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Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

Points are a source of never-ending conversation, here in the rain.  People want to know why they didn't get theirs, why they didn't get enough, when they're going to get theirs, why someone has more than they do, blah, blah, blabbity blah, blah, blah.

Aren't y'all tired of it all?  I know, I know, easy for me to say, I have a lot of points.  Sure, for those of you still chasing that half-million mark for a free-account, I get it.  You want that brass ring, and there's a purpose in your chase.  But for the rest of y'all, the points are secondary, or tertiary... maybe fourteentiary. (did I just make up a word?).  I don't do this for the points, I think the content of my blog posts (or lack of content) should oughta make that pretty clear.

I do this if, and when, I feel like it.  When the muse strikes me with her hammer, or a feather, then I pull out my keyboard and run my fingers across the keyboard and try to put some words together that make some sense.  When the muse hides from me, as she often does, sometimes I still write, but you can tell when that happens.  Those are the posts where I get zero to one comment.  Sometimes it's from a relative, or just someone who's taken pity on me cause they can't stand to see me sitting here sniffling to myself in a corner.

But points?!  We don't need no steenking points?

"Then why?", you might ask "Do you post a Feature Photo, at the top, if you don't care about points!?"  Well, that's an excellent question.  While I don't give a sp!t about the points associated with the Featured Post, I do still like the recognition that comes with a Featured Post.  It's one of those Sally Field moments, you know?!  "They like me, they really like me!"

Blog like nobody's reading!

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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 Alan,
Like you, I'm beyond needing those points. I don't know if a Featured post means they like me or just what I have to say. Either way works for me. Getting a Feature for shedding more light on other good posts gives me all the glory I need.

Happy May Day!

May 01, 2024 11:15 AM
Alan May

Perhaps "they like me" is a bit over the top, but I like it.

May 01, 2024 01:27 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

It's like the lottery, can't win without a ticket, and supposedly, can't get featured without a Featured Photo, so might as well give it a shot.

I know roughly how many points I have, but wouldn't know (nor care) if I got stiffed on comment points, or posting points.  Passed the 500k mark long ago, and also know that being #1 in Ohio for points has given me zero additional business.  Now those evergreen posts I've written, THOSE do bring me some $$$.

May 01, 2024 11:24 AM
Alan May

Can't win without a ticket, and can't get featured (although I have seen the occasional feature without one) without a feature photo.  So I'm gonna post one on the off-chance that the feature faeries will look kindly upon me.

May 01, 2024 01:28 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Alan,

I love your photo but your title is what grabbed me! Liz and Bill Spear (Bill's) comment made me chuckle because he is right "It's like the lottery, can't win without a ticket, and supposedly, can't get featured without a Featured Photo, so might as well give it a shot." When Ben Kinney came back and wanted us to have a more uniform look with posts, I actually think now it does have a more professional look to our site. How long does it take to come up with something eye catching to lure readers in? I'm way past 500,000 points and could care about the points at this juncture...its about grabbing the attention from the community I serve and I've found by reposting on Facebook I get traction and then can post on my blog on my website. There is a method to my madness!

May 01, 2024 04:54 PM
Alan May

Apparently it was worth the shot, huh?

May 02, 2024 04:12 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Alan May, sure does make it look more professional.

May 01, 2024 05:10 PM
Alan May

It does, indeed.  A more consistent, and professional look.

May 02, 2024 04:12 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

It's always great to have a post featured.  It's a sense of accomlishment and maybe others like what you wrote/  Maybe a point well taken, deserved.  It's fun to create an intereseting post with a photo that leaves others scratching their heads!

May 01, 2024 05:15 PM
Alan May

I love a good Sally Field moment.

May 02, 2024 04:13 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I like to know that I am consistent - it has nothing to do with the points as such, but the points prove to me (and just to me) that I have been blogging.  It's nice to see the points stack up as a statement to me that I have been consistent 

May 01, 2024 06:44 PM
Alan May

You're right.  The points are mere milestones.

May 02, 2024 04:13 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Alan- one of your bests!!! I tell others that when I started, I had no idea that points were involved. And without looking under my name, I couldn't tell you today how many points I have. When Ben introduced the feature photo, I thought  "I don't want to sound presumptuous and include a feature photo thinking I'll get featured" 

Now I like the look of having Feature photos.  

