A Birth, Blogging, & Business Trips~ My whirlwind life over the past week.

Real Estate Agent with Myrtle Beach Homes Blog

So in case anyone was wondering, where in the world have I been?  Well, the past 7 days have been nothing short of a whirlwind!  Last Friday I Blogging Class at #REBCRDUawoke at 4:30 in the morning for a last minute decision to head to REBar Camp Raleigh-Durham aka #REBCRDU.  I drove the quick 3 & a half hour drive and was instantly greeted by many of our wonderful members.  I got to enjoy a wonderful day Lori Bee, Daniel Rothamel aka The Real Estate Zebra, Kathy Carson, Thom Abbott, C-Tann Starr, Lane Bailey Debe Maxwell & so many others. 

David Patterson did a great job opening up the event & gave ActiveRain some major props.  As the event began, in true Barcamp Fashion, I was asked to participate in a Blogging 101 Session. It was great to share about all the wonderful features of ActiveRain as well as how a blog can be used to increase your business.  I had a great partner for this Fall Colors along I-95session in our very own Debe Maxwell.  There were about 125-150 in our class with standing room only.  

Then, on Monday I headed out of town for Washington, DC to speak to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the Mid-Atlantatic Region.  The drive up north was great and I really enjoyed traveling up I-95 and seeing all the fall colors of the trees lining the highway.  It reminded me of my days of living in Pennsylvania and traveling to the beach during the fall.  The vibrant colors of the leaves always put a smile on my face.  In fact, the hotel I stayed at had some wonderful colors right outside my window.

Tuesday morning I joined Victoria Baker & Darrin Friedman at an even that Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage hosted called Real Estate in the Round.  It was an event that had over 400 agents in attendance from all around the Baltimore/DC metro areas.  Once again, I was given the opportunity to share all about the benefits of ActiveRain and how this wonderful network can be used to increase your bottom line.

Closing Session at #CBROUNDThis was a great opportunity to meet many wonderful agents and introduce them to ActiveRain.  Many new members signed up that day and before long will be experiencing all the same types of success stories that so many of our members already have. 

On Tuesday Morning, I headed to Reston, VA for an opportunity to share my Blogging Basics 101 class in person with about 20 Coldwell Banker Agents.  I shared with them in person the tips to writing a successful blog to make it show up well in the search engines while having an appealing blog for consumers.  After we finished in Reston, VA we then drove to Columbia, MD and did the class again for another branch of their brokerage.  In total, over 20 new members signed up on Wednesday and are trying out ActiveRain as a new Rainmaker!

Driving in the Rain Makes trips take much longer!As if my week had not already been hectic enough, as I finished up my final class in Columbia, I received a call from my father & my wife.  In panic, I quickly excused myself from the classroom to see what was going on.  I was greeted on the phone with some really shocking news!  My father informed me that I was about to become an uncle again! 

My brother & sister-in-law that were expecting in December had made a visit to their Dr. that day and she made the decision that it was time to have the baby now!  So as I drove home on Thursday from the DC area, I was constantly informed with progress reports on the birth of my nephew.  Then around 4:30 I received the big news. 

My nephew Jace Gabriel was born at 4:12 PM.  He was 7lbs, 5oz and 20" long.  Both him and mom were healthy & doing great!  I was delighted to hear this news, so as I drove home from DC in the remnants of Hurricane Ida, I knew I would have to add a stop onto my already 9 hours of driving at the hospital and see the newest addition to the family.

Welcome to this world Jace Gabriel!I was glad that I did.  Here is a picture of him that I shot at about 5 hours old.  He is beautiful and wonderful.  It reminded me of the day my little girl was born and my life forever changed. 

So while in the last week and a half I have driven over 1,800 miles, spoke in front of almost 1,000 people, it was all definitely worth it!  The new friendships formed, the great knowledge I learned & also shared made each & ever minute spent valuable to me.  Not to mention the blessings of a growth in my family while gone! 

So in case you were wondering, I am still alive, I am still teaching the basics of blogging. I have been busier than ever while loving every moment.  Over the next few weeks I have several other brokerages & MLS's set up to speak about ActiveRain & the basics of blogging 101.

So, if you have a brokerage or MLS that you wish for me to teach the basics of blogging to, feel free to contact me and we can see what we can do to schedule something over the next few weeks. I'd love the opportunity to share about all the wonderful features of ActiveRain as well as the power of having a blog on the world's largest real estate network!


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Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com

Jenny- Yes, I did enjoy the time in the car, however it wasn't always quiet.  I actually did a one on one training session to get a new member set up & running while driving!

William-  Well dude, while I would love to get to Diego, you aren't kidding when you mention expensive!  I think the cheapest flights I ever found were like $500!  But, there still are ways my friend! We can schedule webinars whenever you wish & teach as many as you would like!  The classrooms can hold up to 1,000 now I believe!

Bonnie- I think when I got home my daughter had grown 2 inches while I was gone!

Katerina- I don't think I could handle 5 days in the car.  I would go absolutely nuts!

Rita- oh not much of anything...I thought about taking up knitting in all my spare time! LOL

Very Cool Jace!

Jane- Spare time?  What is that?  But like I said to Rita, maybe I'll take up knitting!

