San Diego Real Estate Voice : I Have a Different Viewpoint About ActiveRain Points and I am Proud of It!

I Have a Different Viewpoint About ActiveRain Points and I am Proud of It!

I Have a Different Viewpoint About ActiveRain Points and I am Proud of It !

I see many members rushing to accumulate points with post after post of not much interest and not many or in some case any comments. My personal opinion about ActiveRain is that I love the experience. I like it that many people comment on my posts and we can learn from each other. I like it that I am building a quality readership of interested  members but also building long term friendships. I feel rich with friendships here in the Rain, people I can count on for advise, teaching me new things and me sharing my skills with them.

I am in no rush to just accumulate points, I would rather have a few less and have the relationship. But both is really nice. I faithfully log in to ActiveRain several times a day and evening to comment while  I may post a blog only a few times a week. But I make a strong effort to make the post worthwhile. If is in the Photoblogging category, I especially want to provide things of interest and I leave the post up long enough so others may enjoy the effort. 

I care very much about each person that takes the time to comment and I try to make the posts interesting and always try to give it my best effort. Why bother filling up space and time with just getting any old post up because you feel the need to add points for the week. Do it because you have something to share or to offer others a posting that may be of interest, entertaining or informative. That is in my opinion on how we help each other the most. By sharing things of value. And I know consumers will always be attracted to things of interest and value.

I recognize the true competitive spirit in striving for position within our membership and I would never discourage that. But for me, I am taking my time and enjoying the journey. Don't think for a minute that I am complacent about ActiveRain. It has become a very significant part of my daily life, I have invested a lot of time and effort and would help anyone at anytime any way I can. I am just different in how fast that my posts needs to be done. Consistent, steady and build with as much quality as one can. These posts last indefinitely and I want my on-line reputation to be about something of value to others.

When I started ActiveRain before I began building enduring friendships, I probably went about it much the same way as those racing to the top. If you don't build quality along the way with readers and friendships that can endure for a lifetime, what's the rush. I don't need a title, I have had plenty in life. I am going for the quality of the experience and enjoying everything and everyone along the way.

Perhaps as I have grown older, I realize that it is people and quality of relationships that I seek out most from the ActiveRain network. I am guessing that many if not most of the readers attracted to my posts feel similar.

In the end, what is the payoff for all the special care and effort. Out of the approx. 230,000 members, I rank 44th in subscribers to my blog. Here is a link to the Top Subscribed To Members. It says to me, build it right and they will come.  

Being a photoblogger, my post would not be complete without at least one photo. Enjoy!

Bee With Pollen

 Bee Bathing in Pollen 

Click On Photo Below If You Enjoy My Blog

 Thank You !



Comment balloon 89 commentsWilliam Johnson • May 04 2012 03:22PM


Hi William -

I think many of us are on the same page as you with the point issue.  I have found networking and making real friendships in the Rain much more valuable than the points.  I honestly can't tell you how many points I have.  Suggested!

Have a great weekend in all you do!



Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) about 8 years ago

Well said, William.  One can tell that you post with passion.  That should be your byline - Posting With Passion.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 8 years ago

Hi Jon, Thank so much. From the first time you commented on my blog, I knew you and I shared this opinion. You provide so much quality and interest in your posts. Thanks for the friendship.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

Hi Jane, You are one special lady. Thank you and I love the comment. I will certainly consider using your idea. Love it! "Posting with Passion"!

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

I appreciate your viewpoint William. Both through your words and your lens! Posting with Passion seems to fit quite nicely. :) 

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) about 8 years ago


Well said, and I appreciate your point of view.  Also I enjoy your photography especial today's of a bee revelling in pollen.  I love that you caught a little rainbow on those gossamer wings.  Have a great weekend. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 8 years ago

Hi Judy, Thank you so much and I appreciate yours as well. I am not sure where to add those words, but guessing it might be in my profile. The more I think on Jane's words the more I like it. I wish it were a unique quality but here in the rain there are so many that embrace that concept, including you. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

Hi Alexandra, Thank you. This is the bee that I got so close to that after I clicked the shutter, it went right for my face. Thankfully it was not in a stinging mood as it has a load of pollen to deliver.  I did notice that it has a neat haricut though. And clearly it was pollen and not dandruff, LOL. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

William - I've grown older as well, but I'm totally with you on this one.  The relationships, experience, and knowledge gained far outweigh any points accumulated.

