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Friday Fun…Your First Impression

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Friday Fun…Your First Impression


We know how important first impressions are…they can be everlasting!


So for fun…what was the first impression you had when you joined ActiveRain? 

I found ActiveRain when I began my staging business. I’d never made a website and had no idea what I was doing. I started researching other stager’s websites. At the bottom of one was the ActiveRain logo. Once I logged on and joined I started reading all of the posts. 


My first impression was how much information there was here…all in one place. All I had to do was read the posts.  I had no idea what SEO was. All I knew was that if I wanted to learn more, it was going to be here.  

I slowly began to dip my toe in the water and comment on posts. That’s when I discovered there was much more to the site…it is a community of giving people.  Believe it or not…I had no idea that POINTS were involved until after I’d been a member for months!  

So…for fun…what was your first impression of ActiveRain when you first visited the site??

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Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

I am not nearly as good as you Kathy.  But I do enjoy it and look forward to being as good as you later when I am retired and have more time. Thanks for sharing, make it a great Friday and enjoy your


Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties 

Feb 23, 2024 05:40 AM
Kathy Streib

HI Bill Salvatore - East Valley There are days when I wonder how I'm going to get even one comment in. Even though I'm retired, I seem to be busier than ever .

Feb 23, 2024 10:48 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 Kathy,
I wish I could remember how I stumbled across ActiveRain back in 2006. I had a successful primary business blog and a few other niche blogs. I remember not being sure how ActiveRain would benefit me. As I got into reading the blogs, getting comments, and interacting, it dawned on me that it wasn't just about how it could benefit me but also how I could share my knowledge with other professionals. My other blogs were targeted strictly to buyers and sellers. 

I also remember when I got my first Feature and how awesome that felt.  It inspired me to keep going.

Feb 23, 2024 05:43 AM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams I too remember my first feature and where I was. We were in Orlando visiting friends and they thought I'd gone nuts when I screamed for joy after reading my post and seeing the gold star. 

Feb 23, 2024 05:27 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

My Title representative sat me down and said I need to join AR and start blogging about the community I market. I joined n 2008 and was overwhelmed and excited with so much information offered in Active Rain! I went to a boot camp in Houston and became hooked!! Its been the best thing to keep me top of mind in my market place.

Feb 23, 2024 06:16 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie- you owe your Title rep a big Thank You!!! Although, knowing you, I'm sure you already have.  I was set to go to RainCamp in Miami but it was canceled and I already had plans for the one in Orlando. 

Feb 23, 2024 05:34 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I loved being able to put down my freewheeling thoughts and see people comment on them. I tend to write from a position of expression, so this was encouraging. Then over time I developed AR Friendships, enjoying reading certain people's posts.

Feb 23, 2024 06:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I'd always wanted to write but had a hard time organizing my thoughts. My only writing had been for term papers, etc. I'm glad you started writing here because I loved following your Camino journey. 

Feb 23, 2024 05:36 PM
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

Kathy, I can't recall exactly what thoughts crossed my mind when I first joined the site. I tend to look around before diving into something.

Feb 23, 2024 06:34 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I was a big time lurker. I'm amazed at those who've been able to jump right in. 

Feb 23, 2024 05:37 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

My first impression was intimidation and amazement at how well some of those early people wrote. I didn't think I would ever be able to do anything similar.  And Now I serve as a good example of a bad example.

Feb 23, 2024 06:41 AM
Kathy Streib

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 Don't sell yourself short!!!!   I'm not a very "formal' writer at all but write as if I were talking to you. It's the only way I know how. 

Feb 23, 2024 05:39 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I had read about blogging and a couple of different blogging platforms (including AR) came up at that time (2007). I Did all of them (with a quick copy and paste). I would get amazing feedback on AR, while the others were much less effective. They all fell away one by one...except Activerain. 

Feb 23, 2024 06:57 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty it's a very unique platform. The community is supportive of each other and insists on respect in terms of their comments. 

