Hey Active Rain Newbies, We Got Your Back

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Hey Active Rain Newbies, We Got Your Back

Until such time that Active Rain creates a link directly to AR Ambassadors, it's necessary for us to continually write posts letting you Newbies know that we really are here for you.

You see the badge below?  In case you have been wondering about what it stands for let me tell you.

 AR Amabassador

To those of us that have been graced with it:

  • It means that we've made a commitment to be the go to persons to answer Newbie questions
  • It means that anytime you see this badge, and you have a question of any kind, we encourage you to reach out and contact one of us for help.
  • It means that we'll do our darnedest to reach out to you and lend a helping hand.
  • We're committed to writing post like this one, providing information about all things Active Rain that will make your blogging experience the absolute best
  • It means that even though we are not know-it-alls (because we are still discovering new things ourselves), but if we don't have the answer, doggone it, we know where to find it or who to turn to.
Now with that being said, go ahead and ask any AR Ambassador a question, any questionat all.  I'll tell you something else, you can pick up the phone and call us and we'll be glad to hear from you.  We try to personally reach out as much as possible, but with so many Newbies coming on board daily, it's impossible for any one of us to contact you all.
 
Oh and on this past Sunday, I post the 1st installment of a weekly post titled:  LastWeek's Favorite Newbie First Post. I hope I get a chance to spotlight your first post.  I'll be looking out for it.
 
Anyway, call me, email me or whatever, just contact me or any Ambassador if you need help. Doggone it, every time I get ready to end this post, I think of something else.   Please, please, please take advantage of this months Sensei/Grasshopper mentor/mentee contest. You simply join the group and write a post about what you need help with and any member of Active Rain that has experience in that area will offer to help you (Because that's what we do around here......help each other out).
 
Okay, I'm ending this post for real now.  Contact me if you need me.
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Rainmaker
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Jenn Tervo
Trulia - Bellevue, WA

Charita, I am quite new to ActiveRain, so I am really glad I came across this post, including your response to Kimberly (I wondered the same thing). I'm really looking forward to becoming an active member of this amazing community, and I will absolutely reach out to you if I ever need anything.  Thank you!

Mar 06, 2013 05:33 AM #14
Ambassador
758,837
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Glad you found it helpful Jenn. Here's a piece of advice: Anything that you wonder about, will usually make a good topic for a blog post.

Mar 06, 2013 05:38 AM #15
Rainmaker
261,825
Kim & Kristine Halverson
Compass - Santa Monica, CA
Sisters, Realtors

Charite, thanks for giving back!  Kristine

Mar 06, 2013 08:34 AM #16
Rainmaker
1,537,142
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Charita, in my early days of blogging, I received so many great private emails and phone calls.  It helped me immensely.  So, Newbies, don't be shy, reach out and someone will give you a helping hand.

Mar 06, 2013 08:45 AM #17
Ambassador
758,837
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Kim and Kristine. Thank you as well.

Mike it was the same for me.   I remember the day AR member Ann Allen called me and really explained to me what Active Rain was all about. That phone call did it for me.  I've been stuck like glue ever since.

Mar 06, 2013 08:48 AM #18
Ambassador
3,807,500
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Charita- excellent post and very well done.  Just ask any member but in particular call upon an Ambassador!

Mar 06, 2013 09:12 AM #19
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758,837
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Thanks Kathy and by all means, by discussing the role of Ambassadors, we don't want to give anyone the impression that we are the only source of help.  Heck Newbies can close their eyes or be blindfolded and just point their finger to the screen whoever they pointed to (Ambassador or not) would be willing to help.

Mar 06, 2013 09:52 AM #20
Ambassador
1,703,260
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Charita, this should be required reading for newbies. It's good for them to know, we are just a phone call or click away.

Mar 06, 2013 01:24 PM #21
Ambassador
4,298,652
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Charita, I am sure with this assurance, newbies will become expert soon - and at some point, they will be ready to help others, too.

I love the new contest from Dick - and open to help newbies, too (though at times, I feel I need to be a mentee, too - when I look at my seniors with THE badge.)

Mar 06, 2013 02:24 PM #22
Ambassador
2,007,427
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Charita - It's great that you explained why we're here as I have a feeling that many newbies don't know what our badges are about.

Mar 06, 2013 03:16 PM #23
Rainmaker
635,649
Scott Fogleman
New Home Team 804-573-9592 - Richmond, VA
New Home Team

AR did agreat thing creating the Ambassador program and I am really enjoying the sensei / grasshopper contest..

Mar 06, 2013 07:19 PM #24
Rainmaker
3,142,917
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Great way to get the word out on reaching out to an Ambassador. There's always help on A/R if and when newbies or seasoned members need it!

Mar 06, 2013 08:53 PM #25
Ambassador
758,837
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Tammie someone said something similar in a discussion on yesterday and I agree.

Praful I am signed up to be a mentee and a mentor in the Sensei group.  So yes, we all need help from time to time.

Christine I try to roll out one of these post every now and then.  As a matter of fact, a Newbie reached out to me because they saw this post and that's exactly why I do it.

I agree Scott.  AR thought just about everything.

Larry and Sheila we rely on you as well to share your knowledge.  Around here, Ambassador or not, we all chip in.

Mar 06, 2013 09:03 PM #26
Rainmaker
4,041,657
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Charita, you do a great job in assisting the newbies and you helped me when I began!   THANK YOU.

Mar 06, 2013 10:46 PM #27
Ambassador
758,837
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Thanks Joan but I could not go without saying that you do a fabulous job of posting great info that we can all use.

Mar 06, 2013 10:52 PM #28
Ambassador
1,148,298
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Charita. This is exactly what our new members need to hear. I know as an Ambassador, I am here to help too. I would like to suggest that you also post this into my Introducing Newbies in Active Rain Group, and also in in Debbie Reynolds new Gorup. New AR Blogger Seeking Comments on their Blog. Plus, I would even recommend you post it into Dick's Sensei Group too.

Mar 07, 2013 02:07 AM #29
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758,837
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Hey Jerry I will take you up on your suggestion and post to appropriate groups.

Mar 07, 2013 02:15 AM #30
Rainer
147,871
Kimberly Tapscott
Keller Williams Prestige Properties - Stamford, CT
Giving you the service you deserve!
Thanks Charita!
Mar 07, 2013 02:21 AM #31
Ambassador
758,837
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Thank you Kimberly.

Mar 07, 2013 02:25 AM #32
Rainmaker
2,239,950
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

I was very fortunate when I began with AR, that a number of folks immediately started commenting a coaching me. You're right, always great to give back.

Mar 07, 2013 09:09 AM #33
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