Gold Stars - Your Selections

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post updated 4/3/11 - the 2 week challenge is now over -
124 group members - 44 entries in the "pick three" challenge - 91 persons selected

I have updated the wall of faces to all 91 along with the spreadsheet to see everybody who entered and who they picked. Thank you everybody who entered the challenge! Our Gold Stars Group now has a wonderful start - keep on posting your favorite gold stars to the group... don't stop now! thanks again :)  -craig-

Our gold star group is doing excellently. We have over 100 members already and the group is barely a week old! You all are doing a tremendous job in the Gold Star Challenge (click link to find out more). We have 33 posts so far and the challenge stays open until midnight (pacific) Fri April 1.

I know, I know, I hear you... "I love so many favorites, how could I pick just three!" Many of you HAVE picked three though and after quite a bit of careful thought realize that you can pinpoint a few that rise top of the top that you can highlight. These are the ones that you'd rush to get back on your subscription list if you had to start from scratch!

Now, nobody said you had to STOP at three (four)! Start with that for your initial post that gets you in the challenge. Please do follow-up similar posts as often as you like to suggest more gold stars. Maybe you want to do it once a month? It's up to you. Be sure however and post to the Gold Stars GROUP so all in the group can see (now if you are in the group, bookmark the page so you don't forget to come back!) The challenge was just to get you thinking and to introduce everyone to our new group.

Now here are some smiling faces that we have been handing out gold stars to. Hover over the photos to see the names. The list below will give links to the pages that tell us about these stars and from there you can go visit them. I will update this post as we go and at the end you will have a good reference to tell others about (especially when they are newbies)

Here's the google docs spreadsheet that I have created to track everybody's entries. You can see their choices and click the link to go see their post and the narrative about the people that they have chosen. I'm seeing many comments that "I love this challenge" and I'm sure if you are like me your subscription list has grown over the past week with some very excellent bloggers! (be sure and use the scroll bar in the box below to be able to see top to bottom of the listing)

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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Craig,  that is awesome.  So I can do a part two huh????  I may just take you up on that.  Thanks for monitoring this.  It is very interesting.

Mar 27, 2011 06:28 AM #22
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Craig,

My subscription list has grown also. It really nice to hear what the particpants have to say about their fellow AR members. Lining up all those smiling faces is no small job, but it was worth the work it took for the visual impact. Thank you for the challenge.

Mar 27, 2011 06:42 AM #23
Michele Norris
Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada - Incline Village, NV
((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV


I feel like such the dunce. Now I know how little I know. My biggest challenge will be  figuring out how to do this, since I'm still very new...Any suggestions on where to look for 'directions'? Thank you...

Mar 27, 2011 01:03 PM #24
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Craig~I love how you put this all together! That was a ton of work on your part...but that is why you are the techie guy! I am still trying to figure out my post but you helped me just a little bit, SO I think my post will come out tomorrow!!

Mar 27, 2011 02:04 PM #25
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Glad the new group is taking off so fast Craig! Love all the graphics, etc within this post too!

Mar 27, 2011 04:13 PM #26
Michele Norris
Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada - Incline Village, NV
((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV

Hi Craig,

Still working on it! Going back through your posts was really helpful. You rock.


Mar 27, 2011 04:20 PM #27
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Your amazing Craig!! What a well organized list. I sent someone to your blog the other day to view your killer background! We just can't say nice enough things about you! I think you would be in my top three for sure! :) Oh, and Richard's creative posts has to get some props for the layout! :)

Mar 28, 2011 08:29 AM #28
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

I had no idea you had a spreadsheet, too.  This is a cool activity.  I need to take some ActiveRain University classes, too, so I can have some fun like the rest of these folks. 

Thanks for the tip on my picks.  I took care of it but not as cool as you had.

Mar 28, 2011 11:12 PM #29
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Belinda - welcome a part two, three, ... :)

John - yes I like seeing them all lined up too, thx

Michele - feel free to email me if you have any specific questions I can help with

Melissa - and then there was Melissa's post :) thx

Shar - yes challenge is really launching the group and some excellent posts

Michele - ditto above

Tammy - honored, glad you are getting some stars!

Ron - glad you are part of the group - AR University = highly recommended

Mar 29, 2011 06:47 AM #30
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Craig ~ this has been fun to follow.  I have met some interesting new bloggers that I will start to follow.  Now off to pick my three.

Mar 30, 2011 06:39 AM #31
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Craig ~ Seems I subscribe to almost all of these faces ~ Nice way to present it ~ Thanks!

Mar 30, 2011 11:28 AM #32
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

hmmm, I guess I need to give this some thought. I'm interested in the lists though, I have some new people to read based on the recommendations.

Mar 31, 2011 07:39 AM #33
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Dawn - glad you are following - I know my subscription list is getting some new picks!

Bakers - glad you came by to visit - thanks!

Karen - yes, me too! :)

Mar 31, 2011 09:38 AM #34
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Craig - I love the way you made a collage with all the Gold Stars - and because of your challenge, I've gotten to know knew people on AR because of it! Great job with this clever and fun challenge!

Apr 02, 2011 03:54 PM #35
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Kristine - thanks - I'm so glad you and everybody enjoyed our kick off challenge. I know my subscribed to list GREW! :) I just updated this post with all the FINAL 91 selections from the challenge, take another look now and see if you recognize everybody :)

Apr 03, 2011 01:48 AM #36
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I thought this was such a cool thing to do, and people really got on board with it. I love the spreadsheet and the wall of pics. And I am flattered to have been included in the list of so many great writers. Ia ctually know most of these but there are some new ones being added to my list of subscriptions.


Apr 03, 2011 01:59 PM #37
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Craig - I've been trying to catch as many of the Gold Star posts as I can.  I find these a great source of finding good bloggers to follow.

Apr 03, 2011 04:43 PM #38
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Craig, this was a fabulous way of kicking off the Gold Star Group.  I have to admit I just couldn't pick 3 people...  there are WAY too many people I've met here in the rain that I consider "friends" and I would seek them out wherever they blogged!!!

Congrats on what is destined to become a very popular group!  Well done my friend, well done!  And congratulations to ALL the winners!

Apr 04, 2011 03:07 AM #39
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Craig - thanks for forming this group and for putting together this report.  I am so honored to be part of the group.  I hated to miss the dead line for the PicK Three, but now realize I can still pick someone.  

Apr 06, 2011 12:05 AM #40
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

That is a nice report, Dale Baker should be on it as well.

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