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Real Estate Agent with Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

ActiveRain comes with a written and unwritten list of expectations.  If you've been here some time, you learned what they are (and whether you choose to follow them or not is a whole different thing...we're looking at you serial commenters...).

There's not a requirement for new members to read the Getting Started on AR content (located in the bottom right footer) or Kat's superb Getting Started post, or the Community Guidelines or Weltanshauung links found at the ABOUT link in the footer.

Fact is someone can create a profile and within minutes be leaving comments and blogging without any of the above knowledge.

They don't know Ben, Bob or Kerrie. 

They don't know what an Ambassador is. 

They don't know what a Feature post is.

They don't know that some people expect every comment to be reciprocated in some shape or form.

They don't know that asking too many questions at a time is going to ruffle some feathers.

They don't know that there's a 10 blog post a day limit for a reason.

They don't know who the warm and fuzzy people are, and who are the prickly personalities.

They don't know not to self-advertise in Q&A or on someone else's post.

There's a good chance that they have no clue what to blog about, how to blog, how to find pictures that don't violate copyright.

They don't know this isn't Facebook, and for the most part, a civil place to stop in.

They don't know (yet) the ton of useful information shared daily by members.

They don't know that if they give it a chance, they'll build some relationships that while founded virtually, result in friendships just as real as any face to face.

They don't know that ActiveRain can become their first stop for any outgoing referral and if they interact with the community positively, a great source for incoming referrals.

They don't know that blogging isn't some magic bullet that after 3 posts triples your business.  Marathon, not sprint.

So since they don't know, mistakes will be made.

Even without obvious management presence, this community is the guardian of ActiveRain's culture. 

A little guidance and instruction to bring newbies up to speed is an essential part of this community's survival.

Until next Tuesday, if you have a question, just Ask An Ambassador,

Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Bill (and Liz too) - I have been here (on this site as well as planet Earth) for a while now.  While I think that someone might have reached out to me in the beginning of my AR membership from some lofty place, cynical me probably thought it was some kind of money grab. 

As it has turned out, it was the community as well as reading, commenting and looking between the lines that led me to learning more.  And that continues to this day as there are still so many things that I see in a new or different way.  

Apr 09, 2024 08:52 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

This August will make 18 years since we joined.  Not once have I ever asked a question in this community and not gotten help.  There is always someone online, at the end of a text, FB message, etc. that I can reach out to for assistance, and that's priceless.

Over the years I've learned techniques that helped my clients.  Any new tech has usually been brought up here long before I hear from anyone locally. 

Apr 09, 2024 09:15 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello great information for newbies and thank you for the great information in your blog that you are sharing with us today.  Make it a great day!

Apr 09, 2024 10:30 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Trying my best every day :)

Apr 09, 2024 12:26 PM
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 Bill,
What you don't know can hurt you. Many of us lurked for a bit to see how things worked. It became obvious fairly quickly what a welcoming and helpful community AR is.

Apr 09, 2024 10:43 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Some overstep (intentionally or unintentionally), and then adjust.  The ones that don't tend to fade away given enough time.

Apr 09, 2024 12:27 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good Bill,

As always your post is spot on. Mistakes will be made and a little guidance and instruction to bring newbies up to speed is an essential part of this community's survival, which you do so well!

Apr 09, 2024 11:35 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

The members are the kiddie gutter bumpers of the bowling alley :)

Apr 09, 2024 12:27 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Cicadas are coming! Cicadas are coming!

We are, indeed, somewhat self-policing.  And when we fail to self-police there are those Eloi that step in to admonish us.

Apr 09, 2024 12:20 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Got to keep the Morlocks away!

Apr 09, 2024 12:25 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

When I read your comment about being here 18 years in August I gasped, then I counted.  16 in September.  Time flies when you are having fun.  

Apr 09, 2024 01:05 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

We've literally watched kids go from babies to heading to college.  I've got a sticky note on the cabinet above my desk "AR Join Date August 30, 2006".

Apr 09, 2024 01:15 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

You're absolutely correct - those who are new, or relatively new, to ActiveRain don't know all the guidelines. We do need to make sure we are gently guiding them in the right direction. Good reminder!

Apr 09, 2024 02:27 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

A new member as part of the activation process receives an email with the link to the Getting Started section of AR, but I'd guess most are probably not reading that before jumping in.

Apr 09, 2024 07:39 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bill- this was one of your best AAA posts. People join but not everyone has someone who is already a member who can show them the ropes. Heck, I was here for months until I realized that points were involved. 

