It's all about Philadelphia baby - Change of pace

Mortgage and Lending with Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc



Active Rain has changed so much since I first started in October of 2006. I remember the membership to be around 6,000 or so. Now it's up over 213,000 people. Many of you might not know who I am because my blogging has slowed down considerably in 2011 and so has my overall participation. Several reasons... I have been writing for 4 1/2 years. My first 2 years, I was writing like 30 blog posts a month. And as many of you know, it can be time consuming when writing, reading, and commenting.  Also, I love mortgages, helping those with questions, and to educate them. But mortgages in general are just boring. I just hit my 19 year anniversary 3 weeks ago. I love comments like the next one, but I have to be on here like 24/7, paying it forward, writing good stuff, and so much more. I just got burnt out.

Just the other day, I had a consumer call me from California who found me online and said, "you write some very good stuff. I have been reading your posts on The FHA Expert and a few on Active Rain." He then asks me a question and told me that 3 other lenders said it can't be done. I said that they are wrong, that it's allowed by HUD/FHA. Hey, I just always prided myself in putting good quality content out there that is easy to understand. But I just haven't done as well in recent years for several reasons.


Good news though.... I can take what I have learned in blogging, thanks partially to Active Rain and several of its members, and put it too good use. I have been working on a project for myself, a web site all About Philadelphia.


The general description :

At MyPhillyAlive, I want to share the excitement that the City of Philadelphia resonates. Sharing the passion within, from the people of Philadelphia. At MyPhillyAlive, I'll be talking about restaurants, fun bars & the city night life, the history of Philadelphia, Philly attractions & events, the arts, sports, and much more. I want people to add their experiences regarding Philadelphia, even if they are from out of town.





On top of it all, I will also be doing social media. Teaching those the basics, about blogging, the major social media platforms, how to engage, some tools, and reviewing the business's or individual's social media plan. I will also be doing this for my current company regarding mortgages. And I will still help regarding mortgages, but I am excited about keeping my passion going in blog posts when it comes to Philadelphia, especially the history of Philadelphia.


So...  this is where I have been, since I haven't been on Active Rain in the last 3 months or so. Here is a link to my facebook fan page : MyPhillyAlive - My web site will be live in about a week.You can also find me on Twitter @MyPhillyAlive .

Thanks, Jeff


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Comments (14)

Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I have been wondering about you.  I subscribed to your blog and then you were gone.  Hope you are doing well.

Sep 05, 2011 03:23 PM
Tamara Schuster
Naperville Glen Ellyn Lisle Plainfield Wheaton Illinois - Naperville, IL
Realtor Broker - Naperville

Nice blog. I love blogging and sharing too and I realize now that I am so busy I have not written but it is truly on my mind and I have ideas to share when I have more time. Glad you took the time to write.

Sep 05, 2011 03:44 PM
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

glad you are launching your new project Jeff and wish you well.  Keep us posted every once in a while here in the Rain :)

Sep 05, 2011 04:02 PM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


PAULA... thanks.. I appreciate that. Have been thinking about this project since January and about ready to launch it all... looking forward to it. Will still have a hand in mortgages and knowledge. thanks ps. just wrote a mortgage post on here the other day. ;o)

TAMARA... funny story... I hated writing from when I could remember, from 3rd grade through HS and some of college. But because I am very passionate about mortgages, putting the correct info out there, giving my honest opinion & not what others wanted to hear... being controversial at times... it was easy to write a lot... but mortgage topics became boring. With Philadelphia, just so much to write about....  thanks

MARILYN... not leaving AR.. and you can always come visit my sites... ;o) We'll talk, it's football season. Thanks


Sep 05, 2011 04:13 PM
Jamie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Jeff - Wishing you the best in your development of MyPhillyAlive.  It's always exciting to undertake a new project and this one looks like a sure winner to me. 

Sep 05, 2011 04:56 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good to hear from you Jeff, wondering what you've been up to.  Going over to check your page now.

Sep 06, 2011 02:03 AM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

DONNA>...  thanks... looking forward to it...

GABE... there is a thing called e-mail or phone..  ;o)  Seriously, thanks. Let me know what you think. My site should be live in a week.


Sep 06, 2011 05:07 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jeff  Sounds interesting looking forward to it . Just because you don't post everyday doesn't mean that I lost touch with you !

Your friend in Philadelphia and Bucks County Pa


Sep 07, 2011 07:05 AM
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

Hi, Jeff!

So glad to hear about your new 'baby'!  It sounds like so much FUN!  Stay in boss and I just started a new Real Estate would be great to run a workshop on blogging/social media through our school.

Sep 12, 2011 10:23 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Jeff, sounds great, look forward to seeing what you put out, have missed you on AR

Sep 13, 2011 09:19 AM
Kevin Polakovich
Treadstone Mortgage - Grand Rapids, MI

ncie blog and we like your idea of myphillylive, we just started a similar page on facebook called Michigan's Best Kept Secrets. The idea is that if we believe in the local business movement in person we should believe in it online too.  The link to it is

Sep 15, 2011 01:43 AM
Markita Woods NMLS#196099
Fairway Independent Mortgage Inc. - Woodbridge, VA
Queen of Mortgages - FHA, VA, Conventional, USDA


I was wondering where you had been. I look forward to checking out your new venture especially my husband is from Philadelphia.

Sep 19, 2011 10:10 AM
David Krichmar - Legend Lending - Sugar Land, TX

jeff, that is great news.  Good for you to take on something you are passionate about.  Philly is actually my home town, so i am excited to read your writings.  And please do not mention the phils and eagles doing horrible lately!!

Oct 14, 2011 09:18 AM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


Thanks everyone...

Dave... just wrote a post today regarding the Eagles, before the game.. :)  Take a peak and don't hestitate to like my new Philly fan page.. thanks


Oct 16, 2011 04:50 AM