Maybe You Shouldn't Be An ActiveRain Blogger. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532


Maybe You Shouldn’t

Be An ActiveRain Blogger. . .  


This title may seem to be an unusual way to start a post about creating a successful blogging strategy on ActiveRain.  However, let’s face reality (at least my version) and a part of that truth is I see the world as a big place.    


What we know: Everything is a part of something bigger. Interconnectedness, which I have previously discussed in different ways, remains important.


Like pieces of a puzzle, there are parts that fit into place without much or any difficulty.  Other things can be similarly described. However, there may be issues that can't be resolved regardless of the effort. We face them. We may change the situation. Perhaps, the issue is dismissed. It's okay to "move on" after making an attempt but don't assume a "one and done" strategy is the way to proceed on a blogging path. Maybe this practice is not a good fit. For you. At this point.


However, something motivated you join this community in the first place, right? That's a question you need to ask yourself. As for the answer - well, I will also leave that for you.


Now: let's accentuate the positive with a way to accomplish blogging with improved results. I believe the following strategy may work well with my fellow AR lurkers (past or present).


There are many, maybe countless ways of obtaining blogging success.  I suggest reading posts as part of your blogging prep as a way to introduce the ActiveRain experience.  At least part of it.


Whether it be the current daily blog roll or searching the AR archives, you can see patterns in the posts you read that may align with you, your style or speak to you on some level.  And in time, you may want to write one of your own.


Your finished product although uniquely "you" may have similarities to others yet be quite different if "you" become a part of it.  Those of us who have been around the AR playground have seen this game played over the years. The same topic can be explored in different ways. Just because something has been addressed, doesn't mean you can't join the conversation.


If you think a similar strategy will work for you, I say - give it a try.   Whether you are starting as a novice or regrouping for the umpteenth time, good luck.


This is my entry for the December Challenge: A Guide For Blogging Success cohosted by Jeff Dowler, CRS and Brian England.  And if you don't choose a blogging path, there can still be a place for you in ActiveRainLand with reading (learning too), commenting plus asking and/or answering questions. Remember, it's a big world. After all, lurkers are people too.


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Michael Jacobs


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Pasadena, CA 91102

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Comments (44)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael Jacobs, Interesting blog and love the title of course.  Of course I learn from people here in the rain all the time, yes I miss people like Barbara Todaro and her blogs but I go back to catch her blogs lots of time.


Dec 08, 2022 10:28 AM
Michael Jacobs

Will Hamm - the wit and wisdom of so many AR members continue to provide insight, inspiration and all-round interesting reading material.  And you do a great job of reblogging many hits from the past.  

Dec 08, 2022 12:05 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have questioned my value as a blogger several times. Recently I had to take a few days off and I was blessed with several people worried about my health. When this number became double digit I decided to continue my quest 🎅

Dec 08, 2022 04:25 PM
Michael Jacobs

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - while I can't speak for all - I would say many, maybe most, of us have questioned our blogging ability.  I think that is likely common. 

As far as the engagement offered by this platform's membership - there are countless examples where that effort has made a difference.  

Dec 08, 2022 04:42 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael,

I love your title, and all of us start out as lurkers.  It is rare to jump in with both feet without seeing what it is all about. I can say that I learn through osmosis. I have compared what I do now with how I started, and that starting point would be embarrassing if I never improved.  Another significant part of AR is the unique way we post.  Thanks for highlighting it.

Dec 09, 2022 10:33 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - like you, learning by osmosis connects me to the process of increasing knowledge.   I can become comfortable with the lay of the land. 

It's ongoing lesson as this "land" seems nearly as shaky as you might remember from your days in California.  ActiveRainLand rattles as well as shakes and we know it has many faults.  Some leave, some stay. . .   Life goes on.  😃

Dec 09, 2022 11:26 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Fantastic title work, Michael, that possibly spoke to quite a few people. This is an exceptional entry to this month's challenge, blog on!

Dec 10, 2022 11:40 AM
Michael Jacobs

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - thank you for the comment.  I appreciate the kind words.  

Dec 10, 2022 11:48 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dec 10, 2022 07:16 PM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - thank you.  

Dec 10, 2022 08:02 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

We joined and promptly disappeared for 3 years.  Came back and lurked for months, then a comment or two, and finally a post.  Those early posts would never be posted today, but they were part of finding out what works and a blogging voice.  Over time it became an essential to post, and now less so because the body of work continues to work for us.

Dec 11, 2022 05:17 AM
Michael Jacobs

Bill Liz and Bill Spear - like you and many other members, those early posts of mine and many that followed were not noteworthy by any stretch of the imagination.  However, you make an excellent point that they provide a blogging foundation that continues to build upon for improved connection. 

Dec 11, 2022 09:35 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

Hi Michael,
You are so right! There are many ways and perspectives to present the same topic. Just consider how different the entries are in our monthly challenges. The topic is the same for everyone yet the entries are very diverse.

Dec 11, 2022 05:47 AM
Michael Jacobs

Carol Williams - you are so right.   The diversity of the AR membership is one full display daily.   And it especially comes out during a challenge when members tackle the same or a similarly inspired topic.     

Dec 11, 2022 08:01 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Once again, I am enjoying your pondering. 'Just because something has been addressed doesn't mean you can't join the conversation. '

Dec 11, 2022 09:20 PM
Michael Jacobs

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - with so many AR members, there is bound to be overlap of some, maybe many, kinds.  

Dec 13, 2022 03:59 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Congratulations on the feature.

