500,000 points and Full of Gratitude for ActiveRain

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Home Builder with Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 CSL#642819
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500,000 points and Full of Gratitude for ActiveRain


When I started blogging here about 18+ months ago, I really didn’t have any intention of staying very long. I wasn’t one to blog, and really didn’t think I had anything to share. In reading the posts that others were writing, I found myself staying a little longer and maybe see what it was like. I remember thinking, I’m not a real estate agent, a writer, and didn’t know the benefits of blogging.


ActiveRain is a safe place to learn about blogging.

I am grateful for a network of people who will actively help the newcomer. Maybe something as simple as a comment, a suggestion or advice, this was a breath of fresh air for me as a newcomer. I found that by following suggestions and doing what those that were succeeding were doing; posting regularly, leaving comments and stepping outside my box a bit.


What are you willing to do to succeed here?

I am grateful for an environment that offers growth. In the beginning points were everything, if I were willing to do something that seemed difficult at first; I was able to grow a little bit. I remember the May 30 Day Challenge, blogging every day for 30 days was impossible – until I did it. Since I was blogging daily, I started commenting regularly too. I read a lot of posts, which introduced me to many different styles of writing.


It’s not about the points!

Baloney! In the beginning it was ALL about the points, that was the carrot that pushed me to continue. Moving up in points and rank was a daily watch for me; it didn’t matter that I was passing members who were inactive. J I am grateful for the point system, it has kept me as a blogger long enough to allow me to learn so much. Reading blog posts, webinars, challenges and all the other “gifts” of membership has been a priceless education.

 

One Day My Thinking Changed



I
 remember those that had a ton of points saying that the points were not important. The day came when I could finally see that it is not about the points. (Don’t get me wrong I will still be earning more points.) It’s really about getting business as a result of blogging. I feel grateful to be involved with blogging here, armed with a growing knowledge base with a medium in which gets results. There is no greater feeling than getting a call from a reader of my blog needing help with dry rot, water damage or a construction project. That’s what it is about for me today.


What? There’s More? There is so much more that I am grateful for here at ActiveRain.

I had written a milestone post in the past in which I listed many of the members here. Shortly after posting, I thought of so many more that I had left out although they helped me also. There’s too many inspirational, knowledgeable, caring members here; I told myself that I wasn’t going to list any this time by name because I will surely forget.


I am grateful for:

  • Those that blog regularly with quality posts.
  • The men and women who teach me how to use photos and videos more creatively.
  • My subscribers.
  • Those that I subscribe to.
  • The SEO experts who share their knowledge freely.
  • A caring and helpful staff.
  • The MeetUps that bring life to my computer screen.
  • The variety of styles in blogging.
  • People who I see on other social networks.
  • The newcomer who reminds me what it was like getting started, and how I can help them like I was helped.

 

Thank you Active Rain for getting me started on a wonderful journey that has returned far more than I had expected to receive.


I am Grateful!

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Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com
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Tom:  Congratulations on reaching the 500k milestone!  No small feat, my friend!  I send best wishes for continued success ... and another 500k+ here on the Rain ...

Gene

Aug 12, 2012 11:41 PM #108
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Christine Donovan
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Tom - Congratulations on reaching 500,000 points and learning important lessons and gaining business along the way.!

Aug 12, 2012 11:42 PM #109
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Thanks for the wishes Gene, I look forward to the future here.

Aug 13, 2012 12:15 AM #110
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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I have been blessed with people like you who have done so much for me to see Christine.

Aug 13, 2012 12:17 AM #111
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Alan May
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I apologize for you having to look upon my face for the last 18 months... you know you get the bad with the good.

Aug 13, 2012 07:36 AM #112
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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In this case it is more good with the good my friend.

Thanks for many great posts that you have posted for me to read in the last 18 months Alan.

Aug 13, 2012 07:40 AM #113
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Tom - late to the party as usual and even though you've gotten 113 comments, I had to stop by and congratulate you on such a huge achievement and at lightening speed! Thanks for sharing your AR journey - you're an inspiration to the rest of us and I need to blog more often like I used to.

Aug 13, 2012 09:32 AM #114
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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You are here the party is just starting Kristine.  :)

I have missed seeing your regular posts. Things can get busy.

Thanks for stopping in!

Aug 13, 2012 08:10 PM #115
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Diane & Doug Briggs
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Congratulations on such an amazing achievement.   What you have accomplished in such a short amount of time is very encouraging!

Aug 15, 2012 04:32 PM #116
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Diane & Doug - Thanks for the comment, great to hear from you.

This is something that you can do too! Looking forward to hearing more from you in the future.

Aug 15, 2012 07:46 PM #117
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Doug Rogers
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Way to go! Half way to 1 million!

Aug 18, 2012 05:38 PM #118
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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It's a retty cool feeling Doug, the points add up quickly.

Aug 18, 2012 06:57 PM #119
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Juli Vosmik
Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ - Scottsdale, AZ
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Tom, congratulations on a milestone.  More importantly, congratulations on knowing the true meaning of ActiveRain - knowledge, friendships, busy referrals - heck so much - almost all positive.  WTG and here's to the next 500,000.  

Aug 18, 2012 07:16 PM #120
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Congrats Tom, ever point we go we llve, love and learn in the Rain!

Aug 18, 2012 08:18 PM #121
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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This is a great place for me to be Juli, I look forward to more milestones in the future.

Aug 18, 2012 10:50 PM #122
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Thanks Ellen, there is so much here to experience. I like the fact that there is more to do and learn. the journey just continues.

Aug 18, 2012 10:54 PM #123
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Debbie Reynolds
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Tom, I just wanted to say congratulations on this huge achievement. It shows your dedication and contribution to the Rain.

Aug 19, 2012 10:59 AM #124
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Thanks Debbie, I appreciate the comment. The work does pay off!

Aug 19, 2012 05:40 PM #125
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Toni Weidman
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Tom - I'm so sorry I missed this post. Congratulations on reaching this huge milestone!

Aug 20, 2012 04:34 AM #126
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Not a problem Toni, I'm glad to hear from you today!

It always good to hear from you.  :)

Aug 20, 2012 07:43 PM #127
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