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Last weekend was my first anniversary blogging on Active Rain. I took my first step here posting "A Sunday Kind of Morning" on November 23rd, 2008. I didn't have a party to celebrate or anything. Actually, I forgot about it until late last night.
The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Lao Tzu
A few weekends ago with Halloween approaching I was out doing my Saturday chores. I swung by the grocery store to pickup a few things when my eye caught the perfect autumn pumpkin to carve, just for me. I was putting the pumpion in the shopping cart when I caught myself pondering over my personal little milestone. It seemed ironic that I was already looking back over 12 months on Active Rain...
Rank in Washington:63 /6,121
Rank in King County:21 /2,386
Rank in Renton:2 /114 (Featured!)
Total unique visits since 22 Feb 2009: 4,223
From: Off My Deck ~ 11/25/09...
I began my adventure here on AR not really knowing what it was exactly I was going to do. I had no big agenda and I seesawed on the point for quite a while, "Am I willing to go on this ride?" I was working a demanding corporate job and already committed to a lot of hours every week. My platter was more than full. "How was I going to make time for this?" In spite of the facts, knowing if I participated, it would change my life in some way, yet I jumped in.
Looking long and short, fast and slow, forward, backward...
Who'd a thunk. A year looked so far off when I began this journey, yet it seems like yesterday when I look back. My premise originally for trying this experiment was...
1. It was important to find a meaningful place to have an ongoing real estate centric conversation around contemporary marketing ideas and technology.
The times they are a changing. What fascinated me was seeing that early adopters of social media, the realtors I knew that were experimenting online and developing a good web presence, were doing much better than those that were not. I was very interested in what they were doing. What was working, what was not?
2. Communities are conversations and conversations are opportunity.
I've worked with realtors for many years and I'm well aware of the challenges we all face in this new economy and its current recession. If we are to survive and thrive, it behooves us to learn everything we can about it. We need to emerse ourselves in the whole "i" and "e" thing. In fact, if we're the least bit smart, we'll embrace a leadership role in this new frontier and explore the endless possibilities, sharing our findings along the way for the betterment of all.
A lot was accomplished this year...
We openly shared our findings and experiments. We brought value, built relationships, and shared our stories creating opportunity. We helped our clients, each other, and the industry demystify some of the 'new dynamic' and its technologies. We've grown to understand the necessity of participation and cooperation over competition. All of us, in our different roles, are interdependent. Real Estate has always been a relationship business, but a whole new model for conducting it is still emerging.
An important discovery for me this year was the realization that we can't afford to confuse attitude with intellect. It's critical not to make assumptions about what is and what is not. More valuable than ever, in this brave new world, is to keep asking questions. If we stay in the conversation the universe will reveal itself.
Surely, not all agree, yet sharing our diverse opinions and points of view all contribute to our remarkable dance with Shiva.
I'm a teacher, artist, blogger and public speaker living in the Pacific Northwest. My passion is the evolving social media environment and how it is profoundly changing the way we do business.
As a certified clock hour instructor, I enjoy teaching new media marketing, social media, and emerging technologies to real estate professionals for the First American Title Real Estate School of Washington and Alaska.
I also enjoy teaching social media strategies for entrepreneurs and small business in the continuing education department at Bellevue College.