Thankful for Disruption it Triggered New Thinking

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

2020 is a year of continued challenges in every facet of our life. Why should it not include the Active Rain Platform? AR appeared to be crashing every day. Like many I needed a break from the disruption, chaos and stress associated with all things Active Rain.

The interesting thing I found is disruption triggered new thinking. I started pondering and talking about things I cared about and understood. I found a myriad of areas in my business that needed a tune up so why not take advantage of the time down from AR?

I began reaching out to past clients with more personal touches and guess what happened? The unintended consequence produced lots of new business. I made a decision to use our Coldwell Banker Realty Listing Concierge Program. The marketing pieces are so professional and well done, the email blasts are effective and everything about the program is producing inquires and keeping me "top of mind" with the people I serve and want to work with!

I’m back now and thrilled Ben Kinney pledged to make the platform better than before. He is showing us by investing his own money into bringing AR back to a better, exciting platform with the best yet to come.

I joined Active Rain in October of 2008 and only took a sabbatical while Ben Kinney addressed the failing site.

Here are 5 reasons I’m thankful to be a part of Active Rain in 2020:

“Knowledge is Power” and with all members sharing their expertise the learning is invaluable. I feel like I’m taking mini courses from other agents on a variety of topics. I’ve learned so much about marketing from Barbara Todaro, Debe Maxwell, CRS, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JDGrant Schneider, to name a few. 

“Sharing is caring” and reading and learning of everyone’s real life experiences is paramount to understanding and growing in gratefulness. Last year I posted about my gratitude for the Active Rain community when my Geno passed away. The mass out pouring of “love and kindness” I received from the AR community was so comforting and appreciated.

A referral is the best compliment I can receive. Referrals I’ve received from AR members are revered and always taken seriously. By reading other agent posts and how they value their clients is how I make a decision on whom to send a referral. Any AR agent I directed a referral to has done a stellar job for my clients.

The AR platform allows my past clients, my market area and new prospects to understand my business model and how I work. AR keeps me “top of mind” when it comes to professional agents in Austin. I’ve trained my sphere and market area to read my posts, especially my market posts, to understand how our community real estate is preforming.

I’m thankful Ben Kinney is committed to bringing the SEO for Active Rain back with a vengeance and I for one am here to stand behind him 100%.






Posted by

Austin TX Canyon Creek Real Estate Agent

(512) 750-6899


My ActiveRain Blog
Austin Real Estate Website
Canyon Creek Neighborhood

I specialize in Listing and Selling homes in the NW Austin Area. I use my experience to guide clients through the process, whether selling or buying. It’s a beautiful thing when your career and a passion come together. I love what I do!

Comments (24)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie, This has been a different year and we needed to look out side the box.  I am glad that Ben is back to doing a good vision of the Rain again.


Nov 15, 2020 08:56 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I am too Will Hamm 

Nov 15, 2020 09:47 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR "Disruption" has been the theme in 2020 for certain.  Like you, I am delighted that Ben is committed to making improvements to this site. 

Nov 15, 2020 10:08 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Its really wonderful to hear him make the commitment!

Nov 22, 2020 10:59 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dorie- things do work out if we let them don't they? You put this disruptive time to good use rather than sit motionless or worse travel backwards. I love the improvements that Ben Kinney is committed to making. 

Nov 15, 2020 10:29 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I do too Kathy Streib 

Nov 22, 2020 11:00 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie sometimes taking a break from things can be just what the doctor ordered.  Many times it gets the creative thinking going again.

Nov 15, 2020 01:07 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Do true George Souto !

Nov 22, 2020 11:00 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Diruption seemed to have created a lot of new creativity for many of us Dorie!  Glad to hear things are going fabulous and better than before the disruption. All is well if we trust it will work out fine.

Nov 15, 2020 03:11 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Yes..its all in keeping the faith and thinking positive Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker 

Nov 22, 2020 11:01 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great job Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR taking what folks saw as lemons and choosing to make a Summer Collins

Nov 15, 2020 03:18 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I like that Rocky Dickerson !

Nov 22, 2020 11:01 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I did kind of the same thing when AR crashed, I took a little break where I was not doing much at all.  The site not working very well sorted of dictated that anyways.  I also changed up what I was blogging about, hopefully, that will be for the better, haha.

Nov 16, 2020 05:57 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I'm sure it working for you Brian England 

Nov 22, 2020 11:01 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - thanks for mentioning me.  I am grateful to have you as part of my trusted advisors too.

Nov 16, 2020 08:32 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

We learn so much for others in the rain!

Nov 22, 2020 11:02 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nov 21, 2020 07:10 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Kathy Streib!!

Nov 22, 2020 11:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning! Disruption can be good when we use it to our advantage. Great job refocusing!

Nov 22, 2020 05:14 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Kat Palmiotti ...I think everyone has been doing that to one degree or another.

Nov 22, 2020 11:03 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dorie. Many declared a time-out while things were disrupted. I tried and failed many times to hold the line. Things are defintiely getting better. Enjoy your day!

Nov 22, 2020 05:26 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Wayne Martin ..much better although today I've had a heck of a time posting my last post for the challenge.

Nov 22, 2020 11:04 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I understand where you are coming from, but I have had about all of the disruption I can handle for now!

Nov 22, 2020 06:41 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Take a deep breath Tom Bailey ..there may be more to come.

Nov 22, 2020 11:04 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

The disruption of AR this year finally got me off my butt and I started a personal blog and business website.  I thought it might actually make me less likely to participate here, but it turns out when the creative juices start flowing, you want to participate more. 

Nov 22, 2020 08:50 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

So good to see you back Chris Ann Cleland !

Nov 22, 2020 11:05 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR  It also caused a disruption for me I could not post for many many months I started a Google business page and started doing more mailings . Then Zoom started and Ben Kinney started to a fix. Now I am back up and running. We are a wonderful family here- So glad Kathy Streib  lit this up as I missed it 

Nov 22, 2020 10:45 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you for stopping by Hannah Williams !

Nov 22, 2020 11:05 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie:

Sounds like you made excellent, and productive, use of your time away from AR!

I really enjoyed what you had to say about AR and how you, and your clients, have benefitted!


Nov 22, 2020 03:57 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I love this post and am honored to be among those you mentioned as helpful to your business, Dorie! I did exactly the same thing and finally jumped back in with writing posts again. I will say that it gave me time to do some website cleaning up and to also do some things around the house that I needed to do. 

Like you, I'm all about the personal touches and this year, it's been so important to let our sphere know we are here for them - both professionally and personally. 

Excellent post, Dorie! See you on Tuesday!

Nov 28, 2020 10:01 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - What a wonderful post.  Disruption can bring better things. Listing Concierge has been a real blessing for marketing.  I too reached out to past clients and found great benefits from doing so. 

Nov 28, 2020 11:57 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Congrats on the feature by Carol this week.  Well deserved!

Nov 29, 2020 07:32 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

AR  is all of this and more!  Nice compliments on our community

Nov 30, 2020 07:49 AM