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Using Gmail Email as a Blog Post and HTML Editor

Using your Gmail Email as a Blog Post and HTML editor.  

First of all, what in the heck would make someone think of this?  Same way the Reese's Peanut Butter cup was created!  It was a total accident. (at least that's what they wanted you to think)  Somebody dropped and got their chocolate dipped in someone else's peanut butter and there you have it!  The Reese's Peanut Butter cup. 

Today, I did the same thing, dropping my email onto this Blog post, and realizing how easy it is to create a post using your gmail email editor.  You can add "live" links and anchor text, images, photos etc using gmail's "Compose Mail" option.  You can change font colors and sizes and more.  Just copy and paste from your email to your Blog post, (email it to yourself as a backup, or to be used again sometime in the future)... and that's it. 

It was a breeze. 


 You can use the Toolbar in Gmail's editor to customize and add some Fun to your posts.


The process is easy, there's no hidden HTML codes that won't work with the AR Platform, and to be honest, some of our best Blogging content, ideas, responses, and experiences are sitting right within your email IN or OUT boxes. I don't suggest you do it all the time, but as you can see, creating a post like this is different and even kinda fun!!

Use the mini-animations and graphics from the favicon toolbar as well.


It's Pretty cool if you ask me, or at the least, something different.  (well, maybe I over did it a bit on this one!)

I hope this email Blog Post finds you all well,   it might be useful to those who can't use scribefire or some of the other HTML third party applications and software's out there to create cosmetically different and customized posts for their AR Blogs. 

(This post is dedicated to and created for AR member Laura Coffey)  Great to meet you @RainCamp LA.


Warm Regards,

Brad 


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Comment balloon 105 commentsBrad Andersohn • May 17 2010 05:09PM

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Hi Brad..you always finding new and easy ways for us all to do our business, nice find.

Cheers

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Thanks Brad, Hopefully I can get Mozilla Fire Fox installed so I'm able to do it.

Posted by Laura Coffey, Keller Williams VIP Properties (Keller Williams VIP Properties) over 10 years ago

Great info Brad! Thanks.

-Paul

Posted by Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor (Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida) over 10 years ago

Thanks Brad for a great tip... I got so excited and was going to try use gmail editor to add a comment but forgot about that text scraper firewall...  I'll try it on my next post though!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 10 years ago

hmmmm-maybe I should switch to gmail? My husband did and thinks it's great. Love your mini-animations.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

You are amazing! Where do you find the time?

Posted by Blatt + Cutino, Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today* (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 10 years ago

Pretty cool, Brad!! I should explore it, but then... you'll come up with another idea... My head is spinning!

Posted by Marzena Melby, Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty) over 10 years ago

I've just gotten used to Scribefire and all its features, now you're going to make me check out gmail's...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 10 years ago

How interesting-I never even thought to try and use the gmail I use everyday for everything for a blog post!  I have to say since you told me about scribefire that is pretty much all I use.  I love it!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 10 years ago

Brad,

Thank you for the tip.  I hope that it is easy cuz you don't know how I can break something.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 10 years ago

Brad:

Great info & I have had a g-mail account for the past month!  I've been slow to find the value in ActiveRain.  But, I am now a true believer.  My one big issue is not having access to my Localism - I have purchased on a monthly basis the Localism for Westlake, OH.  Any new info when Localism & Outside Blogs will be available? 

Thanks!

Pat Pribisko

Posted by Pat & Steve Pribisko (Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West) over 10 years ago

This seems to good and easy to be true.  I'm book marking it and trying it tomorrow!

Posted by Linda Jandura, Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty) over 10 years ago

Brad thank you for sharing that.  That looks simple enough for even me to do.  I wil lhave to give that a try.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 10 years ago

Keep in mind that I use Firefox as my Browser, I have not tried this with Internet Explorer yet.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Pretty cool!! Just flagged to be featured. Members need to know the secret :-)

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) over 10 years ago

Brad, Creative.  Great suggestion.  To add to your comment about IE, why would anyone want to use IE unless that have to?

