Confessions of a Newbie/Slacker

Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Defined

First, the truth: I joined active rain a bunch of whiles ago but did not do anything with it. I admit I am an AR slacker.

When I first joined AR, I quickly set up the minimums in my profile, eagerly scanned the site and promptly took an exit, stage left, in a hurry. It looked complicated and not a little time consuming. However, the potential benefits of actually using AR keep nagging me; so today is the day.

I have been in the business for over 23 years which means I risk smelling like mothballs if I'm not careful. I have an outside blog, a social network and a great referral base and every single one of them need improving. I'm on a learning quest, that's why I'm here.

While I'm coming clean...I have to admit that while I appreciate the enthusiasm of everyone else, this is downright painful for me. I do not like learning curves. All the tutorials, manuals, videos and hyperlinks leave me, well...hyperventilating but the last time I checked we still can't hire someone else to learn for us.

Personally, I'm a feeler and right at this moment I'm feeling like I've been dropped in the middle of Tunisia and I don't speak the language. Funny, the feeling is really familiar. Oh's the same one I have every single morning when I wake up in this crazy market.

Thank you for your time, effort and willingness to share your knowledge and expertise all ye peoples of Active Rain. Ok, enough of my drivel, I'm biting down hard on a bullet and tackling the tutorials. Gwen


Comments (6)

Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy Gwen

Will let me start out, by given you a big

Gwen welcome


to the fun world of the Active Rain Real Estate blogging community. The members of this here community, are always very willing to give folk's a helping hand. We are all very willing to share what we know with others. It sure is fun to meet the other members and network with them, in the groups here.

When I first joind the Active Rain community last year. I had never been to a blogging community, read a blog post, little off had ever written a blog post before. I have made mistakes along the way. But thats ok, everyone does and has. Thats how folk's learn.

The one big thing to rember, just have fun. And everything else will fall in place with time. If you should ever need or want, help with how to do or how things work here in the community. Just let me know and I'll help you.

God Bless America

Nov 09, 2008 09:28 AM
Barbara Cluck-Miksits
BCM Home Staging LLC - Ridgewood, NJ
Home Staging - New Jersey

Gwen, Welcome to AR. Do not feel overwhelmed. We all have started somewhere. Take your time. make some comments and before you know it you will be blogging away.

I wish you mush success and good luck. Happy blogging.

Nov 09, 2008 12:58 PM
Derenda Grubb
CENTURY 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA

Hello Gwen,

Welcome aboard.  Just take it one step at a time and just know that everything is relative.  I feel just like you do and I know exactly how you feel.  It is hard when you see the blogs written by others that make it look so easy.  That is OK.  You will always have company.  Just jump in and get your feet wet.

Nov 09, 2008 01:17 PM
Yvette Lopez-Robinson
The Real Estate Power Houses - El Paso, TX

Gwen, I know exactly what you mean. I must say that I have learned a lot being on Active Rain. All the networking ideas, marketing strategies & jokes are very insightful.

Good Luck!!

Nov 09, 2008 02:57 PM
Neal Barnes
Starstate Realty - Killeen, TX

Hi Gwen - Welcome to ActiveRain.  I look forward to networking with you, and reading your future post.  Have a great day!!!

Nov 09, 2008 05:22 PM
Gwen Daubenmeyer
RE/Max Defined - Oakland Township, MI
We help people buy and sell great homes in Oakland

Dale, thank you and wow! on all the custom work in your response. That's amazing.

Barbara, Thank you for the "take your time" the reminder is good since those words are rarely used together in my vocabulary LOL!

Derenda, Thank you for the welcome and glad to know I have company!

Anonymous Encourager, I know more today than I did yesterday too! thanks

Yvette, it is good to know that you feel the learning curve has a rewarding payoff because it IS time consuming!

Neal, thank you and I appreciate your optimism that I will have a future post! Have a great day yourself.

Thank you everyone and Happy Monday!

Nov 09, 2008 09:19 PM