Watch out for Fellow Bloggers

Reblogger Rich Jacobson
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams West Sound Realty

My good friend, Jeff Dowler, reminds us about the importance of our obligation to each other as members of this amazing community, to have each other's backs when it comes to constructively critiquing one another's blog articles. One of the main strengths of ActiveRain is that it provides a fun, encouraging environment for people to get their blogging feet wet. Thanks, Jeff, for some really excellent tips!

Original content by Jeff Dowler CRS CalBRE Lic #01490977

Watch out for Fellow Bloggers 

The title has a double meaning. I mean it in the sense of being helpful toward other writers here on AR. 

Looking out for each other is an important aspect of being a member of a community. We see it in our neighborhoods. Why not in our on-line networks?

Watching out for each other on-line can be a GOOD thing


So here are some thoughts on how YOU can watch out for your fellow bloggers: 



Let others know about major typos, especially in a title, which are such a smack-you-in-the-face mistake. I'm not suggesting we critique each others' spelling and point out every little typo, but use your common sense to let friends know about those glaring errors that make them look foolish. Yep, spell check is a good thing, but sometimes we forget, and it doesn't catch everything.


Point out links that don't work. I imagine many of us check links before we post, but mistakes happen, especially if we type the URL instead of doing the Cut and Paste thing. And sometimes links become a problem later on when the original site changes. Broken links are embarrassing, annoying, and make us look bad in front of our readers. Here's a Broken Link Tool.


Let others know when they may be violating a copyright or terms of use (using images from Image Chef is a good example). If you suspect a more serious copyright issue, it might be best to chat with AR instead - you decide.


Bring up any questions of data that might not make sense or which could be typos. We can all make mistakes when doing our own calculations, or creating charts and tables, especially on those darn market reports.


If you see an article that you believe has been copied without permission, why not let the original author know? It happens more times than we would like to think, and I, for one, want others to let me know if I haven't discovered it myself. It's happened to me multiple times and probably 50% of those times I found out from friends. Thanks!


Let them know if something they wrote really does not make sense, or is clearly a mistake. I am not advocating criticizing someone's thinking, or belittling their post (we see that often enough) but sometimes a well written post all of a sudden goes weird. Maybe the writer had a brain freeze. They said seller when they meant buyer, for example. 

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You can probably think of other ways to watch out for your fellow bloggers. I know I want to know about these things and I don't take offense, and I suspect most will appreciate it, and they may return the favor.  It helps this be a better place. 

Now I wouldn't do this publicly (i.e., in the comments) but send a private email, since pointing the error out publicly could be a bit embarrassing to the writer. Or perhaps take the opportunity to pick up the phone and get to know the other person a bit, then bring up the issue. 

Unfortunately some may not appreciate your efforts to be helpful, and may even take offense. So you do have to tread carefully and decide when to reach out and how. You may be more appreciated by someone you sorta know rather than by a complete stranger who may get annoyed or be insulted, even if your feedback is well intentioned. 

Whadya think?


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Super post. I agree we should treat one another like friends in the business.

Jun 11, 2011 11:49 AM #1
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty - Baltimore, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


This is a perfect post to reblog. Watch out for fellow bloggers is a theme that runs through AR. Many times I have emailed a spelling oops and many other times I just pick up the phone. It happens to be another good way of connecting through social media. To my knowledge....I have never had anyone take it the wrong way.

I have had others point out mistakes in comments on my blogs...this is not the kindest thing to do.

Now I will go visit my friend, Jeff and comment on the original post. 


BTW, I love the title of you session for the Birthday Bash.


Jun 11, 2011 11:55 AM #2
Rich Jacobson
Keller Williams West Sound Realty - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Hey, Margaret! Nice to see your smiling face pop up here! How are things in your neck of the woods? I'm looking forward to RainCamp Seattle and finally getting to meet Steve Shatsky and Debe Maxwell. Hopefully, someday we'll also have the pleasure of meeting IRL. Best Regards to you!

Jun 11, 2011 12:34 PM #3
Dawn A Fabiszak
Keller Williams Real Estate ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Rich ~ I understand why you re-blogged this.   Jeff wrote a great post with excellent information.

Jun 11, 2011 08:36 PM #4
Jeff Dowler CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360


THANK YOU for the reblog. I'm flattered that you felt it worthy.

On a side note, wish I could make it up to Seattle for Raincamp but it's not in the cards, or budget.


Jun 11, 2011 11:44 PM #5
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty - Baltimore, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Rich, I will meet you when we have a RainCamp or AR gathering here in the Baltimore area.


Jun 11, 2011 11:54 PM #6
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Definitely a good way to do business and support this community. Well all make some of those mistakes some of the time.

I recently saw advice given by a realtor that I knew to be hazardous. Rather tham comment publicly on his blog I emailed him directly to let him know the concern. 

He wrote back and showed me the modifications to his text that he was putting in to correct his blog. He was appreciative and understood that I was helping him as much as readers safety.

Jun 12, 2011 09:18 AM #7
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