How ActiveRain Mirrors My World View...

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRDS # 146013739


Weltanschauung (The Big "W") ~ Guiding Principles


I re-read all 10 guiding principles of the big "W".  I still believe that the following principles resonate with me loudly. 


1. We understand that the value of the ActiveRain community rests entirely with its members.

We really need to give lots of credit to the Ambassadors of our platform. Many of these members don't have the title but are still considered Ambassadors to me. Ambassadors are here to educate and pass on their considerable knowledge of their expertise and niche service. I respect their role and have learned a lot. I have two examples below.

If  you are looking to learn about real estate or a niche you might want to pursue, there is no better way to get information than to read the blogs from these highly successful people. They are here to help us. 

Without our ambassadors who help promote the "CG" "W" as well as the moderators of each group, we would not be the professional community we are today. Our ambassadors and moderators promote engagement through contests and challenges,  just like this "January Blog Booster 2019".  This is a perfect example of how the community gives back to us. 

Not only does it help motivate us to start the year off with a bang after the holidays, many of the contests remind us of what we need to do to be successful in business.

One more key point, keep it fun!  Let's face it, engagement with others including the quips, make reading the comments very enjoyable. I also enjoy the photography as many of you may know!


5. We believe that the constructive dialog at ActiveRain fosters transparency among consumers about the industry.

With a powerful platform such as ActiveRain, we all need to be advocates "in demonstrating the integrity and professionalism engaged in our industry."  We do that most importantly by our interaction with others.  But also, our words in our blog posts need to mirror the "CG" and "W".  We want engagement from consumers. Colleagues and consumers read our blogs and they form judgments from what they read. 


10. ActiveRain believes that it is in the best interests of real estate professionals to build a community that is focused on educating one another.  


My First Blog

I went back to see when I created my first blog. (I have done this a few times). The date was April 15th, 2012.  It was a blog on my very first listing! It appears that I cut and pasted what I wrote for the marketing portion of the MLS. No picture - NOTHING ELSE!  Talk about how far I have come with my skill. YIKES! I did get one comment and never even responded to it. I was embarrassed but I realize now that you don't know what you don't know!  I learned every skill about blogging right here in ActiveRain.  I am proud of that. I consider ActiveRain members part of my professional family. 

Making Amends

I went back to that ActiveRain person who left that comment and posted a message for her on what had happened.  I thanked her for being the first person who ever gave me a comment and how much I appreciated the gesture.  This is what number ten is all about in my point of view!  

What I Have Learned About Blogging

Here is a link to a listing I sold back in 2018. The blog post was written November 10th, 2017.  See if you agree that I have learned from all of you on ActiveRain!  One of the reasons I have committed to being more active on the Rain. 

Committing To Video

2018 was the year I was going to do a better job with my videos. Coincidentally, that is when I started following Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  and "YouTube Thursdays". If you want to improve your video presence,  I highly recommend you follow Debb and Bernie.

Putting My Face In Front Of The Camera...

I finally put my own face in a couple of videos in 2018.  Here is one of them and some bloopers. Full disclosure as most of you know, my husband helps with all of this and all of my marketing.

This blooper reel has an "Intro" and "Outro".  Awhile ago, I wouldn't have known what either one of those words meant!

Bloopers First!


Finished Commercial!


A Final Thought...

I appreciate positive and inspirational feedback and I want to give that back to the community. I am frustrated when I do not have time to start my day with an hour of commenting on ActiveRain. I love reading about others success and ideas as well as best practices. You all keep me motivated to continue my journey in my passion ....real estate!

Thank you all!




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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

You have spent your time well in the Rain. Sometimes I have to divide doesn't or can't happen all at once...and as a result you "meet" different people.

Jan 29, 2019 04:30 AM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ,

I see a gold star in your future on this post. Love your post with all your insights into our AR community. It is a wonderful place to learn, meet others and share!

