California (part 1), Are YOU on a quest to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Get Recognized?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield

With California having so many members I thought that just having 7 new members recognized would not give credit to the state with the most members.  So, I made an executive decision to do a two part post with 7 new members in each post.  I went thru over 400 pages of members to find these folks so I hope you will stop in and say hello.

This post is a result of two posts by my friend Richard Weisser down in Georgia.  The first post was "How do you expect to get drenched in the rain if you don't even want to get your feet wet?" dated 5/21/09 in which he offers 6 suggestions to those of us here in Active Rain.  In addition he also offers his personal guarantee "So, for those of you that want to succeed at blogging, I offer you this challenge. Before you throw in the towel, write at least one hundred quality posts before you make your value assessment. It takes that long to develop the correct skills and disciplines and also to create a body of content large enough to have a significant SEO impact on your business.  Now that is some guarantee wouldn't you say?  Richard then follows that post with another post titled "Achieving national celebrity status as a result of ActiveRain blogging becomes a reality! (of sorts)" where he talks about a recent interview with Realtor Magazine on line where he was interviewed about blogging for business.  So, IMHO, Richard is not only a celeb but one that knows where of he speaks.

With the numerous posts talking to newbie's here in Active Rain on how to be a success in their blogging venture to improve their visibility to the public I am setting out on a quest.  I am not going to suggest things to newbie's or those that are less active on AR; I am on a search for some of these folks for introduction to our AR family.  Here is my 2 step plan:

  1. Go on a state by state search and post between 5 and 7 people each Saturday
  2. Then you the MEMBERSHIP will be able to see and encourage them by responding to their most recent post

The end result will be, hopefully, an increase in activity with more members becoming visible.  Now there is a really BIG problem with this plan.  I will not be able, my rule, to suggest those that have not done a post or even posted their picture to their profile.  You see there won't be any secret agents, lenders, stagers, inspectors, etc. shown.  Sorry, if you want to be considered I need to see who you are, sorta like your picture on your business card.

California has a total of 21868, this represents the largest number of AR members in a single state as of this morning.  I would say that with that many members Jeff Dowler #1 and Jeff Turner #2 could have some competition coming up behind them.  So, say hello to:

Vinny ManguyenVinny (Cousin) Manguyen with Century 21 LandMark Excellence in Oakland, CA.

Vinny did his first post in April and was asking a question about REO related stories.  He was/is trying to collect stories to share with other in the profession.  I am sure that we have a few folks around the table that may have at least one story to share with him.  Drop by and share.

Judith LeslieJudith Leslie with Fredyt123 in West Adams, CA.

Judith's first post asked a very simple question....."Where do I Start"?  This was written back in March, I'm sure that we have at least 5 peeps that would like to stop by and offer a suggestion.

Lon MapesLon Mapes with LDM Commercial in Redlands, CA.

Lon wrote his firs and only post in February and may need some more encouragement to do some more writing for our benefit.  I am sure that there are some commercial agents or investors out there that may be interested in the California market.  Say hello to Lon Mapes.

Alice ZeisslerAlice Zeissler with C-21 Jefferies Lyndon in Chico, CA.

Based on her first post I'm thinking she could be overly connected.  Someone needs to help her get a little bit organized!!!!

Michael KitadaMichael Kitada with Michael Kitada Photography in Placentia, CA.

Check out the pictures in Michael's first post.  I am thinking that he has a lot to offer and should be more active.  This may be accomplished with a little bit of prodding from some of our photography buffs here in the rain.

Elena CorralElena Corral with Prudential California Realty in Beverly Hills, CA.

Elena, in her first post, was wondering if they were near the bottom in Los Angeles.  This is a question that a bunch of us are asking or are being asked by our clients and customers.  Gosh, they aren't so different out in California are they?

Stephanie LotwisStephanie Lotwis with Keller Williams Realty in Westlake Village, CA.

White roofs?  Will they really make for a cleaner environment? Gee, I don't know but maybe a really good discussion could come up with Stephanie in the conversation.  Who knows she may have something else to offer to the community known as Active Rain.  Drop in and strike up a conversation.

Please stop by and encourage these guys and gals and let's see if we can improve some of the participation.  Thanks for stopping in.

