We're amateur beekeepers. In our backyard we currently have seven hives with hundreds of thousands of honeybees going about their business.
Once or twice a year we'll harvest some honey, although the honey isn't really the answer to why we are beekeepers.
When we collect the frames of honey, there are procedures to follow to minimize the stress to the bees and to protect us as beekeepers. Do it right and we minimize bee casualties, have honey to share and avoid getting stung.
Do I sometimes get stung? Yes.
When I get stung, it's typically because I did something outside the norm. E.g. collecting a swarm without having full gear on and then having a thunderstorm roll in...not one of my brighter moments.
What does ANY of this have to do with real estate and this community?
Maybe nothing, maybe everything.
Just like there's a Sandbox 101 for how to work with the bees, there are guidelines written and unwritten for this community.
It's possible to run afoul of those guidelines and when that happens, reactions from the community may vary from ignore to mild corrective shocks to torches and pitchforks.
In general, expectations for this community are to treat each other civilly and NOT become another Facebook real estate group with behavioral issues.
Will there be disagreements? You bet.
How we handle those disagreements determines whether we become persona non grata or someone that maintains a good reputation. Depending on who you ask, I may be on one list or the other.
Overall, I've found this community to be mostly honey producers and only a few looking to sting.
In over a decade in the Rain, I've learned a lot, gained a lot of expertise, and made a lot of friends. Some Rainers I've met in person, some I probably never will, but I know that if I needed help, they're all just a call or email away and will help.
Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help,
Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz