The Activerain Featured Dashboard is Not Enough....

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates

Currently there are 67,888 members and 1621 and by the time I post this...the numbers will have changed...there can only be 16 featured posts on the dashboard on any given time. 

 One of the things that I have noticed....as time progressed...and more people joined...and the network got bigger...the writing on the rain got better and better.  In my mind that is where the groups play a very important role.

Now the beautiful thing about groups...they have group founders and moderators...not different from the Hot Tamale's that run this network but the difference is the Hot Tamale's have many more blog posts to read. 

In groups...you have the benefit of the dashboard...the dashboard of a smaller network...I think just about every group features posts

If you group is public...you will reap the benefits similar of a featured post on the dashboard but once again on a smaller scale.

 

 In May 05, 2007 I joined The Blogger's Choice Group, I thought the idea was spectacular and with Lola Audu as the group founder it had to be good!

  Wouldn't you know it I was right and she asked me to do the First Ever "Blogger's Choice Spotlight ."   Another Ah ha moment for me on the rain. I was really flattered.

I felt flattered...imagine how I felt a few days ago when she asked me to be a moderator.

You could say this is a grand re-opening for The Blogger's Choice Group and in my mind...all the groups....get your chance to be on the dashboard..on a group dashboard. Create your own opportunities. 

 

A few Group FAQ's

What is the Purpose of the Blogger's Choice Group?

Blogger's Choice Selections has been formed to highlight Blog Posts that are NOT Featured on the Active Rain Network Blog dashboard but which You feel are Significant, Important, Interesting, Well Written & an Example of A Good Blog Post.

As the Active Rain Network experiences continued phenomenal growth, the task of evaluating all the posts is expanding.  We recognize & applaud the hard work of the Active Rain Moderators in reading hundreds of posts each day & having to determine which posts to select.

They do a phenomenal job!  However, the reality is that a number of Excellent Posts may not get the attention they deserve as the Network expands. 

So, This is Your Opportunity as a Blog Author to Let the Community Know about Your Personal Favorites! 

We ask the Question...If you were to Select a Few of Your Own Blog Posts each week that You felt were Special....What Would they Be?

What Benefit is there to Posting on this Forum?

This is an "Open Source" Group.  We are still developing the best format & your suggestions are welcome.  Groups on Active Rain are often indexed in search engine results. 

Blogger's Choice has the potential to enhance your search engine rankings if the posts on this forum are worthy of reading & commenting on.

It's up to us!  Also, membership in a group like this will expose you to great posts which you may otherwise miss as the Network of Active Rain continues to grow. 

What is the Blogger 's Choice Spotlight?

The Blogger's Choice Spotlight is an opportunity for a Member Volunteer to choose 5-10 Favorite Blog Posts to highlight. Volunteers are encouraged to contact the Group Moderator. 

You will be notified by e-mail about your opportunity to host the Blogger's Spotlight.  Blogger's Spotlight choices will be highlighted on the Group's home page.

We would love for you to join the group! Get Featured Soon!

NOTE:  *This post started 6:42 pm yesterday... see how many more members joined...that is why the groups are so important!  

 

update....update....update...update...update- Read Lola's Re-Grand Opening Post

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by The Activerain Network and it's members and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Midori Miller and CENTURY 21 Sundance Realty. Midori Miller and CENTURY21 Sundance Realty are not responsible for the accuracy or content provided by The Community.

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Rainmaker
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Midori Miller
Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Homes In Fort Lauderdale, Real Estate Training - R
Dean-for now we will select featured until we get a member to do so...the faq's are above....there is a link...also just like Lola said we are open to many ideas....
Jan 27, 2008 06:07 AM #33
Rainmaker
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Midori Miller
Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Homes In Fort Lauderdale, Real Estate Training - R
Teri-one thing...if ever you get the chance to do a week in review...you may understand why...so many posts...such a big network...and I have to say...that the writing here has improved...
Jan 27, 2008 06:08 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Midori Miller
Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Homes In Fort Lauderdale, Real Estate Training - R
Missy-yes...I too have been revisiting groups...I pulled out of a few last year to end up rejoining again...I just hope they take me back! :)
Jan 27, 2008 06:10 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Marti Garaughty
garaughty.com - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type. The Art of Mar

 Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmorning Midori... re "your group and I can tell you how honored I feel when I get a mention or even a little star"...

