Are You Missing The Point?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc 10307

The highlight of my workday is the time set aside for me to write my blogs (yesterday didn't go too well). In school, English was a passion of mine and while my writing is not as strong as I would hope, I can still be quite the  It is very important to me that people walk away from my little posts understanding what I was trying to convey. Yet sometimes I feel people might be just skimming through and miss the mark. 

Are you a skimmer? Do you ever worry about what you may have missed? Too often I read confusing comments where someone caught on to one noncrucial detail and try to portray an understanding. I know not everyone had the time or attention to reading in-depth so if you're going to skim here is a few tips on how to do it right. 

  • Before you start skimming, ask yourself what you want to get from the article. Think of two or three terms that describe what you want to know, and as you skim, keep an eye out for those two or three terms
  • When skimming, you move your eyes vertically as much as you move your eyes horizontally. In other words, you move your eyes down the page as much as you move them from side to side. Skimming is a bit like running downstairs. Yes, you should take one step at a time, and running downstairs is reckless, but you also get there faster by running.

Skimming — getting the essence from reading material without reading all the words — boils down to knowing what parts to read and what parts to pass by.

Hopefully, this helps so you can really take in the main content and avoid all the unimportant details.




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Gwen Fowler-Brown

Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc
317 South Highway 11
West Union SC 29696
Serving Oconee County, from the banks of the Chattooga River to the shores of Jocassee, Hartwell & Keowee Lakes.


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Comments (9)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

IHi Gwen, I use to put my blog first thing in the morning with my morning coffee but now it is getting later and later.


Sep 23, 2020 12:06 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Gwen - posts "hit" people in different ways so while I wish to be understood while sharing my thoughts in a post or a comment, I understand that may not always be the case.  I tend not to fret about it too much.  

As for "skimming":  it makes me think of cleaning the pool as a child.  Not a particularly fun job but a time-saver because the debris can clog up things and it gets a bit messy.  

Sep 23, 2020 12:38 PM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Blessings to you, for me it depends on my mood or the time of day to know if I will be a skimmer or actually take the time to read it, but if the article catchs my eye and interest, then I do make time to actually read it and see if there is something I can take away from it. 

Sep 23, 2020 01:19 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I skim to see if I want to take time to read it all.

Meanwhile, I think some people comment just for points. They're the ones who assume the content of the message from the title or first line and don't bother to even skim.

They're annoying, but in the long run, it's their loss.

Sep 23, 2020 08:50 PM
Susan McCall - - Compass Realty Solutions
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Listing and Buyer's Agent

If you like what you "skim" you could save it to read later

Sep 23, 2020 10:13 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Enjoy your blog writing.

I have to admit that I do more skimming than I should.

Sep 24, 2020 10:34 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I skim a lot of home inspections!  Focus on the summaries and those important issues that pop up

Sep 24, 2020 01:23 PM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I learned to read fast and if I have difficulty comprehending the content, I slow down and reread the content again. However, skimming  is usually about reading the first and last sentences in a paragraph or simply reading keywords in a paragraph. So, IMO , most of the featured posts have little or no fluff  content, therefore, few who surf the Rain are skimmers. 

Sep 25, 2020 01:44 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Gwen- I fall in the Marte Cliff camp. Many times, I'll skim a post to see if I want to read it thoroughly. And, often I do. 

Sep 26, 2020 01:22 PM