Zlogging Bewitchery: Tricks and Treats of Being an ActiveRain Member!

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Real Estate Agent with Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 228209

Zlogging Bewitchery: Tricks and Treats of Being an ActiveRain Member!

 

Trick or Treat?  First of all, what a treat this month’s challenge has been and a HUGE THANK YOU to Leanne Smith & Endre Barath, Jr. for being the most amazing hosts. I’ve totally enjoyed reading the posts this month!


Despite a few deceptive 'tricks' from individuals who unfortunately breached the community's trust, Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist eluded to in her post this month, I'm happy to report that the overwhelming majority of my interactions here have been nothing short of delightful treats!

 

Sixteen years ago, I would have never guessed how transformative an online platform could be for my life! Truly, I was clueless! I recall starting on ActiveRain with a level of caution that was off the charts—I didn't muster up the courage to post my first comment until 6 months had passed! Contrary to popular belief, I'm not as much of an extrovert as people think. My 'inner introvert' really held the reins when I first dipped my toes into the Rain. It was the gentle nudging and incredible support from Brad Andersohn, Rich Jacobson, Bob Stewart, Kerrie La Guardia and others that helped me find my groove!

 

I always enjoy reflecting about my tenure here--there's no trickery these days - just delectable treats! Indeed, the landscape has shifted - people have evolved. Social media, personal websites and booming businesses have steered many away from their starting point here. Numerous folks, myself included, have taken breaks, while others have remained on the platform daily. I maintain connections with many members who've branched out from here and it's impossible to tally the number of referrals I've exchanged with ActiveRain members, both current and past.

 


 

 

Today's ActiveRain highlight holds a special place in my heart! Back in March of 2020, Marie Story sparked the idea of a virtual 'coffee' over ZOOM, and our weekly gatherings flourished from there. Believe it or not, we're approaching the four-year mark of our ActiveRain ZOOM calls!

 

The gatherings began as a way to support each other during the pandemic's lockdown, providing much-needed social interaction as we followed our state's guidelines. These sessions have been filled with laughter, amazing fellowship and consistent learning—every single Tuesday for an hour and we always come away with new insights, WITHOUT FAIL!

 

The real treat in this experience has been the chance to meet fantastic members as closely as a video call allows! We've enjoyed a widely diverse array of topics, thanks to our speakers and we couldn’t have done it without the coordination efforts of several integral members. Kat Palmiotti, Kathy Streib, Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Carol Williams and Eileen Burns 954.483.3912 have each been pivotal in bringing these incredible speakers to our virtual stage. THANK YOU ALL!

 

As well, each week, George Souto announces the details for the upcoming Tuesday's 2PM EST ZOOM call, featuring a graphic, created by Craig Daniels. Kathleen Daniels ensures this announcement reaches everyone by posting it in the Q&A section, catering to those who may have missed George's original post. Many members who join in on the call visit either George or Kathleen's posts to access the link for Tuesday's call.

 

Thank you seems hardly enough to say as this group has meant so much to many of our active members. We are thankful for you ALL!

 

© Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | Savvy + Company | SavvyBroker@me.com | Zlogging Bewitchery: Tricks and Treats of Being an ActiveRain Member!

Comments (36)

Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

I am so so glad that I could finally join another Zoom call - I always seem to have appointments on the book on Tuesdays. It was such a great one today, and, of course, it was a treat to see all your lovely faces. Thank you for your continued devotion to Tuesday's Zoom!

I, too, had no idea what a big part AR would become in my personal and professional life. I've met the best people that I probably would have never crossed paths with otherwise.  

Oct 31, 2023 01:48 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Debe:

What a wonderful entry for the October Challenge. The weekly Zoom meetings have been such a special part of the community for several years now, and just one more powerful example of the spirit, knowledge and sharing that makes the AR community the amazing collection of people that it is...and has been for years.

Jeff

Oct 31, 2023 01:59 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debe the Weekly ZOOM Meetings are a great example of what can be accomplished with commitment and teamwork.  Thank you for heading this up and keeping it running.  😊

Oct 31, 2023 02:02 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Oh, it was so great seeing you today, Andrea Bedard! We have surely missed you and hope you will be able to join us more often again. 

Have a lovely evening!

Oct 31, 2023 02:05 PM
Andrea Bedard

I promise I'll try Debe! 

Oct 31, 2023 02:15 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Jeff Dowler, CRS, you are such a special part of that for me too! I love all of the entries that mention you and they are SO right about your incredible ambassadorship!

Oct 31, 2023 02:07 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS 

A special thank you to you for all you have done and continue to do for our community. You certainly wear the Ambassador beautifully!

