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Ask An Ambassador: ActiveRain Is What You Make It

Real Estate Agent with Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

Is ActiveRain a blogging site?  Yes.

Is ActiveRain a social network?  Yes.

Is ActiveRain a place to create a valuable referral network?  Yes.

Is ActiveRain a place to gain knowledge about the latest happenings in real estate?  Yes.

Is ActiveRain a place that can increase your business?  Yes.

Is ActiveRain a place to keep your finger on the pulse of real estate markets across the country?  Yes.

Is ActiveRain a place to make friends that feel your pain from things that happen in real estate?  Yes.

Is ActiveRain a place you can have a virtual watercooler?  If you've visited the Q&A section you know the answer.

I could go on with this list, but the bottom line is the answer to every one of these questions could also be NO, because the person responsible for putting the YES in all those questions is the same one that looks back at you from the mirror.

ActiveRain is an ala carte experience.   

You can decide to blog, or not. 

Comment, or not. 

Interact, or post and run, it's all up to you.

Despite the fact that there's not a daily management presence in the Rain, the culture that makes ActiveRain a special place continues.

For me, there's no comparison between the way this community maintains itself and the way some Facebook groups feature the brawl of the moment.  For the most part people that find this community and want to engage in online fisticuffs will soon find themselves on their own.  When you know who the trolls are, they're easily avoided, and eventually they either get with the program or find their way to other pastures.

The culture here is about helping each other.  Ideas are freely shared that you might flinch at sharing with your local competition. 

Got a question?  Just ask and someone (or a bunch of someones) will probably have a great answer for you.

But again, it's always up to you.  Whether ActiveRain is "just" a blogging site, or something much, much more is solely up to you.

Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help,

Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Liz and Bill Spear  You are so right as always. It is what you make it. 

Feb 07, 2023 04:30 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

We've all seen a few things and learned a few things over the year about what makes this place tick.

Feb 07, 2023 06:05 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Bill (and Liz) - AR may be the ultimate example of what you make of it.   

Feb 07, 2023 04:47 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

It can be a lot, or nothing.  Fortunately for us we've been able to gain from every option here.

Feb 07, 2023 06:06 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Bill this is an awesome list of everything that ActiveRain is to so many of us!  We are the lucky ones to have experienced AR from the beginning days!! I am forever grateful for the journey!

Feb 07, 2023 08:11 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

ActiveRain has changed a lot over the years, but the core of what makes it special has remained in place.  Even though it's not as apparent as it was in the past, we're still looking around daily.

Feb 08, 2023 04:26 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Typically I am not fond of "YES MEN", but it your case Bill and Liz you make some most excellent points. Jeff 😀

Feb 07, 2023 08:12 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Yes or no, it's up to us :)

Feb 08, 2023 04:27 AM
Miriam Odegard
United Real Estate Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
Real Estate Broker Serving Greater Indianapolis

Great advice that extends to all areas of life, too! Thanks for the fantastic reminder! :)

Feb 08, 2023 04:08 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

You're welcome!

Feb 08, 2023 04:27 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes indeed. You can use AR as an encyclopedia when you need some information. Or you could use it as a place to say good morning while drinking coffee. Or you could use it as a blogging platform so clients can find you. Or you could...  There are multiple possible uses, and it's up to us which we want to use.

Feb 08, 2023 05:01 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I know some members are zero engagement, posts only, comments disabled.  Others are all in with engagement.  I'm less engaged than I used to be (time constraints caught up with me), but still at least looking around daily.

Feb 08, 2023 06:12 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There are a lot of yeses in the Rain and I enjoy the interaction with others the most.  I always look forward to seeing what my peeps have to say!

Feb 08, 2023 05:06 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I've met a lot of people here, some physically, some just virtually, that I count as friends beyond just the real estate world.

Feb 08, 2023 06:13 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. Active Rain is like a cafeteria, you can get what you eat but you have to do it yourself, it is self-service. Enjoy your day..

