Okay, I've been doing this ActiveRain thing for several months, now, and I've developed some routines. Let's share, because I could probably learn from YOUR ideas, and somebody might like mine. What do you think? Wanna play? I'll start with Associates and My Home:
Associates - I organized my Associates into Realtors, Lenders, Stagers, Title Companies, Home Inspectors, Vendors, Appraisers and Web Design/SEO, instead of letting them just fall into the default Associates. Now, when I add a new Associate, I just click on the appropriate box and add a comment - often as simple as "Georgia referrals" or maybe something like "REO expert".
If you receive a notice that I named you as an Associate, that was my invitation for you to play in the sandbox with me. I want you to be my friend. (I'll read your posts first when I sign in to Active Rain and, if you are a REALTOR, you're more likely to get a referral from me in your area than someone on my company roster, who I don't know.) If you don't want to play - i.e., you never reciprocate by commenting on my posts - I'll get the message eventually and delete you from my Associates, because I will want to add new people.
As far as I can tell, Associates are people YOU pick, and Associations are people who picked you. If anyone knows anything different, please correct me.
My Home - For several months, that log of comments on My Home just kept growing and growing and growing. But then I realized there was a better way to use it - as a "to-do" list.
When I see a notice that someone else commented on one of my blogs, I click on that comment and acknowledge any new comments for that post, provided there are at least three - and then DELETE notices about them on the My Home log. If there is "only" one new comment on a particular blog, I usually save it on My Home until there are more. As long as it is on My Home, I know this comment has not yet been acknowledged by me. If you have commented on one of my posts, and not yet been acknowledged, please know you are not forgotten!
As to the list of my own comments, I delete all past ones at the beginning of each new day. If I have time for ActiveRain on any given day, achieving the magic "10" is not usually an issue for me, since I try to reciprocate comments (i.e., if you comment on my blog, I'll try to comment on your blog), and I always read new posts by my Associates. These friends invevitably inspire new comments with their brilliance! You know who you are, so I won't make you blush by listing you here. However, if you are struggling to make ten comments in a day, the record of your comments on My Home might be a good way for you to keep count.
Okay, tag, you're it! I hope you will share your ActiveRain shortcuts or organizing routines in your comment so we can learn from each other. If you have already posted them as a blog, I invite you to put a link to that post in your comment.
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