Active Rain real estate bloggers post tons of information on property complete with images, concise copy, video links and embeds but how well do you know the guy or gal aiming that electron gun, stream hose nozzle being broadcast on line from state's you've never been and towns you've never heard of?Or it's like living with someone for years and then you learn something you did not know. Or that surprises you sometimes picked up, eaves dropping as they talk, share with someone else right? For example on a personal level, you are at a Memorial Day cook out, munching a burger cooked just right. A mouthful or two of home made Maine potato salad.
Taking a big gulp, a major slurp of Moxie (yuk).Big group around the outdoor fire place. Rambunctious kids laughing, squealing, running around the lake camp you are parked at.
Eating watermelon, home made grapenut ice cream, chasing fire flies and asking someone with an apron on if it's been a half hour yet.The weather crystal clear under cobalt blue cloudless skies. Maine loons sputtering, echoed in back ground. Warm setting sunshine still spilling on your shoulders, face. And the conversation of a friend, loved one is being monitored as you chase the last dill pickle around the jar. While that carefully balanced paper plate in the other hand is angled dangerously close to making the "tilt" light come on.
Something said by the others in the group you think you know inside and out or pretty well surprises you. Or something you say makes another raise his eyebrows and look your way for clarification. A second take. To make sure he heard you right in the first dry run. Sometimes what you said was not what they heard. Other times in certain instances you used to think this or that. Maybe not always holding that opinion now though after some event or coming around to a new conclusion. One you had not brought the others in your circle up to speed on yet. That is why communication is so important on a day to day basis. Blogging lets you share just like being at the BBQ. Or on an open deck or porch without a TV hogging all the attention of everyone in the room that's plugged in and on "couch lock."
Maine is a super state to have conversations that are meaningful, philosophical, down to earth and thought provoking. Why? We take money out of the equation. We don't wear handcuffs of gold, not strapped to plastic credit card debt racked up because spending money makes us happy..for a while. We are grateful, joyful because we live in Maine. That in itself is a hoot, a very comfortable position to be in. Why? Less people, friendlier people that we do have that pitch in, work hard, are family and God centered. They think of others. We need each other because we are all there is when you consider 11 people per square mile in Northern Maine's Aroostook County. We hike, kayak, attend bean suppers, little league games we coach, and talk. Know the players in the community and are connected, aware of others and the surroundings we enjoy. Our back yard is four season paradise with outdoor recreational options I could not begin to stratch the surface of RIGHT HERE. Not six hours or more away. Not days from Maine.
Anyway, back to the conversations you overhead on Active Rain. The bloggers that post radiate personality and you get bits and pieces of who they are outside of wearing the R. The REALTOR pin representing the hardest working letter of the alphabet. Real genuine people. Some with passions for photography, video which really helps in their day job. Or not so bad at writing. Illustrating property, their planet gps coordinates with copy that nails it. Creates an image, perception between the ears of the guy or gal in front of the warm humming monitor on the other end of the smoke signal. The tightly pulled string and other tin can down the line so to speak.