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Blogging In the "Rain" Forest? I'm Keeping An Eye Out For You!

I've been keeping an eye out for you.

I'm keeping an eye out for you.  Active Rain Newbies, that is. 

Wind the clock back to July 2007.

I hadn't been blogging in the Rain very long when I ran into a brick wall.  I needed help, and at age 58, I wasn't real used to asking for it.  I was used to figuring out things for myself.  I guess it was a point of pride with me that I was pretty good at figuring things out, and yet finding a way to make this blogging thing pay off had me bamboozled.

As a child, I grew up in the rainforest of South America.  That bird's photo is about 45 years old.  The people I lived among called themselves "Tirio."  In their Amerindian society, people learned at a very young age to offer help when help was needed.  They learned something else along the way--to accept help graciously when it was needed.  

That's something our society avoids - accepting help when offered.  "I don't need your help."  I'd fallen into that trap.

The Active Rain Real Estate Network changed all that for me.  Once again, I was the newbie.  The learner.  And I had a lot to learn about blogging for results.  Business results.  Google Juice.  SEO.  Tags.  Metatags.  Long tail.  And I found, in this "Rain" Forest, a lot of willing teachers. 

I've become one of those willing teachers.

If you're a newbie, especially if you're an Arizona Newbie, I'll be keeping an eye out for you.  Don't be surprised when I call to offer help.  As a Rainmaker, you can come up the curve a whole lot faster than I did.  Your business can benefit.  If your serious about Active Rain, I'm serious about helping you succeed.

I'm an Active Rain Ambassador, and I'm keeping an eye out for you. 
(...and it's okay if you call me first.  :)


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson, AZ Mortgage lender.
Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
Call me
if I can help you or someone you know with a purchase or refi mortgage;
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Comment balloon 27 commentsMike Jones • July 31 2009 12:44AM



Good for you extending the helping hand. I offered to be the "token Canadian Ambassador", but alas, I guess they had enough.

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) about 11 years ago


Thanks for being the first to comment.  I'm hoping to get up your way one of these days, and I'm looking forward to shaking your hand.  I appreciate your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

That is very nice of you! I'm not from Arizona, but I'd love if you took a look at my blogs and give me any constructive criticism!

Thank you in advance, Mike!

BTW, I love the pic!

Posted by Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS® (Garrigus Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Mike,  what a great idea.  I still need help and I've been here a while.  How do you change fonts and layouts of your blogs?  What software do you use?

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Houwzer Inc) about 11 years ago

Hi Mike,

I am always open for advice.  I am a newbie here, only 2 weeks old in the rainforest.

Posted by Crystal Kilpatrick, CHLMS,CNE, CRS - Austin & Central Texas Home Sales (Team Leader -Crystal Kilpatrick Group) about 11 years ago


I grew up in the jungles of Central Michigan, farm country. "people learned at a very young age to offer help when help was needed.  They learned something else along the way--to accept help graciously when it was needed."  We learned the very same thing!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 11 years ago

How much easier it would have been for all of us if people like you had been available when we started to blog. Thanks for being available to help.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 11 years ago


You're welcome!  We all muddled through, didn't we?  :)


I'm sure you did!  Thanks for stopping by.


You've done a great job for only having been a Rainmaker for two weeks.  More than 6,000 AR points!  Two things I'd like to offer:  (1) pictures in your posts, and (2) personal interest stuff - let your readers find out who you are.  I'll see you on your blog.


Sharon Paxson is one of those people who writes tutorials to answer questions.  Click this link for your answer: Generating Font Colors Using HTML Code

Todd & Devona,

I'll be right over!

Mike in Tucson


Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

Mike, Good luck with being an Ambassador. BTW, I do like the photo...

Helping you live your American Dream...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 11 years ago

The picture is beautiful, no matter how old it is.  The Arizona Newbies are so lucky to have you!  How much easier it would have been when I started to have had help like this!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 11 years ago

Mike -  I find that everyone here knows at least one thing that I don't. On a good day I learn some of it.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 11 years ago

He is serious about this. I asked Mike for a little help with my blog and in a short period of time he gave me some pointers to help shore up the appearance of my blog and get some additional attention from Google. Kudos to Mike for being the consumate team player.

Posted by Patrick Randles (Nova Home Loans) about 11 years ago

Great picture.  Thanks for your willingness to help. The ambassador program sounds amazing.  I sure would take advice at any time.

Posted by Irene Tron about 11 years ago


We're lucky to have people like you on Active Rain who are givers and sharers. I have learned a lot on AR. I spend much more time on AR reading blogs then writing.

Posted by Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor (Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.) about 11 years ago

Now that's a very bright bird!  Does this one talk?  Love the orange, good photo

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Mike - you are not only an Ambassador for AR, you, my friend, are an ambassador for the human race.  And that's covering a lot of territory!

I have always been better at offering help than receiving it.  It must be something in the human psyche.  But I, like you, have learned as I got older that there is no shame in asking for help.  The shame comes from not asking and missing all kinds of opportunities because of our pride.

I'm still proud.  I just gave up on being prideful.  :)

BTW - that's one beautiful bird!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 11 years ago

Mike - That has to be one of the strangest color of a bird I have ever seen, it almost looks unreal. Great color, great photo & Post!

Featured at ............


Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 11 years ago

Mike, congratulations on becoming an Ambassador. I'm sure you will be stellar!!! ;-)


Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) about 11 years ago

Wow!  That photo could not possibly be that old!  How did you get it to scan so well? 

You are an awesome ambassador!

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 11 years ago

You're doing an excellent job as embassador.  They chose well when they selected you.

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 11 years ago


Aw, shucks...  LOL


Kodachrome slides last forever if they stay away from heat and moisture, and they digitize perfectly.


Thanks!  It was good talking with you the other day.


It's called "Cock of the Rock."  Thanks for the feature!


"proud ...but not prideful."  That's my lesson and goal for the day; thanks for commenting.


No, they don't talk that I know of.  Check it out on Wikipedia, though.


AR's awesome, isn't it?!


You're welcome!  Thanks for commenting.


What a kind comment; I feel like the Newbie at Sunstreet, and I appreciate your help.  What a great group of professionals the company has attracted!


Me too!!  :)


There were only 40,000 when I joined.  AR is full of helpful people.


I thought you might like it!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago


You have a great opportunity to meet and help a bunch of newbies there in AZ.  I am sure that they will welcome the help.

BTW, I like the picture.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 11 years ago

Thanks, Don!

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

Ah Mike - I'm just getting around to visit some of my friends in the rain (been a busy week as we begin preparations for RE BarCamp RDU in Raleigh).  But it's always so refreshing to park on your site for a while - you have such a wonderful way to make peoples feel welcome - the rain did well in assigning you one of the Ambassador badges!  Newbies you are so lucky!!!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) about 11 years ago

Thanks Mike. I know you have always been there for me. whenever I need your help. I always love your pictures.

It a wonderful thing being an ambassador for your area. I know that they are in GOOD HANDS.

Posted by Donna Paul, Long Island Home Specialist,All About Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast) about 11 years ago

You're the best Mike!

Posted by Rita Bradley, Valuation Consultant in Orange County California 949-916-3263 about 11 years ago

I'm going to keep my eye on YOU.  Lot's to learn, it's an endless curve.  Just when I get something figured out, it's obsolete!

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) about 11 years ago

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