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Is Active Rain Magic?

To be a good writer, I think you have to know why you write. When I first discovered ActiveRain I had no clue what a blog was. My husband pushed me into jumping in due to his enthusiasm towards the prediction of the Blogging Boom! Since then, after so many attempts to find my voice in my words, I am still searching. I was drawn in to this place because with each post I would find myself on google and my personal site rose and rose and finally made it to the top. Why do I write?

I began here for the google juice
, remained because of the social aspect of blogging and today I still find myself learning, stretching and enjoying all the information right here in one place!

The recent influx of contests has re-affirmed the value of this forum to me. How did they ever create a forum of over 200,000 people that remain courteous, professional and packed with talent? That feat in and of itself is incredible. Do you know why you write? Is it about gaining business, friends, release
with the freedom to express your views or what?

Discovery of this truth within each of us may help to define who we are and why we are here. Yes, it's for business but there has to be more to it. At least there is for me. I'm not sure what it is but I'm exploring that question.

Active Rain MagicFor us to sit down to ActiveRain each and every day like clockwork there is a special magic here.

And no, I'm still not sure what it's all about but I don't plan to go anywhere anytime soon. Keep writing my friends. I enjoy the reading, learning and sharing. Even though I know there is more to it...I'll keep trying to figure it out.

Thanks all.


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Comment balloon 24 commentsDeb Brooks • August 21 2011 06:39PM


I like reading and commenting and learning more than writing, but I do the writing as well.

Posted by Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group almost 9 years ago

Deb, I think it is fun to read other people's posts, see their listings and get to know them a bit more.  I find the more I visit the site the more I feel a part of it.  --Krystal

Posted by Krystal Knott, Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO (LIV Sotheby's International Realty) almost 9 years ago

Good evening, Deb. So much to learn here. I still learn every day...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Deb - love reading your blog - and I love writing as well.  And the whole "social" thing is pretty cool also - interaction and google juice - who knew that I would be so drawn into the "rain" at the end of May after a conference where Ruth Vogt spoke on AR and I thought - I'm gonna give that a whirl!  

Posted by Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996, Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender) almost 9 years ago

Lori, I do too! I remember when I first began. I was afraid to comment thinking "what would I have to offer?" and today I realize it is just down right magic!

Justin and Krystal, Yes! We are a part of it. Many of us make up a whole. I'm so glad you are here!

Michael, you are much like me. I love the learning daily. There is so much offered here I don't want to miss anything. We do go back a ways now don't we? cool...

Louise, thank you. The social aspect is my favorite now. It took me a little while to warm up to it and now I don't want to do without it! I am soooo glad you heard Ruth speak. AR is magic!

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 9 years ago

Deb, I find there are several reasons to be here.  I like to write although I don't know how good I am at it.  They do say though that practice makes perfect.  I also like to read different posts.  Some are very educational, some are personal and some are funny.  They all hit the spot, depending on the day

Posted by Nancy Pav, Nancy Pav, Your "GottaHave" Realtor (Century 21 Redwood Realty) almost 9 years ago

Nancy, there really are so many reasons. We write, and write and develop friends that eventually even become family. The staff is so amazingly positive, helpful and such a part of our lives. They hit my spot too! Thank you for coming by and I plan to visit your blog. I love how this works.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 9 years ago

I think that Active Rain is a great place for us all to get together to find our voice.  The many, many people here that are willing to help and that are so giving makes this just a beautiful place to be.  I am still trying to find my voice as well...but with each blog and each person I meet, I find that I am getting closer to that goal.  

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) almost 9 years ago

It is certainly a great way to connect with both the realtor comminity, learn a lot of great information and also connect with your buyer and seller, not to mention your home communigy.

Posted by Ted J. Macy (Top Agents Atlanta Metro) almost 9 years ago
Hi Deb - You mentioned one of the very many things that I find really remarkable about this place - the prevalence of support and kindness we all tend to show to each other in our blog posts and comments. That's far from the common experience with most on-line communities. I've seen only one flame war in the four months I've been here and that was pretty minor by any other standards. We must be blessed with some magic indeed.
Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 9 years ago

Deb there is magic here! in Active Rain!  The magic of building great relationships with other like-minded & like-hearted people. We know we can both enjoy chatting back and forth - and refer our clients to when possible because we trust them to take excellent care - like we do.  It's amazing how many absolutley fabulous people I know since being part of this community.  Amazing! 

