Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : So Iconic It's Almost Ironic!

So Iconic It's Almost Ironic!

Active Rain has announced a new way to personalize our blog sites. How wonderful is that? They are providing the platform that allows us to point and click our way to our own personalities. I have been scouring the new "looks" of the net and they are SO Iconic it's almost ironic!

Of course they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words". I want to point out that many of my friends and yours are choosing their styles for their blog sites! These styles actually give a strong indication of the personality you are dealing with. I just love it. It's almost like reading palms or auras! How awesome.

These examples are just a few of the blog skins popping up and are just the tip of the iceberg!

The Art Of Marketing You - marti garaughty is giving us all a step by step lesson plan.  This helped me to set up my own blog skin. It is truly not as difficult as it may seem. Thanks Marti for all the help! Your blog skin shows your amazing design capabilities and style!

Julie Neerings. I find Julie as delicate as a flower, talented as a star yet strong as a rock. She chose the rock to stand on. Good choice Julie. The symbolism shows strength with understanding. She's a steadfast professional and loyal friend.

Jason Crouch. Jason, for now, leaves it alone.  Why? Well, why not? His words speak volumes and there are no pictures needed. Jason stands for family, stability, friendship, honesty, values, standards and hard work. 

Melissa Grant: Melissa shows us her sunny side. We see the blue of her skies, the dolphins dancing in the water and the smile on her face. She is welcoming, warm and expresses her huge heart and personality perfectly. Her character shows no boundaries for caring.

Marchel Peterson. Marchel is a true professional and loves her area. She is able to make her area sound and look like the only place to be. She convinces me! I wish you could hear her laugh. She brightens a room.

Tom Plant: Tom shows a gorgeous shoreline within a mountainous region. Water that never ends and a shoreline that seems endless too. This, I believe, shows Tom's ever-open heart and personality. Tom seems at home wherever he happens to be.

Adam Waldman: Strictly bidness. Otherwise called business. Relocation, big smile, and an enigma when it comes to knowing who he is. He shows his professional side most of the time yet his sweet side emerges occasionally too! No background. It's all up front.

Marey Hoeppner: What a gal! She is a great parent, writer and Virtual Assistant. Marey is just beginning a new group for story tellers. Her background is artistic, with much hidden meaning in the rain. She has just begun a new group I would love for all to join called "The Storytellers in the Rain"and please join us for some freedom and fun. Marey has just begun the first of a series of "short stories" so you should visit soon!

Missy Caulk: Missy is very multi-faceted. Her blog skin shows that she is heavily involved with her Community and is a lover of sports. If you delve a bit deeper you will find a lover of technology and the patience to make it work. The colors show support of her team and the bright side of her personality.

Brad Anderson: Brad shows his style and talent with exactly the perfect iconic symbol. A bridge is exactly what Brad offers all of us struggling to cross over to the land of understanding in the world of computers and technology. Thank you Brad. You have taught so many so much!

TLW: The Lovely Wife's Crap a Rama! When you need to smile or simply feel like you're visiting a friend check out her posts. She somehow makes me enjoy reading crap! Who told her it was crap anyway??? It's great CRAP. Her blog skin's fun too! Just don't put your finger on it!

Kathleen Elim: Kathleen, Kate, Katy, Kathy, Kat is one of my steadfast friends. She comments on my posts even when I don't get back to her as quickly as she deserves. I like being one of her raindrops! It's a bit of an enigma since she is so blue sky, stable, wise and wonderful!

Lindsey Hasford: Lindsey is so full of excitement and young fresh ideas and always manages to put her best foot forward. She's "in the pink" just like her picture and her blog skin shows that same bright and vivid personality!

Jeff Belonger: Jeff is the money man and he shows it! I visit and read his advice and reports often. When I have a question that's mortgage related off I go to visit Jeff. His blog skin just sings CHA-CHING.

Vanessa Stalets: Vanessa's blog skin has a sleek, classy look just as she seems to be. After seeing enough of her photos I feel as if I know her. Her blog skin reflects her sensitivity and creative side. And, Vanessa it doesn't make me think of broccoli!

Liz Carter: Liz shows us her professional side with a flair! Her blog skin is attractive and a good example of a "staged blog". Her template design works well with her fun posts as well as her professional posts. Nice.

Rebecca Levenson: Rebecca's blog skin is as colorful on screen as her written words. I totally got the rain drops on the flowers Rebecca. Very good. Very nice. For a woman that stays as busy as you it's amazing you have time for this!  This reflects the power of your voice.

