Harvesting Your Blog Posts

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Harvesting Your Blog Posts


I heard an excellent talk recently regarding the process of going back and reviewing your journal entries. The speaker called this, "Harvesting Your Journal". As I listened to him, he pointed out several reasons it is a good practice in going back to read earlier entries.


The purposes of taking the time to review and re-visit your journal or in this case, our blog posts, are many. Take a look at a few of the reasons for harvesting:


  • 1. Taking time to review past entries and posts allows us to see where we've been and are can do some assessment of where we want to go in the future.
  • 2. Reviewing earlier blog posts can provide us with a great evaluation tool for how we are doing and if we need any tweaking or improvements on our posts.

3. Reflection is an excellent exercise to take the time to enjoy the great moments while facing those things that were difficult. We can only move forward when we reflect for a moment on the past. The important thing is to reflect, then move on.


4. Finally, we are able to assess our blog posts and decide if we need to re-write popular posts, determine which posts are getting the most traction and likewise, which posts appear to be performing poorly.


Here in the ActiveRain format, it is easy to pull up our old blog posts and review them. I have found in reviewing my oldest posts, I can see I have come a long way in the blogging world. Take a moment to harvest your blog posts and see if you learn a little nugget or two along the way.



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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

My old subdivision posts became the foundation content for many IDX pages on our WP site.  Some tinkering here and there, but the facts were still the facts.

Jan 16, 2020 07:26 AM #22
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Paula,  Good advice.  It is always good to go back and review.  So much we forget. :)

Jan 16, 2020 12:39 PM #23
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Thank you so much for reminding us to take a look aback. 

Great advice for sure. Thank you have a blessed day. 

Jan 16, 2020 01:03 PM #24
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

This would be a good exercise for me. I am still working readjusting to life here again on Active Rain.

Jan 16, 2020 01:37 PM #25
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Paula knows things...

Jan 16, 2020 01:48 PM #26
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Excellent post Paula, taking time to review our lives and activities is so important.

Jan 16, 2020 02:35 PM #27
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

This is such great advice - I'm going to set some time aside this weekend to go through some past posts.

Jan 17, 2020 03:29 AM #28
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

This is a great idea Paula and I have done it in the past.  It has been a little while though - thanks for the reminder!  The timing of it is perfect also!

Jan 17, 2020 04:10 AM #29
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

This is a great idea that is clearly resonating with the folks here. Thanks for sharing. My most popular post ever was on compost tea. Go figure 

Jan 17, 2020 04:22 AM #30
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Lifetime Friend/Helper!

Thank you Paula McDonald ~ GRI this is an insigtful article and I will go back through old blogs.

Jan 17, 2020 04:41 AM #31
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA

All my posts are old posts.  But until the public can read them I'm not posting more.  Just making comments.  Besides, I'm support staff for my broker, I just do what she says... I don't try to "get" clients.

Jan 17, 2020 07:33 AM #32
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Paula McDonald ~ GRI ,

What a wonderful post! So glad to see it featured. You are absolutely right..great advice for everyone!

Jan 17, 2020 10:11 AM #33
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I like to use past blog posts and the comments for inspiration for new posts

Jan 18, 2020 05:55 AM #34
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This is something I've been doing for years. Although I haven't been blogging lately, I was regularly going back and tweaking and rewriting old blogs. I hope to start up again. 

Also, it's important to update links and add updates to localism posts if businesses you wrote about have closed or moved. 

Jan 18, 2020 07:28 AM #35
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Paula McDonald ~ GRI - This is something I need to do more of.  Also, I have to look at blogs that no longer fit a need. 

Jan 18, 2020 08:11 AM #36
Sheldon Haywood
McGraw Realtors - Tulsa, OK

Hi Paula - This is an awesome idea. I only started journal this year and have made a commitment to blog more. Thank you!

Jan 18, 2020 12:44 PM #37
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Paula:

There is some great advice here. I do look back from time to time but could do more. Part of looking back is fixing broker links and information that has changed. And it often provides fodder for a new post or two.


Jan 18, 2020 03:18 PM #38
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Like Jeff Dowler, CRS looking back is a way of fixing the older posts. For those who have been blogging for more than a dozen years, that's a lot a posts to review. Congratulations on the well-deserved feature.

Jan 21, 2020 07:26 PM #39
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Very smart advice. I did that a while back and unfortunately the links were different since purchase of AR.  Ugh!

Jan 23, 2020 03:14 PM #40
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I like that term... harvesting.  I need to go back and do a lot of harvesting and repurposing onto my own blog.

Jan 26, 2020 07:55 PM #41
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