Ever had AR indigestion?

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Real Estate Agent with Lawrenceburg KY Foreclosures & Government Owned Properties

I joined active rain about six weeks ago and posted a blog.  Nothing happened, nothing fell out of the sky, and I didn't have a big deal fall in my lap.  Therefore, I decided last week that I might need to do more.  So I logged onto AR and started exploring the site.  Now I think I am suffering from information overload or is it AR indigestion? 

Have you ever read so much on this site that you don't know what to do next.  I have read so much on SEO and REO that I think I am a WEIRDO.  How can someone sit and read all this stuff like I have done? Now I have to find a way to digest it.  I have tried all day to write an action plan from all the information, but have failed miserably.

I toast anyone that has a suggestion on how to control this overload and not let it overwhelm you to the point of feeling like a WEIRDO?  

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Ditto what Sara Washburn said. You could call me tecnology-challenged but now I know a little 'html', definitely know how to export and upload and resize photos, and know lots of cool sites to try out. So I find myself making suggestions to people to help them come into the Web 2.0 world. Cindy, you are already ahead of the game just by being here :)

Feb 03, 2009 03:22 AM #75
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Kristi DeFazio
RE/MAX Advantage - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468

I do a lot of bookmarking when I am feeling overwhelmed by info. that I want to learn but don't have the time (or brainpower that day). Good luck!

Feb 03, 2009 03:26 AM #76
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Karen Crombie

Learn everything you can--we're counting on you to show us the ropes!

Feb 03, 2009 03:59 AM #77
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Kevin Sandridge
Signature Home Funding - Winter Haven, FL
Winter Haven Mortgage Broker

Hey Cindy - had to put my congrats on this posting!  Well done in terms of asking a question folks are "hot" to answer!  SEO is always a great topic!  

Feb 03, 2009 04:36 AM #78
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Ann Hayman
Norville Realty - Jacksonville, FL
GRI,CDPE,IRES, Jacksonville, FL. Gated Communities , Real Estate

So much so, I've had to up the dosage on my Prevacid. Been here since Sept. and there is something new everytime I log on. Oh well it will be another all nighter. 

Feb 03, 2009 05:39 AM #79
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Sonya Leonard
Keller Williams Lake Norman-Mooresville - Statesville, NC
Lake Norman/Statesville NC Real Estate Resource

AMEN CINDY!  I thought I was the only WEIRDO out there!  I feel totally overwhelmed some days.  I spend so much time trying to figure out my next step, I don't get a thing done and 3 hours have gone by.  That's it.........I'm going to try the margaritas!  Thanks for the post, I feel better that there is a great group out there willing to lend a hand.  I will keep going and just do one thing at a time.

Congrats on the feature.  I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Feb 03, 2009 06:05 AM #80
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Kathy Opatka
RE/MAX CROSSROADS - Ocean City, MD
Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches

Cindy,

I ,too, felt overwhelmed, until I remember Gary Keller's suggestion in hii Real Estate books: time block your workday!  I give 1 hour to Active Rain per workday. This hour includes reading, 'riting and no 'rithmetic!   And some days I cheat and set the timer for another hour!  Today is a cheating day!

Keep plodding or blogging!

Kathy Opatka Re/Max OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND

Feb 03, 2009 06:28 AM #81
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Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

I did the same when I joined.  I looked and looked around for hours and hours.  It was overwhelming! KM

Feb 03, 2009 07:34 AM #82
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Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Cindy -- I felt the same way when I first started.  I found that, over time, it slowly sinks in.

Taking a topic, such as SEO, and then reading a bit on that everyday for a week or so, implementing a few of the ideas helps.  I also keep a 'to-do' list and log posts in there by topic and refer to them when I have time to further explore it.

Reading the top posts everyday is a true delight as well, as it becomes a wealth of information, that over time, begins to gel.

Happy reading!

Feb 03, 2009 07:41 AM #83
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Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team
RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs - Geneva, IL

Excellent question you pose, Cindy.  When I first joined it was a similar scenario.  There is A LOT to gain here.  I keep a word document on my desktop and plug in new ideas and tips I find here.  About once a week I go through and prioritize these tips and ideas by what will make money.  The rest is just dressing.

Feb 03, 2009 08:15 AM #84
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Cindy, when you figure out a way to digest it all that works, you can clue me in.  I'm on overload too.  Though, you're way ahead of me already in that you're blogging and you're a natural at writing.  Keep up the good work!

Feb 03, 2009 08:46 AM #85
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Mary Nack
Jameson Sotheby's - Chicago, IL
Vice-President, Sales

Excellent post, Cindy! How amazing is THAT to get on the front page of Active Rain in only 6 weeks!! WHOA! Am I green with envy or WHAT!?

I've heard about a terrific company that has some free teleseminars that may help you make sense of it all. Check them out at www.NewMarketLeaders.com

 

Feb 03, 2009 09:11 AM #86
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Robert Gregory
RealTAG.com - Newport Beach, CA

Cindy, Congrats on your featured post! I am knew to AR as well and I have found integrating time on AR into my daily routine has been a great way to absorb all that's offered without creating AR indigestion. Moderation and consistency will help maintain interest, expand your knowledge and build relationships. Keep it up.

Feb 03, 2009 10:55 AM #87
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The Somers Team
The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access - Philadelphia, PA
Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate.

Good question... like everything else let it settle... it all comes together in The Rain... can be overwhelming... I just try to learn one thing new each day.

Feb 03, 2009 11:57 AM #88
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Barbara Delaney
Park Place REALTORS, Inc. - Roanoke, VA

Dear Cindy,

Just read the first line of your profile--Determination! You certainly have it!

Slow down a bit--learning curves can make you dizzy!

Congrats on your first gold star! I am sure you will have any more!

Feb 03, 2009 04:36 PM #89
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Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD

Cindy,

AR is admittedly so large now that it can easily overwhelm a new member. It actually is overwhelming even oldies, like me. Perhaps the way to go is concentrate on only a certain set of areas and don't even try to cover everything.

Feb 03, 2009 04:59 PM #90
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TIM MONCRIEF
Tim Monciref - Austin, TX
Over 2,000 homes sold…..

Digest to a point at your level of comfort.  I would suggest no more than 30 minutes a day.  Be patient and and you will learn at your pace.  Don't lose your focus of what is currently bringing in your business. i.e. Don't go 100% into AR or you will go bankrupt.  This is a means to learn, to increase internet exposure and to gain business.  It is merely one tiny piece of the pie.  It is not the pie.

Feb 04, 2009 07:53 AM #91
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Zilkia Olmeda-Martins
RE/MAX North - San Antonio - San Antonio, TX
GRI, Realtor, San Antonio Texas Luxury Homes

Cindy you are hilarious!  I have been suffering the symptoms and it is nice to finally have a diagnosis.  :-)

Feb 05, 2009 10:41 AM #92
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Cindy:  Congratulations on your Featured Post and your Gold Star.  What a cool post... very nicely done.  I am sure this is just the first of many more to come.  With your degree of techie curiosity... I am sure you will know more about Active Rain than most of us in a very short time.  Again... Congratulations !

Feb 05, 2009 05:44 PM #93
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Cindy,

Welcome to the World of Weirdos, I guess.  Maybe I am safe, because I sware I still do not understand half what I read sometimes.  Or at least I go back and read twice some of the technical stuff.  It does get deep and fast paced sometimes.

Feb 10, 2009 03:19 PM #94
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