Mona's Real Estate Matters and a Myriad of Other Conversations: I've Been Down the Rabbit Hole First Thing This Morning

I've Been Down the Rabbit Hole First Thing This Morning

When I first got my real estate license it came as a complete surprise that the profession of real estate is actually stepping from one rabbit hole into another and another and another.  I've gotten used to the rabbit holes and have even learned to appreciate them since they absolutely keep my way of making a living from becoming boring.  I'm glad though that my mother made sure we were literate children because it occurs to me that if I'd never read Watership Down, I'd have no clue what the meaning of the term "rabbit hole" even means!


Today's early morning rabbit hole has somewhat something to do with real estate but it has more to do with blogging intentional real estate content.  It gets a bit more complicated when you want to post something specific to real estate and trying to wrap it up in an attractive and worthwhile product.  There should be a certain number of words but not so many that people glance at your post and immediately ignore it and dismiss it as yawn worthy.  Hyperlinks, nicely balanced paragraph structure with an easily read font are also definite pluses.  Correctly spelled words and properly conjugated verbs as well as smartly executed use of grammar and punctuation almost assures the writer of a decent following of readers.


Almost...but not quite.  Pictures and artwork folks, readers like their eyes to get a thorough physical workout!  That's where the rabbit hole comes in this morning.  My thought was to write a post about referrals to various professional service people...and I'll still do that, maybe tomorrow.  I got caught up in hunting clip art for the article.  So many distractions!  There isn't much in the way of gender equality in the images, so right away I got sort of ... yeah, let's say it ... pissed off that all of the images of inspectors, surveyors, attorneys, etc. were male. 


Okay, setting that aside for a minute...while sifting through clip art I kept finding ideas for future interesting (hopefully) posts as well.  Before I knew it an hour and a half had flown by and I realized if I didn't climb out of the rabbit hole soon, I'd miss the vet appointment for Riddick (one of the lab brothers), I'd miss my appointment with another agent to pick up a copy of the survey the attorney needs me to bring to her, then there's the showing appointment, phone calls to return, a contract folder to put together, picking Riddick back up from the vet and meeting friends for dinner and a movie!


So, even though I'm sitting here in the comfort of the house and listening to bird song outside, looking at the mountain view and enjoying the 62 degree weather ... that rabbit hole this morning gave me quite a workout!


I'll be starting the rest of the day in a few minutes and am wishing the rest of you smooth tunneling as you navigate your own rabbit holes this morning.

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Comment balloon 31 commentsMona Gersky • June 20 2017 12:03PM


Good morning Mona. No rabbit holes for me this morning, but have had those days! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 7 months ago

Mona, my rabbit hole this morning was my computer taking 45 minutes to update, and then thinking it wiped out my email. Ugh.

Posted by Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor (Atlanta Communities) 7 months ago

We all deal with our own little obstacles and hopefully don't get swallowed up by the rabbit holes.  Enjoy the rest of your day.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) 7 months ago

Photos and clipart are the number one thing that holds me back from writing, because of the rabbit hole, because of fear of copyright issues, because I'm bad at placement...I hope you have a good rest of the day Mona. -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - 7 months ago

Hi Mona - I had to laugh at this - looking for clip art, photos or graphics for a blog is something that can distract me completely for way too long.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) 7 months ago

Good afternoon Mona. I'm so glad you are back. I missed your sense of humor.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 7 months ago

Mona we all know about rabit hole days!  I too get distracted looking for just the 'right' photo to match the post. And I really laughed about the gender thing. I just joined a gym and met with a trainer last week. He sent me a pdf of my workout but it's all guys in the picture?  What????  Why can't they have women...makes no sense to me.  A very fun ready indeed today - thanks!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 7 months ago

Hi Mona

Oh my yes, there are those days, and sometimes it's later in the day, too. It's amazing how time can slip by.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 7 months ago

thanks for sharing...and reminding us of TIME>>....

Posted by Jay McHugh, YOUR SendOutCard Mentor (SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert) 7 months ago

Mona- oh how funny this is and relatable as well. I too can get lost in clip-art land as well. And then there's the Googling something that takes you to one page and then another. They should make life lines for those rabbit holes. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 7 months ago

People's reading are shallow. They look at the photos and trying to look at the illustrations. If they see a realtor falling into a rabbit hole they may want to know why. If you talk about lack of inflation in relation to 60 year economic theory like Janet Yellen is doing. People yawn and move to next link.....