Feb 23, 2024 05:41 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Kathy Streib, ActiveRain was mentioned during a Chamber meeting and I immediately started lurking around for a while, OK, a long time before I wrote my first post. I was hoping nobody would read it but there were so many wonderful, welcoming messages from the AR community, I was overwhelmed with joy.

Feb 23, 2024 08:02 AM
Kathy Streib

Beth Atalay isn't that the beauty of this community!!!  We feel like we've met and yet for most of us, we haven't. 

Feb 23, 2024 05:42 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

My experience was much like yours...new stager looking for any and all info I could find.

I believe I found it New Years Eve (12/31/2007) and Joined almost immediately...writing my first post on 1/6/2008.

First impression was excitement...to find so much information all in one place!

Feb 23, 2024 08:36 AM
Kathy Streib

Wow, Sharon Tara it took me a lot longer before I wrote a post!!! Remember when we had more stagers here. 

Feb 23, 2024 05:43 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and I was slow at Activerain in the beginning and now try to comment at least 25 comments a day and made lots of great friends


Feb 23, 2024 08:45 AM
Kathy Streib

You are a good friend Will Hamm 

Feb 23, 2024 05:45 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I am not sure I had a first impression of AR.  All I can remember was even though I had never blogged before, was jumping right in.  I started right off blogging 3 blogs a day.  Back then there was no limited on the number of blogs we could write each week for points, so I was writing 3 blogs per day.  My main concern was coming up with topics to write about. 

Feb 23, 2024 11:11 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto that's amazing. It took me 4 months before I wrote a post!!! And even then it was another 6 months before I wrote another one. 

Feb 23, 2024 05:48 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

My first impression was to be intimidated! So many great-looking and sounding blog posts, that I wasn't sure if I could get the hang of it and do the same. It took me a year and a half from first signing up to posting my first blog post! No question, it was one of the best (business) decisions I've ever made. 

Feb 23, 2024 11:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Andrea Bedard I agree. I wrote posts that had my phone ringing and never had to pay for any marketing. 

Feb 23, 2024 05:49 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

This is pretty funny Kathy.  I first heard about Active Rain thru an associate in the same office.  Told me I should join to gain SEO traction.  I never even looked at the site because I thought I was being roped into increasing her exposure.  Oh and her name?  RAIN   Took me over a year to realize I was not being bamboozeled.  

Feb 23, 2024 01:19 PM
Kathy Streib

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho How funny.  I think most of us are skeptical these days about many things!!!! 

Feb 23, 2024 05:50 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

I wrote my first blog post on 11/26/2008. I had joined ActiveRain earlier but didn’t write for awhile. I was introduced to AR by a  few people that were members and that’s how I joined. 

Feb 23, 2024 01:26 PM
Kathy Streib

Joyce Marsh I can remember when I was in South Florida. I was an affiliate with the WCR and the Board of Realtors. I tried to introduce agents to the site but not many were interested. 

Feb 23, 2024 05:52 PM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

I was not sure an architect's perspective would be of interest!

Feb 23, 2024 07:18 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy I was introduced by someone who is no longer on the platform to join AR, when I did I started watching, reading, then I started commenting and it took a while to write my first post.... then it took a while but I learned about all the wonderful things like SEO.... so first impression was WOW lot to absorb and learn, Endre

Feb 23, 2024 10:39 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't recall what my actual first impression was but I remember there being a lot of resources for me to learn more about real estate.

Feb 24, 2024 04:20 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I was reluctant to blog before my early days with ActiveRain.  It was my office manager back in 2008, who encouraged me to get my toes wet.  I'm still on this platform even though I retired as a Realtor in December 2021.  It is a well-spring of information for those interested in home buying and selling, as well as associated topics.

Feb 24, 2024 07:16 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Feb 24, 2024 07:17 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


It's a little foggy given I joined almost 18 years ago. I was just getting started with blogging and was impressed with all the people who were writing and commenting here...but it felt a little overwhelming at first. I'm sure glad I hung in there.


Feb 25, 2024 07:44 PM