Do it for more than the points.

Real Estate Agent with E*Rae Realty 651873

Are you familiar with the Active Rain Community Guidelines? The overarching theme here is respect.  Respect the industry, respect the law, respect your peers and overall, respect the ActiveRain community.  One particular bullet point among the Community Guidelines really got my attention, “The point system is intended to encourage and reward genuine effort. Points for blogging will only be awarded for your own original content”.


The first part of this statement is what really matters to me; the point system is intended to encourage and reward genuine effort.  I could write hundreds of blog posts about random topics just for the sake of getting points; however, I don’t.  I enjoy the ActiveRain contests which encourage me to push my boundaries in regards to which types of blog posts I write; however, the primary reason I write blogs is to engage with the public.  When I blog, I think what value am I bringing to the public, not how many points will this get me.


Similarly, when I read other people’s posts, I only comment if I have genuine value to contribute to the conversation.   Sure I could gain a few points saying great post; however, If I truly feel the content is valuable I will take the time to identify key points that resonated with me and let the author know. 


Oftentimes, I feel that a rainer is doing it for the points in the Q and A forum.  If you don’t know the answer to the question and simply state “I have no idea”, what value are contributing?  Do you really deserve your 15 points for “answering another member’s question”?


When you are going about your day, interacting in the Rain, I encourage you to think before posting. Will what I am posting provide value to the reader?  Does this comment benefit the writer or someone else reading the post?  Does my answer help the person who posed the question or spark debate among other rainers?  If you can’t answer yes to one of these questions, you may be simply doing it for the points.

Posted by
Erika Rae Albert 
Broker, Realtor®, GRI
108 Wild Basin Road South Suite 250
Austin, TX 78746
t: 512-779-7597
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  1. Barbara Todaro 01/19/2018 07:24 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, again, Erika Albert I love this post and will be reblogging it....every member should be reading it and it's featureworthy, for sure.... you've captured the true meaning of the point system and expressed it very well.... and I just noticed that you are not allowing reblogs of your posts....

you'll get more Google Juice if you allow reblogging.... 

just realized it members only, and that's why it's not able to be reblogged.. I've been here since 2009 and I make everything public, unless it's a rant.... I rarely rant.

Jan 19, 2018 07:10 AM #1
Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert
E*Rae Realty - Austin, TX
Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction

Ah thanks for the feedback Barbara Todaro .  I just edited to make it public!

Jan 19, 2018 07:17 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

thanks so much....I'll be reblogging this post.... I love your're a true champion....  Erika Albert 

Jan 19, 2018 07:20 AM #3
Leisa Wilcox
RE/MAX Homes and Estates | Lipman Group - Nashville, TN
Residential Real Estate in Nashville TN

Gosh this is good. I'm new here to "the Rain", and have been trying to figure out the culture. I've seen a lot of this as well. Thanks for shining a light on it, Erika Albert !

Jan 19, 2018 07:40 AM #4
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Erika,
Excellent post.  I'll include it in Second Chance Saturday if it doesn't get Featured in the meantime.

Jan 19, 2018 07:43 AM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi there Erika. Give Barbara Todaro credit for the introduction. Not sure how long you've been blogging in the Rain, but you sure "get it." I'm anxious to read more from you.  D 

Jan 19, 2018 10:43 AM #6
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Good morning! I'm glad Carol included this in today's Second Chance Saturday post, not only because I agree with being genuine, but because now I know to follow you!

Jan 20, 2018 03:41 AM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Erika Albert ,

So glad Carol Williams included your post in her Second Chance Saturday series. Excellent post and now I'm following you to read more of your posts! Keep them coming!

Jan 20, 2018 07:10 PM #8
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


Thanks to Barbara Todaro and Carol Williams who made sure I did not miss this one!

Jan 20, 2018 09:10 PM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Erika

Glad to see this featured by Carol yesterday. It's an important topic and something bloggers here need to keep in mind, especially those getting started. The value comes from the content and the relationships, not the points.


Jan 21, 2018 09:07 AM #10
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

Erika Albert 
WOW -- love this post! You have so many good points. And especially the final questions: All lead to the question - Am I providing value - to others and for myself?
All the best - Lynn

the point system is intended to encourage and reward genuine effort

Jan 22, 2018 09:57 AM #11
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