I started blogging on ActiveRain in March of 2007, and I have made friends over the years with many an ActiveRainer. The connections I have made on this Real Estate Network have been rewarding for the information I’ve received, referrals to and from other members, creating my website in a blog format and actually getting to meet many of them….way across the Pacific Ocean.
Lucky I live Hawaii! That is one of the slangs we use when we are telling others that we are fortunate to live in Hawaii. When it comes to comparison on meeting others I’ve made friends with on ActiveRain it holds true because…..they come to visit Hawaii.
Of course, Randy Prothero invited me to ActiveRain in late 2006 and when I first posted he had been and still is my main support. He is busy with his Real Estate life and has moved from our company to being part owner of another and starting The Prothero Group.
When we make friends through blogging on ActiveRain and we finally meet, we are not surprised that the person behind the words is exactly as they portrayed to be. Usually, those that I clicked with are amazingly… just as I imagined.
It’s an amazing place, this ActiveRain. We’ve changed over the years and it is HUGE compared to back when I started. Back then, we made friends quicker with that small group back then...but we carried the friendships through today. Surprisingly, many of us still try to log in and read blogs as often as time will allow.
Neal Bloom is another one I made friends with in the early days of ActiveRain. He used to talk about the Brady Bunch when they went to Hawaii. He had never been to Hawaii and as luck would have it….we finally met last Thursday. (Randy had met him years back at one of the NAR conferences) . I picked up Randy and his wife Darnelle (who is now working for Randy as a transaction manager) and we made the trip to Waikiki and met Neal at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
EDIT: Per John Novak's comment below>>>>>>Many Rainers might not know that Neal is the one who started the tradition of the ActiveRain Week in Review, all the way back in 2007. That was probably one of the biggest reasons that the AR community was so strong in the early years.
It’s been over 7 years of knowing Neal and upon meeting him I was not surprised at all. He IS the person behind his words and a down to earth kind of guy. The nicest person (don’t repeat that) you’d ever want to meet! We went to the Rainbow Lanai for a buffet breakfast and good conversation.
After a couple of hours of non stop conversation it was time to go. Along the way back to the parking garage, we met his beautiful wife, Wendy and his daughter and her friend by the pool. A lovely family Neal has! They stayed on Oahu until Saturday and are now on Maui and enjoying the deep blue sea.
It’s the content of the blogs
…and the people behind the words.
That make ActiveRain.
A Hui Hou (until we meet again) Neal!!