still have a long ways to go...with or without incentives, Endre

Apr 02, 2017 12:13 AM #12
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, this was a difficult contest, and sure it will have to be an on-going process, since we have 10 years of blogs!  

Apr 02, 2017 07:00 AM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Bob, for sharing some of your spring blog clean up efforts.

Apr 02, 2017 09:32 AM #14
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Going back and spring cleaning our old post is interesting.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 02, 2017 07:57 PM #15
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Bob, I like the idea of updating or re-using old event posts for the coming year. I will do the same. Thanks.

Apr 03, 2017 08:18 AM #16
Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

Boy this was a challenge, but valuable wasn't it!  We too still have a long way to go in tidying up and correcting our oldest of posts.  Should be worth it!  John and Kat

Apr 04, 2017 05:19 PM #17
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