It all Started at RainCamp, My 100th Blog Post, The Power of Active Rain
March of 2009, I wrote my first post on Active Rain. I wrote, I Want to sell, but should I wait? a members only post regarding listing in a buyer's market, highlighting the upside for certain sellers who would also be buyers.
I had some nice welcoming comments and thought, this was interesting, but I let things go for a while. I was signed up to receive the ActiveRain Newsletter, which came into my inbox on a daily basis. When time would allow, I'd peruse through some of the titles for something interesting, but I only commented once that month.
Come September 2009 and I heard about something called RainCamp. Dan Edwards, a colleague in my office who is light years ahead of me in all things technological, encouraged me to go. Rain Camp was on a beautiful fall day on the Seattle waterfront with folks from both near and far. We sat with Janna Rankin Scharf, who had driven in from Coeur d'Alene, ID, about 6 hours away. She explained to me for the first time about the points system and how accumulating points would get you featured. Being featured would draw more people to my blog and cause my phone to ring. I quickly rose to number 2 in Sammamish and have climbed the ranks to 18 in King County and 54 in Washington State.
Ben Kinney spoke and told us all about SEO, URL's, IDX, Long Tail Searches, Twitter and various applications, Facebook and the Social Media Revolution, Real Tools for Real Estate, Brad's top 200 sites for business, Blogging for business, keyword density, outgoing links, photos, 10 days of pain, and more I can't explain. It was like trying to drink from a number of fire hoses.
I took good notes, borrowed better ones and began in earnest to learn and enjoy this online Real Estate community. All the alphabet soup and strange terms has taken on greater meaning the more time I've spent on ActiveRain. Most days I'll read 15-20 or posts and comment on at least 10. I've subscribed to a few folks, and been blessed to have a few subscribe to my posts. Blogging has become a regular event, unless business gets in the way, which is a good thing. J
For 2010 I have a few goals; doubling 2009's business is one, posting here to help accomplish this is another. It's been fun learning from many of you. It's as if my small independent office is now part of a large franchise where the overwhelming goal is to help everyone get better. That is what I like about ActiveRain and why I'm glad to be a part of it. For me, it all started at RainCamp.
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