First of All Gather Together all the Necessary Ingredients:
1- Terrific Italian Style Restauraunt In Oak Brook, Illinois...just outside of Chicago
25 or so - Active Rain Bloggers from: Iowa, Michigan, Indiana & Illiniois...Yeah Midwest!!!
2- Special Active Rain Founders: Matt & Lydia Heaton
2- Great Organizers & Hosts: Craig Schiller & Eileen Landau
Tons- of Warm Smiles and Great Conversation
MIX TOGETHER WITH LOTS OF FUN and Voila...
You Have what we experienced in Chicago Today!
This was a wonderful opportunity to meet people and get to know them in real life...fleshing out the blogging experience so to speak. Maggianos Restaurant in Oak Brook, Illinois provided a warmly intimate setting for this Midwest Connection of the Active Rain Celebration.
Lydia Heaton, hostess extraordinaire arrived with name tags & the birthday cake! She even sent us home with extra food!
Inquiring minds enjoyed talking to Matt to see if we could get revelations for the future! Zillow blogger & Representative, Sara Bonert also fielded many questions. It was good to be able to talk to Sara about some of the innovations Zillow is continuing to work on.
I met Justyna, a real estate agent from the Chicago area and also Laurie Dunnmire,a Realtor and stager. Lucky Lang talked about the incredible MEME blog that he put together. Enjoyed meeting Julie Firenzi (Project Blogger) & her husband. Craig Schiller (Stager & Founder of Stage if Forward) stimulated my mind and imagination. As much as I enjoy his blogs...it was great to share ideas in person. It was also a lot of fun to talk with Eileen Landau. Time flew by very quickly!
Today, was a wonderful demonstration of what makes the Active Rain experience so empowering.
I express special thanks my husband, Clement who drove 3 hours to this gathering and made it possible for me to attend. Several other spouses also showed up to support their Blogging Partners!
Conversation naturally turned towards the real estate industry as everyone compared notes. More than once, blogs that had been written were referred to.
TO COMPLETE THE RECIPE...
BAKE FOR 12 MONTHS, COOL DOWN & LOOK at the MIX AGAIN....
According to Matt Heaton he predicts:
Active Rain will continue to grow at it's current steady rate and have a total of 100,000 MEMBERS in a Year!
GROUPS to be increasingly important in maintaining Community!
Happy Birthday Active Rain and May You ENJOY many, many more! Thank You for providing a Generous Platform to share and to grow professionally.
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Links to other posts about the Chicago Active Rain B-Day Celebration...
Active Rain Birthday Party Chicago Style...by Lucky Lang
How Does Active Rain Make Money? Chicago Wanted Answers...by Craig Schiller
Happy Birthday Active Rain...by Eileen Landau
Thank You Active Rain for the Chicago Birthday Party...by Sara Bonert