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When an Idea for a Blog Post Pops into Your Head... What Do YOU Do ?

This will NOT be a post about WHAT to write about when you run out of blogging ideas. 

There are many, many posts on Active Rain that can give boatloads of ideas about what to write about. 

Just hit the Search link at the top of any Active Rain page, and do a search about "what should I blog about" and you should get gobs of Active Rainer's posts about it.

This WILL be a post about what you DO... once you get that idea.

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If you are a blogger, and try and blog consistently... perhaps a few times a week... perhaps more... maybe even once a day... coming up with ideas about things to write about can be a problem.

But once you finally GET a good idea... you need to make the best of it you can.

So... let's talk about "inspiration"... and what to do once you GET that idea.

Occasionally... when I am doing something, just about anything... all of a sudden an idea, an inspiration, pops into my head, and I think... "Gee, that would make a great subject for a blog post."

Here's the question:  What do you do then ?

I have found that for me... one of two things can happen. 

One possibility is this:  When a great idea hits me... if I think... "oh... great idea for a post.  And then I think... poop, I don't have time now, I'll just do it later." 

Well...that can be a really big Ooops !  Either later NEVER comes for me, or when I DO have time, I have either forgotten what the idea was, or perhaps I DO remember what I was going to write about... but all the "inspiration"... all the "excitement" about it... that I had in my mind at the time... is gone.

So... if I wait, and write the post later... it can often be pretty dull... and probably will not be something that will bring readers back to see what my NEXT "boring post" will be about.

The second way, which works best for me... is this:  If I am anywhere near a computer... and an idea "hits" me... I really, really need to rush to my computer... if at all possible... and sit down immediately, and just start writing.

I have found that if I can do it right way... the idea is fresh in my mind, but even more important, even critically more important... is that my EXCITEMENT about the idea is there.  Right there ! 

Inspiration is so important.  Conveying the excitement, or at the very least, conveying the "freshness" that comes along with the INSPIRATION about a subject... is really critical, at least for me... when I am writing.

Best bet... when ya think of something... try and do it right way.  Get to your computer... and just DO IT !  At least, that's the way it works best for me.


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Comment balloon 88 commentsKaren Anne Stone • September 14 2010 02:24AM


Karen, love this post.  I have been trying to make lists of ideas to blog about.  For me, some of those ideas written down do not have the same excitement later when I read my list.  I find that lately I start with an idea on my computer in draft mode, write some of the main ideas, and if I don't have time, come back later to neaten it up.  This may be a better way for me to write my blog posts.  I'm still in the experimenting stage.  Thanks for the inspiration,

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne, I'm normally not near a computer when I get a blog idea.  I write all of my notes in a composition notebook, keeps me organized without loose papers everywhere and phone numbers I can't identify.  Great post for any level of blogging, I'll recommend it for a feature.

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) over 10 years ago

Pamela:  I'm glad you like it.  If you read my post on CRAFT... you just must know the importance, at least for ME anyway, of getting to a computer keyboard as quickly as possible, once a blog idea pops into my head.

And... the very least, when I get an idea, and, for example, I am driving... I of course wait until I stop, and then write down the idea... quickly.

But... just as I said in the post... when I finally DO get to write it... much of the excitement and inspiration may be gone by then.

Pamela... I have been blogging on Active Rain since August of 2007... and I am STILL experimenting.  So, not to worry.  And... you are very welcome.

By the way... this is post #18 in my "30 in 30 Challenge."  The last thing I want to do, is miss a day.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Leolinda:  I write stuff down all the time, and yes, I DO have a notebook that I have with me all the time... for writing down all kinds of ideas, including ideas about blog post subjects.  The notebook is as important to have all the time... as having my Canon Rebel XTi digital camera with me all the time.  Ya just never know.

But... with my brain, and the way it works, or the way it "doesn't" work... the sooner I get to a keyboard... the better.  The MUCH better.  And, thanks for recommending it for a feature.  Very nice... <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Karen, several have mentioned DRAFT MODE recently.  I like the idea of just going to a computer and starting to write. But if I put it into draft mode, the post will be even better during the next day or so when I go back and put on the finishing touches.  Also, when putting down ideas in the notebook, go ahead and write down an outline of the post if you have the time.  It might help out if the writing comes later.

