Pick Three Gold Stars Challenge

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post update - 4/3/11
Well, the 2 week challenge is now over. Thank you all for joining the group and to those who joined the challenge! We had 44 entries and 91 different persons selected.

You can see the Gold Stars - Your Selections post to see a big “wall of faces” of those who got gold stars. AR was offline all day yesterday for some (including me) - so I’m a day behind in the drawing to pick the winning recipient of my one-on-one consulting time. I plan to do this later today... stay tuned -craig-

We’ve got our new group (gold stars) launched and we’re off to a great start! 30 Members so far and 23 posts! Now we need a little kick-start challenge to get this group into gear...

How about this - let’s pretend the AR system went all out of whack and deleted the list of all the persons that you had previously subscribed to.

Who would be the first three persons that you’d add back into your list?

These would be blogging rock-stars... regular in their posting, helpful, intelligent, witty, humorous, down to earth, or ANY characteristics that strikes your fancy!

Simple rules for this challenge, I’d like you to add their photo, brief description of their blog, and a link to ONE recent post that exemplifies why you like their blog. I know it’s hard to pick ONLY three (I’m subscribed to 162 so far, AND every one on that list earned the "subscribe to" click). The last rule, you must post to the Gold Stars group with the title Pick Three Gold Stars Challenge. (APPENDED note: put a link back to this post so people can come here to learn about the challenge and join it too) The challenge ends in two weeks Friday April 1st (midnight pacific). I'll pick randomly from all entries one person that I'll offer my blog coaching services via one hour phone call/remote session - spruce up your signature, header, background, profile, graphics, fonts, whatever you want to focus on in an hour's time.

and... I know you don’t want to offend anyone by not picking them, but you can blame me - say “Craig’s rules said...” and if you absolutely must, you can call a tie and list FOUR, but NO more! :)

To get the challenge started, here are my three picks, in no particular order:

Alan May

alan may
witty, humorous, informative
I’m nearing 100 posts and Alan has passed the 100 FEATURED posts milestone (that should tell you something!)

here’s a post where Alan outlines

Charles Buell
charles buellCharlie is a great storyteller and I also love the subject matter, home inspections

Here is a recent post - day in life of an inspector

J Philip Faranda
J Philip Faranda
relevant, witty, informative, local to me...

Phil wrote this post recently, love it...

Phil posts very often also and always enjoy when he pops up in the new posts list! :)


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Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Marilyn - thanks for your entry - well done!

Ernie - thanks for a shout out even in comment form! - btw you wouldn't be in my "classroom" post without me helping - here's a how to insert links video demo by Jeremy Blanton

Jerry - great job, thanks

Sondra - looking forward to it

Charlie - you are such a creative fella, any wonder why I picked YOU

Carla - it is a tough challenge, people are doing a terrific job and every one of us wanted to list more and more and more but couldn't - but challenge soon over but the GROUP wants more followup posts to continue on and on - thanks!

Mar 22, 2011 02:00 PM #50
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Craig  After 4 years on AR I am sure I could come up with a super list - I'm not sure where to begin

Mar 22, 2011 02:50 PM #51
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Craig - Thanks for thinking this up!

Here's my post:

Three Gold Stars in My Universe

Mar 22, 2011 07:00 PM #52
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
Good morning Craig, You are awesome, always coming up with great ideas! This sounds like fun..there is no way to only pick three but if every month we can feature three this isdoable. I'm off to find time to get a post completed with my three picks!!
Mar 23, 2011 07:36 AM #53
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Craig.........Here's My Four!


Mar 24, 2011 04:21 PM #54
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Hi Craig,

How exciting.  I love this, except you are right, it will be very difficult to choose only four.  I already have 6 in my head!

Mar 25, 2011 07:26 AM #55
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677


That was harder than I thought.  I actually thought I was picking 4, finished, and realized I only got to pick 3!! Than I had to delete you!  Ha ha, thanks for the challenge. Here is my link back.

Mar 25, 2011 08:07 AM #56
Kenneth Cole
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com... - Staten Island, NY
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

Hmmm. I need to put some thought into that. There are so many great ones here.

Mar 25, 2011 03:15 PM #58
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Craig -

I wrote mine and never posted it because so many people have contributed to my happiness and success on AR - couldn't limit it to three.  Well, Alan May has a great idea - multiple entries.

So - now - I will feel secure sending my post because the "rules" have been stretched already by Alan.

Reject or accept at will!  Don't worry - even if you "reject and eject" my post, I will still be happy to follow your posts! 

Have a happy day -


Mar 25, 2011 11:12 PM #59
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Karen - I hope we get to view your super list :)

Judy - thanks

Dorie - today we got to see your post - thanks!

Rob - got it, thanks

Cindy - oh well, honorable mention is cool!

Ken - got it!

Ellie - {insert jeopardy theme song} look forward to the results :)

Lynn - what me with a trigger finger, never! ;)

Mar 26, 2011 05:26 PM #60
Stacey Smith
Coldwell Banker - Aliso Viejo, CA
Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor
This is a great challenge.. I can't believe I am hearing about it now.. I have to think about this one I have a lot of favorites!! Alright... Away I go to pass my three gold stars.
Mar 29, 2011 01:12 AM #61
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL
Craig, this is a fun challenge and a REAL challenge because after almost 4 years, limiting it to 3 is, well, almost impossible - a happy dilemma :) Sharon
Mar 29, 2011 11:00 PM #62
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Stacey - very glad to see now your post is up in the group, thx!

Sharon - give us a really good three and then feel free to followup to add more whenever you want (our group will be watching! ;)

Mar 30, 2011 02:47 PM #63
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

I think this is an impossible task!  I will need to really think about this.

Mar 30, 2011 08:10 PM #64
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Only three, Craig? Not impossible, but a rough one for sure. I'll be back with my three by Friday. Gotta give it some thought....

Mar 30, 2011 08:53 PM #65
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

What a great idea!   I'll have to put my thinking cap on, after being here for 3-4 years.   Hmmmmmm

Mar 31, 2011 09:16 AM #66
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Stacey - if you check my results post, you'll see the ones picked already, maybe it is easier if you choose some from your list and you can say that you chose ones that hadn't already been mentioned

William - thanks - hope to see your post by friday and then as often as you want similarly to keep our GROUP an interesting place to visit

Dagny - so glad to see you here on my blog, are you going to raincamp AC?

Mar 31, 2011 11:01 AM #67
John Pusa
Pacific Realty - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Craig - It is not easy to pick the gold stars from my subscription list. I will try it. Thanks for the information.

Apr 01, 2011 12:16 AM #68
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Craig ~ this has been a fun challenge.  In reading the other posts, I was able to meet and subscribe to their blogs!

Here are my 3 gold stars.

Apr 01, 2011 06:11 PM #69
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