Happy Anniversary ActiveRain - Together 5 Productive Years

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I missed my 5 year Anniversary with Active Rain.  If this were an exclusive relationship, I would bet AR would be issuing a guilt trip about that!!  It was June 26, 2006 that I wrote my first post on my blog.  On the Success Panel At Raincamp in Dallas last month, Bob asked me what my very first post was, and I guessed.  Well, I just looked it up and my guess was right!  It was "Pre-Qualified verse Pre-Approved" and it got a whopping 4 comments! It even took 8 months to get those 4 comments!!

activerain anniversaryA couple of things that I noticed right away is that I have no graphics in the post nor any color. Ok, that's not too bad since it's a short post. If it was a longer post, graphics and color definitely break up all the black and white.  The second thing I noticed is that I never went back and commented back to the people who took the time to respond to me.  Back then, that wasn't the thing to do.  I think it took a couple of months for people to realize they were supposed to be engaging people within their blog, and now most people respond to their comments.

The third thing I did was read the post to see if it was still relevant to today's market. Beleive it or not, I was preaching 5 years ago the same things I'm preaching now.. get pre-APPROVED and not just pre-Qualified!!  This post sounds almost verbatim some of my conversations I have with my buyers still today.  I wish all agents preached the same. One of my best friends in a different market lost the buyer on her house because three days before closing, the buyer's credit was re-pulled and there were too many changes to explain off and they were denied.  It's sad, but it happens more often than it should.

When reading this post, to me it sounds like an abrupt ending. These days, I typically have a "call to action" statement for someone to call or email me yadda yadda.  So, even though the topic and the basic writing style is still the same that I do today, I have learned over the past 5 years how to make the same words more appealing as I typically get more than just a mere 4 comments on my posts.

Happy Anniversary my Dear ActiveRain, and many many more!!

**Are You Packed Yet?**

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Connie Harvey
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Donna, I only passed 3 years in May. My blogging has improved too. Interesting that your first topic was one that would always be "relevant". Congratulations on a great milestone.

June 30, 2011 04:28 PM
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John Pusa
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Donna - Congratulation on your fifth years of anniversary. I look forward reading your blogs.

June 30, 2011 04:49 PM
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Loreena Yeo
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5 years - You're super "old" in blogging years. It's funny to see how far we've come, right?

June 30, 2011 05:11 PM
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Maureen McCabe
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Congratulations.  You joined /blogged on my birthday in 2006.  I did not join until July and then I joined and did not come back for a week or two.  I forgot about ActiveRain.  I did not understand what AR was,  I did not have a clue it was blogging.  I blogged for the first time sometime in August.

I love to read first posts.  I am off to look at yours.  Look at July and August 2006 you posted a lot.

Your first post certainly was a relevant topic.

June 30, 2011 05:35 PM
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Mike Yeo
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Congrats on the 5 years journey. Hope many more to come.

June 30, 2011 07:58 PM
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Donna, you're a veteran blogger!!  Not many can boast blogging for that long.  I'm not sure when I joined Actriverain but I lurked for quite awhile before commenting and commented for quite awhile before I gathered enough courage to post a blog.  Looks like you just jumped in running.  Happy anniversary and just keep on keeping on.

June 30, 2011 08:29 PM
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Gay E. Rosen
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Houlihan Lawrence

Donna:  5 year.. all great! What a milestone ..Congrats!

June 30, 2011 08:44 PM
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Susan Gaieski
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Donna

It's wonderful that you reached your 5 year anniversary.  I have a way to go....but members like you give us the push we need.  Congratulations to you and hope to see you at my 5 year anniversary. 

June 30, 2011 09:09 PM
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Margie Kopp Sorrell
Lake Oconee Real Estate
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Donna- congratulations on your 5 year anniversary! i know it's hard for you to be in such an "open" relationship with AR and so many others, right!? : )

 

June 30, 2011 09:36 PM
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Lizette Fitzpatrick
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It's amazing how fast 5 years goes by here in the rain when you are having so much fun!

June 30, 2011 10:19 PM
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Terrie Leighton
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Ferrari-Lund ~ Reno's Premier Real Estate Company

I like Broker Bryant's comment about where will we all be in 5 years from now!! Or where will ActiveRain be in five years from now. I guess we will all have to hang around to find out!

Anyway, Happy Anniversary Donna! So glad you have learned and enjoyed are time here on ActiveRain!

June 30, 2011 10:34 PM
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Marchel Peterson
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
Results Realty

Congrats on 5 years.  I guess that must mean I'm coming up on 5 years in January.  Chris Tesch was one of the first to comment on one of my post and I called her to see how she found it (lol).

June 30, 2011 11:50 PM
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Lanre Folayan
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Congratulations Donna. I missed my 4th year Anniversary this year in April. Hopefully I won't miss it next year. To another great 5 years in the Rain. Keep up the great blogging and work. Great post.

July 01, 2011 12:30 AM
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Cheryl Ritchie
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RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com
Five years is a long time and what a good subject to begin the AR blogging platform.
July 01, 2011 02:33 AM
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Marc Swartz
CPA, CA - Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario

Hi Donna - Congratulations.  You have been a tremendous asset to the ActiveRain community over the past five years.

July 01, 2011 06:47 AM
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Melissa Juarez
Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC

Happy anniversary Donna. I hope I make it here that long as well. Good luck!

July 01, 2011 07:37 AM
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Erica Ramus
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Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA

Hi Donna. I just hit 4 years and looked back on my early blog posts, too. Wow. It's amazing how my blogging has gotten better over the years. 

July 01, 2011 09:39 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Michael's Commercial LLC

Donna, wow! Talk about getting in on the ground floor with ActiveRain. Happy Anniversary!

July 01, 2011 09:40 AM
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5 years in the blogging world says a lot about a person...thank you for sharing and then being such a fine example to follow..super best to you Donna

July 01, 2011 10:02 AM
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Donna Harris
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin
Regent Property Group

Thanks everyone!

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This blog is to help educate Buyers, Sellers and even other Realtors across the country.  Each market is different and the way Real Estate is done is different.  Austin Real Estate is completely different than Dallas, California and Florida and everywhere else in between.  Some times there will be other things besides real estate as I like to rant and rave as much as the next!!  Come back often!

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