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!
Near Torrey, Utah