Is ActiveRain Your Significant Other?

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114

Larry and Margaret Woda, Crofton MDAs I sit across the room from my husband, bonding with my computer keyboard for yet another blog post, my husband seems satisfied to enjoy my company while he reads the paper.  Every now and then, he'll read a little blurb to me (Redskins won last night) and I try hard not to show annoyance that he's interrupting my ActiveRain concentration.  Part of me feels a little guilty, though.

Who is my significant other, anyway?  My husband or ActiveRain?!?!  

Since this is the season for sitting down to write a business plan and make New Year's resolutions, we might want to do a little soul-searching to make sure we have things in perspective in our lives.  Ask yourself these questions, and draw your own conclusion:

1.  Do I spend more time on ActiveRain or talking with my significant other?

2.  Do I spend more time on ActiveRain or listening to my children?

3.  Do I spend more time on ActiveRain than following up directly with current and former clients?

4.  Do I spend more time on ActiveRain than keeping my home and office organized?

5.  Do I spend more time on ActiveRain than I do keeping in touch with my parents, siblings, and friends?

I could add another ten questions here, but I'm sure you get the point.

The bottom line, really, is whether I spend an appropriate amount of time on ActiveRain.  Is it replacing LESS valuable activity or MORE valuable activity in my day?

 

ActiveRain timeIn my case, most of my ActiveRain time is in lieu of sleep, which I'm not sure is a good thing, either - but at least it does not consume every waking minute when I should be doing other things.  Larry doesn't seem to feel threatened by ActiveRain - it's just the latest of my many interests in our 40 years of marriage - and, after all, he does have his golf!  No kids at home any more, but we probably talk more since they're calling or emailing to comment on my latest blog.  And now I have something of value to send my clients - relevant blog posts - so I'm probably doing a better job of keeping in touch with them than ever before in my career. 

A consumer survey conducted last January for SupportSoft Inc., a firm that makes software for computer help desks, indicated that 64% of all Americans spend more time with their computer than their significant other.  And that was before ActiveRain took off - I imagine the numbers would be higher now, by about 62,000. 

There are worse things, right?

Seriously, ActiveRain is a valuable part of my day that replaces LESS valuable use of time in the past - time that I might have spent watching TV, sleeping (okay, that IS valuable), and plain ol' busy work.  I'm actually more efficient than I was in the pre-ActiveRain era, because I manage my time better.  Larry, don't worry... you're still #1 with me.  (Just don't interrupt my ActiveRain concentration, okay?)   

P.S.  I read this to my husband before posting it, and he assures me that I do a good job of not looking annoyed when he talks to me while I'm on ActiveRain.  And now we both just start laughing when he opens his mouth to say anything because we're thinking about that.

 

 

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Margaret Woda, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
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Margaret Woda
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Kathy Fisher - Don't worry, Kathy, there's nothing here on AR than can't wait 'til he's on the road again!  Except for an occasional featured post, when the comment count goes through the roof, it's not too hard to keep up with acknowledging and reciprocating comments - especially if you focus on localism posts.  Thanks for sharing your picture!

Amanda Hall - Take the umbrella AND the hint!  lol.

James Boyer Morris -I'm sorry you haven't benefited yet - I am very fortunate to have several transactions traceable to ActiveRain.  In fact, one listing came from my very first post, so I've never doubted the effectiveness.

Greg Knowles - That's right, you probably won't have time to wortty about it with two little boys keeping you on the run!

December 18, 2007 07:14 PM #74
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Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
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Margaret - Tough questions to have to ask yourself. I am somewhat lucky in that my husband/webguy is a former Real Estate Broker and Internet addict so we have some common ground when it comes to time spent on active|rain. The kids are grown and have their own families to occupy most of their time. The Dog, well the dog does not need much in the way of talking as long as she is on my lap or between me and the door so I can't sneak out on her. If I am online my email is functioning and the phones and pager are handy so I am not out of touch or out of reach. I'm learning things that will help in the promotion of my web sites that in turn will help my vendors and help supply new prospective purchasers.

ALL IN ALL

Addiction to active|rain can be a good thing

one addict to another.

December 18, 2007 07:21 PM #75
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David Fox
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wow--what a response!  I guess others are having the problem deciding this as well!!    I just think there has to be a balance between AR and your Significant Other, but then again what do I know?  I'm a 23yr old single guy!
December 18, 2007 09:45 PM #76
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Vangie Williams
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This is a great blog.  I am guilty too.  I have a husband and six daughters (ages 12, 11, 9, 5, 3, and 1) who used to accused me of having an affair with my Blackberry now its Active Rain.  I love AR, its engaging.  Okay I can see what they mean now.  At least its bettering my career.  Married 15 years on March 12.  My family tolerates and entertains my need to blog for the betterment of my career.  Good one, huh?

