I hope you've kept up the chlorine levels.

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

My very good friend Tammie Langford... uh, no that's not right, ... Tammy Langford... still not right, oh yeah... Tammy Lankford... yes, that's right... my very good personal friend Tammy Lankford reminded me on her recent post that yesterday, was my Aluminum anniversary, here on Active Rain.

For those of you who haven't kept up on Anniversary traditions, Aluminum is the 10th anniversary. (just my public service).

So, ten years ago, which is 18.5 years in Realtor years, I posted my very first post on Active Rain.  It weren't much... (I promise you, it really weren't), but that truly began my blogging adventure.

Back in the day, there were feature fairies... and verbal battles over who gets to be touched by a fairie.  Nobody was a millionaire, yet and very few had figured out how to add photos to their blogs, and many didn't know how to create paragraphs, so we had blogs with the infamous grey wall of words.  It was heaven.

At some point... some how, and for some bizarre reason, someone decided to 'follow' me... I was elated... I had a subscriber!!  (clearly someone with major psychological insecurities).

It took over a year for my blogging efforts to actually generate a call that turned into money.  That's right... a year of daily blogging, talking about stuff and nonsense, occassionally mixed in with a little real estate.

Somehow, through very few efforts of my own, I was findable on the first page of Google... and not just in searches for known criminal elements.

It's been a wild ride... I've met many rainers, staff, and made what I feel will be lifelong friendships.  I've sent and received referrals to and from fellow rainers... and made tens-of-thousands of dollars from this activity called blogging.

It's been a good ten years.  Come on in, the water's fine.

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Awe shucks Alan, you've gone and made me blush.  And of course made me want to stab you for spelling my name wrong.  But in a loving way. ;)


Sep 05, 2018 12:13 PM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Wow, 10 years in the Rain! Did you check the chlorine level before you dove in or after the fact? Congrats on the milestone!

Sep 05, 2018 12:39 PM #5
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Oh yes the feature fairies. Happy to have been here 8 years of those 10. Your advice to abandon Trulia for AR paid off more than you ever will know. 

Sep 05, 2018 01:10 PM #6
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

HEY - it's my anniversary too! I wonder which month you were . . .

It's been a fun ride although I don't miss the early days of trying to figure things out without any tech help (not there's much now but at least we all help each other.)


Sep 05, 2018 01:19 PM #7
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

And an entertaining 10 years it has been!  I would have missed some of your early blogging, joining in 2006 and promptly disappearing for 3 years before returning.  Talk about big mistakes, what I could have done with an extra 3 years of blogging headstart!  I've met Tammy and Don, hopefully sometime I'll get to add you to the list of Rainers I've met in person.  Bill

Sep 05, 2018 03:16 PM #8
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Congratulations.  Glad you described your journey!!

Sep 05, 2018 05:02 PM #9
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Congratulations Alan. Your posts always entertain.

Sep 05, 2018 05:13 PM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, you are such a trip, Alan! I'm so glad you found your way to AR and I loved every description - SOOOO true!

I have to say, I laughed out loud at your 18.5 years in Realtor® years - another truth!

Happy Anniversary to both you and our friend, Tammy Lankford, two of my absolute favorites!

Sep 05, 2018 06:03 PM #11
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Too funny! I enjoyed reading your AR history, of sorts. I remember those earlier days...it will be 11 years for me in December. Happy Anniversary!

Sep 05, 2018 09:01 PM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I don’t know that I would mind being there as a fairy. Do you know what I mean? Take care. Love and light!

Sep 05, 2018 10:15 PM #13
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sharon Tara I think it is kind of funny because I don’t really know too much about the history of any of this except the time I’ve been here

Sep 05, 2018 10:17 PM #14
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Congratulations on the Ten Year Mark! You'll hit 20 in Realtor Years next July 4th! 

I wish the feature fairies would return... those were gentler kinder days! In more ways than one!! 

Sep 06, 2018 01:08 AM #15
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Alan.

Won't hit my 10 year mark until 2019.  Like you it has been a wild ride.  Unlike you I haven't received one client, but then I'm not looking for one.  Congratulations on the feature

Sep 06, 2018 01:20 AM #16
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Got Alan May?     

Sep 06, 2018 06:13 AM #17
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

We should all share our first posts to see how much we've improved over the years. We could make it a group and then newbies could go there and learn how unintimidating this blogging effort really is. Now, there's a thought...

Sep 06, 2018 07:42 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Alan- Congratulations to you for your Aluminum Anniversary!!! I have always enjoyed your posts and your fun way with words, and I will always appreciate your taking the time to answer my call many years ago. 

And how very sweet of Tammy Lankford, to point out your anniversary!!!!  

Sep 07, 2018 12:28 PM #19
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Congrats on the 10 year anniversary.  It is nice to be able to look back at a colorful past and point to the areas where it benefited your business.  

Sep 07, 2018 03:10 PM #20
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Happy aluminum anniversary!  How cool! I went to Raincamp in June of 2009 I believe.  gonna have to look up my first post as I have no idea!


Sep 09, 2018 06:21 PM #21

Happy Aluminum!
Seems like a decadiminum or so ago I read mucho blogoritos and peppy opinions expressed at various A&Q places done by an Elvis lookin RE fella name of Alan May......or maybe not?

Anyway IMHO many of them thar blogeritos from that far past could be reposted today and be just as relevant, interesting and long.......
More than one kinda Rock Star and perhaps this Alan fella just might in some kind of far reaching, stretch of imagination way just might actually....................naw nevermind

He is a darn fine example of what an RE agent oughtta be though
Rock on Elvis!....best to ya & congrats

Oct 05, 2018 05:43 PM #22

This guy has been just a spinach dippin and potato chippin and gadflyin away the years...
A plethora of adventures for this old dude who is proud to say life has not been dull..............at least if we ain't talkin bout my brain power

Some youngster was yadda yaddaing bout Zillow yesterday so after all these years I took a look at Z and no advice (probably a good thing)...
T looks like one would expect and at AR how could I not check/see how one of the good ones was doing Am happy to see you're well and that your years of Aluminating the masses has finely been recognized with a Alumination award from the AR

Glad to see you're still entertain-in and inform-in and and and and...I truly am

Oct 06, 2018 05:12 PM #23
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