AR MOMENTS - "Let me count the ways ... " #1 Meeting AR members

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 AR MOMENTS -"Let me count the ways" ... #1 Meeting ARers

NOTE: For the latest contest, AR Staff asked members to "write a blog post about [our] experience being a member of ActiveRain. [They] don't care what [we] write about, it just has to be about [our] experience being a member of this community. ... There is something about this place that you don't find too many other places online. It's hard to put your finger on it."

Four months ago I didn't know what ActiveRain.com was. I didn't like the current market rhythms and the frenzy to grab clients. I didn't like the lack of courtesy I ran into on all sides -  houses left open by listing agents and lies in the listing comments discovered at previews.  I could see some of it was from being TOO BUSY to breathe but it still was uncomfortable.  I didn't have an interesting web presence. Sure, I had a LISTINGBOOK site that connected to my local MLS.  Now I know that I wasn't using the ListingBook features to their full extent either. 

In December 2010, I went to speak to two mentors in Atlanta. Their advice was to start "tooting my own horn".  I didn't feel comfortable about that technique.  I had always waited for folks to come to me - it was hard to tell people that I was the one they should choose. Now I decided to see how I could follow their advice but stay who I was while reaching out for more clients.

I knew what I was good at and wished I had more clients to serve.  I am good at matching people to homes.  I love to solve a good mystery. I listen carefully to what clients answer. What does the family need? What financing would be best for them?  When is the best time in their family schedule to make the offer? What sales technique works best with whom? Which part of town?  Then I go out and seek out what I think will satisfy them.I preview so that there are no surprises. (We call everything here "Atlanta" but from one neighborhood to another - it could be like going from Shelton to Greenwich in Connecticut or from Lynn to Newton in Massachusetts.  Lately the unincorporated land in counties around Atlanta has incorporated into cities to avoid - well, that's another blog about taxation and return of taxation in county services.) 

In January 2011, still musing over the advice I had received from those two successful people who had known me for ten or fifteen years, I decided to stick ONE TOE into the AR waters. I signed up for a $2 introductory special for two months. In a very short time, I knew I had made the right choice. By the beginning of March, when my two months ended, I happily signed up for one year in advance!

Now - ActiveRain bounds through my life.  OK, so I am in love - so I am at home - so I am happy being "in the Rain" - I cannot deny it.  I love being an AR  member!  In fact, I don't want to deny it!  ACTIVERAIN IS THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD!

At first , I used the SEARCH to pick in around the edges.  Not ready to make any commitment, didn't even have a personal picture to post.  Within two weeks, I enrolled in the classes at ActiveRain University.  Free webinars offered daily got me started on the technology and strategy of blogging.  I wrote a couple of drafts and then got stuck in perfectionism. Posted nothing!

Reading other members' blogs encouraged me to reach out and behave differently. OK - so I was encouraged but still not acting differently.

I had to be in Chicago, decided to take a chance, and am I ever glad I did!  I drove out to Schaumburg (30 minutes from where I was staying) and met Lyn Sims at the Einstein Bagel shop. We went through that moment when looking for someone unknown - and then we got started chatting - yes, the old meaning of "chatting" - actually seeing the other person!

I asked her about 3,000,000 questions and she generously answered.  We discussed a wide range of things from having assistants to market changes to ActiveRain which brought us together in the first place.

When we said goodbye, she added these GOLDEN WORDS OF ADVICE.

"Just push the button. Post what you have written. I spent too much time worrying about the blogs. It was nine months before I posted the first one. HIT THE POST BLOG BUTTON! Don't wait around."

The next AR meet-up was in the Washington, DC area.  I enjoyed Elizabeth Byrne's writing and asked her if we could meet for coffee one morning in her town of Arlington.  While Lyn Sims is a long time AR member, Elizabeth and I joined around the same time. We enjoyed our breakfast at Cassatt's and have kept in touch on AR after that. I admire her and hope we will continue to keep in touch with each other.

Those "in person" meetings encouraged me to "meet" others online. Gary Coles wrote that he liked something I had written in a comment. He said I had provided him with a "FIRST" - the first time he had subscribed to a blog BEFORE any were even posted.

Between Lyn Sims' "Hit the POST button." and Gary's kind subscription, the pressure to post was building. My daughter, Rachel, who lives near Boston asked me to write to my Georgia US Senators on an issue that concerned her.  I wrote to one senator and then the proverbial lightbulb came on! 

