300 Active Rain Posts -- How Did That Happen?

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Real Estate Agent with The Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty Associate RE Broker

 I just checked  this will be my 300th post!  Hard to believe that July 4th  I wrote my very first post

Back then that very first post I wrote here at Active Rain took me hours to compile, this post 20 minutes of my time, I just finished touching it up before posting!  I freaked out at the prospect of writing one post a week -- how did I get to averaging 1 a day?

I cannot believe how far my own writing has come.  And that is just one of the many benefits I have gotten from my membership here at Active Rain.  It seems the secret to my success -- practice and great coaches!

There have been many wonderful members who reached out their hands and helped me when I was just beginning and really struggling to write at all.  Their encouragement and willingness to assist me is what helped me overcome the fear and learning curve.  So I have done the same to other members here at Active Rain. 

As a Moderator here at Active Rain, I read a lot of posts.  And there are a lot of budding superstars out there.  There are already lots of posts of how to write, that is not what this post is about...

Most recently I have been finding newer members that are struggling with their posts here at Active Rain and I would like to use this post as a way to thank them for taking time and letting me help them with writing here at Active Rain.  This is my way of paying it forward, by coaching a few members...

  • First off Brad Andersohn of Vallejo, California allowed me to coach him through the process of editing a WALL OF WORDS into something a little more readable.  We spent a couple of hours on Sunday going back and forth as I would coach him through the process of editing a good set of bones.  He even was a good sport about leaving the original post along with the Reworked Post so I could share with other writers an example of Before and After. 
  • The Second person I want to put a spotlight on is Midori Miller of Daytona Beach, Florida who yesterday took my call wanting to help her with her International Post.  I was half way through coaching her through editing her post before I realized I didn't have her save the first version.  Again it was a matter of someone having a lot of good information, it just needed to be edited a bit and made easier for the reader.
  • Lastly, I want to thank Judi Barrett of Idabel, Oklahoma and her willingness to allow me to pick apart her Jinxed Commercial Property post.  We spent a lot of time reworking and picking just the right graphic for her post.  She took the time to make my suggested changes and it was great to get to know her as we worked on this.

You see probably one of the most rewarding things about being a member at Active Rain is the sense of community and how we all seem to help each other out.  I got a lot out of my tutoring sessions in the past week.  Each of these members I mentioned above are paying it forward.  Last night the joy I heard from Midori as her post came alive was priceless!

If I happen to call you, it is me paying it forward to those wonderful members who helped me when I started here and those that continue to help me in my education.  All I ask is that you turn around and find a new member and help them along the way.  If you get a call from Midori, Brad or Judi to help you I want to know! 

Judi, Midoir & Brad I dedicate my 300th post to you!  I look forward to seeing lots more from you all here at Active Rain!  

 

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Tracy Santrock
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Congratulations.......
Mar 22, 2007 12:24 PM #40
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Linda Davis
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Congratulations Colleen!   2 Florida gals have a great accomplishment to share!  Cool beans!
Mar 22, 2007 01:07 PM #41
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William Collins
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Colleen,

Thanks for the post and congrats on your 300th post. Continue to share your thoughts, as it is empowering to both the author and the recipients.

Mar 22, 2007 01:11 PM #42
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Karen -- Thank you!   You were the first example of members paying it forward...

Paul, Lizette, Allison, Chris G., Lori, Terry, Monika, Chris T, Jay & Tracy -- Thanks!

Sharon -- Thank you, I think that the most rewarding thing for me is the appreciation that I experience from so many of the members.

Craig -- Love the questions...

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Mar 22, 2007 01:16 PM #43
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Ann Cummings
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Colleen - CONGRATS on 300 posts!!  That's alot of work and effort and time - VERY nicely done!  You're most kind and caring and giving, and we all learn from you to 'pay it forward'.

CONGRATULATIONS!
Ann

Mar 22, 2007 02:09 PM #44
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Excellent post.  Congratulations first of all.  And second of all, that was awfully nice of you to help Brad.  What goes around comes around...
Mar 22, 2007 02:12 PM #45
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Colleen was great, giving me advice and on how to clean up my post and where to look for good graphics.  She even helped me look and she found better ones than I did.  She was totally unselfish with her time and talent as she advised and gave pointers.   Kudos to you, Colleen on your 300th.  That's an amazing accomplishment!

 

Mar 22, 2007 02:30 PM #46
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Wow Colleen - that is HUGE!!  Congratulations! 
Mar 22, 2007 02:33 PM #47
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Congratulations and thans for the help and inspiration you have given to some rising stars on AR.  I am still trying to find my voice and the time to express some ideas. 
Mar 22, 2007 02:57 PM #48
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Colleen,Not only 300 posts but 300 good posts jammed packed with information to make Active Rain and the individual members better.

 I was hoping you would hit 12345 for your score but you have already passed it.

Amazing, a post a day. Now if you could  list or sell a house a day, that would be an accomplishment!   What is your next goal?

Congratulations to both you and Sharon!!

Mar 22, 2007 03:38 PM #49
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Colleen, First as a Recent member (2 Months) I want to say thanks for your part in creating the current AR. It's member like you that had the foresight to keep clicking away and for that I am thankful. Now for your recent accomplishment I a sending you 300 Virtual White Roses and a big hug!
Mar 22, 2007 03:49 PM #50
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Congratulations Colleen!!!!!!!!!
Mar 22, 2007 06:08 PM #51
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Colleen - This really is an awesome accomplishment. Thank you for sharing so much with the Active Rain community.

Best wishes and please keep posting!

James

Mar 22, 2007 06:42 PM #52
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Congrats on 300, Colleen! More than just the posts themselves, you've brought a spirit of encouragement, community and integrity to the Rain. Thank you.
Mar 22, 2007 07:13 PM #53
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Margaret -- Thanks so much, I am on the phones...  getting things accomplished!

Joan -- keep writing you will find your voice! 

Mitchell -- My office smells so wonderful with all those roses!   Thank you... 

Karen, Renee, John, Rick & Ines --- Thanks!

James -- I will...

Ann -- I hope more people will pay it forward

Judi -- I look to your new posts that you are working on!     

Mar 23, 2007 01:22 AM #54
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Colleen,

I apreciate your insights and desire to help elevate the entire AR community.

 

Mar 23, 2007 02:42 AM #55
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Colleen, thanks for being there to help so many. Your unselfish giving is what makes this community so great! Congrats!!!
Mar 24, 2007 03:56 AM #56
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Herb -- Thanks

Ryan -- it is my pleasure to help everyone!

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Congratulations Colleen!  We miss you in Naples.....
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Congratulations!  You really have great information on your post.... Keep up the good work
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