Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend

avatarthumbnail.jpgHe’s been by my side since the very beginning, though he doesn’t look much like he did when we started four-plus years ago. More and more though, as 2009 approaches, he’s showing his age to degrees I can’t possibly ignore.

No, not Tobey. Though he’s getting grayer faster than me.

I mean my original real estate website, Dalton’s Arizona Homes.

This may sound odd these days, but when I started selling real estate back in 2004 the necessity of a website still was up for debate. My goal was to have a website to generate business, not just to point at occasionally and say “hey, I have a website.”

And for the first couple of years it worked just fine. Better than fine, actually.

That was back before the blogs started dominating my existence (my first near-tragic post on RealTown appeared just under three years ago.) And since that time, I’ve spent next to no time on the website that started everything … even as it remained fairly high on the search engines.

The time’s come for a makeover … which means I now have two sites to make over, and a full website to create in my “spare time.” Odds are, the information will make its way over to a WordPress site with a similar look as this and others of mine.

It’s a necessary change but not totally a happy one. Much time was invested re-working the code on that site until I had things the way I wanted them.

But that was then and this was no and there’s no going to back to then now.

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at

1 Comment

  • Maureen Francis 9 years ago


    You had me scared for a minute there.

    My site is retiring this month. The $70 bucks a month for nothing in return has become too much. I don’t think I will miss it. I will replace the content on the domain so I don’t lose the value of those indexed pages and the age url.

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