Newbie Tutorial - How to Start Writing for the May Contest

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If you recently became a Member of ActiveRain congratulations! You took the first step. Welcome! May each day give you a new perspective of new beginnings with hope, strength, and courage. The imagine in the photograph is what my office looked like in the Fall of 2010 when I started on AR. Like me, it has gone through many transformations. I had a desk dedicated to my computer and a writing desk to write stories and what was important to me. Perhaps you're struggling about where to begin your Photo Storytelling Journal? If so, here is a mini tutorial on how to begin:



Go to My Home


Look for the Gold Triangle on the top right where it says Write Post


Enter a Title, i.e., I chose "ActiveRain May Contest - Life is a Story.
(you can choose any Title you want but if it's a title already chosen, it will tell you to rename it to something else).


On the left side below where you see "Featured image," choose a file. That would be wherever you stored your picture. Once you open the box, find picture, choose the photo and click Open. The photo then drops automatically on your AR Blog Post already sized and ready to go. For BEST instructions read the post by Craig Daniels.  For BEST instructions on How to Insert Photos Into Your Blog click on the Title to the left and it will take you to Craig's Blog Post.  


Scroll down to where you see File, Edit, View, Insert Format Tools, etc.


Begin under the heading where you see ABC - start there to create your content for your Photo Journaling Entry.


If you want to add additional photos, look to the right under the words "Droid Serif serif  and look for the icon that looks like 2 mountain peaks and a black circle - that's where you add more photos. However, this contest only requires you to add one original photo that you took.


Write at least 250 words (word count will be on the bottom right).


Next choose either Public or Member's Only (it's a drop down box).


Next choose AR Topics. There are 2 categories Professional and Consumers (only choose one topic, it really doesn't matter.


Next see the words "Hyper Local?" Choose your State. 


Next choose Groups - for this purpose you only need to choose the top one on the right called "ActiveRain Challenge."


Next you have more options to allow by clicking the box to re-blog for others to re-blog what you wrote or leave it unchecked.


Next, add tags if you want.




This is all done on your blog post page. When you're done, go to the words My Home (where you started) and do one of two things. Choose Traffic on the left side in Blue. You will see the title you created for your post. Copy and paste that title in a comment to the bottom of the original post for the May Contest: (click Title) to take you to the original: ActiveRain May Contest - Life is a Story Need more ideas? Try Tips for Successful Storytelling Journalism


To contact any of the Judges through ActiveRain or to include them in Comments click on your keyboard the "at symbol." on my keyboard it's located on top my #2. Here on AR, click on the at symbol and type in a name, such as Jeff and a drop down box will pop up and you choose the person's name you want to contact.


If you have any questions, just ask, or go to the Q& A section and members will be more than willing to help assist you. Remember, when it comes to technology, we are fortunate to have Craig Daniels who is always willing to help everyone on ActiveRain. Don't give up! Here in AR World someone is always up 24/7. Good luck! Oh, and by the way, just as my Office transformed over the years, I did too and I know you will as well. One more thing, I was inspired to write this post because of Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - you never know, she may give you a call someday to check in with you to find out how you're doing!


Take care and Write On....

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Comments (17)

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

What a thoughtful and concise tutorial for newbies. Hope this encourages more members to enter the contests and participate in AR. Not sure how, but I am glad this inspiration came from me.


May 05, 2021 08:18 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Hi Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - I am always inspired by you! In your comment to Ken Jones who needed guidance for the Contest, I thought it might be best to write a blog post to keep all AR members informed (new and those who need reminders). 

May 05, 2021 09:37 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Patricia and thanks for the tutorial to get out to us even for us old timers here in the rain.


May 05, 2021 08:37 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Will Hamm - you  have so much to offer! I can't wait to read your story. After all, life IS a story. I have confidence in you to cook up a story just like the interesting recipes from your family owned restaurant business. Thanks! I'm glad the tutorial will be useful for new and old alike.

May 05, 2021 09:39 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - I don't know how many newbies will participate but they certainly are now well-prepared with this thoughtful how-to post.   