Now if I could turn in my points for High Interest CD's ... another story ;)

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) about 8 years ago

William-I wholeheartedly agree with you on this. I do way more commenting than posting and when I do post it means something to me and hopefully my AR friends. Now the quality of my posts and pics are no where near your caliber but I have a passion for the people here and all the talent they all share. AR is a BIG part of my life socially and it wouldn't be the same without it.

The one thing you do that speaks volumes to your depth of caring and building relationships not just garnering points is how much time you spend commenting to your readers. A lot of folks don't do that level of time and commitment.

A phrase that says what I think fits you is QUALITY NOT QUANTITY.



Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 8 years ago
Blogging has a purpose for me, it gives me a way to talk about my properties and make many new firiends in the rain. Points give me an motivation to move forward each day but are not my main driving force to get them. Iwould say the farther that I get up on the points scale the harder it is to pass the person above me seems they blog as well.
Posted by Laura Filip, What can we do for you today? (Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life ) about 8 years ago

Hi Jason, I am with you on your sentiment but I can assure you, the high interest rate thing isn't going to happen, LMAO. How's life BTW, Hope you and Jennifer are doing fabulously well!

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

O' contrar my dear friend Sharon. Your contributions are every bit as good as mine. You also have a lot of heart and that trumps just about everything. In athetics, the champions are not the only ones with skill. But they have heart and take takes them over the finish line. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

William, And you do an excellent job with the posts that you do.  We enjoy the relationships we've built along the way.  Some posts are for general consumption and we hope for the comments, others like the market reports are using the power of this platform to try and reach the consumers.  We've really enjoyed our time in the Rain and don't miss a day.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 about 8 years ago

William  In a few months I will have been on AR five years.  It is easier for me to blog more frequently as I have ny real estate partner of 36 years to help me.  Hosever, it has nothing to do with points.  I've ;earned a lot on AR and make a sincere effort to contribute to "pay it forward". .Of course, I value the friendships and contacts we've made over the years.

Arthur and I are very active participants in our community through Rotary International and our church.  That has been our way of life long before AR and it has carried over.  Like you, I don't apologize for it plus the points I've accumulated










Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 8 years ago

Hi Laura, I used to see the points as the motivator back when, now I see them as the reward for the effort. If I see someone wanting to pass me though, I usually let them. And here is the reason. They may need the position more than I. They may need it to feel they accomplished something. But I get wonderful friends along the way. Leadership to me is based on passion, pride and providing a helping hand to those you care about. I have never seen a successful leader that jumped out in front of a group and says, "Follow Me". The real leaders are often back in the pack with the others helping them to make their way. And they most often try to set the example for others to emulate. I never needed to be number one at something because as long as I do my best and keep an open wondering mind, I am number one to myself at everything.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

Hi Liz and Bill, You said that so well. And you are both leaders that others can emulate. I have always enjoyed your friendship as well. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

Hi Karen, You shine as bright as a freshly polished diamond. Your spirit, your values are totally awesome. You demonstrate your love for our industry, family, friends and your community and it shows in everything you do. You are a treasure!

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

As a new member, I share your viewpoint, But...

The point system is just plain fun.  Real estate, by it's very nature is a bit competitive:

  • Getting a listing
  • Getting a higher priced listing
  • Getting a buyer
  • negotiating the deal
  • and so much more

I've learned so much reading and commenting on these posts, and the points system encourages me to come on every day and dig a little deeper to find relevent topics.

Thanks for a great post.

PS:  I subscribed too, helping you move up the ranks even just a little.

Posted by Eric Estate (JB Goodwin) about 8 years ago


Well that pretty much says what it is all about,. Your passion for writing, photography and AR are such a treasure for all of us, and we benefit in so many ways. Thank you!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) about 8 years ago

when I started I was lucky.  Within a week I was reaching out for help in a new situation to me... in the fall of 2008 when REO became a way of life in my market and I was swamped by people offering to help.  So I fortunately found "relastionships" immediately and am very grateful for that.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 8 years ago

Hi Eric, Thank you so much and you have really impressed me with your wonderful way of writing and expressing yourself, and thank for subscribing. Eric, you are going to be very successful. Interestingly, I really enjoy my career and the fact that I have been successful is owned entirely to my past clients and the new clients they send my way. I can't remember the last time I competed for a listing. But the time I hear from a potential client, they already know why they called me to play a significant role in their lives. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

