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Au Revoir ActiveRain I'm Heading Out

I've packed my bags and I'm heading out now... BUT don't worry I'm only moving "up the block" and I'll see you again on every single future post! A child grows up and moves out. It is time to claim my own digs. More on that in a bit...

activerain logoLike many of you, I came into ActiveRain in a stumble upon sort of way. I had a blog already, but I grew weary of the spam comments and lack of real interaction. My blogging eventually dwindled to nothing. Then I signed up for the trial AR account and watched the interaction here a little. Soon I figured I'd jump in myself and try a post. Somehow the AR gods spotted it and FEATURED it! My phone buzzed with email notifications ... all day.
Whoa! I think I like this place!

Well this is now my THREE year AR anniversary (my first AR post was 8/15/10) and to think of all the things I've learned here and all the valued connections I'd made since that milestone day. Right afterward, September 2010, I participated in a 30 day, post-each-day challenge and I was hooked. I've always been a technology guy, but the combination of Real Estate and technology came up as an opportunity when the economic downturn took away my full time hours as my Architectural employer had cut hours for everybody. Many lost their jobs completely, I was happy just to still be employed. Blogging took off for me in that time period and helped me make connections and get consulting projects that got me through a tough time. Just over a year ago, I was picked up again for full time employment (Technical Director at an Architectural Firm in Manhattan). Blogging is a part of me now and I will not give it up! (but it is now purely extra-curricular) You just have to be patient with the frequency of posts! (repeat after me, "quality, not quantity")

craig's classroom on wordpressAnyhow, this post is about a couple of exciting news items that I want to share. For the past couple of years, I've been saying that I want to design a WordPress theme from scratch and start posting on my own WordPress site. Well, mission accomplished! I just went live with the site. (it still has a ways to go because my design is not finished, but it is ready to open the doors to visitors). Craig's Classroom is now a WordPress based site!

My second news item, is that I've started a new video series called the "Tech Tutor Series" and the first episode is now online and my first new post on my WordPress site hosts the video. My goal is to give my YouTube profile some traction and get more subscribers and views in that arena. These training videos will hopefully be the first step in that direction.

So my AR family... yes, I am leaving home. BUT, I'm only moving up the block... AND I will be phoning home ON EVERY SINGLE BLOG POST that I make on my new Wordpress blog (how do you spell syndication?)

Don't worry about the title of this blog post, I was just trying to get your attention! :)

Will you follow the link below and come visit me on my new site? The doors are open!

Tech Tutor Episode 1 - Browsing the Internet Power User Style

 

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Hi there! Thanks for checking out my blog today. I'm a tech guy living in New York City but I love that I can reach so many via means of the web. In my blog posts and tutorial videos, you'll get many new takeaway points that you'll be able to apply. By following my blog (button below), you will be able to see my new posts in your "following" newsfeed. If you enjoyed this post also be sure and click "like". It helps me see that my content is hitting the mark!

My blog home page lists my most recent posts, so if you feel like reading more, that's the place to go next!

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Karen Winters, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenig Rubloff Realty Group - Chicago, IL - Chicago, IL
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Congrats! 

Your title did startle me a bit, but Craig's Classroom needs bigger digs and it looks like your new Wordpress site is the perfect new online home.  I'll pop over and visit it and your Tech Tutor video series. 

 

Aug 13, 2013 04:33 AM #55
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Tonya Jones
Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Lithonia, GA
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Hi Craig, I also thought your post was going to be about leaving Active Rain (or going on an extended vacation from it), so I am glad that you will still be around.  I like your Craig's Classroom site, so I will definitely be following you.  The first post about using video has helped me already! 

Aug 13, 2013 05:02 AM #56
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Anthony Rollins
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The Adam Butler Team

Craig,

Thank you for posting an honest testimonial as to your journey and success with AR over the last three years.  As someone who is new to AR, I always appreciate reading about those who have had success with their AR expericene.

Cheers!

Aug 13, 2013 05:31 AM #57
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Renae Bolton
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I'm your Professional Real Estate Marketing VA!

Phew! I thought you were leaving. Glad to hear about all the great things on the horizon for you!

~Renae

Aug 13, 2013 06:07 AM #58
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David Shamansky
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Congrats brotha I love to hear success stories and glad you are one of them you are a good guy!

 

Kudos

Aug 13, 2013 07:04 AM #59
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Mitch Muller - Charlotte NC Real Estate
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Craig, certainly got my attention. Congratulations and good luck to you!

Aug 13, 2013 07:21 AM #60
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Adrian Willanger
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Craig-

I like the new WP site clean and easy to navigate.Well done. 

Aug 13, 2013 07:47 AM #61
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Jerry Newman
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Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Craig. You have always been very helpful to me and many others here in the Rain. Wishing you the BEST in your new venture. Yes, I will certainly checkout your new WordPress Site.

Aug 13, 2013 07:51 AM #62
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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Craig, congrats on your new endeavors, the new site looks great!
Aug 13, 2013 08:25 AM #63
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Cynthia Larsen
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Nice looking site, I'm looking forward to watching your video.

Aug 13, 2013 09:06 AM #64
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Marc McMaster
RE/MAX Centre Realty - State College, PA
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Congratulations on upgrading!  Good luck with the new blog. 

Aug 13, 2013 09:14 AM #65
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Kathy Streib
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Craig-just drop the breadcrumbs and I'll follow!  I'm heading over to your blog now. 

Aug 13, 2013 10:10 AM #66
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Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

Hitchin' a ride over to the new Word Press site. Good luck with the next level!

Aug 13, 2013 10:10 AM #67
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
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Craig, best of luck in your new venture and nice looking new site.  I'm looking forward to the videos.

Aug 13, 2013 11:16 AM #68
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Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
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craig, Congrats on your new job. I look forward to learning a lot from your blogs both past and future. Keep it up otherwise we will miss you.

Aug 13, 2013 11:27 AM #69
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
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Craig, best of luck to you, my friend.  With your expertise, and your like-aility... along with your fine ability so teach and share your knowledge... and certain you will do well.  Congratulations.  My best to you.

Aug 13, 2013 05:17 PM #70
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Mona Gersky
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Good luck Craig, you deserve all the attention you are bound to receive and yes, clever title.

Aug 18, 2013 10:18 PM #71
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Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
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Craig. Just wanted to let you know that I have you featured in "My favorites for Last Week". here is the link

my-favorite-blog-posts-for-last-week-august-12th-to-18th

Aug 19, 2013 01:01 AM #72
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Joni Bailey
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July was my 3 year anniversary. I though you had been doing it forever. You are a natural!!

Aug 19, 2013 01:18 AM #73
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Lisa Friedman
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Well, if my math is correct, since writing this post it is now your 3 1/2 year anniversary. So glad you are here to shed light on some of the mysteries of all things related to helping us to be better bloggers whether directly or indirectly.

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