From Rain Maker to my Local Newspaper, Yet Another Activerain Success Story

Mortgage and Lending

Chaulk up another success story to Activerain. It's been about a year since I embarked in my blogging journey. Just a loan officer with a passion for his work and a willingness to learn. What had started on Activerain, now has me writing a blog for my local news paper. It's not the big time yet, but it's the 3rd largest newspaper in MA behind the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald, and it all started here on Activerain.

I have learned so much over the past year by reading the posts of the amazing writers and social media experts on this great site. I know I still have an enormous amount of learning to go, but my Activerain education has pushed me out of my comfort zone. I now live by the phrase "Get comfortable with being uncomfortable". I first heard that from the sales book author John Chapin and it really transcends so many different things in life. When I started as a "rain maker" I didn't know the first thing about rain dances but I knew I had the enthusiasm and drive to dance up a storm.  I can say now it's starting to at least look cloudy and the rain is right around the corner. 

Activerain continues to be a sort of home base for me. I have started to branch out with my writing and my social media content, but I always return to Activerain to pick up some knowledge. What a power pellet is to PacMan, Activerain is to real estate community. 

What Active Rain Has Given Me


Social Media Education: Expanding business Facebook page I didn't a year ago

Twitter: I have used the Twitter tips to gain a loyal following of about 1,000 Twitter followers @mymortgagebuddy

YouTube: YouTube page with mortgage product updates

WordPress: I have started learning how to write a WordPress blog

Other Ideas: Developed self branding, joined a local BNI chapter, just started writing for the local newspaper, worked on a political campaign, devoloped a free mortgage app for smart phones called "freemortgagebuddy"

I could go on and on with the knowledge and ideas I have accumulated will learning to make it rain. No where else on the Internet have a I found a site that takes so many like minded real estate professionals that put their self interests aside and are willing to share ideas and teach others. 

Thank you Activerain

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Comments (6)

Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

The system works as long as we work it.  It is great to hear of the stories like this.

Jan 17, 2012 12:25 PM
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City

AR is a progressive environment.

Jan 17, 2012 12:40 PM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi John - Is that the Worcester T&G that you are writing your blogs in?

Jan 17, 2012 10:43 PM
Former Agent
None - Adak, AK

Hi John!  Wow, you are having an amazing AR and blogging experience.  Wishing you a wonderful 2012.

Jan 18, 2012 02:41 AM
Kathleen Cooper
Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Worcester, MA
Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner

So good to see John!  Love that you're using AR to it's fullest potential.  Keep up the awesome work!  Proud to say I work in the same marketplace as you.  You're doing a fine job!  :) 




Jan 24, 2012 05:52 AM
John Saari
Worcester, MA
"The Mortgage Buddy"

Thank you everyone for yoru positive comments and energy.

Jan 25, 2012 06:05 AM