I've given up on ever getting a gold star

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors BK3216615

I've tried funny....blogs about my expanding butt, blogs about changing my name to something rude-ish sounding, blogs about why I enjoy getting to choose my clients.

I've tried analytical .... blogs about absorption rate and strategic ways that info can help buyers and sellers; blogs about what you need to have a successful short sale;

I've tried "local" posts.....video of local area; info on farmers market; school ratings, etc.

I haven't tried an "I'm new here" blog, because by the time I figured out, reading AR stuff, that this would most likely generate "star love", I wasn't "new" so much as "new-ER", and my guilt complex kicked in and I figured it would be a total sham to post one....so I missed that opportunity.

And frankly?  I'm out of ideas. 

And that makes me sad.

Very, very sad.

My dying wish is to get a star here on AR, but it doesn't look like it's ever going to happen. Not in my lifetime, anyway.

Not that I'm dying, mind you.  Not that I know of anyway.

But  I COULD.  I mean, isn't Florida like the lightning capital of the world?  People are croaking here all the time.

Or I could get hit by a bus. Or attacked by a rabid armadillo.

And then my children would have to bear the shame of having a star-less mother on AR.

And then how will you people feel?

Seriously.  Think about it.  Think long and hard about what your lack of clicking on the flaggy thing has wrought on my children.  And my husband.  My dog is darn sensitive, too.

Is this a shameless attempt at star-snatching?

You'd better believe it.  Because I love my children, and my husband, and my Yorkie-Poo Snickers THAT MUCH that I will reduce myself to such humiliation.

But I know it's not going to work.

Not in a million, gazillion years.

And that makes me sad.  Very, very sad.  For my husband. And my children. And my little dog too.

And also, it makes me very sad for America.


Yes it does.


Coleen DeGroff, MBA
Your Gainesville, Florida REALTOR
Gator Nation Relocation - Specializing in drama-free realty for the hassle-averse
Coldwell Banker M. M. Parrish, Realtors
Gainesville, FL
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Aren't you the chick on the comedy channel?  Yeah - it's gotta be you cause you are one crazy chick and I love it!  I must subscribe so I can enjoy more of your refreshing yet shamless post. Keep em coming....stars or no stars.  Baby you are a STAR!

Jul 05, 2009 06:50 AM #107
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

There is a flag thingy we're suppose to click on if we think a post should be featured? I don't know about this!

And lightening in Gainsville is pathetic. Don't you have hurricanes there? We have tornados in Oklahoma, so I'm needing more stars - I have a dog and husband too!

Congrats on your first star -- I suspect it's not your last!

Jul 05, 2009 07:40 AM #108
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Coleen. Your post is very amusing. Congratulations for getting the gold star! Aloha, Lana

Jul 05, 2009 07:58 AM #109
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

OMG. I am flabbergasted!!  I leave town for 2 days to recharge my batteries.....and as part of my recharging strategy I stay far far away from the computer and all things blogging....and I get home and ramp up my addiction within 2 minutes of hitting the couch....and I find THIS!!

Holy. Crap.

And Woo Hoo!!!

I am honored and touched for the recognition.....and I am NOT being a wiseacre about THAT!  Reading comments from bloggers I regularly read has me feeling humbled and inspired and, well, VISIBLE.

So thank you.  Thank you ALL!

I LOVE Active Rain!!  You people ROCK!!!!!

Blessings to you all .... and thanks again!!

Coleen :)


Jul 05, 2009 09:41 AM #110
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

WOW -- the squeaky wheel does get the grease.  I've never had a featue either.  I've read a lot of TRIPE . . . crappy posts that do.  Funny how the really sympathetic posts are the meanest -- I've never been a sucker for pandering for points!  And when I realize that some posts are written just to get the sob quota . . . something about preaching to the choir I guess -- I'm amazed at the dribble that gets 'featured.'  I glad to read I'm not the only one who has tried . . . but kudos to you!  The Feature god must be smiling down on you today!


Jul 05, 2009 10:49 AM #111
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Hi Carla -

Thanks, I think. And kudos to you by leaving me confused as to whether you're patting me on the back or kicking me in the butt!  :)

Jul 05, 2009 10:59 AM #112
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!


Have a great 4th, you will never forget this weekend I'll bet!

Jul 05, 2009 11:08 AM #113
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Coleen, even those who only blog for the sake of blogging (or so they say) secretly want those gold stars! Congrats for getting yours by being upfront about it! Wish I had thought of it!!!