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) 7 months ago

it's been a while since I've been in that rabbit hole.  However, I've had my own bucket of rocks.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 7 months ago

Mona Gersky, it is very easy to fall down the Active Rain rabbit hole and spend way more time than we should.  I have done that many times.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) 7 months ago

It's so easy these days to just take some original photos as I go along with my day. Then, when I need something, there is always something that goes with my blog. Clip art by someone else? They all look alike and are not interesting to me. Maybe others will disagree.

Posted by Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea 7 months ago

Curiouser and curiouser.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) 7 months ago

Just like Kasey & John Boles - the graphics slows me down!  I have several in draft now - just waiting on me to add the right graphics!  The writing is easy-peasy...the graphics, not so much!

I feel your pain often, Mona!  ;-)

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

Oh my, I find myself in rabbit holes as well. The other day I had a 9:30 call I had to make and I nearly missed it, as I was wrapped up in writing a blog and finding photos/etc. All of a sudden I realized I hadn't looked at the clock in a while and said, "OMG what TIME is it?" Luckily I had a few minutes left before I had to make that call. 

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, 7 months ago

LOL I can relate to this.  I was looking at stock photos yesterday and actually came across a woman contractor and was so (pleasantly) surprised.  This am, I went down a bit of a rabbit hole looking at a competitor's site.  I just jotted down my future "to do" tasks and blog topic ideas.

I find some of the rabbit holes very helpful; others are a big distraction.

BTW, black text is much easier to read vs brown or brick colored.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) 7 months ago

I love your graphic! I find going down the rabbit hole easy to do, especiallly if I am looking for photos. Or doing most any research for that matter. 

I am so sensitive of  male dominance in many areas, including photos, on TV, news, books, politics, boardrooms and to my surprise, even in art. Baby steps, I guess. 

Nice post!

Posted by Donna Quinlan, Keller Williams Real Estate Agent Career Consultan (Keller Williams Realty) 7 months ago

I love your graphic and you are so right easy to get lost and down the rabbit hole and not even notice the time slip away. I've been so busy lately my routine has changed..have to answer emails and watch my deadlines first..AR use to always be the first thing I did each day..have to be careful to handle the business I have through my blogging efforts!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 7 months ago

With tech, it's never been easier to fall into a rabbit hole. We have to increase our focus and keep our eyes on the prize.

Posted by Luke Acree, Making Agents Memorable (ReminderMedia) 7 months ago

So easy to get caught down the rabbit hole and sometimes hard to find your way out as well.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 7 months ago

I know Watership Down is about rabbits but I think "Down the Rabbit Hole" actually comes from Alice in Wonderland. I understand it to mean that you stumble upon something that opens your eyes to a whole new world you were never aware of.

Posted by Tim Maitski, Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal (Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage) 7 months ago



It's Free for the most part.  All you have to do is set up a free account, and look for Free content based on your subject search.

You can download the photo or clip art

The only hitch, is if you use their free platform, you have to acknowledge the owner in the post.  I usually do this in my post at the bottom

Go to one of my posts to see an example here:


Best of luck.





Posted by Wayne L. Brown (Broadview Mortgage) 7 months ago

 Thank you, Mona!   Fun post to read!!   Everyday I fall into that hole.   

Wayne L. Brown , thanks for the suggestion.   So easy when you know where to go.  

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) 7 months ago

Those rabbit holes come in all depths don't they!  This was a nice diversion to read to day.

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) 7 months ago

The rabbit hole you describe is one I fall into regularly! With all the photo editing I do I'm always in search of new photos to use. If you haven't already found Pixabay I recommend checking it out. Great free photo resource.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 7 months ago

Being your own boss in an always changing environment makes it so easy to get distracted from the task at hand. Working through your task list ..... look, there's a butterfly, grab the camera.

Posted by Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains! (Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!) 7 months ago

It is so easy to get lost in the rabbit hole! I have done that today quite a bit with a variety of items I am working on! Have a great day!

Posted by Karen Sackett, BizEBee Business Services (BizEBee Virtual Assistants LLC) 7 months ago

Dear Mona,

I can so relate to this. Keeping focus is sometimes hard, especially after interruption #11 in the past hour.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) 7 months ago

Thanks for using the rabbit hole analogy to make your point.

There is a time and a place for everything. Our task is to not camp out at the wrong time and place.


Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Jones & Co. Realty) 7 months ago