Spring Cleaning For Blogs

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

I'll make no secret of it.  When I first saw this ActiveRain challenge posted by Debe Maxwell, urging us to revisit our old blogs, that need a little cleaning up, I was a tad overwhelmed.  I have blogged regularly for well over a decade now, and the number of total blogs written has reached 1844.  That's a bunch of reviewing of the past, which would be revisited and potentially scrubbed up a little.  

In addition, over the years, ActiveRain has undergone platform changes, which often either scrambled or changed fonts, and/or diminished photo and graphic size, rendering them difficult to see.  The task to create remedy made my head want to explode.  However, Debe wasn't suggesting we revisit and repair each and every blog we had written.  She merely suggested we commit to ten.

So, in the wee hours of this morning, I found I wasn't sleeping.  It had nothing to do with worrying about this challenge and what duress it might incur.  And, it gave reason for me to sit in front of this computer screen, and in earnest create some new banners for old blogs that had them missing!  It provided an opportunity to repair fonts too tiny or scrambled to read. In addition, I found revisiting some of my posts interesting.  It was an opportunity to note changes in perspective I have experienced about certain aspects of the real estate profession over the years .  All in all, I think this challenge of Debe's was an excellent idea.  

Here's the list of blogs chosen to be updated and repaired:

(1) Your Vacant Home is Listed - Now to Get it Sold

(2) Understanding Absorption Rate

(3) When Less May Be More

(4) Real Estate and Other Markets are About Cycles

(5) California Wild Fire Protection

(6) New ActiveRain FeatherNesters Group

(7) Recipe: Chicken Pasta Salad with Tomatillo Sauce

(8) Homeowners Reluctant to Buy Where There is an HOA

(9) Different Inspections and Disclosures - Urban vs. Rural 

(10) Which Works Best - Being Cooperative or Adversarial


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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Oh, geez, you're right, Myrl. I went back to see what my blog looked like. No alignment in photos, that's for sure. html clearly prevalent. Did you know I wrote my first blog in March of 2007 about annoying letters on baby room walls? LOL. I've got almost 4,000. An enormous task I doubt I'll undertake.

Jun 13, 2018 09:26 AM #6
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl several pictures are missing from my older blogs, and I do not have some of those pictures anymore.  I might have to insert different pictures.

Jun 13, 2018 09:40 AM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Maybe I should get on the bandwagon and if I do I will go back to the beginning to see what a younger me was saying.

Jun 13, 2018 10:47 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Myrl, for sharing some of your spring cleaning of your old blogs.

Jun 13, 2018 03:17 PM #9
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good job, Myrl. 
I've started doing the Spring Cleaning Challenge several times and keep getting distracted!!!

Jun 13, 2018 05:34 PM #10
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Well done Myrl Jeffcoat I will be working on this challenge over the weekend!

Jun 13, 2018 07:04 PM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I totally understand what you mean about being overwhelmed, Myrl! I had that same experience the first time we ran this challenge and didn't realize just how valuable it was until I started getting calls from two of the posts that I had revamped! SO, it was worthwhile - just time-consuming!

Great job and congrats on 10 updated, fabulous evergreen posts!

Jun 13, 2018 08:45 PM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

This is a fine example of what Debe Maxwell, CRS challenge is all about Myrl...

Jun 13, 2018 11:34 PM #13
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


Good for you and I am glad you did it! I am not even going to attempt it. I am spending my free time trying to figure out how to video. Bravo Myrl!

Jun 14, 2018 01:42 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl- I can empathize with you. I looked back at some of my posts and cringed!!!   But I'm glad I did it and will go back to do more. 

Jun 14, 2018 05:00 PM #15
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Oh dear, looks like a job that would put me to sleep! To be continued as I check out your altered blogs and get hints for fixing mine. Thanks Myrl!

Jun 15, 2018 05:06 AM #16
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


I find that AR makes a mess of all my market reports and has quite a bit oif issues as well. Cleaning up my posts is something I can or will not do. cheers cvc

Jun 15, 2018 09:16 AM #17
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - You and I were on the same page. I didn't like this contest at first because the task was daunting and time consuming. After the 3rd post, I felt compelled to complete 10 but in my spare time, I plan to go back. I was beating my breast feeling stupid about technicalities and now I feel so much better after reading your post. A lot of those mistakes were due to system changes outside of my control too!

Jun 15, 2018 08:45 PM #18
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I always find something I can either use or declutter in there somewhere. Works pretty well!

Jun 15, 2018 10:42 PM #19
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Patricia Feager You’re on the same page with a lot of people in that respect. Nothing wrong with that :)

Jun 15, 2018 10:43 PM #20
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Myrl and this is a great idea and I have looked at old posts/blogs when AR was owned by Z/T and many of the URL's are gone 

Jun 17, 2018 11:37 AM #21
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Just dropped by to say hello, cheers cvc

Jun 19, 2018 10:27 AM #22
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Good job updating those posts and making sure they can get you the best mileage possible.

Jun 19, 2018 07:02 PM #23
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - Just thought I'd pop by to say hello and wish you well.

Hope you're doing great and life is good!

Have a wonderful day!

Jun 20, 2018 09:54 AM #24
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Myrl, Not an easy job that's for sure. I still have a lot more to do. I find spring cleaning our blog posts is harder and more time-consuming than cleaning our house :)

Jul 01, 2018 12:59 PM #25
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