Ask An Ambassador: Here Be Dragons!

Real Estate Agent with Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

Rumor has it that old mapmakers used to put the phrase "Here be dragons!" as a warning for unknown sections of the world.  Often, what we don't know, we fear, and there's still much we don't know.

Some fears are legitimate.  If you've been in this business any length of time you've heard the stories.  Not every day ends well for those in the real estate profession as there are bad people with bad intent out there.  You need to mitigate the risks and protect your well-being.

Other things can cause some anxiety, but with time and practice you can develop a proficiency that makes what was initially a challenge one of the easier things you'll do that day.

For example, writing your first blog post can be intimidating.

Will it be found?

Will people read it?

Will they comment?

Will it help my business?

There's a lot of questions you could ask, but if you're going to start off blogging about real estate, I've yet to find a more welcoming community than ActiveRain. 

While it's not the old days with staff visible in the community offering guidance and training, the community members have assumed much of that management and advisor role. 

Tuesday Zoom meetings offer boots on the ground knowledge about how to succeed. 

Post a question in the Q&A section and you'll get responses that MAY offer you the exact insight you need.

Scroll the blog roll and groups and you'll find plenty of tip posts that can shorten your learning curve.

Click on the contact form, email, text or call, and there are people here that will take time out of their schedule to provide answers from their experience.

Bit by bit, you can gain the knowledge you need to gain clients, build your referral network, and get insight into other real estate markets and better understand your own.

Pretty soon, the "here be dragons" will be replaced by "I got this!".

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

Bill & Liz aka BLiz

photo taken with a Samsung Galaxy S10, apparently dragonflies enjoy posing on our tomato stakes

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Comments (17)

Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Them's some incredibly cool dragons.

Aug 01, 2023 02:56 PM
Kathy Streib

Liz and Bill Spear  I can't help staring at the photo!!! Good one. 

Aug 01, 2023 05:35 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I've had a couple pose for me recently.  You just never know what you'll see when you take a moment to look around.

Aug 01, 2023 03:31 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I had to scroll down to see if ActiveRain University still had a presence but alas it got lost in the shuffle. There are a lot of ways to get help, here, all one has to do is ask, or even just blog about it.

Aug 01, 2023 05:00 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I still see it on the site map, but a "where did I leave my keys" when I click on it.  Without a Bob/Kerrie type running the show, our Tuesday Zooms are probably the next closest thing.

Aug 01, 2023 07:12 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Bill- There's so much to learn here if you are willing to read! (Or watch videos) The Q&A has turned out to be a good tool too!!!  One of the best parts of this community is the community itself...always willing to help 

Aug 01, 2023 05:36 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I don't think I've ever asked a question of anyone in this community and not gotten help.

Aug 01, 2023 07:14 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

These are all great reasons to get busy and write those posts. Love your photo.

Aug 01, 2023 07:04 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

A case where a random sighting on the back deck tomato plants turned into the spark for a post :)

Aug 01, 2023 07:15 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

As I mentioned earlier  - that is one very cool shot!  Amazing shot!!  And love this post Bill.  I just happened to have lunch with a gal I've known for years.  She's been in the biz 10 years longer than me - and oh the stories we shared.  It's quite interesting to go back in time and remember all that 'old' stuff. Which honestly is kind of the same stuff as agents are still grappling with how to shift, change and adapt.


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Aug 01, 2023 08:46 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

The fundamentals are still there, how we obtain and present data may have changed, the tools we use may have changed, but some things such as communication just don't go out of style.  The agents that understand and adapt will do well.

Aug 02, 2023 05:51 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Bill it's interesting to go back years ago and see 'some things never change - the fundamentals that build success for sure.

Aug 02, 2023 09:32 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

The dragonfly metaphor really work well with what you’re doing here and I like it. . :)

Aug 01, 2023 11:17 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Glad you like it!

Aug 02, 2023 05:51 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill (and Liz too) - whether it be everyday life, more than a few first-time encounters in real estate or entering the blogosphere, there are moments where the unknown is present.  Possible fear, anticipation and all kinds of emotions may be a part of the scene.  We face them as best we can while continuing to learn.  

Adding to previous comments, the image captured in this post is eye-catching.  

