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Do You Really Want A Feature Post?


This is the post to read...especially the comments.

Don't throw me any more gold stars. 




My recent post was featured but that is not always a good thing. If you are busy with life and real estate, it takes time to respond to all the wonderful comments from the kind members who stop by to give you support and say really nice things.

Don't get me is an honor to be featured, to see that little gold star, to get the instant satisfaction, a pat on the back and

to get this email. 

ActiveRain Feature


Reminds me of a post I wrote ten years ago, April 2007. It was featured and received  190 comments and zero likes. Back then, there was no 'like' button.

Want to reminisce, want to go back in time, want to see some old Rainers, want to see what happened with a high jacked post, want to waste some time and/or have a bit of fun?


Check this one out

  Don't throw me any more gold stars.

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Comment balloon 37 commentsMargaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 • September 16 2017 03:56AM


Margaret I love Featured Post in spite of the draw backs you describe... the fact those go out ot 700 to a 1000 viewers faster than the other post... so it is not about the Gold Star it is about exposure...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 2 years ago

They are hard shoes to fill if you're going to mess with your own head about the whole thing. You kinda have to stay cool

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 2 years ago

Good morning Margaret.

I'll take all the feature posts I can get.  I wasn't around, not even in the business 10 years ago.  A lot has changed I'm sure

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 2 years ago

Congratulations on the featured posts. I always love to read your posts.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 2 years ago

Hi Margaret - I love the features but yes I know I have lots of responses to acknowledge and blogs to visit.  It's all good.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 2 years ago

Good morning Margaret. You are much more diligent than I responding to all the comments you receive. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

I have two thoughts about real estate.  If you want to get featured on ActiveRain, or get really busy with your career, then plan a vacation.  It works every time.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 2 years ago

What a 'crafty lady' you are with this fun challenge. Hope more get back to you with <Likes>!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) over 2 years ago

I agree they can be a lot of work but it's also fun to see it on the front page!

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management) over 2 years ago

Good morning Margaret. Features do get a great deal of attention and require time to respond, but it is worth it.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Featured posts definitely create a influx of comments.  And bloggers like you and I like to acknowledge our comments.  It can feel overwhelming some days.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 2 years ago

This post has much more meaning if you read

Don't throw me any m

ore gold stars.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

Margaret- I almost forgot to return to your post because I went to the earlier post and found myself reading all (and I do mean all) of the comments and enjoying seeing some of the members from earlier days. You know what's funny is that several times I'll write a post thinking that I'm having a busy day or going away for a trip and won't have time to respond to all of the comments when bam! I get a gold star. (IRMA kept me away from the Rain last weekend!)  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 2 years ago


                            Thank you Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 


Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 2 years ago

Kathy Streib Hope you are well and safe from IRMA.

Reading all those comments took you some time. There must be close to 200 comments on that post written in 2007.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

Thanks for the feature on this week's Ah-Ha Moment. I really appreciate your taking time each week to find these gems.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

I'm in the same boat as you,Wayne Martin! It seems like it takes me 2 months sometimes to get back to comments and I feel horrible about it, although I do like those little gold stars!! 

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, loved that old post - and read the comments again - lots of old faces that I miss terribly, as I'm sure you do! 

I wrote a similar post to yours back in '07 also and feel the same way you do - I love those little gold stars and hate not getting back to everyone right away! The other side of the coin (and the bottom line!) is that we get business from this venue and we may joke about the features but, we're truly thankful!

Have a wonderful Sunday, Margaret!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 2 years ago

I'll go back and read yours. Debe Maxwell, CRS No likes way back when!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

Oh yes, it can be a love hate relationship.  It's fun for a moment and then responding to all the comments is daunting.  And, it always seem to happen when I'm super busy.  I have been more focused lately on traffic and backlinks to my own site.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 2 years ago

The comments on the original post were funny! We need to get some more of those comment strings!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 2 years ago

I can see why Kathy chose to pick your post for her wrap up this week!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 2 years ago

Hi Margaret

Leave it to you to always share a thought-provoking post. I bet many who covet that gold star haven't thought about this perspective. Off to read some history. What fun that will be!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 2 years ago

Good morning Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week..not sure how I missed it! I followed the link and had to chuckle at all the comments. Laurie Manny was hysterical bumping your point total up!! I've been meaning to tell you..I like your new photo!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 2 years ago

Hey Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland of course I had to come up and say - how fun! I totally get this one! It is a lot of work to comment on features and I take that seriously as I appreciate folks stopping by.  I recently saw a really old featured on from years ago - and so many folks are no longer in the rain.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Broker, CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart International) over 2 years ago

How funny that I'm actually sitting here now, overwhelmed, trying to reply to the comments on my featured post. Replying is just the beginning. I also like to reciprocate by commenting on their posts. AGGHHHHH! 

I wasn't here a couple of days and come back to over 100 notifications. 

I did take the time to go to that old post of yours and was surprised to see that I commented on it a couple of years ago! 

Getting featured is's also exhausting. LOL

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 2 years ago

Love you  Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  and Yes Featured Posts  so many more points back then too ..... I forget  how many do you remember ??? It is still an honor I enjoy .

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 2 years ago

Hannah Williams I have no idea but it is still fun and I love all of our connections! We get to know each other through these fun featured posts. For sure, if I had a client moving to would be you I'd contact!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

Ten years ago it was merely Active Mist.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) over 2 years ago

Heavy is the head that wears the crown.

Posted by Luke Acree, Making Agents Memorable (ReminderMedia) over 2 years ago

Ten years ago.... a lot has come (like weight) and gone (like my dark brown hair) but you are still a gold star earning blogger!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 2 years ago

Another great comment!!

Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

Your old post and your new one were both entertaining! But it is so true. Blogging is hard work and requires a lot of upkeep. Thank you for sharing! 

Posted by Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions (Martin Presence Group) over 2 years ago

Oh wow ... some very familiar faces from time past, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ... still remembered and still missed, I may add in many cases.  How things have changed over the years!  

Still chuckling over the hijacking too ... oh for the good old days?????



Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 2 years ago

Can't fall into the AR wormhole today, but I know what you mean!  Responding to each and every comment is a lot of fun, important, but semi-daunting!

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 2 years ago

John Meussner Agreed. You can also tell a lot about a person's integrity, character and personality by reading their comments.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

Thanks for the memories. I do not have to worry about featured posts. That is a rare occasion for me.

The like button should be revisited and eliminated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

Just happen to be passing through this morning Margaret, love the memories.


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 Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 2 years ago