Christina Williams: Christina's blog skin is lovely! Just not nearly as lovely as Christina. She shares her heart here in the rain and continues to boost our egos and moods. She has me in her corner! Take a look at her blog skin, smiling face and you'll be hooked.

Debra A Brooks: Debra's blog skin speaks volumes. Bubbles...hum. Air-head? Maybe? She does sell by the water so we ought to give her an atta girl for that one. Deb shows us that one doesn't have to be perfect to give it a try! Please ignore the mistakes...

This is just a tip of the iceberg of the members that should be mentioned here! Go to Kathleen Elim's post for more members that have jumped "out of the box" to give us a peek at their inner workings!

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 33 commentsDeb Brooks • April 21 2008 12:27AM

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Debra:  What a great post.  I am guessing this will end up being a featured post with a gold star.  You went through lots of work to provide this list.  Thanks so much... it has given me many ideas... thanks for sharing...

By the way... I really like the way you have customized your blog.  Great job !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Debra:  I have been wanting to put a "Subscribe to My Blog" button on my posts... but all the ones I have seen I think are much too "blatant" and demanding... if that makes sense. 

I would be so grateful if you would "walk me through" the full entire step-by-step process you went through to create and insert that Stay In Touch button on my own posts.  Thanks so much in advance :)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne, I would love to! Let's pick a time to meet by phone and we can walk through it together! Yeah, you need a button!

Thank you for the compliment about the post. Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Several of those blogs took a loooong time to load and one never loaded, though that probably has more to do with the obnoxious spyware-like widgets (check your cookies folder), multiple gratuitous video clips (music videos in real estate blogs???), and entire galleries of photographs.  Ugh!  No wonder ActiveRain's servers are struggling.

Posted by Frank Jewett (tech4REpros) over 10 years ago
Hi Frank, I often notice a major slow down after midnight. It took me a long time to publish tonight too. Please let me invite you back when things are moving a little faster! The blog skins are worth viewing! I appreciate you visiting though and I do hope you'll try it again. Later in the rain~Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago
Deb - I've found that no matter what time of day it is, when trying to view an AR blog that's been personalized, it takes longer to load.  I've been afraid to update mine.  :-(

Thanks, tho, for viewing the blogs above and giving us a review!  :-)
Posted by Nancy Brenner, Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent (Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc.) over 10 years ago

I ran across Kathleen's last night.  It's amazing what folks are doing with their blogs.  I resisted for a while but finally jumped in.  There are a couple here I havne't seen before... Thanks, Debra. 

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 10 years ago

Hi Debra,  That is a catchy title.  Thanks for the information.

Posted by Neal Barnes, Broker, REALTOR, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES, SRS. (Starstate Realty) over 10 years ago

Nancy, I sure don't have any answers! Thank you so much for reading! I'm sorry you couldn't pull them up. Try, try again???

Jesse, so you were able to open the links...good. So, you say you jumped in? I will be right over to check you out!!! You're welcome.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Deb, you are always amazing me!  I see a new side to your multi talented self daily.  Here you are sharing a ton of depth, caring and insight.  You took your time, and have used your keen intelligence, artistry and thoughtfulness.  I would never have thought to delve into personalities by analyzing how someone customized their blog site.  You are also dead on in your insight too.  I was just on Judi Morgan;s and it is her, all this multi, fun, bright, colors, very bubbly, just like she is.  You iceberg picture is beautiful and the analogy with it...perfection.

Thanks for including me, I'm still working on mine :), it's not what I want yet, but it's on it's way. Liz 

Posted by Liz Carter, Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston) (Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life!) over 10 years ago
I never noticed that longer to upload thing on my computer.  I like how you described everyones personality to their blog page.
Posted by Ryan Vivo, NRBA Realtor Solano County, Gateway Realty 707-384-5894 (Gateway Realty) over 10 years ago
I never noticed that longer to upload thing on my computer.  I like how you described everyones personality to their blog page.
Posted by Ryan Vivo, NRBA Realtor Solano County, Gateway Realty 707-384-5894 (Gateway Realty) over 10 years ago
Debra, I am so enjoying the looks of everyone. Thanks for the mention, yea I'm a sports nut. I had noticed the personality thing too. 
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago
Debra - What a GREAT list! I have been enjoying seeing everyone's personality jump out and it's fun how you added their description to it. Thank you for the mention in your blog - that humbles me and my honest try at personalizing! :0)
Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) over 10 years ago

Debra, now that's a ThemThem to some fantastic members. Thanks for taking the time and sharing with the group.

