2014 BIG Blog Jumpstart at AR Challenge Yourself for Your Own Success

Reblogger Kathy Streib
Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

It was a challenge such as the one Lynn Friedman has offered us that got me started posting every day several years ago.  Don't think you can do it?  Why not try... what have you got to lose?  And look at what you can gain. 

We've been given a grace period so it begins this Monday, January 6 and ends on the 31st.  Posts must be 300 words and include a photo/ video or some other kind of visual element. 

Please head over to Lynn's post to leave your comments!

Original content by Lynn B. Friedman

2014 BIG Blog Jumpstart at AR
Challenge Yourself for Your Own Success

   Throughout 2013, ActiveRain members and staff sponsored some amazing and thought-provoking Challenges. Those contests encouraged us to to think about our businesses and about ourselves personally.

Now with the 3rd Annual 2014 BIG Blog Jumpstart at AR, you are invited to Challenge Yourself for Your Own Success. The idea is to move your personal Blogging skills up a notch or two. And one requirement is for each of us to reflect on the Community Guidelines of ActiveRain and the Weltanschauung of ActiveRain. The core values outlined by the Founders established the culture of ActiveRain. Those core values enable AR to stay the exceptional community we all enjoy.

So - no criticism intended as no one knows but you - when you joined, did you follow the instructions on the Staff 2012 post entitled "How to Get Started on ActiveRain"? Or perhaps you have been with AR since the dawn of time - when was the last time you read them over again? 

When you read the "How to Get Started on ActiveRain"  post, did you follow the clear request there - "BEFORE YOU START - These are REQUIRED and a MUST READ for ALL New Members - NO EXCEPTIONS!" The Community Guidelines and the Weltanschauung are those requirements.

 After reading them, select an aspect that speaks to you personally, to your own experience or world view. Write a post about your choices in each topic.

Points will be awarded on the Honor System. When you finish, write to our Community Manager, the lovely Kerrie La Guardia, tell her you finished the Challenge and Kerrie will award the points to you.

  POINTS???? Did I hear POINTS??? Of course, we are on ActiveRain - right? Kerrie gave us a few days off at the beginning of January so only 26 daily posts are required. Join the  2014 BIG Blog Jumpstart Challenge and earn an additional 2014 Points over your regular posting points!!  Let's roll ...

3rd Annual 2014 BIG Blog Jumpstart -
Challenge Yourself for Your Own Success

1 - START - 12:01 am PST - Monday, January 6th
and END on Friday, January 31st at 11:59 pm PST

2 - YOU must write the posts yourself - not your grandmother, father-in-law, assistant, secretary or even your brilliant dog or cat or bird. 


3 - Posts - one (300 word minimum) post a day for 26 days - including one about the  Community Guidelines and one about the Weltanschauung. That leaves 24 posts on any topic you choose.  One post per day from January 6th to January 31st.

4 - Visual Elements - Each post must include visual - YOUR CHOICE - a picture, an icon, a video, a slide show or a drawing in each post.  Need guidance for topics? Blogging webinar next week  can help. At the Inspiration Station, AR Staff suggestions will help. Also Lanre Folayan's post about topics is full of great ideas. Guidance for visuals? See the info or tutorial links below.  

      a.)  Videos - Here are links for video options - WISTIAVimeo (tutorial), VIMEO website, Smilebox,  YouTube (or another YouTube tutorial option Part One and Part Two).

     b.)  Slideshows - Use your own computer programs or one of these Windows Movie Maker, Animoto, PowerPoint, Flickr or Picasa.

      c.)  Graphs - Prepare a Graphs using your own computer programs or one of these ChartGO Create A Graph, Graphs Made Easy, or Graph.

     d.)  Photos - Check your Photo Editor software or try one of these - Aviary or Photofunia or iPiccy

    e.)  Icons - You might try IconFinder, Wikimedia Commons, Open Clip Art.

ANY QUESTIONS??? Please re-read the Challenge guidelines - every year it seems the people who have trouble with a Challenge are the same folks who didn't read guidelines carefully. Still have a question? Send an email to 2014BIGBlogJumpstart@gmailcom and we will answer you ASAP!

Did you read the Review by Allison Bernard in Rhode Island entitled "Every Time I Carve Out Time to Learn & Implement ... It Pays Off"? YES - THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! Learn all those techniques that you promised yourself to learn!

Have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

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Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

I am sure folks will do this one for sure, always wonder where they find the time. 

Jan 02, 2014 11:28 AM #1
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

This may be just the thing to get me back into my groove for the new year :)!  Thanks for the reblog Kathy!

Jan 02, 2014 11:36 AM #2
Julie A. Black
KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist - Kapaa, HI
CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker

I'm working on the other January contest, which includes 75 comments this month. I haven't completed a contest in months. I hope to finish this one, being a new year and all.

Jan 02, 2014 11:52 AM #3
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

I think that I missed this last year too. I am swamped right now, but you just never know.  thanks for sharing Kathy.

Jan 02, 2014 12:08 PM #4
Deborah Laemmerhirt - REALTOR® Brookfield,Newtown,Roxbury,Bridgewater,Washington,Sherman
Keller Williams Luxury Homes International - Brookfield, CT
Luxury Homes,WaterFront,Equestrian,NewConstruction

Up until this fall I did not participate in the contests or challanges.  But becoming involved really changed my blogging and my knowledge base.  I love the sharing and learning about different areas.  I plan to continue - it can only help my growing business!

Jan 02, 2014 12:31 PM #5
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathy, If Lynn is running a contest...I am in!

Jan 02, 2014 01:24 PM #6
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Kathy, I used to love all these contests and I guess now I must justbe getting old, LOL. Have fun and all the best wishes for a Wonderful and Happy New Year! 

Jan 02, 2014 02:08 PM #7
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Contests like this are great ways to improve our skills.

Jan 02, 2014 02:55 PM #8
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

 Weltanschauung: the guiding principles and philosophy of an organization; a world view - See more at: http://activerain.com/culture/weltanschauung#sthash.E2dVquMA.dpuf  I never heard about this until just now.  Thanks Kathy

Jan 02, 2014 06:58 PM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kathy. I blog every day and am disciplined, but the new contests that require more than four directions...like William said, I guess I'm just tired.

Jan 02, 2014 08:39 PM #10
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

It's a good contest and I'll try like the little engine that could but I'm running away for a few days this month and that always messes my posting.

Jan 02, 2014 08:53 PM #11
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Thanks for the re-blog Kathy... looks like I'm in but I am starting to feel like Sheila and William... lots to do for 2014 points...

Jan 02, 2014 10:09 PM #12
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I think you know my feelings on this....blogging every day is just not for me.  Nice chunk of points there for those willing to step up though!

Jan 02, 2014 11:59 PM #13
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Sounds like it will be a fun contest.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 03, 2014 02:14 AM #14
Parnell Jackson


I think I'll get my feet wet in AR before becoming a part of this challenge.

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