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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     MS Word contains a lot of hidden code that must be removed when you cut and paste to AR.   May I respectfully suggest, use Notepad or some other very basic text editing program instead.

   Per Kathleen Daniels et al, save the HTML source code before hitting the "Publish" button.  If your hard work (blog post) disappears into cyberspace (it happens), you can retrieve the HTML from Notepad and try again.

  

Mar 08, 2018 07:28 PM
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Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I draft the post in Word for various reasons...

if I don't have internet access to get on AR but want to put a post in draft, I can access Word (2007) offline which is a big plus.

And I can see more of the post in Word than if I compose on AR so it is easier to cut and paste when revising.

And I can save a copy in Word, Dropbox, etc. so I don't lose my post if there is a glitch with AR.

I never thought of using Notepad as Fred Griffin suggested...will check it out.

Whether you write the post on AR or Word and copy/paste, always save it immediately on AR then go back and insert links, pictures, etc.

Then save again and hit "Preview" before publishing to see if the formatting looks good. If not, edit, rinse and repeat.

 

 

Mar 08, 2018 10:20 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I write mine in "Notes" (Apple product) - you can use any 'text' editor - just not Pages or Word as they have added code that interferes with the AR editor. 

I've often taken emails answers to generic clients' questions (nothing personal or confidential, of course) and posted them here - they seem to do fine too.

I write the post there (in Notes), copy and paste it here and then add graphics and tweak the font size.

Mar 08, 2018 07:42 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

If I am writing with the intention of publishing when I am done writing, I write directly in AR.  I ALWAYS save the html code before I post in case the platform fluctuates and the post just disappears into thin air. 

Mar 08, 2018 07:19 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

yes, and save often! 

Mar 08, 2018 11:06 PM
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

90% of the time I do a word post and cut and paste into AR because over the years I lost many good posts thanks to glitches on the platform...Endre

Mar 08, 2018 10:37 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Unfortunately, I do it all on AR. Once in a while I wonder where it went when it disappears without being posted.

Mar 09, 2018 05:17 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Yes I do Rick Obst 

Mar 09, 2018 05:02 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Exactly! I use everything except the AR editor & constantly use the save button. I just use an older HTML program & that works for me, then copy it into AR. I still do have to change some things, font size, font color but I've got that down to 2 seconds.

Old program NVu which is sister to Kompozer.

Mar 09, 2018 04:55 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I usually write it in wordpress, and then copy it here.

Mar 09, 2018 04:51 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I do not write externally... not enough hours in the day to do work-arounds. And by the way, writing in MS word does not guarantee no issues in AR formatting... I know... I tried.

Mar 09, 2018 05:19 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I do both.. sometimes I will copy a blog from several years on from my WP site, change it up a bit and repost with a different title.. Other times I write from the AR platform.. Have never really had an issue.

Mar 09, 2018 04:42 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

MSWord

Mar 08, 2018 11:41 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I usually write up my blog in Word and then cut and paste into AR and after I've saved preliminarily ... I input the pictures.  Once done, I publish.

Mar 08, 2018 07:23 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Fred Griffin hit this one spot on!  Ever since Word changed their format (I think it was in Winword 2000) from the DOC to the DOCX format you can't use it for cut and paste to blogs.  The "X" in the extension is for XML, which is a web programming language and conflicts with the HTML and XML the Active Rain.

 

Notepad is good.  I prefer Wordpad or Notepad++ and like Kathleen Daniels said, save early and save often!

Mar 09, 2018 09:08 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that's the ONLY way I create a blog post.... after losing one and having to rewrite it, never again did I write the original on the site...

Mar 09, 2018 08:12 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Mostly I write externally and save the document before posting on AR but some short posts I write directly in the editor. The editor can be a bit quirky at times, espeically when you don't save your post!

Mar 09, 2018 07:26 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Rick Obst - I prefer to write the post externally! The HTML editor I use is KOMPOZER.

Mar 08, 2018 11:26 PM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I like to use Word to draft my posts. I like the spelling and grammar checker plus I like to use the Thesaurus so I don't keep using the same word over and over. I keep a copy so I can edit it later.

Always save it as a draft before you publish it on AR. Just in case there is a glitch.

Mar 08, 2018 08:40 PM
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I compose in Word, then copy, paste and do final edits, add pictures, links, etc in AR.  

Mar 08, 2018 08:25 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

AR only

Mar 08, 2018 07:42 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I don't find the blog writing in AR quirky so I do not write it elsewhere.

Mar 08, 2018 07:18 PM
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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

I write directly in Active Rain, but save often. I have lost the post many times, so I learened the hard way to save often. 

Mar 09, 2018 07:02 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Fred Griffin gave you the answer.  I use MS for Mac and I have not had problems with copying to AR.  A

Mar 09, 2018 06:48 AM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Probably as my posts also make it to other social media platforms. But it comes at a cost as my friend  Fred Griffin explained - MS Word does not play well with MS products. So I suggest you rinse with Notepad before pasting to AR.

Kathleen Daniels also has a great suggestion. It works for me as well.

Mar 09, 2018 05:57 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Plain text file - then format in AR

Mar 09, 2018 05:31 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I just write in AR .

Mar 09, 2018 03:26 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If the post is long I do it in word but otherwise I do it on AR

Mar 08, 2018 07:41 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I write in the AR editor and publish.

Mar 13, 2018 09:11 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It's been some time but I did write first in Google Drive and then copy/paste

to AR.

 

 

Mar 09, 2018 10:39 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I use Google Docs

Mar 09, 2018 08:59 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Absolutely! Drafts have vanished irretrievably from AR; had to redo from scratch. Better to have it saved elsewhere first. I use Google docs.

Mar 09, 2018 12:42 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I compose in Word and then copy/paste to AR. Then edit AR so it comes out right. Then add photos. Probably a better way to do it but I have not invested the time to experiment.

Mar 09, 2018 09:09 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

No.

Mar 09, 2018 07:10 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Yes, that sums it up.

Mar 09, 2018 07:01 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Rick Obst I initially write the post in MS Word then copy and paste it into Dreamweaver. Once I have it formatted the way I want it, I will cut and paste the html code and drop it into AR as html.

Mar 09, 2018 06:45 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Don't know about anyone else however, I always write them in Word and then copy and paste.   

Mar 09, 2018 06:26 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I hit the ground running but many times I have lost a shoe (post)....

Mar 09, 2018 06:18 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Externally.  Always.

Mar 09, 2018 06:01 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I like to write it on AR because copying and pasting can lead to different fonts and paragraph breaks where they were not put by me. I save my block by scheduling it, then go back and add pictures and edit before posting it

Mar 09, 2018 06:00 AM