May 05, 2021 09:16 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - I believe in including everyone! It would be an honor for newbies to participate. We have so much we can learn about each other. Also, I could use some help from everyone on AR to contact members who have dropped out of sight. Wouldn't it be great to hear from them again as they tell us their Life Story for being MIA? Would love to hear from Dick Greenberg again!

May 05, 2021 09:42 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

And I did almost everything you described this morning  to write a post for the challenge, with a few ideas of my own.

May 05, 2021 10:56 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ed Silva - I'm thrilled! I'm going to go to my first post to check it out. I hope it has been posted!

May 05, 2021 11:16 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Excellent tutorial for newbie rainers Patricia!  Funny looking back into the very early days, isn't it.  I signed up in 06 but really didn't get moving until 08 and then it was full speed ahead.  So much to learn and create....even now!

May 05, 2021 03:51 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker - I agree! Looking back is fun and interesting. Recently, I looked into the archives of Barbara Todaro's earliest posts. I loved how she combined business with humor. Every other post was a funny story too! AR has given all of us an opportunity to share life experiences in real estate and spice it up too with creativity too!

May 06, 2021 05:34 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia you lay it out very clearly, even I could follow those instructions.  ☺️

May 05, 2021 05:15 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Thanks, George Souto. I appreciate it very much. Looking forward to your participation.  

May 06, 2021 05:35 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Every newbie should read this post and follow your advice!  Even though I am not a newbie, I could still learn a lot from it as well.

May 06, 2021 06:30 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Brian England - Your gift for honesty and how you treat others is so special. Thank you. 

May 07, 2021 07:12 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good advice to share. 

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

May 06, 2021 08:23 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Roy Kelley - Thank you for the re-blog. You carry the torch of kindness throughout your AR journey. Truly, you are appreciated. 

May 07, 2021 07:13 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

For newbies, or over-thinkers?  Lol. Thanks Patricia, this makes it crystal clear.  You're the best. 

May 06, 2021 09:38 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Either or.... Support for all seems to be the trademark for members here on ActiveRain. You are excellent role models here and greatly appreciated. 

May 07, 2021 07:16 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Good luck to everybody in the contest and it should be a fun one for sure

May 06, 2021 09:48 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Laura Cerrano - I hope you participate too! You have a lot to offer and your willingness to support realtors is greatly appreciated. 

May 07, 2021 07:17 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Great step by step for a newbie. Hopefully I will find the time this month to enter the May contest.

May 09, 2021 04:40 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Buzz Mackintosh - it would be an honor to read an entry from you! 

May 10, 2021 04:32 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  Great info newbies and attention for Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400  to check on the posts 

May 09, 2021 04:46 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Hannah Williams - Your support is so greatly appreciated. Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 too!!! Plus, our illustrious Judges Jeff Dowler, CRS, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! and Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker are awesome!!! 

May 10, 2021 04:33 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Patricia:

Great idea to write this tutorial for those who might need the guidance, not only for the May Challenge but for posts in general.


May 10, 2021 03:54 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jeff Dowler, CRS - I always like to put myself in other people's shoes and offer up support when I think it could help. Many people aren't afraid to ask for help; I'm one of those who don't ask and I know, I can't be the only one. 

May 12, 2021 07:38 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sometimes it's all about getting started and then going from there and seeing what happens

May 10, 2021 11:01 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Laura Cerrano - You can't finish if you don't start! Have a nice day 

May 12, 2021 07:41 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

This is a great tutorial for the newbies of ActiveRain Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP. Thank you for taking the time to provide them with this valuable information. 

May 11, 2021 10:41 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Beth Atalay - Thank you, so much. Our job on earth is to help others. When there's a need, just do it without having to take a vote, discuss with others in authority and wait on other to decide. If it's for the greater good, humble yourself and help. That's my philosophy. 

May 12, 2021 07:43 AM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Thanks for the info. I'm still debating to do this, but now I have no excuses if I end up moving forward!

May 12, 2021 07:04 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Erik Hiss - You can never finish if you don't start. I would be honored if you would participate. Today and always, I wish you the very best. 

May 12, 2021 07:45 AM