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Time Certainly Does Fly…


Ten years ago today I joined this thing called ActiveRain. activerain

No one referred me. There was no mentor telling me to blog. While I was starting my business, I researched all kinds of websites from Home Stagers. My journey also took me to the sites of several agents.

At the bottom of some of the websites, I saw a logo.

What the heck was ActiveRain?

After heading over to the site, I started reading. And reading and reading more.

There was so much to read...so much to learn...so many different points of view. And so many different personalities!

I was hooked!

Granted, I lurked for a long while and began posting just a little bit at a time.  But then Bob Stewart had these back to back challenges, then someone else had one of those 30 posts in 30 days challenges.

My quest to post every day is now a personal challenge.



So after 10 years, this is what I learned to help you navigate your way around this community and enjoy your time here.

Get involved

How much you get out of this community is very much related to what you put into it. Read as many posts as your time allows.

Make meaningful comments...not “drive-by” ones that say “Nice post. Thank you for sharing this.”


Put yourself out there.

By that I mean, if you haven’t already started blogging, get started. If you need a little nudge, contact me or any of the ActiveRain Ambassadors, or really most anyone else here!

And let us see who you are by writing in your own voice.

Pick up the phone

If you’re of a mind, pick up the phone and say “hello” to another member. If you’re traveling, schedule a MeetUp with another member, even if just to meet over a cup of coffee.


After 10 years, I still love learning from all of you...

Learning about Trivia that it seems I should know but don’t…

Learning the importance of branding, or what a Mighty Mo is.

Learning how to market like I mean it, or about the many people who made a difference.

I’ve learned that people can hold dual careers and do it well, and to always have my camera with me.

Thank you for making me want to continue to come back here every day and learn something new.






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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Feb 06, 2018 05:21 PM #29
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I think this post should be featured on Kathy Streib's "What I learned today" series.  Just because you wrote this one, doesn't mean you should be deprived of never appearing on your own post.

Feb 06, 2018 05:24 PM #30
Diana Dahlberg
1 MONTH REALTY - Kenosha, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Congratulations on 10 years pm Active Rain!  I have been here a few years now and have learned alot and always look forward to seeing the responses from others in the community.  I love the picture of all the AR members you used to form the heart!  Happy Valentines day Kathy Streib !

Feb 06, 2018 06:47 PM #31
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


It's been quite a journey over 10 years, hasn't it? The friends I have made, and also met, has been one of the best aspects of being here, and the learning is incredible.


Feb 06, 2018 07:24 PM #32
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

We are glad yo have you here. You are a major presence in this community. Thank you for sharing!

Feb 06, 2018 07:49 PM #33
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello Kathy, 

We know we have been in the Rain a long time when we look at your amazing photo collage and recognize almost everyone in it.   


Feb 06, 2018 08:10 PM #34
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

What a great example of someone that has stuck through it! I know you are an inspiration to me and many others striving to make a dent in the blogging world. Here's to ten more!

Feb 06, 2018 08:38 PM #35
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy time does fly  indeed, it feels like yesterday, I will have to check when I joined it seems like around the same time frame, Endre

Feb 06, 2018 08:47 PM #36
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

Hmmm... I think I passed ten years sometime last year. Like you, I didn't post much at first. I probably didn't even get here every day at first. But then...

I have no interest in Facebook or Twitter or any of the other social media sites, but I try to make time to come here every day even if I don't have time to write and post something.

It just feels good to be here and to connect with everyone.

Feb 06, 2018 09:53 PM #37
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, time flies.  Wow on the 10 years.  So glad you stumbled upon this site.

Feb 07, 2018 02:55 AM #38
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058

Activerain, and the friends here, literally changed our life.  Like you, I read and read and reached out and found mentors ready to help!  What a great place to spend time learning!  Congrats!

Feb 07, 2018 05:29 AM #39
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Ten years... a long long time ago in a faraway land... Congrats on the decade in the Rain!

Feb 07, 2018 06:28 AM #40
Brian DeYoung
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ithaca, NY
Brian DeYoung

Great advice.
I had some fantastic experiences over the years meeting up with someone from another area who is willing to meet and just let me know a little bit about their area or meet just to trade ideas. One thing I love about activerain is that people are willing to share ideas, I think we feel there's less competition because we're not sharing our information with someone next door, but with someone who may be across the country. I also like to see which things are different and which things are the same when it comes to real estate in different parts of the country. I have also had good experiences doing what you suggested and picking up the phone and talking to another member sometimes getting some advice sometimes asking to do business together. Whether or not we've done business together in the end it's always been a good experience and it's been pleasant and rewarding to speak to the person on the other end of the phone.
I hope that 2018 is the best year in business, and personally for all of you.

Feb 07, 2018 01:00 PM #41
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Time does fly and think of all the people we have met over the years as a result of AR. Thanks for the memories and the reminders.

Feb 07, 2018 02:13 PM #42
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Happy A Kathy Streib so glad we connected for local meetups.  It's been a blast.  I echo the sentiments of many of the long-term relationships we have created over time.  Where else can you go to mingle with your fellow professionals who are open to sharing and caring about our respective success.  

Feb 07, 2018 02:32 PM #43
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I enjoyed reading about your journey to and in the Rain.

Having read so many of your posts, it is hard for me to imagine you as a shy person. I assumed you started off as a top poster.

Very encouraging share.

Feb 07, 2018 02:51 PM #44
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I like people who like themselves and what they do...case in point here

Feb 07, 2018 04:56 PM #45
Anne Corbin
Fritz Realty LLC - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I enjoy reading your posts. There are people I "recognize" because they are contants in AR. I'm not a regular blogger but I am reading what everyone writes and an gaining thought provoking ideas constantly. If not, I am just getting to know each of you and appreciate you more than you realize.

Feb 08, 2018 09:00 AM #46
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

WOW!  Congrats on your 10 years.  I am in good company when I say, "THANK YOU, Kathy."  I look forward to the next decade of your posts as well as your Ah-Ha moments.

Feb 08, 2018 04:56 PM #47
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Amazing 10 years!  Reminds me of when I first attended a RainCamp in Scottsdle.  I think it was June of 2009.  An anniversary to look forward to.  Now I just need to blog more.  Thank you for the reminder to pick up the phone!

Feb 09, 2018 03:29 PM #48
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