Okay, I admit that some days, like you, it's a love-hate relationship with technology! Have you ever tried posting a blog to a website and had the entire creation vanish right before your very eyes? On those days, I have a little 'hate' thing going on with my computer!
But for technology, where would we be today? "Ahh, the 'simple' life," we say, "How we yearn for it again!" Not so fast! Without technology, you wouldn't be reading this! The relationships, both here (online) in the Rain and those from ActiveRain who we know in real life, would not be. Imagine! There are some ActiveRainers with whom I've traveled to other states- across the nation to meet in WA, CA, NV, TX, FL, LA, AL, SC, GA, TN, NY HI and others to spend days with, and have even had several into my own home! Without technology, I would never have known those wonderful people existed!
*This amazing group from AR paid me a visit just after we finished building our home 2 years ago! I spent a few days sharing our beautiful city with them and we exchanged knowledge along the way! This group is from CA, MI, OH, FL, GA, VA, TX & NC. I'm ever so thankful for each and every one of them!
Where would we be without cell phones and cell phone apps? I remember the days being tied to the phone - we bought those extra long cords so that we could wander around our rooms/homes while talking on the phone! Never would we have thought we could be driving and speaking to our loved ones through the wi-fi in our cars!
What about Supra keys to allow access to homes so that we no longer have to be met at a property by the listing agent...or use those God forsaken combo boxes!
Or Docusign? No longer do we have to travel to the buyers homes to have them sign their Offers OR travel to the listing agents' office or home or even the sellers home to present the Offer!
*Our beloved Russell Lewis - he always had a smile on his face and was filled with nothing but, kindness for everyone. We all miss him so very much.
Heaven forbid we get LOST! AHHH, GPS! I still do love my paper maps but, gosh, how sweet it is to be driving down the road, hearing my GPS telling me to turn 1/2 mile ahead! Who would have THOUGHT this would be possible?!
*Atlanta friends paid me a visit for the day - with Thom Abbott & Brian Dover!
The beauty of a plethera of websites for marketing properties - not having to mail photos to the newspaper & arrange for magazine photography - WOW! Digital photography has allowed for ease of marketing on a multitude of websites as well!
*Agents from TX, NC, CO meeting in TN in September, 2016 - I'm so thankful for them all!
Now social media may be your true love-hate relationship - especially during this last election cycle! Without it, however, I couldn't keep up daily with my family, high school classmates, college classmates, peers from work, friends, clients...and other ActiveRain members there too!
Sure, without the World Wide Web, we wouldn't have the many distractions we do today but, there are a multitude of wonderful things that have come from the Web. For me, it's been a Godsend when 'fighting' insurance issues for my husband, finding medical information that can help with his condition or finding medical technology/products to make his life easier. Of course, there is entertainment, work, news...I mean, the WWW IS, after all, where you can search for literally EVERYTHING!
Amazon.com - Need I say more?!
And, where did we first hear about ALL of these things - well, besides cell phones and the World Wide Web? Right here on ActiveRain! We taught each other how to set up FaceBook & Twitter accounts, build websites, market our listings, share market report templates; we learned of IDX and new technologies across various MLS Boards...and SO much more. Communicating with one another, we learned so much that we surpassed most of our own MLS Boards and the vast majority of our peers/competition!
*More AR peeps in NOLA
Yes, today I am thankful for technology and this wonderful venue that introduced us to much of the technology that we utilize on a daily basis today!
© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Thankful for Technology