Thank You for the December 2022 Challenge

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

Thank You for the December 2022 Challenge


In December AR members were challenged to provide tips on blogging – things to do and things not to do. And they responded generously with their wisdom and advice.


Thank you to the 37 bloggers who submitted posts, as well to everyone who read these posts and commented. Over 60 posts were shared with a wealth of advice from those who know about blogging…our ActiveRain Members. It’s essentially a book about blogging tips based on years of experience and success!


Here’s just a SMALL taste of the advice about what to do:

Just get started – stop putting it off! (That’s perhaps easier said than done)

Be consistent in your blogging…but it doesn’t have to be daily

Know your target audience and provide value to them

Use your authentic voice – it’s a conversation with your reader, so talk

Write posts that are evergreen

Determine the purpose of your post(s) – set a goal for each

Use good quality photos (your own, or those that are copyright-free)

PROOFREAD before you hit that submit button, or have someone help you

Read other AR posts for ideas, style and learning

Play nice in the sandbox – don’t throw sand at others

Be an ambassador for your area/community – share what you know!

We don’t know it all but you should be the “source of the source”




The list of BLOGGING DON’T DO’S was pretty impressive, too!

Don’t vent and be negative – the term “Debby Downer” was used a lot

No plagiarizing – photos, words, etc. Many posts mentioned this no no!

Avoid the dreaded wall of words

Don’t be a braggart and avoid blatant self-promotion

Avoid certain topics, like politics, religion and other controversial topics

Don’t use a ghostwriter or publish canned content everyone else is using

Avoid sloppiness, poor formatting, bad grammar, and spelling errors

Avoid discussing transactions, especially the problems

Don’t be a “geyser of gibberish” - don’t you love this quote?!


You’ll find links to all the submitted posts in the comment section of the December Challenge Post in case you missed them. Or perhaps need a reminder about what to do, and not do, in your blogging so you’ll have more success.


Many also shared their posts in the AR Challenges Group.


The Challenge posts are also great information for those who are starting out in the blogging world, or who don’t have much blogging experience.


The December Challenge – An AR Guide to Blogging was a great reminder of the abundant learning opportunities afforded everyone who participates on AR, AND the generosity of our community in sharing what they know about so many things…blogging and otherwise!


A heartfelt thank you to all who contributed!

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Comments (33)

Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I enjoyed reading all those posts! There was a lot of great information there...

Jan 04, 2023 05:05 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Agreed Kat Palmiotti 

It was a fun Challenge to host. Thank you again for your post!


Jan 04, 2023 11:24 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Jeff,

I too so appreciate you and Brian England for hosting the December challenge! Loved your was all very valuable do's and don'ts shared!


Jan 04, 2023 05:05 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you for the kind words Dorie Dillard Austin TX  We enjoyed hosting and were thrilled with all the excellent posts and advice.

Thank YOU for your 2 contributions!


Jan 04, 2023 03:21 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Thanks to you for heading the Challenge that gave a lot of great insight to making posts effective 

Jan 04, 2023 06:02 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Ed Silva 

Brian and I were thrilled to see so many Rainers respond with terrific blogging advice! Thank you for your tips, too!


Jan 04, 2023 05:38 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Jeff I cannot say I read every post, but I really enjoyed those I did read. Sorry not to participate was a tad busy with the wedding and honeymoon to focus on this in December. Happy New Year, may it be healthy and prosperous for you.

Jan 04, 2023 07:26 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

I'm glad you enjoyed it! I know you had a lot on your plate and a wedding and honeymoon always take precedence over blogging IMO.


Jan 04, 2023 07:15 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, as a seasoned blogger, it was quite easy to do these posts, and hope they helped some of the newer bloggers.

Jan 04, 2023 08:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

That was the intent Joan Cox 

Thank you again for sharing your advice and tips!


Jan 04, 2023 07:16 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

This was a great challenge Jeff! Hopefully, it will bring value to the newbies among us as well as the old timers - it certainly was meaningful to me to pen my two cents and read what tips others shared. Thank you for the summary! 

I do think there should be an easy link for others who are just joining. It's just what I was looking for when I started out.  

Jan 04, 2023 09:58 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Andrea Bedard 

I'm glad you enjoyed it AND participated. There was lots of great information that can help all of us improve our blogging. I know I could have used something like this when I started, and in the first few years!

Perhaps members will think to share the link if there are new members they are following or if they seem to need some advice.


Jan 04, 2023 07:29 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff thank you to you and Brian for hosting this challenge.  There was a wealth of advice in the blogs that were posted.

Jan 04, 2023 02:04 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

So true George Souto It was pretty intense reading everything.

