October Blogging Challenge! Truly A Journey Worth Taking!

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Real Estate AZ Broker BR030809000

Blogging?  What is that?  Way back in 2006 a fellow Owner/Broker in Phoenix suggested I give blogging  a try.  ActiveRain is a great place to get the word out about your company and  your agents he told me.  So I signed up and did squat, other then leave a few comments until 2008. Early in 2009 I received my first contact from a fellow rainer asking if I could help a client purchase a home in Scottsdale.

Wow! I was impressed, this blogging site is working. great! And on and on the referrals continued, both coming in and going out. And I got to know a lot of GREAT rainers and was having a lot of fun at the same time. That's the way I roll - I know you're shocked by that! !! I also met a lot of rainers both at raincamps and in person, here in town and when traveling. I hosted a lot of meetups with help from Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ ! Everyone I've met has been genuine and truly who they represent themselves to be via their blogs.  To this day I call many rainers,  my good friends.  They're like family to me and Gary. This has been the best success due to blogging - creating long lasting friendships!



In early 2010 I got a call from NAR asking me if they could come to Phoenix and tape a video of me on how I prospect and build business.  She said it would take about 2 days or so.  She had been reading my ActiveRain Blog and thought I would make the perfect "Prospecting Master' for their Master Series. By the Way Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 was also asked to participate in the Master Series as the "Open House Master".  And there's another long story of that, right Margaret!!  I'll let her tell that one. Needless to say the whole experience was a blast - I loved it all!  Here's a link to the original post Master of Real Estate Anna ''Banana" Kruchten. I also received  a lot of press from this experience both in town and nationally.  What's not to love about that!


ActiveRain has rocked  BIG TIME all these years and still does!  I am grateful for all ActiveRain means to me and to so many, many other Rainers!  We are blessed! Thank you! Thank you!  THANK YOU!





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Comments (36)

Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You have had a lot of success through your blogging efforts!  I am glad that we have been able to spend time in person as well.

Oct 28, 2022 06:40 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Brian England same here, you're always such an upbeat guy!  But you know I need to say one more time #brianenglandpickleballlovesyou. 

Oct 29, 2022 10:09 AM
Brian England

You are too funny Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker I kind of despise pickleball so I will probably stick with #NoPickleballForBrian.  I would try it for Ray though.

Oct 29, 2022 06:15 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Of course you would try it for Ray Henson !  You guys are good buds Brian England !

Oct 29, 2022 08:55 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Good morning Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker and thanks for sharing your experience here on Active Rain. I am so glad we had the opportunity to have lunch together and met in person. You continue to inspire others here at Active Rain and within the industry. Congratulations.

Oct 28, 2022 06:41 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Leanne Smith I enjoyed our lunch together and I'm sure there will be more.  It's your time to take over within the industry!  I'm going fishing - just kidding!

Oct 29, 2022 10:11 AM
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

Hey Anna Banana,
If it weren't for the friendships I've formed in the Rain, I seriously doubt I'd still be here at all. I mean, what business does a retired person have staying on a platform with a bunch of active real estate professionals? And, now that we're friends, what would I do without you in my life?  😊

Oct 28, 2022 07:33 AM
Carol Williams

Oh, Aura Alex you belong here. You're just a little late getting to the party. 😊

Oct 28, 2022 09:59 AM
Aura Alex

Carol Williams Funny you said that. I'm beginning to feel "what a girl like me doing in a nice place like this." 😁

Oct 28, 2022 08:19 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

LOL you gals are so funny Carol Williams and Aura Alex   The question is what would we do without you!

Oct 29, 2022 10:12 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Great challenge.  I'd like to participate

Oct 28, 2022 07:44 AM
Aura Alex

Please do, Ginger Harper; I'm looking forward to reading your success story. Give it to us! 😋 We're still hungry for more!!!

Oct 28, 2022 12:57 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Jump in Ginger Harper !  The water is perfect in the rain!!

Oct 29, 2022 10:12 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. SLS Home Insp
SLS Home Inspections-Kankakee Will Iroquois Grundy Counties - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

You're the perfect story to read about why blogging is so important. Best to you. 

