Taking a Swing at ActiveRain

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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional with Windermere Real Estate, providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLife.comSoundBiteBLog, and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail: kitsapagent@gmail.com

 

 

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Linda K. Mayer
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Rich, I wasn't there in the beginning like some of you.  But I have come to love and appreciate aall AR has to offer currently.  Sure we have had issues with the website from time to time, but who doesn't?  And now with the change in regime, I think it's still an exciting time to be here.  Everything I learned about blogging, SEO, etc. I have learned from AR.  So yea and yea for me for still being a loving member!

And BOB:  Great idea. I was never really a fan of pictures with checks, etc.

Jun 27, 2011 07:42 PM #31
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Debe Maxwell
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Hi Rich!  Well, you know how I feel about ActiveRain--I agree with Bob that those who find me here are searching for specific terms and land on a blog post that suits their search criteria.  I don't see the harm in the motivational 'check' posts because I don't think that the general publc lands there very often.

As for Jonathan--the only thing that I have to say about that is...

I wonder where he learned to build his WP sites?  What sparked his curiosity about them and what led him to take the action to build his own sites?  My bet- right here on ActiveRain!  

Jun 27, 2011 11:40 PM #32
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At Texas A&M University, we like to say that if you’re not an Aggie, you can’t understand, and if you are an Aggie, you can’t explain. It’s a camaraderie that doesn’t exist anywhere else and lasts a lifetime, and then some.

I can say the same thing about ActiveRain as it has fit into my life the past three years: “If you’re not at ActiveRain, you won’t understand, and if you are at ActiveRain, you can’t explain” although you make an admirable effort.

Jun 28, 2011 12:42 AM #33
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Ana Hitzel
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Been here since 08.  Learned so much that positively influenced my business and my life.  Loved it then and love it now. To each his own.

Jun 28, 2011 01:05 AM #34
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
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Debe wrote: "I wonder where he learned to build his WP sites?  What sparked his curiosity about them and what led him to take the action to build his own sites?  My bet- right here on ActiveRain!  "

I don't think so. I can not see an archive on his site (I think this was his first WP blog)  but I think he started that site in late 2006 or early 2007 and there was not a lot of "how to" about WordPress on ActiveRain. He may have been inspired by Jay Thompson, the BloodHound blog  and a other Phoenix re blogs.  RE blogs outside Phoenix too but I doubt he learned much on ActiveRain, there just was nothing here about "how to." 

He had an RT blog and we talked about WordPress a little bit there before there was an ActiveRain. 

Most of the big push in 2006 and 2007 on ActiveRain was "buy a Tomato Blog" or "buy an RSS Pieces blog" which  were both on WordPress.org blogs and there was talk about "you gotta get you a WP blog" but there was not a lot of info about WP.  There still is not much, here but there is so much WP info online, on WP.org and elsewhere.  He and most of the early adopters were more willing to go outside ActiveRain for information.  ActiveRain was less insulated.  

I did read his post.  

Jun 28, 2011 04:55 AM #35
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J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY
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Active Rain has the reputation of being a quasi-cultish platform on training wheels among the too cool for school crowd (RE.Net), all of whom have their own Wordpress site, an unspoken online back slapping agreement and thousands of followers because they follow thousands. They are as incestuous as they think people here are. And they probably spend 10 minutes here to form their judgement. 

How many houses does the guy sell. That's an incredibly underdiscussed metric. Not how many conferences the guy attends. 

How is the guy to work with in a deal. Those are more important things to me. 

I was the first Redfin Referral agent in New York. I was very supportive of them. I can drop their name just like Dalton can. Big deal. 

I think it is silly to be critical of Active Rain unless they did something wrong to you. Jonathan is a good guy, but he's wrong in this instance. 

All that said, we really should dispense with the commission check sidebar tomorrow even if it means replacing it with a test pattern. It isn't smarmy, but it is tacky. 

