Celebrating Four Years On ActiveRain

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Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

It was February of 2007 when I wrote my first Blog post here on ActiveRain.  Hardly seems like four years could have gone by this quickly.  I realized today that all the time and information I have contributed here is pale in comparison to all that I have learned and the relationships I have made.  As I looked at the numbers, reviewed the stats, counted subscribers and analyzed traffic, it really hit me.  Even after all the posts and thousands of hours I've spent here, it all boils down to one really important thing for me...

ActiveRain Is ALL about creating and building relationships.  The points are great and the business is wonderful too, but what keeps most of us coming back is the deep rooted, sincere and meaningful relationships that get established from our time and efforts here.  Sure the SEO is great, and the referrals rock, but no other blogging platform out there has a community culture quite like ActiveRain.  You'll get much more out of it than you'll ever put into it.

Some of the greatest people I've ever met with masterminds in Real Estate are right here.


(if you don't see yourself in the above photo, it's only because all 200,000+ wouldn't fit on this page)

The make-up of the ActiveRain community is unique in so many ways.  The relationships here are very real.  There are so many very special people on this network.  They're not just sharing information, not just blogging, not just commenting on posts, they are out meeting each other in person, supporting and encouraging others, people helping one another all across the country.  It's really all about people here.

As I look back on my ActiveRain journey, there are so many wonderful memories that I cherish.  Not just from the Blogging, the comments, even some of the crazy stuff that goes on around here either.  I'm talking about the memories from my travels, meeting people I've communicated with for years online and then finally getting to meet them in person for the first time.  It's the hugs, the handshakes, the gifts and all the sharing.  There is really nothing that compares to all I've seen and been part of in my four years on ActiveRain.

So this anniversary, instead of reflecting on and sharing accomplishments and successes, or survivals and achievements, I want to just say "THANK YOU!" to all my friends here on ActiveRain and all around the globe.  Over these past years it has been YOU that kept me coming back, YOU that I was reaching out to, YOU that ultimately I want to connect with, and it has always been YOU that has made this place what it is for me today.  Sincerely, I thank you.

Without YOU, there would be no ActiveRain...

Without YOU, there would be no reason to return...

Without YOU, there would really be no me...

May our journeys be amazing, may our missions be worthy, and may our paths cross IRL one day.  In our pursuit of happiness, may we live a life that is full of rich and meaningful purpose.  It is with nothing that we start in this world, and we leave with only one thing, that which is most valuable... our relationships.   Nothing else really matters in the end.  We'll take no goods or merchandise with us when it's time to go, but the relationships we create and carry through life are really the most valued commodities in this world. 

Build your castles and mansions on "people" and relationships for they are the strongest foundations on earth.

It's been a truly amazing and incredible four year journey and adventure, thank you for sharing it with me.

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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
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Brad, what ActiveRain is today is because of you.. . I was happy to finally meet you at RainCamp and thank you for helping me as well. .

Feb 16, 2011 11:31 PM #62
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Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
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Brad,

I sure understand how you feel because you helped me understand the same things about AR. Big thanks right back at YOU!

Feb 16, 2011 11:54 PM #63
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William Haddad
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Well done and well said. Here for four more years at least.

Feb 17, 2011 12:27 AM #64
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Stevie K. Bear
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Wow! Somehow it seems like so much longer - or just yesterday! Whenever it was doesn't matter as much as the fact that it was & the fact that you are here, and have been so very accessible & willing to be who you are to this community -  such a huge blessing for us all! A rainbow in the rain if you will, you have always been & will always be one of my biggest & best AR Heroes! For that & for all you do - Happy Anniversary & Many Many Thanks!

Feb 17, 2011 12:38 AM #65
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Brian Madigan
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Brad,

 

You are quite right, it's about the people. I have many good relationships that have arisen here on AR. And, of course, that's quite separate from the Google Juice for the posts.

Keep up the good work!

Brian

Feb 17, 2011 12:41 AM #66
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Susanne Brown
RE/MAX Realty 9 - Howell, NJ
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Happy Anniversary Brad!

