ActiveRain, a social club?

Good morning one and all! I hope you are having a wonderful relaxing Saturday after a hectic money making week. Now wasn’t that pleasant? Maybe I will get some business from it. Maybe I will make a friend and they will want to work with me. Maybe a consumer will find this site, see that I’m a nice guy and give me a call. Maybe it will generate some comments. Do I care? You betcha!

I have read several posts over the last couple of days from folks voicing their opinions on what ActiveRain is or is not for them. Personally, I think they are missing the point. To me ActiveRain IS a social network, a place to have fun, a place to connect with others in my profession, a place to voice my opinion(for better or worse), a place to share my knowledge, a place to learn new things, a place to connect on a personal level with the consumer, a place to share our lives, a place to share in the agony and defeat of our business, a place to increase my web presence and a place to be rewarded for all or hard work(points). ActiveRain, the more it grows, the more it is starting to be a reflection of “true life”. Relationships, cliques and strong opinions are starting to develop. And to me, it is awesome! I hate boring. I hate the status quo. I hate putting on airs. I want excitement, mental stimulation and honesty in my life. ActiveRain is giving me all of that. And it’s a wonderful thing.

In my opinion, in order to get he full benefit of this network you must get into the game, make friends, share your thoughts, post useful information and post fun information. I mean let’s face it, at this point, our audience is other members. Work the audience. In the short time that I have been a member of ActiveRain, I have been interviewed my Inman news, twice, Margaret Rome interviewed me on her radio show in Baltimore, I was on Rory Siems pod cast in California, I have received personal notes, cards and emails from many members thanking me for my input, I have called other members with encouraging words, my mind and thinking process has expanded, I am thinking about writing a book, my interest in my business has been renewed, my discipline has been increased, writing has forced me to concentrate on what I do and how I do it and because of this I have seen a tremendous increase in my business.

So folks, if you are just posting information, for the consumer, and are not participating in the community, you are missing out on a wonderful opportunity. Take the plunge. Forget about points and comments and just do it. Do it to your fullest and points, comments, stars and business will come automatically. All of those are bi-products of a job well done. Wow, sounds like real life again! The only thing we have control over is our own lives and attitudes. Take care of those two things and everything else will naturally flow into your life.

So, ActiveRain, a social club? Yes, and sooooooo much more! What say you?

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