Posted by Jon Sigler, South Windsor Homes for Sale 860-306-8029 (Keller Williams - Greater Hartford) over 10 years ago

Very cool, I will have to try this. Here's a very non-techy or way behind the program question-do most people create their blog in another program and then copy it in?  I'm a little confused.  I just write my blog directly on here, it's quite boring, but I'm finally starting to write more often.  I figured the first step (hurdle) is to just start doing it.  I can get fancy and pretty later.  :)

Posted by Kim Darling, CRS,GRI, "Your Home Team" Fresno/Clovis Homes (Keller Williams Westland Realty BRE# 01864461) over 10 years ago

Google docs is an easy to use alternative to scribefire. Insert a table of 490 pixels and you're good to go!

Posted by Leslie Ebersole, I help brokers build businesses they love. (Swanepoel T3 Group) over 10 years ago

Sounds cool but I am on my macbook and your screen shot is blank. Still, I am looking forward to how incredibly simple this can be, THANKS!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

brad - I was going to ask if it worked in IE but I see you have already answered that question so I guese I will have to try it myself (sooner than later I hope)

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Howdy and evenin to ya Bard

Thats a mighty interesting idea you came up with.

Brad do you think using the GMail editer is better than using ScribeFire
?

Have a good one
Dale

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 10 years ago

I've been using gmail from the very beginning but I never would have thought to write using it as my editor.  I'll have to give it a try. 

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

Hi Brad... I'm not sure if this is something that I will use, but thanks to this post I now want a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.  Thanks.

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

Great idea. But I'm also getting a blank screenshot. I'm on Google Chrome.

Posted by Tim Storm, Orange County FHA and VA Home Loan Specialist (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation) over 10 years ago

Brad:  I am using Firefox... but am not getting the graphics in your post.  Just little rectangles... wide skinny rectangles that tell me what I SHOULD be looking at.

This... is what I see above...

 You can use the Toolbar in Gmail's editor to customize and add some Fun to your posts.

The Gmail email Toolbar

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

Hey Brad

This is the best tip so far this year!

It will add a lot of ZING to my blogs

Here is a youtube video FLASHBACK

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup circa 1980

Posted by Randy Randolph, Uber Broker , Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, Short Sales (RSVP Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Brad - This seems like a really neat idea.  I will need to try it.

Posted by FN LN over 10 years ago

Wow...sadly, I would never have thought of that.  Great idea.  Google does it again.

Posted by Keith McMullin, Port Aransas Real Estate (Port Aransas Realty) over 10 years ago

Ok, I am checking this out. Reminder to self, use Foxfire. I use scribefire now but those animations are down right cute.

 Hey Brad right now the images in this post are NOT showing up.

Posted by Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale (Sells Real Estate, LLC) over 10 years ago

I can't see the photos! Same thing happen when I tried my own..

Posted by Blatt + Cutino, Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today* (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 10 years ago

Strange - the images are showing up in my browser, I wonder if this is an Internet Explorer issue where the images are not appearing for some of you. I see them, even in Karens comment, I see the toolbar.  Hmmm...  I'll have to check this out later when I get the chance, thank for letting me know guys.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Brad - the lessons never end and the possibilities are indeed endless with the internet! thanks!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago

Brad, I love you, you are so awesome!

This post is absolutely the BEST and easiest thing I have ever done. Wow, no crummy code, from WORD, switching to txt editor.

I just did it.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

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

Brad - Very cool idea. I too use firefox and IE8 may have some problems. Now there's a big suprise huh? Gonna reblog.

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

Brad, I am using FF 3.6.3 and I am also not seeing your Gmail graphics. There is a selection in FF to "Block images from mail.google.com", but it is NOT selected in my browser so your images should be visible. Weird...

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

Great idea and will switch over to Firefox to try it out - thanks!

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (Palm Properties) over 10 years ago

Maybe it's time to take the plunge to Gmail! I don't think there is anything that google does on accident. They have a great "think tank" even if they are trying to take over the world! :-)

Posted by Duane Murphy, Broker- Owner-Real Estate - (Expert Real Estate Partners LLC) over 10 years ago

Great idea Brad, and thanks! I have been using Nvu but will check this out.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 10 years ago

Thanks Brad for the info. Not all the graphics are showing up but I'll check it out.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 10 years ago
Brad, great idea thanks!
Posted by Daniel Olsen (Exit Realty Achieve) over 10 years ago

Brad, I've learned more technology tidbits from AR in the last 45 days than I have in the past 12 months.  This would have been great if I used Gmail. 

