My New Favorite Group..Gold Stars!! Hear Me Out!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with McKinney Realty Group

My new favorite group!!

If you have not already heard about this CRAZY idea that Craig Daniels had about picking three people that you would put back on your subscribed list if you lost your list... Basically you need to pick three people to write about, why your writing about them so we will go check them out to see if we might like them like you do!
At first I thought I just CAN NOT do this challenge...Why? Because I would not want to hurt any one's feelings if I didn't pick them...  But as I read “Gold Star” blogs from people that I subscribe to I so enjoyed seeing what they had to say about others! I have already found some people that I have NEVER even seen before... Makes me realize just how BIG our community is.

I thought about it and it doesn't hurt my feeling when I read blogs by people that I subscribe to and talk to through the rain if they didn't pick me, it is so much fun reading about others!

So I did write a blog about my three picks and maybe I gave a few hints along the way for fun!!

But I have to tell you now when I log into the rain I have to go to that group and see what post I may have missed so that I can read about others that I might be missing! I am sure some of my new peeps that I have subscribed to will become fast friends, and maybe not but it will be fun to find out!!
So if you have not been over to the “Gold Star” group you need to get on over there! There is some really great reading there! Go ahead write that blog, we want to know who you think we should check out... After all you can write as many blogs as you like but in each blog just know we have short attention spans here in the Rain so you cant give us to much at one time! ~oh look shiny thing~LOL

A little suggestion to the AR Kings & Queens I think it would be a GREAT idea to have “featured” groups on the “featured” page so that people can check them out.... You figure out the stipulations on how they get featured, but I vote for the “Gold Star” group to be the first!!

OK Craig maybe your CRAZY idea wasn't so crazy after all!!


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Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

thanks Melissa! I'm so happy to hear people are loving the new group and expanding their blog buddies lists! Tish says about 'not having any idea what I unleashed' ... she's right. It's funny. I am moderating a group vbloggers with Pamela and it got me  curious about how groups are setup and how that new layout works for groups (which btw has some issues, which I've already discovered and emailed AR dev about so they can hopefully fix, because I like the new layout better). So I wanted to set up my own group from scratch so I could see how it all worked. The gold stars idea popped into my head that would be interesting to see who and why people are appreciated and we all could learn from and voila here we are. I really like the 3 (4) limitation as you said we have short attention spans and if we listed 10 at a time, we wouldn't be inclinded to click through to go visit all 10... but 3 at a time we can do that! and we are! thanks for this great post

how could I NOT... FEATURED in Gold Stars Group :) star

Mar 30, 2011 02:22 AM #5
Denise Roberts
New Colony Properties, LLC - Pinehurst, NC
e-PRO, REALTOR - Specializing in Pinehurst, NC Area

Melissa - I completely agree, the Gold Star group is awesome!!!  Craig is amazing...between his ideas and his techno knowledge, he is one of my Gold Star peeps here on AR, FOR SURE!!!  I've been putting off posting my Top 3, I guess I'll try my best to narrow it down this week and get my post out there, too.  Have a good day in the RAIN (outside & inside!)

Mar 30, 2011 03:22 AM #6
Lydie Ouellet Dickinson
Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA - Bellingham, MA

I have enjoy reading everyones gold star choices. I just cannot come up with only 3 yet... Still working at it!

Mar 30, 2011 05:07 AM #7
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Hi Melissa~ I was really bothered by the idea of just THREE.  As I've said before, all of my peeps are special for different reasons, so I've been posting once a week with different themes.  Now I can include everybody~a little bit at a time!  :-)  (BTW, I love this group too!)

Mar 30, 2011 05:39 AM #8
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Cinnamon~ Yes it is easier that way! I think I am going to do fellows next!

Charita~ Embrace the adventure and go for it!! LOL

Jerry~Thank you very much for your kind words!

Tish~I know I dont think he did...I think it is so much fun, AFTER we got over the shock of choosing THREE! LOL!!! I have already had a conversation with a new friend!!

Craig~You have gone and done it now!! We are going to be out of control..In a GOOD way LOL  I know right! ~grin~ I like getting featured there as much as I do on the blog roll!

Denise~I know he is GREAT! Cant tell you how much he has helped me out! I look forward to reading your blog that photo of you in the convertible was to fun!! You too!!

Lydie~I know it took me a little while and already working on my next!

