I think I might be tied with a Tomato!

Real Estate Agent with Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 DRE #01423125

While looking around ActiveRain today I clicked on the Q&A button.  One of the questions that was recently asked by one of our fellow Rainers was how long he had been on AR.  He didn't know how to find this out.  ActiveRain member support answered his question.  Someone else pointed out that you could look at your first post to determine how long you have been around.  Still another pointed out that you could hunt around on the Membership Roster to maybe find that out.

This got me to thinking.  I know I have been blogging in the Rain for a long time. But just how long?  I did manage to find my first blog ever from 11-20-2007. But I knew that I had been a member for a while before that.  So I went to the membership roster to see if I could find out.  

The very first members joined on May 25, 2006 according to the roster.  As you can see you can click on each month during the year.  It turns out I joined on June 22, 2006, less than a month after the first members. 

When you click on a date on the Membership roster you see the members that joined that day.  So I started clicking on those members.  It turns out none of those first joiners are still active.  (Except the Official ActiveRain Blog).  So I started going day by day and clicking member links.  No one that joined in May of 2006 was still active.  None of the members that joined from June 1 to June 21 of 2006 were still active. 

So then on June 22, 2006 I joined AR along with a few others.  I am still active and one other member from that date appears to still be active, although they have not posted since May 31, 2021.  (to be completely transparent I did take a break from AR from Oct 2016 - July 2019)  I guess it's me and Real Estate Tomato tied for the longest bloggers here in the rain. (If someone has other information I'm open to hear it)  I know I am far from the most prolific poster here but I guess I have a little piece of AR history. Active Rain Membership Roster June 22, 2007

I have enjoyed all these years here on ActiveRain.  I have buyers and sellers that I can positively credit ActiveRain as the source.  And just this past Monday I closed a referral from another AR member.  Thanks Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist.  I have also learned a lot here in the Rain and plan to continue playing in the Rain.

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Jim Patton - Realtor, SFR

Aspire Home Real Estate

BRE# 01423125

Ph. 209-404-0816





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Comments (32)

Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

It is fun to see those of us in the Rain who have hung around for this long. It's a great place to be.

Sep 23, 2021 12:22 PM
Jim Patton

Hi Dr. Paula McDonald , there are a few of us old timers left.

Sep 23, 2021 01:31 PM
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

I couldn't find the roster, but my first blog, that I could find in the archives at least, was from February 2008.  

Sep 23, 2021 01:52 PM
Robert Rauf

Jim Patton If I click on 2007 I can find me, but I cant find what month after NUMEROUS attempts. But it was a fun scroll down memory lane with a lot of familiar faces I have met and interacted with over the years.


Sep 24, 2021 12:52 PM
Jim Patton

Hi Robert Rauf to find the roster click on "my home" (under your photo at top right) then click on "meet great people" (on the left side) and you will see it there.   Or you can go to the ActiveRain home page and scroll all the way to the bottom and it is on the bottom right.

Sep 23, 2021 02:01 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Jim Patton 
Better than tied with an onion! Lucky, too, for your chance to get to work with Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist who probably has already forgotten more than I have ever learned - she's a dynamo! Enjoy the Fall - Lynn

Sep 23, 2021 01:57 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you for your kind words, Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727 

I appreciate you. 

Sep 23, 2021 07:12 PM
Jim Patton

Hi Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727 I like onions too, especially some carmalized onions on my burger, yum! 

Working with Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist was a joy. 

Sep 23, 2021 02:03 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


It occurred to me when I read the title you were referring to the Real Estate Tomato. I recently had my 15 year anniversary on September 7th.


Sep 23, 2021 02:45 PM
Jim Patton

Yes I was Jeff Dowler, CRS.  You were just a couple of months behind me in the world of AR. 

Sep 23, 2021 02:55 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Jim Patton 

I am late for this party.  At first, I thought you were calling me a red tomato. I have been called worse things.

Thank you for taking such good care of my San Jose clients.  Perhaps we can meet for lunch when I go visit them in their new home. 

So glad to see this post Featured.   

