Community Guidelines...They Really Are Important.

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Community Guidelines...They Really Are Important.


If it’s January here in ActiveRain, then Lynn Friedman’s Blog activerain blogJumpstart Challenge must be on!

Now lest you think that this is strictly an exercise in point gathering or have a disdain for ActiveRain Challenges or Contests in general, I would encourage you to look again at the different qualifiers.

They are designed to have us do things that will help our business or function better here in the community.

As to the Community Guidelines, it’s very much like the HOA of a neighborhood. If you want to get along with others in the community, it’s always helpful to first-know what the guidelines are, and two-follow them to the best of your ability.


“Get connected. At first, ActiveRain may seem so big that you could never be heard, and so small and cliquish that you will never find your place. Everyone experiences this phenomenon! Our suggestion is to start off slow; read blogs, then start commenting on posts that interest you, and once you feel ready, blog away!”


This is a part of the Guidelines that I chose to focus on. I’ve lost count of the number of members here but it must seem daunting to anyone just joining.

I know it was for me and there were far fewer members in 2008.

Here are some tips to help ease your way into the ActiveRain Community.


1.If you know a member here, contact them. It always helps to have a guide when you’re traveling in unknown waters.

2.Don’t know anyone? Call one of the ActiveRain Ambassadors!  It’s why we’re here.

3.Read, read, and then read more.

The more posts you read gives you an idea of how and what to write.

In reading posts, you’ll find many bloggers you’ll want to “follow” just as you would on other social media platforms.


Being part of a community requires some amount of interaction with others in the community. So make it a habit to read posts and comment on them. BE CAREFUL...though. You don’t want to become known as the drive-by commenter who says something to the effect of  

“Nice post. Thank you for sharing.”




5.Write a post!

Here’s where it can get tricky. There are consumer-focused posts such as Market Reports and Listings, or anything having to do with what it is you do. So of course, you’ll want to maintain a certain amount of professionalism.

However, there are posts that allow you to show us more of who you are. It helps us get to know YOU.

In any case, make sure that what you write is yours. Copying and pasting are strongly frowned upon here.

There are other sections covering this, and if you’re not sure about Copyright infringement, find Lenn Harley’s blog and start reading.


ActiveRain can appear to be cliquish but it truly isn’t. Like any other community, there are times when we want to interact with members we know because that’s what people do. But, give us a chance...put yourself out there!

We won’t bite!!!



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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Donald Urschalitz all of what we read here can make us a better professional. 

Gita Bantwal Thank you and I hope they will. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty just taking the first step to blog helps. 

Jan 10, 2018 03:38 PM #20
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Great advice, and your suggestions are on point and as usual super helpful.  Happy Wednesday, A

Jan 10, 2018 03:44 PM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joe Pryor when the market was down, agents had more time to spend here. Fortunately, things have picked up, everyone is busy and it's been hard for many to carve out the time. 

Brian England I have no doubt that you would always do the right thing. 

Jan 10, 2018 03:52 PM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sheila Anderson maybe it's a bit like "if you have to ask, you probably shouldn't.

You're right Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, You get out of it what you're willing to put in!

George Souto It is a must read for all members although, if everyone just followed what we've been taught by our parents and teachers, life would be good and it wouldn't be needed. 

Jan 10, 2018 04:01 PM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

JL Boney, III aptly put!  Jump in and write!!!

Gabe Sanders but there always will be someone who needs to go to their own sandbox. That's human behavior. 

Sharon Tara absolutely, which is why Lynn's annual challenge is a good one. 

Jan 10, 2018 04:07 PM #24
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

With out rules it would be a free for all. Respect is something lost in some these days. It is finally warming up here Kathy Streib 

Jan 10, 2018 04:17 PM #25
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I agree, I don't think we see it like we have in the past. Part of this I think goes to the members here who are happy to step up and say something. 

Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel It has been interesting watching this community grow. 

Jan 10, 2018 04:19 PM #26
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Kathy Streib ,

Congratulations on the well deserved featured post. Great community tips  to ease you into the Active Rain Community.

Jan 10, 2018 05:00 PM #27
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Kathy, I like your comparison of the Community Guidelines to those of an HOA. 

Jan 10, 2018 05:47 PM #29
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

 "treat others as you want to be treated" is no myth

Jan 10, 2018 06:07 PM #30
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Kathy, 
You've given some great pointers for getting connected here.  I think this challenge reminds all of us the importance of the guidelines. 

Jan 10, 2018 06:19 PM #31
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Yes, these are great tips for how to interact in ActiveRain. We won't bite is definitely true!

Jan 11, 2018 11:44 AM #32
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

That has to be the most important part of this community. Some of my really great friends were found among these pages.

Jan 11, 2018 02:32 PM #33
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Rules aren't rules just because.  Guidelines aren't guidelines just because.

A community exists and grows, and as it does, best practices are developed and codified. There is no need to re-invent the wheel when the wheel you have is working fine.

Rules & guidelines develop and mature because they serve a need.

If that's not clear to someone, then usually they are self-selecting themselves out of the community.  That's not necessarily a good thing or a bad thing.  If I walked into my Mom's knitting group without my skien of wool, they'd likely eventually invite me to join some other group; but I would also come to this thinking on my own.  It's not a judgement call, it's just a process enhancement.

Call them rules, call them Guidelines, call them necessary. This is how we roll.


Jan 11, 2018 09:43 PM #34
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


What a wonderful way to welcome newbies to the community and encourage them to get involved, but it's great information for others who have been around for a while, too. Glad this was featured!


Jan 11, 2018 09:48 PM #35
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Community guidelines are established for a reason.

Just like traffic laws are intended to help all drivers navigate efficiently and as quickly as possible. I think we need to add, safely.

Community guidelines are here for all members so that we can share and learn in the most efficient way.

Thanks Kathy for a great post.

Jan 12, 2018 10:27 AM #36
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

The old adage holds true here, Kathy Streib ... you get out of AR what you put into AR.  (And I'd say even more)  If you don't make much effort, how can you expect to gain anything by being here?? 

Your post provides great tips on how to benefit the most on AR.  The rest of it is up to us ...


Jan 12, 2018 12:11 PM #37
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathy Streib 

This should be mandatory reading for everyone. Maybe Lynn B. Friedman could add it to the contest next year.. even though she says this is her last!

Jan 12, 2018 08:40 PM #38
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Kathy Streib 
Your post is wonderful and very clear. Still - AR is not like any other community. Following the Weltanschauung and Community Guidelines will protect thatt individuality! All the best - Lynn

Jan 12, 2018 08:49 PM #39
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Lynn B. Friedman Looking foward to what's up that sleeve of yours!

Jan 12, 2018 08:51 PM #40
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