Hi Jeff, You are one of the early leaders that I chose to emulate. You have set values that are never compromised. You have provided many with your vision, passion, knowledge and friendship. Life just doesn't get better than that. You have set the bar high for all of us that choose to follow in your footsteps and for me, you are also a Wonderful Friend that I so admire. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

Hi Tammy, You did it right then and continue to do so. You have now become a leader as you willingly demonstrate your ability to help and guide others. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

Hi Mike, Go for it. Love the name, LOL

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

I have noticed some local bloggers in my market that post the most ridiculous repetitive posts that have almost no content obviously just to rack up their 10 posts a week to get points.  It just makes them look silly.

Posted by Maureen Megowan, Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog (Remax Estate Properties - ) about 8 years ago

Points come with the territory, and the territory I want is partially owned by Google. Comments don't get me any Google juice, whereas blog posts do. So I'd rather do 10, even 20 posts a week, and get no comments than do one post every 30 days like one person here does and have that monthly post featured each time and get 200 comments.

I've also discovered that relationships apparently aren't all they are cracked up to be. Even when you meet people in person, they can turn on you at a moment's notice.

ActiveRain is just a microcosm of the real world. Not surprising to me.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 8 years ago
Hi Mureen, We have all noticed it Maureen. Stay true to who you are and believe this. In the end you will be the one that is most satified with your achievements and friendships.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

Good evening William. You are a thoughtful and kind person whose accomplishments are noteworthy. I enjoy your posts and your puctures are incredible. This one is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 8 years ago

Hi William, I like to participate in it all as well. I could blog all day, but I wait for a good passionate topic to inspire a good post. If I dont have an idea, reading posts, commenting, and making friends is all part of the Activerain experience. Great post, nice shot on the pic!! I have some nice ones I should post as well. Always love a great shot!

Posted by David W. Hughes, Designated Broker at Home Realtors of Idaho (Home Realtors 208-870-5133) about 8 years ago
Hi Jim, I respect everyone's opinion on the question of how to build and enjoy their on-line presence. There is no one right answer for everyone and each will have their opinions based on their own beliefs and goals. Your particular view is fully understandable and certainly not to be discredited in any way. We all have slightly different goals and the manner at which we chose to acheive them proves clearly that your action plan works well for you. I have experienced so many wonderful people that have added so much to my life, so I haven't experienced the other aspect of what you are saying but I can appreciate that others have had differeing experiences. Thank you so much for your comment and enhancing this post.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

William, very well said.  I do appreciate your thoughts, and I enjoy your photographs greatly.  Thanks for the post!

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 8 years ago

Aah, what a nice photo and so appropriate to the season. Take time to obtain points is like taking time to smell the flowers (or the coffee).

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) about 8 years ago
Hi Sheila, Thank you so much for the great compliment. You are very appreciated Sheila for your kindness.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

The point system motivated me at first but now I just like stay in touch with what people are writing about on here.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) about 8 years ago

William - I went to hit the "suggest" button, but got frustrated when I couldn't find it.   Duh. . .It was already featured, and rightfully so.  Your thoughts mirror my own.  My motivation for posting is an addiction to ActiveRain.  I've never posted 10 postings in a week.  And generally hover between 3 to 7 a week.  I care about points, but I'm not a slave to them.  In fact I sometimes worry that I will come to a point where I can't fly below the radar, and folks will really expect that I be able to write about something I know. . .LOL

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 8 years ago

Evening William,  Yours is one of only a handfull of blogs I actually look for and enjoy.   Keep on keepn' on !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 8 years ago

People forget that it is about giving back and generating interest, and giving back and creating an emotional response.

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) about 8 years ago

Thank you William I appreciate your kindness. It is friends like you that make Active Rain so special.  P.S. CONGRATS on the well deserved feature.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 8 years ago

At the end of the day points don't equal dollars. And dollars don't equal relationships. Nice Post!