Posted by Dan Rosenberger (Harvest Realty) over 10 years ago

Dan:  Draft mode works for me... especially when I get more than one idea, but don't want to write AND submit more than one blog post a day.  And, with this current "One Blog a Day for 30 Days" Challenge I am doing, the "draft" mode comes in very handy.

Sure... if you CANNOT get to a computer right away... the more you can write down in your "blog post idea book..." the better.  Thanks so much for mentioning the Draft Mode.  A nice contribution to the post.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

I actually do have a running list of blog topics saved on a word doc.  I created a couple of month ago.  However, I don't go to it too often - I definitely go when I'm stumped.  But, now that I"m doing the 30 day challenge, the ideasa are coming more easily. (although I have plenty of days where stumped).  I told myself I would do every other day about flooring and then in between on the other days non-flooring/more general interest.

Now that I know abt the draft option, I'm using that more & more and it's really helping.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 10 years ago

When I first started blogging I had a list by my computer.........the list kept getting longer, and the longer it got, the more frustrated I became because I never got to some of the topics, so that didn't work for me.  Now I just sit down and start typing..............I usually try to do one post a day, many inspired by what's going on in my life at the time.  Some readers enjoy them, some, not so much...........but I gotta be me..............know what I mean Karen Anne?

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 10 years ago

Ms Karen- I try to write it as soon as I have an idea, but usually I'm not near my computer.  I either write the idea down on my Droid, or I have a little notebook I have where I jot them down.  For example, I thought of one last night while watching football but it was late.  I wrote the basic ideas down and while I'm walking this morning I'll "flesh it out" in my head.  Whatever the case I have to write it down or "CRAFT" will set in!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 10 years ago

I carry a small notepad with me and when I find inspriation, I try to jot down the ideas.  I can then come back to my laptop later in the day and type away.  I haven't used the Draft option before, but think it could come in handy.  Thanks for the tip Karen! 

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne - I always do better to get the inspiration out quickly. Sometimes I have to let an idea simmer for awhile to get the wording right, but always at the peak of the idea I try and get it into the computer. Just seems to work better that way. Have a great morning!

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Karen.  I have struggled with this lately.

I get an idea, put in on the back burner, and then lose the inspiration...

I need to get on it!

Thanks for writing,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 10 years ago

Many of my ideas come to me first thing when I wake up and if I don't write it down's gone by the time I brush my teeth.  I keep a pad and pen on my nightstand.  During the day if I get an idea and am not at home, I send myself an email stating the idea.  That way it is written somewhere.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 10 years ago

I use to write the topic in a email and send it to myself. Then I have a folder set up called Future Blog Posts. I would drag it in there and then when I am dead in the head, would flip through the folder for ideas.

Now I have a new app on my Iphone called Dragon Speak. I turn it on and speak to it, then send it to myself.

I am too old and when an idea pops in my head, it must be acted on RIGHT THEN, or 5 minutes later is is poof, gone forever.


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago

Hello Karen Anne,  I've been a writer my whole life but blogging is a new form of that.  I always have a small notebook with me, just for ideas.  However, if it's a blog idea and I can get to my computer.  I just go to Active Rain.  Hit "post a new blog" then I click on the message section and hit F8 and start writing.  It's automatically saved there and whenever I'm ready to refine, I go back the same way and finish it up.  Copy and paste to the new blog. 

Posted by Marian Goetzinger, Crystal Coast Real Estate NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000) over 10 years ago

My ideas usually hit me while I'm driving and I try to think of what picture would go good with the post and, since I always have my camera, I try to take that picture. Often it was a sign or a building or a park that triggered the idea, and with a picture I have a place to start.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 10 years ago

If I wait long enough, it usually goes away (grin).

I've been known to scribble blog ideas on little pieces of paper.  Sometimes I re-read them and the idea actually becomes a post.  At other times, the little pieces of paper just add to the wastebasket.

Posted by Eric Kodner, CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 - (Madeline Island Realty) over 10 years ago

I write it down when the idea pops in my head and there is also this great app on the iPhone called dragon dictation that if I am driving I can talk and it saves my words!  Of course I save alot stuff in draft and go back to it later too. 

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty) over 10 years ago

I do have a little notebook for ideas that hit me when I'm not at the computer - & frequently something I see & take photos of is my inspiration.  But I'm also finding more &more that if I pretty quickly start drafting it out & save in draft mode, it works WAY better.  My notebook has some ideas that I keep passing over since, as you said, my initial enthusiasm for them is long gone.

