While I'm quite aware that many people in this profession are here temporarily, I would have presumed that those who were active and writing in Active Rain would have been real, legit, a few steps above.
Twice in the past week, I'm come to AR to search keywods, and from that, find a resource or two whom I could reach out to. I've been shocked in that many, the majority of people I found, are no longer here. Not a post since 2009 or 2010, the links to their own site get me a 411 error or an offer to purchase the domain.
Evidently, it's not just someone who posts a few times (or, posts a few "commercials"), but rather, those who are real are those who post repeatedly, with longevity. Surely there's a lesson here.