Do You Marvel At How Long It Is? 

By
Real Estate Agent with Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 CA BRE# 01261476

You know, marvel at your years of membership

in Active Rain; 😉 how long you've been a member.

 

Active Rain began accepting members May 2006!

 

The days are long, the years are short...I marvel at over 11 years here.

Do you celebrate your anniversary or how long it is that you have began your Active Rain Membership? Do you celebrate your relationships here? The wisdom shared?

 

How long have you been a member? When did you join?

Why did you sign up?

Why do you come back: Daily? Weekly? Inconsistently?

 

I'm a history buff, so consequently I geek out over dates, anniversaries, time-lines and time-lines in parallel i.e. what I was doing 9/25/75 vs. my bride. Rear Window is one of my favorite movies and I suppose I am appropriately named Tom for my peeping-Tom curiosity of people and their different lifestyles. I love people watching in airports, stores, beaches, etc. I’m living in a human zoo. As different as they are, they have family and friends that love them and attract into their lives and vice versa.

 

 

Do you recall your what your Active Rain anniversary date is?

Do you care?

 

 

If you do, here’s where you confirm it: Active Rain Roster

Provided to me by Candice A. Donofrio July 2018 😉

 

I was invited on Sunday, August 3, 2008 by (one time #1 in CA) and former Active- Rain blogger Russel Ray, (currently #5 in CA AR blogger) Jim Frimmer's partner. Russel was my home inspector for over 12 years until he retired.

 

But I did not take the plunge and join until October 19, 2008 because back then, I never understood the point or allure to write or read a non-published author’s words. I had no idea what blogging was and why I would waste time doing it...😂

I joined in good company. Here’s a couple familiar faces that are my (month of) October 2008 “classmates”:

 

Thomas J Nelson Realtor San Diego

Hello Miss Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR  and  Miss Annette Lawrence (oops out of links)

 

I did not have the nerve share my first post until March 2009, 5 months later. I have an ego, but not one big enough back then that assumed anyone wanted to read what I wrote. My first post was forgettable.

 

 

Then I met Jeff Dowler, CRS  and he was kind enough to meet me for lunch and he opened my eyes to a world I was too ignorant back then to see. Boom! It all made sense. Sharing wisdom, exchanging ideas, building relationships, earning referrals and much, much more. (Jeff coincidentally or not- is my most booked marked blogger in Active Rain). Tammy Emineth is my #2 and several of you usual suspects make my bookmarked blog list too. 😁

 

Here’s a look at my (day of) October 19, 2008 “classmates”:

Thomas J Nelson REALTOR San Diego Homes For Sale

 

I am admittedly vocal/critical of AR when the tech or SEO is wacky, but the truth is I enjoy the community here and the platform, it is truly unique to all others. I’ve made great relationships here, local friendships and learned a lot.

I’ve shared laughs, debates, helped many, been helped by many too; made some folks happy along the way and pissed a few off with my sarcasm. I've been right, righteous and wrong in the Rain too. 😇

It’s all part of the cornucopia that is the Active Rain Experience; which ultimately is what you make of it. Let it Rain.

 

Please share the answers to any of my questions in your comments, and at the very least, share your anniversary date with us!

Comments (44)

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Debbie is a great resource here. Nice connection!

Congratulations on almost 9 years here Grant Schneider 

May 10, 2020 12:07 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I just wanted everyone to know who to blame  for my continued presence  Jeff Dowler, CRS 😅😂🤣 But seriously, I think I would have quit long ago if you hadn't mentored me and befriended me in The Rain; I'm grateful for folks like you and our other coastal buddy John DL Arendsen here in The Rain!

May 10, 2020 12:09 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Some of our founding members I discovered  were:

Candice A. Donofrio (7/2006)  

Lyn Sims (8/2006) 

Jeff Dowler, CRS and Carol Williams (9/2006)

Active Rain began accepting members May 2006

May 10, 2020 12:17 PM
Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

I climbed aboard the Rain back in 2007 and have shown up hear and there over the years. It has been a fun ride.

May 11, 2020 05:18 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

You joined within the inaugural first 12 months of AR!

May 11, 2020 10:38 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

January 24 2007, drifted away a couple of times, but always miss the outlet and the feeling of companionship I find in the Rain, so back I come.

May 11, 2020 05:53 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 hey, hey, you joined within the inaugural first 12 months of AR! You were in the class of month 9. 😁👍

May 11, 2020 10:46 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

My first blog was June, 2009, but having trouble pulling up the exact date and who was on at that time?  Raincamp came to Scottsdale and that was what sold me!

May 13, 2020 02:57 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Jan Green you joined February 18, 2009


Happy 11 Years 4 months (almost). 


Active Rain

May 13, 2020 04:28 PM
Jan Green

Thank you!


 

May 14, 2020 11:48 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

as a matter of fact I do and I don't have to look.  It was the day Google turned 10. and on the 10th anniversary of meeting my husband in a yahoo chat room. ( I was in Georgia, he was in Germany)

May 13, 2020 09:56 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Good Times / Good Memories Tammy Lankford,  now that would be September 15, 2007 10 years after they launched or September 4, 2008 10 years after they incorporated, but alas, you were actually the day before on 09/03/2008 👍

May 13, 2020 10:16 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I joined in 2007 , but did nothing with it until mid 2009 

May 14, 2020 04:31 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets - Well that was fun! I enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces and good people I started out with here on AR! Many have come before me. Many came later.  It's kind of like exploring your horoscope to see whose face pops up! I was also glad to know that Kat Palmiotti started the same year too! 

 

May 16, 2020 07:30 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

August 5, 2010 and yes indeed, the class of 2010 brought us many wonderful contributors to the Rain like you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

May 16, 2020 07:42 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Michael J. Perry I think many of us were slow to start. I remember wondering why anyone would read anything I wrote; asked and answered in The Rain 

May 16, 2020 07:43 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Many changes have taken place since I joined ActiveRain.

Too many members are no longer active.

May 16, 2020 10:40 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Agreed Roy!

May 16, 2020 12:29 PM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets I probably began around the same time as you but over the past few years, I've not been as active as early on.

May 17, 2020 01:39 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Wayne Johnson you indeed started 14 days before me on October 5, 2008 and I would have been celebrating my 6 year wedding anniversary the day you joined!  You and I celebrate 12 years here this October! On your 12 year in The Rain, I'll be celebrating 18 years of marriage 

active rain

May 17, 2020 10:01 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Thomas.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

May 22, 2020 05:17 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I signed up in February 2008 however I didn't post anything until July 2008. I had posted on another website and the people were so mean it took me a while to blog again. The reason why I come back here day after day is that I have so many friends here and I truly enjoy reading their thoughts and hearing their success stories...

Happy memorial day weekend Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets 

May 24, 2020 01:18 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

think I joined back in 2007 Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets but I'll have to go back and check. Obviously my participation has been somewhat sporadic running from feverish to AWL. Lately, due to a tremendous work load I've been more absent then present.

Jun 11, 2020 06:59 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

April 24, 2008 


Bob "RealMan" Timm 

Jun 11, 2020 11:20 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I joined on December 14, 2008 - Pat Kennedy invited me to join.  I like writing and it seemed like a good idea to get involved!  Glad that I did! My first blog got zero comments!  LOL

Jun 20, 2020 04:51 AM