"Are You Feeling a 'Draft' in Here?" - Blog Tips for Rain Drips

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

I was responding to some frustrating formatting issues being experienced by community member, Mark Hendry of C21 Pro Realty Group in Blue Ridge GA.

He was trying to import a blog article he had drafted on a desktop application, Dreamweaver, and was having problems getting it to upload onto his ActiveRain blog publisher.

During the course of our phone conversation, I asked why he was crafting his articles on Dreamweaver, rather than using the ActiveRain publisher?

He responded that whenever his blog muse would inspire him, he iiked to just go into Dreamweaver, knock out a few sentences, then save it for a later time when he could finish it up.

I asked him, "Why don't you just us the ActiveRain blog publisher and save your articles to 'Draft' mode?"

There was a short pause on the phone.

"The 'Draft' mode? What's that?

I explained that he could easily accomplish the same thing using his ActiveRain blog publisher, and simply scroll down to the 'Draft' mode in the 'Visibility' box before saving.

This 'Draft' mode is a feature that I personally use all the time. Like Mark, my blogging muse strikes at the most inopportune moments, so many times I only have a few minutes to throw something up, and hit the 'Draft' button, saving it until I have more time to complete my post.

There was a line from the Tim Allen movie "Galaxy Quest"....

"It's the simple things in life you treasure!"

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Roland Carrillo, PhD - Mortgage Consultant
Cary, NC

The draft feature is great.  I use it for my website blog and ActiveRain all the time.  It lets me jot down a few lines when I have inspiration for an article as you said, or write up an article and save it for posting at an appropriate time.

Feb 01, 2009 04:01 AM #29
Karen Villa Schweinfurth

Well I could have had a v8

Feb 01, 2009 05:59 AM #30
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

HI Rich - I appreciate the auto-draft feature so if I get bumped offline I don't lose everything I've done, but I have noticed that if I take awhile to finish a particularly lengthy post, it shows as having been posted at the time it was first saved as a draft, instead of the time I post it publicly.  This means that I will get fewer readers and comments because it doesn't show up on the first page of blogs.  It goes immediately to a back page with older posts. 

I think some of my posts never get seen by many, and those who find it are ones who come to my blog for the Wordless Wednesday and then stay to look at a few other posts.  Maybe it's just me who thinks they're good posts.  Consequently, I seem to feel more secure if I draft longer posts on Word and then copy into AR and just format and add photos, etc on AR.

Feb 01, 2009 06:28 AM #31
Sandy McAlpine
Search Lake Norman Homes For Sale - Lake Norman NC

Until your new draft feature, i must have lost over 10 posts. One of the reasons I probably hadn't blogged last year as much as I could have. I love the new feature and thanks for it!

Feb 01, 2009 08:48 AM #32
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


I haven't read the comments so forgive me if someone has already brought up my question.

When I save my posts in draft they are posted on the day I saved them. Let's say I started a post on Jan. 16. I finish writing the post on Jan 20. When I take the post out of draft the post date is Jan 16. Has that been an issue for anyone else?


Feb 01, 2009 10:34 AM #33
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M


My biggest complaint and the reason I don't use it is the problem of when it's published that you discussed above.  Also, it would be nice if we could change font color and size without having to go to HTML.

Feb 01, 2009 12:07 PM #34
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

I have a terrible time remembering that I have junk in draft...  Aside from that, it is a great tool. 

Feb 01, 2009 03:59 PM #35
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I quite often get into a writing mood during the weekends when all the sports are on. The problem that I have with the ActiveRain draft mode is that the drafts keep getting pushed to the bottom as I comment. If I do 30 comments each day, those drafts can be a few billion scrolls away. So I use Word to do all my drafts and then paste it into ActiveRain, at which point I use the draft mode to insert pictures and make sure everything looks good.

Feb 01, 2009 08:26 PM #36
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Thanks for the information on draft. I do forget about it!

Feb 01, 2009 11:10 PM #37
Diane Plant, Broker, Team Plant: Forest Hill Real Brokerage, Tor

I love this. Everyday I learn something terrific on Active rain.

Feb 01, 2009 11:32 PM #38
Kim Dillon
Creative Eye Home Staging - West Chester, PA

I haven't tried the draft feature.  I just usually work in word and then cut and paste.  It has always worked in the past, but I haven't been around recently.  Does that still work with the new website?

Feb 02, 2009 04:48 AM #39
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Kim:   You'll find that importing your draft articles from Word will carry with it some added and unwanted coding that may throw off your content, or cause problems. I always recommend drafting your articles here on AR.

Feb 02, 2009 05:39 AM #40
Pam Dent
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse

I use the draft feature a lot.  I had never noticed that the date was when I created the draft not when it was published; probably because I have never kept a post in draft longer than one day.

If you kept a post in draft for several days and then published it, where would it appear in the chronology of your posts?  Would it be back in the list of old posts if that was when it was first started?

Feb 02, 2009 12:05 PM #41
Zilkia Olmeda-Martins
RE/MAX North - San Antonio - San Antonio, TX
GRI, Realtor, San Antonio Texas Luxury Homes

Rich, Thanks again for the great tip!  I'm a newbie here and was wondering how to do that.

Feb 03, 2009 02:09 AM #42
Mike Henderson
Your complete source for buying HUD homes - Littleton, CO
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848

LOL.  I knew about the draft feature, but I couldn't figure out how to use it.  DUH.  You might actually be a cool person.  A 24 fan and a Galaxy Quest quote.  My favorite line "The maching always stops at 1"

Feb 03, 2009 06:41 PM #43
Bruce & Sandy Soli
Sierra Sotheby's International Realty - Incline Village, NV
Tahoe Lifestyle Experts

I just recently figured out the draft feature when learning to post a you tube video on AR.  I've only been blogging here for a few months, but what a relief.  Now I use it for a multitude of things.

Mar 02, 2009 04:55 PM #44
Sonja Adams
Samson Proprties - Purcellville, VA

Wow...was wondering how to get back to the drafts...thanks!  Can't believe I didn't realize that.

Mar 03, 2009 03:36 AM #45
Robin Dampier REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

Ahhhh, I just did a search on how to do this as a Website I intend to add a link back to is currently down and I don't want to publish the blog until I'm sure whatever the problem is is fixed.  The Website is our Local Newspaper's and this is rare that it has problems.

So, thanks so much for this "oldie but goodie" blog I am now comfortable for stashing it in "DRAFT" and coming back later.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Feb 04, 2010 07:59 AM #46
Andrea Peters
Cortiers Real Estate - College Station, TX

Yay! I've been trying to figure this out for months! :-) Thanks!!

Jun 08, 2010 03:59 PM #47
Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Thank you - I did a search to find out this information and you had it all laid out for me.

Aug 03, 2010 09:47 AM #48
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