The Running Realtor: NO! - Not the way to begin my day!

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NO! - Not the way to begin my day!

Dating back to the late 1600's people have said "The Early Bird Catches The Worm". 

Well... last night I shut down at about 10:00 pm and relaxed for an hour before bed... 4:30 am Rise & Shine to start my busy day.  Figured I would spend my first hour on a blog before moving into my normal routine.   Life just loves throwing me curves!  Instead of writing my intended piece ActiveRain was DOWN.

That led to all kinds of terrible thoughts.  What if the site just disappeared some day?  All my new found friends would be gone.... All my blogs no longer readable....   That would be a devastating loss...  Next thought was should I be keeping a copy of this stuff,  maybe a note book with all articles I have written.  Should I print out the profile pages of Associates so I can find them when needed?   

Like all worries that fill your mind after a loss it may be short lived.   ActiveRain is up and Running.....

But now it is 5:30 am.... Coffee is brewing and my shower awaits..

So much for the blog I was planning to create... It will have to wait!

But my question remains....  Do you back-up your blog?  



Comment balloon 43 commentsNo Longer Active • April 26 2007 12:57PM


I'm an early morning Active Rain person myself. I didn't think anyone else woke up at 4:30 to blog on ActiveRain!
Dan, I had to smile at your post.  It seems AR is down on the east coast when us "early birds" are trying to put it to use.  I do all my posts on google docs as I learned the hard way that AR shuts down at the most inoppportune times for me.  I lost 2 posts that way and I never did re-write them!  Since google docs I haven't lost a thing.
Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) almost 12 years ago
I have not backed up my posts.  I would like to print them out sometime, I heard a rumor there was going to be a nice print function (cleaned up) of some sort, so that people using paper presentations could incorporate their blog.  I'd like that. 
Posted by Sarah Cooper (Real Estate Shows) almost 12 years ago
I write all my posts in Google Documents so they are all safely stored.  I have thought about also backing them up as a word file.  I think I should do that.
Posted by Linda Davis (RE/MAX Home Team) almost 12 years ago

Wow! That's a scary thought! I have all kinds of quality posts up here w/no backup...

I think I will get on that soo.

But I think AR is only going to grow

Let's keep our fingers crossed!

Posted by Luke Constantino, Residential/Commercial Real Estate Brooklyn NY (Brooklyn/Manhattan Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
The only backing up I do is in my car.  I probably should, but that just gives me one more thing that I don't have time to do.
Posted by Steven Shewell, The Mortgage Maverick (Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Top of the morning to ya Dan! I've never thought about it. But suppose that backing it up on a memory stick might be one way.

Posted by Danny Smith (DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES) almost 12 years ago
I don not back up any posts.  It is an interesting idea though.  I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who reads and posts to AR early!
Posted by Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent (Re/Max Realty Group) almost 12 years ago
Morn'in Again.... Looks like I'm in the majority for a change,  we all know we should back up but continue living on the edge...  That print feature will be nice!  Until then let the To-Do list grow.....
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
I back up everything on my computer, but I hadn't thought of backing up my blogs.  You never know when they might be of use in another venue.  Thanks for putting the thought into my head!
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 12 years ago
in a way...........I have a "real" blog that I copy and paste the 411 to!  I have not been penalized from google yet!
Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) almost 12 years ago
I have backed up just a few and have often wonder about the what ifs as well.  It may not be a bad idea to just have another copy of everything on your own blog.
Posted by Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate (Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers) almost 12 years ago
ActiveRain had a bug that affected my profile just the other day...  And I immediately backed up my blog entries to MS Word, so I can keep all the formatting and pictures and so forth...  It gave me a scare just like it did you.
Posted by SEO Expert: Michael George, Real Estate and Law Firm SEO almost 12 years ago
Thanks for your post---I'm trying to get up earlier each day.  It's something I have to really push to do.  I've written a few posts directly on AR and in the process of getting everything lined up, photos inserted, etc. have managed to lose my work.  Now I do my writing on Word and insert my hyperlinks and photos after i"ve saved it.  So, effectively, I do have my work saved.  Never thought about backing up the blogs.  You've got me thinking.  Thanks!
Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) almost 12 years ago
I have backed up just a few
Posted by Anonymous almost 12 years ago
I write all my blogs in Word - then save them - then copy and paste them into AR - but I do so without photos - ummm as for my associates - I am thinking as soon as the new PDA is charged (thanks Max) I will be adding them to my data base...
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) almost 12 years ago

Geez.  The thought of backing up blogs is too much.  I do have many of them on Google Base, but they are just links.  So, if AR goes down, my Google Base is worthless.

