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190,000 Active Rainers, One by One by One...

Summer blossoms in the desert: Mike in Tucson

One makes a difference!  Mike in Tucson190,000 Active Rainers!  That's where we'll be by next week.  That blows me away!  And we did it one by one.

One by one by one by one...  Just like that August field in the photo above, watered by summer rain and blanketed with sunshine.

Does one make a difference?

These are difficult times.  Difficulty can bend our focus inward, and that's not good. It's not how we're made to function in this life.  We're made for each other.

Discouragement makes me think small.  "I'm just one person, one blogger, one insignificant vote."

When I'm discouraged, I ask the wrong questions.  So do you.  We ask "What difference does it make if..."  You finish the sentence. 

  • ...if I don't reach out and comment today on someone's blog?
  • ...if I don't blog myself?
  • ...if I don't make that phone call?

The implied answer is that it makes no differenceAnd that's just wrong!


Shout it out loud!  Call someone up and tell them they made a difference today for you!  Don't email.  Connect!  Call your client.  Call your lender.  Call your REALTOR.  Call your boss.

Encouragement strengthens both the encourager and the person receiving the attention you provide in the moment.  Encouragement is the rain that makes beauty happen in your life and in your business.

190,000 Active Rain Bloggers

We're 190,000 strong, and Google notices

I got a phone call from a soldier in Iraq yesterday.  He found me on the internet, and he has a need I can fill.  That phone call wouldn't have happened if it weren't for YOU, blogging in the Rain, opening your petals to the sky and announcing "Here I Am!" 

For that, I thank you!  ...and you!  ...and you!  ...and you!  ...and you!  ...and you!  ...and you!


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Comment balloon 48 commentsMike Jones • August 25 2010 06:55AM


It is a good day to positively impact our friends, co-workers and clients by our actions.

Thanks for your post and the beautiful pictures.

 Blooming for Maryland home buyers.


Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 10 years ago

It is one by one that we keep on chugging away. For me, it's one post at a time to receive the results you did. I got a call from someone in Japan 2 days ago. I'm telling you, they are reading!

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) about 10 years ago

Good morning Mike,

Great message and gorgeous pictures! Thanks for reminding us to make a difference to one friend, client or family member at a time!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) about 10 years ago

Good motivational post Mike. I think I needed it. Thanks.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) about 10 years ago

Great positive post Mike. Love the pictures...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Hello Mike and a wonderful plug for the Activerain Network and I love the photo with all the flowers, and wouldn't that be wild if there were 190K.

Yout post has been featured at one of the underdog groups at AR ...


VB ;-)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 10 years ago

That is gorgeous!!  You must be getting lots of rain down there.  That is some serious green for the summer desert.  I don't think I have ever seen that at this time of year.  You are finding some of the most unbelievable shots.  Keep going, you will have enough for a book.  

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 10 years ago

It is amazing that since I started over two years ago how the Rain has grown.  We have lost quite a few good bloggers, but picked up others.  Growing pains to be sure, but the product at present works well. 

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) about 10 years ago

JUST 39 more to go!

While there is beauty in a field of flowers, there is also beauty in a single blossom. 

That said, Google loves the "masses" and that's why they visit daily, hourly, minute by minute.

In fact, Google just visited a few minutes ago.

This is Google's cache of http://activerain.com/bloghome. It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on Aug 25, 2010 09:07:10 GMT. The current page could have changed in the meantime. Learn more

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Mike! Love your pictures and your post! You are one of the most generous folks on Active Rain and model this for all! Thanks Lots!

Posted by Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents (Advantage Solutions Group) about 10 years ago


I love the photo essay and the well-illustrated point. As a daily participant on ActiveRain, I cannot oversell the platform. It works for me, it's cost effective, and if properly utilized, connects you both the the consumer and real estate professional alike.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 10 years ago

One person has the ability to make such a postive impact on another's person day, life or outlook! Looking at you photo made my day start on a great note Mike!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch about 10 years ago



Great post and fabulous pictures --



Posted by Gordon Robinson (Florida Gold International Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Mike, great post. I will pick the phone and make a few extra calls base on your post. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) about 10 years ago

Wow!  and to think that when we joined there were far less than 10,000 - maybe about 6,000?

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty (Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area) about 10 years ago

I had not noticed we got over the 190K mark --- just more blogging to read each day, and benefit by others!    Great pics Mike!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 10 years ago

We're awesome!  AR ROCKS

Posted by Linda Lohman, Former Teacher/Broker (Fonville Morisey Realty) about 10 years ago

Mike, so true, we all need encouragement in one way or another.  You know, when I miss a day of blogging I feel as though I missed out on something for the day!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate about 10 years ago

Last year I wrote a post about how quickly the memebership was rising - it was about 135,000 at that time.  So many great people and friends here - 200,000 is just around the corner.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) about 10 years ago

You're one in a million Mike in Tuscon! I have one of your cards sitting right here on my desk. I'm glad to know you =) Let me know when you're back around this part of Texas too!