Posted by Jennifer Archambeault, An Austin Texas Realtor (Cardani Group, REALTORS® - Austin Texas ) over 10 years ago

Nice tip Brad... "who'd a thought!" This will come in handy for sure when I'm on the road or sippin' coffee somewhere with wifi... thanks.

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 10 years ago

Brad. I am a HUGE fan of all things Gmail. I used masny an email and converted it into a blog posts. Saves a lot of time in the future not having to write the same response over again.

I love reeses cups too.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

Brad...ok...you realize that you probably dated yourself pretty well there with that Reese's Peanut Butter commercial reference (and unfortunately, me too, since I totally remember those commercials!)? 

I use Gmail and Google Docs for as much as possible in life...I work primarily on a Mac...and I have held off on buying Office for Mac 2008 because I don't want to open up that can of worms on my perfectly running, virus & trojan free, machine - so instead I use Google Docs...works for about 95% of my needs for client work.  And when it doesn't...I turn to my trusty old Toshiba laptop and pray that it's gonna help me out, just one last time!   Great post!

Posted by Christine Wade, Operations Strategist (Christine Wade) over 10 years ago

So, if I am reading this correctly I can use Google for everything?  What will I do with my Outlook?  Or, can I do this through Outlook as well?  I may be confused right now, but by this evening I'll be I convert, and have it going!

Thanks!  I am becoming more techie by the minute.....my software buddies would be impressed:)

Posted by Christa LaFarlette (la-far-let) (Your Choice Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Brad, you guys are way ahead of the curve !!

Posted by Patrick White, Driven to bring New Yorkers home (Home Driven Realty, Inc) over 10 years ago

As a note - images aren't showing up in Chrome either, so it's not just an IE thing.

Great post! Thanks...

Posted by Josh & Dawn McKinley over 10 years ago

Images are not showing up in Safari. 

Great idea- gmail is my email of choice but I am growing to really love mac mail through mobile me when I need less around me rather than noise. :) 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 10 years ago

I'm using Chrome and I can see the images but I got here from a re-blog and the images weren't showing up there...

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

The graphics are showing up on my Safari, my Google Chrome, My Firefox, my Flock, and My IE Browser.  Maybe it is an issue with the picture servers on AR, or maybe the format that Gmail uses for images is incompatible with certain browsers.  I was able to post this as a test on other Blogs and it seemed to work fine there, it should be the same here. 

I'll have to dive into this later when I have some personal time to spare and research it, can't be playing around with this stuff during company time!!  Oh wait, that's my job here isn't it?  lol~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

G.... Brad....I love reeses peanut buttert cups tooooooooooo...great post..

Posted by GARY DIGIORGIO -Denver- Arvada -Westminster, REOptions LLC (THE DIGIORGIO GROUP /(303) 898 - GARY (4279)) over 10 years ago

What a great idea to do this.  Love it and so easy.  I am going to play with this comment just for fun. I can use color and so easy, they have my favorite font, I can use Smiley's and other cute things.

This is great, thanks for the tip !

Posted by Miriam Bernstein, CRS over 10 years ago

This looks like fun Brad, thanks for letting us know about using gmail in our blog posts.  I'm going to give it a try!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 10 years ago

There are multiple ways to skin a cat I guess. If one can still use that expression. Thanks for the post and the tutorial

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) over 10 years ago

I have been wondering about a way to jazz up posts. Thanks for the insights. I recently got Gmail because of my Android phone, but really haven't been using it. Guess it's time. Thanks Brad!

Posted by Barbara Jenness, St. Augustine FL Real Estate (Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL) over 10 years ago

Skinning a cat? Really ;-O

I was using Safari last night and the images did not show up but will check again! I still think this is a neat trick!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Lee in comment #4 said something about a text scaper firewall.  Where can I find more info on how to turn it off?

Thanks

Posted by Randy Randolph, Uber Broker , Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, Short Sales (RSVP Real Estate) over 10 years ago

So much to learn with such little time. Another thing to add to my list. Are you going to talk about this at Raincamp DC Brad? Thanks again for always sharing. Great 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

Thanks....this is a great TIP....