Dick & Dixie- I am not sure when the next barcamp will be in FL.  I know there was one in Miami a few months back.  While there may not be a barcamp coming, we can still do webinars for all your friends and teach them about ActiveRain & get them started in the right track.  Email me.

Paddy- I know right?  Maybe they think baby needs a new pair of shoes!

Don- I gave myself a headache just writing about my journeys!

Susie-  Let's make it happen!  I'd love to come speak to your MLS!  They wouldn't know what hit them!

David- Eleanor, Meredith, & gang did an awesome job!  I was so glad I got to be a part of the event!

Laura- Well I CAN teach them how to turn on the computer.  Let's set up a time to do some training for your agents!  What's the worst that could happen?  They listen & make some extra money? :)

Steve- LOL, I guess I wrote this post just for you then! hehehe

Lorraine & Loretta- when I wasn't on the phone doing work, I spent most of my time listening to Books on CD.  They engage me in the car & make the time fly by faster!

Missy- No, I didn't lose my place on Earth, just drove to the moon & back it seems.

Russell- a break?  What is that? LOL

Bill- I think the term whirlwind might be an understatement for the last week!

Amy- I would love to teach them.  Email  me & lets work on setting up a webinar for everyone in your area!

Frank- Scary as it sounds, I know you are telling the truth my friend!

Debe- I am more than ready for REBCCLT again!  It should be an awesome time! 

Lina- Thanks!

C-Tann- I loved hanging out with you too!

Barb- Tiring is an understatement!

Thanks Lyn!

Lori- My car didn't quite know how to act with hills...it is used to our rather flat terrain here at the beach!

Nov 16, 2009 02:17 AM #28
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

What an adorable little boy!  It was so nice to get to meet you at REBarCamp.

Nov 16, 2009 02:39 AM #29
Shane Calder
Cornerstone RE - Logan, UT
Logan Utah Real Estate

Hopefully things slow down just a bit during the Holidays for you.  My wife just had a little girl, and it definately opens your eyes to what's important.

Nov 16, 2009 02:56 AM #30
Nyssa Smith
Keller Williams Advantage Realty - State College, PA
REALTOR, State College Area Real Estate

Wow!  Beautiful baby!  And I love the name!  So cool!  And what a whirlwind few days you had!  I was out of breath just reading it!

Nov 16, 2009 03:00 AM #31
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

Wow!  You seem to be as busy as a REALTOR!  Congrats on the busy week.  Sounds like you have been productive.

Nov 16, 2009 04:16 AM #32
James Lyon
Vista Pacific Realty - Sacramento, CA

Man, you are getting it done, congrats and good work.

Nov 16, 2009 04:21 AM #33
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida and Washington

Hi Jeremy. I wish your team would come to Tampa. Or at least to Orlando LOL Congrats on the new addition to your family.  ~ Lana

Nov 16, 2009 05:14 AM #34
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

Congratulations, on all accounts!  I married into a Niece, so I don't know that feeling to get a call about being an Aunt... my brother needs to get on the ball!

Nov 16, 2009 06:57 AM #35
Renée Donohue
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com

What a crazy week for you!  Get ready to spoil!  I love teasing and spoiling my nieces!

Nov 16, 2009 07:22 AM #36
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

My, you have been a traveling man. Not a moment to spare in your schedule. Glad you had a great time and got back home safely. Congratulations to your family on that precious baby!

Nov 16, 2009 07:23 AM #37
Emily Lowe
The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty - Nashville, TN
Nashville TN Realtor

Congrats on becoming an uncle!  You had a busy week - get some rest!!!

Nov 16, 2009 08:58 AM #38
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Yikes that is a whirlwind week - best gift of all - the new baby nephew!  Congrats Jeremy!

I wonder what you're doing this week to top last week LOL

Nov 16, 2009 09:24 AM #39
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

That's a busy week for anyone! What's the baby's name?

Nov 16, 2009 10:14 AM #40
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Jeremy~ You wore me out just reading about it,LOL!  Congratulations on the new nephew.  There is nothing quite as special as a new baby!

Nov 16, 2009 12:14 PM #41
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

It was good seeing you in Raleigh.  You DID manage an exciting week. 

Nov 16, 2009 12:33 PM #42
Leslie Helm
Tennessee Recreational Properties - Jamestown, TN
Real Estate For Trail Riders

Hi, Jeremy. Sure seems that you've found your niche!

Nov 16, 2009 09:51 PM #43
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

It sounds like a bit of a crazy though wonderful week.  Congratulations on the new addition, and I'm sure that lots of people were happy to have you teaching them.

Nov 17, 2009 03:23 PM #44
Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker Long Grove - Buffalo Grove, IL
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes

Jeremy, you still had time to help my friend and new Active Rainer Noah Levy... I really appreciate it.  When are you coming to Chicago?   I have a few more buddies for you to teach...

You are the best!

Nov 18, 2009 01:21 AM #45
Victoria M Baker
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Reston, VA

Jeremy, it was absolutely awesome having you here in the DC Metro area. Your expertise is awesome. Smiles, Victoria

Nov 19, 2009 05:31 AM #46
Linda Lohman
Fonville Morisey Realty - Cary, NC
Former Teacher/Broker


Enjoyed meeting you at ReBarCampRDU, finally putting a real person with the blog.  I think your presence and conversations made some converts to Active Rain and blogging.  Thanks for coming!

Nov 21, 2009 01:25 AM #47
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