Craig Daniels: A Pillar of Excellence in Active Rain Community

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

We are incredibly fortunate to have Craig Daniels, a Technology Instructor/Project Consultant, as an integral member of our Active Rain community. If you're not already following him, it's high time you do. Craig's Classroom is renowned for its wealth of knowledge, and he generously shares his expertise with all of us.

Recently, Craig has taken the initiative to revive YouTube Thursday, a series originally started by Debb Janes in 2011. With Debb taking a break from Active Rain due to life circumstances and the pursuit of a balanced work-life dynamic, Craig has graciously stepped in.

Under Craig's guidance, YouTube Thursdays have evolved into a dynamic showcase, not just highlighting individuals excelling in video creation but also exploring various types of videos prevalent in the real estate realm. Whether it's a profile video, an FAQ video, a localism informational video, a listing video, or a market video, Craig illustrates the vast potential within the arena of video creation. If you haven't checked out his recent YouTube Thursday post featuring Charlie Dresen, a personal favorite, or the one featuring Emily Berdon, a true game-changer, you're missing out.

Taking it a step further, Craig is now providing valuable insights into video editing in his latest installment, "YouTube Thursday Let’s Begin to Edit." In a world where video creation can seem daunting, Craig's classroom tricks of the trade are undeniably useful.

Beyond his contributions to YouTube Thursdays, Craig has been an invaluable resource personally. A heartfelt thank you to Craig for assisting me in seamlessly incorporating my new photo into my blog signature. He went above and beyond by optimizing the signature for optimal mobile viewing. Furthermore, he guided me through configuring my new photo in my profile, gently reminding me to delve deeper into this matter through his blog post on Active Rain Essentials Profile Photo.

Craig is a true treasure trove of information, making complex tasks seem manageable. Thank you, Craig, for your outstanding contributions to ActiveRain and the tremendous support you've provided me personally.

FYI: I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 who is also contributing in a big way to YouTube Thursdays. Did you check out his post How to Launch a Video Channel? 

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Comments (27)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Dorie, for sharing this information.

I shared your post on X.

Have an outstanding weekend.

Feb 03, 2024 08:11 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Roy Kelley ..I appreciate it!

Feb 03, 2024 08:19 AM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Clearly, you've followed Craig Daniels' advice and used the "reply" option instead of making a new comment. The reply format looks much better, and I appreciate your leadership in setting an example, Dorie.

Feb 03, 2024 08:43 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I did learn that from Craig Daniels post! Its so much easier to follow the thread of comments on a post! Thank you Aura Alex for noticing.

Feb 03, 2024 08:51 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie and great blog and shout out for Craig and his You Tube information.  I need to do some.

Feb 03, 2024 08:59 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Will Hamm ....I love he is revving YouTube Thursday! Such great examples of good videos he is using and of course  teaching us so many things to help us!

Feb 03, 2024 09:05 AM
Norbert Fabre, MRSA
Indoor Microbial Specialist IMS - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mold Inspector & Mold Assessor

Excellent post. I remember how much easier it was to be able to set up my ActiveRain account when I started and having Craig's notes next to me which allowed me to understand how everything works. 

Feb 03, 2024 09:12 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I love that Norbert Fabre, MRSA !!!

Feb 03, 2024 11:43 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

What an outstanding shout out and compliment to another Active Rain Member who has stepped up to the plate. The sharing by generous folks like Craig Daniels is another benefit of this dynamic real estate forum.

Feb 03, 2024 10:33 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Yes it is Leanne Smith ! Our AR community is so giving and truly lives by the motto "You get by giving."

Feb 03, 2024 11:47 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

It is really hard to stay up on all the fast moving tech updates. Great shout out.

Feb 03, 2024 10:42 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It is very hard Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty and there are so many shinny new objects introduced daily!

