30 in 30; Day 10 and the importance of ActiveRain

Mortgage and Lending with PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630 365768

I took the 30 blogs in 30 day challenge ten days ago, and I have learned a great deal.  I have actually been a member of Active Rain for about 3 years, but I never wrote a blog until a couple months ago.  I wasn't even 100% what AR was all about until a Title Company reached out to me and started talking it up.  At the beginning of the 30 days I wrote whatever I could to constitute a blog, but as I continued I got better.  The ideas started coming faster and stronger.  I started "calling shots" on other featured blogs, and I too got my second feature just yesterday.  I am addicted now to trying to write a blog that will get featured, and anytime I have an idea I jot it down and work on it as a Word document.

I am really starting to see how AR can really help my business in the long run.  My featured blog was re-blogged yesterday, and a Realtor in GA had a question about a friend who is doing a Reverse Mortgage near her.  There are more connections that have been made and referrals passed (that unfortunately didn't qualify), but this network and blogging itself can really work if it's done right!  I am excited about what I am learning, and it's all thanks to Active Rain and the structure they have online that promotes the blogging and reading of other blogs.

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Comments (20)

Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Congratulations! You are inspiring me to do the same.

Sep 04, 2010 02:05 AM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Congratulations! You are inspiring me to do the same.

Sep 04, 2010 02:05 AM
Lisa Hicks
Hoang Realty - Augusta, ME
Serving Central and Southern Maine

Phil - I'm on day 9 of the challenge and loving it!  I like the additional exposure of feeding my blogs to Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.  I'm subscribing to your blog to keep track of how you're doing!  Keep it up.

Sep 04, 2010 02:23 AM
Stephen P. Panczak, MBA
Keller Williams Coastal Partners - Palm Beach, FL
Real Estate Agent & Business Coach, (561) 254-8098

Hi Phil - I'm on day 9 of this 30 day challenge and finding it easier every day. Like you, I had been a member for awhile before blogging, now it's part of my daily routine. Good luck to you.

Sep 04, 2010 03:02 AM
Brian Rugg
Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-818-6700 - Georgetown, TX
Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est

Hello Phil:

Two features are good things.  Congratulations.  I didn't know we had to accept the challenge, I thought we could Just do it, you know like Nike.

Sep 04, 2010 03:04 AM
Phil Stevenson, CRMP
PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630 - Miami, FL
"Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas

Lisa: Thanks for subscribing!  I will check yours out as well.  I know I need to get into sending these blogs outside of AR, but one step at a time as life and current business still take priority.

Brian: You are correct, you just do it and AFTER the 30 days you submit that you have completed the task.  I guess I accepted the challenge from within...

Donald: Absolutely!  My problem is time on the weekends.  I have 3 kids and 2 are under 2 years old, so I have to write the "good" blogs in advance for the weekends.

Stephen and Emily: Thanks for your comments!

Sep 04, 2010 03:31 AM
Jason Channell
Diadem Property Inspections - Serving Southeast Michigan - Troy, MI
The House Sleuth

As an ActiveRain newbie, I love reading the blog posts. Usually I get at least one good nugget of information to apply.

Sep 04, 2010 04:23 AM
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!

Great job, Phil! You will find that everything you do will turn into a blog of some sort. I had to stop, lol!  good Luck.

Sep 04, 2010 05:13 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Way to Go Phil!!!!! You are on one heck of great journey that will bring such amazing stuff - more than you can possibly imagine.  I am so glad you're part of BananaTude group!  And I look forward to you sharing your posts with all of us!  You are a guy with major TUDE!  Love it!

Sep 04, 2010 06:25 AM
Gail C. Harris
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director - Chesapeake Beach, MD
Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868

You Go PHIL... meet me at the finish line!!

Like this post a lot.  I have also taken up the challenge and I'm learning something more meaningful than posting.  I'm learning that if someone takes the time to read your post, you should oblige and at least read something on theirs.  And, what I'm doing is learning far more about this business and the people here than I expected.  Thanks, Phil. 

Sep 04, 2010 11:39 AM
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Phil, I"ve been a member for a couple of years and was a hot and heavy blogger....and then stopped.  AH!  I'm back now and am on day 4 of the 30 day challenge!  I"m so thankful I made the commitment to come back.  You will see so many wonderful things heading your way all related to AR.  Best of luck to you!

Sep 04, 2010 03:45 PM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Phil this is great.  I'm going to include a link to your post in my BDAMB from Bham's Top Tips for Newbies.   It'll be posted today.  This should provide incentive to other Newbies to keep plugging at it.

Sep 05, 2010 12:06 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Congrats.  And, we are on same schedule.  I started my 30 in 30 same day as you.  I was brought here via Charita's post.

I recently discovered the draft option.  That is really helping.  So, when I have time, I write a few at a time.

Sep 05, 2010 12:44 AM
Tammy Pearce
Haute Realty 214-994-6474 - Dallas, TX
Tammy Pearce

God luck to you Phil!  I am a newbie to active rain and blogging, but am finding that I enjoy both immensely.  See you at the finish line!

Sep 08, 2010 04:08 AM
Tammy Pearce
Haute Realty 214-994-6474 - Dallas, TX
Tammy Pearce

God luck to you Phil!  I am a newbie to active rain and blogging, but am finding that I enjoy both immensely.  See you at the finish line!

Sep 08, 2010 04:09 AM
Virginia OnullConnor
Realtor®, Photographer, Artist - Temecula, CA
Realtor - Temecula, Anza, SoCal

Hi Phil! That's me as well. I belonged to AR for over a year and did nothing with it. Then I went to a RainCamp and it honestly changed my life. I've accepted the 30 in 30 challenge (Day 11) and was thrilled to have a Featured Post yesterday!

This is an awesome place here in the Rain! Thanks for a great post. I suggested it, too.

Sep 08, 2010 07:50 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

Something came up yesterday and I said aloud, Ooooh, I'm going to blog about THAT."  My daughter was within hearing shot and she said, "Mom, you blog about EVERYTHING!"  I am thrilled with how Active Rain has changed my perspective and helped to open my eyes to my community and environment.  Wishing you the same in less than 30 days!!

Sep 08, 2010 11:50 AM
Olga Diaz
Potter, Mng Broker, CRS, ASP, ePRO, ABR

Good for you Phil!  A great idea to get your ideas going!  Have a super weekend.

Sep 10, 2010 09:53 AM
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

I'm one in front of you Phil.  I'm getting in the habit of writing tomorrow's blog today, and having it ready to post.  Don't want to mess up and forget to post, or have the day get crazy and trip me up.  Good job so far - let's see you earn those bonus points too ;)

Sep 10, 2010 11:37 AM
Jane Becker
Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge - Worcester, MA

If you set a longer term goal as I have, 30 days goes by real fast.

Sep 19, 2010 12:33 PM