Posted by * Rate A Home (Rate A Home) over 10 years ago
Deb - This is a terrific list.  I found it interesting that you included my non-customized blog in the list.  I don't foresee myself changing it anytime soon, but who knows?  I guess I am also more non-conformist than I realized.  Thanks, as always, for your kind words, my friend.
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 10 years ago

 Morning Deb, first thx for the mention, you're too kind. Re "These styles actually give a strong indication of the personality you are dealing with. I just love it. It's almost like reading palms or auras"...

 You're so right and that's what I like about the new feature, the ability to show some personality.

 FYI, your blog header brought back some great memories for me of when I saw Star Wars for the first time and the cool opening credits. I love the iceberg pic as well. ;-)

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) over 10 years ago

Deb,

I love your bubbles and the star wars effect on the header.  I am also excited to check out these other blogs, so I am bookmarking your post.  Thank you for the mention.  I still want to work on my header, but I am good for now.  I would rather be blogging:-)

Posted by Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant (Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision) over 10 years ago

I had fun doing this!

Liz, Ryan, Missy, Lindsey, Jason, Marti and Rebecca and of course, Duane!

I had fun with these personalities! I'm surprised no one has given me their opinion on mine! Maybe I just hit the nail on the head?

And, Duane, thanks for the feature!

 

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago
Deb - Thanks so much for your kind words and mention ! I have featured this in Blast From The Past !
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) over 10 years ago
Debra, great post and such nice compliments to all the honorable skins.  I especially like your banner.  Pretty cool.
Posted by Bob Cumiskey, US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago
Wow! Thanks for helping show what the network is all about. You're got a very large network of people you follow on AR. I'm working to get there as a relative newbie.
Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Lissa, thanks for the feature! Everyone should check out your sites. They are so "you". Meaning, of course, individual. I like that the rain is allowing us to do this. :-)

Bob, they are some great bloggers! My banner is a little Star Wars ish.

Vicki, welcome to our communities! There are a lot of great folks here. I would love to have you join in my associates. I will add you right now! Thanks for stopping by.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago
Vicki again! You're not a newbie!!! You have as many points as I do! I'm still adding you as one of my associates. Let's visit. Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago
Hi, Deb just came by because I haven,t commented on  any of your posts recently , didn't want you to think I forgot about you. The blog looks great.
Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) over 10 years ago
DEB - Thanks for the mention.  I haven't been around much, so I'm a little bit behind on this.  I guess it's part of the "enigma" that I am...LOL!
Posted by Adam Waldman, Realtor - Long Island (Westcott Group Real Estate Company) over 10 years ago
Thanks for the tip as to whom to check out in different areas. I appreciate it a lot.
Posted by Matthew Zgonc, Realtor, CFS, CVS (Aksland Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Deb- Thanks for the kind words about my blog look. As for me? I really am a broccoli kind of girl! ::grins:::

Yours is ultra chic! Laughing, I too think personality is showing in them, I like that!

Posted by Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate (RE/MAX Elite) over 10 years ago

Vanessa, I hope you're feeling better. Are you going to catch me up? I want you to be wonderfully healthy. Got it?

Hi Matthew, you are so welcome! This is just a tiny few of my many admired bloggers!

Adam, you are an enigma! I want to know more about you than your profile says...

Hugh! I haven't heard from you in a long time. I will be over to catch up this weekend.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago
Deb - Your blog is always full of energy and I think that it follows through on your skin! :-)
Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) over 10 years ago

DEB - What would you like to know?  I'm happy to answer any questions that you have.

Posted by Adam Waldman, Realtor - Long Island (Westcott Group Real Estate Company) over 10 years ago

Hugh, I love your new web site! Don't listen to Simon...oooh, don't tell him I said that.

Adam, I may just take you up on that.

Matthew, you are so welcome! There are so many more I just couldn't show them all!

Vanessa, me too. About brocolli I mean. I love it. And, you're a doll.

Lindsey, thank you for that. High energy is good. I was thinking air head!

Adam, did I mention that I will take you up on that? Yes I did. Watch out!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago
Deb, I am like Jason, I'm leaving it alone for entirely different reasons. The new designs, while colorful, take away the width of the page available for text. Am I the only one that gets it? Maybe Jason sees it the same way.
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

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