A State Of ActiveRain: Zoom Meeting with Ben Kinney

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Dear Readers,

         Ed Silva delivered a wonderful summary of the Ben Kinney Meet-Up on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:00pm ET. Next Ben Kinney State of AR talk will be Tuesday, March 2nd on Zoom. Hope you will join in!

Dagny Eason describes Ed Silva as follows:  "He goes so far above and beyond to help others and sincerely cares about all around him.  He is a gentle soul, who helps, shares, is a great resource, and sticks to principles."   

For me, it is Ed's sense of humor that has stood out over these years together in the 'Rain. Be sure to read some of his other posts especially  "If you mail it..."    All the best - Lynn

Original content by Ed Silva REB.0759001

A State Of ActiveRain: Zoom Meeting with Ben Kinney

The Feb 2 Zoom event was special as it was a chance to hear from our illustrious owner, Ben Kinney, on the State of ActiveRain, and the changes that are being finalized to make the platform stand out as the premier blog for Real estate professionals.

In its infancy, Ben Kinney was the featured face of ActiveRain for the events that were known as RainCamps.  Being a very successful agent in his home state of Washington, he would share his tips on being a successful blogger and with his tutelage, as well as the challenges that were offered under Bob Stewart's direction the foundations for being a better blogger were formed for those of us who were members at the time.

Now settling in after a series of owners over the years, Ben is looking to take the platform to a level where it will benefit all as well as being the one source for all real estate professionals to self promote and be the ultimate research tool for consumers.

To this end, uniformity is the key and the new blog format that will be unveiled over the next couple of weeks will lead to the desired results, we all hope.

With the assistance of his trusted technician, Josiah Ubben, details on the changes were offered.

A State Of ActiveRain Zoom Meeting with Ben Kinney
Possibilities will be but not necessarily exclusively a uniform font style and color so that all posts will look similarly professional.

Beginning immediately, no blog post will be considered feature worthy unless a feature photo is included with the post.

The photo below shows a screen shot of a blog worksheet.  Just below the title is a place to upload a feature photo. This photo will have a minimum file size eventually and cannot be taken from the file library of the format file as it won't be loaded there unless done separately as one would for a blog insert photo.

A State Of ActiveRain Zoom Meeting with Ben Kinney 

Also discussed was the work to be done to upgrade ActiveRain university as a working resource for anyone seeking information on all things blogging.

Ben's vision is to create a new section to ActiveRain devoted to real estate news, and at its onset may be looking for ActiveRain members to be the reporters who will write informational posts on real estate.  For many years blog posts have been written by AR members offering insight on new methods of doing anything related to real estate.  Many times, these posts have been well in advance of other outlets offering the same news.

A State Of ActiveRain Zoom Meeting with Ben Kinney 

Why not get members who have the insight write the articles and have it featured on this new section.  Make Inman news work for their information against the people who work in the trenches and see it first.

A more detailed Profile for ActiveRain members is in development to take the focus away from the Z group. It's being considered to expand the profile to allow for feeding in an agent's listings so that first contact will go directly to the agent and not through Z.

Full details were not offered as much is still in consideration, but the intent is to bring ActiveRain back into the forefront of the real estate industry and let us have better control of our business.

 A State Of ActiveRain Zoom Meeting with Ben Kinney

It was a well attended Zoom call with 45 members at the height and all intent on listening to Ben and Josiah and getting questions answered immediately to the best ability for where the upgrades currently stand.

When initially established ActiveRain had focus and was instrumental to accelerating the careers of many who used it regularly. A series of changes of ownership did dilute the product but it's back on track to being the premier blog platform in North America.

By way of disclosure, the information offered within this post is to the best of my recollections for the way it was presented.  I believe I got the highlights but as all is in development there will most assuredly be changes along the way;

A State Of ActiveRain Zoom Meeting with Ben Kinney



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Comments (7)

Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Ed Silva definitely seems like a good man and I always enjoy his posts!  I am off to read this one of his now.

Feb 03, 2021 04:08 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Lynn B. Friedman   Thanks for the re-blog.  You used an older photo that doesn't reflect my Clairol usage

Feb 03, 2021 05:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I agree about Ed Silva and his overview of Ben's Zoom call!

Feb 03, 2021 05:39 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Lynn B. Friedman we are certainly lucky to have Ed Silva as a part of our AR family

Feb 03, 2021 06:47 AM
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Hi Lynn - I recall from your comment on the zoom call that you said a reblog shows the original date. I wasn't aware of that. So as in the example of this post, it shows Feb 2, 2021, 2:18pm. That is the exact time that Ed posted. I could see it possible that you reblog somebody from months (years) before because it was evergreen content. You wouldn't want your post to be earlier dated back to the original poster date. Am I understanding correctly?

Feb 03, 2021 10:04 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lynn I agree Ed Silva did a great job with the recap, and so did Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist today.

Feb 03, 2021 12:20 PM
Randy Mitchelson,APR
Marketing Advisor & Squeeze Mortgage - Bonita Springs, FL
First Impressions are made at First Click

Thanks for sharing this summary Ed.

Mar 01, 2021 08:24 AM