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Ask An Ambassador: Wallflower or Participant
Welcome to ActiveRain!
Now what?
You have choices to make.
You can quietly lurk.  Learn how things work, figure out who the go to people are, the techniques, etc.  Find the tips about how to blog and be productive.
Or you can do a full gainer off the diving platform and go headfirst into participating and learn as you go.
For MOST Rainers, I suspect the wallflower approach is more common.  And every now and then I see some new members who would have been better off taking the wallflower approach!  In particular there seems to be a group of new members wanting to push the "I buy houses and you don't need a real estate agent to sell!!!" business model.  And that business model has its place, and IMO that place isn't this community.  Someone wanting to come into the Rain and push how worthless real estate agents are is about as welcome as a robber walking into a cop's bar.  Things aren't going to end well for the intruder.
And speaking of things ending well, another key choice every new member has to make is Rainer or Rainmaker.  Rainer is the free level of account, Rainmaker is paid, and there's a VERY BIG KEY DIFFERENCE.  ... more

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