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As anyone on ActiveRain who's mildly paying attention knows, the 31 Days of May Blogging Challenge ended last night at the stroke of midnight. Most probably, the only ones paying attention were the 462 subscribers of the challenge. What a month it was... it seemed to go on forever. If you have never tried the blogging everyday challenge, I urge you to... so you can at least commiserate with some of the miserable contestants whining about what topic to blog about minutes away from the day's deadline. I certainly was miserable on some days... sorry, honey.
Since we didn't have a sales meeting Tuesday, I worked in my comfy home office in O'Fallon, Illinois. (Can I claim it as a home office if I blog in my own office desk? If I blog in my bathrobe and slippers? Would blogging for the challenge on AR be considered business?) But I digress, while typing the last entry to the challenge, I received a phone call from an unknown caller with a 434 area code. I'm not working with anybody out of state right now, but a lead from my super O'Fallon, Illinois Real Estate Blog on AR would be nice, wouldn't it?
I answered and the person on the other line said, "Hi, Yolanda this is Wallace from ActiveRain." There is only one Wallace that I know of, so it had to be Wallace Gibson, the Property Maven, Landlord Whisperer, and NASCAR enthusiast from my Silent Majority Group! I about fell off my office chair! I said, "really? Ha, ha. This is really Wallace?" "Yes, yes." "How are you Wallace?" I think I said that, but it was a blur to me. My jaw was still on my carpeted floor. I think she said something about an iPad or iPod or something like that, I was just so excited. LOL Anyway, it was such a pleasant surprise I'm still grinning as I'm writing this.
But the beautiful day wasn't over yet... so I went on to work on my post, window shopping for ClipArt since I didn't have pictures on my file that would work with my sentiment for the last post. Did I mention that the challenge ended yesterday? Did you know that there really are some cool pictures royalty free on the MS online? I used three images on the last entry for the challenge. Now where was I? After much fussing with the placement of the images, I posted. Success! It wasn't pear shaped nor did I lose the keys!
There's an ending to this story, I promise... around 7:20 PM, here comes a call from the 410 area code. I get telemarketers and real estate lead generators around this time because they know it's around dinner time. LOL Well, what do you know, the caller said, "Hello, this is Margaret Rome from ActiveRain." "You're kidding, really?" I said. Pinch me now, this can't be THE Margaret Rome of Home Rome Realty, Realtor Magazine's Open House Master, and one of the celebrities on ActiveRain Margaret Rome?
If I had two jaws, they'd both be on my floor yesterday. Margaret must have thought I was unbalanced because I was just so excited and mumbled during the conversation. She encouraged me to keep on blogging every day even though the challenge has ended, and she said other wonderful things, but I was just flabbergasted, in a great way, during the call. Then my husband came home and gave me the steely look, (no, not the come hither look) that it was late and we should have dinner soon. Oh, the pain... with that, I had to beg off and mumble something about hubby being home to Margaret.
How cool is that to be called by two ActiveRain members on the same day, who took time off from their busy schedules to reach out? Thank you Wallace, thank you Margaret, for shining on me!
Author Bio: Yolanda earned her business degree in marketing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is a licensed real estate broker and Realtor, helping home buyers and home sellers in Southwestern Illinois since 2004.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.