Life Without Active Rain......

Real Estate Agent with Aubrey and Associates Realty

We wrote our first Active Rain post on October 11, 2007.  At the time I had no idea what I was getting into.  I also had no idea what I really had when we joined Active Rain.  It was a lot smaller community then, there weren't a lot of groups and nowhere near the membership that we have now.  I will admit that our blog writing was pretty inconsistent, some months we would post several blogs, other months, not so many.

The point system here at Active Rain gets maligned by some of the members, not me.  That point system with the real challenge to become number one in my City, then County and finally in the State kept me focused on writing, it made become more consistent.  It challenged me to learn more about Real Estate in general and my local community in specific.  This system of points has also pushed me into taking better photographs, not only for our listings, but as photos to add to my blogs. 

I can't even begin to enumerate nor quantify what I have learned from each of you.  Even more, I can't put a value on the social relationships that we have developed as Members of Active Rain.  When we joined it was free to join, and at the time I thought that it was foolish not to join in the learning here at Active Rain.  This was before there was an Active Rain University page, but I felt that everytime that signed on, I was attending the University of Real Estate.  Some of the best Minds in Real Estate have written here, some have chosen to move on, others have chosen to stay.  I am grateful to all of you, but I am especially grateful for those who have stayed and continued to share their immense talents and knowledge with us.

Thank you, you have taught me, entertained me, made me laugh and cry.  I don't know about any of you, but I can't imagine life in Real Estate without Active Rain!


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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Tony & Darcy~ There is no place else like Active Rain.  It is so rewarding...learning, sharing, building relationships.  It's made a difference in my business AND in my life!

May 08, 2012 03:53 AM #1
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Been here a little less than 1 year. Always enjoy the jokes and pictures. Some complain about those things getting points, but I need the humor and it is a fun and harmless outlet.

There is plenty of great information...the search is quite lacking, but maybe they will fix it one day.

May 08, 2012 04:25 AM #2
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good evening Tony and Darcy.

The first thing I always look at, at your posts are those amazing photos.

May 08, 2012 06:54 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I remember my broker prompting me to get involved with ActiveRain.  I silently thought to myself, "Nobody has time to sit around writing and reading blogs."  BUT apparently, they do. . .LOL

May 08, 2012 09:47 AM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Tony & Darcy,

This is such a heartfelt story and worthy of being featured. I love hearing the history of ActiveRain. It's funny, because as I read your blog with interest, I could relate to how awkward you must have felt when you first began. Sometimes, I still feel that way, especially when I can't get to blogging like I used to.

I'm sure we all have trepidation's when we began, but to start at the ground level, like you did took courage. You persisted and it paid off. You're a GREAT blogger and you've been an inspiration to me.

May 08, 2012 09:02 PM #5
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

What a great tribute to the ActiveRain members, Tony. I had a hard time getting going in it and felt funny about what and how I was posting. Look at us now. I enjoy your posts and hope to for years to come.

People who don't belong or participate don't know what they are missing.

May 08, 2012 11:39 PM #6
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Donna, I feel the same way!

Than, I would agree with your assesment of the search feature, other than that, it is a great place!

Joshua, Thank you!  We do appreciate that!

Myrl, I believe that it was Jay Thompson who suggested that we start here.  We had met him through a Point2 blogging site that no longer exists.

Patricia, Thank you!  If it gets a feature that will be an honor, but like I said, I really have gained so much by being here!

Toni, If nothing else, this is a great training place on what and how to post industry specific and other blogs.

All have a great day!

May 09, 2012 12:57 AM #7
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Tony and Darcy

Thanks for sharing your Active Rain story.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 09, 2012 01:22 AM #8
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Lou, Thank you for stopping and commenting!


May 09, 2012 03:07 AM #9
Jim Brooks
The Brooks Team- Realty One Group - Henderson, NV

Tony & Darcy,

 I'm glad Activerain has worked out so well for you both. Thank you for the amazing posts. Keep it up!

May 10, 2012 07:48 AM #10
. 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC
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Hi Tony and Darcy~  I am smiling all the way out to your place from the mountains here in NC./..Like you, I've had the wonderful experience of connecting with folks all across the nations via AR...and so appreciate the opportunity...and Y O U !

May 17, 2012 06:40 AM #11
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Jim, Thank you!  Have a great day!

janeAnne, Thank you, it is a great place to hang out!

May 18, 2012 02:52 AM #12
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Tony & Darcy,

Great post and picture. I certainly agree with you as ActiveRain is a wonderful to hang out at, make friends, share ideas and knowledge and just a great place to network with other professionals.

Have a great weekend.

Jun 21, 2012 11:10 PM #13
Demarco & Marisa
Remax Kings Realty - Riverside, CA
"The Choice is Clear!"
I thought that blogging was a big waste of time.... before I got involved with AR! Although I don't know many personally on AR, I feel like I have a real estate family that spans the world. I can relate with your story. Have a blessed weekend! ~Marisa
Jun 30, 2012 11:10 AM #14
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