May 01, 2024 07:14 PM
Alan May

I did know that points were involved, in fact it was points that initially drew me in to Active Rain.

May 02, 2024 04:14 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

You should post the feature photo that is carefully selected like a thumbnail for a video or the lead in image on your MLS listing razzle dazzle. Not just to be considered for a feature slot, but because without it, kinda looks lonely and uninviting. 

The "POINT" is you want the marketing to be the most effective possible and for your online viewer to click, come on in from the curb and take a look around. Then after that presentation, here is another one if you have time to binge Alan May !

May 02, 2024 06:53 AM
Alan May

I always include photos on my posts Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, but since the start of Feature Photos, I've been adding those as well, just in case.

May 02, 2024 10:45 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I think I have always posted what was interesting to me, sometimes it was personal, sometimes business, but as you say, it is nice to be recognized and acknowledged by your peers.

May 02, 2024 07:15 AM
Alan May

It is, isn't it?

May 02, 2024 10:45 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

I love this post and yes.....Enjoy while you can.


May 02, 2024 08:17 AM
Alan May

I don't take a single minute for granted, Ms. Harper.

May 02, 2024 10:46 AM
Peter Tamura
Coldwell Banker Select - Tulsa, OK

Hi Alan,

Thought provoking post. I think it's good to blog regularly, both for your regular readers and to establish a good habit. However, if you don't have something interesting to post, what's the point? (Did you see what I did there?)

May 02, 2024 01:16 PM
Alan May

I did... I saw what you did there.  I love me a good callback.

May 02, 2024 04:01 PM
Peter Mohylsky, Destin BeachPro
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

I like points and  have yet to be featured but there is still hope, that is why the stars in the sky are beyond our grasp but we still can reach out. 

May 03, 2024 04:21 AM
Alan May

Hope springs eternal.

May 03, 2024 05:02 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Again, blogging for me on Active Rain continues to allow me three desired results: #1 - Getting to know other agents here in AZ and in other states for possible referrals; #2 - Sharing good information potentially from a different perspective and the feature suggests the information is good; #3 - The more one writes, the better one thinks; the better one think the more one writes.

Thank you for this post, enjoyed the headline as well.

May 03, 2024 05:24 AM
Alan May

For me, Leanne Smith, most of those AR referrals came from out of state.  Referrals that I would never have had a shot at without Active Rain.

May 03, 2024 05:44 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Oh, Alan! Starting my day with a cup of mushroom coffee and one of your inspired posts makes me smile!

May 03, 2024 06:50 AM
Alan May

Then my job today, is done.

May 03, 2024 08:16 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Well done! I think most people enjoy getting comments from others and some recognition that their post was read (well, in most cases). And having the post featured is always a nice bonus (including extra points!). I write because I enjoy it!

Loved your clever title - perfect for your topic.


May 04, 2024 01:14 PM
Alan May

Thanks, Jeff.  Always a pleasure to hear from you.

May 04, 2024 01:40 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Alan.

This post made it onto today’s list of Last Week’s Favorites on ActiveRain. So, thank you for writing it!


May 05, 2024 09:06 AM
Alan May

awwww, shucks.

May 05, 2024 02:47 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I started here before you had to have points to have a free account. They were all free. By the time that came along, I had plenty of points.

I did think it was fun to get to a million, and it was fun to get to be #1 in Idaho. But that lost its appeal when it was no longer a challenge. The two agents who were ahead of me pretty much quit posting, so... 

I don't know what's wrong with Idaho agents that they don't get with the program, but that's their business. I happen to believe AR has value for everyone associated with the real estate industry. 

So - there's my long way around the barn to say: I agree with you. 

May 06, 2024 02:27 PM
Alan May

Same here.  When I first arrived, all accounts were free, and by the time they started charging... I was firmly entrenched.

You're not wrong, in that the east coast and west coast seem to have latched on to raining, but the middle of the country doesn't seem to have paid quite as much attention.

May 07, 2024 03:36 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Yes, Alan May, we do like you! We really like you! And it would be foolish on our part to begrudge you any points that you are awarded for your commitment to support AR and to providing quality blogs.

May 09, 2024 11:14 AM
Alan May

May 09, 2024 11:45 AM