Oh well.  I'll just start over again.  If AR goes away, I'll pay some attention to my own blog. 


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Wow.... Goes to show you cannot predict what gets featured.  This was an after thought... The one I wrote with hopes of having a chance at a feature can be found HERE... Hint Hint.... Two in one Day?

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
Dan - point well made.  ron
Posted by Ron Lipscomb (EXIT Realty) almost 12 years ago
Never even thought about.
Posted by Pete Tsakiris (Countrywide Home Loans a Division of Countrywide Bank, FSB) almost 12 years ago

Dan: You are like a guilty conscience with all that talk about backing up. Ouch!  As for blogwriting, I have found Google's document program to be very blog-friendly. MS Word has messed up several times on my other blog.

Three cheers for Google! 

Posted by Roberta Murphy, Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes (San Diego Previews Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Hello Brother of Mine - back up blogs???  I wouldn't have thought of that until this post.  After having lost a few too many that I hate to admit to having done, I do now copy and paste some of them into a word doc and save that.  But perhaps I'll now start doing that alot more often.....

Funny how most of us on this, the good coast, are the ones who notice the 4:30-5:30am 'not available' times.  And it looks like many of us really are early birds, too. 

Two in one day - don't think that happens too often, but who knows....... 

OK, back to WORK.  ;-)


Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 12 years ago
I don't know why I need to back up my posts? I already knew what I wrote when I wrote the stuff. Course maybe as I age, I will not remember what I once knew? I don't get up so early.....only about 7:00. Long days we all put in, huh?
Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) almost 12 years ago
I've thought about backing up my blogs for a long time - but what no one has mentioned, is your first worry. What about our new found friends? Do you all know their names and where they're from, to go searching for them? Or do you know some of them only by their ActiveRain name or slogan? Blogs you can back up, but what about the people???
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) almost 12 years ago
Holy moly!  Starting your day at 430 AM?  I am the total opposite of you, i'm a night owl!  The only thing I could do effectively at that hour...sleep!
Posted by Kaushik Sirkar (Call Realty, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Great Question Dan. Alot of effort has been put into their Blogs by alot of folks. What is the best way to back it all up in the event they decided to just pull the plug?

I'm impressed with your running. I was into it 10 years ago and loved it. the day was not complete without a short 3-5 mile run. My favorite casual events were the Moab half and the St' George full. I miss it 30 lbs later. Hmm, maybe I should start up again?

Posted by Keith Jeppson - Salt Lake City Real Estate (Everest Realty Group) almost 12 years ago

Hi Dan,

I don't but now that you mention it, probably should. Great post ! : )

Posted by Kelli Fronabarger, Realtor - Bend Oregon (Bend River Realty Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Dan....   I remember someone doing a post like this when I was first on AR, already addicted to AR. Gee, I was very addicted to AR also. But that post was only half of what you talked about. The part that you wrote that caught my attention is if it ever did disappear, what would I do?  What about my blogs?  Great points which has me thinking.  thanks

                                                                                                              jeff belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) almost 12 years ago
I have now added something new to my To-do list! Thanks!
Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 12 years ago
Dan, seems like you've got us all thinking.  I'll have to get a system in place, fast.  Thanks.
Posted by Grant Howell, Broker/Owner 214-234-6901 (Alex Lowery Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

I post a weekly blog on Blogger, and duplicate it on ActiveRain.  I usually save those as an MS Word document by date.  However, I post additional things to Active Rain and they don't get backed up - but it's a good idea.  Thanks for bringing up the topic.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Kristine...There are quite a few here early in the morning or late at night depending on the closest coastline!

Maggie... I'm used to things not working on my early bird schedule.

Sarah... A print function will be nice to share with prospects but I would also like to keep links in tact.

Linda... I have not used Google Doc's but it has been warming on my unwritten to-investigate list.

Luke...I agree it's a scary thought but also think ActiveRain is here for us and won't disappear.

Steven...I hear you.... Been backing up cars decades and come to think of it has been a decade or so since my last computer back-up.

Danny... Never thought about the process but a simple SAVE AS would allow you to stick all the blogs in a directory.

