Thanks For The Bling, ActiveRain!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

What’s the standing record for the most time it takes to reach 100,000 points on ActiveRain?  I’m not exactly sure.  Certainly, if I'm not in the running for top rank at least I'm deserving of an honorable mention.  Back when I joined ActiveRain in October 2011, I felt quite confident it would take forever to reach the 100,000 point milestone.  Well, it didn’t take forever, however, it did take 10 long months! 

I do love my new 100,000 points icon, though.  Please indulge me as I share a close-up 'wearing my new jewel.'  Scroll down and take a look I'll wait .... 

Carie Shapiro

 100,046 Points 28 Featured Posts Outside Blog Attended Rain Camp


Doesn't the icon look sleek and elegant underneath my Rainmaker banner?  Seriously, I really wasn't in any hurry to garner all those zeros.  Because, as I see it, when striving to accomplish the most worthwhile achievements in life  it’s really the journey that counts, isn't it?  Since becoming an ActiveRain Rainmaker, I have already made acquaintance with many fabulously, wonderful people.  Plus, I have developed meaningful connections and great friendships – not to mention the innumerable and endless ways in which to learn, teach, and grow.

You just never know where life will lead you.  One thing I've rediscovered is that it's never too late to start over, dream big, learn new skills, and set aspiring goals.  Not surprisingly, I've also been reminded that 'grabbing the prize' is not necessarily the best part.  To me, it's what you experience along the way that matters most.  Hard work, perseverance, gaining knowledge, building relationships, and paying attention to valuable lessons are much more significant.  Without a doubt, I am not the same person I was 10 months ago.  And, I can almost guarantee that I will not be the same person 10 months from now either.  So, here's to ActiveRain and beyond!  I am looking forward to new adventures and reaching many milestones in the future.  More importantly, I welcome the opportunity to travel the long and winding roads I must follow to get there.

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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust


Congrats on reaching the 100,000 milestone, I am certain you are not even close to the record for the length of time to reach that goal and actually may be in contention for just the opposite :)

Aug 22, 2012 11:08 AM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Carie- as they say,m it't the journey that can be so much fun. Glad you're here and will see your around for your next milestone. 

Aug 22, 2012 11:28 AM #24
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Kerrie:  Thanks!  I'm happy to be a member of the "Six Digit Club" ... finally :)

Anna:  Thank you for the kind words!  I've loved every minute of it too :)

Silvia:  Exactly!  And, thanks :)

Sharon:  Thank you.  It sure is exciting to hit that mark!

Bruce:  Thanks!  Yes, it has been fun and educational.  What more can you ask for? :)

Laura:  Thanks!  100,000 on my way to 1,000,000 ... onward and upward!

Jeanne & Ralph:  Thank you.  Next is 200,000 and I'm looking forward to the journey!

Janis:  Isn't it amazing how the experience changes you?  Thanks for the congratulations and I must say that the journey wouldn't have been the same without you, Janis :)  And like you, I'm not leaving anytime soon either.

Greg:  Thanks!  It just sure feels like I took longer than everyone else :)

Kathy:  Thank you.  The journey sure has been fun ... and I'm glad I'm here too :)


Aug 22, 2012 11:31 AM #25
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Carrie, I think the first 100K was the hardest.  I am hoping to reach 300K before the end of the month... I know I can do it.

Aug 22, 2012 12:24 PM #26
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Congratulations Carrie!  I think you may have achieved 100K in record time!  I don't remember that milestone well but, I think it had to have been at least a year!  GREAT JOB and I love your bling!

Aug 22, 2012 01:22 PM #27
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Carie, Debbie took the words right out of my mouth. I can't remember that far back either but I think it took awhile. Good job.

Aug 22, 2012 02:21 PM #28
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Carie, Congrats on the 100k milestone :)  And it took us over 3 years to get to 100k!  We signed up for a profile and picked up our initial points, then didn't come back for 3 years, then started logging in and lurking, then an occasional comment, then finally 6 months after that first comment our first post.  And then we STILL needed time after that to hit that 100k point.  Now you can't shut us up :)

Aug 22, 2012 08:31 PM #29
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Kathy:  You can do it!  I'll be rooting for you :)

Debe:  Thanks!  It sure seemed like it took me a l-o-n-g time :)

Tammie:  Thank you!  I'm looking forward to 100,000 being a distant memory too :)

Bill & Liz:  Thanks :)  And I appreciate you sharing your story.  Coming from such 'humble' beginnings and just look at you now!  Wowsers!!  Very inspirational ... thanks again :)

Aug 23, 2012 01:04 AM #30
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Carie. First of all, Congratulations on passing the 100K mark! That first 100K was always a challenge for many of us. I am sure the next 100K will be a lot easier, now that you understand and know how to gain those points.

Aug 23, 2012 01:06 AM #31
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Carie~ Your new jewel is beautiful!  I think you did a fabulous job of achieved this milestone is a short time!  It took me forever!

Aug 23, 2012 01:20 PM #32
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Jerry:  Thanks!  I think the next 100K will be easier too :)

Donna:  Thank you :)  It feels like it took me forever!

Aug 25, 2012 02:40 AM #33
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL
Carrie, it takes a lot of work to reach the 100,000 mile mark on ActiveRain. Congrats to you! Sharon
Sep 01, 2012 01:44 PM #34
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Congratu;ations, Carie, The first 100,000...hmmm...there are only a few % of bloggers can make it here...

(As we approach 300,000 member mark soon, I do not believe there are more than 3000 members with 100,000 points.)

If you ask me...I started blogging (?) on ActiveRain in June 2008 - and had less than 20,000 points till August 2010! And since then, no looking back...

Sep 01, 2012 01:57 PM #35
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I read this on Donna Foerster's re-blog and had to jump over and do the happy dance with you! HOORAY!!!! Congratulations to you. And yes, your new bling looks lovely!

Sep 01, 2012 01:58 PM #36
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Just saw this on a reblog.  Congrats on passing the first major milestone.  It goes fast from here.  You'll be at 200,000 in no time.

Sep 01, 2012 02:07 PM #37
Shanna Day Team Leader AZ & UT - Call 480-415-7616
Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT) - Mesa, AZ
Top 0.33 percent of 39,000 Realtors in our MLS

Great job!   Yesterday one of my buyers agents asked me, "What difference does it make if you have all those points or not."   Great question.   As I see it, we all want to rack up as many ponits as possible because it will then build referral business with those agents we create relations ships with, it will also add google juice to all the links that are clicked on with people logging onto our individual data bases plus, I've found that with all the work it has taken to garner points on Active Rain, i.e., localism blogs, it is SO VALUABLE for the long haul and the more we do and the better we get at doing quality as well as quantity, it will build our businesses exponentially.    Do I have that right or does someone else have a different take on the benefits of Active Rain?   Please respond.   Shanna

Sep 01, 2012 02:14 PM #38
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Congratulations on the big milestone Carie. Keep up the good work.

I like the new profile picture too!


Sep 01, 2012 07:04 PM #39
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N
Congratulations you should be proud of yourself and the next 100,000 will come quickly
Sep 01, 2012 09:15 PM #40
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Congratulations, Carie. It always feels good to reach a milestone and before you know it, you'll hit 200K.

Sep 01, 2012 10:27 PM #41
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Congratulations! And a special cookie just for you... So proud of you.


100,000 points HomeRome

Sep 04, 2012 01:36 PM #42
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