My 1st Blog Experience as a Centipede

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Home Stager with LMB Design Home Staging & Redesigns

I have attempted to write my 1st blog many, many, many times.  The hours have turned into days and now weeks so I sat here this past weekend very late on Saturday night determined to do it.  Boy, was I given a surprise visit....yes, as I sat in my office staring at my Active Rain profile I suddenly realized I was not alone! AH! A CENTIPEDE SQUIRMING AROUND! I was out of my chair within seconds to find any bug spray I can get my hands on and said good bye to my friend and my attempt to write my 1st blog (again).

I found this article and thought it was worth showing you what the intruder looked like. 

  Centipede

There are many kinds of centipedes but all of them are more or less wormlike and have a flattened body. The largest centipede inhabits the tropics of Central America. Scolopendra gigantca is its name and when fully mature will attain a length of 12 inches. A closely related centipede, Scolopendra heros, occurs in Texas and may be over 5 inches long when full grown. (Stuart, 1997) Article was taken from the Texas Agricultrual Extension Service at the Texas A&M University System.

 

 

This centipede has been on my mind since Saturday and as I was pondering it occurred to me that I AM JUST LIKE A CENTIPEDE! My Active Rain profile has been active for several weeks now but I have behaved just like a centipede.  With my antenna up in the air I have been crawling around very determined reading blogs, posts after posts after posts, then comments, comments, comments, join groups, read posts, and so on...

That centipede in me is gone! So here it goes my 1st Blog:

Hello! I am a new member to the Active Rain community and VERY new to blogging! I am thrilled to be part of this amazing group and look forward to the new friendships, learning & networking opportunities especially in my community of San Antonio & Helotes TEXAS.  Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome and especially Cindy Lin who is a fantastic mentor and coach. 

It is incredible how many people are willing to share out there!

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Rainer
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Monica Vera
LMB Design Home Staging & Redesigns - San Antonio, TX
Home Staging Professional for San Antonio, TX & Helotes, TX

Annie- I'm glad I finally did it!  I look forward to many friendships.

Pete- Very, very nasty and glad I have moved on too!

Mindy- Thank you! I look forward to reading and learning from others!

Emily- It is pretty amazing and hope to be encouraging to other NEWBIES out there!

Wendy- Thanks and I hope I can keep it up. 

Chris- Yes, I'm still shocked! It's a learning process and I have a LONG WAY to go! I feel EVERYONE here on AR are so welcoming and really do appreciate it. THIS IS AWESOME!

Michael- AHH...my bubble just deflated! I guess I just got lucky. But hope that I was able to encourage others out there.

Misty- Thank you! Yes, I can laugh it off now and was able to get my fear off my chest...CENTIPEDE & WRITING!

 

 

October 30, 2008 06:12 PM #74
Rainer
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Monica Vera
LMB Design Home Staging & Redesigns - San Antonio, TX
Home Staging Professional for San Antonio, TX & Helotes, TX

Dona- Just like others have said...STOP THINKING ABOUT IT and just do it.  You'll be happy you did. Great to meet you!

Robert- I'm happy to be hear.  You are right....It's very, very, very addicting.

Roland- Hopefully still playing in the RAIN!

Nancy- Best of luck to you too! I look forward to reading yours.

David- Especially centipedes! Thanks!

Michelle- Great to meet you ASP! Thank you and look forward to reading yours too!

 

 

 

October 30, 2008 06:18 PM #75
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Richard Riley
RE/MAX Properties SW - Orlando, FL
CDPE, I.R.E.S.

Great first blog Monica.  Welcome to AR.  You've "staged" a powerful entry into the community.  I wish you continued success.

October 30, 2008 06:21 PM #76
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Monica Vera
LMB Design Home Staging & Redesigns - San Antonio, TX
Home Staging Professional for San Antonio, TX & Helotes, TX

"Unusualcommercialloans.com" - I agree with you! I love this place!

Jean- Lucky you! I was in Seattle, Wa in July for the StagedHomes.com convention! It was so beautiful.

Lisa- thank you! I'm already addicted! Yes, especially reading others. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

Ron- I plan to do just that! HOLA! from one newbie to another!

Marian- Thank you! I'm still in "AH" by the concept of coming together with others from all over without having to spend $ to meet, learn, & grow!

Sally & David- Great tips! I will be sure to follow them! Gracias!

Brian- Great to meet you and Thank you!

Chuck- Great advice! I've been told that many times and finally "get it"! So you lived in good ole' San Anton huh? I LOVE ARIZONA! We lived in Anthem for about 2 years and miss the fantastic weather!

Sonja- I appreciate the compliment!

Vicki- It was a very big step and so happy I did it! Great to meet you.

 

 

 

 

 

October 30, 2008 06:33 PM #77
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Monica Vera
LMB Design Home Staging & Redesigns - San Antonio, TX
Home Staging Professional for San Antonio, TX & Helotes, TX

Ladwina- Your words are very encouraging! Thank you!