WHY NOT JUST USE THAT SUBJECT AS MY FIRST BLOG TOPIC? 

Steven, instructor for the ActiveRainUniversity classes, repeatedly stressed that a blog is useful as an answer to Clients' questions.  Answer with a blog, he would say, then folks would seek your information and your time will be better spent.  That way - you answer once and it reaches more people.  So - I did. Topic turned out to be a bit  controversial and got LOTS of varied comments.  Topic and response got me "featured" - or was it thanks to Gary's recommendation?

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS PLACE we call ActiveRain? The people are what is so special - without a doubt.  The people and the knowledge they willingly share.  AR blogs are a virtual encyclopedia of Real Estate issues and opinions.  As William Johnson said in a telephone conversation about San Diego, "AR is like a Real Estate Graduate School."

 

There you have it - the first part of my participation in the contest --

"How do I love thee, Let me count the ways."
#1 - Meeting other member of ActiveRain

Have a happy day,
Lynn

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Rainmaker
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Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
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What a great post.  I hope you win.  That alone was an Active Rain crash course in who's who.  Now off, to find some of these people you have referred to.  Thanks.

Mar 21, 2011 12:30 AM #1
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Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Lynn, Thanks for the mention in your post.  I'm still thrilled that I subscribed even before your first post and I look forward to each and every one. I enjoy keeping in touch with you -- It certainly is fun playing in the Rain.

Mar 21, 2011 12:45 AM #2
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Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
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Dear Ron,

Just reading your comment makes me feel as if I am a winner!

Thanks for stopping by to read.  I am really enjoying writing.

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Mar 21, 2011 12:49 AM #3
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Lynn B. Friedman
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Dear Gary -

Well, it is true - isn't it? 
You were one of the two people who got me started!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Mar 21, 2011 12:51 AM #4
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
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Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good morning, Lynn. Yes, ActiveRain is the best thing since sliced bread. I have really enjoyed my time here...

Mar 21, 2011 12:57 AM #5
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Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
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Good morning Lynn, I enjoyed reading your early adventures in Active Rain.  You may have not posted right off, yet you certainly started building friendships early on. 

Mar 21, 2011 02:46 AM #6
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William Johnson
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Retired Real Estate Professional

Good Morning Lynn,

This is a very well written post that chronicles the real life thinking and emotions of a potential new member well as new members that commit to the network. Blogging is an evolutionary process and many realize or at least think that they want to appear a certain way to their peers and others are more concerned with content and SEO. 

My view is that each of us are unique and should find our own niche that inspires us to want to write. 4 Years into ActiveRain and my focus became our community with supported photography. Having served in leadership at the local, state and the national association, I was privy to some great inside thinking about industry, regulation, taxation, banking, MLS and even politics. Developed a lot of it myself. Lots of this is mentioned in my Bio.

I chose not to write about any of it however. In fact I barely ever mention it. I even take more of a back seat to those that express and write about their brokerages, short sales , foreclosures , mortgage issues, MLS issues, COE compliance  and even standard of practice.  I lived all this stuff day and night for over 16 years and truthfully now I don't publicly want to be involved with it any more by spending my time writing or commenting about it. I leave that to others. 

Write about who you are and what your passion is. We can not compare ourselves to others because we will each become unique in our writing which is in the end what makes most of us interesting to read in the first place.

Great post and Thank You so much for the mention. Your post is a true from the heart writing and I suggested this for feature . Well done!

Mar 21, 2011 05:10 AM #7
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Steven Graham
epropertysites - Mountlake Terrace, WA
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Thanks for the mention Lynn. I'm glad my tip about answering questions is working out and got you featured. I hope to see you again soon.

Mar 21, 2011 09:17 AM #8
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Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Lynn, I feel the same way about ActiveRain - I cannot get enough of it. The people who are members of AR are outstanding individuals, always ready to help. Thank you very much for mentioning me in your post. I truly enjoyed meeting you and hope to see you again in April.

Thank you for giving me great ideas on dealing with FSBOs - I will incorporate them in my FSBO strategy. Have a great day.

Mar 23, 2011 04:54 AM #9
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Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
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@Michael - Thanks for stopping by. Decided to work on a series of new company/new technology posts. Hope you like them when they show up!  (Have to reply to Michael in colors!!!)

@Sondra - I've always wondered what your four-legged friend's name was!  Thanks for stopping by. I always feel so grateful when someone new gives me the gift of their time by reading what I have written. The friendships were the most surprising aspect so far. I never dreamed I would feel so comfortable with others on the community site.