Thanks again for what you shared. Our AR members really came through and shared some wonderful information.


Jan 04, 2023 07:31 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS .  I missed the December challenge (was dealing with a lot of personal things), but I appreciate your summary.  

Jan 04, 2023 05:01 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Lynnea Miller  Personal stuff needs to come first, before blogging!

I was so sorry to hear about your Mom right before Christmas. My condolences to you and your family.


Jan 04, 2023 07:34 PM
Lynnea Miller

Thank you for your kind words, Jeff.  It has been a tough month.

Jan 06, 2023 10:51 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I try to get the right amount of what I can out of every challenge and then try to impart it to the next person in the same way. :) happy 2023

Jan 04, 2023 07:44 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Happy New Year Laura Cerrano 

I hope you were able to read some of the posts!


Jan 04, 2023 07:57 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

The monthly challenges are fun, provide the added benefit of providing informal learning as well as getting a lot of engagement (high energy) from sharing Active Rain  Members. Thanks so much for hosting this challenge.

Jan 05, 2023 03:54 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Leanne Smith 

These are all great points about the value of the monthly Challenges! Thank you again for YOUR posts!


Jan 05, 2023 11:37 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Great summary of helpful tips on what to do & not do when blogging included in the December Challenge posts! Thank you for hosting Jeff Dowler, CRS, , lots of valuable advice was shared.

Jan 05, 2023 04:46 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks for the kind words Buzz Mackintosh  and for sharing YOUR thoughts and advice for the Challenge. I thought a summary might be helpful!


Jan 05, 2023 11:38 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Excellent Challenge and a great summary, Jeff!  Thanks to you and Brian England for co-hosting.

Jan 05, 2023 06:12 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Carol Williams  It was a fun Challenge to host with lots of great learning.


Jan 05, 2023 11:38 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

It just makes sense to give thanks for all we enjoy in this small community of professionals

Jan 05, 2023 08:12 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Agreed Peter Mohylsky  There IS a lot to enjoy about this community and the sharing that takes place.

Thank YOU.


Jan 05, 2023 11:39 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Great post for the New Year.  

Jan 05, 2023 11:16 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Ginger Harper  I hope you read some of the posts!


Jan 05, 2023 11:58 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jeff Dowler, CRS  and Brian England 

Thank you both for this wonderful challenge. It is not easy hosting a challenge it takes time and energy. It helped me to re-think all of my posts to make sure I was on a positive note. Plus reading others' posts I picked up some wonderful tips for the New Year.

Jan 05, 2023 11:44 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

And thank YOU for participating Hannah Williams . I

I know I learned a lot, with some good reminders, and hope that was true for others as well. Glad to hear you picked up some tips, too!


Jan 05, 2023 12:00 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Jeff this was such a great idea for a challenge!  Thanks to you and Brian for hosting!  You had a great turn out full of awesome ideas!

Jan 05, 2023 07:55 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker 

Thank you so much. It WAS a fun Challenge and AR members responded with a wealth of good learning for all of us...newbies and experienced.

And thank you for your participation, too!


Jan 05, 2023 08:02 PM
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Chantilly, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

Absolutely loved all the great advice. Thanks for drafting this incredible challenge 

Jan 06, 2023 04:29 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

I'm glad you enjoyed it Ritu Desai 703-625-4949  I enjoyed co-hosting along with Brian England .

Thank you again for sharing YOUR thoughts!


Jan 06, 2023 09:01 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Oops. I forget to submit my Dec blog.  Well that is the way it goes.

Sam Shueh

Jan 06, 2023 07:35 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Sorry you missed the Challenge Sam Shueh  but you could still share your blogging tips in a post if you want even though there won't be bonus points.


Jan 06, 2023 09:03 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - 

What an excellent summary of all the blogs put forward to help others.  Thank you so much for hosting this challenge.  

Jan 06, 2023 11:44 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

It was a pleasure co-hosting with Brian England  and having so many wonderful posts to learn from.

Thank you for your participation and some wonderful advice about blogging.


Jan 06, 2023 04:34 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

This was a very worthwhile exercise as well as a Challenge.  One of the commenters on my post was new to blogging. It was an amazing feeling knowing I had touched someone with my words.  I'm following him and will check in on him from time to time.  Very cool reward for participating.  Thank you Jeff!

Jan 07, 2023 09:44 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

That's terrific, Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ 

I saw a number of people who commented who appeared to be new to blogging...hopefully all the great tips shared by our AR members...including some who haven't blogged for some time, will help everyone who reads them.

Thank YOU again for your participation!


Jan 07, 2023 12:31 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Anytime Jeff!  Great to share  and glad you had some new bloggers participating! 

Jan 07, 2023 02:02 PM