Aug 02, 2023 03:53 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

We make the best decision we can with the available information, then change paths as needed as new information confirms or denies our original assumptions. 
And I love capturing some photographic moments, although I have no desire to get into the complications of serious camera rigs :)

Aug 02, 2023 05:52 AM
Michael Jacobs

Liz and Bill Spear - over the years, I have gathered some exceptional examples of loafers with my photographic expertise.  📷

Aug 02, 2023 06:08 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I've collected a few of those, or nothing but dark when my phone took a picture inside my pocket.  Amazing how apps can be run unintentionally from the touch screens if we don't lock screen.

Aug 02, 2023 08:08 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Here be dragons! Ont you wonder what creatures or events gave rise to the beliefs in dragons

Aug 02, 2023 04:00 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Some really big lizards might do the trick :)

Aug 02, 2023 05:53 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Here be good guidance!  (As always!)

Aug 02, 2023 05:31 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I try my best to help :)

Aug 02, 2023 05:53 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 that photo!! Thank you as always for you setting us up for success, whether new or old timers..never stop learning!

Aug 02, 2023 05:46 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

There is always something new out there.  Some is worth adopting, others maybe not so much.

Aug 02, 2023 05:54 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 / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Bill,
Your post reminded me of the saying, "Too many Chiefs and not enough Indians".  I hope that's not considered racist. It's only meant to make a point. In AR's case, we don't have enough Chiefs so the Indians have stepped up to run the reservation.

Or, you could say the inmates are running the asylum.  In any case, it goes beyond real estate. I reached out to the community a couple of weeks go about finding contacts for doll collectors. The community came through, which was no surprise. With few exceptions, we all want to help in any way we can.  

Aug 02, 2023 05:54 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

The good thing is there are enough people that care about this community and maintaining the culture that people step up and fill roles that would ideally be paid Staff roles.  Instead, we have members running the monthly contests, hosting Zooms, instructing, writing posts that would have been the domain of AR University, etc. to keep the community on track. 

I'm glad the community was able to come through with the doll collector contacts.  This community has a wide range of knowledge and diverse interests, so no surprise when they're able to come up with something that for off the beaten track questions.

Aug 02, 2023 05:58 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

When we look around we have a million things to be scared we let them scare us.

Aug 02, 2023 06:08 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I believe in being aware of the risks of our lives, taking prudent actions, but not letting fear dictate how we live.  For our next house, I want to be prepared for power outages (so we'll have solar panels & batteries & propane back up generator), disruptions to food (planning to have a significant veggie/fruit garden that will take time to build up), etc.   We're not preppers per se, but there are some good things to consider from that community.

Aug 02, 2023 09:46 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Yes, the photo is fascinating. Yes, the phrase is captivating. But most importantly, yes, there is much to be found to settle the uneasiness if you'll look around in the Rain. So much to be discovered. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge. 

Aug 02, 2023 10:33 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I figure if I can shorten the learning curve for others to have success blogging, it's good for the community and that's good for all of us.

Aug 02, 2023 02:27 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


The Dragons analogy is certainly appropriate for those entering the blogging world. But there are several ways to chase those dragons away as you pointed out - the Q and A section, and Zoom meetings, are a great source of learning, as are the posts shared daily by members, and engaging with others through commenting.

That photo is pretty amazing and certainly captures the reader's attention, as it was no doubt intended to do.


Aug 03, 2023 10:00 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I love capturing close ups of various nature things around my house.  The detail that we usually don't see just amazes me.

Aug 03, 2023 07:38 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Very cool dragons and their feed is your time, nothing else, no humans, no cattle and you don't even need to leave your home.

Aug 03, 2023 10:19 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Definitely one of the perks of blogging, it's mostly just a time thing.  If we're willing to contribute that effort, we can get results.

Aug 03, 2023 07:39 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

What you say is so true Bill.  AR is one really amazing community of people just willing to help.  All you need to do is ask - and it's always been that way.  Your photos are always incredible!

Aug 06, 2023 04:48 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I don't think I've ever asked for help and not gotten it.

Aug 06, 2023 08:06 PM
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

Pushing out your boundaries is difficult but can be rewarding and allow you to grow

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

Understanding where to push is one of the keys.

Aug 08, 2023 10:49 AM