I have spent the last year inching my way into Active Rain. I started by reading as many posts as possible, then moved on to contacting Brad Andersohn for a little hand holding as I navigated my first post. (Thanks, Brad!) Along the way, I have come to admire the knowledge and talent of so many creative individuals, some of whom are here in the D.C. area where I live.
I spent this morning as a vendor at a Re/Max Allegiance meeting in Springfield, VA. As I'm handing out information, and talking to the attendees about my company and Staging, I see a familiar face walking toward me. I'm thinking, "I KNOW HIM! I've read a zillion of his blogs." So what do I do? I proceed to act like a complete and utter idiot. I babbled, and stuttered, and said something along the lines of, "You're from Active Rain! You're Brian Block, OMG". There I was, all decked out in my professional best, proudly representing my company, and suddenly I turned back into a star struck 12 year old, complete with a resounding Oh My Gosh!!! Give me some big hair and braces and it would have been middle school all over again. Lord help me.
Brian was so very polite and didn't even seem put off by my bizarre behavior, for which I will be eternally grateful. The reason I chose to share my most embarrassing moment is that AR is such a valuable tool for sharing knowledge, insight, and a bit of ourselves that when we do have that opportunity to meet face to face, we feel like we know a lot about the person, not just the business.
So...should you ever come across a tongue tied AR admirer, just smile and nod, and consider it to be the very highest compliment.