Featured in BananaTude

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) almost 9 years ago

Deb-I love it here... something to learn every day... wonderful relationships- getting to know so many people real and virtually.   I've always wanted to write but never had the discipline.  Active Rain has given me just that!  

And, thank you for leaving Roy some flowers!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 9 years ago

Hi Deb, great post

Love Active Rain and love learning...I'm looking forward to building relationships and I'm actually enjoying bloging even though I'm new at it :)

enjoy the rest of your day!!!

Kind regards,




Posted by Mary Ellen Tulloch almost 9 years ago

Hi Deb,

What a nice and thoughtful post. I'm definitely suggesting it because it's full of good information. I recall when I first signed up for ActiveRain, I wasn't sure what I'd write about, who my audience was, what would make a good topic, etc. And then I started reading other people's posts and found most of them very interesting. The talent was amazing and the information was outstanding.

I know I'm not a professional writer and there are times people may disagree with what I have to say when I blog, but I find good people who are very caring and their commentary helps me to formulate my own thoughts and not be afraid. I believe that if you speak what's true in your heart, you will find there are many others who support what you have to say.

What struck a chord for me in your post was this particular line,

"Discovery of this truth within each of us may help to define who we are and why we are here."




Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 9 years ago

Nancy, you are good! Don't stop writing and the words will come easier and easier. Keep it up. I am going to follow you and watch the transition. I know there will be one. Although, we like you just the way you are!

Brenda, I watched your video and it was so endearing! I will be back there to comment. I love getting to know you this way.

Y'all just think of all the friends we would have never known!

Again, thanks AR! YOU ROCK!

Ted, yes sir! The community watches. They read and learn. I have had so many contacts come from my writing. It is truly magic.

Dick, the support system is amazing. They have been there for us from the very beginning. It just gets better and better~I am so glad to meet you here. Thanks!

Anna, I knew the first time I spoke with you just what a special lady you are. You know it. I love reading your posts and you have created such an amazing group. I love being a banana!

Kathy, and you too! I love being one of your bunch of bananas! You my dear, are a breath of fresh air! Your posts are always positive and incenting. Thank you for all your contributions.

MaryEllen! What a pretty smile I now have to follow! I will check out your posts and I guarantee we will all support you here. That's one of the greatest things about AR.

Patricia, it sounds even better when you say it! I am loving your writing skills and your ability to communicate from the heart. Welcome new friend!

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 9 years ago

I don't consider myself a good writer, but I do write from the heart.  And I love this place and I will continue to write here.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 9 years ago

I wouldn't say AR is "magic", but there have been many times of "POOF" and money was in my pocket!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 9 years ago

Tammy, I DO consider you a great writer. I enjoy reading your posts! That's what it's all about. Do continue here. I will too. We will grow together!




To me it's Magic! I didn't think there was anything out there that could hook me so " hook, line and sinker!" You are good, and consistent. You are hooked too. That takes a little magic!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 9 years ago

Deb - I'm not sure that I have it all figured out but I keep coming back anyways! I love the freedom that the blog gives.... to be real, to be personal and to talk business.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) almost 9 years ago

Lindsey, this is just one of the reasons you are so important here. You are real. You are candid and up front. We love you. At least, I do.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 9 years ago

Deb not all of us have it figured out yet, but like you, we just keep coming back because we know that there is something to it.  The bonus is the relationships and vast network that we've forged with fellow Rainers.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

For me I find it a place of refuge. There is so much harshness in our world, crude behavior on FB and such, and the way some people just behave.  Here it is cozy, friendly, professional, caring, and in doing so we also build our friendships and business.

Posted by Cathy Criado, Making Real Estate Profitable (Criado Realty ) almost 9 years ago

Nice post Deb!  I truly think AR is magic! 

Posted by Olga Diaz, Potter, Mng Broker, CRS, ASP, ePRO, ABR (COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON) almost 9 years ago

AR has been an incredible learning tool for me in my first year in residential real estate. If I ever have a question, there is always someone here with the answer!

Posted by Margie Kopp Sorrell, Lake Oconee Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country) over 8 years ago