I’m Thankful for my Friendships in our ActiveRain Community

Reblogger Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Fred Griffin Real Estate Florida Broker BK436788
Original content by Jeff Dowler, CRS CA DRE #01490977

I’m Thankful for the Friendships in our ActiveRain Community


Debbie Reynolds is sponsoring a 10-day Thanksgiving Post Challenge from today through Thanksgiving Day, an encouragement to share the things we are thankful and why! The community of ActiveRain is certainly one of those things.


making friends onlineI had no idea what to expect when I first joined ActiveRain, nor did I even consider the breadth and depth of the friendships I would develop as a result, or that making friends would even happen.


The value of blogging became evident very quickly, but it didn’t take long to realize how powerful these relationships could and would become, and how important they would be in so many ways over the years.


I still remember my first big social media event in Long Beach where I got to meet a couple dozen people from AR that I considered friends…in person! And other gatherings have revealed, over and over, the joy of these friendships forged online with bloggers from around the country.


“The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.”

~ Hubert H. Humphrey ~


Indeed, it was a complete surprise one could develop amazing friendships with people you meet in an online community without needing a face to face interaction. And those friendships become even more special upon meeting each other and realizing the bond that has been created. Anyone who has met up with an ActiveRain friend or attended a meet-up can testify to this.



It’s hard to explain the power of these friendships to those outside of AR who have not, unfortunately, experienced them, or perhaps have had experiences here that were less than friendly. Yes, there are those issues that rear their ugly heads from time to time, but the true friendships endure no matter what happens.


True, Rainers are here for many different reasons, many of them business-related, and not just to make friends. But while our learning on AR comes from those who are here – answers to questions, solutions for problems in our transactions, marketing ideas, ways to grow our business, ideas for business plans, how to improve blogging and our photos, and even many life lessons – it is the emotional bonds between friends that transcend it all.


I’m incredibly grateful for the many people I’ve met here that I consider friends, those I could call or email for help, an ear, or just to talk. Those I've met in person, and those I've yet to meet, or may not. And in turn those I can reach out to when help is needed, or “just because.”


“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking along in the light.”

~ Helen Keller ~


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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for reblogging the post. Most of us are thankful for similar things

Nov 10, 2018 03:37 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Fred - Jeff is so correct about this.  When you see people that you have know online for so long it is like seeing a long lost relative and you know them instantly.

Nov 10, 2018 04:29 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Fred. I have the opportunity to meet a few of the many Rainers I follow and have so many left to meet. Enjoy your day!

Nov 10, 2018 05:12 AM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Fred I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Dowler, CRS along with several other Rainers last Friday in Boston.  Many there have been special AR friends for many years, and I finally got to meet them.

Nov 10, 2018 03:32 PM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Fred

Thanks for sharing my post. I'm flattered. It seemed an appropriate topic not only for the challenge but also give the recent meet-up with my AR friends, a number of whom I was meeting for the first time face to face.


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