Drum roll please . . . . . ba-dump! 200,000 points - and a lot of benefits!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

Drum roll please . . . . . . . . . . . ba-dump!  I made it!  This post pushes me over 200,000 points.  Yea!  I'd like to thank the academy, my parents, the dog who has patiently waited for breakfast while I blogged, my wife who is sleeping and doesn't care that I'm blogging, all of my English teachers who wrote, "Mike could do better.  He isn't applying himself, but if he ever does . . .", the AR gods who have featured my blogs and bumped me up in points, the wonderful AR readers who also added to my points by commenting and re-blogging and suggesting my posts, and . . . . . .

In all sincerity, blogging not only has been fun, it has opened so many new avenues for me that I'm literally awestruck.  My wife tried for years to get me to blog, but I always said I didn't have time.  She set up a WordPress site for me and it still sits dormant.  Active Rain was a better start for me since it is more interactive.  Let give you a list of some of the benefits I've received since March 2011:

  • Multiple client contacts due to local posts - 5
  • Referrals from other AR members - 3
  • Members who have contacted me for advice - 12
  • Members who have contacted me with advice - 10
  • Interviews with national real estate related companies - 2
  • Requests from other online media to re-post my blogs - 3
  • Requests from local media to re-publish my blogs - 1
  • Requests from news media for me to write a regular column - 1
  • Contacts from banks asking for my opinion after reading my posts - 3
  • Contacts from major US companies asking for my opinion after reading my posts - 2
  • Customers who found me through the Internet, mostly AR - 2
  • A participant to our 12 Hour Pedal for the Cure - 1 - Andrea Bedard
  • Friends made through AR - a lot - priceless

Thank you to all who read my blog, subscribe and leave encouraging comments.  Also, thanks to all who have emailed with advice, notice of boo-boos in my blogs, and ideas that would make my blog more attractive and readable.  And, thanks for those who have called and shared their lives with me.  You all ROCK!

 

Comments (113)

Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Mike:

Congratulations!  Reaching 200,000 points is a great milestone. I pasted 200,000 point in November.  It is a good feeling.

Dec 09, 2011 03:46 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Congratulations to you too, Evelyn.  It was easier than I thought, but now I have bigger numbers to consider.  500K is my next big goal.  It might be a while before you hear about that one.  8=)

Dec 09, 2011 04:12 AM
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Congrats on proving that hard work and a little time result in a lot of results from blogging.  I look forward to more great content from you.

Dec 09, 2011 07:49 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Thanks, Bryan.  It has been interesting.   Have a great weekend!

Dec 09, 2011 08:19 AM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I had to keep reading those sentences that looked alike but were different. For advice and with advice stumped this speed reader. Fun post.

Dec 09, 2011 10:41 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Got to keep you on your toes, Cheryl!  Happy Saturday!!

Dec 10, 2011 12:22 AM
Coral Gundlach
Compass - Arlington, VA
Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate.

Congrats!  Those are impressive numbers only since March.    I am sure you will be a AR milionaire before you know it!

Dec 10, 2011 02:25 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Whew, Coral, that seems so far away, but I'll keep plugging!

Dec 10, 2011 02:39 AM
Keith Gilkey
Re/Max Chesapeake - Elkton, MD
410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake

Mike...congratulations on your 200K! Best wishes on climbing to the next level!

Dec 10, 2011 03:02 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Thanks, Keith.  I hope you're seeing results from your efforts!

Dec 10, 2011 03:06 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Congratulations Mike,

I know what earning that mark entailed as I am looking forward to posting my own 200k milestone soon - it was one of my goals for the year.

Onward to 300k!

Dec 10, 2011 03:11 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Thanks, Lisa.  It looks like you're knocking on that same door. 

Dec 10, 2011 03:20 AM
Jamie R. Bell
Bell Realty Group at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NEP - Glastonbury, CT
Your Central CT Realtor

Mike~Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment. I just started to get back into the swing of things and was wondering how long it would take to get to certain point levels.

Here's to a great 2012!

Dec 10, 2011 05:21 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Thanks, Jamie.  Good luck in 2012. 

Dec 10, 2011 05:49 AM
Former Agent
None - Adak, AK

Hi Mike.  Congratulations.  That's a LOT of points, blogging, participation.  Wishing you much continued success.

Dec 10, 2011 07:37 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Thank you, Aimee.  It has been fun!

Dec 10, 2011 08:02 AM
Mary Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Roswell, GA
Top Agents Atlanta Metro

Congrats, wow you really kept trac, good for you, now on your way to 300,000 and saving that extra AR dues every month.  Best Wishes.

Dec 11, 2011 03:35 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Absolutely, Mary.  It has been a good ride.

Dec 11, 2011 08:28 PM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Congrats Mike and points do matter, your monthly dues just went down, check it out....

...when you are at

- 100,000 pts, it's $39/month

- 200,000 = $29/month

- 300,000 = $19

- 400,000 = $9

- 500,000+ = free

I am at 255,000 pts and looking forward to my 300K soon.

Happy Holidays.

Dec 19, 2011 09:48 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

That does make it clear, David.  Good luck on 300K.

Dec 19, 2011 11:43 AM