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Oh Friday, how I love thee!  You romance me from the morning light, keep me motivated throughout the day with thoughts of the weekend and I'd just like to kiss you right now!  Anybody ever just need a weekend? unplug and relax?  Very hard for most of you to do but this weekend I shall conquer such a task!  I highly recommend you try to do it too.  Unplug the tv, crank up some Beastie Boys (RIP Adam Yauch) and dance your heart out!!!  :)  Ok, back to reality...Friday work day isn't quite over yet...

This week we launched our very first Boot Camp series.  With over 350 energetic members in attendance it's proved to be a valuable tool for newbies as well as seasoned members.  Bob's taking us on an 8-week course where each stop is dishing out valuable lessons in everything ActiveRain, blogging, SEO and so much more.  Not only are we providing the education but we have different private groups set up for each "team" to get the support they need.  Thank you to everyone who is making this Boot Camp series possible!  If you'd like to sign up, please do so using the Boot Camp link. 

Our hightest blogging day had you guys pumping out 4,210 new blog entries in one day and the highest comment day was 4,706.  Not too shabby my peeps, not too shabby.  Cathy Bureau had the most pageviews and comments last week with Why Do Realtors® Make Such High Commission?  A hot topic amongst you all, highlighted in the Daily Drop and a well written quality content post so congrats to Cathy!

A couple of fun contests ended but with every ending there is a new beginning so be sure to check out May's contests and get involved.

Lots of work on AR's backend is in progress so we thank our IT team for putting in the long hours.  Look for a post early next week that will explain some of the changes you'll soon see on AR which will help load time, ranking and other benefits.

I'm very proud of you guys as you share your triumphs with us this week and continue to crank out those posts and comments.  Now get out there and DANCE!!

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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Kerrie, I'm planning on having a lazy weekend. One advantage of doing commercial real estate.

May 04, 2012 11:37 PM #23
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I'm have a slow cup of coffee with nothing on the agenda until 1pm--spending Saturday morning in jammies is a sweet treat to be sure.

May 05, 2012 12:01 AM #24
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Wrapping Friday around you like a warm summer breeze with a hint of fragrance applied gently with a touch of sweet memory..

May 05, 2012 12:14 AM #25
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Kerrie~ I missed out on Boot Camp this week.  Thursday mornings are a challenge for me, almost any other morning would be better.  Can we still access the webinars that we missed?

May 05, 2012 01:26 AM #26
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


            Great picture and yes the Spring has made me more energetic. Take care and have a great day!

May 05, 2012 02:21 AM #27
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

HAPPY CINCO de MAYO girl. Have some fun Mexican fest and delicious drinks!

May 05, 2012 03:06 AM #28
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

I'm gonna have some Brass Monkey to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! I actually heard that MCA passed on the way home from meeting another ActiveRainer for lunch yesterday. We met in the middle, both travelling about an hour and a half. Jared is Awesome!

May 05, 2012 10:14 AM #29
Jim Patton
Century 21 M&M - 209-404-0816 - Turlock, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor.

Kerrie - I am taking a few days off for the first time in a while.  I am in AZ visiting my daughter and 5 year old granddaughter.  We are having a blast but it's a lot harder keeping up with a 5 year old now than it was all those years ago when I was raising her mother.   Have a great weekend.

May 05, 2012 01:22 PM #30
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Hello Kerrie,

I hope you are enjoying your “unplugged” Sunday J

Have a great day!


May 05, 2012 10:33 PM #31
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Million $ Guild Cert Luxury Home KW Land Division

Unplugged?  Yeah, this just means I am taking care of you guys before I hit the boat and the liquer.  have a great sunday.

May 06, 2012 12:47 AM #32
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


Thanks for the info about the boot camp. If I can spare some time I will try to attend some of these useful Webinars.

May 06, 2012 03:49 AM #33
Leslie Ebersole
Swanepoel T3 Group - Saint Charles, IL
I help brokers build businesses they love.

I'm jealous....Fridays are rev up days for another weekend of Realtor fun. Gotta make hay while the sun shines!

May 06, 2012 11:33 PM #34
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

LOL! You are so cute!! Monday is my Friday, Tuesday is my Saturday... Wednesday is Sunday.... real estate has me all confused on what day of the week it is! ☺

May 07, 2012 01:06 AM #35
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Donna - Yes, the recordings and Action Items are in the highlighted post in your private colored group. 

May 07, 2012 01:53 AM #36
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hey Kerrie-thanks for bring attention to the Boot camp link. Also cool notice of Cathy B. from San Antonio:)

May 10, 2012 08:41 PM #37
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Thank you Kerrie.  I found them!

May 11, 2012 05:59 AM #38
Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer Coun... - Roseville, CA
Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals

Kerrie, regarding the changes, I do appreciate the shorter load times we have by everyone's blog page only having the latest post appearing (and without comments). However, I'm looking forward to reading the upcoming announcement regarding the changes to find out:

  1. If we go back and change our old blog posts to have <70 characters in the title, will previous links that were created for the "old blog post" still work for the "new blog post"? Or do we have to go back and change all of our links, too? What about shortened URLs, will they still work?
  2. Regarding pre-selected subjects within AR Channels, will there be a blog post explaining specifically which types of blog posts should fall within each subject? My issue is that in the "Real Estate Market" channel, there are several different subjects that seem to be similar...and therefore a little confusing as to which one to choose - Market Trends, Market Statistics, Home Values or Real Estate Market Reports?
Love your umbrella pic! :)


May 11, 2012 04:38 PM #39
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


Another in a long line of reasons why AR is the place to be.

May 12, 2012 03:11 AM #40
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Leilani - You don't have to change your old links, this is more of a "going-forward" type of thing.  If you do change them, the previous links will still work as well as the shortened urls.  The Channels are up to your discretion just as they were before.  We narrowed the list down because having 600K+ wasn't helping AR in any way.  Find which ones work for you and if a certain Channel gets you more clicks/views than others.  Totally up to you my dear. 

May 14, 2012 03:51 AM #41
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Hey, missy~I know this was awhile back, but EVERY FRIDAY is to be celebrated if it means time OFF. I wrote a post recently about finding the wilderness and unplugging, something that everyone from Jesus to Thoreau did--maybe not with a laptop, but you get my drift!

May 24, 2012 10:27 AM #42
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