Active Rain and the Weltanschauung
Oddly enough, I signed up for Active Rain while I was taking real estate classes. The person teaching my class mentioned it and i thought it would be a great place to learn about the industry. I cant tell you how beneficial it has been.
It was not long after I signed up I read the Weltanschauung and it really made me feel at home. First and most important was #10. The focus on education because I knew I needed it. I ate it up, scouring the website for tidbits.
In reading facebook, watching the news and politicians, I see so many personal attacks on those whose opinions different than ours. I hate this type or rhetoric regardless of the person stance. If you disagree with something discuss that topic, don't make fun of the person with whom you disagree. it just shows me you are not intelligent enough to have an adult discussion and not worth on my time. Which is why I like #7 and #8.
After I got over the fear that no one would read what I created, I started writing posts. It didn't take long for me to see the benefit. It help us get noticed by consumers and other agents. Our local knowledge helped us when we wrote posts and AR was a big part of helping us, which is why #2 is so important.
Most of all, I AR is about the community, some people come and go, some take breaks, some just sit on the sidelines. It ok. AR is here when you need it. It is a community for the agents but the agents.