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 10 years ago

We must have similar needs for inspiration. A lot of times it's not even the topic, the light bulb goes off when I get a little funny phrase that I want to include. Once it's gone, it's gone.

I'm on day 20 of the 30 day challenge and I've had some good ones and some that were just going through the motions. Bleck!

Posted by Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale (Select Realty Professionals) over 10 years ago

I've started typing in titles and saving them as a draft if I don't have time to write. I hate it when bloggers block sets in.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 10 years ago

Hi Karen - I am really annoyed...I left a really long comment about this post and I came back to add a link for you and my comment didn't save for some if it shows up later sorry for reposting.  I like your post, but for me I find it better to write a list and review it at the time when I have time for blogging.  I have a very hectic life and I cannot write when an idea first pops into my head because it is too unfocused and I really like to take time to review my writing and make it the best possible post I can.  I see several people have commented on the use of the draft option, but I use something posted in a blog post from Katerina Gasset about 2 years ago called NVU.  I have added the link to her post in case you are unaware of it.  It is a great program that saves to your computer and you can start a template and I keep several blog posts at different stages of development.  I love how you can add color, pictures, video, easily.  I also love how I can save all of my posts in there and easily make changes and post them to AR whenever I am ready.  I like to make several posts up on weekends when I have more free time and post them once a day during the week.  I had to stop blogging for a while when I started my own brokerage a year ago February so I just started again, but this has really helped me to blog and maybe it will help someone else too. Good luck blogging.

Posted by Chastity Guevara (Camelot's Quest Realty) over 10 years ago

That's why I have a smartphone. I can do a doc or note on my iPhone and either sync later or email it to myself. I wish I could post blogs easily on AR from my phone, but the only way I can see to do that is in the html mode, which is a drag. I haven't done much code since Dreamweaver came out! LOL!

Posted by Virginia OnullConnor, Realtor - Temecula, Anza, SoCal (Realtor®, Photographer, Artist) over 10 years ago


This has been driving me crazy lately.  I do get inspired ideas, and after losing many of them with my sloughed off brain cells during the course of a day, I've started writing a tease in draft form to be picked up later and fleshed out.  But you're right.  It just doesn't have any magic if I wait till later.  I can't for the life of me fathom what excited me about it in the first place when I go back to it.  I have a string of never written posts in draft form.  I'm with you, if possible write it down when the spirit moves you.

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne - Love it!  I keep a small tape recorder in my car and if I have an idea while driving, I just push the record button and talk away.  Then, when I have the time and am sitting at my computer, I play it back and Viola.....

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) over 10 years ago

Hmmm - Karen, the iPhone has an app for that! So does Blackberry. It becomes your own litte voice recorder. Video as well, in the case of the iPhone. Can you tell I'm a geek! Never use a pencil if you can make a tech toy do it!

Posted by Virginia OnullConnor, Realtor - Temecula, Anza, SoCal (Realtor®, Photographer, Artist) over 10 years ago

And Droids have apps for that, too!

Addressing the question of whether I immediately write something down while I'm inspired, or whether I wait--I do both. It depends on the subject.

Some things are easy to get down right away. Maybe "easy" is the wrong word, but I can do a coherent blog relatively quickly. It's either relatively straightforward, or all the pieces just fall into line.

Some blogs are more difficult. In those cases, I let them "simmer" awhile mentally. Often, I don't even have to consciously think: "Hmm. How am I going to tie those ideas together?" Rather, I'll have bits and pieces and they kind of arrange themselves.

So it depends not only on what I'm doing at the moment, but also the nature of the potential blog.

Posted by Donald Tepper, DC area investor helping heirs of inherited homes (Long and Foster) over 10 years ago

Hi Karen - Me too.  I have had many truly brilliant ideas that have vanished into the ether. :)  Now I at least scribble down ideas when they come to me on whatever is handy.  Then all I have to do when it's time to write is try to find the paper I scribbled on. 

Seriously, I have a spot where I have some notes stashed, but it seems that a lot of my posts are in reaction to something I see or hear or read while I'm at my computer and I wind up writing what the inspiration brings at the time.  My issue is finding time to write a full post. 