Hector- Thank you! I look forward to writing and hopefully without anything crawling around!

Richard- I LOVE IT! You put a big smile on my face! Thank you!

 

 

October 30, 2008 06:45 PM #78
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Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD

Monica,

Great to have you on board the Rain. Glad that you finally got your first blog out and now it's soo easy to write the second and third and so on ones. Welcome and blog around the clock.

October 30, 2008 11:23 PM #79
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Monica Vera
LMB Design Home Staging & Redesigns - San Antonio, TX
Home Staging Professional for San Antonio, TX & Helotes, TX

Esko- That's what I'm hoping for! VIVA LAS VEGAS! I love that city!  

November 03, 2008 09:28 PM #80
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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

First of all....WELCOME to the ActiveRain...the BEST PLACE ON THE NET! Secondly...I'm very happy that you are here. Thank you for your prayers for my daughter. I cannot begin to tell you how much it meant to me.

I have added you as an associate. Please never hesitate to come to me for anything you need. GBU~

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November 27, 2008 04:12 PM #82
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Kathy Riggle
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Houston Home Staging

Welcome to AR-fellow Texan! Let me know if I can be of any help from Houston! Congrats on your first post AND all the comments!

November 28, 2008 11:32 AM #83
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Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Monica,

Welcome to AR!  I enjoyed reading your first post.   I liked the analogy to the centipede.   Being a newbie myself and not wanting to feel and react like a centipede, I have started working on my first blog.  I plan to have it posted by no later than early next week.  Thank you for inspiring me to write it.   Have a great day!

November 28, 2008 04:32 PM #84
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Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
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Welcome Monica!  My advice to you is to just get going and not worry about how perfect your writing is!  While I was learning and trying to figure things out, I went into my desktop document folder and found a lot of things I had written for various reasons that would work as a post with a few revisions.  That allowed me to get some posts going, figure out formatting, and so forth.  Good luck!

November 29, 2008 11:30 AM #85
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Charles Gardner-Realtor/Investor
ZIP Realty, Inc-Houston District - Humble, TX

Hello Monica,

You have inspired me to begin to blog.  I just joined the Rain and in the past have wondered about blogging

and just didn't start.  I haven;t seen any centipeded but your post should get me started.  Thanks

November 29, 2008 11:48 AM #86
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Wow, I waa there 2 weeks ago, the first one was the hardest.  You did great.  Look forward to reading more from you.

November 29, 2008 05:43 PM #87
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It's better to step on it and save the environment from spray toxins etc, just a thought!

December 09, 2008 02:42 PM #88
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Monica Vera
LMB Design Home Staging & Redesigns - San Antonio, TX
Home Staging Professional for San Antonio, TX & Helotes, TX

Elizabeth - Thank you for the warm welcome.  I am happy to be here and to have met you.  Believe me, I will be taking up on your offer and will be in contact for AR help!

Kathy - Hi there! We almost relocated to Cypress, TX (the Bridgelands) earlier this summer! My husband received another job offer & allowed us to stay in SA.  I'm so new to AR and appreciate all of your help - I will be in contact!

Gerry - JUST JUMP RIGHT IN! Welcome to AR.  I know exactly how you feel but everyone here is amazing and will welcome you with open arms.  I look forward to reading your blog.

Janna - Great advice, thank you! Wow! you know me so well - I write, re-write, read it, write, re-write, edit, read then give up! LOL.  I'm trying to get better.

Charles - I'm happy that the centipede crawled your way.  Welcome to AR and I look forward to reading your 1st blog.

Debra - Great to meet you! Yes, it was hard but once I did it - FELT GREAT.  I hope they get easier. I look forward to reading your blog also.

 

 

 

December 11, 2008 08:45 PM #89
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Judi Morgan
Kimberly Howell Properties - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate

Monica, sorry I missed your very first blog.  Please accept my  belated welcome to Active Rain.  I see we are neighbors (as in we both live and/or have Helotes addresses).  Great first post -- so great it was featured!!!  Congratulations on that accomplishment!  :)    Looking forward to getting to know you better.  We definitely have to find time to meet for coffee or lunch.

December 23, 2008 11:50 PM #90
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Monica Vera
LMB Design Home Staging & Redesigns - San Antonio, TX
Home Staging Professional for San Antonio, TX & Helotes, TX

Hi Judi! It's great to meet you and thank you for your warm welcome! Coffee or Lunch sounds fantastic and can't wait! Have a great holiday & to a successful 2009!!!

 

December 24, 2008 12:05 PM #91
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Judi Morgan
Kimberly Howell Properties - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate

Monica, look forward to it -- we'll talk after the holidays and schedule coffee or lunch.

December 24, 2008 01:03 PM #92
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Robert May
Verico Canada First Mortgage/ Rainbow Realty - Lethbridge, AB
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Reviewing some old featured posts, this one clearly needed a comment.  Feel free to visit me back at my lethbridge real estate blog and leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by.

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