I just woke up to find out of the passing of Laurie Manny -Long Beach Realtor. Many of you probably do not know who she was but since I became a member of Activerain way back in 2006...what I call the beginning ...I had the privilege to know her. Although we never got to meet in person...we talked extensively for hours on the phone.
Considered by many as the "Blogging Queen"...Laurie was one of the founding members on this network and a pioneer of social media for many Realtors.
Who would have thought that I or anyone else would hear the words 'Laurie Manny Dies" But I'm glad that I was a part of what she was doing and also a part of her life.
In the early days on the network..Laurie was one of the first moderators here....she was a teacher...a mentor and a friend to me. She volunteered countless hours of her own time to help me with my blog. She took her free time spending countless hours..sometimes in the middle of the night.... going through many posts to make sure she picked the best to be featured here. She always told me she wasn't perfect and seemed disappointed at times when people would complain about not getting on the dashboard. I think she was insulted to hear she sometimes had to play the bad guy. It was a hard job and I'm glad I never took that job.
I was very surprised to hear the news of her sudden passing. The first time Laurie called me I was totally surprised and even complimented. I was like"oh no..that bitch is calling me?" " What did I do wrong?" I was even a bit nervous that she was just calling to lam bast me but she really was a sweat heart...boy the stories I could tell you. Laurie was just the opposite...she was a sweat heart....helpful to me..she was my mentor here and will surely be missed.
She was very well respected by many here. I remember the old days on this network and all the stories and all the debating...the bitching...the moaning that would go on...I LOVED IT!...I could go on and on and I'm sure you'll be hearing more and more about her in the upcoming days..but today we grieve her loss.
Moderating here in the early days was a tough job...you had to put up with threats from other members...vulgar comments...she would tell me that people would bother her all times of the night. Some really thought she was mean...well she wasn't..she was one of the kindest people I knew here so we should all be grateful.
If you think there is controversy on Activerain now..you couldn't even compete with Laurie. She knew what she was doing and she did it well.
Laurie wasn't one to keep her views to herself..she told it like it is and just as I do..that's why we got a long so well.
To my surprise..the call was a very friendly call. She started by asking me a little about my life and I started to warm up to her more and more and would ask her about her life as well. We talked about meeting one day but that day never happened. I guess with travel and her and I being across the country from each other made it difficult.
Over the last year...we didn't keep in as much contact as we used to but we would comment back and forth on Facebook. I was in total shock to hear the news...
It's a bitter sweat day as I just returned from Rain Camp in Orlando and I was thinking of Laurie at the time so this was a shock today.
If you are interested in leanring more about Laurie...you can read all her blog posts >>HERE
Thank you for mentoring me ...Keep making it happen in heaven my friend..Rest in Peace LAURIE MANNY