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April 1-7: Last Weeks Favorites on ActiveRain

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This was my first full week of posting, reading and commenting on blogs on ActiveRain in a few years. And it was interesting trying to find ten posts that were reasonably well written and interesting and appeared likely to have actually written by the blogger on the by-line. While I really wanted to include new-to-me bloggers, it became apparent that an awful lot of people, especially newbies, on this platform now outsource their blog writing or get a whole lot of help from AI. How can I tell? 


I just can. At least most of the time, and with the professionally written posts.

So here are the ones that made my favorites list, all I which I read, but were not necessarily written, last week:



Unveiling My Secret Journey: From Real Estate Success to Open Heart Surgery:  Greg Brown -  This clearly did not come from a rent-a-blog service! Greg has something important to say here and I really appreciate him for sharing his experience.


Artificial Intelligence | Eat or Be Eaten: Kathleen Daniels - I could really relate to Kathleen's take on AI. A lot of the younger agents in my office love it for streamlining fact sheets and other products it takes to get a house sold. It just make me feel old.


Inspecting my blood pressureAlan May - I can always count on Alan to say something important in a way that makes me both laugh and learn. For those of you who skip your buyers' home inspection, it's a must read. Alan gives "Old School" a good name!


Fresh Market Vegetables Just Begging You To Buy Them:  Joyce Marsh - I just wish that the produce manager in her Whole Foods would come to DC to train the people up here how to display vegetables in a way that actually keeps them fresh!


Whiskey’s Wisdom: Smell The Flower and Blow Out The Candle: Thomas J. Nelson - Posts about dogs always get me attention, and I’d love to set up a play date with Whiskey and Picco. My puppy could use some lessons in wisdom that I don't give him!


So that's all for now. See you next week, and the one of the posts I'm looking for could be yours. So blog on!


Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Patricia Kennedy love your picks.  Enjoy those with a sense of humor as well😎

Apr 07, 2024 07:52 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Pat - the ActiveRain blog roll might be more akin to a treasure hunt than previously thought.  Keep on pickin' and siftin'.    ⛏🗑⛏

Apr 07, 2024 07:59 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Thanks so much for including my blog post!  I’m very flattered!

Apr 07, 2024 08:30 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Pat,

I love your selections and so glad you are making picks again! I read all the ones you selected except for the one by Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets ! Not sure how I missed that one but off to read and comment!

Apr 07, 2024 10:47 AM
Patricia Kennedy

It's hard to miss Whiskey!

Apr 07, 2024 07:03 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Patricia Kennedy welcome back to The Rain with this series and what a journey you've been on! Thank you for featuring Whiskey's Wisdom, I wish I could join your Zoom Tuesday but I'm working. I'm hoping to read a wonderful summary afterwards though, traditionally someone recaps the zoom since they sadly do not record them.

Apr 07, 2024 11:25 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Patricia and glad to see you list of please this week, I missed one so going back to see it now.


Apr 07, 2024 11:35 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Pat- my eyes lit up when I saw your post. I have to admit that it's been hard finding posts that aren't AI or AI-assisted. Don't stop now!!! Hope to see this next week. 

Apr 07, 2024 12:30 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia Kennedy unfortunately AI has had its impact on AR.  Back in the early days of AR it was copying and pasting.  Good to see you trying to find the good ones.

Apr 07, 2024 04:41 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I am far to familiar with the Greg Brown post having had the same surgery less than 2 weeks ago,

Apr 07, 2024 05:56 PM
Patricia Kennedy

Ed, try mushrooms! 

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

I read at least 20 posts in the Rain each and every day, so on these types of lists, I have usually read a few, if not all, haha.  I tend to read the posts of those who read mine though.

Apr 08, 2024 05:45 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


Hello Patricia Kennedy Welcome back to the Rain! 

Thank you for including my AI post in "Last Weeks Favorites on ActiveRan". 


Apr 08, 2024 09:01 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Interesting picks, Patricia. Will make a point to take a closer look!

Apr 08, 2024 09:37 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Great picks, Patricia and how exciting to see this week's "Patricia's Favorites" in one post! 

See you on Tuesday's Zoom call! I'm really looking forward to it!

Apr 08, 2024 09:25 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

You have some interesting diversity in Some of these post for sure! Good luck and keep them with what you’re doing bringing us fresh  perspective

Apr 08, 2024 10:17 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

You have some interesting diversity in Some of these post for sure! Good luck and keep them with what you’re doing bringing us fresh  perspectives

Apr 08, 2024 10:18 PM
Ryan Bullock
Keller Williams Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA

Thank you for sharing these fantastic articles. They're some outstanding reads! 

Apr 09, 2024 08:02 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Patricia Kennedy  Great picks the only ones I missed were Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist and I will read it as she is one of my favorites ...You have been missed my friend

Apr 09, 2024 01:32 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Pat:

Great list of reading, which I have still to do. Nice to see the return of this series.


Apr 10, 2024 06:05 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very  much for sharing your list of recommended posts.

Apr 11, 2024 04:34 AM