Bridget's Blog


Update: Fix For Some of the Issues from Our Recent Release

What the heck happened to the blog editor?  It looks different! 

Luckily the folks at ActiveRain (Thanks Bob!) are on top of it and have put out some information about the new release to help you to navigate the changes.  Take a breath and know that after a couple of tries, a little playing around you will be back to your amazing blogging selves!

Take a couple minutes to read the info below, it will save you some heartache and frustration!  Who knows, you may even like it better (one day!)!

Warm Regards,

Bridget "Maryland Mortgage Mama" McGee

I'll start with a blanket "I'm sorry". The changes we recently made, especially to the blog editor were not met with the excitement we had hoped. (understatement of the year). Had there been no bugs, I'm going to assume people would still have been uphappy with the fact that the blog editor changed so drastically.

Let's set the bugs aside, (I'll update you on them below).

The changes that were recently made to the blog editor were not just changes we made for the sake of making change. The old blog editor (and the new one in fact) is a service provided by a third party company. If you've been around here for any amount of time, you realize that the blog editor has been pretty much the same since day one. We have made slight changes to it within the old framework, but it was very comfortable. Unfortunately, nothing in tech stays the same and our version was so old that we risked losing the ability to update or change any functionality. This move to a newer version was predicated on the fact that we did not want to continue to use an outdated version of a product that could have been shuttered at any time. A decision to move had to be made.

Now, could we have done a better job of giving everyone a head's up. Yes. For our upcoming releases, we will be letting everyone in on what we are planning to change with more room to spare. 

In every way, this is our fault. For a number of years, we became stagnant with our development efforts as we battled to manage large volumes of users and content. (I'm sure some remember a time a few years ago when site stability was an issue....thankfully that's behind us). 

We should have been making smaller incremental updates during that time to keep up with the most recent technologies and the most recent changes to Google. These recent updates (our most recent one, but also others like the profile page update) have been pushing to get our site back ahead of the curve. Because we became stagnant, you (our members) became comfortable with things not changing. But if you take a hard look around at the tools and services you use, they've changed considerably in four or five years. But, it's probable those changes have been more iterative and as such, less noticeable. 

Moving forward, you should expect more change. But it's not change just for the sake of change. It's change for the sake of returning ActiveRain to the cutting edge....and keeping us there. 

I've already promised a few people to expect these changes, but also to expect better communication from us regarding what to expect coming up. This was one time that we didn't have our Ambassadors take things for a spin on our testing servers. If I could do it again, I would absolutely invite them to try things out. As it relates to the blog editor, I'm not sure we would have done things much differently in terms of rolling it out (meaning we still would have) but we probably would have caught the spell check issue, and most likely the issue with formatting images. It also may have given us a better idea that we should have included a short tutorial on how to use the new image editor.

At any rate, here are some updates on the new 

The updates we announced last Friday caused quite the stir as there were a few bugs in the update that made your experience posting blogs a little challenging. Here is the latest update:

Spell Check:  This has been restored.

Login Points: We have fixed these points and they are now showing in your scoring summary. Points have been awarded for logins retro active to when the bug was introduced on Friday.

Adding Images to Your Posts: Currently in order to wrap text around an image, you will insert the image into the blog post, then once you do that, you can use the 'formats' drop down from top of the blog editor and select 'image right' or 'image left'. This will wrap text around your image. 

I plan on creating a short and easy tutorial on how to use the image editor to make your posts look how you want them to look. I'll share that this week. 

Copy and Paste: This has been fixed. You can now copy and paste from other sources using any of three options. The file option above in the blog editor, by right clicking and selecting 'paste' or by using the (control +V) paste keystrokes.

Blog Timestamps: Currently, when you post a blog that was previously saved as a draft, your post will show the correct date on the post itself, however it's not showing the correct date for the blog when you view it in your main blog roll, or on the overall blog roll and subscriber lists. This one has not been fixed. And that kind of stinks. So if you have a post in draft, and you post it today, it's not going to float to the top of your blog. This means you will need to copy and paste it to a new blog post from the old draft post until this is resolved. 

Outside Blogs: There are a few members that are having issues with outside blogs. It appears that this is isolated to people that had one of the original outside blogs which used a subdomain of activerain, where the subdomain was based on your ActiveRain user name. These outside blogs were given to a group of our original members when we first introduced outside blogs 4 years ago. If you set your outside blog up with it's own domain, it should be working properly. This is currently being investigated and I don't have a timeline on a fix. 



Keep Up In the Rain!

ActiveRain FacebookActiveRain TwitterActiveRain YouTubeActiveRain Google+ActiveRain LinkedIn

Warm Regards,

Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  Corridor Mortgage Group.   410-960-2061 EHO or


If you are considering purchasing a home in Maryland and want to be sure you are mortgage ready, my brother Tony and I will be happy to help! We help to make the mortgage process a pleasure! 

If you already own your home, we are happy to provide a no-cost mortgage review to help you to determine if refinancing may be in your best interest.  Please contact me at 410-960-2061.

Comment balloon 3 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • September 30 2013 06:50PM
Update: Fix For Some of the Issues from Our Recent Release
What the heck happened to the blog editor? It looks different! Luckily the folks at ActiveRain (Thanks Bob! ) are on top of it and have put out some information about the new release to help you to navigate the changes. Take a breath and… more
Beautiful, Contemporary Townhouse Listed by Margaret Rome
This fabulous townhome is ready for you to move in. There are lots of lovely touches that make this home unique. Isn't it time that you stopped renting? This is the perfect starter home with 3 bedrooms and 2 full and 2 half baths! Call Margaret… more
HANG UP AND DRIVE! Hands free or pay the fine!
HANG UP AND DRIVE! Hands free or pay the fine! Talking on the phone while driving your car is dangerous and now it may COST you… if you do it in Maryland! New Laws In Effect October 1st, 2013 The cell phone… more
Sure would love to seem some of my ActiveRain and other local friends at this Happy Hour kicking off the Gift of Education Fundraiser for St. Monica's Orphanage in Africa. We'd love to see you there! Come join us for some… more
ActiveRain, you're killing me. Thank you.
For all the newbies out there trying to figure out if ActiveRain is a worthwhile investment, and for those struggling to find business, this is a good read. Mike Cooper shares some of the wonderful benefits of being ACTIVE on ActiveRain. … more
Protecting my sellers… is part of my job.
How do I know who is seeing my home for sale? How do I know if the people coming in to see my home for sale are really licensed agents? How do I protect myself as a For Sale By Owner? Lots of questions… Tammy does a great job of… more
MOORE, OKLAHOMA Ten Year Old Maryland Girl Helping Kids Dream Happy
Many of us hear about tragedies on the news and though we feel bad for the victims, we are not called to action. We may text to donate to the Red Cross or put a couple dollars in the bucket when other's are collecting, but that is… more
ActiveRain MeetUp and Open House 12-2 Today. 3704 Gardenview Rd…
Will you be therE?. it's always so much fun tgreet together with ActiveRainers! You never know who you will meet or what you will learn. Sydney and I will be at Margaret's open house… how about you? maryland Mortgage Mama … more
Larry did it again! A wonderful post about the what impacts credit scores… Paying off a balance is not always going to improve your credit. Paying on time (not 30 days late or more! ) has the biggest impact… PAY ON TIME!! Also,… more
YOU ARE INVITED!! Gaithersburg, MD August 13th, 2013
Taco Night at Quincy’s Bar & Grill For "Mother's Fighting For Others" • Host Gift of Education Committee for MFFO (Rita Ahuja, Dede Burrell, Ann Marie Clements, Audrey June Forshey,… more