Donna~You have been doing a great job of writing about others! I look forward to who is coming next!! :)

Mar 30, 2011 06:52 AM #9
Kim Inman
Mountains to Lakes Real Estate, Inc. - Harriman, TN
CRS, Broker/Owner

Melissa...I joined the group a few days ago, but haven't selected my top three yet.  May save that for the weekend when I have a little more time to think about it.

Mar 30, 2011 07:08 AM #10
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

(craig says... just keep in mind if you want to be IN on the challenge, must post by midnight Friday and that's no april fools! name entered in "hat" for chance at an hour of tech consulting time... -c-)

Mar 30, 2011 07:30 AM #11
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Melissa..I have to has been fun reading about people and I too have expanded my subscribed list.  I feel as though my time is becoming more limited on the Rain though...wish I could say I had all these buyers taking up time..but alas, it is sellers.  Hoping next week when Spring Break is here that I can be in the Rain more...always love reading you though.

Cindy in Indy

Mar 30, 2011 09:11 AM #12
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Melissa, THIS IS A CRAZY group - one must join.

I am waiting for a right time to write down about my three favorite - should do it soon...

Mar 30, 2011 12:52 PM #13
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate


This is a great group but you don't have to just pick three..just three at a time :) I'm ready to tackle another three as soon as these next two weeks are out of the's busy..busy time!!

Mar 30, 2011 02:48 PM #14
Michele Norris
Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada - Incline Village, NV
((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV

Melissa, It was easier for me to select three, since I'm still a newbie. But I can understand how much more difficult it is for the veterans, since you've already developed many long term relationships. Craig does a great job. I have learned so much from his Challenge. Genius!

Mar 30, 2011 03:48 PM #15
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

For the record, I WAS NOT going to do this! I love all my peeps! NOT going to pick three... you know... but like you... the more I read, the more I enjoyed... and NOT ONCE, did I think... ""gee whiz... I thought that I was his/her favorite." So I figured that other people felt the same way. If folks are anything like me, they were SHOCKED. I was. Especially since writing is not really my cup of tea. I'd rather take a picture of a rock! ;) This is a great post. Hopefully it will help people to realize that they will not hurt feelings BUT they just may make more friends!

Mar 30, 2011 04:47 PM #16
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Melissa ~ I’m in agreement with Donna, Joni and your original position. I joined the group because I see the benefit of shining a light on those we love. I believe you redirected our thought process and the intention of the group via this post. Well done!

Mar 31, 2011 02:46 AM #17
Joe Kenny
Realty Executive Midwest - Darien, IL
Better Than Your Average Joe

Just joined.  Is there anything else in your bag of tricks I should be following?

Mar 31, 2011 04:06 PM #18
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

Doh. I missed the boat on this one. I struggled to keep it to three and then never made it before the deadline.

Apr 03, 2011 03:59 PM #19
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Kim~It is tuff but you have to think you are going to keep going!

Craig~You did a great job choosing!

Cindy~I have learned so much about others that I did not know

Praful~You are right about that!

Dorie~I am with you on that!!

Michele~I bet it was but it will get harder and harder that I why I have to do more than just one post on this!

Joni~ EXACTLY! That is what made the group so much fun!! It is all in how you look at it!

Diane~I hope that encouraged more people to write their post!

Joe~Humm let me think on that! :0)

Ellie~I know sometimes it is hard to keep up!!

Apr 04, 2011 12:05 AM #20
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Melissa - I am so glad I read this post this morning.  I had to miss the dead line for the entry for the pick three, but I am loving reading all the great picks.  It is a great way to meet other great AR bloggers.  I also just figured out that I can still pick people for gold stars!  Cool!

Apr 06, 2011 12:02 AM #21
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Melissa - Love this group and so glad that so many are making a series out of this and so glad that Craig came up with the idea. 

Apr 20, 2011 05:55 PM #22
Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

I'm so glad I found my way to this group! Some days I feel like I'm aimlessly wandering the halls of AR looking like the "Freshman" I am while all the "Seniors" walk around all cool and in charge. Let's just hope it doesn't take me four years to graduate from AR school. I'm ready to be at the top of the class now and feel like groups such as this which direct me to the "in" crowd will better my chances!

Apr 25, 2011 01:31 AM #23
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

I just found this group 'gold star' via Debbie Gartner, I will have to check out the feature group and start on my favorite 3.

Aug 18, 2011 01:15 AM #24
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