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"