A Newbie Contest - Be different from the crowd - Spring into some SPRING fun!!!!

Reblogger Jennifer Monroe
Real Estate Agent with Savvy + Company Real Estate NC: 277197


Jump in here and spread the word to those you've encouraged to join ActiveRain! The deadline has been extended to May 17th, so the clock is ticking...


Original content by Jeff Belonger


UPDATE :  I am reblogging this again, because the original deadline was May 10th. Yet we only had 1 entry. The new deadline is May 17th.  This is the fourth contest for newbies that I have held and we always got more than 7 or 8 entries. I am semi confused, because we have a lot more new members than before. I wrote this blog a few days ago, Active Rain Success Stories   Connie Harvey made an excellent comment that I think could pertain to so many, especially those new on AR. Please read Connie's comment.

On another note, I even left this as a public post, hoping that many of you will reblog this so we can get more to enter into this contest.  Also, the contest rules say that you must be new and no more than 6 months on AR... and without a feature.  You still can't have a feature, but if you have been on here for less than a year, please join. I know one person that joined AR 9 months ago, but didn't start to blog until a month ago. This would make perfect sense... if you aren't sure, please contact me at jbelonger@ihmci.com    thanks, jeff


Here was my original post.

stand out from the crowdI believe that each and everyone of us is different from the next. Just as I have explained that not one borrower is the same as the next. And just for the fact that each one of us blog differently. Maybe you are very new to blogging and to Active Rain. Maybe you are just afraid to put your first step out there, afraid of what others might say or think.

Well, Active Rain allows all of us to accomplish not only being different, but that it's a great platform and community to practice this on. It's a place to learn from others if we aren't sure on how to blog. Sure, there have been some bloggers from day one when joining Active Rain, they were good at what they did within their blogs. For myself, I felt that it took about 6 months, to not only find my voice, but to feel comfortable and to be good at it.

Overall, here is your chance to stand out from the crowd and to have fun with it. Why not, what do you have to lose. 



Here is what I feel about Active Rain, about blogging, and what contests like this allow....

It's a chance for new members to show their talent. If anything, a chance to possibly find your blogging voice.

And keep in mind...The great thing about this community, in regards to AR, there are people willing to help you and help you grow.


we want you for this blogging contest


So, you are new to Active Rain and possibly very new to blogging. You are afraid to jump out there and expose yourself. Here is a chance to be yourself, just put something out there, and to get new business, referrals, and to make new friends.

Do you know that 80% of the consumers out there shop online when looking for a home, mortgage services, or possibly the services of a stagger. That these consumers come to the internet looking for information and hoping to be educated on certain services. Have you read the many success stories here on Active Rain, proving that blogging works? Check them out here : Active Rain Block Party

We Want You !!!!   With so many new ways in regards to technology, blogging has been a great way to market yourself and your business.  But how can I blog?  What can I write about?  What about my presentation or style of writing?  It takes time and for many of us, it didn't happen over night. You must be patient....  But what a great place to try and learn how to blog other than writing on Active Rain.



Within this contest, just be yourself. Judging will be based on original content and creativity. It won't be limited to just writing, meaning that you can use videos in your blog, graphics, and or pictures. It can be on anything that you want it to be, any topic. What we want is for you to capture our interest. And keep in mind, lay-out and readability is important also, just as staging a home.... presentation.

And think of this contest as a way to prime yourself for your what you do, if you are a realtor, loan officer, title clerk, appraiser, etc, etc.  Sheldon Neal just wrote about this the other day, What makes you different?  Stand out from the crowd?   This is perfect timing and a must read... and fits very well with the theme of this contest.



First prize will be awarded 1000 points and be Featured on ActiveRain and in the Active Rain Newbie group.

Second Prize will be awarded 750 points

Third Prize will be awarded 500 points

*200 additional points for all that enter this contest*



You can view the entries here.....  A Newbie Contest - Be diffierent from the crowd





1. Who is eligible? Anyone on this site less than 6 months (please read below about this ) and who has never had a feature. Yes, if you have been on here for less than 6 months, but have received a feature, you can't enter.  For some of you that don't know, a feature is that little Gold Star that you get at the bottom of your post and your blog is placed on the main page of Active Rain. Those blogs being featured in the AR groups don't count as an AR feature.  UPDATE :  even if you have been on here for a few months longer than 6 months, please read this comment :  Additon to the contest rules

2. Number of entrees per person will be limited to (2) and it must be completely original and authored by you. Any plagiarism found will be deleted and may be posted on Rich Jacobson's "wanted for plagiarism" post.

3. Submit your post to these 4 groups : A newbie contest - Be different than the crowd - 5/03/09, Dedicated Bloggers, Bloggers Choice Selections, Positive Attitude for the Weary Soul. The 5th & last group can be your group of choice.

4. Make sure that the title of your blog starts with "A newbie contest - Be different from the crowd".

5. You must include the following in your Tag words below : "A newbie contest - be different from the crowd". If you don't, you won't qualify.

6. DEADLINE for submitting entries is Sunday, May 17th at midnight.

7. Winners will be announced Tuesday, May 19th.

8. Only 200 points will be awarded per PERSON regardless of the number of entries submitted - with the exception of the Winners.

PS....  please, also link your entry in this post, in your comment......



Lastly, bribing the judges can and will be optional. But nothing under 2,000 rubles. Hence why the judges won't be mentioned until the contest ends at midnight on November 1st. Anyone wanting to judge, please e-mail me at jbelonger@ihmci.com



Here are the previous Newbie contests and contest winners :







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Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Jennifer... thanks for doing this.  Maybe post it in some of the groups also....  thanks

jeff belonger

May 13, 2009 01:22 AM #1
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Wow! I remember when I was a Newbie and met you (along with your sweetie and a several other great people here) and you got me started on this whole blogging thang. I hope this inspires newer folks to spread their wings and try it! Here is a nice slice of pie for you, no wait, how about a whole pie so you can share! It's almost Peach season here in Texas and I will be making more soon! Thanks for the inspiration! Russell Bakes a Peach Pie for Jennifer!

May 13, 2009 01:26 AM #2
Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte

Jeff... Done!

Russell... I still can't get that peach inspired salsa you make out of my mind. I LOVE everything peach - especially pie! Thanks for sweetening up my day :)

May 13, 2009 01:57 AM #3
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

I love my reblogging Jennifer;)

May 13, 2009 03:06 AM #4
Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte

I love My Supportive Jason even more!


May 13, 2009 03:39 AM #5
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Any contest to get the newbies involved is a good idea in my book.

May 14, 2009 02:41 AM #6
Shoshana Shay
St. Pete Realty - Treasure Island, FL

Jennifer, I came over here to take a look at your blog and thank you for your comment on my newbie blog, and lo, you are advertising the contest and giving an example of reblogging -- another great way to learn!  Thanks for your support and good luck in the Allentown summer :)

May 15, 2009 03:20 AM #7
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