Chris' Corner: 500,000 points finally!

500,000 points finally!

I crossed over the 500,000 point threshold today, finally, not so much with a "bang" but rather with a "whimper".  6,000 bonus points from Bob's Localism challenge pushed me to 503,000 when I wasn't looking...

October 16th, 2009 seems so long ago now, when at the urging of my very good friends, Al and Peggy Cunningham, I joined AR.  I had recently re-entered Real Estate and they told me that this was the future.

They introduced me to many people here, many of whose blogs I still regularly read.  In the first few years they would alert me to any contest they happened upon, and I would enter them all.

There have been several ebbs and flows.  When I look back, it seems that January to May is generally the period where I slow down my blogging, mainly due to having to spend more time prospecting and in client facing activities.

But I have never really fallen off...  I remember the post by Malcolm Johnston as he beat me to 100,000 points and challenged me to 200,000.  Above all, that motivated me... I cannot resist the challenge.  At that time, Valerie was zooming up the Ontario AR List.  I feel we have become friends since as we have read about each others trials and tribulations, shared family moments and more.  We missed a chance to meet last year.  Perhaps this year...

Blogging on AR is my major web presence and internet prospecting effort and has resulted in numerous internet inquiries which have resulted in many closed transactions.  There has been periods when I have not had any listings in a market and still have generated inquiries from people who have felt I was a local expert.  Thanks Al and Peggy, thanks AR and thanks Bob Stewart.

Active Rain will continue to be at the core of my internet presence and I will continue to improve the content of my localism posts in the future and hope it will continue to generate business for me.  The lessons learned, the Friends I have made and the referral network I have formed has been a great bonus.

I have met Brian, Marc and Kathy (Al and Peggy are given), perhaps I will have a chance to meet Malcolm, Susan and/or Valerie on one of my holidays this year as we are planning a trip to Montreal and Ottawa that might bring us close enough to attempt to contact each other.

In the coming years I hope to meet many of my AR friends elsewhere in North America, Russel, Dale, David, Wanda, Jay, Carl and Ceil, Bob, Roy, Debbie. Peter and Linda, Reuben, Chrissy and Michael and too many others to mention...

As for my personal race to the top of the AR Ontario Leaderboard, I have long given up on ever catching Al and Peggy, or for that matter Susan Emo, Marc Swartz, Brian Madigan (even with his temporary hiatus) or Kathy Clulow... perhaps I can manage to stay ahead of Janice, Valerie and Malcolm on our quest to 1,000,000 points ;-)

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Comment balloon 41 commentsChris Smith • July 16 2012 06:05PM

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Chris -- it is challenging, when there are several people in your area doing the same thing.  Keep it up &

Congratulations

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) almost 8 years ago

Congratulations on reaching 500,000 points Chris.  That is an impressive achievement.   I agree with all you say about AR, it's a great place and it works.  

Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties ( Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816) almost 8 years ago

Congratulations Chris 500,000 is fantastic.  I'm on the way to 100,000 and enjoying my time in the rain!

Posted by Kimberly Tapscott, Giving you the service you deserve! (Keller Williams Prestige Properties) almost 8 years ago

Good evening, Chris. Congratulations. I can remember the excitement I felt when I passed that plateau. Keep it up...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Howdy and evening Chris

Chris my friend, a Big Congrats on hitting and going over the 500,000 Milestonemark!!! You sure have done such an outstanding job with your blogging! Folks so can and will find outstanding and helpful blog posts within your AR blog. Your blog posts sure are always enjoyable to visit and read! I'm sure Honored to call you an AR Friend!!!

Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Congratulations on reaching this milestone. Your commitment and dedication are evident by achieving this high level. Continued success in 2012.

Posted by Ken Brandon, Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage (Jacksonville, NC)) almost 8 years ago

Thank You Steven, Active Rain was and still is a "no-brainer" for me...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Jim, the points are a reward system to help you develop good blogging behaviours... the inquiries and the referrals are where the money is made...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Kimberly that first 100,000 took me the longest, I will cheer you on as you cross that milestone!

