Tucson By Choice!: For Newbies Only: Tooting Active Rain's Horn - Round Numbers

For Newbies Only: Tooting Active Rain's Horn - Round Numbers

Round numbers make me smile.  I don't know why.  I turned in early last night, and so here I am, wide awake at 3:30 in the morning, doing what I always do in my spare time - investing that time in my business relationships with great people like you through blogging.

This month marks my second anniversary with the Active Rain Real Estate Network.  I was at the bottom of the heap in July of 2007, trying to figure this out.

Everyone else was a giant, and I was a peon.  But I kept at it.  TLW's blog taught me to reciprocate - to comment on someone's blog when (wonder of wonders) they commented on mine. ...I can't find the TLW's post on reciprocation; somebody please leave an active link to in in your comment...

Margaret Woda was the very first person to comment on my first post, and she's become a friend I have yet to meet.

THANK YOU to Bob Stewart, Jonathan Washburn, and the rest of the gang who started, nurtured, maintained and grew this blogging community from a "hope so" to the powerhouse that it has become.

THANK YOU to Brad Andersohn for great "how to" posts like this one.

THANK YOU especially to you, for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by, read and comment!  I surely do appreciate you.

As Roy Peterson over in Waco, TX says in every post and comment, "Life is Good." 


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson, AZ Mortgage lender.
Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
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Comment balloon 32 commentsMike Jones • July 26 2009 06:20AM


Hey Mike - Hope you are doing well and having a great summer! Pretty cool you landed square on a round number:)

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 11 years ago


We're doing all right!  Thanks for being the first to comment.  Now I have to go back to bed.  It's 4:30 in the morning!

Mike in Tucson

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

Congrats Mike,  I'm sure it's been a lot of work, but you've earned the rewards.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 11 years ago

Mike - Thanks for "taking my name in vain", as you said in your email.  LOL.

While I do often seek out new members for welcoming them to Activerain, that's not how I found you - and I had no idea it was your first post.  You wrote something about John Wayne Country and I remember thinking what a neat title...  and it was pleasant reading, too.  I've been a fan of yours ever since!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Congrats on your points. .your determination and discipline is obviously apparent. .good traits to have in this industry. .

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 11 years ago

I enjoy your posts. Good luck in 2009. Congratulations on your success.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 11 years ago

Mike, Congratulations on this milestone.

Ditto to your kudo's to Activerain and all those who helped us in our journey. TLW's post was a life changer for me too.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago

Congrats on your anniversary! Active Rain is a good place to be. I'm always amazed at what I learn here.

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) over 11 years ago

This blog post moves very slowly because of the huge number of comments. 




Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago

OMG, that shows your own contribution and dedication to our community.  I'm huffing and puffing toward 100,000, I can't imagine being 359,000 in, kudos to you for your hard work and hopfully you have received payback three-fold in terms of contact, clients and friends!

Posted by Janie Coffey, Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives (First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty) over 11 years ago




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




The next 100K will be much, much easier, I promise.  :)


Thanks for finding the link to TLW's "Reciprocation" post.


I continue to be amazed!  See you on your blog.


You paved the way for me; thank you.


You've been a reader for just about the whole ride, and I appreciate you.


As do you, my friend!  Much success today.


Thank you, my dear!


If time is money, this has been a four year degree. :)

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike - your posts are a daily staple for me.  I truly look forward to them and get a little disappointed if I sign on before you've had a chance to write!  LOL

It's been an absolute pleasure to read and learn from  you.  And you are SO right ----- this platform at AR is a powerhouse.

Congratulations on your milestone, my friend!

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


Life is good and so is this community known as Active Rain.  It is because of folks like you that I have hung around and developed some really good relationships.

Thank you my friend.

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

Mike, funny that you were able to show the number in your blog. I hit a round number a couple of weeks ago, much much smaller. :) But I hadn't purchased Snagit yet and didn't know how to save it. Love it. We all move forward with the help of others.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike

Round numbers are good, 359,000 on active rain is outstanding.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 11 years ago

Mike, fantastic post and I really love Garrison's prayer, it pretty much sums it all up for me! As a fellow outdoors fan you will appreciate that i have spent the last couple of weeks "off the grid" with no contact to the world backpacking in the mountains of New Mexico with a group of Boy Scouts and it was fine, fine indeed!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 11 years ago

I also watch the numbers and enjoy trying to manipulate the totals . Keep up the good work.

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

Now that's a lot of points!  Congratulations.  Sounds like your hard work has paid off.

Posted by Irene Tron over 11 years ago


It's the Google visibility on Active Rain that trips my trigger.  More points, more visibility.  :)


Thanks for stopping by; I will!


I'm sure you had a great time backpacking with the Scouts in NM!  Thanks for commenting; God is good.


It hardly seems possible, my friend.


I haven't spent a penny on SnagIt or any other screen capture program.  I'll call you with the details.


You're so very welcome!  Igualmente!


Thanks for the kind words; it works both ways!

Mike in Tucson

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

Congratulations on the round numbers. Every once in a while my grocery bill comes to an even number and I delight in that. I hope you'll get to an even 500,000 points.

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

It's funny to me how obsessed I was with points when I started. In fact, it's what got me started and kept me going. But somewhere along the way I stopped paying attention, probably when I started getting business from my efforts. But every now and then, when there's a milestone, or a unique number I'm about to hit, I find it a good reason to stop, reflect, and yes, be grateful for having discovered this powerful tool.

Congratulations on your milestone!


Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) over 11 years ago


Thanks.  "...a good reason to stop, reflect...and be grateful..."  That's the story, isn't it?


You, too?  Thanks for stopping by!

Mike in Tucson

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

Glad Lenn found that link for you on reciprocation. Congrats on your milestone and I'm glad your all situated in your new company.  Keep up the great work - with photos!

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 11 years ago


I know I've fallen down in the photo department lately, but you'll love my next post!  Promise!

Mike in Tucson

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

Hey Mike, I like your post. And I really liked the Send Out card I recieved from you. You made a point and I appreciate. The more I am on ActiveRain the more I love it because of good people like you.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 11 years ago


You go, girl!  Blog on!

Mike in Tucson

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

Thank you my friend for the shout out, I appreciate that very much.  I was searching "Tattoodle" this morning for images and photos I had taken and this one came up with my name attached to it so here I am.  Normally I get a Google Alert when my name is in a Blog post, but not this time.  Guess I was meant to be here today by destiny.  Thx again for the horn toots. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago


Thanks for commenting.  Check out this link to your photo from TinEye.  What's especially interesting is the associated web address.  The website is in Arabic.

Mike in Tucson

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

congrats man!  you've earned every one of them.. glad to have "met" you on here.

Posted by John Jones (Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty) over 11 years ago

That is awesome I just keep on writing and trying to get close!

Posted by Karen Singbeil, Living In & Selling Shuswap : Sicamous | Mara Lake (Royal LePage Access Real Estate | Associate Broker | Personal Real Estate Corporation) over 11 years ago


Keep at it; it's surprising how quickly things add up!


Thanks!  We'll see you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

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

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