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