ActiveRain is Like a Kick in the Pants

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ActiveRain is Like a Kick in the Pants


Some times some of us need a kick in the pants.


Perhaps it’s procrastinating or avoiding doing something, or we simply need some sort of jump start to get with the program.


It might be using a new gadget or application, trying out new marketing strategies, saying goodbye to a particular client when things are just not working, focusing more efforts on SEO, updating our profiles, blogging more regularly…you get the idea.


ActiveRain is that kick in the pants to get us moving.


Take the plunge and get moving


There are times we need to hear something more than once before it sinks in, makes sense, and we finally act on it. Hearing that others have implemented a strategy or are making an application work for them, and how they are doing so, often leads to positive action on our part – hey, I can do that. It’s motivating, and inspiring.


Perhaps we even feel a little guilty, having said to ourselves we would do such and such, and now that it’s smack in our face we have to admit it’s time to actually implement what we know we should have already done.


While we can all learn from the many posts, tutorials, and success stories there are some AR members who are particularly adept at the proverbial kick in the pants on a variety of topics.


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Brad Andersohn is one such person in particular when it comes to tech stuff. I see his most recent post 3 Things You Should Know about the New Google Search as a great example of being hit in the head with a 2 X 4. Yep, the Google search is new but his points about what this means are not really anything we haven’t heard before, just a reiteration of what we all know, but might not be doing. Hellooooo. Wake up call.


Another kicker in the pants is Katerina Gasset. If you have spent anytime at all on AR you can’t help thinking of Katerina and SEO in the same sentence, right? If you aren’t motivated to take her SEO to the Top webinar her posts on SEO will provide that much needed jolt to get you thinking about what you are not doing, and get doing it.


Lenn Harley knows a ton of stuff, and shares her knowledge, thoughts, and opinions freely. Of the many topics of which she speaks, perhaps the one that jumps out as a pants kicker is copyrights. Not a small matter, and potentially a costly one, and from the looks of what we see and hear, there are many whose pants haven’t been kicked quite enough. Lenn can do that. Check out her copyright series.


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I could go on with other names – no doubt you have your favorites. The point is that AR provides a terrific impetus to get moving on a whole host of issues. I see that as a good thing.


There’s nothing like a little kick in the pants with the cup of coffee early in the morning.


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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Wayne - why thank you. But there are many others who are so much better at kicking that I. LOL

Cara - well I think it's human nature for many of us to just think about doing things we ought to do and a reminder, or a kick, is often needed. Thank goodness we have AR!

Jordon - AR does ineed stimulate thought for its members, in aces.

Steve - it is indeed. I though it made sense whan talking about "taking the plunge."

Good luck to you, Ginny. Sounds like those kicks in the pants have paid off for you. Keep focussed - we'll see you here when you have time.

Missy - YOU need a kick in the pants??? I think I should have also included YOU in the list.


Sep 29, 2011 01:44 PM #23
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Kick me again!  I thought I'd never say that - for sure! But it's so true.  There is just so much time in a day and keeping up with all these great ideas is *******. But I need another kick in the pants as I didn't even see Brad's post. Thanks Jeff.....I needed that!

Sep 29, 2011 02:38 PM #24
Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h
You know, I hadn't actually realized before reading your blog, but AR is a kick in the pants. You're right.
Sep 29, 2011 03:26 PM #25
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
ActiveRain has kicked me in the butt many times! You guys are the only ones that can get away with it! ;)))
Sep 29, 2011 03:53 PM #26
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Craig - that is so true for me as well, and no doubt many others. It's astounding, isn't it? The challenge is finding enough time to take advantage of all that IS here.

MIke - ha ha, yep, I recall that sign that would get stuck on the back of some poor unspecting high schooler.

Pat - I like those moments, realizing that I already do something. AR is great verification we ARE on track.

Coleen - THANK YOU for those accolades for these stars!


Sep 29, 2011 04:17 PM #27
Dawn Maloney
RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist - Hudson, OH
330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio

I am so with you Jeff! AR deserves a lot more of my time - and whoever comes here and really applies the kicks that are here will really go the distance, and maybe even fly through the air (in a good way!).

Sep 29, 2011 04:39 PM #28
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Jeff--perfectly said.  Any time I think I am stuck I can find all sorts of useful information here in the Rain.  So then I get to run out of perfectly good excuses!

Sep 29, 2011 05:30 PM #29
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
The 30 day localism contest finally got me to do a 365 things to do post here because I had thirty to start with. Boy do I get your point.
Sep 29, 2011 06:49 PM #30
James Muhammad
RE/MAX Champions - Upland, CA
RE/MAX Champions

Jeff you are right and this is a very, very good Blog post.. ActiveRain is even addictive at times and with all thing we should be engaged but work hard at It to be successful.

Sep 29, 2011 06:55 PM #31
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

So true, Jeff. AR tells us what we should know, how to do it, and then a kick in the pants, to get it done. No excuses!

Sep 29, 2011 07:13 PM #32
Kate Akerly
Kaminsky Group - Manhattan Beach, CA
Manhattan Beach Residential Sales

ActiveRain has been a HUGE kick in the pants for my team in 2011.  Let me count the ways!  1) video; 2) blogging regularly; 3) writing for a local paper; 4) setting up a CRM program; 5) doing a monthly newsletter; 6) blogging on multiple platforms.  2011 has been a breakout year for my team and ActiveRain has been my coach, tutorial, resource, and guide throughout the process.

Sep 30, 2011 03:57 AM #33
Gary Burleson
Beach Water Realty - - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Homes, Condos, Foreclosures, Investment Propery


I've learned that if I don't know how to do something or have a question, just do a search on AR and I'll find the answer. Such a great resource.

Sep 30, 2011 04:24 AM #34
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Since I became a member of AR, I have learned many valuable lessons, tips and information, so it's a daily task that I'm blocking time to do. 

Sep 30, 2011 05:01 AM #35
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

If I'm feeling sluggish, I hop on over to Active Rain. It's hard to keep up with everyone here!

Sep 30, 2011 06:17 AM #36
Jayne Clement
Keller Williams Realty - Los Feliz, CA
Los Angeles Short Sale Agents

The three folks that you mention are my north stars in this business.  They provide a WEALTH of information, all so generous with their knowledge.

Sep 30, 2011 06:28 AM #37
Karen Steed
Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton - Tallapoosa, GA
Associate Broker Haralson Realty

There is always someone to give a good kick in the pants, no matter where it's needed.  There is always so much to learn.

Sep 30, 2011 08:45 AM #38
Jayson Holland - Denver, CO
Jay Holland

Active Rain is mostly a great sounding board for issues and a great discussion forum for ideas. 

Sep 30, 2011 10:07 AM #39
Jimmy Phan
Phan real estate group in hickory

it is a great post Jeff...thank you so much for reminding us...especially me

great information again

Oct 01, 2011 12:09 PM #40
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Jeff ~ the Rain is a fantastic place to both learn and play.  I really have enjoyed the knowledge that I have gained while making new cyber friends.

Oct 02, 2011 11:12 AM #41
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hey Jeff - there's nothing like a good swift kick yes, but even better than that is knowing that the relationships built here on AR reach far beyond the online walls and out into the offline real world.

Thanks for the mention my friend, I don't tell you enough how much I appreciate and value our friendship.  :-)

Oct 04, 2011 04:12 AM #42
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