It is so much more than just a blogging platform. It is so much more than a real estate platform.
Personally, this forum was never just a place for me to share information on Home Staging and/or my home staging business. Activerain started out for me as a place to learn more about the real estate business in general. When I joined in December, 2007 I had just started my business and I had a lot to learn.
I had a lot to learn about real estate, about home staging, about networking and socializing and about blogging.
Activerain did not disappoint.
It is a wonderful resource for any and all topics. When I need advice or information on any subject, I start my search right here. I turn to ActiveRain for answers before checking Google!
I have learned, and continue to learn, something new each and every day from my friends in the Rain. When I say "friends" I mean it literally.
Activerain is a place where lifelong friendships develop. We support each other, we encourage each other and we share in the ups and downs of business and of life. For those of us who have been here awhile, it is like a second family. You certainly don't anticipate or expect it, but before you know it you have trusted connections all over the country and beyond!
I've been lucky to have met a few Rainers in person over the years....
( Judy Jennings , Steve Loynd , John McCarthy , Julia Maher, Marianne Cherico , Kathy Streib )
I have also had lots of fun with my Rain friends virtually via my love of photo editing.
Just one example would be the yearly (2012 - 2015) Be The Star Of Your Own Movie Challenge celebrating The Academy Awards.
I really enjoyed not only being a judge for the challenge, but also "dressing" my fellow Rainers for the red carpet.
The creativity, humor, and genuine affection shared amongst so many wonderful people here is really something special.
Now that I am retired, and no longer blog regularly for my business, I still pop in daily to connect with my friends.
So...what does ActiveRain mean to me? It means more than I can say.
I Am ActiveRain November 2011 Challenge