Jul 05, 2009 01:04 PM #114
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas


for what it's worth, don't try to "get featured." I don't. I've got 24, but it's not like I have a goal with featured posts or anything. Content seems to be crucial, but the type of content is critical, I think. I dunno, I don't have a feature wand.

I'm subscribing to your blog because you sound neat. Have  a nice night.

Jul 05, 2009 01:20 PM #115
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Hi Greg -

Now that my dying wish has been fulfilled, I'll never (well, PROBABLY never) try to get featured again. But  the flowers and mariachi band and eternal adulation I received from my husband, kids, and dog as a result of my foot-stomping AR whinefest was TOTALLY worth it.

I'm tickled you've subscribed to my blog! You're one of my fave AR writers! And, let's face it....what's the chance a Big AR Kahuna like yourself would have even CONSIDERED subscribing to my blog if I didn't make such a spectacle of myself??

Let's face it.....Local content is a beautiful thing.  But, in a pinch, Melodrama works too!  :)

Jul 05, 2009 01:47 PM #116
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

What a funny blog.  I loved it.  I think I'll go read your other blogs.

Jul 05, 2009 02:21 PM #117
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Colleen, You have a great sense of humor.  I'm sure you'll be featured again.  My first post on AR was featured, so I thought it was a piece of cake.  It was a year and many posts later before I got featured again.  We all have to get more active about flagging posts for features.  I've definitely been doing my part lately and reading posts by people I don't know.  I look at the most recent posts and I'll flag one if I think it should be featured.

Jul 05, 2009 02:45 PM #118
Heather Fitzgerald
REALTY WORLD-Harbert Company, Inc. - Greenwood, IN
REALTOR Greenwood Indiana Real Estate

Congrats on the double feature!  Too funny about the mooning and could be featured.  :)

Jul 05, 2009 03:08 PM #119
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Is always darkest before the dawn !  Congrats !  The flood gates are open : )

Jul 05, 2009 11:58 PM #120
Linda Breeding
Keller Williams Realty - Pinehurst, NC

You got your star!! Congrats! Loved the post - very cute.

Jul 06, 2009 12:31 AM #121
Home Loan Search.Online
Home Loan Search Online - Newnan, GA

This is a great post. I hope your family and little dog are all doing well now. Congrats on the gold star!

Jul 06, 2009 01:17 AM #122
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Nope, I was all compliments . . . yours was funny.  It wasn't written to get featured, but just a ramble.  It was funny, and I'm glad you got your gold star! 

Jul 06, 2009 05:38 AM #123
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Carla - Thanks for clarifying!  As a woman who is currently being held hostage by her uterus, hormonal misunderstandings are pretty much my life right now.....so I was SO glad to hear you liked my blog!

Integrity - Thanks! Yes, hubby and kids and little dog are all doing MUCH better since I pitched my Star Fit.  :)  The things we won't do for our family....

Linda - Thanks! Glad you liked it.

Christopher and Stephanie - Yes it is! And my shiny new gold star definitely lit up the night!  Thanks!

Heather - Thanks!  Yup, I saw that "mooning" comment and I'll tell you what.....if I was to do that AR would DEFINITELY repossess my star.  It might be a different story with someone else's butt, though.  Just curious....what do you mean by double feature? 

Jul 06, 2009 11:31 AM #124
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Hi Gail - Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. See you in the Rain!  :)

Hi Barbara - Thanks! And thanks for reading my other stuff as well....it made me feel good that you said that.  :)

Lisa - Thanks. Subtlety has never been my specialty.  :)

Karen - Thanks for the good wishes, and for helping me out with my star cause!

And to everyone else who commented here and who I haven't thanked by name:  THANK YOU!  Truly.  If I could figure out how to scrolly the screen back and forward to grab everyone's names and put them here, I would....but it's beyond my computer skills.  But believe me when I tell you.....I've read every single one.....so THANK YOU (mostly) EVERYONE!!

Jul 06, 2009 11:40 AM #125
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Colleen, ah, the elusive Gold Star! I have written posts that I was sure were destined for the Star only to have them fizzle, then wake up in the morning to a gold star I had totally not counted on! Who knows what goes on in the minds of the AR star-makers? Congratuiations, now your children and husband don't have the disappointment of a 'star-less' mother/wife! :) lol


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