Halloween Treats: An October Challenge

Real Estate Agent with Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

Halloween Treats:  An October Challenge

The Challenge for October is to serve up some treats that have been helpful for either our business or our blogging.

https://activerain.com/blogs/arbobSeveral resources came to mind and one that is so prominent to many of us that have been on the site a while are the stream of posts and challenges offered to the dedicated members by Bob Stewart.  

He was the face of ActiveRain for so many whether it was on the challenges meant to improve our blog skills, or as the fountain of knowledge many of us appreciated at RainCamps. 

Even for those that were around the hotel the night before, he was the host of the laugh fest where some adult libations were being served.

He may still be in the background working with his longtime friend and AR owner, Ben Kinney, but for those that post regularly, he was ActiveRain.

For years his teaching could be found on ActiveRain university if only for a refresher or an online tutorial for Newbies.

Many of his blogs are still on his blogroll for those willing to spend some time researching. AR Bob


Real estate marketing is also something that was crucial and still remains an important part of promoting ourselves and our businesses.  No one did it better r was so willing to share like AR member Barbara Todaro.   

https://activerain.com/profile/homesfranklinmaBrabara was devoted to helping her team and started her career chasing raw land and trying to put the land in the hands of developers and then getting the exclusive contract to sell the home sites to new owners. Over her 42 years of active selling, she was the queen of real estate sales and marketing.

Barbara was a firm believer of print marketing, which was once extremely effective and in the right community still has value. She was also one to send postcards on a regular basis whenever a new listing was obtained.

This was always effective and earned here the respect of her fellow agents, ad here on Active Rain the appreciation from those of us that saw similar results by following here lead.

Brabara's posts are still online and for someone looking to gain some insight, a stroll through her archives to see the nature of marketing she did is well worth the time. Barbara Todaro's Blog roll.

This post is an entry into the October Challenge: Trick or Treat Time to Share


Halloween Treats:  An October Challenge

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Comments (17)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ed, for these special tributes.

I had daily contacts with Barbara for many years.

Oct 07, 2023 07:57 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists
Ed, Excellent post and a great tribute to those who are no longer active on the platform. Barbara was an exceptional contributor!
Oct 07, 2023 09:08 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hello, @Edward Silva (for some reason I am unable to tag you. @Ed Silva. Nothing shows in the drop-down box as I start to type your name.

No issues with anyone else here in the Rain.

I have tried everything, clearing cache, standing on my head, tapping my heels three times, and nothing works.  But I digress!!!! 

When I look at the source code I see this: id="autocomplete-searchtext"><span class="dummy">Ed Silva.

ActiveRain Member Support might you have the Dev Team look at this? 

There are a few people in the AR community who will remain as legends. Barbara is among them. Lenn Harley is another. 


Oct 07, 2023 09:37 AM
Hannah Williams

That is because he changed his name Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist I can't either 

Oct 12, 2023 03:21 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hello Ed... Bob Stewart and Barbara Todaro were indeed the face of Active Rain in more ways than one. Miss them both.

Oct 07, 2023 10:39 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Ed- two of my favorites. When I began blogging, I had absolutely no clue what to do. Thank goodness for Bob Stewart's webinars and challenges he started. And Barbara Todaro shared with all of us her thoughts on marketing, encouraging and supporting us always. 

Oct 07, 2023 10:48 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed I remember well the ActiveRain University classes Bob use to teach.  A lot of valuable information was gleamed from those classes.  But for me the face of ActiveRain was Kerrie La Guardia.

Barbara was the marketing queen.

Oct 07, 2023 02:16 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Kerrie was great George Souto .  

Oct 26, 2023 06:40 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

Great entry for the October Challenge. Bob Stewart  and Barbara Todaro are certainly 2 gems that have given so much to the AR community over the years. I miss them both a great deal but their post are still there to learn from.


Oct 07, 2023 08:09 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Barbara Todaro was my absolute favorite, no offense to others I am friends with here in the Rain, but Barbara was always so supportive and helpful for everyone.  I miss seeing her in the Rain.

Oct 08, 2023 05:38 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ed,

These are two great choices to highlight for this month’s challenge.  I hope Barbara is doing OK.  I always enjoyed reading her blogs. 

Oct 08, 2023 02:22 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Thank you for your participation in the October Challenge Ed ;  Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  I have had issues tagging certain people on the platform going on a week or more now, Endre

Oct 08, 2023 04:34 PM
Hannah Williams

Endre Barath, Jr. great challenge 


Oct 12, 2023 03:20 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 - What a great entry for the October Challenge. You captured the heart Bob Stewart  and the soul Barbara Todaro of ActiveRain so noteworthy and accurate!

I enjoyed your blog post very much!

Oct 10, 2023 01:39 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

ED - You picked two of my favorite people!  I still miss Bob Stewart and follow him on Instagram . He taught me so much. Barbara Todaro taught me to start mailing out again. That was something I stopped when the market got tough and $$$ did too  

Oct 12, 2023 03:19 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Hi Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 Enjoyed your October Chellenge and in particular you captured two very prominent people from yesteryear.  I especially always benefitted from and looked forward to Barbara's posts.  Always interesting and she was a hoot!  

Oct 13, 2023 12:33 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Bob is still behind the scenes in ActiveRainland, Ed and Barbara holds a special place in my heart, as she marketed like she meant it, giving advice freely to those of used who appreciated learning from one of the best! 

Oct 20, 2023 02:38 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Thanks for bringing back the memories of Barbara Todaro and Bob Stewart and their many contributions to Active Rain.

Oct 26, 2023 07:49 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Great post Ed.  I remember those Blogging Bootcamps with Bob Stewart where we learned to blog.  Those were good times.  All those hours and days we spent and he spent teaching us.  How great was that!  

And Barbara was a very special lady.

Oct 26, 2023 06:43 PM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Special relationships created here in the Rain Ed😎

Oct 27, 2023 06:50 AM