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Niki Parekh has asked us to show what ActiveRain means to us via a collage presentation challenge. Sounds like fun! Little did I know how much time this was going to take me! LOL... that's ok - it was a fun project!

All of you that have subscribed to me and come visit my blog with your appreciative comments is what keeps me blogging here! OK then, the collage has to be about your smiling faces! Now, how do I make it different? I could just download everybody's profile photo and put something together, but no... won't do... different Craig... different!

We all know each other virtually and become friends here in the rain. It is hard to really know a person more fully if the only photo you have ever seen of them is their ONE profile photo. And moreover, we might have the inclination to post an older photo of ourselves (few less wrinkles, few less pounds hehe). I get it, but that's not us now! When you meet a client in person, we can't send the 25 year old version of ourselves! So I called on you (my subscribers) to action to help me. Send me a RECENT photo of yourself and make it something less formal... help us to have another glimpse into your world.

And so you responded! Thank you! All of you who sent in your photos are in my finished collage. Marilyn, you are the only one that didn't make it in the collage because it came in just a little too late. HOWEVER, your photo is the perfect illustration of what I wanted! So we will see yours above featured in this post!

So let me present to you my collage! The JPG below is way too small to see all the details, click on it to open it as a full resolution PDF file and then you can zoom and pan around a little! Further, I have two other things to share with you... I created a custom map of where all these smiling faces came from and I created an online photo album, where you can play the photos in a slideshow so you can see everybody that participated.

Enjoy! I know I did. :)

Click to see the Collage PDF


Click to see the Map

(note: zoom in on the map to have a closer look, click on any pin to see who it is)

Click to see the photo slideshow

(note: when you get to the photos page best viewed in slideshow/"fullscreen" modes)

And to top off the celebration... :)
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Donna Malone
Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals - Bridgewater, NS
Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia

Wow, Craig, I can see it must have taken a long time. But worth it. A great collage.

May 30, 2011 03:53 AM #45
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Craig, this is very impressive collage. I am way behind you and other AR members - still trying to figure out how to put a collage together. I wish for 48-hour days. I hope your collage is the winning one.

May 30, 2011 04:08 AM #46
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Debb - I'm glad you were part! :: Donna - I agree it was worth it, thank you :: Elizabeth - I'm for the 48 hr day plan, where do we put in our request? thanks for visiting! :)

May 30, 2011 07:41 AM #47
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Nicely done. Keep up the good work!

Blooming for  you!

May 31, 2011 01:02 AM #48
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

Hi Craig,

Way cool, and as usual you plussed it well beyond what mere mortals, would have thought of, very cool, thanks for the inclusions.

May 31, 2011 08:47 AM #49
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

The collages are fantastic!  Thank you for including me and for all the great tips and information you provide. It is VERY appreciated!


May 31, 2011 09:59 AM #51
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Roy - you always leave such colorful comments :) thanks :: Pfanns - so glad you were a part of it, you guys are always there on my blog, appreciated! :: Barbara - thanks so much! I think there will be a vote to pick the winner... if you think of it again later :: Bruce - glad you were a part and got to come back to see the final result, thanks! :)

May 31, 2011 10:40 AM #52
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Congratulations on the 100,000 points and the creative collage.  Good luck and I hope you win the collage contest.

May 31, 2011 11:54 AM #53
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Craig, what a super job!  Both on the 100,000 point milestone and the collage.  So glad to be a part of it and so enriched by all that you share with us.  This community is lucky to have you.

May 31, 2011 01:32 PM #54
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
This is really neat. Now I am wondering how you did all this.
Jun 01, 2011 12:00 AM #55
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Evelyn - thanks so much, watch for the voting opportunity! ;) :: Leah - thanks so much, glad to have known you from the start of the AR journey! :: Cheryl - I emailed you some notes... :)

Jun 01, 2011 02:36 AM #56
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Craig, I hadn't realized it was a challenge that prompted the collage!  Well done and I'm sure you're a shoe-in with all the extras you gave yours!!  Thanks for the inclusion!  Here's to the next 100,000 ~ I know they'll be worth watching for!

Jun 01, 2011 02:42 AM #57
Kenneth Cole
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com... - Staten Island, NY
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

A very late entry.

Jun 01, 2011 03:26 AM #58
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Craig - you did a spectacular job on your collage - I love it, it's so creative! I think I missed the challenge date, but you've inspired me to make my own AR collage just for the fun of it!

Jun 01, 2011 06:05 AM #59
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Awesome collage, Craig!  I love seeing so many members out of their profile 'uniforms!'  And, of course, Lenn Harley's rocks!

Jun 01, 2011 02:47 PM #60
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Craig, How did this not get featured?  What an amazing collage.  This is a winner for sure.  You did an incredible job.  Congratulations on your 100,000 points.  You are such a leader here in the rain and I appreciate you :)

Jun 01, 2011 03:07 PM #61
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Craig, fantastic job!!  thank you so much for including me although I was late for the very important date like Alice in Wonderland!!  I enjoy your teaching posts and learn alot from what you share keep it coming and you will zoom up with another 100,000 quickly!

Jun 01, 2011 05:51 PM #62
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Pamela - yes, like all AR contests, this was a good one... now we wait for the pick of the top 5 and then I'm pretty sure they put it up for community vote, watching to see :)

Ken - cool pic can't wait to see you and the planes in person

Kristine - thanks so much, appreciate that, I try and keep an eye out for your collage

Debe - I enjoyed seeing that too, appreciate everyone for being great sports in helping!

Elizabeth - so nice to see you visiting my blog, thank you so much! :)

Marilyn - thanks for sending in a photo, glad you made it into my post and my map and album :)

Jun 02, 2011 05:19 AM #63
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

ok folks, the time to vote is here!

please vote for your favorite !! :)


Jun 02, 2011 08:38 AM #64
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Craig you did an absolutely spectacular job on this!  WOW!!!  My vote has been cast.  When do we find out the results?  Gosh, the work you put into this!

Jun 06, 2011 11:48 AM #65
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