Who's #1 in Wyoming?

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with American West Realty and Management 12599

Please hold your applause until the end.

(This is tongue-in-cheek. I'm probably the most humble person on earth.)

wyoming desertI finally earned enough points to make me #1 in the great State of Wyoming. I mean, I always was #1 but this is the first time it's been public knowledge.

Honestly, this would ordinarily be a major achievement, but we're talking about Wyoming. My state has 259 ActiveRain users. Most of you have that many within a 1-mile radius of your home. In my state, you only need 4,500 points to be in the top 50 and the top three users hadn't blogged in 6 - 12 months.

I felt like Pac-Man...chasing ghosts.

 

Every journey starts with a poorly written blog that nobody reads.

I wanted to upgrade my account and start blogging. After all, it doesn't make sense to share my superior real estate wisdom if nobody can hear me. I upgraded my account in December and started searching for motivation. ActiveRain blogging doesn't result in six-pack abs or shipments of fluffy puppies, so I needed something more. That's when I learned about earning points and a discounted - or even free - account.

You mean I can spend an hour a day blogging and

earn a $10 discount?!? Count me in!!!

I had been logging on and reading for a while, so I already had around 50,000 points. This must be part of that "white privilege" I hear so much about. I only needed 230,001 points to become #1 in my state and finally bring peace to the Middle East.

It seemed reasonable to earn 30,000 points a month (particularly with my skill set) and reach the top by the end of May. It was December in Cody, so I rolled up the sleeves of my Buffalo hide parka and started writing like a fast writer determined to write even faster.

mountain climberIt was easy at first because I picked off the "low-hanging fruit" users with 60 - 80,000 points. I secretly thumbed my nose at them as I launched what was sure to be a new career in journalism and ghost-writing for the rich and powerful. However, the top six were spread apart with some significant points so my progress slowed. I also had to maintain my secret identity as the father of three children and the owner of a busy Property Management company in Cody Wyoming. I took four days longer than anticipated. I posted a blog on Sunday, June 4th, and earned the 250 points needed to propel me to the top. 

The world will never be the same.

 

Your results may vary.

For many of you, the dream of becoming the #1 ActiveRain blogger in Wyoming is just that: a dream. There is very little chance of you achieving what I have, but isn't it worth trying? Don't you want to look your grandchildren in the eyes and tell them, "I couldn't possibly match the heroic, selfless actions of Nathan. Nobody could. But I had to try!"

Let's get serious.

Points help measure my activity. It's fun to "compete" against others and measure my progress up the leader board but what really matters is that I've learned to enjoy blogging and met some fantastic professionals around the country. And some Canadians. I even enjoy the folks that seem to be frowning as they type.

Thanks to everyone that has helped me learn to enjoy signing in the 'Rain.

I'll try not to let it change me.

Comments (18)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Nathan Gesner ,

I love this post and congratulations on #1 in Wyoming!! Love reading your material and I'll bet it has made a difference in your business all ready! Your almost at 300,000 points and only 200,000 more to go to a free account! Go get'um!

Jun 05, 2017 05:37 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Thanks, Dorie Dillard . I just felt like having some fun!

I see you and Debbie are about to hit 3 million!

Jun 05, 2017 05:41 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Nathan Gesner You need some competition, so enlist every Wyoming real estate agent and affiliate you meet and have them join Activerain. Competition breeds excellence!

Jun 05, 2017 06:10 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Sandy and Norm, that's what I've been trying to do, but I'm not getting any response. I'll keep pushing!

Jun 05, 2017 06:46 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Haha! So much fun reading your blog posts. Also, congratulations on a job well done. You deserve your #1 fame. -Kasey

Jun 05, 2017 07:22 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Job on being Number one Nathan Gesner and now you need to work on your national ranking  hahaha,  you will be up there soon also I think!  Good Job!

 

Jun 05, 2017 07:56 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

NATHAN,

Congratulations on being number 1 in your state.  We are delighted for you, and applaud your accomplishments.  A

Jun 05, 2017 08:11 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Nathan - Congratulations on becoming #1 in Wyoming. No matter the competition, it's still a noteworthy accomplishment, and deserves to be celebrated.

Jun 05, 2017 01:06 PM
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Congratulations Nathan. Glad you had so much fun while climbing the AR ladder. 

Jun 05, 2017 01:06 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

It's all about having fun, JoAnn! Have a great week!

Jun 05, 2017 06:43 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Thanks, Dick. Better the King of Fools than the Fool of Kings!

Jun 05, 2017 06:44 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Thank you, Ron and Alexandra Seigel . I'm learning from the best!

Jun 05, 2017 06:44 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

You were one of the folks that helped propel me early on, Will Hamm !

Jun 05, 2017 06:45 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Thanks, Kasey & John Boles . I was hoping someone would enjoy it because the folks in Wyoming won't even see it!

Jun 05, 2017 06:46 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Nathan-Congratulations. It takes work to get there but also to stay there.

Jun 06, 2017 11:06 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Thanks, Sharon! I intend to stick around for a while!

Jun 07, 2017 11:32 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Congratulations Nathan, it is nice to be #1 in your State!   Now on to the goal of 500K milestone and a FREE acount.

Jun 18, 2017 05:45 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

That's where I'm headed, Joan! Work is getting in the way right now but I'm still plugging away when able.

Jun 18, 2017 06:23 AM