Sep 23, 2021 03:13 PM
Jim Patton

Sounds good to me Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Sep 23, 2021 07:52 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

There are not many active members who have been around for as long as you have.

Thanks for sharing your personal experience.

Sep 24, 2021 07:43 AM
Jim Patton

HI Roy Kelley there are a few of us left.  I know I've seen you around in the Rain for quite some time too!

Sep 24, 2021 01:19 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Jim,

Does that make you the perennial and the tomato the annual? Curious for sure.

Sep 24, 2021 08:25 PM
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Now that's a good question Dorte Engel 

Sep 24, 2021 09:22 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I was just thinking today I've been tied with a tomato very approximately 43 times. True fact

Sep 24, 2021 11:00 PM
Jim Patton

Ok Laura Cerrano now that sounds like a post waiting to happen. 

Sep 25, 2021 01:28 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Your title and post has drawn a lot of attention.  Well done.  There is a lot to be said for longevity.  m

Sep 25, 2021 03:57 AM
Jim Patton

Thank you Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint I guess I'm just stubborn.

Sep 25, 2021 01:29 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

I was a little surprised. I found myself in 2010. I had no idea it was that long. I really didn't start blogging until 2013 and only randomly at that. But some of my first blogs were so dumb. Thanks for a fun journey back.

Sep 25, 2021 05:37 AM
Jim Patton

Hi Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector some of my first posts are a little cringe worthy.  We learn as we go along I guess.

Sep 25, 2021 01:33 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Funny....it was reading Real Estate Tomato that got me to ActiveRain in the first place.

Interesting that none of the other original members are still active. 

Sep 25, 2021 08:46 AM
Jim Patton

Hi Sharon Tara thanks for stopping by.  The tomato hasn't posted in a while.  Maybe this will give them some incentive to post again.

Sep 25, 2021 01:37 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Jim Patton , yes, your title was very catchy and after my breakfast (feta cheese, tomatoes and rye bread), I was ready to read more about tomatoes. :) I enjoyed your post very much. Active Rain is such a wonderful group - I have enjoyed many friendships, insights and knowledge, business from it. 

Sep 25, 2021 09:38 AM
Jim Patton

Hi Steffy Hristova I'm glad you enjoyed my post.  AR is a great place to hang out from time to time.

Sep 25, 2021 01:44 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I am a relative new comer joining in Feb 2008.  Some day I'll get the hang of how to do this right

Sep 25, 2021 05:42 PM
Jim Patton

I think you're doing ok Ed Silva 

Sep 25, 2021 07:18 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Jim Patton, It's too late to see who I tied with, but ... 

my first post was on July 8, 2006. 

Sep 25, 2021 08:30 PM
Jim Patton

Hi Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 your first post was a few weeks after I joined.  I lurked for more than a year before posting.  I guess we are both old timers here at AR.

Sep 26, 2021 11:00 AM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Jim Patton My first post was January 2008, but I think I was a member in 2007. Interesting times.

Sep 27, 2021 09:58 AM
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Hi Wendy Rulnick those certainly were interesting times. 

Sep 27, 2021 12:33 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I had not found AR until May 2010. How i wish i had found it 4 years prior. It taught me to blog. Introduced me to new firends across the country. Changed the way i marketed myself and how i would reach out to new potential clients for ever. The tomato is beating me though

Sep 28, 2021 06:38 AM
Jim Patton

Hi Scott Godzyk I can say the same about AR. 

Sep 28, 2021 10:07 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

Hi Jim.  I'll have to look back and see when I joined.  I haven't been as active as I would like to be.  I can get so caught up in all of the post and spend all day on here if I am not careful.  My husband used to make fun of me but I have learned so much from this site.  Everyone here has enriched my life in so many different ways - now I have to find the tomato!

Sep 28, 2021 08:39 AM
Jim Patton

Hi Brenda J. Andrew I have been known to spend way too much time here too.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sep 28, 2021 10:08 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jim, it is amazing to look at those rosters and see how many are no longer blogging on AR.

Sep 30, 2021 06:19 AM
Jim Patton

Yes it is Joan Cox, I rember a lot of them.

Sep 30, 2021 12:22 PM