Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY)

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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I do actively try to find new bloggers to Feature in my Saturday series. The problem I'm having is:
#1: They're promoting a property or a market update
#2: They're a student doing an assignment that has been done 10,000 times
#3: They're using AI for 100% AI-generated content 

The AI-generated content has become VERY common. I don't have a problem with AI-assisted writing. I have a problem with 100% AI-generated content. That's not worthy of a Feature in my book.

Nov 15, 2023 06:50 AM
ActiveRain Member Support
Seattle, WA

The Feature Fairies may lower the bar slightly for a newbie, but not much.  As Carol mentions, the majority of the 1st timer posts would not be topics that would get the wave of the fairie wand and the gold star that comes with it.

Nov 15, 2023 07:42 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I catch first time bloggers from time to time, comment and follow them. Not as much as I likely should. Maybe once a month feature them?

Nov 15, 2023 04:48 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

If we had a more alert-style way of seeing a new blogger's post I'd comment on more. Right now what catches my eye is if someone I follow re-posts them, or the newbie themselves posts a topic or a title that catches my eye. I do not surf the lists or buttons too often in AR - I'm busy enough posting and reading "thems that I follow". Great idea t mention this though...redraws the eye to a great reminder to support the newbies.

Nov 15, 2023 07:07 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

No, but others do. You EARN your place on the feature board. The best of the best so to speak.

Nov 15, 2023 06:08 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The welcome wagon has long been recognized everywhere to deal with people coming into a new endeavor. It should be a worthy gesture too

Nov 15, 2023 05:55 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I commented on a couple . . . there's one from a RE student that was good! 

Nov 15, 2023 05:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

If I see something that catches my eye and interest, I do. Otherwise, this is not high on my list of priorities.

Nov 15, 2023 04:52 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

I used to feature newbies with a graphic on their blog posts.  I make a comment and add a question:  How did you find Active Rain?  Rarely do they reply.  I also suggest who to follow to become more involved in navigating AR.  I sometimes feel they are cut and psting non-original content or they are hawking something they wish to sell without building any relationships.

I will visit all the folks in your Q/A and see how many I actually commented on.  Ben asked us not to promote membership until the development had a better handle on fixing the broken code.  Consequently, I find I do not go to Newbies.   

Nov 15, 2023 08:42 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

If the content warrants it, definitely.  I do try to reach out to the newbies but it seems that a lot just dry up and blow away. 

Nov 15, 2023 07:35 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 I read the new blogger posts often but few seem worthy of uplifting to me.

Nov 15, 2023 07:17 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Thank you for highlighting these folks. I'll be certain to comment on these.

Nov 15, 2023 04:53 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I do all that I can, the best I can, with the time and resources I have to dedicate to the AR platform.  

Nov 15, 2023 09:25 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I do on occasion but should probably search them out more often 

Nov 15, 2023 07:45 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

my first blog wasn't something that was or should have been featured.  A welcome committee... I'm all for that....

Nov 15, 2023 02:58 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I try to invite new people to blog and share with us here in the Rain what we can learn from them and how we can help them.


Nov 15, 2023 11:31 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I don't see much of a benefit to this.  I think people joining new will learn the norms and meet members over time.  It is fun to be new as it is a learning experience.

Nov 15, 2023 11:27 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
An offer you can't refuse!

The people I see "reaching out" to the newbies are people who are clearly commenting for points.

You can find newbies at the bottom right of the page... using the link "first blog posts".

Nov 15, 2023 09:30 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Yes and I see the ones who follow the newbie with the caveat of asking for a follow back. Tacky in my opinion!

Nov 15, 2023 04:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

It's been a while but I used to email or call a new member to welcome them and offer my help if needed. Never has anyone responded. That said, it would be nice if those joining the platform were given some kind of orientation. 

Nov 15, 2023 04:38 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Important to make everyone feel welcome.

Nov 15, 2023 07:18 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I used to check the "first blog posts" regularly but got tired of wading through spam, posts with just a link, real estate students asking something but never returning. So I stopped. But good reminder - I will start checking more frequently.

Nov 16, 2023 04:46 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

That would be lovely in a perfect world, Andy! I believe that newbies probably would take a bit to know that you must have a featured graphic to be on the feature board. Most new posts aren't really topics that are featured normally either.

I know my first few were market reports and I certainly didn't expect to make it to the feature board for years! LOL

I do love welcoming them and thank you for reminding everyone to do so, Andy.

Nov 15, 2023 08:06 PM