No one would ever guess that you had writer's block because your blog is always full of good stuff.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 10 years ago

Definitely good advice...JUST DO IT!  The problem is my best ideas come when I'm in the shower or driving somewhere.  So all I can do it write down my ideas at my first opportunity.

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 10 years ago

Hi Karen...Thanks for the thoughts...I am right this minute is 12:03 and it is all I can do to not leave and go to lunch...

Chastity...#22...that has happened to me a few times...what I do is open a couple more windows on explorer so I can go back and forth and that prevents me from losing more ways than one!!

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) over 10 years ago

Unfortunately, I have forgotten some brilliant? blog ideas, but I am now starting to carry a notepad and at least write down a title.  Sometimes, it works, sometimes, it doesn't.

Posted by Lesley Wagstaff, For Real Estate and Mortgages (Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne - The inspiration is the spark that makes the post exciting ... and you are so right about doing it as close to "now" as possible.  I've made notes of idea s... and was so excited by the idea that my handwriting is hard to read ... even by me .... later I'm scratching my head asking ..."so why did I think this was the best thing ever ..."  Thanks for the guidance.

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne - Terrific points here!  I have always found that my best posts are those that are written when I get inspired, and usually they're written very quickly. 

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 10 years ago

Karen, that is the berst it right then.  I have also gone to using a list of potential blogs with dates to writh them.  Anything from local attractions to just timely advice.  This also works well if I am needing to get a picture I want to include.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne - I agree - it really is best to capture your blog idea in writing when the inspiration strikes!  Didn't know about all those clever Dragon aps, although I'm not sure it would help me.  I think I'm a slow thinker/writer - I need to sit in front of a blank screen, or blank piece of paper and take my time.

I'm all about the visual, so I'll often start with some photos.  The memories or inspiration start to flood in from the photos, and then I'm off to the races, and can't write fast enough.  The photos evoke the feelings I had at the time, so I'm able to recapture most of my enthusiasm. 

I just posted #19 out of 30!  I think I can, I think I can...  (p.s. really enjoy your blogs, and can't wait to hear how you liked your latest book purchase!)

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 10 years ago

If I'm not at the computer to use draft mode I put it into my Blackberry notes...I put everything in BB lists, ideas for many different's an external hard-drive for your brain :)

Posted by John Zappia, Maine Custom Realty (Maine Custom Realty) over 10 years ago

Yup, little notebook for me when I'm not near a computer, but I write MUCH better when I type and the idea and enthusiasm is still fresh.  I'm seeing from the comments, that here is yet another reason why I need to bite the bullet and cross over to using a smart phone.  Seems like it helps for this too. :)

Posted by Kristen Wheatley, Supporting Success - Best Job in the World! (Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group) over 10 years ago

Hi Karen Anne ~ Hope all is well with you.  The older I get, the more stuff just gets erased from my noggin so I carry post it notes in my pocket. 

However lately I am using my Droid phone more as a memory jogger.  It has a voice recorder and a 5 mp camera w flash.   I am a visual person when it comes to blog posts and I like to include original pics in my post.  So when I think of a topic I take a pic w my phone then I push the share button & it sends the pic to my own Gmail.  I open Gmail on my laptop and save the pic to my AR pics folder. 

Today I saw some woman zip past me in a school zone talking on her cell phone and thought that would be a great local post topic.  So I safely pulled into a parking lot and took a phone pic of the school zone sign that says No Cell Phones $200 Fine. In the e-mail to myself I wrote a few key points that came to mind.   

Take care - Mark

Posted by Mark Hitz (Keller Williams ) over 10 years ago

I use the same seeds for my blog posts, but the content changes daily.  They are:

- Tips for other agents (technology, business practices, etc)

- Hot Listings posts for my three primary towns (done weekly in 3 seperate posts)

- Updates on schools or local resources (1-2 posts per week)

- General opinions about our industry (1-2 posts per week)

So, I'm not looking for something every day to post.  I have stuff already in mind.  On the occassion that I do get inspiration, I go online immediately to draft the topic.  If I'm not able to do so, I'll do it as soon as I'm back in the office.

Posted by Bryan Robertson over 10 years ago

And the Palm has an app for that (voice recording, that is). I have recorded several snippets for blog ideas, as well as using draft mode and keeping a Word document with ideas. Actually, though, during the 30 in 30 challenge, I often come up with an alternate idea during the day and end up writing that one, instead of one of my previous ideas. You are right, Karen, the simmering ones kind of lose their heat by the time I actually start writing.