If you are looking for a very simple way to move up in your standings for the state that you live in, here are two small suggestions:

  1. Make one comment on someone's blog post.....Just pick one of the Featured Posts and read it then comment on what you read and
  2. Complete your profile and then if you are looking for other suggestions
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Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
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Thanks Gary,

It is a large task!  I have been working on this post since last Friday and I have finally found 14 new members with just the two qualifications above.  Part two is coming later this morning.

Jun 26, 2009 10:45 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Christine,

The one problem is getting them to engage.  Happen to have any ideas?

Jun 26, 2009 10:49 PM #8
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good morning Richard,

If I told you that I went thru over 400 pages of members to get what I have now.  I found myself rooting for every newbie that I clicked on after awhile.  :-))  One could almost go on a rant but I choose not to, maybe another helpful post later on.

Jun 26, 2009 10:52 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Connie,

I wish I had an answer to your question.  I am commenting too and have found the same issue.  I have also given them the link to the post that I did earlier this week offering suggestions and still nothing.  But I am going to keep going and hope.

BTW, thanks for the follow on this post.

Jun 26, 2009 10:55 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Excellant post - will watch for part 2

Jun 27, 2009 12:13 AM #11
Rainer
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Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Morning My Friend....you are really amazing, no wonder we love you.  I did my small part and connected with 2 of these members.  What would they we do without you :-)

Jun 27, 2009 12:16 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Thank you Michael for stopping in this morning.  I will have part 2 up later this morning.

Jun 27, 2009 12:29 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Gail,

I am not to sure what they you would do without me, I've never really stopped to think about that.  LOL

You are too kind ma'am and I do appreciate you stopping in and being an encouragement to me.

Jun 27, 2009 12:31 AM #14
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have said this before about your quest, so many people who started out blogging on Active Rain in Oklahoma have quit. Like you suggested, I have been going into our state and trying to comment on post, but at least on the first few pages, maybe a handful blog. I think my next quest is to find newer members who have blogged but maybe have been inconsistent. Is that how you are approaching this?

Jun 27, 2009 12:40 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Great question Joe,

I actually start at the very last page of members in a state, this is where the newer members will be.  Or at least those that have just signed up and that is it.  I then work my way forward looking for those that have at least placed their picture and placed a post into their blog.  You will find that there will be some that place a post a year or so back, I discount them because I do not know  if they are still in the business.

My objective right now is to find someone that has posted since January, I then will comment on their post and try to encourage them to participate more.

I hope this helps and thank you for joining in on my quest, it is much appreciated.

Jun 27, 2009 12:59 AM #16
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Bill Carmichael

This is a great way to encourage other agents ...... nice going.

I'm looking for that pot of gold and think I might have found it.  Waiting to shift officially after getting more feedback on this new group.  Not sure where to post?

Keep the encouragement coming!

Bill C (ConnectRealty.com #2114 - 5% earned each referred agents deals)

Jun 27, 2009 01:47 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good afternoon Bill C.,

Thanks for the visit and the kind words.  Start posting here in AR and then decide which group or groups you would like to become a member of.  Good luck sir on your new adventure.

Jun 27, 2009 04:32 AM #18
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Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker

Bill,

This is a very good idea. But, I'm from Ontario, Canada, not Ontario, California.

However, we'd all like to trade in our weather for yours!

Brian

Jun 27, 2009 04:53 AM #19
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Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

You are definitely an Active Rain ambassador.  I wish I had your time.  Who knows maybe one day.

Jun 27, 2009 05:11 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good afternoon Brian,

I would give you some of our weather right now for some of your cool weather.  And if you're not careful I will be coming up to your area of the globe after I finish the states.

Jun 27, 2009 07:34 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Russ,

The time comes in between business times.  Ambassador(?) I am not to sure about that just tryin to build participation and then we will all grow from the added information and insight from others.

Jun 27, 2009 07:39 AM #22
Rainmaker
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I don't think I have seen any of these folks my friend, I will have to check out their blogs my friend.

Jun 27, 2009 08:41 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

JL,

Nobody has/had commented on any of their posts.  I believe that I was the first.  Thanks for dropping in sir.

Jun 27, 2009 09:02 AM #24
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Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

ToulaRosebrock,com

Hi Don:

Congratulations on the feature...well deserved!

Your idea of this series is wonderful.

Jun 27, 2009 02:53 PM #25
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Toula,

Thank you ma'am.  Maybe we can get just one new member to climb up the ladder here in AR.

Jun 27, 2009 11:21 PM #26
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