Posted by Jackie Tan (Keller Williams) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad ~ I use firefox and I'm seeing everything just fine. Cool idea. I use Scribefire, but will definitely give this a try.

Denise

Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) over 10 years ago

Thank you so much.  I was just getting ready to make room for Scribefire on my computer, but now, I think I'll check out this alternative.

Posted by Joye Hollis Ridgeway, - Homes, Land, Investment, Commercial (AgentOwned Realty, Charleston SC) over 10 years ago

Thanks, Brad, for this post about idea I saw on Laura Coffey's post about ARcampLA, which was interesting.  I have used Posterous.com for blog posting, which also uses Gmail editor and found that valuable, perhaps cumbersome for me, and will try your suggestion.

Posted by Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney (HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty) over 10 years ago

Thank you, thank you! I have some issues with Scribefire on my computer so this is great.

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com) over 10 years ago

Brad, this is a great option than using an html editor. Thanks.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 10 years ago

Perfect, this will help a ton!

Posted by Brandon DeVere (Force Realty) over 10 years ago

Brad: Wow, my eyes have gone a little buggy here! I think I like this idea; may be a little quicker than Scribefire.

Posted by Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR© 512-845-4204, My knowledge is your power | eXp Realty (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Brad - Awesome!  Love all the animation & cool graphics.  Anything to add a little fun touch to writing!  Thanks.

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) over 10 years ago

Not working for me.  I've been trying to figure out how to use color in my post for months.  Just tried this and it's still not working for me either.  Just think, 10 years ago, I was probably considered technologically savvy.  Today, I'm so slow, I can't catch myself:).

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

I think I fell off  the technology ship on this one... how about a video demo?  I'm lost.  Looks interesting  though

Posted by Sara Homan, Realtor, Homes, Farms & 55+ (Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044) over 10 years ago

This is super great!!  Thank you for sharing - makes it sooo easy

Posted by Dale Sorensen (Dale Sorensen Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Brad this is amazing! With all of the questions I get about creating color full content, "often in e-mails" who would have thought the answer was staring me right in the face? Thanks for the great tip. You Rock!

Posted by Steven Graham, Coach, ePs, Director of Training (epropertysites) over 10 years ago

Nice, now my blogs won't be so basic looking :)

Posted by Adam Kutchuk Murrieta, Short Sale Specialist Rated 5 Stars (Realty Works) over 10 years ago

This is very good info for sure. Thanks so much.

Patricia

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

This is very good info for sure. Thanks so much.

Patricia

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

Humm-Now all the new posts will look like this i bet.

 

Are you coming to BarCamp Denver? June 17th?

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

Oooh Oooh OOoh THANK YOU BRAD! Woo hoo!

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) over 10 years ago

This looks like a lot of fun. Can you use gmail to create a post for Craig's List?

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 10 years ago

More great info, thanks Brad.

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

Hey!  Thanks!  I was coming here looking for something else and your title caught my eye.  Very useful information.  Excellent!

Posted by Chrysti Tovani, Sacramento Real Estate Agent (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago
Also try scribe fire the plugin for the firefox browser. I write and store posts in it. I like the way it handles pictures too.
Posted by Teresa Boardman (Boardman Realty) over 10 years ago

Methinks we're going to have a plethora of colorful posts from now on, Brad!

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

OK- Now I See one of the images gone on the post I just published with gmail as an editor. 

The image that is gone is the one that I uploaded to gmail from my computer hard drive. 
I had a feeling that it would not work because all of the blog editors that I have used will only take images from an online URL such as Flickr or Photobucket or your website's gallery. 

So the second photo of Loreena that is showing up on my post is the direct link to the photo on photobucket. So that is just what I thought. 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 10 years ago

Great tip... very slick and easy.  Really great tip.  Thanks.

Posted by Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home (At Home Kansas) over 10 years ago

Hey, I will give  it a try tomorrow.  Thanks for the info.

Posted by Jerry Morse, BBA,GRI (The Morse Company) over 10 years ago

Thanks a million - this is some very useful information!!

