ActiveRain - The Early Days (July 1-10, 2006)

Real Estate Agent with United Realty Group, Inc.

For sometime now, I've been wanting to go through ActiveRain's blog archives to see what members where writing about since before I joined in late August.  I decided to get started this past weekend and I've decided to share my findings with you in a series of posts.  I guess you could say it's and "oldies but goodies" blog carnival of sorts.  So come along for the ride... it should be an interesting one!


These are some of the "Faces of ActiveRain" that make up the community, contribute and share their knowledge!  (Hover over each thumbnail photo to see their name.  Each one is mentioned in this post.)

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  • Matt wrote about the "power of the blogosphere", alerting us to the fact that one of ActiveRain's members, Stan Mackey, had essentially obtained Internet celebrity status for having listed Robert Scoble's house in Bothell, WA, which Stan blogged about the next day on BloggingSeattle as well as on ActiveRain the day after that (where I got a kick out of his expression "all web hell broke loose").  For those of you who don't recognize the name Robert Scoble, he's one of the authors of a book titled "Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers".
  • Gene Dexter wrote a humorous piece titled "Tales from the Fixer Market" that's worth reading... and don't skip the comments!
  • Matt asked the question "Why advertise the competition?", listed three possible explanations and debated the reason behind each one.  His post makes for interesting reading for anyone who's thinking about including Google's AdSense ads in their website or blog.
  • In his excellent "Don't Save... Invest!" post, Trent Yeo urges people to build their wealth through real estate investments.  Sound advice that we should all heed.


  • A new blog is born when Sue Melhorn takes the plunge and writes a post titled "My First Blog" in which she gives an example from her own life where change can lead to great things.  Well done, Sue!


  • In what was among the first consumer blog posts on ActiveRain that describe a particular area of the country, Michelle Sotelo explained why she "Loves living in the Pacific NW"... and very well, I might add.
  • Margaret Rome explained how nothing gets her creative juices flowing faster than the "Unique Challenge" of marketing what many would consider an "impossible" listing.  Several ActiveRain members shared their suggestions with her and contest winners were announced.
  • Matt... one of the brains behind ActiveRain... whose nickname while growing up was "mouse"... reveals to us his other passion besides ActiveRain (and his wife, Lydia, of course).  Who'd a thought?  I guess we'd better bone up on his hobby if we ever want bonus points.  Just kidding, Matt! LOL!  :-)



Of course, I could not include every post in this summary so if I did not include you/your post here, it's very possible you may find you/your post will be mentioned in an upcoming edition.  

Stay tuned for more snippets from "ActiveRain - The Early Days".


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Broward County Real Estate • Leanne Paynter
United Realty Group, Inc.

Ed and Maureen - Thanks for stopping by... and for the compliments!

Chris - You're not alone... there are others who signed up early on and then sort of forgot about AR for a while.  You're here now and that's what's important.

Carole - I'm glad you got a kick out of that phrase, even if the credit for it goes to another member.  Hmmm... how to combine historian/virtual librarian/online researcher?  How about Netrian? Just call me 'Lexy Netrian'. Yeah, that's it... that's the ticket!  LOL!

November 29, 2006 12:40 PM
Knowledge,Insight, Industry Know-How. Happiness
Asheville 1031 Realty
Hi Leanne...I am thrilled to be in such great company...thanks for the work you did to put this together.
November 30, 2006 11:27 PM
Shannon Moore
Realtor, Sarasota & Charlotte
Green Lion Realty
Neat! I was just going through some of the "old timers" blogs and reading them and came across your blog. Great job Leanne! Looks like AR has come along way. One person that I didn't see in the post that came to mind was the late great Paul Sullins. He was one of the original members of AR and brought a lot of agents on board.
February 14, 2007 09:45 AM
Broward County Real Estate • Leanne Paynter
United Realty Group, Inc.
Roxanne & Shannon (M & M's) - Thank you so much for the nice compliment.  Yes, AR has definitely come a long way since the "early days".  Regarding Paul Sullins... I actually did mention him, except it was in my second edition of the "ActiveRain - The Early Days" series.  If you enjoyed this edition, you will likely enjoy the second one.
February 14, 2007 09:53 AM
Gene Dexter
Seattle Realtor
Asset Realty

Oh my! You did some research here! Thanks for including me.




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