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What If I (or Someone Else) Already Wrote About It?

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What If I (or Someone Else) Already Wrote About It?


For many bloggers (myself included) one of the hardest tasks is choosing a topic. 

Once you decide on what to write about, you think “But someone else already wrote about it.” Or "didn't I already write about that?"


There are No Limits on how many times a topic can be covered, even by the same person. 


Consider this…

~Readers are interested in your spin or opinion on a topic

Readers want your perspective or point of view on a topic.  If writing about Open Houses, share why you think they will or will not work. Share with your readers how you price a listing.


~Don’t take offense, but not everyone has read all your posts. 

There are members I follow but don’t always get to read every single post they’ve written. 


~No one can remember every post you’ve ever written. 

Heck…I can’t even remember the posts I’ve written. 


~Things change…your own perspective or opinion changes over time

Write the new post on with “today’s” view on the topic. 

Frequently, I’ll revisit an older post. That’s where I’ll find a topic. But don’t just copy and paste it. Take the general concept and rewrite it in your 2024 voice. 


Happy Blogging

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Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is one of the reasons that I began a different series for each day, so I would know what I needed to blog about, haha.

Apr 18, 2024 05:29 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England I do that as well, but I like to mix it up a bit. Some days though, it's harder to decide what to blog about. 

Apr 18, 2024 12:44 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I have kind of my own routine Kathy, and don't have problems writing each day.

Apr 18, 2024 05:36 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I've settled into a routine too. If I didn't have one, I don't know how I'd be able to blog. 

Apr 18, 2024 12:47 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great point, Kathy... no one really remembers most of your posts. And like you, I don't remember most of mine!

Apr 18, 2024 05:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker I couldn't agree more!!! I've revisited some of my posts and couldn't remember writing them. 

Apr 18, 2024 12:49 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - my AR posting regimen has changed a lot.  The possibilities of topics are perhaps, endless.  And while some subjects can be the same, the different approaches make them unique.

Apr 18, 2024 05:52 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs You have found your niche with your pondering posts which we all love. 

Apr 18, 2024 12:51 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Before I started the trivia questions daily I used to post an affirmation or quote and comment. Funny how looking back and reading some I have changed my view. Blog on! Enjoy your day.

Apr 18, 2024 06:04 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin when you consider how long we've been here, our views do change and even though we may not see things differently, we can add additional layers to it. 

Apr 18, 2024 12:53 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I feel like everyone has their own take on any specific topics. I like reading all sides.

Apr 18, 2024 06:08 AM
Kathy Streib

So do I Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty  It's how we learn!!! How boring if everyone thought and said the same thing. 

Apr 18, 2024 01:02 PM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Every day here I get a serious case of deja vu, was just thinking of this topic!

Apr 18, 2024 06:13 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Elliott that happens to us all. The good thing is you can put your own spin on it. 

Apr 18, 2024 01:04 PM
Michael Elliott


Apr 18, 2024 01:09 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

As usual excellent advice on blogging! I like Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 have a routine down and try and stay focused on it. I usually don't have problems coming up with a topic but your advice to go back to older posts is excellent!

Apr 18, 2024 07:17 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I love your throwback Thursdays and learn so much from them. I would be lost without having some kind of routine. 

Apr 18, 2024 01:05 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Posts written by others can be a terrific source of ideas for new posts, from YOUR perspective. And our old posts that can be updated may serve us well in current writing, too, with perhaps a new spin or viewpoint, as you suggest. 


Apr 18, 2024 08:09 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeff Dowler, CRS When I began blogging at ActiveRain, I wondered how many staging posts I could right without boring everyone. Then I realized that you could include other types of topics. 

Apr 18, 2024 01:07 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and sometime I have a hard time to come up with a topic for everyone here in the rain.  I guess that why I never get feature much.


Apr 18, 2024 10:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm we all love your quotes as well as your Sunday recipes!!! 

Apr 18, 2024 01:08 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Apr 18, 2024 10:56 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Roy Kelley Wishing you and Chef Dolores a good day. 

Apr 18, 2024 01:09 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy every time I write about something I always think of things I did not include before.  So each time it comes out different than the time before

Apr 18, 2024 01:11 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

While the topic may seem, original there are so many sides from which it can be viewed, and another slant may help the original author.

Apr 18, 2024 05:40 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

My voice has also evolved through the years, Kathy and I have re-written some posts but there is always something to blog about. Finding time gets in the way at times!

Apr 18, 2024 06:28 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Oh Kathy Streib  loved your post and like you I do not remember half of what I wrote, and like you said many do not remember either so it is ok to write about it again.... there are a few posts I get tones of inquiries on so I do remember those:)Endre

Apr 18, 2024 09:19 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

This makes me think back to 2010 when I was lurking and contemplating writing a blog.  Everyone seemed so knowledgeable.  Then, someone called me with an introductory offer from Activerain and I thought...well I'll just write like I'm talking to my clients, friends, family.  I don't have to be a brainiac, or an expert.  Through time I've enjoyed the different voices of so many of the participants - the trick is not to spend all day online!

Apr 19, 2024 11:09 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

I agree about not remembering what I have written and why I crafted an excel spread sheet to help support my old gray cells. A timely and good post.

Apr 19, 2024 01:04 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I don't even remember all my own posts...I've been very surprised more than once when I've found an old post of mine I would not have remembered.

Apr 21, 2024 08:59 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Kathy!

This post is featured in today's This Week's Favorites on ActiveRain. Thank you for writing it!

Apr 21, 2024 06:25 PM