Active Rain On Me... (An April Challenge)

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Real Estate Agent with Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 CA BRE# 01261476

What Does Active Rain Mean to me?

April 2022 Challenge

 

My First Active Rain Meetup

 

I joined Active Rain October 8, 2008, and I had no idea what blogging was, why people did it and even more baffling to me; why would I care what you wrote unless you were a famous author?!

I was introduced to Active Rain almost 14 years ago by Russel Ray, who is Jim Frimmer's husband (#37 in CA) and used to be my property inspector. Russel at that time was the #1 blogger on Active Rain in CA and I believe in the top 10 of the US AR stats. So, I was friends with him, trusted him and joined AR.

I used to tussle a lot with Active Rain members, I think because my first featured post was a controversial one and I spoke my mind in the Q&A because I didn't know anyone so I didn't care if I pissed them off for being honest. I also noticed few read my posts, they were only responding to the title, not the content. I tend to use ironic and eye catching titles to lure readers in.
I'm most proud of my #2 Ranked Blog of my over 1,200 blog posts to date.

Over the last 13+ years I have met in person with, Zoom'd with, lunched with, exchanged referrals with and closed deals with many, many wonderful Active Rain members. There are many more I've never met in person, but feel a kinship with. Jeff Dowler, CRS was my first friend I made and my first in person lunch meeting. John DL Arendsen is another north county coastal friend I've done manufactured home and referred ADU work with (and his son too).

I went on to become friends and work with many great people here;
receiving and giving many, many referrals in The Rain - I've made money in the Rain, thank you! A special thanks 🙏 to Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA for one of my best referrals in The Rain. 👍

I've experienced loss in the Rain, when my wise friend Lou Ludwig passed away a few years back. I used to enjoy late evening banter with Lou, which always impressed me because he was in Florida and I'm in Cali. Lou inspired me to create my almost daily post: Get After It with my Quote-actions! His legacy lives on. 😊
Wayne Martin and Michael Jacobs are my two most loyal regular commenters there and I appreciate them and all of you that take the time to do so.

Kathy Streib and Carol Williams you two are amazing with your weekly recaps! As are Myrl Jeffcoat, Debe Maxwell, CRS and Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker. And I appreciate the calls I've received from Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 and Joan Cox and the advice Mimi Foster has shared with me on the art of being a true author.

Halloween Meetup

There's much Gain in the Rain because of so many of you my friends and you whom I'm friendly with. I follow 400 of you because I like what you post - I learn from it and I'm impressed by it - and I have about 676 following me currently.
(I have a couple folks out there that I didn't take $#!* from, so I know I'm not their cup of tea, but that's life and that's OK - there's mild pains in The Rain too LOL).

You can learn a lot from the givers in The Active Rain, and you'll never convert the takers; so spend your time with the givers (and being one) and ignore the takers - maybe pray for them. 

There have been many owners of Active Rain over the years, including Zillow aka Trulia for a time; I think Ben Kinney has been the most proactive owner the last 3 years with all the improvements and Zoom updates he's offered us.

We can long for the good old days, when The Rain really drew some serious Google-juice, but we need to remain present and work with and improve what we have today.

I miss the Active Rain Podcast with Bob Stewart and Rain Camps and our Meetups. I'm hosting my first meetup with Brian England and a few others this September. I'm showing off my vacation house that.

I have Active Rain to thank for getting me a co-host position on a Podcast for about 4 years and many, many magazine interviews because of my blogging here. Although we knew each other long before Active Rain, I have to give a shout out to a great friend and the best lender in North America: Jason E. Gordon!!! 

I have learned so much about

  • real estate
  • networking
  • tech 
  • building a brand
  • investing
  • marketing
  • negotiating
  • being an author
  • being open minded
  • and so much more!

Active Rain is a an almost daily part of my morning routine; my Coffee in the Rain, I rarely do not log in. I enjoy seeing what people are posting, asking, commenting, sharing, teaching and of course my favorite; being funny.

There's too many of you to name; 
please do not feel left out if I didn't single you out,
no need to pout, have no doubt... you all have clout - I declare and shout!

Thank you for being you, thank you for making it an Active Rain
-have no doubt- you are what The Rain is all about!

 

What Does Active Rain Mean to me?

