Preaching to the Choir or Learning from the Masses?

Education & Training

Active Rain was my first attempt at blogging. Like most, I was novice writer with little confidence. Even with minuscule qualifications, I took refuge in knowing that the 13,000 others bloggers on Active Rain would accept me into their world.

Although a sea of real estate professionals who knew significantly more than I and could express it more eloquently, still an environment that welcomed this new little guppy into "the club".

I wrote about topics that were relevant to me and my business and surprisingly enough, relevant to others. Guided by comments and personal notes of encouragement, I became comfortable expressing my thoughts and eventually "finding my voice".

As the years have gone by, I still enjoying sharing my thoughts with my fellow Rainers. As I teach blogging classes and introduce Active Rain to these newbies, I'm frequently asked about "Why?" Why share industry related topics with other real estate professionals? Is it anything more than preaching to the choir?

At first, I tried to console them with the foundational basis of social media and transparency. That this was a world void of the "hard sell" and overflowing with all good things. However, my seemingly "Pollyanna" attitude, was not always believed. So, with that in mind, I came up with these 10 reasons why an Active Rain blog is a good place to be:

1) Warmth - Active Rain has always fostered a welcoming atmosphere of camaraderie.

2) Sharing - Writing a blog post is about you engaging others.

3) Education - Active Rain is unique in the depth of information shared. From product reviews to personal experienced, answers are honest and plentiful.

4) Common Ground - Shared industry, similar goals and the belief that we can all make the world (or at least our part of it) a better place to be.

5) Friendships - Real people, real life, real experiences.

6) Networking - 150,000 other real estate industry professionals - from trainers to home stagers, appraisers to marketing gurus, we all stand side by side forging on towards our goals.

7) Support - Through writing, commenting and sharing, Active Rain is at atmosphere of "What can I do for you?"

8) Competition - Through contests, not one-up-man-ship. While you can call it "preaching to the choir", wouldn't it be better to recognize this incredible opportunity to "learn from the masses"? Reinventing the wheel is a waste of time, when the tools and the car have already been provided.

9) Confidence - As time goes on, it becomes easier to share you story, easier to give advice and build real life relationships. Ultimately, the foundation shared on Active Rain gives way to the success of your real estate business.

10) Business - After all, isn't that why we're all here? Learning, creating, building, planning = success

Active Rain has been a diving board into my social media ocean. Merely the first step into a world of pro-active professionals who are just as interested in connecting with me as I am with them.

From all over the world, I have made connections. Real "live" people, with whom I never would have had the opportunity to "meet" without Active Rain. Industry leaders and professionals who have openly shared their knowledge and experiences, expecting nothing in return. But, then again, isn't that the premise on which social media is built?

I am a better person (both personally and professionally) for diving into the Active Rain waters. If you want to jump with me, I assure you the water is just fine.




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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Outstanding blog. I have printed your 10 reasons to read again. I'm now following you on Twitter, hoping for more of your great ideas.

Jul 07, 2009 02:10 AM #1
Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

Same here. With only one person being a $%^& along the way, I can say without a doubt, I love it. Hey 1 out of over 150,000 is great.

Jul 07, 2009 02:14 AM #2
Nick Bastian
Realty Executives - Tempe, AZ
Real Estate Agent - Tempe

Thankfully, your personality does come out in your writings and in your constant willingness to share with others. I feel fortunate to have met you on-line and to have taken that to a great "irl" friendship where I have learned so much. Thanks again for all you do for so many people using social media and for those who wanna-be able to use social media in their business.

Calie... You rock.. Justsayin"

Jul 07, 2009 02:24 AM #3
Calie Waterhouse
Chandler, AZ
Community Builder

Roy - Active Rain is a great place to be! So is the twitterverse... if you have any questions, just let me know.  :)

Terry - I'll take those odds any day.  Looks like you've been on A/R for a while.

Nick - Feeling is mutual.  Your friendship means the world to me :)

Jul 07, 2009 03:05 AM #4
Paul Slaybaugh
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate

11.  Free Pez


Jul 07, 2009 04:11 PM #5
Calie Waterhouse
Chandler, AZ
Community Builder

Free Pez?  I didn't get any pez! I can always expect a magnificantly penned response from you, Paul.  Thanks!

Jul 08, 2009 03:16 AM #6
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin


Great post. Good information. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

Apr 12, 2011 04:18 AM #7
Phil Hillerman
Crye-Leike Realtors® - Rogers, AR
Crye-Leike Realtors®

Good Morning Calie, Thanks for the post I hope you share some more soon!  Have a great fall season.

Oct 11, 2011 01:36 AM #8
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