Political correctness is over used while common sense under used

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

Let me start by saying this is my PERSONAL observation.  Once upon a time I read a comment on Active Rain where a blogger was asking for prayers for a sick family member and one of those drive by cut and past serial commenter said "Thank you for this information, I appreciate that you have shared it" Now I'm likely paraphrasing because it was a few years ago.  But if you blog here much I'm sure you know exactly the kind of cut and past comment I'm talking about.  

Some people think getting 25 points for 20 comments is important here.

Well let me tell you something.  I don't think my "ranking" on ActiveRain has every brought me any business.  

Have I had business from ActiveRain?  You bet I have.  For a few years I kept up with it the best I could, but with business good and busy as opposed to when I started here and it was during the housing crisis and slower it's less important and I just let it go when people say "I found you on the Internet".  Business has come in the way of people finding my posts. And furthermore when people have found my posts some have certainly confided in me that they "read everything you posted for months" before they contacted me.  

So not only do I keep rants off my blog these days I also try to write sincere comments after actually reading the posts I'm commenting on.  Because if someone finds ActiveRain and then searches me on ActiveRain they not only can find my posts, but they can also find my comments.  And I don't want to come across as not being a genuinely sincere person. I try really hard to be the person my dog thinks I am.

In the very recent past I read a blog post about someone who was asking for some ideas to help a friend of hers.  That friend had lost their job.  They were looking for ideas of how a person of a few more decades than the average college graduate to go about seeking new employment.  I offered a place where lots of professional jobs are posted and wished her friend the best and said what a wonderful thing I thought it was that she was trying to assist him.  But the time I hit "submit" on my comment a serial commenter had "thanked her for her post" WTAH?  

Now another way I've gotten business from ActiveRain has been referrals.  Giving and getting them from other ActiveRain members.  Do you think for one second I would every consider giving business to a person who pastes the same comment on 20 blogs within 3 minutes a referral?  Would you?  Do you think that person might but the same non attention to detail into the client you referred to them?  Into the offers they write?  

Real Estate is a business that is much about relationships as anything else. We not only have client and customer relationships, but we also have cooperating agent relationships.  And if we don't ALWAYS, in every situation, respect one another we're simply not using common sense.  I have discussed among my peers from time to time that not only do I have a great list of agents to refer to from my time here at ActiveRain, but I also from here and some Facebook groups formed from members who have been here, but no longer may be active here, I have another list of "NEVER, EVER REFER to these folks".  

Now it's the end of a long week and I'm going outside and watch Rudolf the red nosed Reindeer and play Baby it's cold outside. Have yourself a great weekend folks.  And remember other people are noticing what you do.

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Kat Palmiotti
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I love this, "I try really hard to be the person my dog thinks I am." If we all did that, wouldn't the world be a better place?

I hope you have a great weekend, and enjoy "Baby it's cold outside!"

 

Dec 07, 2018 05:05 PM #1
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Nina Hollander
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HI Tammy... as I ready your post, all I could do was keep nodding my head in agreement sentence after sentence. Too many people forget that everytime they "commit" something to this site or any other social media site it's there forever and they are being judged by what they've committed, either in terms of a post or a comment.

Dec 08, 2018 04:10 AM #2
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Nina Hollander
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Carol Williams hi Carol... my suggestion for a Second Chance Saturday feature.

Dec 08, 2018 04:11 AM #3
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Tammy. Bravo! This is so on target and so very true as well..BTW, I heard from an assistant at AT&T thanks to you. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

Dec 08, 2018 06:02 AM #4
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Tammy, so true. It is frustrating that some members really don't take the time to read the gist of a post. You can tell when it's a drive by. If I can't take the time to read the post, I certainly don't take the time to comment. Rude. 

Dec 08, 2018 06:22 AM #5
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Brian England
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I so wish we could be a society of common sense over political correctness, I am all for that.

Dec 08, 2018 10:28 AM #6
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Tammy Lankford,
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Kat Palmiotti yes it sure would be a better place.  My dog thinks I'm great and I strive to be that kind loving person who shares everything I have with others just like I do with my dogs.

Nina Hollander I just don't get it.  I actually sent a personal message this past time to said "serial commenter" saying it was asinine to leave that comment on a post that was a cry for help for a friend who was hurting.  They replied with "don't contact me again and I'm sending this to my lawyer"  I got a great laughout of that.  

Dec 08, 2018 11:07 AM #7
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Tammy Lankford,
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Sheila Anderson I sure hope you can get that mess resolved.  It's pretty sad when something like that keeps eating at us because we can't let it go because it's the right thing to make them fix it.  There have been times I just walk away and never do business with someone again.  I had that experience with Sears over appliance warranty... but in the end I didn't read the fine print, so technically there were right, but morally corrupt so no more of my money. EVER.

Dec 08, 2018 11:10 AM #8
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Tammy,

We have observed the same.  Stupidity abounds, and point hogs continue to honk nothing.  And then there are the gems, and that is what I focus on...A

Dec 08, 2018 11:10 AM #9
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Tammy Lankford,
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I know it's not like we can buy anything with those points.

Brian England wouldn't it be great?

Dec 08, 2018 11:11 AM #10
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel I know right, it's like they think they are green stamps and if they collect enough they can get something for those points.  But in reality when 1000s upon 1000s of member are thinking you're a jerk and it's pretty easy for the public to garner you not sincere from all those public comments you just are NOT helping yourself.

Dec 08, 2018 11:14 AM #11
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Tammy,

That is why I leave stupid comments on our post and do not delete them.  It shows the world at large what they stand for and who they are.  I am doing the world a favor!  A

Dec 08, 2018 11:17 AM #12
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Nina Hollander
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Imagine the laugh a lawyer would have, Tammy! 

Dec 08, 2018 12:08 PM #13
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