So many ActiveRain members I knew are gone ... where did they go?

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So many ActiveRain members I knew are gone ... where did they go?


I have been going through ActiveRain members I subscribe to and looking at the last date they posted or blogged, so many date back to 2008, 2009, 2010 and the beginning of 2011.

So I am (unsubscribing) to these AR members because I follow so many, and they haven't posted in a very long time.

Where did these members go? And why did they quit posting & blogging at AR?

It saddens Vegas Bob ... ;o(

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Robert "Vegas Bob" Swetz  

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If you are interested in Investment Properties in Las Vegas and the State of Nevada I can help you with all your needs.

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"Have a Wonderful Day"


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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Bob - It appears that some members are not actively blogging as they did in the past. AR membership growing. Thank you for sharing quality blog.

Nov 28, 2011 03:47 PM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

VB:) it is a strange phenomenon as if they had a business strategy and they gave it a time and if they did not meet it they left? I remember one member who is not hear any more said to me " not get involved in the personalities, just do it for you 'real audience: your clients' maybe that is a reason...who knows...

Nov 28, 2011 03:56 PM #12
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

There are probably as many reasons as there are people.  I have one of those WP sites, I usually blog the same posts to both sites.  Lotsa people have left the industry.  Some leaderboard headers in AZ blog listings only or blog in their own groups and almost never have comments.  Different Strokes...

Nov 28, 2011 04:14 PM #13
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I'm still here VB!  :)

I love that photo, you do have some unique pieces.

Nov 28, 2011 04:37 PM #14
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

VB - Many members have left, but at the same time, many new members have joined, and it's great to get to know some new blood.  I do miss those who have vanished into thin air, though - it is kind of sad.

Nov 28, 2011 05:02 PM #15
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and morning VB

VB, I had to come back, this morning the site has been really messing up and running really slow. Its just took 20 minutes for a comment that I was leaving on a blog post to upload. I had an error message come up 5 times.

Something which I have not ever blogged about, 2 years ago when the spammers first started visiting the blog posts here on the AR site. I ended up losing over 3800 points because of spam comments which were left on my blog posts. The staff at AR did not tell us about the spam program they ran would take away all points of a blog post, which had a spam comment on it. The only reason I found out about it, was because I called a staff member to find out why I had lost the points. They did not give the points back to me.   

May each and every day bring you and your family many blessings!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Nov 28, 2011 06:02 PM #16
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

VB * I cull through my subscription list every month and am UNsubscribing when the frequency of posts dwindle....sorry to see them go.  Maybe they hit the LOTTERY!

Nov 28, 2011 07:15 PM #17
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Vegas Bob,

There are many that are no longer in the business and some using other platforms. It takes commitment and requires dedication to stay with posting on a regular basis:). Love your photo!

Nov 29, 2011 12:02 AM #18
Paula McDonald ~ GRI
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

The ebb and flow of our business.  I find it rare to find someone who really sticks with something for very long.  Glad you are still here though!

Nov 29, 2011 12:51 AM #19
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

You may want to reach out to them instead of unsubscribe...maybe they'll come back.  I haven't been here as long, but I've seen people go...and then once in a while (and it happened yesterday), they come back.  If you unsubscribe, you'll never know.

Nov 29, 2011 01:13 AM #20
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I have to do the same and go thru  my list, as well as my group list...I seem to post to the same groups...

Nov 29, 2011 01:19 AM #21
Stephanie Stringer
First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764 - San Antonio, TX
Mortgage Loan Originator

VB- Love the photo.   I have not looked at my subscribers list in awhile on who's posting and who is not.  Good point. 

Nov 29, 2011 02:08 AM #22
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


Noticed the same thing. I guess people's interests change. Don't know if I congratualted you on the million points or not. Very cool! :)


Nov 29, 2011 03:52 AM #23
Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

That's a really cool photo.  Where was this taken?

I have no idea where your associates have gone...:(  I have only been around since this spring.  So I am a youngling...:)

Old friends and new friends...

Nov 29, 2011 04:47 AM #24
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

They moved on. ActiveRain is not necessarily an end point on the train of life, just a stopping point. For some it's a daily stopping point, for others a weekly or monthly stopping point. Still others got off and went off in search of the world.

Nov 29, 2011 07:58 AM #25
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello everyone and thanks so much for stopping by ... ;o)


Nov 29, 2011 12:49 PM #26
Mike Hill & Rita Norman
Norman- Hill Properties /Crown Key Realty - Concord, CA

Hi Bob,

Up until a few weeks ago, I was one of those Bloggers you are talking about, and yes I did put a a lot of effort into my blogs... and then I disappeared ...  Life Happens.

Now I'm back and actually, it's hard to just pick up where I left off... but after taking some very good advise form my friend Susan Goulding, I'm working my way back by sharing the photos I love to take.

I found your Groups and I hope to post more photos. Thanks for your inspirations.



Nov 30, 2011 07:12 AM #27
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I'm loving that picture too.  Maybe they couldn't keep up the pace like you do and so they had to do something else!  I'm glad to hear you will be chillin a bit for the next few months... you deserve a break.  Take the wife and kids out for an adventure!

Nov 30, 2011 01:08 PM #28
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates - Roanoke, TX
Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods

VB, please don't unsubsribe from me....i would be devastated if you did, you were one of my first subscribers....i have been absent commenting over the past couple of months because, well you can go back about 5 blog post on my blog and find out why.  So I have had a lot on my plate in dealing with various affairs, etc....been here, just wasn't ready to comment, but this is my first comment in almost two months, ready to get back into it....and ready to start posting blog post again...I know it happened around the holidays but i thought i would hear from a lot more of my active rain friends than i did. 

Looks like I missed you crossing the million point milestone and I am sorry I missed the party.  Please be patient as I get acclimated again and looking forward to seeing your post again soon.

your brother in arms,


p.s. when are you going to get a current photo VB? or is it?  shaving off your mustache and Gote' tooks years off you!

Jan 11, 2012 09:15 AM #29
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello John ... it's all good and it's great to have you back!

VB ;o)

Jan 11, 2012 11:11 AM #30
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