Cheers!

Lisa

Posted by Lisa Bosques over 10 years ago

What a great idea! I used Gmail for all my email and it's open in my browser all day long. It makes perfect sense to use a tool I'm so familiar with to edit (and save as draft if you need to finish later) blog posts. Thanks for the tip.

Posted by Jeff Lorenzen, Park City Real Estate (Keller Williams Park City Real Estate - Park City, UT) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the great idea!

Posted by Nancy Keith (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Thanks Brad-- off to try it now --- no photo option in my gmail composer... hmmmmm  great idea though

Posted by Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate (Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate) over 10 years ago

What a great idea, thank you!  I've always used the wordpress editor for this, but this may even be easier (imagine that!)

Posted by April Sullivan, Real Estate Virtual Assistant (Real Estate Virtual Assistant Chick) over 10 years ago

What a great use of gmail!  I have used gmail for years, but never thought of this!

Posted by Susie Genet (Chinowth & Cohen Realtors) over 10 years ago

I love it Brad, thanks.  I love Reeses Peanut Butter Cups too!!!

DeeDee

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) over 10 years ago

I think this is a good alternative if you want some color font for your stuff, but I would STRONGLY suggest to use it sparingly.  Don't go nuts people!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 10 years ago

Cool! This comment was made using GMail. Gotta Luv Google I didn't read Jeremy's comments!ack

Posted by Mark Gridley, TecKnow Real Estate Agent, Fountain Hills, AZ (eXp Realty, Reinventing the National Real Estate Office!) over 10 years ago

Mark - that was cute!  I Love the "expression" photos you use all the time!!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

I have way too much playing to catch up on!!!!  Do you ever do anything except fun stuff Brad?! :-)

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) over 10 years ago

YEAH! I was able to do it! -- It only took me a week to figure out that you DON'T copy the post you DRAG it

LOL - I like to think I am a geek and nerd, but I am just a wannabe 

Posted by Randy Randolph, Uber Broker , Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, Short Sales (RSVP Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Also, using gmail as your editor you can post to your wordpress blog and it keeps the formatting

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Posted by Randy Randolph, Uber Broker , Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, Short Sales (RSVP Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Well I'll have to try Gmail to see how it works for me. I don't want to change my regular email account howerver.

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad, It seems like all good blog editors are not compatible with IE.  This is good info but I'm not crazy about the idea of having to leave the AR site to write a colourful blog with great fonts and then have to copy it back here.

To me it's a make work project.  I really hope that a more current blog editor tool bar is coming down the pipes in the near future.  I would say that  members here are ready to graduate to an inhouse editor with more bells and whistles.

Christmas is just around the corner.

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Hi Jenny - hopefully we will be able to update and enhance our internal Blog editing capabilities soon.  An update to that area of the network is overdue.  Thanks for the input and feedback.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Brad - love to use gmail to do of all you described.  Today I tried to use it with MacWord copy and paste to gmail "compose mail".  When dragging it to AR it showed an error message of something like ".....650000 characters".  The blog could not be published until I copy and paste from the Word for Mac document. Submitted to AR to see if they can figure it out. My comment is to share with everyone using MAC.

Posted by Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale (Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Petra - Don't use MacWord, that won't work, use your gmail to originate the post, then it will work. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

I tried it with Explorer - it doesn't work there.

I tried it with Firefox - Presto! I don't have to use Scribefire anymore (unless I want to use a font that GMail doesn't support, which IMHO is the only downside, besides not being compatible with Internet Explorer).

This is great, Brad. I'm glad you stumbled onto this.

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

Hi Brad,

I know this is an old post but I have been using gmail as my blog editor in both IE and Chrome for a year now at least and all of a sudden it is not working any more.  I'm formatting my content and then copying (tried both CNTR +C and also right clicking and selecting copy both same results) but my formatiing is lost and it is just like the font and size you see here.

Any ideas what is going on?

 

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 9 years ago
DeeDee - are you using the HTML tab or WYSIWYG? Also, there may have been some updates or changes to either AR by MarketLeader or Gmail by Google since this post was written. The shelf life on technology tutorial blog posts like this one is sometimes shorter lived than others.
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 9 years ago

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