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ActiveRain - The Early Days (July 1-10, 2006)

Real Estate Agent with United Realty Group, Inc. BK641413

For sometime now, I've been wanting to go through ActiveRain's blog archives to see what members where writing about since before I joined in late August.  I decided to get started this past weekend and I've decided to share my findings with you in a series of posts.  I guess you could say it's and "oldies but goodies" blog carnival of sorts.  So come along for the ride... it should be an interesting one!


These are some of the "Faces of ActiveRain" that make up the community, contribute and share their knowledge!  (Hover over each thumbnail photo to see their name.  Each one is mentioned in this post.)

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  • Matt wrote about the "power of the blogosphere", alerting us to the fact that one of ActiveRain's members, Stan Mackey, had essentially obtained Internet celebrity status for having listed Robert Scoble's house in Bothell, WA, which Stan blogged about the next day on BloggingSeattle as well as on ActiveRain the day after that (where I got a kick out of his expression "all web hell broke loose").  For those of you who don't recognize the name Robert Scoble, he's one of the authors of a book titled "Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers".
  • Gene Dexter wrote a humorous piece titled "Tales from the Fixer Market" that's worth reading... and don't skip the comments!
  • Matt asked the question "Why advertise the competition?", listed three possible explanations and debated the reason behind each one.  His post makes for interesting reading for anyone who's thinking about including Google's AdSense ads in their website or blog.
  • In his excellent "Don't Save... Invest!" post, Trent Yeo urges people to build their wealth through real estate investments.  Sound advice that we should all heed.


  • A new blog is born when Sue Melhorn takes the plunge and writes a post titled "My First Blog" in which she gives an example from her own life where change can lead to great things.  Well done, Sue!


  • In what was among the first consumer blog posts on ActiveRain that describe a particular area of the country, Michelle Sotelo explained why she "Loves living in the Pacific NW"... and very well, I might add.
  • Margaret Rome explained how nothing gets her creative juices flowing faster than the "Unique Challenge" of marketing what many would consider an "impossible" listing.  Several ActiveRain members shared their suggestions with her and contest winners were announced.
  • Matt... one of the brains behind ActiveRain... whose nickname while growing up was "mouse"... reveals to us his other passion besides ActiveRain (and his wife, Lydia, of course).  Who'd a thought?  I guess we'd better bone up on his hobby if we ever want bonus points.  Just kidding, Matt! LOL!  :-)



Of course, I could not include every post in this summary so if I did not include you/your post here, it's very possible you may find you/your post will be mentioned in an upcoming edition.  

Stay tuned for more snippets from "ActiveRain - The Early Days".


"The Lovely Wife" The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

"The Lovely Leanne"

WOW...I know this took hours to do. How much does everyone owe you? :0)

TLW "The Lovely Wife"...I Hope You Rack Up The Points On This One...ROAR!

Nov 28, 2006 11:46 AM
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
It makes me wish that I had joined earlier - thanks for putting all together and showing us what the beginning was like.
Nov 28, 2006 11:58 AM
Craig Bartels
The Indy Realty Shop - Indianapolis, IN
Everytime I get on activerain, it just blows me away the marketing brilliance they have employed and the thought "why didn't anyone think of this before now".  It's just brilliant and will continue to grow.  Now if I could only make the top 25 list!  hahaha
Nov 28, 2006 11:58 AM
Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO

Leanne you gave me such good homework today; I truly enjoyed going back and reading the posts you highlighted in YOUR post today; and I know that was the point, to read them! Sue Melhorn's post - what a great first blog with timely advice. Learning about Matt's hobby, I find that very intriguing. And Margaret Rome, well I read her post and then said what is the matter with you Carole you haven't added her to your associates list yet; I can't afford to miss her blogs, she is excellent.

Thank you again for all your loving efforts on this post -

Nov 28, 2006 11:59 AM
Maureen Francis
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel

Holy moly, Leanne, look at all those pics and links!

Shortly after joining AR in August, I started rummaging through the first posts.  It really was a learning experience.  It helped me to understand a lot.  Thanks for putting out this guided tour.  I would add 'historian' to your titles. 

Nov 28, 2006 12:17 PM
Carl Guild
Carl Guild & Associates - East Hampton, CT
Central Connecticut Real Estate
Fantastic!! Absolutely fantastic! Thank you
Nov 28, 2006 12:37 PM
Roberta Murphy
San Diego Previews Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes

Leanne: I second Bill's nomination!  It is strange to consider the first ten days in July of this year as distant history. Must be, though, because Active Rain wasn't even on my radar at that time!  

You deserve an award! In fact, I think I will nominate you....

Nov 28, 2006 12:51 PM
Jay Thompson
Zillow - Seattle, WA

What a great post!

Ah the old days. I joined AR on June 17. A few days later I got an email from the Rainfather hinself, Matt Heaton, thanking me for inviting "so many members" to the network (it was about 12 people).

There were no blogs, no forums. We grew the network by word of mouth.  

