ActiveRain Success Story: The Times They Are A Changin'

Real Estate Agent with Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME

Time For ChangePreviously, on ActiveRain...

I wish I had thrown a date in the ActiveRain Success Story (quoted below) that I wrote.  It seems like I wrote it about fifty years ago (I haven't even been alive that long, despite what you may think), but I'm guessing it was somewhere around a year ago, maybe more.  My time at ActiveRain has been fruitful; bringing me clients, friends, and contact with all sorts of influential people in the real estate industry.  It's garnered me recognition, both as a Realtor® and a blogger/tech-geek.  It's made me money and cost me nothing (other than a few sleepless nights when I just had to get an idea written out).  I have to repeat myself - it's been great.

My time on ActiveRain has been great.  I started here with the intention of "cutting my blogging teeth" so to speak and its done wonders for me.  I've been able to learn what I like and don't like in blogs and find my style as I write more and more.  Its opened up networking opportunities (my referral network reaches far and wide now), taught me a thing or two that I didn't know, and allowed me to make friends with people I might not otherwise know.  I've learned more than I can imagine right here on these pages - from technology to changes in the laws affecting real estate to negotiating tips to staging advice to new products.  It's like a giant online classroom - with a sense of fun and humor to it as well.  Many people might gauge their success on ActiveRain in dollars and cents, but I gauge it in what its done for me...the dollars and cents will follow.  I look forward to reading this in a year's time and seeing what I have to say about it then.

But times do change...

Through my time here on ActiveRain, real estate has changed and so have I.  You've probably changed a bit to since we first met.  We all do.  Time brings about change, no matter how much we try to stop it.  I blog a little less here at ActiveRain now and my focus has shifted a bit from being all about local real estate to covering much broader topics and focusing a bit more on giving back of my experiences and thoughts.  I spend more time here talking about the real estate industry and ideas about how to do this or that.  I guess in a way, I've moved into a more educational role here at ActiveRain, but instead of educating buyers and sellers (I do plenty of that at I tend to focus on the people around me, the members of ActiveRain and other real estate bloggers.  One of the facts you may not know about me is that I once wanted to be a teacher - I have a strong desire to help others through education and the sharing of knowledge.

So with that said, I write my next ActiveRain Success Story...

As an ActiveRain Ambassador, I've been given the opportunity to talk to many new (and not so new) members and share my tech-geekiness and love of real estate technology/blogging with many of them.  I've been able to connect with consumers (and generate business), expand my referral network, and speak with many influential people in the real estate industry.  As my recognition as a Realtor® and blogger has grown, I have been able to share my experiences and knowledge with the ActiveRain network - helping them as they once helped me.  My success comes in many flavors, but it has recently shifted into the education side of real estate, something I had an interest in, and ActiveRain has allowed me to expand that side of things.  As I continue to blog here at ActiveRain, you can expect to see much more information geared towards expanding the community's use and understanding of many of the tools and technology that we have access to.

So, who thought I was leaving after they read the first few lines of this post?

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Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Matt. I don't think anyone can spend time on Active Rain and not be changed. Especially in the way they handle their business. This place is a wealth of knowledge. I love it!!

Dec 04, 2010 08:10 AM #1
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

You are a great teacher Matt! I certianly appreciate the stuff you have helped me with!

Dec 04, 2010 08:14 AM #2
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Matt activerain is a paridise of knowledge.. Money is not everything..but it sure helps

You leave AR Never !!!


Dec 04, 2010 11:14 AM #3
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Ok Matt, I thought you were leaving......I was ready to call you untile I read the end.  Thank you for being such a great blogger here in Active rain.  I'm heading to Houston for Raincamp tomorrow and hope it will help be get back to writing.

Dec 04, 2010 01:59 PM #4
Matt Stigliano
Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME - San Antonio, TX

Broker Bryant - Hey!  A comment from you!  You've stepped outside your blog!  Haha.  As one of the many sources of knowlege, Bryant, you should know that you're one of my inspirations as I shift my focus a bit on my ActiveRain blog.  You've always been the giving type in your blogging and that's what I'm after - for me, ActiveRain and AgentGenius were my classrooms.  I learned more at those two places than in any of my brick and mortar classrooms.  More important than learning facts and figures, was that I was challenged to think.  Everyday, I see a new perspective or a thought I may not necessarily agree with that pushes me to widen my concepts of real estate and the issues we deal with everyday.  That to me is where the real value is.

Sussie - Consider youself one of the inspirations for the shift.  It's been happening for some time, but our recent conversations about how to do this or that, really made me realize my value as a teacher.  I have learned a lot and it's time to share some of that.  So thank you for asking questions.

Hannah - Money isn't everything, but I sure do like it.  Haha.  Me leave ActiveRain?  I suppose I'll be on my death bed tapping out my last few words publicly.

Kay - Have a great time in Houston.  I wish it was a little closer.  San Antonio is the forgotten city of Texas (despite being the 7th largest city in the US).  ActiveRain will get here someday I'm sure.  They better (yes Bob, that is a threat).  It's nice to hear that you were ready to pick up the phone to save me from leaving!

Dec 05, 2010 12:34 AM #5
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

I am a fan of Agent Genius too; I follow you because you have proven to be a good reliable source of information I can use.  Hope to see you post often!

Cindy in Indy

Dec 05, 2010 03:17 AM #6
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