Dipping My Toe Back Into the Blogging Pool

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

I will always have a soft place in my heart for ActiveRain. I made so many lasting friendships here, starting about 11 years ago when I first found this platform. At one time, I was a very prolific blogger, when the real estate market was in a very rough place indeed and I had more time on my hands. I wrote over 1200 posts here in about a two-year period, then I simply burned out. 

I think real estate can provide a virtually endless well of potential blogging material. After over 21 years of full-time sellling, and 14 years of managing other agents, I am still learning. I don't expect that this will ever change as long as I am in the business.

I am going to start with a modest goal of one post per week. I will create a reminder for myself to get this done. I used to write 10 posts pretty much every week, and I know I do not have the time for this anymore. If I manage to get one per week published, I will consider my "comeback" successful. If I exceed that, wonderful. 

I know I have a lot of followers here, but I have no idea how many people will actually see this, since I have been away so long and my contributions have been so inconsistent here on AR. Most of my closest friends from here already see my writing and photos on Facebook. I initially learned about Facebook and Twitter from.....ActiveRain.

If you do happen to see this post, take a minute to give me a word of encouragement, or at least say "hey".  :)

I hope to see you more often in upcoming weeks and months. 

Thanks for reading!

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If you're looking for a home in the Austin area, you can also visit my primary website at www.austintexashomes.com.  Thanks!

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Rainmaker
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
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Oh, we all know your name. You haven't been away so long. Just taking a much deserved break, we guessed. Welcome back.

Jul 12, 2018 08:13 AM #30
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Jason

It's so nice to see you here again, no matter how often you make it. YOu do what you can and what feels appropriate, right?

Jeff

Jul 12, 2018 08:18 AM #31
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Mike Frazier
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Welcome back Jason. We always enjoying reading your posts here in the "rain".

Jul 12, 2018 08:48 AM #32
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Markeshia Calimee
Legendary Realty - Alameda, CA
Specializing in single family distressed assets

That's GREAT!!! I'm in the same boat I have been on A.R. for a few years now but I just can't find the motivation or the time to blog.... So I'm also making a commitment :) Thanks for the encouragement!

Jul 12, 2018 11:28 AM #33
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Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
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Hi Jason, glad you decided to dip your toe again!  It's tough to keep up with all of the marketing demands as well actually working with clients in RE.  Look forward to your weekly posts.

Jul 12, 2018 11:32 AM #34
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Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
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Welcome back and best of luck with your renewed interest in blogging!

Jul 12, 2018 11:45 AM #35
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Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
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Jason,

I know what you are going through. I too have a soft spot for my neglected AR blog. I only find time for listings and not posting and interacting with other agents like we used to do a decade ago.

Maybe I will have to make time too.

Take Care,

Teri

Jul 12, 2018 02:11 PM #36
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June Piper-Brandon
Remax New Beginnings - Baltimore, MD
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Jason, nice to see you back. I too took a break and am trying to get back to blogging. You may even be my inspiration!!

Jul 12, 2018 08:13 PM #37
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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Welcome back! Sometimes a break (from anything we do) can help. I look forward to reading your weekly posts!

Jul 13, 2018 03:30 AM #38
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Lillie Painia, ABR, NHC, TAHS
Lillie L. Painia, Tri-R Realty Group - Missouri City, TX

Welcome back Jason!

Jul 13, 2018 06:50 AM #39
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
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Welcome back Jason Crouch, one blog post per week is a great goal to start with. 

Jul 13, 2018 06:50 AM #40
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Julie Chapman
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My friend,

I am so glad to see you out and about. It has been a long time - we must catch up.......I have so many hysterical memories from our Meme's..

 

Julie

Jul 13, 2018 01:58 PM #41
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John Marshall - FORE!
The K Company Realty - Cherry Hills Village, CO
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Welcome back Jason Crouch and I am in need of the same, busy got in the way and blogging has taken a back seat, but I intend to be much more active here.

Jul 14, 2018 05:38 AM #42
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Bruce Brockmeier
Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS® - Yorba Linda, CA
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Welcome Home!!!!

:)

Jul 14, 2018 10:03 AM #43
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
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Welcome back! Hopefully you'll be busy with Army announcing that they have chosen Austin, Texas, as the location for a new command headquarters that will focus on how to modernize the service. 500 high tech jobs should create a ripple in the real estate market.

Jul 14, 2018 11:11 AM #44
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
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Hey... I remember you and followed your posts for years!

Jul 14, 2018 03:14 PM #45
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
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Welcome back, we look forward to your weekly posts. Sometimes a break helps us realize how important something is to us. 

Jul 15, 2018 03:37 PM #46
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Carol Williams
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Hi Jason,
Welcome back.  I took a hiatus for a while too but have been back for a couple years.  Your one post a week sounds very doable. 

Jul 15, 2018 03:55 PM #47
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
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Hey Jason: welcome back! I just re-started blogging myself about 3 months ago!  I love it and have just found the time I need to try to write a post a week...that's about all I can conjure up since I am so busy with my real estate.

It is so good to know that you are in the frame of mind to blog again--I remember your posts from so long ago--and yes, you were one of the more prolific members....Good to have you back--good luck with your re-start! 

Jul 15, 2018 07:13 PM #48
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Francisco Peot
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Hey Jason, I took a hiatus as well. I’m new to blogging and I started on active rain. I’ve only written about 10 so far, but I took a break because my business and personal life got very busy at the same time. I thought about cancelling active rain, but I saw an interesting blog tonight on email about community pages. It got me to sign back in, and I realized what I liked about active rain when I first started a few months ago. It’s not just about blogging yourself. As a “newer” Realtor, 2 1/2 years, active rain has a wealth of information from all of these seasoned veterans. I need to schedule some weekly active rain time, if not to blog, to learn.

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