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 New Location; Same Blog!
By: Darin "Sid" Cameron, CRS
Tue, Aug 31st, 2010 1:05 pm

When I began the rebuild of the website in late 2008, one of my goals was to eventually incorporate all of my old blogging platforms into one location within the main website so they would no longer be a series of "abandoned islands" that existed outside of the main site which few, if any, people were able to find or understand how to navigate.

After a year and a half of distractions, this project is finally becoming a reality as this is the first new posting of this location and I've begun the migration of the old posts!

So, please enjoy some of our older "Best of" articles while we migrate six years of "St Louis Real Estate Blog" postings from multiple locations to this new spot on the website!

However if it looks like nothing (or very little) is happening here, unfortunately this is a 100% manual process that requires me to cut and paste articles one at a time out of several different sites that have been this blog's home for these past six years.

At the same time, for every article I migrate I also have to create a forwarding webpage to replace each of the old blog postings so search engines know where to find the old content (and don't see it as duplicate content).

As you may guess, this is a very, very time consuming process.  So my goal is to just move one month's worth of postings every week until I'm done.

As I have about 70 months or so of postings to move, this is a process that will take a long while to complete!

But in the end I think it will be worth it- no more multiple locations of Wordpress that no one can find, no more articles stuck in my ill-fated, and long abandoned Moveable Type blog and I will finally be rid of the "less than Web 2.0 friendly" Greymatter blog that I used in 2004-2005.

To start with, I'm going to begin by moving those original blog posts from December 2004 which were also partially written by Kimberly.  At the time, she was still Kimberly Shallenberger (we were freshly engaged!) and I had yet to quit my "real" job at Okidata to join her in real estate.

These articles were written using a long-dead free blogging platform called "Greymatter".  Unfortunately Greymatter failed to keep up with the fast moving internet and I was forced to abandon it for something that could support RSS feeds.

As a result, this blog hasn't been a part of my website since 2007- so unless a posting just happened to turn up in an oddball Google search, this is content that hasn't been read in years!

However these posts are special to me as real estate blogging was a new art form in 2004 and we had no idea of what or how to do it- or for that matter WHY we were doing it!

But the work we put into writing these articles paid off- they literally generated our very first Internet lead in January of 2005.  I remember it well- it was a relocation client from the South Side of Chicago thinking about moving here for Ameren.  Kim was sick in bed with the flu when he called.

Hope you enjoy reading these old posts as much as I do!


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Darin "Sid" Cameron spent 15 years working in the technology industry which in 1998 relocated him to St. Louis. In 2004 he took over web development tasks for Kimberly's real estate team and later became the full-time Marketing and Operations Director in 2005. In 2011 Sid launched two brokerages, The Realty Store, Inc. and Realty Referral Partners, Inc, while continuing to perform marketing and operations for Kimberly's team. Sid holds a real estate broker's license in Missouri, CRS certification and was the first CyberStar in the St. Louis area.
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