I'm one of the late nighters, and the brain cells just seem to work better when concentrating on the freshest idea. A couple of times, I've posted before midnight and then gone on to do another entry that I might finish the next day or simply post after midnight.

Posted by Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate (Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO) over 10 years ago

I agree with John above, BB notes.  I understand what you are saying... I do the same thing: idea=run to computer before idea is gone! !

Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago

I usually forget it!  Seriously.....I have too much going on to remember.  I read a blog earlier today about using voice recorders so maybe I will try that.

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) over 10 years ago

That was my note above, sorry I logged out , saw your featured post and clicked on it!!

Posted by Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease (RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT) over 10 years ago

What a great topic! I get so many tips & ideas...will start using my droid phone to take more pictures & notes for future blogs :-)

Posted by Ann Nguyen, Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Like many above, I do one of 4 things:

  • Jot the idea in my idea book
  • Make a note on my phone
  • If I'm online, draft the blog pos and save on AR in Draft mode
  • Take a photo and upload it for future reference

The important thing to do is to get it out of your head and into production mode as quickly as possible!

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 10 years ago

I use a notepad app on my phone to keep track of ideas. Just a few quick words is usually enough to capture the topic, and then if it still looks good a day or two later I know it's worth writing about.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 10 years ago

Karen... hhhmmm.. inspired?  lol  Seriously, I agree and I think we both inspired each other just in the last few days, to write a post about what the other had mentioned. I just wrote another today, which was a continuation of what you wrote a few days ago. I also get inspired when reading some comments by realtors on Trulia, when answering mortgage related questions.

In regards to what do I do when I come up with a post topic... In most cases, I either e-mail myself quickly or text myself...  rarely do I take notes on a piece of paper, because I could lose that... lol  Overall, some good points that you make and a good discussion.

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Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 10 years ago

The excitement defintitely fades, however I have found that I always write details of any idea I get immediately and many times I will not write the blog right away, but at least have fodder for a future blog and often times the topic will come back every bit as strong after simmering for a few days. I keep a small notebook but also like to enter the ideas in my BB

Posted by John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties (LoKation Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hi Karen~  I have come up with ideas and think I wil remember them later, but I never do!  I need to write down the idea and then I actually need to blog regularly! 

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 10 years ago

If I wait, it's never exactly what I thought it would be when I had the idea.  I think the best way is just to go with it.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 10 years ago

Why can I not reblog this? I want to share with local agents in my area :)

Posted by Andrew Bloch, Ocean Beach Real Estate | Photographer | OB Photography over 10 years ago

Karen, you are correct that the blog has more excitement if it is done right when you are thinking about it.  Thanks for the post!

Posted by Glenn Colley (WR Starkey Mortgage) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne, my method is to note the idea on a piece of paper and write the blog post when I find the time. I wish I could write it soon thereafter but the schedule doesn't always permit that.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne, you're right about seizing the moment when a topic for a blog post pops into one's head. However, there are times for me (at least) that writing on the spur of the moment just doesn't cut it. I need to let that thought marinate, simmer. It'll come out better than if I just wrote it off the cuff.

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 10 years ago

I panic if I'm in my car! I usually pull over and jot down some notes of where and when and how this idea emerged. Try to get a picture. I haven't had a good idea in a very long time so you have to understand that unlike you, I am not the provider of good advice as of late.

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) over 10 years ago

Wow, it all depends on where I am and what I'm doing. I've been known to write it in a notebook, use Evernote, record an audio note to myself on my phone, write it on a piece of paper, I even wrote it on a napkin once. Whatever is handy, that's what I do...then I try like heck to not LOSE the piece of paper/napkin etc!

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) over 10 years ago

It just depends. I seem to do my best blog thinking on long, solitary walks.  If I have time, I sit down on my return and type it up.

Sometimes if I don't, it just fizzles out...

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) over 10 years ago

Karen, right on!  You are so right about this.  It happens to me all the time that I'll think of a great blog idea but there just isn't any "oomph" to it once I "get back" to it later.  Thanks for the nudge!

Posted by Jennifer Prestwich, Madison & Co Properties (Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster) over 10 years ago

I"m just getting started, so I really don't have a process yet.  Thanks for the tips.