Jun 28, 2011 07:15 AM #36
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Ilona Matteson
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I guess I'm in the dark...I've never heard anything bad about AR, other than in some recent posts about it.  I think it's wonderful.  How could it possibly be anything but?  Wait, don't answer...I'm going back in the dark again!

Jun 28, 2011 01:49 PM #37
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Rich wrote; ....And that, my friends, is exactly why I truly love this place! How many other social networks are there out there were the powers that be actually engage and respond personally?

Pretty cool indeed Rich!  And I couldn't agree more!!!

Thanks Bob.  I think you and Niki made a wise executive decision on this one... 

well done.
Pamela

Jun 28, 2011 03:58 PM #38
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Connie Harvey
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Rich, ActiveRain has grown and changed just like the Real Estate industry. If the "older" agents don't adapt and change, they become irrelevant. They like to talk about the good old days, but that's not how real estate works anymore. This person got their start here. They've moved on, God love them. But there are thousands of agents that actually need AR!

Jun 28, 2011 04:42 PM #39
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Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
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Rich, I too get so irritated when I read how AR is a joke, for beginners, etc.  That is SO far from the truth.  I did learn to walk here and then took off running.  If I've said it once, I'll say it again.  I have made a great income from Active Rain.  That is not the reason I am here.  The relationships are priceless....I haven't been very active lately.  Business is booming and I'm on overload.  I know when I do come back, I'm always welcomed with open arms.  

The knowledge that swirls around the community is staggering to say the least.  Let these folks poo poo AR all they want....I never will and I"m never leaving :)

By the way....you are my idol, but you already knew that :)

Jun 28, 2011 09:26 PM #40
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Rich Jacobson
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Elizabeth:  It's incredibly amazing people like you who keep drawing me back to this place. Thanks as always for your wonderfully kind thoughts and support!...How are things in your neck of the woods?

Jun 28, 2011 10:31 PM #41
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Connie:  How nice to see your face pop-up here! It's been interesting to observe the cycles that AR has gone through since those early days. But the value and benefits are still very much alive and well to the new members. Hope you're doing well!....

Jun 28, 2011 10:33 PM #42
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J. Philip: Thanks for your comment. I have enjoyed reading your stuff for a while now. Can't believe I hadn't subscribed to your blog though! Jonathan is a good friend and someone I greatly respect. I think he just misses the way things used to be around here. And yes, there is most definitely an air of superiority among certain members of the RE.net concerning the use of WordPress versus platforms like ActiveRain. I have four WP blogs, but continue to find tremendous value in my involvement here. To each their own. I just don't think it's fair to diss ActiveRain because it's different than it once was.

Jun 28, 2011 10:40 PM #43
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Jun 29, 2011 05:13 AM #44
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Test, One, Two, Three....Mike Check, Mike Check....

Jun 29, 2011 05:25 AM #45
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Rich Jacobson
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Lenn:  Sorry that your previous comment on my earlier post got the deep six. I was having formatting issues and had to delete the entire post and start from scratch!...

Jun 29, 2011 05:28 AM #46
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Jim Little
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I subscribe to Jonathon's blog, so I read it the day it came out. His point seemed to be that AR is deteriorating from the original program, and that the commission check on the front page reinforces the public perception that we are all about the commission check.

Jun 29, 2011 11:26 AM #47
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Rich - AR revolutionized my business too. It gave me the confidence to be the one-woman brokerage operation because I had AR. How empowering. I'm also glad to see you back writing more often.

Jun 29, 2011 11:30 AM #48
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Connie Harvey
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Rich, I was just telling Margaret Rome, who had responded to a comment of mine that I had been MIA, I got too caught up in the blogging everyday challenges and trying to help the newbies, that I didn't "see" any of my friends for a few months!

Jun 29, 2011 05:43 PM #49
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Cameron Novak
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Nicely written Rich.  You handled that message very well.  Keep up the great work!

Sep 28, 2011 04:24 AM #50
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