Your post could also be part of a "Welcome to ActiveRain" Post. 

Apr 09, 2024 06:03 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Thanks!  The nice thing is from day one, if you ask questions, someone will offer help!

Apr 09, 2024 07:40 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Wonderful post, Bill!  I think most of us made a few embarrassing blunders as newbies, even me! I did something that really offended Lenn Harley! 

Apr 09, 2024 09:14 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

A lot of strong personalities and a flat medium makes it easy to step into it, whether sooner or later in our time here.

Apr 10, 2024 08:47 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

We were on the nubies at one point. I give the newcomers a lot of grace because when you first come into this world, it’s a little different than anything you ever experienced with all the points And the level of upkeep.

Apr 09, 2024 10:04 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

There's definitely some lingo to learn here.

Apr 10, 2024 08:48 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Well stated Bill.  I think all of us can relate to most if not all points mentioned. 

Apr 10, 2024 09:10 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

We need some retention as more of us get into our retirement years.

Apr 11, 2024 06:02 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

I love this post Bill!  You really summed up what this community is about, what we have all shared these past years.  I think it's been 16 years for me.  We were all newbies once.  

Apr 12, 2024 08:08 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Hard to believe how many years many of us have been here!

Apr 12, 2024 08:58 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Your post is right on target - there is a lot to learn about  AR and blogging, and it no doubt feels a bit overwhelming for someone just starting out. But there are plenty of people here who are happy to help...and do.

It's hard to believe it will be 18 years 9/7/06 for me. Since then our 2 daughters got married and there are now 4 grandkids, among lots of other milestones. 


Apr 12, 2024 01:16 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Jeff, it's quite the juxtaposition, how much life had both changed, and remained the same over that time span.

Apr 12, 2024 07:25 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Apr 13, 2024 07:27 PM
Liz and Bill Spear


Apr 13, 2024 07:38 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I remember at least one mistake that I made and I am sure that I made lots more that I didn't even realize - but it is nice when a newbie is gently nudged so that there is learning rather than real embarrassment and a disappearing newbie 

Apr 14, 2024 05:20 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Lise, I think we all stepped in it to some degree while learning the ropes.  How the person reacts to learning what they've done is key to whether they stay or go afterwards.

Apr 14, 2024 09:08 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Thanks Blitz for your blogpost on Newbies and Kathy for the feature.  Some of us greet the newbies ongoing. John Pusa  is a wonderful example as well as many others.  I make an effort to connect with the newbies and always ask how they heard about us at this late stage of the process.  I rarely receive a reply.  Like Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 I pick up the phone to greet newbies whether they chose to reply or not.  Glad to see the support since I arrived in 2009😎

Apr 14, 2024 07:11 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Eileen Burns 954.483.3912, I speak with an AR member every day, and it is not just newbies. 

Apr 14, 2024 07:40 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I suspect most new members don't realize the social aspect of the community, so don't know to respond, or just blog and leave until the next post.

Apr 14, 2024 09:09 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Eileen Burns 954.483.3912 John Pusa does a superb job of greeting members. 

Apr 14, 2024 02:28 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

For me, it is also 18 years. This is a most caring, giving, and sharing group, both personal and business.  Your weekly post is proof of this. Liz and Bill Spear 

You can ask anything and get an answer. Pick up the phone if someone has written something that interests you or if there is a different point of view. If you disagree with someone, write your own post about the subject. 

Apr 14, 2024 07:35 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I don't think I've ever asked a question and not gotten support.  It's part of what draws me back to this community day after day.

Apr 14, 2024 09:09 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Interesting, in previously reading how points are awarded, I read 10 per week not 10 per day. Maybe that is just for points and not for overall activity. Great post to remind folks they don't know what they don't know.

Apr 14, 2024 09:05 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

10 per week for points, 10 per 24 hours posting to prevent clogging the blog roll.  We've had people post 100s and 100s of market reports in a day and filled the blog roll to the point it was tough for anyone to be seen.

Apr 14, 2024 09:07 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Liz and Bill Spear very valuable report for helping newbies about ActiveRain.

Apr 14, 2024 03:11 PM
Liz and Bill Spear


Apr 14, 2024 07:22 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Thanks for the great information, as others have already said. With luck, Active Rain becomes a habit...a daily relaxation and enjoyment.

Apr 15, 2024 04:56 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I may not be totally visible, but I'm here every day checking out what new things I can learn about our business.

Apr 16, 2024 08:01 PM