Dec 12, 2022 04:42 AM
Michael Jacobs

Leanne Smith - thank you.  

Dec 12, 2022 06:16 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Like live musicians in a band with an audience, no one blogs in a vacuum here on the ActiveRain Real Estate Network .  The audience of other AR bloggers can help your blogging skills. The style, the subject matter, the imagery, the frequency are part of the blogs success. But purpose, what is the purpose and who would benefit from this post? It's more than entertainment or self expression in the list and twist of the real estate World Michael Jacobs !

Dec 13, 2022 03:14 AM
Michael Jacobs

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - your comment or one similar to it has provided many ideas for pondering posts for me over the years after strictly real estate-related writing shifted.  Such things are interconnected,  

Dec 13, 2022 04:30 AM
Bo Zivak
Zivak Realty Group - Nashville, TN
Nashville Real Estate Broker

Hello Michael, 


Thank you for your post; I haven't read it thoroughly yet, but I'll look into it tonight. I feel this post has thoughtful advice.  We can follow each other here on AR.




Dec 13, 2022 05:48 AM
Michael Jacobs

Bo Zivak - thank you for the visit and the comment.  I hope you get something out of the post.  

Dec 13, 2022 05:53 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs  If you don't try you will never know - Don't be afraid to try it - right?

Dec 13, 2022 11:49 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hannah Williams - your comment reminds me of a Michael Jordan quote along the same lines.  

Dec 13, 2022 03:10 PM
Matt Brady
Watermark Capital - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Lenders

Everyone has different experiences that lead to different perspectives. (one reason I think travel is so enlightening) Learn from others but don't deprive them of what they can learn from you.

Dec 13, 2022 12:15 PM
Michael Jacobs

Matt Brady - you're absolutely right about the importance of travel and expanding our world to include different cultures, customs and so much more.  It enhances us.    

Dec 13, 2022 03:13 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Great Blog


Dec 14, 2022 10:41 AM
Michael Jacobs

Ginger Harper - thank you.  

Dec 14, 2022 11:02 AM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Your "catch" title was a great lead in for words of wisdom about blogging here in the rain. Your suggestiong to "read" blogs is certainly a start to realizing we are all writing online. The subjects and information vary depending on why we are here. In some cases, it my be only to learn what is happening in real estate. Or it may be to have conversations, learn more and build new friendships. At the same time, one never knows if blogging is right for them, until they give it a shot. Michael Jacobs thank you!

Dec 14, 2022 11:58 AM
Michael Jacobs

Emily Medvec - and in the beginning, many possibilities exist.  And so, blogging like life can go on different paths.  Thank you for the thoughtful comment.  

Dec 14, 2022 12:33 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I like your version of Reality!  I may get a snow day tomorrow if we get another foot of snow.... maybe I will write a snow blog!! 

Dec 14, 2022 11:58 PM
Michael Jacobs

Debra Leisek - let it snow, let it snow.  Enjoy your day whatever happens.  

Dec 15, 2022 03:18 AM
Debra Leisek

We only got 8 inches so I had to go to work Michael Jacobs 

Darn the luck!!

Dec 15, 2022 11:06 PM
Michael Jacobs

Debra Leisek - whether it's weather or something else, life, especially one in real estate, makes you realize that contingency plans become a regular part of a day.  I hope this dusting (Alaska-style) was productive.  Thanks for the update of your original comment.  😀

Dec 16, 2022 04:23 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Great perspective Michael Jacobs ! I joined AR in 2006 and was a lurker for many years until I decided to come out of my shell and found my niche.

Dec 15, 2022 05:13 AM
Michael Jacobs

Buzz Mackintosh - those early days of ActiveRain must have been a great experience where so many members were learning the ins/outs of the blogging world. 

You not only learned by example, saw and made some mistakes plus taught many along the way.  Teaching can be an excellent educational tool for the student as well as the instructor.  

Dec 15, 2022 05:25 AM
Sharon Miller
RE/MAX Platinum - Crane Hill, AL


What a great topic to write about! Your shared thoughts I would surmise, will continue to "cement" the bond which brings all of us to the ActiveRain site. I look for posts which provide "commonality" to those factors which I deal with on a regular basis. Reading about the experiences, suggestions and "game-plans" which other's have shared, is beneficial and provides a bit of re-enforcement as we face the daily headwinds associated with the real estate profession. Over the years, I've acquired numerous tips, suggestions and strategies which other ActiveRain member's have shared. The same shoe won't fit everyone ..... but it will cause one to stop and analyze the information presented and file away for recall at a later time! Success can be defined as one's ability to willingly address the challenges we face on a daily basis and react accordingly, to secure a positive outcome! 

Dec 15, 2022 07:19 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Miller - thank you.  Your concrete answer helps lay the foundation for a thoughtful answer.  The thoughts you carefully build bring a better result and an improved reading experience.  

Dec 15, 2022 07:51 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi @Michael Jacobs. I remember reading a lot of posts when I first started back in 2011, and I was inspired by many of them to find my own writing style. Yes, Blogging is not for everyone, but those who do, it can be very rewarding. 

Dec 15, 2022 10:43 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Blogging is so individual ... which is a good thing.  Can you imagine if we all wrote the same?  I like the creative, funny, informative, etc.  Keep 'em coming!

Dec 26, 2022 12:48 PM
Michael Jacobs

Diana Dahlberg - you're right, blogging is very individual and AR proves that the blogosphere is quite large.  

Dec 26, 2022 06:13 PM