I am a new member of Active Rain and am just starting my blogging career.

I still have alot to figure out (like how to get my photo on my comments) but am learning more everyday.

Hope to have the same happy experience that you have had with Active Rain!

 

Feb 17, 2011 02:36 AM #67
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Brad Andersohn
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Oh Man - I stepped back from the "rain" vehicle for just a bit and got all these wonderful comments!!!  OMG~ 

Thank you ALL for the comments, love, and support.  This is exactly what I'm talking about, I have never seen or witnessed any other site or online community that offered and represented so much encouragement, support, selfless giving, and sincere gratefulness.

ActiveRain really is great... but each of you are even greater!!!  Thank you.  :-)

Feb 17, 2011 06:11 AM #68
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Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
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Congratulations for being so active on AR for so long. I only hope I'll be able to say the same in four years (I've only been on a couple months).

Gretchen

Feb 17, 2011 03:42 PM #69
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CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
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check out my blog today... i mentioned you today... i am officially 50% in the aliso viejo zillow family. jesse called me today. he sounded impressed that i was all set up on my profile and had a couple of reviews... i told him because you told us to on AR~ ;) well, i am in and i hope i get some BIZ ;) thanks again for all you do getting us motivated to learn ;)

Feb 17, 2011 05:00 PM #70
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Hi Brad, I mentioned you in my latest post. Was the webinar with Elizabeth Weintraub recorded?

Margaret

Feb 17, 2011 09:54 PM #71
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Hi Bob, Brad!  Of course I know the difference!  Thank YOU for being such a wonderful, supportive, motivational friend.  Without YOU, there would be no ActiveRain for me, I do believe!  You gave me support when I REALLY needed it and have been such a dear to all 200,000 of us!  Thank you and congratulations on your milestone!

Now that you've gone from A to Z...I need an update on how you're doing!  It's time for a catch-up conversation!

Hugs...

 

Feb 19, 2011 04:42 PM #72
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DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Congratulations Brad on your anniversary and thank you for all you have shared with us!

Feb 20, 2011 08:02 AM #73
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Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Brad,

Thanks for sharing.  I hope you had a great visit with your dad.  Cindy

Feb 20, 2011 08:57 AM #74
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Eileen Liles
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Macht-Liles Real Estate Group - Cedaredge, CO

Brad, I remember the first post I ever read of yours was when you found one of your parents.  Such a touching story and so wonderful to share it will all of us.  You have been a huge source of information for all of us.  Happy for your continues success.

Feb 20, 2011 04:09 PM #75
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Brad Andersohn
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I don't say it enough.....you're all the best!!!

The internet, social media, email, the phone etc. are ONLY tools!  They help us to create and build relationships.  There is no emotion attached to the tool, the emotion begins when the relationship begins.  The key is to be in the moment and recognize when and what tools are working best to help you acheive this?  We are each unique and have to discover what works best for us.  

ActiveRain is a tool as well.  It's like the spool of thread that weaves through thousands of sequins (people) to create something that is beautiful in the end. The (relationships) Sequin dress. 

Thank you to all my friends and family around the world for making this life one worth exploring, loving, and living!

Feb 21, 2011 02:52 AM #76
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Joe Colón, Jr.
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This is quite the blog response Brad and I'm thankful to you for being a great example for rookie bloggers like me. I look forward to the growth I can achieve while here in the RAIN. Many blessings to you.

Feb 21, 2011 03:41 PM #77
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John Cannata
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Congrats and happy anniversary.  Also, I wanted to share that I made the cut in the pictures. :-)

Feb 21, 2011 04:58 PM #78
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Hey Joe - I'm looking forward to your growth here as well, and will be watching. Doors open if you ever need anything at all. :-)

Feb 22, 2011 06:36 AM #79
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John - always great to hear from you.  I wish I could fit every picture of every member in a post, man I sure would!! 

Feb 22, 2011 06:38 AM #80
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