Thankfulness (DAY 3) - My ActiveRain Family
Who knew, 11 years ago that one online platform could change my life SO much?! I know I certainly didn't! I began using ActiveRain with more trepidation than you can imagine - it took me 6 months to even leave a comment!
You've probably read a few complaints about the platform - specifically, being different than it has been in years past. Well, I'm here to tell you, any experience in life is what you make of it. When you find a good thing, you do your part to make it better.
So, I'm here today to share my gratitude for my ActiveRain friends & family. *With dear friend, Lisa Von Domek
I've been reflecting lately about my tenure here--as I said, 11 years and counting, here in the Rain! Yes, things have changed, people have changed and those who started here in the beginning will tell you, social media and personal websites as well as increased business have taken many of the original members in another direction. Many have taken sabbaticals and then there are those who have remained faithful each and every day of the year.
New members have taken to blogging and socializing here in the Rain, like taking a bull by the horns! What a wonderfully welcoming, caring, loving community we have here. We are truly ALL blessed with this platform and the amazing people here!
If you're a newbie (brand new to the Rain), jump right in! Yes, easier said than done! I began on ActiveRain very slowly. It was the absolute MOST uncomfortable thing for me to write my first comment--UNTIL I finally got the courage to write my first POST!
I watched the original members - day in and day out - for 6+ months but, just could not muster up the courage to write a post. Why did they seem so comfortable with it but, it seemed so foreign to me? You have to remember though, at that time, Facebook did not exist so, online communication was not that common to most of us.
When I finally did get the courage to write a post, the stress was almost immediately gone! POOF! People actually commented--not many but, hey, I didn't know them from Adam and couldn't imagine what they found interesting in my local posts! (Above - with Bob Stewart in New Orleans for RainCamp/NAR meet-up)
I originally ONLY wrote local posts because I didn't want any of 'me' showing through. Imagine - I thought if you weren't ALL BUSINESS, that might be bad for business! After hearing over and over and over again from clients who found me here in the Rain, "I feel like I know you already," I realize how ridiculous I was to think that leaving the 'personal' out was the absolute wrong blogging plan!
I am so thankful for the original members, as well as the ones who came after me here in the Rain, for the learning, relationships, business and 'fun' never end! I have learned how to blog, what to blog about, how to use keywords, write market reports, focus locally and everything that I needed to know to become the source of information for my area.
During the early days, my ActiveRain family taught me how to create a Facebook & Twitter profiles, then Facebook business pages, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram - every social network. Together, RIGHT HERE IN THE RAIN, we have learned so very much!
We have reached out to one another to share our knowledge of website-building, business development and so much more. When a member or family member falls ill, our AR family reaches out, offers a shoulder, words of support and prayers. Recently, my husband fell quite ill and was in critical care for nearly a week. There were numerous members who did not miss reaching out to me ONE single day during his hospitalization. That's what family does and I will be forever grateful for my ActiveRain family!
*Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, conferencing together in 2013!
OH, the lifelong friends that have become family - who knew?! I have sent and received tons of referrals, found two fantastic lenders, an amazing local stager and, of course, received wonderful direct clients from my blogging here in the Rain!
*Atlanta meet-up, 2017, hosted by Lynn B. Friedman
*CRS Sellabration & ActiveRain meet-up, Dallas, 2018
*Boston meet-up, 2018, hosted by Lisa Von Domek
*More photos from Boston last week
*Atlanta friends travel to Charlotte for a meet-up, 2013 - Love my Thom Abbott (& Ray) and a fantastic lender, Brian Dover.
I joined forces with other members to start Charlotte's first ReBar Camp and put several ReBar Camp events together for several subsequent years after that. We even helped support other area ReBar Camps across the south, including our NC friends in Raleigh.
*Rebar 2010 in Raleigh
I've attended conferences from coast-to-coast and had the honor of meeting some of the most fabulous people through ActiveRain.
*Orlando RainCamp, 2010 - Boy, don't we wish we were still having the RainCamps?!
I've even hosted ActiveRain 'family' meet-ups in my own home (below) and visited others across the nation as well. This one was held only 3 weeks after we finished building our new home in 2014! Talk about love of family!
Oh and we have even vacationed with ActiveRain members! You get the point now, right? We're just one, big family here!
*With Sally K. & David L. Hanson, vacationing in NOLA, 2018
Anything you want to learn about your real estate business is right HERE! If you can't find it, you can ask about it in the Q&A section - one place I rarely miss a day visiting! The best part is and always will be, the friendships - you simply can't put a price on the incredible relationships we forge here in the Rain. OF COURSE, the business and the 'education' are wonderful too but, the ActiveRain family is AMAZING! Who knew you could have it all on, what I originally thought to be, a very 'scary' social blogging venue?!
So, if you're a newbie, jump right in--I promise we don't bite (well, most of us don't)! Add ActiveRain time to your calendar - block your time to spend a little bit of it here each day. It's a great place to hang your hat and stay awhile! ActiveRain is a wonderful place to meet new friends and gain a whole lot of knowledge to grow your business also!
*With Christine Donovan - Charlotte RainCamp, 2011
And remember, any experience in life is what you make of it! What are you thankful for today?
Thank you, Debbie Reynolds, for your annual ActiveRain Thanksgiving challenge!
© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Thankfulness (DAY 3) - My ActiveRain Family