Feb 03, 2024 11:48 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hands down Craig Daniels is our number one major techie giver extraordinaire! He has helped most likely most of us multiply times ++ and I know for sure it's lent me his ear over and over through the years.  I can't speak highly enough of Craig's generosity and abilities to KISS it all for us!  He makes it seem so simple!  Love that!

Feb 03, 2024 10:42 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

You are so right Anna "Banana" Kruchten! He definitely employs the KISS method for all of us!

Feb 03, 2024 11:50 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dorie- I'm so glad that this was featured because more people need to know about his posts. Craig Daniels has been invaluable to those of us who need tech help. He's been patient and always willing to share with us. He was also instrumental in nudging us to redo our signatures!!! 

Feb 03, 2024 10:53 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Kathy Streib . His generosity knows no bounds! I'm so glad he is rebooting YouTube Thursday. I miss Debb Janes but understand her break.

Feb 03, 2024 11:52 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
An offer you can't refuse!

Craig is a not-so-hidden gem, here in the rain.  He seems to know more about the platform than the developers themselves, at times.

Feb 03, 2024 11:48 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

You are absolutely right Alan May > I think he could take over in a NY minute!

Feb 03, 2024 03:09 PM
Alan May

I think he'd get a lot of votes.

Feb 04, 2024 04:37 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie, Craig is an ActiveRain Superstar and always willing to give generously of his time and knowledge.  This Tuesday's ActiveRain ZOOM Meeting will be on creating YouTube videos, and our speaker will be on of the people Craig has highlighted on his YouTube blog series, Charlie Dresen.

Feb 03, 2024 12:22 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I know George Souto and I will definitely be there!

Feb 03, 2024 03:10 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie:

What a wonderful shout-out to Craig and all he does for the AR community. We are indeed fortunate to have his talent, tech skills and willingness to share.

Craig's post featuring Charlie Dresen  is a winner and we will benefit from Charlie's expertise with videos on Tuesday at the Zoom meeting as George also pointed out. I think this is a Don't Miss session.


Feb 03, 2024 12:39 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Jeff Dowler, CRS is an absolute must attend session!

Feb 03, 2024 03:11 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Craig has been my go-to guy in the Rain for anything tech for a long time.  He's got more understanding about coding and tech speak than anyone else I know in the Rain.  He does a lot for us, and his posts always put everything into layman's terms so we can understand and implement.  So glad he's here to help all of us!

Feb 03, 2024 04:49 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

We are so fortunate to have him helping us in AR Liz and Bill Spear . I agree he has more understanding abut coding and tech speak than anyone in AR!!

Feb 03, 2024 07:46 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Interesting post he does not follow me nor do I looks like we both are missing out, Endre

Feb 03, 2024 09:45 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Chef Endre Barath, Jr. ,

You must follow Craig Daniels me you will be glad you did!

Feb 04, 2024 03:20 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love this, Craig Daniels is definitely amazing!!!  He is doing such a great job with YouTube Thursdays!

Feb 04, 2024 04:24 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

He is so inspiring Brian England ..he is a tech guru for sure!

Feb 04, 2024 03:21 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes a HUGE thank you and shout out to Craig Daniels! He is an excellent and helpful member of AR!

Feb 04, 2024 06:08 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

He most certainly is Kat Palmiotti 

Feb 04, 2024 03:21 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - I always have and always will consider Craig Daniels a VIP on ActiveRain. There are so many attributes I admire. 

No ego
Willingness to share technology.


I was glad to see this one FEATURED!

Feb 04, 2024 08:20 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Every attribute you listed fits him to a T Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP !

Feb 04, 2024 03:22 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  thank you   Craig Daniels  and I are now following each other, Endre

Feb 04, 2024 03:43 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Craig's posts are a valuable asset to the ActiveRain community.  There's no doubt about that!

Feb 05, 2024 09:55 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Dorie, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Feb 05, 2024 09:56 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

There's not much I can add to the accolades already bestowed on our fabulous Craig Daniels. He's simply selfless!

Feb 05, 2024 05:09 PM