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Michael, you liked it so much, you want to do it again ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Dale, I see great bloggers, like you, and I know I have far to go... but I will keep on posting.... reminding myself of the old toroise and the hare fable...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Thank You Ken, I try, but have not always been consistent...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Congratulations Chris, that is quite an acheivement my friend. I appreciate seeing you here on a daily basis.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 8 years ago

Congratulations on passing the 500,000 points level on ActiveRain.  Best wishes for continued success.

Have an outstanding week with your camera in hand.

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

Thank You Tom, I try to get on AR daily, but sometimes life gets in the way...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Thank You very much Valerie.  I think I am realistic about my blogs, I do not have the way with words you have, and I no longer try to be someone I am not.  I am planning on visiting Ottawa next month.  Perhaps, if convenient, we could meet up =)  I would love for you to meet my family and myself...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Thank You Roy.  I have only been following you as of late, but love your pictures of flowers, as well as your many posts on local places.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Congratulations on the milestone Chris. 500,000 is a very impressive achievement and I hope to get there myself in the next year. Your consistency is something that bloggers should emulate, good straightforward posts about your area and the things that affect you and your business, it's no wonder that the public reads your posts and consider you the local expert. I guess it's onwards to 600,000 now :-)

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 8 years ago

Thank you Malcolm, I credit you, second only to Al and Peggy for challenging me to be more consistent, and thank you for the camaraderie that has developed along the way.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Gooooo Chris!!!  Proud of you buddy and I love hearing that AR will continue to be the core of your internet presence!  Congratulations!!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 8 years ago

Congratulations! This is a big milestone. Enjoy your free AR membership!  Blog on!

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) almost 8 years ago

Hello Chris~ I think we may have crossed paths a time or two.  Congratulations on your awesome achievement.  I'm on my way to 400K and hope to hit 500K by the end of the year.

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

LOL...I so know that feeling of leapfrogging the thresholds...it happened to me at 100,000 and 200,000.  But alas, congrats on this huge hurdle.  It's quite an accomplishment and now you have a colored icon underneath your picture.  Congrats.  Oh, and I hope we get to meet sometime.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 8 years ago

Chris - Congratulations on hitting the big 5 oh oh oh comma oh oh oh!  I so envy you!  My goal is to try and make to 400,000 by December, but I do have my work cut out for me. 

 

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) almost 8 years ago

Thank You Kerrie, I want to know how to revive my ouitside blog...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Kathryn, the free membership was definitely alluring =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Donna, each 100,000 took progressively shorter times... The free membership should be added incentive =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Debbie, we generally vacation in the US.  Because of my father's health, we are staying in Canada this summer.  If I am ever near you, you know I will try to meet =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Sally, the real key is consistency.  I know the AR outside blog really helped with my internet presence and Google rankings.  I stopped it last year, but now will try and revive it.  Good luck to you!

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

I'm going to email you the info now Chris.

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 8 years ago

Chris, Congratulations on reaching 500K!! You have been such an inspiration here in the Rain as you are in life. You are doing an amazing job! Congratulations!!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Thanks again, Kerrie =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Al and Peggy, even though we do not keep in touch as often as we should... you are and have been for a long time, both family to my family and mentors to me

 

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Chris: Congrats on reaching the 500K threshold!  Looking forward to seeing what the next 500K has in store for you.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) almost 8 years ago

Hi Chris, congratulations on your achievement of over 500K point in the rain. Continued success!

Posted by Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty) almost 8 years ago

So  many people finally reached the 500K mark with that great challenge, and I am glad that you made it "over the hump", too.  Welcome to the 500K Club.  you have been  a wonderfully dedicated and deserving blogger, Chris. 

 

Congratulations!

 

 

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) almost 8 years ago

Congratulations, Chris.  I know you've learned so much along the way and I hope it's brought you some business.  If nothing else, you've met some great people here on ActiveRain.  I'm so glad I found this forum.  

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) almost 8 years ago

you'll be a millionaire pointer before you know it.  Congrats on all the hard work and the milestone.

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

Congratulations Chris! This speaks of great consistency and commitment! It must be a great feeling! What did you do to celebrate?

Posted by Liz Hill (YOUR CHOICE REALTY CORP BROKERAGE) almost 8 years ago
Chris, congratulations, that is a milestone to achieve, plus now free AR blogging. :-)
Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) almost 8 years ago

Chris,

Congratulations  on your 500,000 point mark and your Active Rain success!

How are you doing these days? 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 3 years ago

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