Happy Holidays.  www.vangiewilliams.com 

December 18, 2007 10:29 PM #77
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Kathy Clulow - You ARE fortunate to have common interests!  Like me, you don't have a lot of family responsibilities so it is easier for us to spend time on the computer.  But I do want to keep it in check - I ask myself nearly daily whether I'm spending too much time on the computer.

David Fox - That little gold star is the reason for so many comments, David.  I don't think I could blog so often if I had to acknowledge and reciprocate this many comments every time.  I know some people do, but it wouldn't make it in MY world.

Vangie Williams - My goodness, you do have a house full.  I would have to have some outlet like ActiveRain or music or tennis or something, just to keep myself sane!

December 19, 2007 12:02 AM #78
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Hi Margaret,
Yes, we are all "spread thin" over so many places.  I try to blog before my little gets up or after she is in bed and since I am divorced--that's not an issue.
December 19, 2007 06:27 AM #79
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Cynthia Tilghman - I know I'd be spending a lot less time on AR (and the computer, in general) if I had a little one.  Most days, I force myself to move on from my computer by 9 a.m.  It surely would be more like 7, if there were little mouths to feed.
December 19, 2007 10:06 PM #80
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Vangie Williams
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Cynthia, I can't help it.  I love the real estate business.  But usually when I am Raining, my children are either doing their classwork (I also homeschool, four of my six daughters) or they are asleep for the night.  My husband calls me the definition of a workaholic.  I have 29 listings and I use technology to the fullest, so here I am.  I call myself a cool-nerd.
December 19, 2007 09:56 PM #81
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Vangie Williams - 29 listings!  I don't know whether to congratulate you or offer my condolences.  Cool-nerd... I like that!
December 19, 2007 10:11 PM #82
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Vangie Williams
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Both work for me.  You will proud of me, one year ago today, I quit my incredibly easy complicated job at NASA to spend time with my family. Yeah right, this year I had 31 ends before June. So when July and the mortgage nightmare started, I welcomed the break. Now I am back in the same place I was last year.  Busy as a Bumble Bee.
December 19, 2007 10:35 PM #83
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Keep it up!  If you ever need anything in Crofton, feel free to call - even if you just want to stop in and use a conference room in my office or make copies in the area, just let me know.

December 21, 2007 12:37 AM #84
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Karen Anne Stone
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Hi Margaret:  Many of your comments definitely mirror my own, but you have probably said them better than I could have.  Luckily, my very own significant other, Mollie T. Cat, does not mind the time I spend writing on Active Rain.  It give her all that much more time to take her cat naps.  It's what she does best.  Take care.. I hope all is well with you and your family...
December 21, 2007 09:10 AM #85
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Margaret - I included this post in the Week in Review for this week.

Merry Christmas!
Ann

December 23, 2007 09:59 PM #86
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Karen Anne - There are times when it does seem I am making a space in my day for AR, and not for my husband or children.  I have to ask myself this question, in all seriousness.

Ann - Thank you!  I appreciate the recognition!  I think it's a fair question for many of us - if not all the time, at least some of the time.

December 23, 2007 11:08 PM #87
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Margaret:  I think I understand the seriousness of what you are saying.  There must be a balance in the things in your life.  But, then again, this seems important to you... otherwise why would you be doing it ?  I don't know... the answer for your question is within you.  Each of us is a multi-faceted person, and each of us can have as many "needs" as we have facets in our personality.  These needs are not always static, nor would the amount of attention we pay to them be.
December 24, 2007 12:10 AM #88
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Karen Anne - Merry Christmas!  And Thanks!
December 24, 2007 06:46 AM #89
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Margaret-Great post, I will make sure I do not show it to Nestor:). He will say my laptop is my significant other. But other than expireds it is where and how we get ALL our new business! Sometimes to get ahead in the initial start up phase you will sacrifice other things to put in the time. If it is paying the bills, why not? In our market when the phone rings it is a good thing. He loves the results and gives me great ideas for blogs but not always does he like the time it takes, but then again, he has his TV. Katerina
December 29, 2007 01:14 AM #90
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Good morning, Katerina - LOL, yes, he probbly will say that.  Larry and I had some chuckles over this topic and he even contributed a line or two (such as the one about having his golf).  And, yes, this is a wonderful source of business - hopefully even better in 2008!
December 29, 2007 06:14 AM #91
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Margaret,  So very true!!  Kristin had a hard time understanding why I spend so much time here at first.  Then I got her to start reading some stuff, and now she understands.  She still doesn't blog or comment though, just reads!  I did take some time away though, but I am back now!
December 29, 2007 01:23 PM #92
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David, I know it must be hard for one's family to "get" why this is important to us.  When my daughter was home for the holidays, I didn't even try to post blogs or comments.  Fortunately my husband has seen the results, so he's on board.
December 29, 2007 02:29 PM #93
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