Oct 31, 2023 02:13 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Oh boy and does it ever take commitment and teamwork, George Souto?! Thank you for being such in integral part of our weekly calls. 😘

Oct 31, 2023 02:10 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Debe,

Well I love your entry into the October challenge! I agree with George Souto the Weekly ZOOM Meetings are a great example of what can be accomplished with commitment and teamwork. Kudos to you for heading this up and keeping it running. I don't know how you do so much but we are thankful! 😊

Oct 31, 2023 04:00 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

You are so kind, Dorie Dillard Austin TX - thank you so much! We are so thankful that YOU are a part of our group too! It really is a fun group, isn't it?!

Nov 02, 2023 01:20 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

I love this Debe!!!  Who would have thought that over 3 years ago, a request from Marie Story would turn into what is now our weekly Zoom Calls!!!  There is always something to learn even if you're retired!!! I had no idea what ADUs were until a few years ago!!! 

You have helmed the calls well and I appreciate that!!!!!

Oct 31, 2023 06:40 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

I know! And, isn't it funny, those ADU presentations are always requested to repeat, Kathy Streib! Just imagine how much more knowledgeable we are as a result of the amazing presenters we've had!

Nov 02, 2023 01:22 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe Maxwell, CRS  so glad you participated in this challenge with such a powerful post and I enjoyed the comments from the members. Hard to believe the zooming has been going on for that long good for you and the your right hand George Souto . I am so glad that you are so kind and give the extra effort to run the platform..... unlike Brad Andersohn  you do  not get paid:)Endre

Oct 31, 2023 07:50 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Yeah, so sorry that it took me so long to get it wrapped up! Believe it or not, it's ALWAYS the graphics or photos that I agonize over, Endre Barath, Jr.! Perfectionism is a time-suck for me! LOL

Nov 02, 2023 01:23 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have always appreciated your stepping up to chair the zoom festivities. I realize how busy you are in you real estate practice and I hope you dressed as Wonder Woman for Halloween 🙂

Oct 31, 2023 09:52 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Well, thank you so much, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS! We love it when you are able to join us too!

Nov 02, 2023 01:23 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There are a lot of iterations of this, but you have to make it your own in this industry, as far as I know

Oct 31, 2023 10:59 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

And, thank you so much for being a part of our group, Laura Cerrano! Your presentations were both simply amazing! THANK YOU AGAIN!

Nov 02, 2023 01:24 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The Zoom meetings have definitely grown over the years and I love that they provide a nice avenue to learn something new and meet other Rainers that we don't interact with much.

Nov 01, 2023 05:55 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

I know, isn't that so nice, Brian England! I have loved getting to know so many members who I didn't know before. What a great group we have! I can think of a few others that I would love to join us and, hopefully, in time, they will! 

Nov 02, 2023 01:25 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Debe, for sharing some of your memories and observations.

Have a productive November.

Nov 01, 2023 06:48 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Thank you, Roy Kelley! I hope you have a wonderful month of November as well! Thanksgiving will be here before we know it!

Nov 02, 2023 01:26 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe Maxwell, CRS  so funny you say that, it takes me just as long to do a blog post as it is to find photos to illustrate my message. I miss the days when all our photos were on AR so all we needed was to look around the previous photos we had, Endre

Nov 02, 2023 04:44 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debe Maxwell, CRS - What I like about you is your positive attitude. I have never heard you speak or write about anything or anyone in a negative tone. I'm sure there were times when you had to bite your tongue. However, you have a positive heart filled with love to give and you do that with generousity. Your kindess is all over ActiveRain. You treat ActiveRain as if this platform were you own. And you know what? As members we ALL own a part of it and should follow your lead. Thank you for being a giver of positivity. 

Nov 03, 2023 08:03 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Endre Barath, Jr. - YEP, just tonight I have agonized over photos that I KNEW I used to have stored and they are no longer here. Finding them in my files on my computer seems to take me a lot longer. I guess it's since we have so much more stored on our computers and finding that exact title to a pic is not always easy!

Nov 10, 2023 09:40 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe Maxwell, CRS  now what I do is I am forced to go to  One Drive and go down the years to find the pictures I like:)Endre

Nov 10, 2023 09:44 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. There are so many people who give so much of themselves here and I love watching that - so much! And, your comments are treasured so very much by everyone - they're always so kind, caring and really, just make our hearts melt! It's like your favorite aunt - you look SO forward to her visit! I'm always honored to be the recipient of one of your comments! 

Enjoy your weekend, my friend!

Nov 10, 2023 09:44 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debe Maxwell, CRS - Yes, I have been told multiple times by one of AR's active Ambassaders that I am greatly appreciated for my comments. She said, if there was something special for comments, you'd be the best each and every time. As for writing? You're not a writer and your writing has no impact on your readers. Nonetheless, that was her opinion during all our conversations. Someday, I hope to learn to write better blogs and improve my writing skills.

Nov 11, 2023 04:26 AM