Active Rain Helped Me Find My Blogging Voice ~ April 2022 Challenge

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

Thank you, Debe Maxwell, CRS and Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 for this April 2022 Challenge. Looking back since I started posting in October of 2008 was eye opening! I was determined to find the rain camp I attended in Houston and went back through the years and found it: it was December 6th 2010.

For me meeting Bob Stewart, Kerry Greenhalgh, Jason Crouch, Joni Bailey,  Loreena and Michael Yeo, Marylyn Boudreaux and others was a game changer!  Ben Kinney spoke and I won a Kindle in a drawing!

I remember well a post Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 posted in April 2012 and she stated "I don't work for Active Rain, Active Rain works for me."  This hit home with me and I realized how much Active Rain really works for me.

The people in Active Rain are the most important to me. I’ve learned from the best marketing guru’s like Barbara Todaro (she created a tag line for me), Debe Maxwell, CRS (showed me what Market Reports should look like) and so many more. It’s true you “get by what you give.”

Reading posts is like having a mini lesson every day on so many topics. Michael Jacobs posts are always thought provoking, Brian England put Vacasa on the map, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! can always be counted on for words of wisdom, Rocky Dickerson never ceases to amaze me, Carol Williams brings us selected posts  we might have missed, Kathy Streib is one of our valued Ambassadors and a breath of fresh air, Craig Daniels is a wealth of technology information, we count on George Souto to remind of us Zoom meetings and provides a line to access, Bill Spear with Liz and Bill Spear always tells it like it is and the list goes on! 

I originally joined Active Rain  in October 2008 and never thought I would actually become friends with so many others that participate. Roxanne Ford, then a sales rep for Austin Title, encouraged me to blog on Active Rain. The mortgage crisis hit full strength so I had the time investigate the site and understand its purpose, so I jumped in! As time went on I found I could create my market reports and post on Active Rain and then I link to my community website.

Active Rain has become one of the instruments in my tool box that assures my clients of exceptional service.  I interacted daily with others in the Rain, but have found I don’t have quite the time as I did before but am trying harder to continue  fostering those relationships

Looking back to 2012 we started meetups in Austin that were very successful! We kept them up until 2016 and they then fizzled out. So many good people like the late Russell Lewis, Donna Harris, Gwen Carpenter, Jason Crouch, Scott Hayes, Sherry Scales, Bob Radcliff and many more.


In 2013 there was a Second Annual “Be the Star of your own movie” contest with a twist! Creating videos was encouraged and now look at YouTube Thursdays with Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD and how far we've come! The contest was fun and this was my entry:


I remember in November 2013 one of my favorite people, Joanna Cohlan and her husband, George came to visit Austin, I so enjoyed meeting them for lunch!


In 2019 my beloved Geno passed away. The out pouring of sympathy from Active Rain touched my heart.


The smorgasbord of AR members are giving and nurturing, it’s not a wonder you can find your blogging voice and excel with all the creative ideas, and ways to position yourself as a local resource!

This challenge caused me to pause and reminisce over the 14 years I’ve been a member of Active Rain. Thanks for the memories!




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Austin TX Canyon Creek Real Estate Agent

(512) 750-6899


My ActiveRain Blog
Austin Real Estate Website
Canyon Creek Neighborhood

I specialize in Listing and Selling homes in the NW Austin Area. I use my experience to guide clients through the process, whether selling or buying. It’s a beautiful thing when your career and a passion come together. I love what I do!

Comments (29)

Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience with AR friends. I hope that kind of experience continues and expands to include newer members in the future. 

Apr 17, 2022 08:00 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I do too Aura Alex ! Happy Easter!

Apr 17, 2022 09:45 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Dorie - thanks for sharing those wonderful memories.  I know Joanna Cohlan used to come to our local Westchester meetups.  She has retired and moved away.

Apr 18, 2022 03:14 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Grant Schneider ...I talked with her last fall and she sent some of her friends my way to help find a home. They unfortunately started working with another agent before she gave my name to them but all is well..they are happy and that is what is important!

Apr 18, 2022 05:57 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dorie - you obviously had the voice, this "place" prompted you to explore and grow it as part of your story.  Thank you for the mention, I appreciate it.  