Posted by Hillary Sheperd, Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY (Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon) over 10 years ago


How about that.  Everybody has a version of what makes them tick and be inspired to blog.  Thanks


Posted by Stephen Sainte-Martin (Realty Direct Boston) over 10 years ago


Great idea.  Sometimes I don't write anything down and it just gets lost.  Other times I wallow in trying to figure out a topic.  

For brainstorming, I try to use car rides (when I am not driving) to make a list of potential topics.  I can add to topics any time later, as it's a folder readily available on my desk.  

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Karen: Great topic for a post---I have developed a pattern that works for me especially well. Every morning when I get up I log onto AR and go directly to my "Blog Post" On the left of the first page. I go through my memory of things that have come to me during the night--during the late evening or even after having read a post. As these ideas come to me I open a Draft Mode from the menu at the bottom of the post: PUBLIC, DRAFT, etc..and I write a title and a first paragraph and save it in draft form. I always have at least 3-4 posts saved in draft mode waiting fo rme to get the inspiration to finish; meanwhile, I keep working on one at a time, polishing and re-writing until it sings to me, so to speak and when I feel great about a post, then and only then do I publish it. I feel that  I have stepped up my game a lot by doing this. It is actually the same thing I was taught to do when I was studying writing at Pratt Institute....many years ago! I love the draft mode and I have gotten many features since I started incorporating it's use.

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne, I usually just write down the notes on paper and attempt to write the post in the future when I have time, not ideal I know. Your idea may help me take my ideas to a real post much quicker. I'll try it out as your advice has always served me well in the past.

Posted by Dan and Amy Schuman, Luxury Home Specialists (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne this year I started jotting down ideas in my notebook because too many times I have let good ideas vanish in the air. I'm looking up now I see thousands of Active Rain points that are out there floating around because I forgot to jot down my ideas-LOL. Congratulations on your featured post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne, the ones that are acted on immediately are the ones that are the best for sure. The inspiration definitely shows through. I have used the recorder on my iPhone, I have emailed notes to myself, I have written down notes - I've done it all! I have written them in Draft for later tweaking and publication. I'm going to check out Dragon Speak that Missy talked about.

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 10 years ago

The best blogs are already written inside, just have to be let out. Done quickly, with feeling, passion and just broadcasts, stories needing to come out, be let out. Most of my blogs are written under water, (in the shower.)  Done before the keyboard gets slid out and the electron tapping, assembly starts.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 10 years ago

If I am near my computer, the thought takes place as a quick ramble post or draft. Otherwise, I keep a small note pad in my pocket for a variety of reasons and I'll just jot down my thought on the pad...


Posted by Jason Potrzeba, Mortgage Banking Officer (Webster Bank) over 10 years ago

I make a note on my iPhone and save it for future use. I sometimes write full paragraphs so I can remember what I was thinking. If I had more time to write I have at least 20 posts sitting on my phone.

Posted by Steven Beam, Parker Colorado Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Parker Colorado Real Estate.) over 10 years ago

If I am at my computer I write it down in my blog posts ideas document.  I keep an ongoing list of ideas to write about.  If I am out and about I send an email to myself from my phone.  When I am slow I get to writing and bang out a couple of posts from my saved ideas document.

Posted by Jill Wente, Realtor, CRS, MCNE, CHMS (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Gary Greene) over 10 years ago

Hi Karen Anne, I will get an idea and open a new word doc with a few thoughts, maybe a link and a title - thinking I'll get back to it later but you're right, often the entusiasm is missing when I go back.  Some of the best ones are the ones that get written right away.

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne unfortunately for me, I get a lot of good ideas on the road and I hope and pray that I'll remember the idea and the inspiration when I get to a computer.  If I remember the idea, I'll title the post and save it in draft mode and hope that the motivation resurfaces so that I can finish the thought.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Karen Anne!  Great points and like Jason, the best ones are the ones that just pop in your head, you're just able to be 'in the flow' and write them very quickly.

Congrats on that gold star too!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 10 years ago

I have a word document that I use to type in those inspired ideas.  Sometimes I can finish the whole thought in one sitting, other times I uild on it as more thoughts come to mind. 

The funny thing is, ever since I started blogging, I have been more creative in other areas too.  Writing my thoughts like this is opening me up the creative side of my brain.  I love it!

