Active Rain has been very good to me in so many ways. It's been a long journey with some ups and downs, but the end result has been better than I could have imagined.
I first joined Active Rain on October 1st 2006 all because Brian Brady had been pushing me for like a month to join. I am so glad that he pushed. Back then, I thought I joined when there were only like 5,000 members or so, but it says that I was member 8,218.
I didn't submit my first post until October 5th. How many closings get botched the day of settlement? Or maybe the week of? Never close....or even if it does close, disgruntled clients?
Talk about a crappy post.... A very long title, no pictures, and a bland post. But hey, you need to start some where. My advice : Just get out there, try it, you will get better at it. But you need to take that first step.
Just a few words on this.... yes, the points are awesome... they are fun and entertaining. But don't get so caught up in climbing the point board. In my opinion, this is not what brings you the business. Just don't lose your main focus. If you can ever attend an AR function, may it be AR's RainCamp, a gathering, etc... goo.. they are fun. Here are many gatherings that I have been to or people that I have met : AR gathering in Philadelphia with other links to other gatherings
I see many when joining Active Rain, that they get frustrated when they don't get results right away when writing blog posts. It can take time people. You need to sometimes be patient. I didn't get my first true lead until my 11th month and it didn't close until my 13th month. In that next full year, I closed 11 more transactions from blogging on Active Rain. In my whole time with AR, I have closed over 30 transactions. Many from consumers finding my blog posts. Some from other realtors and or loan officers on AR. It does work, but you need to work it and be patient at times. Word of advice : Don't believe everything you hear about how to blog and such. Talk to more than a few, because some of the information is incorrect and misleading. And again, just be patient if you are new.
So many on Active Rain are very giving of themselves. There is so much to learn and there are many good professionals on this site that share it well. May it be about real estate, mortgages, tech tips, blogging tips, and so much more. Word of Advice : Never hesitate to reach out to anyone on Active Rain. Sure, you can ask those that are a part of Active Rain, but many members will be glad to help you also. And if they don't know, they can usually refer you to someone that can. But again, just be careful of what you read at times. Just because it's posted on AR doesn't mean it's always right or correct. Sorry if this sounds negative, but AR is just another platform for realtors and others. But I will say this... it is the best one that I have come across and it can work for you.
Wow... were to start with this one. Over the years, I have made many many friends from all over. But I guess I would only have time to mention those that I first met on AR, that either welcomed me, helped me, have inspired me, and so much more. Brian Brady, Broker Bryant, Missy Caulk, Renee Burrows, Sally Cheeseman, Angus "Moo" Woodbury, Ann Cummings, Thesa Chambers, Lisa Hill, Jason Sardi, Jennifer Monroe, Patricia Kennedy, Cindy Jones, Ken Cook, Robert Ashby, Leigh Brown, Randy Prothero, Jason Crouch, Chris Griffith, Brian Block, Neal Bloom, Jeff Dowler, Katerina Gasset, Rich Jacobson, Debe Maxwell, Lenn Harley, Laura Monroe, Erica Ramus, John Novak, Kristal Kraft, Ardell DellaLoggia, Carole Provenzale, Loreena Yeo, Jeff Turner, Margaret Woda, and the late Laurie Manny. I know I missed many... and I have made some new excellent friends just recently. Just another example that no matter old or new to AR, that you can still grow with AR and always keep meeting new people that could change your life.
AR STAFF - A whole other topic. I have had the pleasure of meeting Jonathan Washburn, Matt Heaton (ex & co-founder), and a few others... but I do have to give a shout out to Bob Stewart who has always been there for me and I consider him a true friend, except when he took the love of my life away from me... Christa Caulk. (what a lovely couple) When you meet hime though, don't be scared of his "crazy eyes". And a small shout out to Kerrie Greenhalgh, who is doing an excellent job taking over some of Bob's duties and just connecting with so many on AR.