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) about 8 years ago

I love my bff William!  lol...yeah, it's been a long road. It's kind of hard for me to keep getting back over here as I used to lately but I surely do try!  ActiveRain is where I connected with the friends I have now...and it carried over into real life...other platforms and more. Bottom line, points don't seem to be so important (but they sure were fun accumulating them!) as the friendships I've formed. Thank you for trusting me with your was a smooth transaction!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 8 years ago
Hi David, I surely do hope you will bring us some of you photos. I hope you will also accept this invitation to join our ActiveRainPhotoBlogger group. Thanks for dropping by David and for sharing your view point. I will be watching for you in the photoblogger group. :)
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

William, I have the same view about points although I think Jon and Matt were brilliant for coming up with the point system. It was quite innovative and now imitated and exploited. Being an early member I was lucky. I didn't need a lot of points to become #1 in Manhattan and then at one point #1 in NY state. It doesn't matter if your #1 or 20 or 200. I've moved down the ladder. Nothing changed.

You're also a long-time member, terrific blogger and I'm glad to have read your blogs and comments and met you on activerain.

I don't play tit for tat. I comment when I comment, when I have something to say. So bloggers who I know just because I don't always comment on your blog, sometimes I read and lurk but i know who knows their markets and it will be a pleasure to send referrals when I have the chance. 

It has always been about quality for me. I have always preferred quality over quantity in most things in life. Quality blogs, quality comments, quality relationships, quality friendships, quality training, quality controversy and quality collaboration with peers from all over the US and Canada.

In fact after all these years (I just checked because I had no idea) I only have 395,000 points. It doesn't matter to me. The benefits, opportunities and knowledge gained from the activerain experience has been priceless.

Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (Compass) about 8 years ago

William, some are just very competitive... like playing a video game.  I agree in concept with what you are saying but when a system is setup such as the AR system is where various points are set up for every blink of an eye et.. game players are going to figure out how to win the game, while those looking to win a different prize such as relationships are playing a different game that is not about points.  Nicely said.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 8 years ago

William ~  You definately are a role model for all of us.  I do treasure the relationships over the points.. but sometimes, I can see that those goals can be in conflict.  As Judy pointed out.. there will always be those thathave differenct goals... and that is what make Active Rain a "real" virtual community.  We have folks with differering goals.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 8 years ago

Its all good and points are nothing other than a barameter of consistency and time.

The real key is learning sharing growing and being yourself. Present who you are and that will attract others.

Thats awesome you are 44th in the country. I feel blessed to be in the top 40 of our state in less than a year. Its all good and thats what AR is all about.

Kudos and peace

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) about 8 years ago
Hi Mike, I have meant to subscribe to your blog for months and I can't believe I hadn't before this. I just fixed that. Thank you for your wonderful remarks Mike, when I subscribed to your blog, I notiiced a really good post that I can't waiit to read and comment on. See your soon over on your blog.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

I don't believe you. This post is for the points.

Posted by David Spencer, Show Me real estate in Kansas City (Keller Williams Northland) about 8 years ago

Hi William - This last month I have been lax in blogging and commenting (sick, then two sets of out of town guests for a week each, and business has heated up), although I have tried to check out a couple of posts most days.  I don't blog for points, but when I suddenly notice that I have a big number or an unusual number, I do get a kick out of it.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) about 8 years ago

Hi William,

Interesting viewpoint on points -- also, I checked out the link to Top Subscribed to Members.



Posted by Kevin Sembrat (Diversified RCS Inc; about 8 years ago

William, believe it or not, like my business goals, I do have goals for 'points' on ActiveRain. Though I have slowed down a bit in many ways - and limiting my posts to listings and market reports only - so as to maintain my rank in MA. One more disadvantage I have is - I am not as fluent in English as most of the members here - no matter what, it's still my second language and I still think in my mother-tongue. Hopefully, I'll start writing some interesting posts, soon.

(And I will be in San Diego between 8th & 12th May - and see if time permits, will plan to meet some of ActivePeeps.)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 8 years ago
Hi Melissa, That is a superb analogy. Thank you so much for adding it here to enhance the post.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago
William - I think that's a great way to think about it, and I love the picture of the bee.
Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 8 years ago
What a joy to read your post, and the photo is fantastic - thank you.
Posted by Jackie Hillen, Tulare County ~ (559) 999-8088 (Melson Realty) about 8 years ago
Hi Chuck, We are a big family with lots and lots of varied interests. We don't have to be anything more or less than we chose. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago
Hi Myrl, One of the things I discovered about you is how often we think alike and sometimes at exactly the same time. You are one of my favorite things about ActiveRain. We sure have had many fun conversations and your awesome spirit is just so amzing to me. You make me smile just thinking of you!
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago
WOW Bill , Thank you so much, I honestly feel honored with your wonderful comment.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago


Great blog posts must be spread:)

Points fun, but there are so many posts just for points......,

I'd love to have option 'unsubscribe' from those ~like on FB.

