This past Saturday something small yet amazing happened in an industry... and it is all because of ActiveRain. The home stager's group Stage It Forward turned one year old. Now this might not seem like much, for those of you are NOT home stagers, but for us this is remarkable and HUGE. For prior to ActiveRain and the group Stage It Forward (now commonly called SIF) there was no unified place for home stagers to discuss the issues facing their businesses and their industry.
Stage It Forward gave us a forum to connect, communicate and grow. Every home stager that has entered this site has left with something more.... something that they could use to move their businesses forward.
Other new organizations have started, like the Real Estates Staging Association, and have found SIF to be a great platiform to share a common commitment to champion the possibilities of home staging.
And while at times our conversation is filled with passion (OK, YES... YES... I should say "heated". Because at time that IS what it is.) we really have come a long way.
So I am THRILLED to announce that MORE is to come! Now with over 1,100 members posting nearly 100 posts a week to the group... we are a busy place and we are only going to get busier. There is strength in our numbers!
In honor of the 1st year anniversary, we have been working on some practicle SIF Gifts for our fellow SIF members.
The first gift is to to announce a new "personality" has joined our ranks. SIF STUFF is their name. SIF STUFF will pop in from time to time to share important industry news. Like he is doing today... In fact, SIF STUFF is out there passing out the rest of the surprises and bunch of useful gifts (5 in fact) in their blog today. So go here and read: Happy Birthday Stage-it-Forward... Here are 5 Gifts for YOU! That post will direct you on to all the other goodies we have planned... and let me tell you there are some BIG announcemnts. Also... let me say "Sorry" in advance, all that we have to share will have you popping all over the internet to check out what is taking place. But we think it is worth it.
So one behalf of all the members of Stage It Forward I would like to extend the sincerest of thanks to ActiveRain. The next time someone asks if blogging on AR works? You can say not only does it work... it has given an INDUSTRY a voice.
Staging It Forward...