April 2022 Challenge

 

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Thomas J. Nelson
REALTOR®, CRS, RCS-D, CDPE, e-Pro, Certified Military Home Specialist, Luxury Home Specialist, Author, Keynote Speaker and  Podcast Host 

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Comments (66)

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets - I love this post and your honesty too! From my perspective you are: Real, Raw, you can be Rainy, Righteous, Reasonable, Realistic, Reassuring, Receptive, Refreshing, Religious, Relevant, Remorseful, Resilient, Revered, Responsible, Resourceful, Receptive, Revealing, Robust, and as a curious woman, which Ridiculous Character did you portray in that Halloween meet-up with Trump? I wish I could have been there to enjoy the Halloween Meet-Up! I loved everything about this post, your candor and ability to write a very enjoyable ActiveRain post that was so interesting and fun to read with photo documentation too!!! You R a survivor in the RAIN! 

Apr 25, 2022 02:31 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Thomas, what a poetic post, evoking memories of people, places and events in the Rain. I enjoyed reading it very much and connecting with the people you mentioned. All of them I have seen in person, or follow. Looking forward to the showcase of your vacation home.

Apr 25, 2022 08:26 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Thank you very much Steffy Hristova design a great week!

Apr 25, 2022 08:33 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Thank you so much Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP No that was John DL Arendsen I believe playing the ex-president. Thank you for you enthusiasm and kind words.

Apr 25, 2022 08:35 AM
Jason E. Gordon
AmeriFirst Financial Inc, San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA
Sr Loan Officer, CMA, CMPS, CDLP, CDRE, RCSD, CDPE

Well written my friend.  Way to focus on the positive experiences, contacts & influences while not devoting excess attention to the snarky negative keyboard warriors. Cheers to your continued success!

Apr 25, 2022 08:47 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Thank you Jason E. Gordon for your continued support, partnership in business and friendship in this wild life we live. I appreciate you.

Apr 25, 2022 09:43 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Good looking folks you hang with.. WE all have them..right?

 

Apr 25, 2022 11:17 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Even though I don't think of it that way always, it's a conversation between colleagues or friends and can be just as fluid as tha

Apr 25, 2022 03:30 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Yeah, I agree! I'm not sure why it's controversial at all really but sometimes it honestly can be very entertaining as with this case! 

 

Kathy Streib 

Apr 25, 2022 03:34 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

You have certainly had a long ride here in the Rain. I too began blogging without knowing anything about it. We have both come a long way.

Apr 25, 2022 08:26 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

 I definitely agree and hope everything goes smoothly in that regard. Good luck!

 

 

 


@paula m this message wa intended for Paula.

Apr 25, 2022 09:17 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets, what a great entry. Time goes by so very fast. We each learn a lot in the Rain but more importantly, we meet great people from all over.  

Apr 26, 2022 07:25 AM
Norbert Fabre, MRSA
Indoor Microbial Specialist IMS - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mold Inspector & Mold Assessor

Excellent April challenge entry, I learned so much from your experience on AR. This place is great to learn from many people and experiences. The good ol' days must have been great, however it's a very active platform. Good luck hosting your meetup. 

Apr 26, 2022 07:54 AM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Wow!!  Awesome blog!  I like the fact that you call a spade a spade and call out the ne'er dogooders! And that you praise so many good folks. Thank you for sharing and reminding me about the contest.  Mike

Apr 26, 2022 08:13 PM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Great challenge...It means about the same to me as it does you. Experiences, stories, help, marketing, etc... good stuff!

Apr 27, 2022 06:13 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Thank You Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker I appreciate your comments and taking the time to read my post.

Apr 27, 2022 07:09 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Thomas,

What an interesting and informative post.  I have read prior posts, and I follow you but gleaned more about you in this post.  That is what makes these challenges so worthwhile.  There is something to be said about being forthright and honest, and is a quality that I admire.

Apr 27, 2022 09:56 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Thomas, thanks for the honesty, we can all use more of that in our lives. I joined a year after you did. Have learned so much more about real estate and relationship building than anywhere else. I do remember some banter on a few posts and thought you were justified but some people prefer the love and adoration over truth! Glad you are still here!

Apr 28, 2022 05:06 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

 

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets 

It has been fun reading all the entries in this month's challenge. Yours is exceptional, and you ''...can learn a lot from the givers in The Active Rain, and you'll never convert the takers; so spend your time with the givers (and being one) and ignore the takers."

Apr 30, 2022 12:25 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my gosh, I do love this post, Thomas and agree with everything you said! I'd rather hear an honest answer than one that is sugar-coated (or downright WRONG) from everyone! Thankfully, we are almost always on the same page! LOL Love your story and can't wait to hear about your meet-up in September!

Thank you so much for participating in April's challenge - so glad this one was featured too!

May 01, 2022 07:39 AM