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Friday Fun…Where Do You Begin Your Reading?

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Friday Fun…Where Do You Begin Your Reading?


Most of us have routines for many of the things we do. We have a daily routine when we get up in the morning, what we do when we arrive at work, and what we do when we return home. 


So…what’s your ActiveRain routine?  Where do you go first to start reading?

Is it the Q&A?   The Featured (or front) page? A particular group such as Bananatude or Bartender Make It a Double? Or perhaps you begin with the Blogroll?


And since we’re on the topic… When do you begin your ActiveRain Day?  Some begin early before they begin work, some at the end of the day, and others pop in during the day. 



Me? I begin my day reading a handful of members who I know post early in the day.  I do the bulk of my reading in the evening but also try to pop in during the day. 

So, what about you????


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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

My "Go-To" is to check who commented on my last post, and make sure I comment on theirs first thing in the morning!

Apr 19, 2024 05:08 AM
Kathy Streib

That's a great way to begin!

Apr 19, 2024 07:31 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I wake up, stretch, drink water, get the dog food/water ready, scan some news, do some brain puzzles, then do ActiveRain - so about a half hour after I wake up. I go to my home page first, then Q&A, then the blog roll.

Apr 19, 2024 05:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat Palmiotti it took me a while to get used to going to the Q&A but I do head there now. 

Apr 19, 2024 07:32 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

My routine in the Rain is thus:  I start with the Q&A, then I reply to comments on my posts that I have yet to respond to, then often I will schedule a post or two, and then I see what new posts have been written and read and comment on at least 20 posts each morning.  I come back in the evening to respond to comments, then I call it a night, haha.

Apr 19, 2024 05:23 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England that's a good routine.  I usually read and comment on posts at night. In the A.M. I try to read the posts of a handful of people, like you, who I know post every day. 

Apr 19, 2024 07:35 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Coffee along with Active Rain first thing in the morning, typically 5am. Write my post and save it for publication around 6:30am. Then on to the Q&A's followed by reading blogs of those I follow. Try to keep my time to around an hour but usually go over by 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy your day.

Apr 19, 2024 05:28 AM
Kathy Streib

HI Wayne Martin I'm getting better at going to the Q&A. When it became a part of AR, I never went. 

Apr 19, 2024 07:37 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I usually start first thing at Starbucks...then I head to my follow up emails and calls.

Apr 19, 2024 06:08 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty we drive by a Starbucks on our way to walk and some days the line wraps around the building and into several aisles. 

Apr 19, 2024 07:40 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

I always get up, make my coffee, work on Wordle and then go to the blog roll on Active Rain and Post in the morning. I should make time to go to the Q & A but can only allocate so much time..try and come back early evening to read some more posts.

Apr 19, 2024 06:50 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX you hit a lot of posts in the morning! I know because I see your posts. 

Apr 19, 2024 08:00 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

As you know, Kathy... these days I just pop in from time to time to see what my favorite peeps are doing... and it's usually in the morning.

Apr 19, 2024 06:53 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker I'm glad that you keep popping in!!! I'll take that!!!

Apr 19, 2024 08:01 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I like to open the mind with the first cup of coffee and read the blog roll. Will also make sure the scheduled post was posted.

Apr 19, 2024 06:59 AM
Kathy Streib

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 I used to schedule my posts but was never sure it was going to work. 

Apr 19, 2024 08:04 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Most of my ActiveRain activities are in the morning.

I first try to leave comments on posts by those who have commented on my posts.

Apr 19, 2024 07:45 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley you are very good about commenting on the posts of others!!!

Apr 19, 2024 08:08 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

Good morning, Kathy.
I'm an early riser, so most of my activity occurs shortly after I get a cup of coffee. I check out all of my new notifications first and handle those. I wish we had a "like" feature when someone writes a subcomment to let them know I read it.

Then, I go to "Blogs" to read and comment on new posts of interest. I am quite frustrated by all the obvious AI posts. They have absolutely no personality, so I usually just zip past those. I bookmark the ones I want to include in the Second Chance Saturday series. At some point, I check out the AR Feature page. 

I sometimes come back but rarely do anything on the computer in the evenings.

Apr 19, 2024 08:26 AM
Hannah Williams

I agree Carol Williams many posts that should be Featured are overlooked 

Apr 19, 2024 08:29 AM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams The AI posts are frustrating me as well. I try to check to see if a post is all AI. 

Apr 19, 2024 08:10 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Great question, Kathy Streib. I do not read Featured posts first as they are mostly chosen few , in my humble opinion. I go to my chosen blog roll with people I have followed for years. Then I look for new people then I check the featured posts - Happy Friday   

Apr 19, 2024 08:27 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Hannah Williams I rarely go to the Feature page. I do try to read the posts of those I follow.

Apr 19, 2024 08:12 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow great question Kathy and I know on Sunday I look for your blog first to see who is on your list and on Saturday it is Carol Williams list and looks like now on Monday it is Patricia Kennedy list.


Apr 19, 2024 09:19 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm On behalf of Carol Williams and Patricia Kennedy I thank you!!!!!

Apr 19, 2024 08:12 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Usually the blog roll along with those I follow. Sometimes I respond to comments on my blog and then jump over to that person's blog.  I like variety and being flexible.

Apr 19, 2024 01:03 PM
Kathy Streib

Hi Leanne Smith there are times when I'll read a post but have nothing to say so I may not leave a comment. 

Apr 19, 2024 08:14 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, I am not very consistent these days, but sign in first thing in the morning, go look at the Q & A, then later in the day I may comment, or not.

Apr 19, 2024 01:13 PM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox Happy to see you when I see you!!!

Apr 19, 2024 08:14 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I normally do my AR reading late afternoon or early evening.  I always start with the members I follow first.

Apr 19, 2024 03:05 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto I'm not that early compared to some of the members here. 

Apr 19, 2024 08:15 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

No rigid routine but generally feeding the cat and having coffee come first. I check emails while drinking my coffee, then off to check in on AR if I don't have an early appointment. If there are comments on a recent post I respond to those (and often check for the commenter's most recent post, if any, to reciprocate the comment) and also check the blogroll to read some posts (and typically comment) and the Q and A. I check in on AR off and one during the day and evening if I am not busy with appointments and errands.


Apr 19, 2024 03:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS I have a similar pattern. I try hard to reciprocate by commenting on the posts of those who comment on my post. 

Apr 19, 2024 08:17 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  I have not been on Q & A in years.... so I go to the ones that I follow on the blog roll, Endre

Apr 19, 2024 09:44 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I don't spend as much time here as I used to. I have my favorites that I check in on fairly regularly (you, of course)  and sometimes I check the blog roll. The most time I spend here is on Wednesday and Thursday following up on comments to my Wordless post.

Apr 21, 2024 08:57 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I generally check in in the morning although if i didn't stop by in the morning sometimes I come by at night

Apr 21, 2024 09:13 AM