I is Gonna Splash Actively in this Big Rain Puddle Again

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Home Stager with REAL ESTAGING, a nationally recognized leader in Staging.

Well, I guess you can say I am back. After a SHORTER break from staging and a LONGER break from blogging I have decided to come back in and splash around in this MUCH larger puddle called ActiveRain.

Why did I dry up and leave? Well, it is partially because of ActiveRain I left in the first place! You see I was noticed here by a consumer product technology company in California. After many discussions about social media in general, they asked me to come aboard and help create a splash for them in their industry using social media.

So about a year and 1/2 ago I went to work being social in an entirely new industry. Was I successful? Well, financially yes I did well. But to be honest I was not as effective as I wanted to be and had been before. For as much as I tried I could not muster the same love and passion in my new venture that was in an entirely different industry as I had for home staging in the real estate industry. Yes, I wrote fun witty things. Created some breakthrough social media campaigns for them, but still something was missing.

Long before I took the position one of the first things I coached the owner on was that to be successful in social media endeavors they had to have a creative person who was immersed in the company and the industry and authentically passionate for both.  I knew this because my own passion was the fuel that energized me to take on and share my ideas about home staging and real estate marketing both here in this puddle and in my other successful "outside" blog.

Anyway, yudda yudda yudda... it didn't work out for me... so I am back.  Well, actually I've been back staging full force now since early spring... but I still wasn't in the Rain.

Now that things have slowed down a bit, due to the seasonality of home staging in Chicago, I decided it was the perfect time to start getting in the habit of sharing my thoughts and ideas that keep raining in my brain. But I have to admit I am a bit overwhelmed by all that ActiveRain has grown into. I wonder if it is possible to reconnect with old friends and make new ones like I did before. I guess I'll just have to take it... one splash at a time.

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Karen Otto
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Little late to the welcome back party Craig but am thrilled none the less that you are back in the water.  I find myself on AR in the SIF group usually just the week I have to moderate which is a good and bad thing. Good because it gets me here, bad because I only get on about once a month and miss stuff like this!  I think the group will benefit greatly from its founder coming back and injecting a much needed perspective of your thoughts on the industry today.

I think we've come a long way in the 4+ years that I've been here yet I feel there's still so much more to go. Education of Realtors and clients is still not where it should be & many stagers find themselves unable to sustain a viable income.  I am excited to be a part of a new dawn of staging training in SAR and see many good things to come for us all in the industry we love.

January 06, 2011 04:56 PM
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Fred Carver
Accredited Victoria Real Estate Consultant
Re/Max Camosun Real Estate

Hi Craig...welcome home, missed your graphics I remember your Bicycle you did to explain the Real Estate process. Looking forward to your posts again.

HAVE YOUR BEST YEAR EVER in 2011 !!

January 06, 2011 08:54 PM
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Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes
Coldwell Banker Buffalo Grove- 350 Half Day Road

Crain,  I didn't realize you were back until you commented on my post.  I have missed your Active Rain presence so much since you were my inspiration to join the rain.  Let's have lunch soon... ok?

January 09, 2011 07:39 AM
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Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections
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Welcome back to Activerain... seems we both took a little side trip! Feels good to be getting back in the rain to play. ~Bonnie-The Home Inspectors Wife~

January 15, 2011 07:43 AM
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Fred Carver
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Hi Craig...we sure miss your posts, hope to see you more.

Hope all is well...Cheers

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These are the creative writings of Craig Schiller, a home staging professional, passionate real estate marketing professional and founder of the Real Estaging, one of the nation's leading home staging companies.