We're Back!!! We Need Active Rain!!!

Real Estate Agent with Kelly Right Real Estate


We’re back! We need Active Rain!


I was such a committed blogger… reading, commenting and blogging almost every day. We saw our prominence in search engines rise and we became better known in our community, like we were promised when we joined Active Rain. Just as importantly, we made great connections with other bloggers, learned so much from others’ blogs and felt like we truly gave back to our community by promoting it and all our area has to offer.


But then life interfered. Big Idea


Besides our real estate marketing business, both Mel and I work other jobs, too,
and we’re also raising two very active teenage boys. There are only so many hours in a day and something had to give so blogging it was. It was easiest to drop without instant consequences… so I did.


Months have gone by and, lo and behold, we miss Active Rain!


We miss this community of fellow bloggers who proved to be a comfort, a much needed laugh at times, and who became for us powerful resources. Not to mention Active Rain’s unique ability to help us become more prominent online. 


So, it’s time to put ourselves out there again and get back to it!  We can’t wait to revisit those we had come to consider friends, as well as colleagues, and to catch up with everyone, while we also make new connections. We look forward to resuming our role as a more prominent resource to our community, too.


We’re back, Active Rain, and can’t wait to dive back in!




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My website has more information on Real Estate in Hood River County and Wasco County. You can search for property as well as get more information on services I provide.  I offer Flat Fee Listings, Hourly Fee For Services, Real Estate Consulting and traditional commission real estate options.  In short, I provide custom services to meet your specific real estate needs.Kelly Right Real Estate





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Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

You are so right there are weeks I just get busy then as things slow down I work on marketing and AR is a big part of my marketing.

Nov 04, 2013 08:17 PM #28
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Gretchen and Mel, welcome back to ActiveRain. You'll find some changes here and a lot of improvements.

Nov 04, 2013 09:16 PM #29
Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate
Results Real Estate 801.580.5624 - Draper, UT
Broker, Results Real Estate
Glad to see you back I also just jumped back in. I'm in the same boat two teenagers and another job. It's busy it's chaotic and I love it.
Nov 04, 2013 09:32 PM #30
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Welcome back. Some of the "updates" on AR are interesting, but the people are still great.

Nov 04, 2013 09:56 PM #32
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Moderation to make it a daily habit like air, water, food, family, shelter, love important. It is to being found online. People have habits of tuning in when there is new fresh helpful content to graze on.

Nov 04, 2013 10:02 PM #33
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Welcome back and congratulations on your decision to be active in Active Rain.


Nov 04, 2013 10:09 PM #34
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Wow! Talk about feeling welcomed back! We're overwhelmed with your response and grateful to you all. Such a warm welcome only serves to confirm it's the right choice to be here! Happy day, everyone!

Nov 04, 2013 10:15 PM #35
Cheryl-Anne Priest
The Real Estate Company Limited - Calgary, AB

Gretchen, your post is a great reminder that Active Rain works and the community is awesome.   Thank you for your post. 

Nov 04, 2013 10:48 PM #36
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

It is good to realize that blogging was working for you and now you are back. .good luck and welcome back


Nov 04, 2013 11:14 PM #37
Bill and MaryAnn Wagner
Wagner Real Estate Group - Ocean City, NJ
Jersey Shore and South Jersey Real Estate
Welcome back Gretchen & Mel. Look forward to reading your posts.
Nov 04, 2013 11:42 PM #38
Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Family always comes first. Only so many hours in the day. Good Luck with getting back at it.

Nov 04, 2013 11:51 PM #39
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Family comes first, but glad to see that you are back to give it another try.  Happy blogging!

Nov 05, 2013 12:00 AM #40
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Getting back in the saddle...theres nothing like it...giddy yap here

Nov 05, 2013 12:33 AM #41
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I can't imagine a day without connecting with my AR friends. Not to mention, what it does for my Google ranking.

Nov 05, 2013 12:56 AM #42
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Well, you came back with a whole new look!!  Hope you didn't get too overwhelmed with the latest updates and face-lift!  

Nov 05, 2013 01:43 AM #43
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I think it's pretty normal for people to leave for a time and then come back when they're ready.

Nov 05, 2013 02:56 AM #45
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Gretchen, I've been gone all summer and am finally back at it too. It's hard to restart a non moving body! LOL

Nov 05, 2013 05:53 AM #46
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Welcome back!  It'll be nice to have you back in the mix writing again.  I'm going to follow you so I don't miss anything.

Nov 05, 2013 06:23 AM #47
Kelly Young
The Platinum Group Realtors - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Real Estate ~ 719-226-0126

Gretchen & Mel,welcome back and congratulations on keeping your family a priority.  AR is here for you and will be.  Isn't is great to realize sometimes how much we like and/or need something when we are away from it for a while?

Nov 05, 2013 12:52 PM #48
Mary Kent
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids to the Lake Shore

Welcome back to Active Rain! You should blog about time management and organization...sounds like you have a lot of that going on!

Nov 05, 2013 11:17 PM #49
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