A Wonderful Comment From a Featured Artist | Who Reads Our Posts?

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For many bloggers on ActiveRain we wonder "who is reading our posts?"  Sometimes we know because we receive comments on them.

But what about the general population?  Rarely do we get comments from the general public. 

I have a WordPress blog as well.  Many posts are written in both ActiveRain and BuyersAgentPortland.com

In August this year I published two posts

In my posts I wrote:

"If you notice, Fortuna does not have any arms. I would love to ask the artist what inspired him in this manner? Perhaps, even Fortuna relies on fate and luck in her fortune and does not make it for herself?"

And lo and behold, Simon Toparovsky answered me!! I received the following comment the other day.  I rarely get comments from consumers, the general public . . . let alone artists that I feature in my localism posts!

Made my day!  I love "FORTUNA"


You can see more of Simon Toparovsky's work here:  The Art of Simon Toparovsky Installations

In reality, I could never commission a work of art like this.   BUT . . . I can still be a patron of the arts through my posts!!

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Dick and Dixie Sells
Sells Real Estate, LLC - Trinity, FL
Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale

Carla- Sure that gave you a big smile! You just never know who is out there reading your posts, do you? Congrats on the feature as well!

Aug 19, 2012 10:08 PM #43
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

That is amazing that he found your blog posts. You just NEVER know!

Aug 19, 2012 10:21 PM #44
Peter Michelbach
International, IT
i Sell Real Estate

Carla -- Congrats!! You are a true warrior and passionate advocate of the 'good common cause'! Blessings from 'down under'

Aug 19, 2012 10:22 PM #45
Kathryn Maguire
GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

Oh yes that would make your day.  That is so cool!

Aug 19, 2012 10:52 PM #46
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Wow!!!  How cool is that???  That's a great story Carla, thanks for sharing it with all of us.                                                   

Aug 19, 2012 11:24 PM #47
The Isaacs Team llc
Slate Properties 1121 5th St NW DC 20001 - Washington, DC

Fantastic, Carla! We know buyers and sellers read our blogs because AR gets such great position on Google, but to have a response like this must have been quite an exciting surprise! 

Aug 19, 2012 11:34 PM #48
Samantha Smith
214.422.0729 www.SamIAmHouses.com - Rowlett, TX
Sam I Am Houses, d+b Real Estate, Lake Ray Hubbard

WOWziers ... that is sooo awesome!

Aug 19, 2012 11:35 PM #49
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
Carla, that is way too cool. You never know who is reading your posts is so right. Glad to see who is reading yours.
Aug 19, 2012 11:37 PM #50
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Carla - how wonderful... just proves how so many people read the blogs. Congratulations on the feature.

Aug 20, 2012 12:23 AM #51
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

That is absolutely terrific.  I bet it made your day big time.  Nice to know we're just not typing because we like to type.

Aug 20, 2012 01:09 AM #52
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

It always amazes me who reads our posts. I have been interviewed by Businessweek and other trade publications because of my blogs. keep blogging

Aug 20, 2012 01:53 AM #53
Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

Nicely done! But if you hadn't asked such an insightful question, you likely would not have gotten that response, so good for you!

Aug 20, 2012 02:09 AM #54
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I agree with #55 - you did a little more than just write about the art.  You asked a question which meant that the art touched you in some way and the artist responded to it.  Congrats!

Aug 20, 2012 02:47 AM #55
Paula McDonald
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury - Granbury, TX
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
Way to go Carla. That is really a cool thing and very complimentary.
Aug 20, 2012 03:10 AM #56
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Now THAT is cool, Carla!  And definitely a lesson learned too.  You just never know how far-reaching or how broad of an audience you will command through your blogging and online presence ...



Aug 20, 2012 03:42 AM #57
Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 - Santa Maria, CA
Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879

How cool Carla. 

There is something about blogging that is just fun, right?


Aug 20, 2012 12:13 PM #58
What Not To Renovate - Milan B.
Palm Coast, FL
We provide tips & trends on home renos & designs


Congrats on the feature.

Wow, that's really amazing.

Keep up the good work!

Aug 20, 2012 03:15 PM #59
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

WOW Carla that is fantastic... congratulations on the feature and receiving a comment from the artist.

Aug 21, 2012 09:56 AM #60
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Normally, I never comment on posts with over 25 comments, Carla.  But, I, too, happen to be a big fan of Fortuna and Toparovsky.  My parents lived between Salem and Portland, and when I would visit them, we always made at least one stop to see this. 

Thanks for sharing your incredible  conversation with a master!

Aug 21, 2012 11:06 AM #61
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Carla- all I can say is "WOW"!  you just never knoiw who's reading your post, do you?!

Aug 25, 2012 09:48 AM #62
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