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One of the questions that came up in the Q & A section of ActiveRain a few days ago was about whether you should answer all the comments people leave on your blog posts. Most of the answers were to do your best to reply to the comments people leave you. For some people, this is common courtesy. 


There are some other reasons you may like to reply to the comments on your posts from other ActiveRain members. 


Comments can be the start of an ongoing conversation which can go off-line in either a phone conversation or a meet-up. 


We had a great featured post a couple of weeks ago. When you get featured posts, you tend to get a lot more comments than on posts which are not featured. 

The post I wrote led to some debate and was a bit controversial which can lead to some energetic commenting back and forth. 


One of the ActiveRain members who commented a couple of times on the post was Vegas Bob. 


Then he reached out to us with a phone call. 


He started on ActiveRain in 2008 about a year after we joined AR. 


He is currently trying to call 1 ActiveRain member each day.


Funny thing was, I have seen his comments throughout AR over the years but had no idea that idealogically we were on the same wave-length. 

We also learned that Vegas Bob lives part of the year in Alaska and part in Las Vegas. He likes to travel and has been all over the western United States. And his real name is Robert Swetz. He is a REALTOR®, a glass installer ( a Master Glazier), a professional photographer and an author. 


Learn more about Bob on his ActiveRain profile:

Here is a painting he created about ActiveRain: 


Vegas Bob Robert Swetz


We had a great converstation about business, politics, ActiveRain, and our families. 

You may want to pick up the phone and call a few of the members who are leaving comments on your blog posts. 



Comments (9)

Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Nestor & Katerina Gasset - I have connected with a few 'Rainers - just because of the comments........

Mar 23, 2016 03:42 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Nester and Katerina, I agree, there have been many good conversations that are started with comments.  

Mar 23, 2016 04:57 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good morning Katerina, I love the post. I agree with you about the benefits of commenting on posts.

Mar 23, 2016 08:41 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Nestor & Katerina ...

It was a pleasure talking with you over the phone Katerina and I think we both learned a little from our conversation. We talked for way over one hour and I shared with my brother some of our conversation related to votes in Florida you shared with me and the News Media cover-up on a specific person running for President.

Thanks for the plug and have a wonderful week 

Mar 24, 2016 03:10 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

That's really cool.  I've spoken to several 'Rainers over the years but the best story is my accountability partner.  

I commented on a post and asked if anyone was up for being my accountability partner.  Deb McNeil, from Ft. Worth, called me and we've been conversing every Monday morning for the past 4 years!

Mar 24, 2016 08:07 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Great idea.

Mar 24, 2016 11:00 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Yes, Nestor & Katerina Gasset One can learn a lot about other members by reading and responding to comments. I try to leave a response to all comments on my post whenever possible. It helps to build our relationships

Mar 24, 2016 11:33 PM
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

Nestor and Katerina, seldom do I read a post or all comments that I do not gain insight into someone, some issue, or program.

I try to always read every comment to my posts, and I strive to read every comment on a post that I leave a comment. While I do grind my teeth when I come upon a "hit and run" comment. On occasion, I want to report a comment as "leaving the scene of an accident" because a comment is a total wreck; but far more often I benefit from taking the time. Frequently, I come upon a comment that warrants a comment upon their connent.

My time is pressed this year, so I have not done much blogging, but I try each day to check in. This month has been difficult to find even time to check in as often.

Where is Wellibgton, Florida? My eldest daughter, husband and four grandkids recently moved to Amelia Island, FL. He is a minister.

Mar 28, 2016 11:42 PM