190,000 Active Rainers, One by One by One...

Mortgage and Lending with SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) NMLS 223495

Summer blossoms in the desert: Mike in Tucson

One makes a difference!  Mike in Tucson190,000 Active Rainers!  That's where we'll be by next week.  That blows me away!  And we did it one by one.

One by one by one by one...  Just like that August field in the photo above, watered by summer rain and blanketed with sunshine.

Does one make a difference?

These are difficult times.  Difficulty can bend our focus inward, and that's not good. It's not how we're made to function in this life.  We're made for each other.

Discouragement makes me think small.  "I'm just one person, one blogger, one insignificant vote."

When I'm discouraged, I ask the wrong questions.  So do you.  We ask "What difference does it make if..."  You finish the sentence. 

  • ...if I don't reach out and comment today on someone's blog?
  • ...if I don't blog myself?
  • ...if I don't make that phone call?

The implied answer is that it makes no differenceAnd that's just wrong!


Shout it out loud!  Call someone up and tell them they made a difference today for you!  Don't email.  Connect!  Call your client.  Call your lender.  Call your REALTOR.  Call your boss.

Encouragement strengthens both the encourager and the person receiving the attention you provide in the moment.  Encouragement is the rain that makes beauty happen in your life and in your business.

190,000 Active Rain Bloggers

We're 190,000 strong, and Google notices

I got a phone call from a soldier in Iraq yesterday.  He found me on the internet, and he has a need I can fill.  That phone call wouldn't have happened if it weren't for YOU, blogging in the Rain, opening your petals to the sky and announcing "Here I Am!" 

For that, I thank you!  ...and you!  ...and you!  ...and you!  ...and you!  ...and you!  ...and you!


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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I am so happy that I found this place called ActiveRain.

Aug 25, 2010 05:49 AM #30
Lesley Wagstaff
Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC - Coquitlam, BC
For Real Estate and Mortgages

Great Post, Lovely pictures, and such a positive message.  Just what I needed, thank you.

Aug 25, 2010 06:27 AM #31
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida and Washington

Hi Mike. *This* is why I still love Active Rain.

Aug 25, 2010 06:35 AM #32
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Mike: That is pretty amazing. Now if we could just get more to actively participate! Take care.

Aug 25, 2010 06:42 AM #33
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC


Good post and an excellent reminder. I'm almost at 1,000 posts. Did it one by one by one....

Aug 25, 2010 07:07 AM #34
Dave Keys
MOVE UP in Google Search Learn How Here - Brea, CA
Chief Search Strategist Real Estate SEO Expert

Mike, what did you shoot this at? (camera stats) nice photo!

Aug 25, 2010 07:45 AM #35
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Beautiful post and only 29 more to hit 190,000.  Call someone up and tell them they made a difference today for you!  I just did..go check your messages.

 Thank you!


Aug 25, 2010 08:11 AM #36
Mike Russell
Mike Russell & Associates - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Kansas Real Estate

looks like we will have to do a 200k Contest? Can we do it before the end of the year? 

Aug 25, 2010 08:31 AM #37
Bruce Brockmeier
Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS® - Yorba Linda, CA
Coached By Crouch

Okay Mike,

I took your suggestion.  I picked up the phone and called another Rainer. 

He thanked me.  :)

Aug 25, 2010 10:04 AM #38
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Mike - a terrific idea. I just had a call from Bruce Brockmeier while I was out running errands - it brightened my day. While we have connected on-line, talking oin the phone (and making a pledge to get together since we are only a hour or so apart) made the day.

Off to do the same.


Aug 25, 2010 10:39 AM #39
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


Excellent point.  We all make a difference and one can be the tipping point, but you never know which one!  

All the best, Michelle

Aug 25, 2010 10:43 AM #40
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Wow!  I just logged in and see that I'm 40 messages behind the curve. 

Thank you all for your comments, and I'm encouraged that you're calling each other.  Margaret Rome, thanks for your call!  Michael Russell, set up the contest.  Dave the camera guy, the real answer is that I don't know.  I just have a point & shoot Lumix, and I use Picasa as my photo editor.  Terry, I'm waiting for you to hit 1,000!  Deanne, I'll see you tomorrow in Prescott at Rain Camp.  Cheron, today you're my favorite blogger!  Harry, you're going to bump me to #3 in AZ one of these days, and I don't mind, after the beating I'm taking from Tony & Suzanne! (LOL)  Karen, you're an encourager, and I appreciate you!  Lenn, thanks for the links.

...and to every single one of you, thanks from the bottom of my heart for reading and participating!

Mike in Tucson

Aug 25, 2010 11:04 AM #41
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Mike--gorgeous photo, as usual! I remember when AR celebrated 100k. Wow.

Aug 25, 2010 12:43 PM #42
Peter Pfann @ Fair Realty Victoria, BC, Canada. Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
Fair Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

Nice pictures, and we will be at 190,000 by tomorrow, by the looks of things.



Aug 25, 2010 01:53 PM #43
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks for calling me back. Get a good night's rest so you can enjoy RainCamp tomorrow.


Aug 25, 2010 02:14 PM #44
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

I'm guessing we're already there as Doug and Stephen have been at Tom Ferry, and I think there are two Rain Camps this week. 


It's true that calling can make a difference, and it's lovely that you're offering your photos to everyone.  They're always beautiful.

Aug 25, 2010 04:14 PM #45
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

WoW... That is a great number. Now who will be the 190,000th person here on Active Rain.

Aug 25, 2010 04:41 PM #46
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

...and we're at 190,054!  Good Morning, all!

Mike in Tucson

Aug 25, 2010 09:38 PM #47
Carrie Sampron
Home Smart Realty Group - Highlands Ranch, CO
ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R

Mike:  Love the update.  Go AR!

Aug 26, 2010 05:29 AM #48
Olga Diaz
Potter, Mng Broker, CRS, ASP, ePRO, ABR

Mike! That is awesome!  It's enjoyable to me to see the member number continue to charge ahead!  That's great news!  Have a nice weekend!

Oct 08, 2010 05:59 AM #49
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