@William - I appreciate all the time you've taken to comment to me.  You said - "My view is that each of us are unique and should find our own niche that inspires us to want to write."  It seems that deciding what to write is similar to deciding what to wear - both relate to how we prepare ourselves to be seen/read by others.  I am confident that I can do a very good job for Clients - as obsessive as I am about details!

I guess if a client wants to have a dedicated REALTOR (which I am) and an out-of-the-box thinker (which I am) as their representative - they will find me.  It is funny - to my mind, I am now slathered all over cyber-space! Twitter @AtlGaRealtor; LinkedIn as Lynn B. Friedman; manta anad HootSuite as ODAT Realty Services, Inc. and mPayy as ODAT. Cyber-ready!  Talk to you soon.

@Steven - Still need more classes - lots of technical parts still a challenge. BUt - hey - who wants to be bored? Back to trying to figure out FTP uploads so I can get one HUGE graphic loaded and post my blog that is in DRAFT. I'll be back in class soon.

@Elizabeth - always great to see your smile during the day.  See you soon.

 

 

 

Mar 23, 2011 03:02 PM #10
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Boy, that other Lyn gives wise advice! You will get a 'rhythm' going soon don't you worry. Don't forget to wisely use keywords so buyers & sellers can find you - then Press the Post Button.

Thanks to Steven & Bob Stewart with the recent challenge - answering questions actually gets the most activity & hits.  Think of all the questions you answer every day - ooops, there's another post.

Thanks for the mention. ;-)

Mar 24, 2011 11:06 AM #11
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Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
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Dear Lyn,

Watched your FED Reserve video just now.  Led me into YouTube like Alice into Wonderland!
Hope you are doing well. 

Will be back in May.  Will all the snow be gone by then? Well, there was a lot in February. (LOL)

Thanks for stopping by to check in!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

PS  The other Lyn is not only smart but kind and friendly! L.

 

Mar 24, 2011 04:48 PM #12
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Lynn, great post, and Active Rain is definitely part of my life.  I enjoy playing in the "rain".

Mar 26, 2011 02:18 AM #13
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Lyn, Thanks for the email today. I enjoyed speaking with you and hearing your enthusiam and how many posts you already have plans to write. I never know what I am writing til I start to type.

I love this comment. ''As William Johnson said in a telephone conversation about San Diego, "AR is like a Real Estate Graduate School."''

If we didn't need CE you you learn everything on AR without attending any classes.

Margaret

Mar 26, 2011 08:36 AM #14
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Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Lynn, thank you for visiting my Cherry Blossoms post. Yes, going to DC right now is a highlight of my day. I can hardly accomplish any work - I feel like grabbing my camera every day and going to see cherry blossoms again. Cherry blossoms should still be around next week. I hope to see you.

Mar 28, 2011 11:32 AM #15
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Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
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Dear Rebecca -  Thanks for stopping by.  I always feel flattered to see new faces and hope to see them again! I had a marvelous adventure in WVA one day - crossing over from Maryland on a ferry pulled by hand along ropes!  

Dear Margaret - Just as it is nice to see new faces, seeing folks return is a great feeling too!  Yes, AR certainly is a school experience. 29 March is my AR success story Cosing! Talk to you again soon.

Dear Elizabeth - I hope I can see the cherry blossoms when the plane is getting close to DCA. I'm so proud of how you are doing!

 

Mar 28, 2011 02:04 PM #16
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Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Lynn - I found your blog because of your reply to my post. I have enjoyed what I have read in this short time. I am intrigued by your connect with Gary Coles. He is the only ARer I have met in person after connecting in AR. I can fully understand his unique encouragement of you. As an older transplant to the US, I had a limiting belief that my friendship circle might be regionally, if not, locally limited. AR has rid me of that belief ~ it has produced contact and friendship on a national/international level, and in a very short time. All blessings as I read on.

Mar 30, 2011 05:20 AM #17
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Billi Evans
Murney Associates - Springfield, MO

Lynn, I'm so glad that AR has been as good for you as it has for me. Keep on blogging. B

Mar 31, 2011 06:25 AM #18
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Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
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@Larry - You commented "AR has ... has produced contact and friendship on a national/international level, and in a very short time."  I certainly agree with you on that.  Thanks for coming by to comment.

@Billi - It has been amazing for me - one upcoming blog is about a Closing that wouldn't have happened without AR!  Keep you smile showing up here - I enjoy seeing your bright face when I get on line!

Have a happy day-
Lynn

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