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A Prodigal Blogger Returns to the Rain

Real Estate Agent with RLAH@properties AB95346

On June 10, 2007, I came across ActiveRain doing a google search, joined and wrote my first post, and by late 2018, I found my way to the coveted Number 1 spot on the Leaderboard. The addiction was so strong that my broker had to step in with an intervention. So I went cold turkey, checking in every once in a while and writing an occasional post. But my efforts turned to a weekly post I emailed to my base, Monday Morning Coffee. It’s been a wonderful source for business and kept me writing about my favorite subject.


Then, last week, Kathy Streib called me out of the blue, and it was like old home week. So I’m back, trying to pace myself and having some fun. But it’s really different this time around.


This week, I tried to resurrect my old “Last Week’s Favorites”, where I had 10 posts that had been written during the past week. And guess what? Most of the posts that are showing up tomorrow are a lot older than a week! It was hard to find material that appeared to be written by the author with the byline.


By the time I left ActiveRain, a some posts were being written by professionals, outsourced by a busy Realtor, agent or stager who wanted to spend more time plying their trade. Sometimes six or eight identical posts would show up under six or eight different names of so-called bloggers.  This time, there are even more posts that are perfectly written with great images, but you know what? I can tell in a second that the blogger who posted the article almost certainly didn’t write it.


Then there are some that looked a little too AI-ish. Did the author use AI for a little help in cleaning up a post he or she actually wrote? Or did AI do all of the heavy lifting?


It’s such a joy to see a post that is funny, current and relatable. And that’s really hard for a Rent-a-Blog writer or AI to do, at least here on ActiveRain, where so many of us worked very hard to find out voices.


Professionally written materials may have their place, but if you’re using them for some or all of your posts in the Rain, you’re missing out on a lot. Just my humble opinion!

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

My friend has the same issue and they can’t seem to find the motivation to blog on their website, but I guess you just have to reuse the muscle.



Apr 06, 2024 11:38 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Hello Pat, it is good to see you here in the rain. As I remember you were from Kansas originally. I am too! I have never been a constant blogger and kind of come and go but am trying to do better. I always enjoyed your posts so look forward to reading your new ones! 


Apr 07, 2024 12:51 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Wow, look who it is!  I haven't written a post in a long time.  My two frustrations included - researching and writing an informative post (or so I thought), and only 30 people would read it.  Second frustration - seeing she same thing as you , that blogs were not written by the people who posted them.   So, as usual, we agree!  Enjoy posting!

Apr 07, 2024 04:30 AM
Kathy Streib

wow - a familiar face Jay Markanich What can we do to get you back??!!

Apr 08, 2024 07:18 PM
Patricia Kennedy

Wow, Jay!  It's Old Home Week!

Apr 09, 2024 08:34 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Patricia! You have been missed. I too, have had times of silence here in the Rain. That's the beauty of the site! There are many wonderful people who are always here to welcome you back. Great to see you again!

Apr 07, 2024 04:39 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Pat it is so good to see you back on the Rain. Bill 

Apr 07, 2024 05:32 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am glad to see you back in the Rain!  I remember seeing you in the number 1 spot, but we never really interacted much.  Hopefully, now we will get to interact more often in the Rain!

Apr 07, 2024 05:44 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes indeed - you are absolutely right. There is a lot of AI and other-generated content here. I love reading something fresh that was actually written by the author!

Apr 07, 2024 06:21 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Welcome home Patricia Kennedy  😎  It takes an army to build a village.  We provided a lifeline to Ben Kinney when he bought back the site and got the development team into gear fixing the broken code.  Thanks to our weekly zoom presentations a great revolution is in the making....  Such fun visiting each other to find where we are in life a couple of decades later. Looking forward to your sage wisdom Tuesday😎

Apr 07, 2024 07:02 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

It's really good to see you back in the Rain, Pat! Your posts have always been so genuine, with a unique voice, with food for thought, and a line or two to make one chuckle. I've been seeing much less canned content, it's still there, but not as abundant as it was a few years ago. Welcome back! 

Apr 07, 2024 07:06 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


It's so nice to see you back on the blogroll! I enjoy getting your weekly Monday Morning Coffee emails!!


Apr 07, 2024 09:33 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh my gosh, how absolutely positively wonderful to see you on Tuesday, Patricia! You look WONDERFUL and I have SO missed your honest shares here in the Rain.

Exactly as Liz and Bill Spear  (@Bill Spear) said, "More outsourced blogging, not that there's inherently anything wrong with outsourcing mass produced market reports or paying Keeping Current Matters to produce the product that we know almost instantly is KCM's because the same title and picture will show up for days on the blog roll."

What is so frustrating is those who have shared KCM's posts here for years, NOT ONCE disclosing that their post is a copy and paste of the pre-written posts, are the first to claim that 'others' are using pre-written material! OHHHHH the hypocrisy!! LOL

Write what you know about and share your ORIGINAL posts with your sphere and we'll see more readership. Otherwise, those who use the pre-written material will totally be banned by the bots! Be yourself because the best part of that - there's not another you! Embrace your originality and take the time to be just that!

Rant over! LOL 

Hope to see you on Tuesday!

Apr 07, 2024 07:11 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

The good thing about writing my own content is it is a lot easier to remember than something I didn't personally wordsmith to its endpoint.  No fuddling around in the memory bank when a potential client calls.

Apr 08, 2024 02:13 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Patricia Kennedy 

Welcome back to the fold. I look forward to reading your posts. Have a great week and can you believe the 2nd week of April?

Apr 08, 2024 02:20 AM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Pat, the flexibility that AR affords that accommodates the comings and goings of life... that's the backbone that keeps AR strong. It corresponds to how humans live, as there's never one size that fits all.

Apr 09, 2024 12:13 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 Pat,
I, like so many others, am glad you've decided to return to the Rain.  You're absolutely right about AI content. It is getting harder and harder to find good original content. Blogging is such a powerful medium to show off your expertise and personality. Personality is such an important part of doing business with a relational mindset. AI has no personality, and it is very easy to spot.

Welcome back. I am having a dental procedure this morning, but do hope to check in on your presentation today.

Apr 09, 2024 06:59 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Patricia Kennedy  What is the point of blogging  if you are just going to copy others or use Ai to do it for you? Who is fooling who? 

So nice to have you back 

Apr 09, 2024 02:01 PM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

It's good to see you back, Patricia Kennedy. You don't have to worry about my work; it will be easily recognized as mine. 

Apr 10, 2024 12:27 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It is so good you are back joing us. You have much experience and cam guide us through difficult time.  All the best,   Sam Shueh

Apr 11, 2024 09:16 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Yes I was using KCM for about 4 years . I soon realized I needed to cut the cord and go organic ! I seem to have become a Restaurant Critic of late ( lol) ..

Apr 12, 2024 09:51 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Welcome back to being active in Active Rain, Patricia Kennedy 

I know that you will add value to our membership.

Apr 13, 2024 07:35 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Pat, very impressive welcome back from many admirers of your posts.  Look forward to seeing you.  Mark

Apr 17, 2024 03:47 PM