Active Rain Rocks!

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 AZ Broker BR030809000

Who knew!  Back in December of 2006 that ActiveRain would still be rocking FAR beyond any expectations that many of us had and it still does to this day! Reflecting on all the awesome relationships that have been created, all the learning, all the positivity, all the fun and everything else in between still amazes me. All this and much more from an online platform?  You've got to be kidding me?  Nope I'm not! ActiveRain Rocks!

For the first year or so I was a lurker and really had no idea of what blogging was about.  My Internet coach told me that I need to start blogging and getting ranked on google.  Huh? Why?  So I took her advice and wrote my first blog. It was clearly was a nothing burger!  But from that lowly first attempt at blogging  I continued to learn from the best of the best on ActiveRain how to blog, what was important to blog, how to rank on google - albeit it was so easy in the early days, not as much these days - but it can be done!  Be sure to read Liz and Bill Spear (Bill's) Ambassador Post every Tuesday and you'll learn from one of the best of the best bloggers in the Rain!

 

For several years I took every webinar possible, went to RainCamps, presented at the Prescott RainCamp, started teaching about blogging on ActiveRain in the CE classes I taught in the Phoenix area........... and the the meetups started!  Here in Phoenix, Jan Green and I hosted many meetups! It was a blast meeting so many Rainers - both from in town and from out of town - much to our surprise - including Carol Williams , Dick Greenberg , Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! and many more!  It was all a blast! And the good news is..... the meetups continue to this day!!  We just had one the other night at Nancy Laswick home!  And more  meetups to come soon! And if you're from out of town - come and surprise us!!  We love surprises!

 

 I jumped into the rain and am so glad I did!

 

There are so many awesome people here in the rain that it's impossible to mention all of you without writing a book!  I am so grateful and appreciative for your friendship! The genuine friendships is what has made ActiveRain the incredible community that it is today. Thank you All!

 

ActiveRain Rocks!

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Comments (61)

Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Too funny but, I referenced writing a book in my post too, Anna! There is SO much to be thankful for. Being a part of this community is truly life-changing and I'm so very thankful I stumbled upon it! 

Thank you so much for being such an integral part of AR. We love you and appreciate all you do for the community. Thanks for participating in this month's challenge too! 😘

Apr 30, 2022 11:09 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker hi Anna... I will be in Phoenix for the conference, but staying for some extra days as I have friends around the Phoenix area.

May 01, 2022 04:24 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker ,

Loved your post and couldn't agree with you more "Active Rain Rocks!"

May 01, 2022 07:42 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS I just read your post and saw that you could write a book too about all your experiences  And... I really like calling  all of us ActiveRain family (not platform)... great idea! Done and done!  Thank YOU for all you do for our family - you truly are amazing and full of so much positivity and FUN! Happy Sunday!

May 01, 2022 09:51 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Great Nina Hollander, Broker let's meetup up for coffee, lunch, happy hour, whatever works for you!

May 01, 2022 09:51 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Miss Dorie Dillard Austin TX when I think of ActiveRain rocking you are a ROCK STAR!!  Have a great Sunday!

May 01, 2022 09:52 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Wow!  I had no idea how long "The Rain" has been in the business. Thanks for sharing, Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker !

May 01, 2022 09:14 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Lynnea Miller it's hard to imagine it's been around since 2006 and was in the forefront of all things online. Thankfully Ben has put it back together and it will continue to improve and move forward as time goes on.

May 01, 2022 09:29 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

  Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker  AR does ROCK and you are one of the ROCK STARS who keeps the site alive and well !

May 02, 2022 03:58 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Still rocking for sure.  I must say that while I never considered how long AR would be around, I had no reason to believe, then and now, that it would not be ever present

May 02, 2022 07:08 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker While I've been around a long time and popped in and out, AR holds a dear place in my heart, as do you.  Don't think I'll ever forget it was you and Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES who pushed me to finish up my CRS.  So grateful we are all still together!

May 02, 2022 09:45 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES

Elyse Berman, PA thank you... and I'm so happy you are a CRS! 

May 03, 2022 09:34 AM
Charita Cadenhead

Elyse Berman, PA I feel like we are the AR pioneers.  When I say “we” I mean those you mentioned, Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker and too many others to name

May 04, 2022 03:22 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hey Buzz Mackintosh you're rocking the rain as well sir!!  I enjoy reading your stories and post! Keep em coming!

May 03, 2022 09:52 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Born to be Wild Charita Cadenhead !!  Loved your comment today on FB!!   And it's been touch and almost gone a few times here in the rain. Thank God for Ben for recreating it all from the ground up....and here we all are!

May 03, 2022 09:54 PM
Charita Cadenhead

There have definitely been some changes

May 04, 2022 03:24 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hhi Elyse Berman, PA I always remember that day and was so glad to hear when you finished up your CRS!  So worth it over the years! Love ya!

May 03, 2022 09:55 PM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

It's amazing what a community with the same mind set can do!

May 04, 2022 05:28 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Erik Hiss team works can create big things.  It's the old 1+ 1 = 3!

May 04, 2022 09:41 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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

May 04, 2022 10:20 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

My Pleasure Roy!  Always good to see you in the rain!

May 04, 2022 01:02 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - to live in a world were you meet the best, mingle with the best, can be your best, and continue to ROCK is a notable achievement. You are Queen of ActiveRain and a fun one too!

May 16, 2022 03:18 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP we've got a pretty amazing community for sure!! Well.... fun is my middle name so  nice surprise there LOL!!  Thanks so much!

May 16, 2022 04:25 PM