 You deserve every mention, feature, etc... that you get on AR. You post consistent quality stuff, it's that simple. I'm a BIG fan of yours and just think, a few months ago we didn't even know each other. Isn't social networking wonderful!

Jan 27, 2008 09:02 AM #36
Ambassador
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Melissa Grant
A Serendipity World - Greenbackville, VA
The Law of Attraction In Life & Business
This is a great idea and congrats on your gold star ! I just wrote a post about Hidden Gems in the rain yesterday....do you think she would mind if I also put a link in my blog to her group ?
Jan 27, 2008 09:55 AM #37
Rainmaker
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
Midori - Sounds like a really great concept. Good luck in your new position. One of my biggest pet peeves of AR is seeing all the same "names" getting featured posts. There are some really good bloggers that don't get the feature when they should. I mean really how many times does a post about "agency" need to be featured. What is left to discuss about a topic like that. Just one example :) 
Jan 27, 2008 10:20 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Midori, I will join your group. This is one of my "hot buttons" anyway. I have three groups and I "feature" good posts on each.

One of my groups, Front Porch Majority will announce a challenge (contest) tomorrow for "features." I just have to work out the details with Bob and Rich.

We all need to help each other in this endeavor.

Bill Roberts

Jan 27, 2008 01:31 PM #39
Rainer
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Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent
Another great idea. There are sooo many people now. And it's great. I love being able to read and learn from people all over.
Jan 27, 2008 03:06 PM #40
Rainmaker
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Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904
Midori Congratulations and good luck on your new adventure!  You made a very good point abut the dashboard.
Jan 28, 2008 04:49 AM #41
Rainer
49,500
Portland Oregon Real Estate | Alecia Barnes - Broker
Portland, OR
Midori-  I couldn't think of a better choice for moderator than you, and an awesome group to moderate for! Congratulations girl!
Jan 28, 2008 12:13 PM #42
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Hi Midori,
What a wonderful idea--we have gotten so big. I know and just hate that I miss sooo many great posts.  I'm going to check this group out. 
Jan 28, 2008 12:16 PM #43
Rainer
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Ron Fuhrer
Nazareth,Easton, Bethlehem - Prudential Patt, White - Nazareth, PA
Lehigh Valley PA Homes
Thanks! I never knew this info, but maybe it will help me use my precious time more wisely, by reading posts others feel are important.
Jan 28, 2008 12:42 PM #44
Rainmaker
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Nicholas Goglucci
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Pompano Beach, FL
The Listing Whisperer

Thanks, this should be done. I think we would learn and appreciate Active Rain more and more as we expand the features.

Jan 28, 2008 02:57 PM #45
Rainer
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Dalp Pearson
Dalp,Inc. - Los Angeles, CA
Excellent post! This is agreat idea
Jan 28, 2008 03:45 PM #46
Rainmaker
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Midori Miller
Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Homes In Fort Lauderdale, Real Estate Training - R
Wayne-thank you and she is a class act!
Jan 28, 2008 06:58 PM #47
Rainmaker
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Midori Miller
Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Homes In Fort Lauderdale, Real Estate Training - R
Hi Melissa-I hope you will join us...thanks I love when I see that gold star! :)
Jan 28, 2008 06:59 PM #48
Rainmaker
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Midori Miller
Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Homes In Fort Lauderdale, Real Estate Training - R
Jamie-Activerain is part of my daily life.  I love the interractions...the information that is shared...and the friendships that I have made.  But Jamie be careful...you will get hooked...addicted..so make sure and have balance.  I try....very very hard. :)
Jan 28, 2008 07:03 PM #49
Rainmaker
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Midori Miller
Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Homes In Fort Lauderdale, Real Estate Training - R
Hi Gary-nice of you to stop by.  Yes I do remember some conversation about 2 dashboards...and yes you are right...things are happening here and it's good to see extra hands helping the hot tamales!  
Jan 28, 2008 07:05 PM #50
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Zen Ziejewski
Keller Williams Realty - Laguna Niguel, CA
Laguna Niguel Real Estate
Hi Midori ... great post and look forward to your next one.  I think you have a great concept.
Jan 28, 2008 07:43 PM #51
Rainmaker
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Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON

Hi Midori! 

Thank you so much for all the valuable tips.  We have just joined Bloggers Choice, it seems to be what we have been looking for!  We are excited to have people who will critique our work rather "going out there" blind! 

Congratulations on your appointment to moderator, you look like an excellent choice!

Al and Peggy Cunningham

Brampton Ontario Canada   

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