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) about 10 years ago

You always take the best pictures of the desert. I agree-keep blogging and they will come.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) about 10 years ago

Mike...You always manage to put a smile on my face!  I love the blog, love the photos and love how you put such a meaningful blog together...you tell a story that some of us cannot do!  :)


Posted by Michael and Cheron Lange, Associate Broker, GRI (Solutions Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Mike, awesome picture. Are you or anyone there coming to Prescott tomorrow?

Posted by Deanne Olivas, Your Home Matters (eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

Mike, where else can we get noticed world-wide without the help of ActiveRain and Google Juice. Nice photos. Thanks for allowing us to use them.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 10 years ago

When the dots connect, the picture is clear.....by all us net-working together and then standing on the shoulders of ActiveRain, we can see farther and play harder. Thank you Mike......Post away........

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 10 years ago

 Mike ~ What a wonderful way to start the day!  The photos and the message say it all THANK YOU!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 10 years ago

Call someone up and tell them they made a difference today for you! 

What an awesome idea!

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) about 10 years ago

Great content and lovely flowers !

Posted by Nancy Keith (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago


I remember when there we're only 10,000!

How the Rain has changed!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 10 years ago

I am so happy that I found this place called ActiveRain.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

Great Post, Lovely pictures, and such a positive message.  Just what I needed, thank you.

Posted by Lesley Wagstaff, For Real Estate and Mortgages (Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC) about 10 years ago

Hi Mike. *This* is why I still love Active Rain.

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i (Aloha Kai Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Mike: That is pretty amazing. Now if we could just get more to actively participate! Take care.

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) about 10 years ago


Good post and an excellent reminder. I'm almost at 1,000 posts. Did it one by one by one....

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) about 10 years ago

Mike, what did you shoot this at? (camera stats) nice photo!

Posted by Dave Keys, Chief Search Strategist Real Estate SEO Expert (MOVE UP in Google Search Learn How Here) about 10 years ago

Beautiful post and only 29 more to hit 190,000.  Call someone up and tell them they made a difference today for you!  I just did..go check your messages.

 Thank you!


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 10 years ago

looks like we will have to do a 200k Contest? Can we do it before the end of the year? 

Posted by Mike Russell, Overland Park Kansas Real Estate (Mike Russell & Associates) about 10 years ago

Okay Mike,

I took your suggestion.  I picked up the phone and called another Rainer. 

He thanked me.  :)

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) about 10 years ago

Mike - a terrific idea. I just had a call from Bruce Brockmeier while I was out running errands - it brightened my day. While we have connected on-line, talking oin the phone (and making a pledge to get together since we are only a hour or so apart) made the day.

Off to do the same.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 10 years ago


Excellent point.  We all make a difference and one can be the tipping point, but you never know which one!  

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

Wow!  I just logged in and see that I'm 40 messages behind the curve. 

Thank you all for your comments, and I'm encouraged that you're calling each other.  Margaret Rome, thanks for your call!  Michael Russell, set up the contest.  Dave the camera guy, the real answer is that I don't know.  I just have a point & shoot Lumix, and I use Picasa as my photo editor.  Terry, I'm waiting for you to hit 1,000!  Deanne, I'll see you tomorrow in Prescott at Rain Camp.  Cheron, today you're my favorite blogger!  Harry, you're going to bump me to #3 in AZ one of these days, and I don't mind, after the beating I'm taking from Tony & Suzanne! (LOL)  Karen, you're an encourager, and I appreciate you!  Lenn, thanks for the links.

...and to every single one of you, thanks from the bottom of my heart for reading and participating!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Nice pictures, and we will be at 190,000 by tomorrow, by the looks of things.



Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 10 years ago

Thanks for calling me back. Get a good night's rest so you can enjoy RainCamp tomorrow.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 10 years ago

I'm guessing we're already there as Doug and Stephen have been at Tom Ferry, and I think there are two Rain Camps this week. 


It's true that calling can make a difference, and it's lovely that you're offering your photos to everyone.  They're always beautiful.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 10 years ago

WoW... That is a great number. Now who will be the 190,000th person here on Active Rain.

Posted by Roland Woodworth, eXp Realty (eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

...and we're at 190,054!  Good Morning, all!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Mike:  Love the update.  Go AR!

Posted by Carrie Sampron, ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R (Home Smart Realty Group) about 10 years ago

Mike! That is awesome!  It's enjoyable to me to see the member number continue to charge ahead!  That's great news!  Have a nice weekend!

Posted by Olga Diaz, Potter, Mng Broker, CRS, ASP, ePRO, ABR (COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON) about 10 years ago

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