Twenty Minutes Is Longer Than It Used To Be

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

By gosh, I think I've done it.

Below is my old blog signature, which  I wasn't even aware that it is not a signature, 



old blog 

Then the lightbulb goes off when I read about this month's challenge hosted by Craig Daniels—and inspired by Eileen Burns

Here goes my attempt to create a signature using Craig's Video as a guide.

My goodness, this guy is a genius! Creating a simple tutorial takes much time and effort, but it seems almost impossible until you try it. It's like anything new, oh so easy once your know-how. And is a  building block one step at a time.

Think anything related to the computer, as soon as you master it; you say, oh, that was easy. Think of the first time you put a listing in the MLS, your first blog, uploading a photo,  a contract for electronic signatures, the first time you used an iPhone or iPad.

Go ahead, listen to anyone who has a Mac, tell a new user how easy it is. Well yeah! It's easy when you are taught or can figure it out.

Creating a signature was not on my to-do list; if anything, I would have hired someone!

I would much rather be spending time listing and selling real estate. But how could I not give it a shot and enter this month's challenge? And after all, I needed a blog for today, and I needed an updated signature.

So how did I do this? I went to Craig's video and listened once, then I listened again, and again and probably a few more times. Then the light bulb went off.


I set my iPad next to my computer and went to Craig's video again. The regular computer and the iPad to listen to were good moves. Do you know how many times you can repeat each step? Thank goodness, there is no limit!

Here is the start of my new signature



You see the blog signature immediately after the post under the "Posted By" subheading.

With my signature completed, anyone can quickly call, text, email, check out an article about me, go to my blog, see my listings, website and listen to my past radio shows.

All accomplished in that one rectangle at the end of my daily blog called a blog signature!


My goals:

-I have been looking for an easy way to send someone to my daily blog.

-I have been looking for an easy way to share my radio podcasts.

-I have been looking for an easy way to get an email.

-I have been searching for an easy way to share a magazine article.

The above goals...accomplished!

Craig explained it beautifully in 20 minutes, but I am here to tell you that, for me, twenty minutes is a whole lot longer than it used to be! But looking back, my signature is done, and so is my entry for this month's challenge. And I just hit the 500-word minimum describing my signature update.

And thanks for the opportunity to learn!

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HomeRome Realty

Baltimore, Maryland

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Comments (22)

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

Way to go, Margaret!   I like it. I'm no expert on this subject but if I were to make one suggestion it would be to highlight the text to your links (at the bottom of the signature) in blue. That's what we're used to seeing as a link to more info. 

Mar 11, 2022 01:54 AM
Craig Daniels

I agree Carol, I'm helping Margaret with v2 coming soon with that suggestion applied :)

Mar 11, 2022 05:49 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thanks so much, Carol. Your suggestion was perfect and incorporated!


Mar 11, 2022 10:08 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. Your post has me rethinking participation in the challenge if I can find the time. Even in retirement it may make sense. Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Mar 11, 2022 04:39 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

I didn't think I had the time eithe. After all, technology is not my forte! 

Mar 11, 2022 10:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - your post reminds me of the fable of the little engine attempting to make it up and over a hill.  I think I can.   I think I can.  And I did. . .   

Mar 11, 2022 04:50 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

That would have been a good title, Michael.


Mar 11, 2022 10:10 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I saw the challenge and have to try and clean up my blog signature as well.  I'm sure Craig will help with the final tweaking

Mar 11, 2022 04:55 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Ed, Turn on the video and go one step at a time. 

Mar 11, 2022 10:11 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Your new signature definitely makes it easier for people to find you, and to find all of your material! Great job!

Mar 11, 2022 04:58 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kat, Watching Craig use you as a model, made it possible. Your smile was encouraging!

Mar 11, 2022 10:12 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Love the new signature. Happy Friday, thanks for the wonderful post.  Enjoy the weekend, we sure have earned it.  However, finish the week productive, sell a house, bill

Mar 11, 2022 05:15 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thanks, Bill.

Mar 11, 2022 10:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Margaret... for a minute I thought you were going to write about homes going into contract in 20 minutes! :))) Good job on the new signature.

Mar 11, 2022 05:20 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Nina, Neither selling unique homes or creating blog signatures happen in twenty minutes! 

Mar 11, 2022 10:14 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love it!  Your new signature line looks great.  I am pretty sure Craig Daniels would be willing to help you quickly fix it to where people don't have to scroll.  I am still working on mine, but I do recall something being said about keeping it to a length of 636 or something.

Mar 11, 2022 05:43 AM
Craig Daniels

excellent Brian! yes 636 on the width is right so we don't get horizontal scroll bars. stay tuned for the update with Margaret very soon, in progress! :)

Mar 11, 2022 05:48 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Brian, Progress! Updated.

Thanks to Craig.

Mar 11, 2022 10:16 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I applaud your effort Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - like you, it is something I either would simply not do, or hire it done.  Wonderful first attempt.  Looks like brother Craig Daniels will complete the finishing touches. He is amazing! 

Mar 11, 2022 08:37 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Nice job Margaret. I'm curious to see the update from Craig!

Mar 11, 2022 10:07 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathleen, You speak my language. We do what we do best (real estate) and let others do the rest!

Mar 11, 2022 10:19 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Sharon Tara, Take a look now, all done!

Mar 11, 2022 10:20 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret I would probably need to read Craig's blog and listen to the video a few more times than you.  I have been thinking about changing my blog signature, but for Loan Originators the required wording we need to use is soooooooo long, that I don't think it will look good.  But I might give it a try anyway. 

Mar 11, 2022 12:13 PM
Eileen Burns

give it a twirl George Souto 

Mar 15, 2022 09:31 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great job Margaret! I started tinkering, but now I need to get serious and change my signature

Mar 11, 2022 01:51 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Rocky, I will be looking forward to your new signature.

Mar 12, 2022 03:49 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Good job providing a recap of Craig's video on signature creation.  I think he is one of the best tech resources we have here on ActiveRain.

Mar 12, 2022 04:10 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Good to see you Myrl. Craig is a gem!

Mar 12, 2022 03:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Margaret- I am making the time this weekend to work on mine!!!  Yours looks great!!

Mar 12, 2022 11:54 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thanks, Kathy,  You , I think, will find it a gratifying challenge. 

Mar 12, 2022 03:53 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

George Souto, Maybe you need another contest just for LO signatures.

Mar 12, 2022 03:38 PM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 glad for your yeoman effort to participate.  You are always cultivating new ways for your public to reach you.  😎  Wonderful new blog signature

Mar 15, 2022 09:33 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Margaret:

Your new and improved blog signature is terrific - what a great resource of information in that rectangle!


Mar 16, 2022 03:59 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thanks, Jeff. So glad the contest gave me the impetus to make the changes.

Mar 18, 2022 05:30 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Eileen Burns Thanks for getting Craig involved with the challenge. 

Mar 18, 2022 05:29 PM