Feb 08, 2023 05:19 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

We offer junk food and nutritious entries :)

Feb 08, 2023 06:13 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Bill,

I love everything you listed about Active Rain but what real stuck out was you saying "ActiveRain is an ala carte experience."  So true!!!   

Feb 08, 2023 06:22 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Pick and choose, and some of us choose more than others.  It's all good.

Feb 08, 2023 04:05 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Yes, the more you put into it the more you get out of it.  And if I never came to these pages again, I have people I hold dear that I met among these pages and some face to face.  I've learned a lot here that has benefited my business and my personally in  huge way.  

I'm laughing at your junk food comment.  I just "didn't comment" on a post that I thought.... you have got to be kidding me.... when I read it.  Junk Food.

Feb 08, 2023 02:02 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Sometimes I like Cheetos :)

Happy to have met so many people here in person and built relationships with others just virtually, but know they're always there if we need them.

Feb 08, 2023 04:06 PM
Tammy Lankford,

Liz and Bill Spear me too on the cheetos, but I kept my orange fingers off the keyboard because it was what my mama said I should do.

Feb 09, 2023 05:07 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

That's the problem with Cheetos, they leave evidence behind :)

Feb 09, 2023 06:27 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Liz and Bill Spear - ActiveRain is all about building relationships as you continue to blog about things of interest that others appreciate. And you do it all so well. Plus, you're an excellent Ambassador for ActiveRain.

Feb 08, 2023 02:27 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I probably don't spend as much time maintaining those relationships as ideal, but life demands a lot of my time outside this forum.

Feb 08, 2023 04:07 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

This is so very true. There are many great features and fabulous people here in the Rain.

Feb 08, 2023 02:34 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I'll take a day here over some of the venues outside of this community.

Feb 08, 2023 04:07 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Great way to set some expectations for those who may be new...and those who are regulars. There are lots of opportunities but it means being proactive, interactive, and involved.


Feb 08, 2023 08:12 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

And if someone doesn't know how to do it, there are plenty of guides in the community willing to help.

Feb 09, 2023 04:28 PM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Got to love your chose, Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week.

Feb 09, 2023 02:49 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I'm a big believer in being self-accountable.  Either we choose to do it, or we don't.

Feb 09, 2023 04:28 PM
Shayne Stone
HomeSmart - Fulshear, TX
"Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor" RETIRED

Thanks for the reminder / reinforcement of why I am still a member of AR Liz and Bill Spear 

Feb 09, 2023 04:24 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

There's a lot to like about this community!

Feb 09, 2023 04:28 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 / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Bill,

I've been on AR since 2006.  I've been most active since my retirement 11 years ago. I hereby testify it's not just for active real estate professionals. Retirees are welcome here.

Feb 10, 2023 04:21 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Anyone with the interest in the field and able to play nice in the sandbox will do well here.

Feb 10, 2023 06:51 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There’s always so much to learn here, In a very fun way there’s so much community! I’ve been a part of this for the longest now and I can say that it’s pretty great!

Feb 10, 2023 08:21 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's a great group of people with very few exceptions.

Feb 10, 2023 06:51 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Active Rain!

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! 

Feb 10, 2023 06:41 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

And that sums it up :)

Feb 10, 2023 06:52 PM
Steve Penner
Royal LePage Dynamic RE / Pro Ledger Bookkeeping Software - Winnipeg, MB
REALTOR® / Pro Ledger Online (owner)

Great post! ... seems to me that AR one of the few places where social media is actually "social".


Feb 10, 2023 08:30 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Steve, it's that very thing that keeps me coming back here and leaving Facebook real estate groups.

Feb 11, 2023 11:29 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Liz and Bill Spear What a fabulous list of reasons and truths about being in the Rain.  There really is so much to appreciate and glean from this community!

Feb 11, 2023 01:44 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

We have gained a lot by being here.

Feb 12, 2023 09:31 AM