Ask An Ambassador: What's Your Priority?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

Priorities can change.  That's Life. 

What's important today may be meaningless tomorrow, and thus it goes.

When we first joined ActiveRain many moons ago, this was a far different community (don't worry, I'm not about to go old guy get offa my lawn!!! here...although AARP keeps mailing me reminders that I'm eligible).

When we first joined I didn't really know how to blog for business, so most of my activity here was in the "social" category.  Blog posts that didn't have a prayer of getting a customer call, lots of reading and lots of comments left.  I'd max out my points on a daily and weekly basis.

Bob, Kerrie and Brad were doing their best to teach what we needed to know to be successful at blogging, and keep it fun at the same time.  It wasn't unusual for posts to get "hijacked" and comment strings could get pretty lengthy.  And it wasn't all milk and honey, the site was down frequently and today's tech issues are pretty minor in comparison to years back.

Now if you look for the faces from "the old days", there aren't many left.  Management has changed a few times, staffing has changed, and so has the membership.


Some agents left the business.

Some moved to their own Wordpress site and never came back.

Some decided blogging didn't work and just quit. 

Some went off to Facebook and Instagram and YouTube.

Some realize this takes more work then they thought.

And some realize participation in the community takes too much time away from doing other things they love.

There's a whole host of reasons the faces are different.

For the most part, it comes down to priorities.  Is this something you love to do?

We're all strapped for time (says the guy with a dual career, 15 cats, 4 Chihuahuas and 7 beehives), so we each have to decide what takes priority for our time, and that means for some members ActiveRain activities are VERY low on the list.  I get that.

For me, a daily dose of AR is still a priority, but not in the same way as it used to be.

My highest priority each day is getting a blog post written.  Blog posts directed to the consumer are the most likely action here to bring me a good home buyer or home seller call.

Secondary priority is cruising through the Q&A section to see if there's anything quick I can help with.

Third priority is responding to comments left on my post.

And bringing up the rear as each day's time allows is reading posts by others and leaving comments.  I know this might be an ActiveRain faux pas, but I don't feel it mandatory to leave a comment on a post for every comment left on mine.  That probably means fewer comments left on my own posts, and I'm okay with that.  It's the trade-off I've had to make to manage the other priorities in my life. 

And that's part of the beauty of ActiveRain.  Each of us can choose our own path.  Be here a little, be here a lot, or anything in between.  Whatever priority you want, the community will be here.

Blog for fun, blog for business, mix it up.  It's all your choice.

Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help,

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill(and Liz too) - ActiveRain offers many examples that change occurs(and at times when we don't even notice).   Priorities definitely fall into that category as well.  

Sep 17, 2019 06:01 PM #1
Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
South Florida Residential Real Estate

Thank you for your straightforward honest post, as always. This still is a unique vibrant community that I hope will continue for a long time. Yes, our priorities change and life changes so frequently.  The path is constantly moving in many directions. Let's keep moving forward positively. 5 quiet dogs, right. 

Sep 17, 2019 06:32 PM #2
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

You scared me, man.  You're a fixture, here.

It's certainly true, AR isn't the place it was in the Jurrasic period, when you and I first signed-on.  Community has changed, and morphed.  The "Feature" isn't nearly as exciting as it used to be.

But there's still plenty of value here... you may just have to work a little harder to find it.

Sep 17, 2019 07:17 PM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. Priorities change daily. For some it's the same old routine and for others new opportunities arise. To each there own. Enjoy your day! 

Sep 18, 2019 05:17 AM #4
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

There is one thing that remains the same. That I control my blogging destiny. If I dont blog, no one wil see it. Spending a little time to write a blog is time well spent. I must say when i have more time, i may write 2,3 or 4 blogs ahead for thse days it is non stop. But my blog is an ad. It goes ot world wide waiting for someone to see. Of course posting the link on social media helps people find it. But it only takes 1 new person to see and hire me to make it all worth while. I am still getting new clients from my blog. Using key words as i write helps it be found in searches. THEN of course there is the time wel spent here to socialize, but to learn, share and be entertained. It is a nice break from my hectic day to stop by AR. 

Sep 18, 2019 05:27 AM #5
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The grass withers and the flower fades....

Sep 18, 2019 06:48 AM #6
Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hey Bill change happens and goes on and on just like priorities.  Mine certainly have changed this past few years and I'm quite happy about the results. Looking back to the wild west rain days was fun......expecially the hijacked posts etc. I never knew what to expect my first year or two in the rain and it was all fun and a HUGE learning curve for me and my company.

Sep 18, 2019 01:28 PM #7
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

The blogging is a lot of fun for me.  Cathartic almost.  It IS time-consuming and you can get as involved as any other posting medium on social media so you have to be careful.

I have been VERY pleased to see many of my posts show up on search engine results and they come up more with AR than FB (minimum on that count to Zero) and YouTube is also surprising.  The photos of the articles I write here are showing very well, better than the actual post will show in SE results.

Love the camaraderie and have learned a LOT.  Although I am not into the motivational side of things, it is important and helpful!!

Sep 18, 2019 02:23 PM #8
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I still log on every day to see what's going on. I don't write as many posts as I used to but that's because I've written about every local thing I could possibly think of! But it's still my first choice to post something interesting.

Sep 18, 2019 03:17 PM #9
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

It's compelling and hard to quit.  I like to check in often, but have a hard time getting the blogging done anywhere these days... (kind of on vacation)

Sep 18, 2019 06:44 PM #10
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Our priorities do change over time as we all evolve.  This is still a great place to lead and share!  The beauty is we can do as much or as little as our schedule and desires dictate!  Thanks for sharing!

Sep 19, 2019 04:56 AM #13
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

My outside demands need to back off - because I like posting here daily and simply haven't found the time to be consistent with it for the past few months.  Lately I've felt fortunate to get my client work done without missing any deadlines, write a post every several days, and get over here to read and comment now and then.

Sep 19, 2019 12:05 PM #14
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Liz and Bill Spear ,

Ahh..times have changed, priorities have changed and will continue to change and evolve. We can each choose our own path and in some cases our path is chosen for us but AR is important, its like a mini class every day..just can't devote the time right now I'd like to.

Sep 19, 2019 02:36 PM #15
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Liz and Bill Spear I know it is all about priorities ... and every day bring with it new challenges.  I seem to get caught reading the posts and then reading all the comments ... and then stopping by Q&A to see if there are any Q's I can contribute to. Next thing I know, I have surpassed the time I meant to spend due to "other respoinsibilities" and another day has passed with me not writing a blog. Can you give me some advise on this? Should I just concentrate my time to write a blog and not read posts and contribute my comments? Let me know your thoughts on this. Perplexed

Sep 19, 2019 07:38 PM #16
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