I wanted to recommend your post , but i don't even see such option?

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 8 years ago

ok, done: also shared on google +.

There is always going to be dilemma: quantity or quality.

it is a personal choice( not just on AR, but usually a personal value through the whole life)

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 8 years ago
I will be comment 65. All I know is one phone call and one hour later you and I figured out photo insertion on iPads and I have used that info daily from that day forward. Greetings from my iPAD!
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge about 8 years ago

I'm with you - I've got over 100,000 points and have only 16 blog posts.  Since AR is geared more towards agents than appraisers, I'm more interested the the viewpoints of others and gaining valuable knowledge.

Posted by Jesse Skolkin (Independent New York State Certified Real Estate Appraiser) about 8 years ago

I enjoed your post but Jim (#31) has a good point....

Posted by Gina Nugent, Real Estate Agent - Palm Beach, FL (Donohue RE) about 8 years ago

William:  I never have been in it for the points which is why you won't see me with a ga-zillion. I do believe that just putting out stuff, poor content, etc. is worse than not blogging at all.

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) about 8 years ago

Posting with Passion?  Love it.                                                                                                                                                  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) about 8 years ago

William, I agree, although the points seem to add up after awhile the real point to blogging here on AR is in developing relationships. I always enjoy your posts and photos. I just saw where you jumped up to 43 on the subscribed log.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 8 years ago

I love blogging and the good news is that what I've been doing for over 5 years here in the rain is paying off, so much that I almost can't keep it up. I've had to hire assistants, buyers agents and even short sale negotiators to keep everything up. Being different is what got me here!


Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 8 years ago

Congratulations on your ranking William. You are indeed an interesting man with worthwhile things to say...and I always appreciate your beautiful photos. I think at first, we get caught up with points, sometimes for the sheer economics of paying less each month in dues. ( I know that was important to me in the beginning.) But, I know you're right - the relationships, and developing a blog worth reading, is paramount. You are indeed a great person to emulate. Enjoy your Saturday.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 8 years ago
Hi Jennifer, You are right and that is how ActiveRain was built. The early adopters actually worked together and helped each other with many of the resources that each discovered as they progressed. Paying it Forward is a signifcant aspect of who we are collectively. If we each had to re-create the wheel, many of us would have given up already. The ActiveRain corporation was and remains a visonary and continued this to create the AR University. It provides consistent tools for anyone interested in nearly anything that has to do with building, maintaining and enhancing the ActiveRain experience and creating a successful on-line experience. Thank you so much for your woonderful comment.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago
Good Morning Sharon, You are the one to thank. You have been a wonderful friend.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago
Hi Doug, There is nothing wrong with persuing points while building your relationships but they are just markers of progress. But what goes into them is what builds the community. One of the reasons Google likes ActiveRain is it provides a depth in real estate and community that adds so much to it's already signicant content. That is what we recognise as a win win. And while you are right that points are not dollars, eventually when your on-line presence grows with significant content, it probably will provide you with many more leads that could turn into them. I would best explain this as enjoying the journey instead of just focusing on the destination. Your coomment is very appreciated and you said in a few words what took me a paragraph. :-)
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

William, very interesting post. I have only been in AR for about 4 months. It didn't take long to notice that some blog post were not worth reading and were only there for points. I have also noticed that the featured blogs are always from the same members. How does a new or improved blogger ever get noticed by the other members.

After clicking on your list of Top Subscribed I thought of something even worse. What if people reading your post took that list as a suggestion of what to read. They would be in a real rut- never getting to read anything new or different.

I deleted my subscription to one on your list after noticing the last post was 06/16/2010. Real Estate Website Design Blog is a subject that changes rapidly and old info becomes worthless very quickly.

Posted by Wayne Jackson, North Idaho Realtor, Serving Coeur dnullAlene and Hayden Lake (Lakeshore Realty 208-714-4109) about 8 years ago

I the broad sense...but I can afford to, I'm at the top of my city and 2nd in my county (so I get the exposure). That is my purpose for the points, I want visibility. But the way to get points is to enjoy myself and those I interact with. I have the luxury of playing in the rain now. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 8 years ago
We are in total agreement although we have been consumed by our business lately.. We appreciate the true meaning of the rain along with the relationships and shared learning experiences ... Each and every one of them!!
Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) about 8 years ago

Hi William. Last year was my first year in the Rain, and I had one goal in mind, and that was to get into the Top Ten in my major city. While, I not only accomplished that, but I am presently at No. 3 in my city, and it was the points that got me there, but I have made some great lasting friendships along the way that I wouldn't trade for anything.