Bill... Probably don't need all the blogs but save the good ones.

Brian...You must be in the minority.... We all know we should back-up but few do.

Renee... What is a "REAL" blog?   If I understand correctly copying the address to link is not really solid if the file location changes.

Steve... Sounds like you are halfway there backing up the important ones.

Karen... Didn't hear about that profile bug but I'd want to save mine also.

Marlene... You are the late night lady I was thinking of in line one of my responses.

Thesa... I have a few saved in Word also but haven't been consistent.

Lenn... You are more ambitious than me.. If mine are lost they will stay lost.

Terry... Sounds like we are at the same place... Type most direct, Word at times and need to check out Google Docs.

Ron & Pete.... Men of few words....Blog On...

Roberta... Do you just cut & paste on both blogs so it acts as a back-up?  Looks like you are covered if one goes down.

Sister Ann... ha,ha...  The westerners forget how early the sun rises in the East..  Did you bury Flat Matt out in the woods?

Teri... It's not about remembering what you wrote... It's about finding your way back to some interesting link.

Sharon... You are correct... We know people many different ways... and some by only face recognition.

Kaushik... 4:30 am... is early but there are times I'm a night owl too... Heck, even go a straight 24 hours at times...

Keith... I never really tried a back-up method but just used SAVE AS and this entire post including graphics is locally stored.  I just took up running a few years ago... Go for it.

Kelli... You may not need them all but it's pretty easy to save the good ones.

Jeff... That's when we usually think about it... once its gone. 

Paula... Good luck with that To-Do list.... Mine never seems to get Done...

Grant... We seem to have a majority... We all know we should... But few do...

Margaret... You are ahead of the pack.. Having two places is fairly safe.

FINALLY... My normal 12 hour day has stretched to 17 hours... Good Night! 

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) almost 12 years ago


Oh. Yes. I back it up on Google Docs. That way if AR goes POOF and My Laptop goes POOF I'll still have my blogs.

The way I see it the odds are astronomical that AR, Google and my laptop will all go POOF at the same time :)

Well I'm not taking a nuclear blast into consideration. LOL.

Note to self...Back up p.c. tomorrow :)


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Dan, I have two hard drives on my computer and I use one of them as a back-up.

Now lets move on to what I really want to know, how was life in the 1600's, and did you still call it a night at 11:00 PM back then? 

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 12 years ago

That thought has crossed my mind.  It has been on my to do list for two months now to back up my posts.

Posted by Tim Maitski, Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal (Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage) almost 12 years ago
Not taking away the rain!!!  You weren't awake, you were suffering a bad nightmare!!!
Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) almost 12 years ago
Ouch, just the thought of getting up at 4:30 to write a blog would put me in a tailspin.  Plus it sure wouldn't make much sense.
Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) almost 12 years ago

TLW...I can see you utilize more than guns for security.

George...1600's were before my time but didn't you jump a ship from Portugal around 1492?

Tim.... We must have the same to-do list of things that don't get done.

Chris... Woke this morning to pounding rain.. with thunder and lighting... what a pain!

Diane...Wish I could sleep late... that would be great!

Ethan... Heard a few things about blogspot.... must be a site that is pretty hot!

Enough of this rhyme...ain't got the time...

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Hi Dan...Yes I do back up my blogs, but generally only the ones that I use to send to buuyers and sellers and occassionaly post on my Blogger account blog.  When I post there, of course, it createsd it's own back up of sorts.

Regards, Jay

Posted by Jay Burnham, The Coldwell Banker Guy (Coldwell Banker) almost 12 years ago

Bro Dan - nope, silly goose!  He's about to make his way south, somewhere just south of me, I'm's raining today, not sure I want to get him all wet or me all wet.  I did have to fetch him out of the woods twice though.....


Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 12 years ago

Jay...  Thanks for the like to your blog... One of these days I may think about setting up another one.

Sis... No Hurry,  I woke to that storm this morning at 4:00 am with thunder, lighting and pounding rain.  We are finally starting to see some color around here, April showers are bringing out May flowers..

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
Yep, I did and the first winter was pretty bad.  But the worst part was that they did not have a sea sick pills back then which made for an iteresting trip :)
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 12 years ago
I don't even know what 4:30 am looks like.  I am not even sure if there is a 4:30 am.
Posted by Beth Bastian, Simi Valley Real Estate (Rosemont Financial Inc) almost 12 years ago

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