Posted by Phil Stevenson, CRMP, "Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas (PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630) over 10 years ago

I generally write down the Title or the Subject matter and get back to it.  I may bullet point some issues.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 10 years ago

I'm constantly taking pictures of places and events to write posts about, then forgetting to write the post. I download all my pics to my computer, so every now and then I go through them and write up those posts. I've really been glad for digital pics!

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) over 10 years ago
I will write a list of topics or titles on my iPhone If I am really inspired I will dictate a message to myself and save it or email to myself. Using dragon dictation is great for this because it also converts to text.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

I couldn't agree more!  If an idea comes to mind I have to write it down right away or I am lost.  Carrie

Posted by Carrie Sampron, ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R (Home Smart Realty Group) over 10 years ago

Everyone so far:  Wow, we are getting some really great comments, and some folks are doing just a great job of sharing just HOW their ideas and inspirations come to them.

Usually I try and respond to just about everyone's comments, but this post... is different.  This is more of an "everybody tell us how it works with them" kind of post... rather than my receiving comments that I should respondn to... to keep the conversation and dialogue going.

I just wanted to write this comment... so that those of you who all so often read my posts, and participate so well... just so that you knew that I am reading every one of your comments... and am so very pleased at your participation.

Have a great week-to-come.  And again... thank you all so much for sharing your thoughts !

                                                                         Karen Anne

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

I used to write notes, but I would misplace the paper so that didn't work.  Know I use draft mode on my blog to store ideas that I don't have time to develop.  When I am ready to sit down the ideas are already there.

Posted by Simon Mills (Mills Realty) over 10 years ago

Karen, for those moments when a great idea hits me (whether for a blog post or some other aspect of my life) I make an immediate note in my iphone. I'm constantly referring back to that list and crossing things off as I complete those tasks.

Posted by Pete Deininger, Breckenridge Colorado Real Estate (970-389-0372) (Breckenridge Associates) over 10 years ago

Hi Karen,

Congratulations on striking a chord in so many with your post!

I too use my iphone. I his voice memo and highlight the most important thoughts I want to remember. If a view inspired my thoughts, a photo is taken from my iphone as well.

How did I ever live without my iphone???

See you in the rain...

Posted by Judi Boad (SOLUTIONS REAL ESTATE) over 10 years ago

The only downside to this approach is when you happen to get your inspiration at, say, 3am :P  Gotta keep a notebook handy!

Posted by Torgie Madison, Websites and Contact Management (Quicksilver Real Estate Solutions, LLC) over 10 years ago

The notebook is what I use.  I find myself going through my day and looking for ideas. My husband was reading me notes he took from a seminar and I said what a great post that will be. I am always on the look out for something good to write about.  Your post was different and really good.

Posted by Patty Clark, Helping Families Move with Care (Morningside Homes, LLC 720-231-5200) over 10 years ago

I just got some great ideas for  a blog a thon from all Active Rain post..


George Cruz Sr

Port St Lucie Fl

Posted by George P. Cruz Sr., PSL FL CDPE, TRC, CIPS (Premier Brokers International) over 10 years ago

I guess like being disciplined enough to create a blog, you need to be disciplined enough to write down your ideas about what you want to blog about. In other words a viscious cycle.

Posted by Robert Amato (Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc) over 10 years ago

Torgie in # 82:  I guess part of the question of this post was... just "doing it."

When I get an inspiration at 3:00AM... for me... it's "forget the notebook."  I just get up, stumble towards the keyboard, and just start writing.

The point is... if at all possible... write the post if you can.  IF... I just wrote the idea down in a notebook at 3am... and then actually read the notebook at a "normal" time... the inspiration would be GONE.  The freshness is gone.  So, even though it's the gosh-awful time of 3;00am... I write the post then.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

What I hate is when I have a great idea and it flits in and out of my head before I can write it down. I might be out in the garden or driving or stirring a pot on the stove when inspiration hits.

The next worst thing is when I grab a scrap of paper and write myself a note so I won't forget - and then later can't figure out what the heck I meant by the note.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 10 years ago
I agree that it's extremely important to write during the moment of inspiration, though I rarely act on my own advice. I know Todd Clark uses a recording device and transcription service which I think I will do shortly. I'm better at speaking it out than writing it out.
Posted by Matt Robinson, (Professional Investors Guild) over 9 years ago