Paula started as an AR member around the same time I did and succeeded in meeting her goal of 100,000 points in fact she exceeded it by a lot. She describes how she did it and I congratulate her for it! Go on, Paula!
From Newbie to 133,000 Active Rain points in a year. How I did it.
I remember looking at folks with 100,000+ points this time last year, thinking it would take me 4 years to get there. Cal Yoder told he he did it in one year and gave me some tips on how to do it. I decided to try. I know the points are not everything but what are they to me? A Motivator to write, to log in and read and to comment on the blogs of others.
Here is what I did and YOU can do better!
Log In Every Day -36,500 possible points:
I logged in 321/365 days of the year. 321x100=32100 points. 88% of what was possible. That is just for logging in! As you can see I missed 4400 points by not logging in. You can have those points just by logging in every day. If you are traveling, you can log in from your smart phone.
Write a blog post every day - about 83,000 points:
I did not come close to this goal. I wrote 250 / 365 posts, 68%of what was possible. You can blog twice, the second one worth about 200 points if you missed a day.
Enter Several Contests: 500 to 7000 points each.
I entered only the contests in which everyone who posted got points, not just the winners. I chose 16 Contests over the year. Some of my favorites were the ones that really pushed me outside my comfort zone. Some examples follow.
Video Blogging Challenge by Terkel Sørensen: This contest got me using video, which I said I would do but had not started.
Monthly Market Report Challenge by Donna Harris. This contest got me in the habit of writing my monthly market reports, which I still do.
Hyper Local Challenge by Amy Hahn. I had a huge block on this one. What is to write about in a town of 5500? And we had to post 30 times in 30 days. Well, I finally got it and am still writing hyper local posts!
2011 December 30 day Blogging Challenge. This contest came just in time.. I had only been a member for a month and was running out of ideas. I learned how to think outside my box for post topics.
Reblog Posts Daily. Pick ones that you Enjoy and that are Relevant to your Business: 25 points each.
Re-blogging is a compliment to the author of the blog. It helps build community. I only re-blogged 32 posts last year. Here is where you can excel. There are hundreds of daily posts that are worth re-blogging. Our community has so much to say!
Write comments on Blog posts you like: You can and are encouraged to comment on one another's posts. As a motivator, you are offered 25 points per comment and can get points for 10 comments per day.. 250 points a day x 365 = 91,250... worth it, yes? I will comment more this coming year, not so much for the points this year but for the development of community.
The magic of Active Rain:
When I was counting my points for this post, I noticed the amount of clicks I had on very early posts versus now. The amount of clicks has doubled or tripled for almost every post. Does this mean my posts have "spidered" out onto the web? Does that mean more folks look for them and follow me? I don't know. Does anyone out there have an answer? All I know is that I love it!
In summary, I DID commit and the best result is the community connections I have made. I have over a dozen AR members who I have developed a friendship with and about two dozen more that I follow because I love the way they write. I am looking forward to an even bigger network this year.
Another benefit for me in doing this post is how I can improve.
Good luck and have a great year blogging!
From Newbie to 133,000 Active Rain points in a year. How I did it.
Specializing in homes and land in the Colorado river towns of Salida, Howard, Coaldale, Cotopaxi, Nathrop, Poncha Springs and Buena Vista, I am here to work for you as you buy or sell your home or land.
It is not just about buying in this area.. it is a statement about lifestyle. Our residents generally are active people, whether it involves horses (my passion), white water rafting, cross county or downhill skiing, hiking, mountain biking, or Contra dancing. Some prefer quiet sunrises, strolls through town and time in one of our fabulous coffee shops or restaurants. Whatever the style, folks appreciate this area for it’s charm and beauty.
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Our Colorado Mountain river communities: A Snapshot
Salida: As quoted in the 2004 edition of Outside Magazine, Salida is “Sweetly unpretentious” as they ranked it as one of their “Dream Towns and Adventure Hideouts.” You might agree. Our community of 6,500 (9700 counting the surrounding homes) is surrounded by Forest Service and BLM lands, a haven for bicyclists, campers, folks who love to fish, hikers, skiers, nature photographers and hunters. It is a lovely natural setting with several converging mountain ranges (We have15 peaks surrounding us that reach over 14,000 feet in elevation).
