I've got a challenge for ya!

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Besides granting a bit of time to actually spend with your family instead of being looked at like 'I live with Jeff Bridges from the movie Tron," taking some time off from writing at a whim or as a business endeavor for that matter on this whole internet thing is probably a good practice.  Yet before I give my opinion of why, well hell, I'll just give my opinion of why...

Let's assume that the hiatus is not because you are no longer in the business nor because AR is boring you beyond tears.  Let's assume that you are still interested in the written dialogue in whatever form or context presented here.  Did you ever think to take some time to just listen ... read ... comment ... and listen some more?

When is the last time you actually read some of your favorite contributors?  I'm actually talking more to me than the reader which is generally awkward but it's been awhile since I personally read something offered up by Sally Cheeseman, Lenza, TLW, Alan May, Bryant, Boney, Gassett, Buell, Belonger, Saunders, Maitski, Hardison, Karen Anne Stone, Ted Baker, and folks I don't follow but whose context/titles intrigue me, etc.

My challenge is not to write thirty blogs in thirty days or even how to cure sciatic pain through deviant sexual exercises known only to Dr. Phil and his second wife.  My challenge, especially to me, is to simply read ... and comment and not post anything at all ... for thirty days.  In that, I hope to encompass being able to take advantage of the vast experience of my former peers and roll that into a joint that would make this joint proud again to have me as a member. 

If you too choose to undertake this mission, you will get no points, no plaques, and no free massages at the Samoan place down the street.  If you are a regular contributor, I say keep contributing.  If you are still on the fence or are rather bored with posting ... read and comment away.  Be a voice without having the limelight upon you.

It, like life, is a mission.  Make it possible,

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Rainmaker
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Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
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Jason, this is like practicing listening only in the written word instead of audible. Enjoy your hiatus!

Nov 05, 2010 05:08 PM #2
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Larry Story
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
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Jason,

I actually read blogs of the people I follow everyday.  Alan May, Greg Nino, Debe Maxwell, Craig Rutman to name but a few.  I check them daily to see who has added a new blog then I read the blog, the comments and leave one of my own.  I learn a good deal and pickup plenty of ideas off of AR.  

Nov 05, 2010 05:11 PM #3
Rainmaker
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What???? There is limelight now.  Guess I missed a few things.

Nov 05, 2010 05:27 PM #4
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Sardi my friend you speak heresy----I like it! :)

Nov 05, 2010 05:43 PM #5
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE

Well, I'm here to just give you a hug. Sorry, but I like the limelight lol.  What am I laughing at. I've had little time to write a lot...let alone contribute for Bob's hyperlocal contest....and read a lot...keep up with the positive group...found a minute to enter Charles contest....

I'll just cut this short and give you another hug....and one to Jennifer too :)

Nov 05, 2010 06:52 PM #6
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It is good to take some time to reflect and contemplate. 

Nov 05, 2010 07:18 PM #7
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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

There are times when I can't find anything to write about no matter what I do. I read and comment, or just read. But then it wells up inside me, something comes to me, knocks me upside the head and I feel the overwhelming desire to hit that Post Blog Entry button.

I am doomed....

Nov 06, 2010 12:27 AM #8
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

That's actually going back to how I started, reading and commenting only...but I don't think I'm ready to go back to that state again.

Nov 06, 2010 01:22 AM #9
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Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
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I was just talking to a group of newbies about how they needed to get on AR for the wonderful support it provides.  It is very nice to know that you are not posting into a black hole when you don't have too many posts under your belt.  

Nov 06, 2010 02:28 AM #10
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Oh, Jason!  I've just noticed that I'm breaking out in hives just thinking about comments only for a month!  But I guess that I'm at least as addicted to commenting as to writing my own stuff. 

Nov 06, 2010 03:50 AM #11
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Most of my posts come after reading others blogs...there is a time to listen without speaking. The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas! Sorry I'm out, I just got an idea.

Nov 06, 2010 04:39 AM #12
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

Whadda ya mean...former?

 And you are welcome to drop by anytime, after all you and Jennifer are a couple of the reasons I actually started blogging in the first place!

Nov 06, 2010 09:28 AM #13
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Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
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I've gone like a week before...  And I have gone a little longer than that, but I had posts staged so that they were coming out like clockwork.  Can I do that?  I'll write a bunch of posts and then just bleed them out for a while. 

Nov 06, 2010 03:59 PM #14
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Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I would go insane not having an outlet for my writing. I need to write now as it is an outlet for my brain, an escape of sorts. If I don't write now, I end up just talking to myself and that looks weird to people and I don't like wearing a white jacket or rubber rooms.

Nov 06, 2010 11:50 PM #15
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William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Ah, maybe some months ago, I would have gladly taken you up on this challenge, Sardiman. Alas, I have to keep, and extend my edge over a certain someone. They've gotten too close, and I can't let them creep past me unawares. Maybe when I'm back in a more comfortable spot...

Nov 12, 2010 04:26 PM #16
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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
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I'm countin' the days, man.  I'm countin' the days.  'cause when you ripen, whoooo booooy... lookout!

Nov 21, 2010 11:10 AM #17
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
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HA HA...I just came back to say I am looking forward to Dec. 6th and see Alan was thinking the same thing. Hope you and Jennifer have a great Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2010 01:12 PM #18
Rainer
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With just 36 days left in 2010, Zoey the Cool Cat and I just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Hope it’s a great one, with lots of fun and food with family and friends!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2010 05:53 AM #19
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Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Jason, having checked onto your blog site, I noticed you already posted another blog, LMAO.  Um, er, oh, did you forget you posted this?  LOL

Nov 27, 2010 04:48 PM #20
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Jason, the road less traveled, the path of a LURKER. Cool. But we have those obsessed with points for WRITING blogs, and they haven't been to Betty Ford yet, so good luck with those types.

Nov 28, 2010 01:19 PM #21
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