Who Spilled the Paint Too? ActiveRain Gets Even More Colorful

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In my last post Who Spilled the Paint?  - I highlighted some of the new custom blogs on ActiveRain. The site has become rather colorful lately, and I'm not talking salty language.

All this fun is due to Brad Carroll and his AR Custom Blog Builder.

The AR community has been busy using this new tool, and fresh blog designs are coming out fast and furious! I have a feeling this is going to become one of the most popular tools/features on the site once word spreads.

Here's the second round up of new designs:

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The blogs featured above were customized by:

Kevin Tomlinson & Veena Grover
Leslie Prest & Steven Odierno
Dorene Shirley & Doug Garner
Kris Wales & Brad Andersohn
Jonathan Washburn & Jeff Turner
Maureen Henry & Gina Landis
Cindy Bryant & Alan Kirkpatrick


Special mention to Julie Neerings - she got a new background, and made my old screen shot obsolete. These customizers work fast!

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Special Thanks to Brad Carroll for sharing this knowledge with the community, and then taking it to the next level by making the process automatic so everyone can have fun.

I've been spending all my time checking out all the new designs, so I guess it's time to get going on my new header image.

Got a new design on your blog? Post it in the comments.

HOT UPDATE! Get on the list while can!

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Ambassador
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
International Properties and Investments LLC
Jason- this is so cool, I really like how you highlighted the blogs that are customizing their backgrounds and adding banners. It really looks like a piece of their own. Thanks for sharing. Katerina
April 11, 2008 04:15 PM
Rainer
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Jason Todd
Compelling Media + Design

Ross - your blog is looking pretty sweet - great job!

Roland - lots of cool blogs popping up on AR, thanks for stopping by

Thanks Michael - I think your is blog looking good. Sometimes it's tough to pull off black on the web, but you do it in a classy way. The header, grey nav bar compliments it, flows nice with the suit in your photo, and a black widget... all works well together. Good branding.

Hey Marti - I was trying to think of a uniquely Canadian greeting... do we have one? Bonjour can do for now. Appreciate the comments.

Nestor and Ketrina - this new ability really does open the door to creativity and making our AR blogs a little more our own. I also wanted to mention that your CBS interview story was great and on point. Should be required reading around here.

 

April 12, 2008 06:13 AM
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Margaret Woda
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114

Didn't I just post a comment on another blog by you on this topic?  Well, in case it disappeared into cyberspace, I got mine up and running yesterday.   My goal was to make it consistent with my outside blog design, but different, and I think I'm done experimenting.  At least for another week.

April 12, 2008 07:50 AM
Rainmaker
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Steve Scheer
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers
I did mine last night, but I still may change it up later again with some photos/graphics. 
April 12, 2008 08:07 AM
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Bob Edwards
Fox Cities Real Estate Hotline, SFR- Appleton, WI
Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc.
It's a pleasing when I read a post with such a professional look. I'm anxious to try it myself hopefully sooner than later.
April 12, 2008 09:18 AM
Rainer
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Jason Todd
Compelling Media + Design

Margaret - Yours is looking great. You're right on with it being consistent, but unique. Great example of good branding in action

Hi Steve - a header image will take it to the next level, but even adding the new colors as it is now is giving your blog a unique look - and thanks for subscribing - appreciate it!

Bob - Thanks for the kind words. The creativity of members is coming through with this new feature. Looking frward to seeing what you come up with -

 - Cheers All, Jason

April 12, 2008 10:12 AM
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Chuck Willman
Realtor - Arizona - 480.292.0600
Gentry Realty
Yours looks outstanding... mine could use a little bit of touch-up.
April 12, 2008 10:32 AM
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Kelly Shoemaker
Realtor Broken Arrow, OK
Coldwell Banker SELECT
I always seem to have these problems with technology.  I can't get mine to work!  Any help would be great!  I would never make it on "Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader"...lol
April 12, 2008 11:26 AM
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Karen Anne Stone
Fort Worth Real Estate
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County
Hi Jason:  This is all so much fun.  These designs are really great.  All I have to do is figure out how to do it.  Thanks so much for sharing.
April 13, 2008 01:52 PM
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Missy Caulk
Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
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April 12, 2008 07:00 PM
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Mike Mueller
Tech and Social Media Consultant

Go Big (Blue) Missy!

I would fade to white the top right hand corner of the banner image so the AR logo looks better.

This is almost like a Meme - we get to find out so much about someone just by their images.

 

Mike Mueller

April 12, 2008 07:22 PM
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Jason~Thank YOU so much for mentioning my blog again.  You're the best! This has been a lot of fun and I could go on forever with this.  Have a fabulous week! 
April 12, 2008 11:50 PM
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Jason Todd
Compelling Media + Design

Thanks Chuck- either you've updated your blog since the comment, or you're modest - great job

Kelly - I sent you a sitemail, maybe we can figure something out

Hey Karen - it does make surfing around the site a lot more fun - and there is probably such a small percentage of the site that has been customized. This will go on for awhile!

Nice Missy- Yours was one of the first blogs I noticed - featured here

Mike - very nice background... I see people are starting to figure out some of the tricks for "working the system"... there are a few tip I'll probably post about for getting "fades" from the top, horizontal elements etc. to get unique, but tasteful backgrounds. Nice job on yours though!

My pleasure Julie - it has been a lot of fun - maybe this will turn into a monthly "best customizations" round up. They're coming to fast to keep up with them all now, and the designs are getting better every day -

April 13, 2008 06:51 AM
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Richard Lecinski
Long Realty Company
Great post with lots of good info but who has all the time to dress up a post
April 13, 2008 10:19 AM
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Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL
RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest
Jason....this is really great, thanks for the info and I will need to set aside some time to learn this!
April 13, 2008 12:46 PM
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Virginia Hepp
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS
ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale
Hi Jason - Thanks for the heads up - I jazzed my blog and I love it. You always point out good stuff!
April 13, 2008 02:35 PM
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Carolyn Gjerde-Tu-Davis
Ca Real Estate
Lyon Real Estate
Wow I've been out of town for the past week and missed this.  I am going to spend some time spicing up my blog.
April 13, 2008 06:49 PM
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Christy Powers
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners
Those are some great looking blogs. Congratulations to all! They all are so unique and makes it more personal.
April 13, 2008 11:03 PM
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Susie Blackmon
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Hi Jason, I have a new design... check it out.  When is a good time to talk?


 

April 14, 2008 01:07 PM
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Abby Roselli
Staten Island Home Stager
ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC

So glad I found this post...I just saw a blog with custom colors and wondered how they got it like that!  =)  Perfect timing.  I quickly did mine to resemble the colors from my website.  When I have more time I'll play around with it...  THANKS!!!!!!!!

April 15, 2008 11:24 AM
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