Oct 28, 2022 08:05 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi  Scott.  I think blogging caught us all by surprise. Interesting isn't it?  Who knew!

Oct 29, 2022 10:13 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - your journey has been a blessing. May it continue. The number of buyers and sellers you assisted are countless. Your historical presence here on ActiveRain has been a blessing to others.


Oct 28, 2022 08:18 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP after 35 years of being in the business, yes, I've helped many buyers and sellers as well as being grateful for the wonderful network of friends both here in the rain and at home. 

Oct 29, 2022 10:15 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

AR can really open doors!

Oct 28, 2022 09:43 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Lise Howe it sure did for a lot of us!  You included!

Oct 29, 2022 10:16 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker  you rock as well as Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400  love you both let's keep the spirit of Active Rain going 😊

Oct 28, 2022 12:19 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Hannah Williams This entire group rocks! Thanks for the mention.


Oct 28, 2022 01:56 PM
Hannah Williams

Yes it does Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400  I love Active Rain 

Oct 28, 2022 02:08 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

That's the plan Hannah Williams and Miss Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 is on board as well!

Oct 29, 2022 10:16 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Anna,

How can anyone resist your bubbly personality? 

Not sure if you remember this pic.  It was the first time we met at Roadrunner Park in March 2014.  I got to meet a lot of AR members through your meetups in the Desert Ridge area, including Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ, and Brian England.  Being 2 hours away makes it difficult to get down there, but I have always enjoyed it. 

Anna and Sheri Roadrunner PK PHX March 2014

Oct 28, 2022 12:20 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Oh my gosh - I don't have this pic!  Photos are 3/27/14!  A few moons ago.  Great seeing this photo of you Sheri & Anna!

Oct 28, 2022 12:23 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Oh I do remember the first meeting you came to Sheri Sperry - MCNE® !  That was the only meetup in a park that I can recall.  Great photo!

Oct 29, 2022 10:18 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have said it before and I will say it again, ActiveRain is the best on line platform for sharing the collective wellspring of real estate knowledge I know.  I love your story, Anna.

Oct 28, 2022 02:00 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

It totally is Myrl Jeffcoat - best online platform for real estate professionals.  Thank you and thanks for the feature in Old Farts Group!

Oct 29, 2022 10:20 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Anna, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Oct 28, 2022 02:00 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Anna AR was a great site to be on in the early years.  It still is a good to be on, but in the early years it was very special.

Oct 28, 2022 04:28 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi George Souto I remember early on giving AR preso's to agent in town and they looked at me like I had 2 heads!  What on earth are you talking about!!

Oct 29, 2022 10:21 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Looks like it is a perfect community for your bubbly energy and a big smile:) 

Oct 28, 2022 08:51 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Inna Ivchenko you as well!

Oct 29, 2022 10:21 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

No doubt you are one of my favorites here in the Rain. Love you Anna

Oct 28, 2022 09:37 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Love you back Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! !

Oct 29, 2022 10:22 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The friendships formed with people I've met in the AR community will live on as the number one benefit for me. Second to that is business, referrals - sending and receiving. 

There is no denying it has changed over the years, for various reasons, yet the connections remain even with people who moved off the AR platform. 

Oct 29, 2022 07:59 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

I so agree with you Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist it's the friendships that mean the most to many of us.

Oct 29, 2022 10:22 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe


Happy October. As the year coming to an end there are more events to participate and be jolly.   All the best.

Sam Shueh

Oct 29, 2022 03:52 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Great post, Anna. Your blogging has brought you fruit and has been enjoyed by many.

Oct 30, 2022 02:46 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I do not think that anyone does it better or has more fun than you Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker. Writing my post just now, thinking back at my journey in the rain you are a big part of helping me and making me better. There was days i learned and days i laughed until i had tears. 

Oct 31, 2022 07:23 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

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

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Oct 31, 2022 09:04 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Blogging is the answer if you are consistent and work the program.  Great article.

Nov 01, 2022 07:41 AM