Points. Pointlessness. And. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532

Points.  Pointlessness.

And Pondering

Points Of View.  


When it comes to ActiveRain, a discussion of points can add to the continuing dialogue of this platform. Although that discussion doesn’t seem to be as rampant as I remember in the beginning days of my AR journey, it still exists. After all, where are we and what are some of the roots of this real estate social media behemoth as it Zooms along into the future, right?  



From time to time, I still see talk of reciprocation here too as it can occasionally fuel the fire of free-thinking. I, and many others before and after me, have discussed each in various ways while the point clicker seems to increase with each post and comment.  I guess they are related.  It seems everything is a bit interconnected even when those things may be the definition of  disjointed. 


All this talk of point-gathering has me thinking of my very first official AR MeetUp.  Held way back in 2015, there were definitely points involved but the primary point made was another message. Does it register with you?



And beyond the growing number, isn’t there much to be learned beyond the point?   At least, it seems that way to me. 

The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com.  





Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393




Comments (39)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


So many wonderfu comment and so many points made by your commenters.  My point is to continue living happily ever now...so far so good.  Happy Tuesday.  A

Jun 08, 2021 11:03 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - and I appreciate that you follow me and that I follow you as well.


Roy Kelley - there is a certain Madonna-like song lyric playing over and over in my mind.



Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I like how that phrase comes together.  

Jun 08, 2021 11:46 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Even though I only read about that meet up of yours in 2015, I still remember your first plot twist of Dick Greenberg showing up.  I miss interacting with him on this platform.  One of the greats, if you ask me.

On the subject of points, I have to say I've been literally taking the zero a lot of times.  The pursuit of points, in my opinion, gets some good habits going with respect to writing and interacting here.  Beyond a point, they are, in fact, pointless.  It becomes entirely clear who is interacting and participating because they enjoy the interaction and find it beneficial, and those that solely see the benefit as points.

Jun 08, 2021 02:27 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Dick Greenberg showed up at one of our meetups too Chris Ann Cleland ! Surprised the heck out of me.....very cool surprise!  I miss him too!  So fun and funny!

Jun 11, 2021 11:36 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I enjoy learning from other peoples experiences and like I said you always make me think outside the box Michael Jacobs 

Jun 08, 2021 05:21 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Chris Ann Cleland - although I occassionally catch up with Dick Greenberg by email, I do miss him here.  In addition to his insightful market reports, his once-in-a-while GrabBag posts are sorely lacking in my blog roll.  



Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS  - I don't believe there is a box that can hold you.  

Jun 08, 2021 08:06 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

I miss him too Michael!!  I see his wife Mary on FB more than I see him for sure.

Jun 11, 2021 11:37 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

you really can get caught up in the mental game of it all but then you just have to be yourself and realize the more important is youuu

Jun 08, 2021 10:22 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Michael

I was grandfathered in about the points.  Never paid anything when  I started. or at least that's what I remember. Now where was I going with this, not  a clue

Jun 09, 2021 01:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Laura Cerrano - thank you for the comment.


James Dray - I learned about that over the years too. 




Jun 09, 2021 03:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday morning, Michael.

Take care, be safe an have a great day.

Jun 09, 2021 03:40 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, I too enjoy your posts, and your wit/pondering.    You have made some great POINTS! 

Jun 09, 2021 05:41 AM
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

Hi Michael,
Everything matters. Nothing is pointless, even when there are no points involved. 😁

Jun 09, 2021 08:30 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Joan Cox - thank you.

Carol Williams - and that's a possibility when pondertunities prosper.  

Jun 09, 2021 09:43 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Airline points, credit score points, points of view, bullet points, A/R points, poinsetters...ahh the list goes on. Some matter more than others Michael!

Jun 09, 2021 10:47 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I don't even notice points anymore. I remember how driven I was to accumulate them at one time. They certainly did motivate me to blog, and that is a good thing.

Jun 09, 2021 11:55 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

The only time points mattered to me was way back when. Getting a free membership was a big goal of mine. Now, I am often surprised when I see a new milestone reached. Ha. I do remember the meetup in 2015 quite well. Wish we could have joined you all. 

Jun 11, 2021 08:28 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - point perspective.


Sharon Tara - and those days were a lot of fun among the chaos of some point-gathering.



Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - it was a memorable MeetUp for many reasons and your addition would have been an added bonus.  

Jun 11, 2021 08:42 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Michael the point to me is sharing intersting thoughts and ideas and you surely have done that over the years and I appreciate it!  You always make me think outside the pointsline!  LOL

Jun 11, 2021 11:39 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

We must bring back meetups!!   They were always so fun!  Just read your 2015 meetup post......love it!

Jun 11, 2021 11:43 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Michael Jacobs, I remember your 2015 meetup, hard to believe it was six years ago. So much has happened since then. I was never about the points, the friendships we built and opportunities to learn make ActiveRain a special place. 

Jun 14, 2021 07:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker - maybe for some the Tuesday AR Zoom Meetings are the latest version of a MeetUp.  


Beth Atalay - a discussion of points when it comes to ActiveRain seems to need to be a part of the conversation of this platform.  Obviously, just a part.  

Jun 15, 2021 04:36 PM