Paul Sullins (may he rest in peace) and I were slugging it out for the Number 1 ranking in the network. I remember when he got to 5,000 points -- I didn't think I'd ever catch him. FIVE THOUSAND POINTS?!?!  I did catch him, but only briefly.

I remember Paul and I and a couple of others being accused of "cheating" to get points, and that there was NO WAY anyone could get 10,000 points unless they cheated....

Ahh, the good old days.

And there were no Kiwi's around then either... 

Nov 28, 2006 01:20 PM
Angus in Naperville IL
RE/MAX of Naperville - Naperville, IL

Great Job Leanne! It's hard to figure waxing nostalgic about something that happened just  5 months ago... but there you are.. 5 months is eons in internet time!

Nov 28, 2006 03:43 PM
Jacqulyn Richey
Prominent Realty Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
LOL. It seems so long ago..... -Charles
Nov 28, 2006 06:16 PM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Kristal, Teresa, Carl, Angus and Charles - thanks... and, yes, it truly is hard to believe that this was just 5 months ago... though as Angus (a.k.a. "Moo") put it - that's eons in Internet time!

Brad - I'd say you're already doing quite well with your blogging.  Your friend gave you good advice in his letter and you offer some great advice of your own on a popular place known as "Some Day Isle".  Keep up the great work and take solice in the fact that those who cut and paste from other people's blogs or websites may cheat their way up the point system, but as Marti Garaughty commented, "they never develop a following. You can't borrow a personality, a point of view or a brain..."

TLW - a simple "thank you" comment is sufficient... though a crystal ball that can give me tonight's winning lotto numbers would be nice, too.  LOL!  ;-)

Ines - it makes me wish I'd joined waaaaay back on July 9th when Kristal Kraft sent me the first of three invitations I'd receive (each from a different person) before I finally joined in late August.  Oh, well... hindsight is 20/20!

Craig - I thought your video tours post offered up some good information and got some people's attention. Keep up the good work.

Carole - you get an A+ on your homework assignment, my dear friend!

Maureen F. - Historian?  Maybe, but it makes me sound older than I am... I prefer Bill French's "New Librarian" description... sounds sexier.  Glad you liked the guided tour.

Roberta - Thank you for the (2nd) nomination.  Let me know if I make it to the virtual 'red carpet'.

Jay - Now that you have over 62K points, 5K points does seem like a lifetime ago, doesn't it?  ...and what would I do without my 'mangos' to remind me that I should be eating more fruits?  :-)

Nov 28, 2006 08:45 PM
Ed DeChristopher
Yet another very clever person using Active Rain!
Nov 28, 2006 10:26 PM
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Active Rain archivist Leanne!!! With all due repect to Bill French AR is not a library... or we'd be getting shooshed... well not as much today as back when I worked in libraries in high school and college ...but Active Rain is not libraryish.  

Great post Leanne.  I read it yesterday... read some of the links and ran out of time to comment.  Forgive me.  

Thanks for doing all the work on it and sharing it.  Definitely one to bookmark to come back to...

Nov 29, 2006 12:22 AM
Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate
I was invited months before I actually participated.  I stayed on from June I think with my funky little 100 pt total, not knowing what I was missing.  The couple of months I've been active have been wonderful.  What a great group, what a awesome concept!!!
Nov 29, 2006 03:10 AM
Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
You can't borrow a personality, a point of view or a brain..."   omg I love that phrase! And Leanne, how about Sexy Historian Chick? 
Nov 29, 2006 03:30 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Ed and Maureen - Thanks for stopping by... and for the compliments!

Chris - You're not alone... there are others who signed up early on and then sort of forgot about AR for a while.  You're here now and that's what's important.

Carole - I'm glad you got a kick out of that phrase, even if the credit for it goes to another member.  Hmmm... how to combine historian/virtual librarian/online researcher?  How about Netrian? Just call me 'Lexy Netrian'. Yeah, that's it... that's the ticket!  LOL!

Nov 29, 2006 04:40 AM
CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
Hi Leanne...I am thrilled to be in such great company...thanks for the work you did to put this together.
Nov 30, 2006 03:27 PM
Shannon Moore
Green Lion Realty - North Port, FL
Realtor, Sarasota & Charlotte
Neat! I was just going through some of the "old timers" blogs and reading them and came across your blog. Great job Leanne! Looks like AR has come along way. One person that I didn't see in the post that came to mind was the late great Paul Sullins. He was one of the original members of AR and brought a lot of agents on board.
Feb 14, 2007 01:45 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist
Roxanne & Shannon (M & M's) - Thank you so much for the nice compliment.  Yes, AR has definitely come a long way since the "early days".  Regarding Paul Sullins... I actually did mention him, except it was in my second edition of the "ActiveRain - The Early Days" series.  If you enjoyed this edition, you will likely enjoy the second one.
Feb 14, 2007 01:53 AM
Gene Dexter
Asset Realty - Seattle, WA
Seattle Realtor

Oh my! You did some research here! Thanks for including me.




Mar 09, 2008 06:28 AM