Ask An Ambassador: Not Feeling Social?

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

"ActiveRain is the largest and most active professional social network in the real estate industry. We are a community of real estate agents, brokers, home stagers, inspectors, lenders, and other industry professionals who are committed to learning how do to our jobs better, building connections, and having some fun along the way!"

That's straight from the "About" section for ActiveRain.


That is the site's primary purpose.  At this point in the site's history, SEO is more a side perk and not a primary function.  Sure, long tailed content written well can still rock and cause your phone to ring (it happened again for us this week).

But I'll admit there are times I'm either strapped for time or not in the mood for social.

E.g., my work load has ramped up and the engineering and real estate aspects of my work are tag teaming to suck up most every "spare" minute I might have, so responding to comment or reading posts is just not going to be Job One.  Get my daily post written and move on to the next most critical thing on my to do list.

Or it's the holidays and I'm spending time with family.  I'll have no regrets about having extra face time with my parents vs. leaving another comment or two in this community.

So when I have those times where time is at a premium, I'm VERY likely to write a post that will have little chance of generating commentary from other Rainers.  Pick a local event, a market report, the latest info on new construction patio homes, etc.  The post will NOT be Rain-facing, but consumer facing.  If there are comments left, I'll try (but no guarantee) that I'll respond to them.


Now on the other hand there are members that have explicitly chosen to decline the social aspect of this community.  Take a look through the blog roll and you'll easily find those members.  DOZENS of market reports posted consecutively and comments are disabled.  And I can't recall a time I've ever seen those folks (assuming it's even them handling their member account and not some hired gun from leave a comment on anyone else's post.  That group of people is here for one purpose:  extra publicity for them using whatever SEO benefit ActiveRain can provide them.  Does that strategy work?  I'm going to assume it does (unless they don't monitor the results of their blogging efforts at all).

Now the beauty of this platform is there's a method that can work for anyone's needs.

If you want to never blog at all and only read and comment elsewhere, you can choose that.

You want to write and interact ONLY on your own posts?  You can do that.

You want to go full scale reciprocation and tally up every comment and make sure you respond on the commenter's posts?  Make that Excel tracker and have at it!

You want to only engage in the Q&A section?  You can do that too.

Or if you just want to lurk, read and NEVER comment?  Well, you're missing the point of the community, but hey, whatever works for you!  The best benefits are found via engagement, but it's your call.

Pick your path, do what works for you.  You can always change paths later.

Until next Tuesday, have questions, just Ask An Ambassador!

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz



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Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Stated like a champ! Its like saying crap or get off the pot!!!

If you just want to lurk, read and NEVER comment?  Well, you're missing the point of the community, but hey, whatever works for you!  The best benefits are found via engagement, but it's your call.


Dec 24, 2019 04:26 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill(and Liz too) - the possibilities of ways to "use" an ActiveRain membership are abundant.  There definitely is not a one size fits all section here or in life.   Enjoy your time in West Virginia.  Merry Christmas Eve in advance...

Dec 24, 2019 04:30 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. Well said! Pick your path, do what works for you.  You can always change paths later.


Dec 24, 2019 05:37 AM #3
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

A lot of people miss the social aspect of AR that is a huge plus to those who engage. I too have found myself short on time and that means less AR time. Often a "hit and run" posts quick, leave a couple of answers and or comments and off to the next appointment. 

Dec 24, 2019 05:46 AM #4
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Good morning.

I agree, there is no one way to participate in this (or any) social network. What works for one might not work for another and visa versa.

Dec 24, 2019 06:19 AM #5
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Bill:

Happy Holidays!

There are so many paths to take here and what's right for one person may not be for someone else. Not all that sure what the spammers get out of it but for most of us the benefits are far reaching as far as education, sharing, and relationships. AR has always been a social site.


Dec 24, 2019 08:04 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bill- like life, there are many paths to take and it is an individual choice. You'll get out of it what you want and what you put into it.  Safe travels back to Ohio and have a Merry Christmas!!!!!

Dec 24, 2019 08:25 AM #7
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Everyone has their own priorities as to how they spend their time, don't they?

Dec 24, 2019 09:40 AM #8
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 702-574-8102

Love this straightforward, direct explanation of the social aspect here.  As far as watchers/lurkers, ultimately it comes down to motivation.  I watched for years until I  saw the value.  It's a story for another time. This experience taught me to value the watchers.  It may be just a matter of time before they get it too.    

Dec 24, 2019 02:48 PM #9
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

You do an amazing job getting these daily posts out. Somehow, you always manage to write something relevant and interesting. Happy Holidays!

Dec 24, 2019 03:23 PM #10
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I recommend writing stream of consciousness Until something awesome comes out, or at least something presentable

Dec 24, 2019 10:34 PM #11
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This is one of the more amazing jobs I’ve seen in a post like this! Merry Christmas and very happy holidays to everyone, Jill Sackler

Dec 24, 2019 10:35 PM #12
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Bill, There was a time when this site was such a close knit community.  I'm glad some of the folks from that time are still here and new ones who appreciate the sense of community have come along.  Merry Christmas to you and Liz!

Dec 25, 2019 09:18 AM #13
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Bill,  I like the social aspect of this site.  It's been an important part of my life the past 10 years.  It may not be for everyone, and that's okay.   There have been times I've been MIA for a while, but it's a platform I will always come back to.  Where else can I meet such a great group of like-minded people willing to help each other?  Happy Holidays to you and Liz!

Dec 26, 2019 04:18 PM #14
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'm mentally trying to gear myself up to get back to blogging for business in 2020.  I'm going to try and post something every day in January. I know, weird concept for you to think about because you haven't missed in HOW many years.  Fortunately for me I've written some stuff that still gets found on the regular and makes the phone ring.

Dec 27, 2019 01:07 PM #15
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Excellent Ambassador post as always!  There is really something for everyone.  I regularly send links of blogs to my realtor daughter in Alabama who is not yet a member.   She apreciates the wisdom! 

Jan 09, 2020 08:36 AM #16
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