When I joined Active Rain, I never imagined where this would take me. I thought blogging was for kids.
When I logged on the first time, I did not think I would have much interest in it. After spending a little time on the site, I began to see the potential power of this forum. Man someone had a great idea here. So I built my profile and checked out some blog articles. There were not that many members back then. There were a few really good one though. Broker Bryant and TLW were among the first that, I latched on to learn about blogging. Mary McKnight was the technical expert that I learned how to make use of this forum from. In a matter of a couple of weeks the point system pulled me in. I can't help it, I am competitive. I probably have never admitted it in public before, but the point system pulled me in. Whoever thought this up was a genius. Sales professionals are competitive by nature and this point system plays is a natural to pull us in.
So here I am having fun, trading knowledge and making friends. The first few months that was what I got from it. Then one day it happened; I got a phone call from someone who asked if I was the VA expert. He read my posts about VA financing. YES!!! I got my first contact for business through Active Rain. A week or two later I got an e-mail from a buyer who was relocating. Than another buyer called who said he was reading my posts and would like to interview me. About 6 weeks later we closed escrow on his home. Since then I have gotten leads, referrals and new clients through Active Rain. My friends and existing clients follow my posts and speak to me regularly about various posts. Other REALTORS® and loan officers in the area tell me regularly they have read my posts. While attending a real estate seminar, three different agents approached me about my blog. Wow, that is powerful.
When I joined on 11/5/06, I never imagined writing 600 posts and collecting 400,000 points. Now that I have hit this milestone, I have only one thing left to do; that is set the next goal and keep on going. 500,000 points here I come!
Mahalo (Thank you in Hawaiian):
- To everyone who was involved with creating Active Rain.
- To everyone responsible for keeping it running and improving.
- To all of the members on Active Rain who have made this the absolute best forum of it's kind.
- To all the great friends I have made here.
- Celeste "WooHoo Sally" Cheeseman who is a great blogger and my buddy in our office. She has made blogging a lot more fun since she joined our ranks.
- To everyone who has shared their wisdom and knowledge with me.
Good Luck and Good Blogging!!
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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®
Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR
Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"
Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers. His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area. His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.
Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors. To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents.