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What Does ActiveRain Mean To Me?

Not being the computer person so many on this site are, I am not the collage creator that I should be.  But a collage is a collection or combination of various things.

ActiveRain is a collection or combination of various things.  Its composition is of similarities and differences.  This composition is symbiotic, with each component contributing to and benefiting from the whole.

NOW, THAT SOUNDS ESOTERIC AND MEDICINAL, DOESN'T IT!?  I don't mean it to be.  Here is what I think...

Look at this representation of what goes on every day on the AR site:

What is going on here?  It is a beehive of shopping!  And buying and selling!

A few of us open shop every day.  We put our wares out there for all to see.  There is busy-ness with each ware offered.  Many stop by to see what he have put out for consumption.  Some will comment.  And with those who do, the reward is interaction. Everyone stops when they have interest in what is offered, no matter the ware.  There are many groups designed to have even more interaction among those with similar interests.

There is a lot going on!  Too much for anyone to see it all.  The showroom is too huge!  No one has that much time.  There are people we have met often, and others we will never meet!  It is truly the largest shopping mall any of us has ever seen.

Some of the wares are serious and some silly.  Some are personally fashioned and some less so.  Some of the wares are instructional.  Some are informational.  Some are behind closed doors and intended for "Members Only!"  But we are encouraged to express ourselves and we do!  Sometimes philosophically, and other times artistically, even with photo art!  And people stop by our little corner of the showroom to see what we have!  What we have to offer is the thing called BLOG.

And the ActiveRain showroom?

THE ACTIVERAIN SHOWROOM IS THE MOST ECLECTIC COLLECTION OF WARES WITH SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES PERHAPS ON THE INTERNET.  BUT EACH PERSON IS ALSO OFFERING A PIECE OF THEMSELF.  AND WHEN OPENING THAT PIECE OTHERS DEVELOP ATTACHMENTS.  THOSE ATTACHMENTS DEVELOP INTO REGULAR INTERACTION THAT SOMETIMES EXTENDS BEYOND THE SITE!

----->  I often receive phone calls from AR members.  I often make phone calls to AR members.  We speak to each other as friends.

----->  I have done business with AR members.  AR members have done business with me.

----->  When I have met AR members for the first time, we meet with more personal understanding than others who truly meet for the first time!  We have connections!  We have, albeit "cyber" and distant, a relationship that can then blossom a little further.

----->  We have been known to get together in a group from time to time!  It is always for learning, but also for fun.  And we do both.

----->  I have often thought I could drive across the country, staying in the homes of AR members I know for a night without having to use a hotel!

----->  Because of the power of the AR site, my website has gotten more and more exposure as I have contributed my wares to the group.  I get calls all the time from people asking for my help, often from people I do not know and who are not even on the ActiveRain site!  But they have found me on the net. 

----->  But most of all, that exposure has made me money as business has flowed my way as others, members or not of ActiveRain, have read what I have to say and felt my information and knowledge was worthy of hire.

THE BUSINESS OF BUSINESS, AFTER ALL, IS BUSINESS!

I AM GLAD TO BE A MEMBER OF SUCH AN ORGANIZATION.  IT HAS HELPED MY BUSINESS, AND MY COMPLETE PERSON, TO DEVELOP IN WAYS I HAD PREVIOUSLY NOT IMAGINED WOULD HAPPEN.

One of my favorite quotes is a thought Michelangelo had at the age of 87.  He died at 93.  His quote regarding that thought is simple:

I AM STILL LEARNING.

And I am.  I have seen his resume!  It is impressive!  Would that my resume would extend to and through so much!  Likely not.  But my resume is changing all the time as I learn and grow and become.

Thank you for helping me toward that end ActiveRain.

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 23 commentsJay Markanich • May 27 2011 07:26AM

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Very good representation of what the ActiveRain community is to us all. It is a market place, a resource, a watering hole, a counselor -  many things to each of us!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 7 years ago

This is an awesome post and I love the drawing--did you do that? If this is for a contest (I will have to check out the contest), I think you should win.  Also I am suggesting this one. Thanks for your inspiration.

Posted by Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate (Prudential CT Realty) over 7 years ago

What a great perspective!  If we're open to it, we'll all keep learning and interacting until our last breath!  I know I am!

Thanks for the post.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 7 years ago

Gary - quick response!  Thank you.  I think it's a pretty encompassing representation of AR as well.

Peggy - and thank you!  No, I did not do the drawing.  But it fits, doesn't it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Kathleen - of the entire group, I wonder what percentage is in the showroom every day.  We know that the percentage offering wares is very small.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I'm happy to get the exposure for my business, have fun with my posts AND make new friends * what's NOT to LIKE?

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 7 years ago

Wallace - exakitakilly!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay: very philospical this morning. I came on expecting to learn about GFCI's or shut off valves or something like that!  The sharing in this community is amazing. I work in a small office, and even with my limited expereince, I am often the mentor, not the mentee(?). I am finding mentors on Active Rain everyday. Not what I expected, but I am truly grateful to all of you who educate, entertain and inform everyday. I too never want to stop learning.

Thank you Active Rain!

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) over 7 years ago

You are so right abt the community here.  When you meet someone live, you are already great friends.  It's wonderful.  So glad to know you here.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Interesting post. There is always something going on here in the Rain, all one has to do is open up, our minds' and find it. As for the collage, where's Jay, or is it Waldo?

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 7 years ago

Anne - I am glad you find AR so informative, as do I.  I learn something every day.

Debbie - thanks!  And when we met I got a hug!

Ed - I think if you look in the lower left corner you might find that which you seek...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Bring back your sunny smile...your black eye is creeping me out....have a happy healthy grilling thrilling weekend !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago

We intend to S&D!  Sorry about the eye!  You are the second to complain!  Shoulda, woulda, coulda change it?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay ~ This world of Active Rain is the most Amazing Cornucopia of Knowledge that is so willingly shared ~ Thankful and Grateful ~

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 7 years ago

Frank and Karen - I'm with you!  I like to partake a bit each day, but some days business just gets in the way!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay - When I log on to AR I always look for your recent posts which are both informative and entertaining.  In this one you have provided a great "mind picture" of what AR is all about.  I know you're always "keeping an eye out" for great blog material : ) 

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 7 years ago

Thanks John, and I am.  That is primarily why I log onto your blog and subscribe to it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay,

No black eye with this post. You are on target. Recommending for feature.

Posted by Brad Rachielles, REALTOR, CDPE, Upland, CA (CENTURY 21 Peak, Ca BRE# 01489453) over 7 years ago

Thank you Brad, for your words and suggestion!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, this is a very good explanation of the Active Rain phenomenom.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Thanks Chris.  That's what it means to me!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay,

You will be interested to know that Nusty got mail. He is on a campout but has yet to open it. I am sure he will write about it when he gets back Monday.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

It's time for a new image Steve!  I know you're retired, but Mason maybe could consider a new logo.

AR is about that sort of thing too...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

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