We are know for being the Banana Belt of Colorado and this area is known as one of the Colorado River Towns. The Arkansas River winds its way through the Arkansas Valley, through downtown Salida and more; creating an invitation to rafters, kayakers, fishers, and “beach lovers” alike.
Salida’s charming downtown area had the largest historical downtown district in Colorado. We have blocks and blocks of Victorian and other historic buildings. Because so many folks also come here to play, we have many of the advantages of a smaller resort town: great restaurants, 22 art galleries, fabulous boutiques, outdoor sportswear stores, and an array of shops for music, kitchen, sports, natural foods, children, books, knitters and quilters.
Poncha Springs: Poncha Springs is a small Salida “bedroom community” (population of 474 but a few thousand when you consider the outlying neighborhoods and ranches). Because it was surrounded by hot springs (99 nearby) and had a strong early influence of Spanish culture, the community became known as Poncho (meaning cape and warmth) Springs. In 1924, the town officially became Poncha Springs.
Howard: Howard, part of what is known as Pleasant Valley, is nestled along the Arkansas River as it snakes its way from Salida to Canon City. Some of the early settlers in the area were prospectors (some still pan for gold in the tributaries of the Arkansas). Besides gold and silver, rhyolite, travertine and limestone were sought after. Just a bit north of Howard is a tiny community of Wellesville where the locals used to soak on their time off in the natural hot pools. The area became more populated when the Rio Grande Railroad came through. Today, Howard is a charming, quiet ranch community and “bedroom Community” for folks who work in Salida. Many avid fly fishing folks have 2nd homes here. I love this valley.
Coaldale: Coaldale, a tiny community just SE of Howard opens up into a lovely, meadow-like area with many horse properties, ranches and folks who like the open meadows and surrounding mountains. It got it’s name from being called Charcoal Valley. In the early days, the Pinon Pines were burnt in beehive kilns to turn them into coals used for the silver smelters in Leadville Co and Pueblo CO. Some of the early kilns can still be seen. Every valley in coaldale has a creek in it and with just a few minutes drive to the west, you can be on national forest trails. Absolutely lovely community.
Cotopaxi: Cotopaxi, named after an Ecuadorian Volcano, grew from being a “whistle stop” for the Rio Grande railroad. Now it is known for world class white water rafting and fly fishing. Folks who live around here can commute for work to either Canon City, further east or back to Salida..it is almost midway between the two. Cotopaxi is a great location for vacation/second home or your primary residence if you don’t mind the commute or can work from home.
Nathrop: Nathrop, a quiet community north of Salida has always been known as the access point to Mount Princeton Hot Springs. To this day folks come to soak in the restorative waters. It is my personal favorite in hot springs because the 104 degree water not only comes into the soaking and lap pools but comes out in Chalk Creek, running alongside the pools. I can spend all day there with a book, adjusting the rocks so that the water is neither hot nor cold. Lovely. Many folks choose to live in the area because of access to the hot springs and national forest.
Buena Vista: Buena Vista was named after it’s stunning 360 degree views. Folks originally settled here because of the gold mining. Later, families began farming and ranching as they discovered the good soil in the area. The stagecoach and subsequent railroad brought more families to the area. With a population of about 2500 people, the town remains quiet and gracious. It is known as the best kept secret place to stay for folks skiing at the premier resorts near denver and aspen…because the town is so friendly and hotel rates are inexpensive. It is a few miles from Cottonwood Creek Hot Springs and Mt. Princeton.
Crestone: Unique, magical and beautiful are words that tumble out of my mouth when I think of Crestone. The tiny town proper is 150 and the surrounding area is no more than 1500 when everyone is home. The magic of Crestone, however is its history. Early on, a rancher was instructed to bequeath parcels of his ranch to spiritual groups around the world which he did. It is now known for having the most diverse spiritual community in the world. Spiritual seekers in North America eventually hear about Crestone. And, it generally takes knowing a local or more than one visit for the fullness of the area to emerge…the 5 creeks heading up into the Sangre de Cristos, the temples hidden in the trees, the lovely residents and the “happening”. The local newspaper, the Crestone Eagle, has calendars of event for local happenings that rival a town 10 times it’s size. If you want a sanctuary, Crestone offers just that.