I is Gonna Splash Actively in this Big Rain Puddle Again

Industry Observer

Well, I guess you can say I am back. After a SHORTER break from staging and a LONGER break from blogging I have decided to come back in and splash around in this MUCH larger puddle called ActiveRain.

Why did I dry up and leave? Well, it is partially because of ActiveRain I left in the first place! You see I was noticed here by a consumer product technology company in California. After many discussions about social media in general, they asked me to come aboard and help create a splash for them in their industry using social media.

So about a year and 1/2 ago I went to work being social in an entirely new industry. Was I successful? Well, financially yes I did well. But to be honest I was not as effective as I wanted to be and had been before. For as much as I tried I could not muster the same love and passion in my new venture that was in an entirely different industry as I had for home staging in the real estate industry. Yes, I wrote fun witty things. Created some breakthrough social media campaigns for them, but still something was missing.

Long before I took the position one of the first things I coached the owner on was that to be successful in social media endeavors they had to have a creative person who was immersed in the company and the industry and authentically passionate for both.  I knew this because my own passion was the fuel that energized me to take on and share my ideas about home staging and real estate marketing both here in this puddle and in my other successful "outside" blog.

Anyway, yudda yudda yudda... it didn't work out for me... so I am back.  Well, actually I've been back staging full force now since early spring... but I still wasn't in the Rain.

Now that things have slowed down a bit, due to the seasonality of home staging in Chicago, I decided it was the perfect time to start getting in the habit of sharing my thoughts and ideas that keep raining in my brain. But I have to admit I am a bit overwhelmed by all that ActiveRain has grown into. I wonder if it is possible to reconnect with old friends and make new ones like I did before. I guess I'll just have to take it... one splash at a time.



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Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Well well! You are on my subscription list. Must be old.......

Dec 15, 2010 10:49 AM #14
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Oh I am so very excited you are back-SIF creator, my mentor and idol!!! I am waiting for staging photos and all your fun posts Craig!! Yippeeeeeeee!

Dec 15, 2010 02:56 PM #15
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Hi Craig!  Very nice to meet you.  I've read your posts from the past, but always wondered about the man behind the posts.  It will be so good to get to know you.  I have a feeling this won't be dull...

Dec 15, 2010 03:17 PM #16
Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

WELCOME BACK, Craig.  We did miss you indeed.  So come on, get your feet wet all over again.  Happy Holidays !

Dec 15, 2010 09:34 PM #17
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Welcome back, Craig. There are lots of GREAT changes here in the RAIN. The staff has done an incredible job. 

And to Karen's point - we would love to see you at the RESA convention in January. There are close to 300 people that have signed up thus far. So... tons of people to meet and mingle with.


Dec 15, 2010 11:48 PM #18
Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Word Man...  I always had high hopes that you would some day be back and filling the SIF pages with a perspective that has been oh so absent since you left us.  Kathy is right, you need to get on the plane with us next month and come to Vegas.

Dec 16, 2010 05:43 AM #19
Marianne Cherico
Interiors by Marianne Cherico - Foxboro, MA
Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Craqig,YEAHHHHH!!!! I LOVE YOUR BLOG....was wondering where you were ....welcome back!!!

Dec 16, 2010 08:39 AM #20
Kym Tarr
Prep This House Interiors Inc. - Kelowna, BC
Its all in the details!

Craig, it is great to have you back  "the Rain" has not been the same with you not around.  I look forward to reading more of your wit and learning awesome things from your blogs!  Again .. Welcome Back!!

Dec 16, 2010 12:41 PM #21
Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

It's nice to see that you are back.  I always enjoy your posts.

Dec 16, 2010 04:25 PM #22
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Welcome Back!  Like everyone else, happy for your return and looking forward to reading your posts.

Dec 16, 2010 10:31 PM #23
Leslie Ebersole
Swanepoel T3 Group - Saint Charles, IL
I help brokers build businesses they love.

Wow! I came over here to see if you had deleted your posts or if they were still here. I needed to steal something witty about staging.'

I have your Franklin Covey.

Remember Lee Ann? She left this summer and accounts are, um, unclear. Let me know where to send the $4.50.

Curling Pond contract finalized this morning after 6 weeks in attorney review. Brutal. Pray to whatever gods you choose for it to close.

Hope to see you soon. Email me if you read this.

Dec 23, 2010 03:52 PM #24
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

IN 2007, WHILE surfing the net about home staging, I found you and then found active rain. 
Welcome Back!  I look forward to reading your blogs.

Dec 31, 2010 03:56 AM #25
Janine Varney
Well Dressed Homes - Lakewood Ranch, FL

Welcome Back, I knew you could do it.  After meeting you in person, I decided to play in the rain.  I have so much to learn, nice to see you here.

Jan 02, 2011 09:46 AM #26
William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management

Craig, thanks for the post and welcome back. Your passion and creativity will always have a place here in the Rain!

Jan 05, 2011 03:11 PM #27
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Little late to the welcome back party Craig but am thrilled none the less that you are back in the water.  I find myself on AR in the SIF group usually just the week I have to moderate which is a good and bad thing. Good because it gets me here, bad because I only get on about once a month and miss stuff like this!  I think the group will benefit greatly from its founder coming back and injecting a much needed perspective of your thoughts on the industry today.

I think we've come a long way in the 4+ years that I've been here yet I feel there's still so much more to go. Education of Realtors and clients is still not where it should be & many stagers find themselves unable to sustain a viable income.  I am excited to be a part of a new dawn of staging training in SAR and see many good things to come for us all in the industry we love.

Jan 06, 2011 08:56 AM #28
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Craig...welcome home, missed your graphics I remember your Bicycle you did to explain the Real Estate process. Looking forward to your posts again.


Jan 06, 2011 12:54 PM #29
Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker Long Grove - Buffalo Grove, IL
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes

Crain,  I didn't realize you were back until you commented on my post.  I have missed your Active Rain presence so much since you were my inspiration to join the rain.  Let's have lunch soon... ok?

Jan 08, 2011 11:39 PM #30
Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections
IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581 - Canton, GA
Experience the IHI Difference

Welcome back to Activerain... seems we both took a little side trip! Feels good to be getting back in the rain to play. ~Bonnie-The Home Inspectors Wife~

Jan 14, 2011 11:43 PM #31
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Craig...we sure miss your posts, hope to see you more.

Hope all is well...Cheers

Jul 23, 2011 07:48 AM #32
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
There's no place like home.

Welcome Back (Four years ago??)

Apr 03, 2015 04:06 AM #33
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