Returning comment for comment

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

My owner is a Marketing & Business Consultant in San DiegoI'm one of those weird people who makes a great effort to return comment for comment.

You comment here, I visit your place and comment.

It normally is an easy system.

I usually also get an email notification when a comment shows up in any blog post.

Lately, the ActiveRain system is not working so well. Many comment notifications are not showing up on my home page nor am I getting many of the email notifications.

I will endeavour to keep track when I answer comments in my posts, but if I miss you, please come back and let me know. Right now I'm visiting people who visited me on February 7, so I'm about 15 days out, but I will get to your place to visit, and if I don't, again, let me know.


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Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

Hey, Russel. You certainly are detail oriented. I need to learn from you. Thanks, Jim

Feb 23, 2010 03:15 AM #43
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

Russell - I bet you have a spreadsheet for EVERYTHING!!  How do you find the time?

Feb 23, 2010 03:19 AM #44
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Russel, I don't print them out but I do try to return comments as much as I can.  I'm almost hitting a 20,000 comment mark....which is some serious commenting :)

Feb 23, 2010 08:59 AM #45
Cynthia Bartch
Granville, OH

Oh man Russel, no sweat you don't have to return this comment just seeing your fuzzy closet organizer in the post is enough for me!

Feb 23, 2010 12:03 PM #46
Eric J
Eric J - Dream Home Financing - Freehold, NJ
Dream Home Financing

I didnt know the notifications were not working. thanks for the heads up

Feb 23, 2010 12:31 PM #47
Troy Pappas
Safe House Property Inspections - Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Home Inspector

Russel you truly are a machine. I don't know where you find the time, but I do like everything I learn from your posts.

Feb 23, 2010 01:22 PM #48
Eric J
Eric J - Dream Home Financing - Freehold, NJ
Dream Home Financing

He is a machine. The other day he posted what seemed to be every two hours all night long with a 4 hour break ( I assume sleep) before his next post later Sunday morning.

Feb 23, 2010 01:38 PM #49
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Russel, I'm experiencing the same same thing! I had a good system using my email but since all the comments aren't there, it has been tough.  I'm rather fanatical about it, so the missing notifications are really throwing me off!

Feb 23, 2010 02:05 PM #50
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Not sure where I heard/read it someone said the contact number has now slipped intot double it is "supposed to" take 12 times....we're on it !

Feb 23, 2010 10:04 PM #51
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hi Russel, I try to do the same. Sometimes it's hard to keep up as I have a list of folks I subscribe to and try to comment on as many of those as possible too. Like Mary - I used to rely on my email notifications, but that has been hit and miss lately.


Feb 24, 2010 02:50 AM #52
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Hi Russel,

I'm not getting comment notification either and I like to respond to all mine too. Would you know if someone going to do something about it? Of course, you won't know I made this comment so why am I asking? :)

Feb 24, 2010 04:28 AM #53
Cara Pearlman
Frankly Real Estate, Inc - Bethesda, MD
Realtor - ABR, SFR

I try to do the same! I commented on a post of yours and you just found me and commented on one of mine.  Thanks for the visit.

What ever system you are currently relying on is working. What is your AR Spreadsheet?

Feb 24, 2010 08:15 AM #54
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

that's happening to me also.....

Feb 24, 2010 09:15 AM #55
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Russel, you are a spreadsheet maven! That has to be how you handled the Nature & Marketing contest so masterfully :)

Feb 24, 2010 01:30 PM #56
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Jackie - Actually, I think probably 80% of the people here make a sincere effort to return comment for comment.

Hey, Lee and Pamela - Thanks for your kind words.

Hey, Liz - There are some blogs where I also like to camp out.... I think you know what I'm talking about.

Hey, Marilyn - I got those 34 email notifications before I ever got over here to see what was going on. I suspect it was those darn proxy errors again.

Hey, Brian - Thanks, but as long as people like you continue to have interesting blog posts, I'll continue visiting and commenting.

Hey, Rick - That's what I'm going to have to do, but it is somewhat cumbersome.

Hey, Jim and Maria - Maybe that is why this AR person finds AR to be such a cool place - -LOL.

Hey, Cynthia - I do. I find the time because my wise old grandmother taught me at the tender age of 11 that I would always have time to do to those things that I do first. So I have a spreadsheet that prioritizes my life for me. Of course, when my friends see all my spreadsheets, they laugh at me. But that's okay. They are laughing in jealousy.

Hey, Carole - I'm at 7,627 comments here, but if you add these comments to my home inspector profile comments, I'm at 18,944.

Hey, Cynthia - My fuzzy closet organizer gets up there once a month. The funny thing is that she sees the hangers as a platform on which to land. Doesn't always work.

Hey, Eric - Frankly, it seems that some things have broken down while the ActiveRain Staff has been out doing lots of Raincamps. Not sure if there is a true correlation, but there seems to be.

Hey, Troy - Excel spreadsheets are my key. I started out with Lotus 1-2-3 and then switched to Excel when Microsoft offered to give it to me free if I would give them my Lotus 1-2-3 disks, so I did. Microsoft was on a roll then, so I took their free products and bought their stock.

Hey, Eric - I'm a true catnapper. The longest I ever sleep is 3 hours normally, 4 hours if I'm really tired. That makes it difficult to go traveling because I don't know what there is to do in another city at three or four in the morning.

Hey, Mary - I gave up on the email notification system back in December 2008 when there was a serious breakdown in notifications. We would get no notifications at all for a couple of days, and then 300 email notifications would show up within minutes of each other. I had to find a better system. As with many things in life, depending on third parties can play havoc with one's own life and business.

Hey, Sally and David - Guerrilla Marketers learn that it takes 21 times. The key is to speed up the process or short-circuit it.

Hey, Debi - I never got into the subscription thing mainly because I've been returning comment for comment since day one.

Hey, Toni  - Usually when these things happen it means that they are adding new servers, new services, benefits, etc. I'm sure it will settle down shortly, but I've always thought that it would be nice if the Staff would tell us what was going on. I even volunteered to keep a special ActiveRain blog for just that purpose, but the Staff never took me up on it.

Hey, Cara - My spreadsheet is simply Excel. I've been using Excel since around 1987 or so. I'm pretty much an expert at making it do what I need it to do.

Hey, Barbara - I know we're not the only ones.

Hey, Frank and Sharon - I could not have run that Nature & Marketing contest without Excel. It was my right-hand person.

Feb 24, 2010 02:32 PM #57
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Russel...I think returning comments is a very nice thing to do.  It takes some time to do, but it is very important.

Cosmic Cow

Feb 25, 2010 03:21 AM #58
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Russel. I have not been receiving notifications of comments and hope this glitch ends soon.

Feb 25, 2010 11:51 AM #59
Leslie Helm
Tennessee Recreational Properties - Jamestown, TN
Real Estate For Trail Riders

Hi, Russel. How could I not comment?! You set the standard for returning comments and I'm always glad to hear from you.

I try to keep my cats OUT of my closet. They are Siamese and they think it's their right to get in there and rearrange to suit themselves.

Feb 25, 2010 10:41 PM #60
Nicole Monary
Sellstate Next Gen Realty - San Diego, CA
Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods

  Last week someone commented on my blog and I just returned the favor.  Then I found this post.  I think it is a great way of networking and returnign a kindness.

Feb 26, 2010 10:01 AM #61
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for reciprocating comment for comment. That must be difficult because your posts receive so many comments.

Mar 02, 2010 09:41 PM #62
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