The first person to ever comment on my blog

Real Estate Agent with Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY),, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly 10301213186

This morning, Nina Hollander wrote about reaching her 1000th post, and she mentioned she didn't remember the first person who wrote on her blog. I thought back to my first post, and thought I knew who the first person was, so I went back to look. And I was wrong!


My first post was written in December 2010. I had just received my real estate license, and was starting my career although I wouldn't be a true full time agent for a few more years.  I wrote a post about whether a transition from a corporate job to real estate was doable. That post provided a wonderful moment because it was featured, and at the time I didn't even realize what being featured meant. I was getting comments, and reading them, thinking, "Wow, this is so interesting!" and "Great, who is this person?" It was a fun experience, and the person I thought was the first person who commented on my post sent me a private email telling me that the correct process was for me to respond to people who took the time to comment. So that's what I did; I may have missed a few comments along the way over the past few years, but I do try to acknowledge everyone who takes to the time to say hello or comment on something I've written.


So who was the first person who commented on my blog? That would be Rob D. Shepherd of Florence, Oregon, who is still busy posting on ActiveRain. I've read quite a few of his blogs and was surprised when I realized (today) that I wasn't yet following him. He can be a humorous and concise writer, two traits I admire, so I've clicked the "follow" button which I should have done five years ago! And now I'm off to see which of the people who commented on that original post are still active on this site, and I'm going to "follow" them if I'm not already.


Do you know who was the first person to comment on your first post?

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Someone had asked this question before and I was wrong about who I thought was the first to comment on my first post.  I thought it was a member named Sandy Wagner that commented "I love reading your posts" was my first, so I questioned Sandy......but in reality, it was Ron and Alexandra Seigel that were the first to comment on my first post.

                                             Here's to the next 1000 posts!

Dec 23, 2015 10:31 PM #40
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

I just went back and checked. Lisa Von Domek was the very first person to comment on my first real blog post back in October of 2014 about cleaning your windows a few times a year.  

Dec 23, 2015 11:16 PM #41
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My very first post, if you could call it that, a name does come to mind ...I believe their name was NOBODY...I deleted it I believe so I could start over...Start over...I DID!

Dec 23, 2015 11:34 PM #42
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

The very first person that commented on our post was Russell Ray.  He was an enthusiastic Active Rain member, and apparently there was a dispute of some sort.  He gave us great exposure by encouraging his following to notice us.  

Roger D. Mucci  no doubt, it was your sparking personality with a twist that attracted my attention...Merry Christmas to you and you amazing family.  Cheers.  A

Dec 24, 2015 12:07 AM #43
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

The commenters come and go. All of us can recall following, commenting on a blog and it not being reciprocated. Follow those you learn from, share with works best. You had me wondering back in 2006 who was the first commenter but quick look made getting back there not so snap easy. Hope they are still blogging. We have over 3700 AR blog posts but hopefully no one puts all their blogging energy into just AR. Weed, feed, water your own blog platforms.

Dec 24, 2015 12:12 AM #44
Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

hmmmm This post made me think. I went back to see who commented on our first post from November 09, 2006 09:11 It was a Ronald Gillis from Fla. A post about the Housing Bubble... wow has time flown.. Merry Merry

Dec 24, 2015 02:46 AM #45
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Thanks, Kat. Hard to believe it was 2007!

Dec 24, 2015 02:54 AM #46
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

What a great idea Kat! My first commenter for my first ever AR blog was Jeanne & Ralph Janisch of Durango Colorado. Unfortunately, It looks like they no longer subscribe to AR.

I wish I would have known that before today. I spent a vacation week in Durango this summer, I would have called up on them.

Dec 24, 2015 06:46 AM #47
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Good evening Kat.  Congratulations on the feature.  Trusting you had a wonderful Christmas.  Mark

Dec 25, 2015 11:49 AM #48
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY),, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Kathleen - I was also!

Sam - You're welcome! I keep finding new buttons here!

Carla - It seems many of the "firsts" are no longer here.

Evelyn - And therefore he has no idea he was just mentioned! Our words do live on forever.

Joan - Did you find them?

Praful - Now that's still an active poster!

Anita - I agree, it was a fun trip through time.

Margaret - What a nice shout out for your first post commenters!

Roger - Another very active "first!"



Dec 25, 2015 07:52 PM #49
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY),, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Nicole - I thought this exercise was a lot of fun.

Richie - I bet the post was a lot better than you gave yourself credit for!

Ron & Alexandra - Ugh, disputes can get in the way of activity. Thanks for participating!

Andrew - Yes, there are many places for blogging activities.

Robert/Lisa - It's kind of cool that we can even pinpoint the date and time!

Paul - Whooosh... the sound of time.

Richard - You just might go back some tday!

Mark - Thank you! Christmas this year was wonderful.


Dec 25, 2015 07:57 PM #50
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I like your post Kat Palmiotti . You've given me the incentive to do some research to answer your question. But in all fairness, I have to say, I remember you. I remember how kind you've been to me and others on ActiveRain when commenting. I know you have a heart and soul and you're a great person and Realtor too. The world would benefit more with people like you, but not just like you because there can only be one you and you're the greatest.

Dec 25, 2015 10:28 PM #51
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource


Kat, it is easy for me to remember the first person to comment on my blog, Kathy York, she does work in my office, but unfortunately she never stayed with ActiveRain. The second,  Suesan Jennifer Therriault was more active, but the last post I’ve seen of hers was in 2014.  The 3rd person to ever comment on one of my posts was Mary Yonkers, a member who needs no introduction and is still very active in AR.

Dec 26, 2015 12:23 AM #52
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY),, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Nick - That seems to be better than the "stick" rate on the commenters on my first blog! 

Dec 26, 2015 03:18 AM #53
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Kat, you've got me curious now. I think I'll go back and take a look at mine. It seems so long ago, and yet that first year of blogging seems like yesterday.

Dec 26, 2015 06:49 AM #54
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Hello, Kat Palmiotti thanks for following my blog. I will return the compliment

Dec 26, 2015 10:15 AM #55
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Kat Palmiotti ,  I starting in Real Estate on July 1, 2009 and I joined Active Rain and wrote my first blog on July, 10, 2009.  The first person that commented on that blog was Ketih Elliott Jr of Manassas, VA.

Dec 26, 2015 11:11 AM #56
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Benjamin Clark , Keith Elliott Jr, The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate , Dorene Shirley and 4 of the 8 who commented on my 1st post in 2008.

It seems that Troy Trumm is still very active in the Rain. And I see that Keith was also the 1st to comment on Larry Johnston (#56)'s post.

I've gotten smarter now and just started following these 4 of 8.  Comment 2 in a moment.

Dec 26, 2015 12:01 PM #57
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Since I had 8 comments, I need to acknowledge them all, so I continue.

Gena Riede and Lisa Friedman were the remaining set. 

To summarize: 8 comments, 6 of which still have profiles, 1 of which has posted in 2015.

But I thank them (and this entire community) all.

Dec 26, 2015 12:05 PM #58
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY),, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Mike - Time is so unique in its ability to go slow and fast at once.

Mary - Thank you as well!

Larry - And he no longer is posting on AR. I wonder if his ears were ringing from our mentioning him.

Claude - What a nice summary! Only one of the 8 is still active; I wonder if that's a similar ratio over all of AR?


Dec 26, 2015 10:14 PM #59
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