Apr 18, 2022 05:59 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you for your posts Michael Jacobs ..I always look forward to them.

Apr 18, 2022 04:53 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

We have had so much fun in the Rain over the years!  I hope that I will one day get to meet you in person!

Apr 18, 2022 06:41 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I would very much like for that to happen Brian England !

Apr 18, 2022 04:52 PM
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

I really enjoyed reading your ActiveRain journey Dorie. Such great meetings you have had and so many wonderful memories!

Apr 18, 2022 01:55 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

You are so was fun to trip down memory lane Larry and Sheila.

Apr 18, 2022 04:52 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, great post, and when we all started, there were many very helpful and reached out.    Many of your faces have been away from AR for quite some time.

Apr 19, 2022 09:06 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Yes they have Joan Cox 

Apr 24, 2022 07:02 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie:

What a wonderful journey you've had, and it was such fun to see all your photos and so many people I recognized. Loved that 2013 video. And you have certainly found YOUR voice here!


Apr 21, 2022 04:32 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Apr 24, 2022 07:02 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Apr 23, 2022 05:54 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Kathy Streib ..what an honor!!

Apr 24, 2022 07:03 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dorie. Quite the review of your journey in the Rain. Enjoy your day.

Apr 24, 2022 05:06 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Wayne Martin . A Happy Sunday to you!

Apr 24, 2022 07:03 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Your journey is one that many here can appreciate as it was so similar. The Rain has been a lot of very good things to those that stayed and hopefully will continue going forward

Apr 24, 2022 05:20 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I agree Ed Silva 

Apr 24, 2022 07:04 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

What a nice tribute to your time in the rain! So happy you've made a ton of friends on here.

Apr 24, 2022 05:38 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Carla Freund for stopping by and commenting.

Apr 24, 2022 07:04 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Dorie Dillard Austin TX, what a beautiful post. I would love to meet you in person. ActiveRain is a platform I'm proud to be a part of. 

Apr 24, 2022 05:50 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I would love to meet you too Beth Atalay . If you are ever in Austin please let me know!

Apr 24, 2022 07:05 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Great job and wonderful memories. I especially loved seeing your movie entry again!

You were so lucky to get Bob and Kerrie at your Rain Camp. Neither of them were at the one I attended in Massachusetts. I was so disappointed.

Apr 24, 2022 08:56 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Sharon Tara ,

It was so fun to go back through old posts and dig up some of these memories! I remember vividly the first Rain Camp in was so exciting and I won a Kindle!

Apr 24, 2022 12:07 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Dorie, for sharing some of your positive experience as a member of ActiveRain.

Apr 24, 2022 09:22 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It was really fun Roy Kelley to spend time looking back through the last 14 years since I joined Active Rain!

Apr 24, 2022 12:07 PM
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

This is a wonderful retrospective in memories and photos Dorie Dillard Austin TX .
Love the video too - clever! 
And hey, hey! We joined at the same time!

Apr 24, 2022 09:32 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets ..OMG.. we did join at the same time!! Where has the time gone?? Lots of changes..but then is the only constant in our world now!

Apr 24, 2022 12:09 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Oh Dorie Dillard Austin TX  that is fabulous  I love love love it especialy OZ 

Apr 24, 2022 02:34 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Hannah Williams was fun tripping down memory lane!

Apr 24, 2022 04:02 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my goodness, I LOVE this post, Dorie! And, thank you so much for the mention - you're so right, it's all about giving; it comes back to us 10-fold. Great photos/collages you shared and I love your story too!

Thank you for participating in this month's challenge.

Apr 25, 2022 07:42 PM
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 Dorie,
What a journey it has been for you and so many of us.  One of the highlights for me was that wonderful evening we spent at Steiner Ranch during my visit to Austin last Fall.

Apr 30, 2022 08:29 AM
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

Dorie Dillard Austin TX 
Thanks for the walk down memory lane!
So much joy remembered in one post.
Except for losing Geno of course...

Apr 30, 2022 09:59 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

ActiveRain has been a wonderful gathering place Dorie and I am thankful you are here!  Not sure how I missed this post but wanted to say, well done and a sincere thanks for the mention. Hoping you will also participate win the May Challenge as well.

May 03, 2022 03:45 PM