I have "Built it, and They are Coming". Now, my focus like you in on posting more quality blogs for all my followers. I was amazed to also see that I had become No. 12 most subscribed in the state of Texas, and that means more than accumulating all those points. 

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, about 8 years ago

I have never really thought about the points (oh, yeah that's the story and I'm sticking with it) ;).  There are searches in Google that will land you on an AR page and if you are the high point person in your area you will be shown first - so points do have some value.  Of course I am competitive and so it is a game I play with myself. Oh, that and a couple of others.  I wonder what would happen if points all went away.  How many people would still be around?

Posted by Jo Olson, Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt (HOMEFRONT Realty) about 8 years ago

I have seen posts not worth the time it took for me to click on & out of! Your words certainly capture my feelings as well.

Beautiful photo!!


Posted by Yvonne Schnee (Keller Williams Realty Moorestown) about 8 years ago

Hi Sharon, Thank you so much, birds of a feather, we are! :-) 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

Woo Hoo, Right back at ya! You know, I haven' told you in a long time how very special you are to me. Life has been made so much more interesting since I joined Activerain. The friendships, the guidance, the remarkable amount of information we have shared. We have all had our ups and downs but once those connections are made, we are hooked for life. My greatest wish for the new members as well as for the seasoned members is that they can have a friendship like we enjoy. We always know that the other is there, just a phone call away. In all my life's treasures, you are right there Sally.  

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

Hi Michael, That was a wonderful comment and you expressed it so much better than I. You are one of the very special members that when you make comment, you say a lot. Always so complimentary and encouraging. I went over to your blog and didn't realize I had not subscribed. Now done. I am so grateful for your comments Michael.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

William, you have a very healthy additude towards points, which in the long run will be beneficial for you!

Posted by Donald Reich (Prudential Centennial) about 8 years ago

William-You've summed up a lot of our feelings about ActiveRain and points.  I was on AR for several months until I realized there were points involved.  I never count how many comments i make in a day, or how many posts I reblog.  For me, just like you, it's about the community and the relationships.  Now that said, I also understand that for many the points may mean lowering their monthly fee here or not having a fee at all.  I can't speak to that since I was grandfathered in but I hope that they realize the biggest benefit of being on ActiveRain. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 8 years ago

Good evening William, you are 100% correct. And I get discouraged when someone flies up the leaderboard posting nonsense. So I don't watch any more. Just do my own thing.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 8 years ago

Hello William, We rarely look at our points and we know we are in the minority for this. We've read many times how a member is trying to be #1 in their area, and how competitive they are, but we never strived for that. We are here each day and never count the comments we make either. We try to visit as many "friends" as we can and meet new ones. We do write about community profiles, listings and sold reaching out to consumers, but also like the networking along the way. As you point out, we too are in no rush to accumulate points, and do appreciate the comments we receive from other members!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 8 years ago

As you say, what's all the hurry? I will soon be overtaken by someone that only posts 30 MLS listings a week & will have a higher point score than I.  Do I care?  Yes, in a way but they have no readers & I'm sure do not get the same results out of AR that I do.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) about 8 years ago

Hi William, I always enjoy your photos and your blogs, this photo in particular with the extreme closeup on something that we seldom take the time to examine closely, slowly and calmly.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) about 8 years ago

Good morning, William.  I always enjoy your posts and your photographs.  Personally, I think some consideration should be given to the elimination of the current points system.  The current system encourages the posting of material that is not interesting and too many of the comments are without meaning.

I am going to re-blog your post.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 8 years ago

William, that was stated so eloquently !  I"m with you, quality before quanity, and everything else will follow.  And ditto on the photoblogging.  To me, no post is complete without good photography.  And to me, good photography doesn't need editing.  I love what you do for and with ActiveRain.

Posted by Joye Hollis Ridgeway, - Homes, Land, Investment, Commercial (AgentOwned Realty, Charleston SC) about 8 years ago

You make a wonderful point, William! The friendships we have developed through the years here cannot be measured in points!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 8 years ago

Have a wonderful weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 8 years ago

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