Jan 29, 2019 05:23 AM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® OMG... you are just a NATURAL.... what a fantastic job and I played that finished version 3 times....  I couldn't do that if my life depended on it.... 

Jan 29, 2019 05:43 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Sheri- - -I do like your renaming of the "Big W" that's a campaign name I could support. 

Jan 29, 2019 05:50 AM #6
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Wow is all I can say on the big " W' this should be Featured you have the spirit of Active Rain. Love your commercial Sheri Sperry - MCNE® .  You are an inspiration to us all.

Jan 29, 2019 06:33 AM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Sheri.  I loved your intro video.  Though, I wonder when the powers behind this platform will once again take a more active role.

Jan 29, 2019 06:35 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your positive perspective of ActiveRain.

Jan 29, 2019 06:49 AM #9
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, I love the video, you did a great job.  If I was buying or selling a home, I would definitely call you based on the video. It's inviting, sincere, very well done. How long did it take to shoot the video from start to finish?

Jan 29, 2019 07:15 AM #10
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...


marti garaughty, composer, pianist, soundscape, abstract art


Jan 29, 2019 07:20 AM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a wonderful post about this amazing community - and you are so kind to include us. I'm so honored - and agree with the rest, you are a natural on camera - and I am such a fan of the branding style you've created with your Sedona photos, posts, and videos. Bravo to you, Sheri. 

Jan 29, 2019 08:18 AM #12
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Sheri, You did it again with another fine post for all of us to see.  So glad you are in the rain!!

Jan 29, 2019 08:26 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I cannot say it any better than Nina Hollander 's comment.  And I also agree with Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD .  Wonderful post!  A

Carol Williams we think this is a great one for your Second Chance series.  A

Jan 29, 2019 11:35 AM #14
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

This blog post has it all I laughed, I cried, and I learned Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Jan 29, 2019 12:37 PM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This is all good and does tie us together, we just need more support from the owners here to build community rather than see it diminishing.

Jan 29, 2019 04:16 PM #16
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sheri.

Sad to say, AR missed this one, it should have been a feature.  

Jan 30, 2019 02:26 AM #17
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058

Sheri, thank you for the reminder.  Being involved in the Rain literally changed our lives! Being here more often is part of my commentment for 2019.  You are right - it's a community that feeds the soul, and allows us to stretch.  THANKS! 

Jan 30, 2019 12:50 PM #18
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Sheri, I am glad that you highlighted some of the guiding principles of the World View (Weltanschauug) - now I wrote the word without checking the spelling ...It is helpful to read them again and remind ourselves of them. I watched your two videos with great interet - it is not easy to produce a quality video. The final product is outstanding. 

Jan 30, 2019 05:41 PM #19
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

WOW, Sheri! I love, love, love this post and watched your video again and just can't get over what a fabulous job you did - simply beautiful! It's still difficult for me to get in front of the camera but, gosh, it's SO worth it. Good for you for jumping in and perfecting your very first one - I'm totally impressed!

Loved all of your points too - this is one wonderful community. The friendships, the learning, the referrals...those who don't take the time to blog here are really missing out!

Like Sally K. & David L. Hanson, my time is divided throughout the day - a few minutes in the morning and then when I'm waiting for client appointments (I'm always early!) and then after-hours. As Sally said, it's a great way to catch different members too! 

Have a great week ahead!

Feb 03, 2019 08:18 PM #20
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Nice post and so true we all learn from each other and by the encouragement to just do it.

Feb 04, 2019 12:15 PM #21
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Hi Sherry!  Boy does your post resonate with me.  When I first started blogging, my thoughts were all over the map and my posts showed it!  Not only has my blogging gotten better, blogging has helped me to be a better speaker and writer.  My classes flow better and I love making people laugh.

LOVE your video commercial.  Thank you for sharing your bloopers, too.  I know I'd have more and more repeat takes!  That's on my to do list this year.  

Feb 04, 2019 12:50 PM #22
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