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Held Within A Comment...

I woke up this morning thinking about my recent (NBC) post and the many thoughtful, supporting and encouraging comments that were made by so many... that I just had to do something to show just how much I appreciate all of your kind and generous words. So this is my "collective Comment of Thanks" to all your comments.

What is so odd about Active Rain, is that while you can find amazing and well written blogs that teach so much, share so much, and help so much... it is in simple short Comments where "volumes" are often spoken.

It is the Comment that gives Active Rain life. For in the Comment something magical happens between reader and writer. This "something" is hard to describe, but when you experience it, you know it. 

When we try to get our colleagues to join Active Rain we want them to benefit from all the great information and dialogue that is being shared, but I believe it is that "something" within a Comment we truly hope they get.

Stage It Forward...



Comment balloon 59 commentsCraig Schiller • March 22 2007 06:52AM


I know exactly what you are saying, it is through thekeyboard and monitor that alot of friendships have been forged. 

Just a quick example..I have talked with many stagers on the phone but there are some that I havent.  Nevertheless, I feel like they know ME and I know them!  This place is somewhat magical like that. 

Big Bear hug to you!


Posted by Marci Toliver, Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging (438-4642) over 13 years ago

I remember when you left a comment on one of my newbie blogs, I was so pleased that Craig Schiller had stopped at my blog...and left a comment! Your blogs show the world that home staging is a highly valuable service delivered by intelligent, creative problem solvers. You are leading the way by spending your precious time here with us, and educating thousands of readers. I'm sure that hundreds of home stagers here at active rain join me in response to this thank you note with a "RIGHT BACK AT YOU, CRAIG SCHILLER."


Sue Argue 

Posted by Sue Argue, NH Home Stager (Staged First Impressions) over 13 years ago

Craig, somehow I missed your great news.  I just saw it on Ben's blog.  A BIG congratulations to you!

I loved this post on the comments in our blogs.  There is something magical that transpires when the comments are heartfelt.  It's a beautiful thing and one of my favorite reasons for participating in the Rain.

Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101, GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) over 13 years ago
I float about being such a free spirit.  I would love to comment on everything that touches me but it is just entirely too impossible to do so!  Just think of all the comments you DONT get from people who love your posts :)
Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 13 years ago

The time someone takes to comment is a gift in some respects, of time and thought. Not all blogs require a comment or may not peak the interest of everyone but when someone responds to you - you feel validated that you were HEARD.  Just like saying, "hello" to someone on the street, when ignored, we feel rejected (or just not heard) but when reciprocated, "hi!" your spirit is lifted and your soul energized. People are "pack animals" we need the commraderie of one another, NO matter what anyone says. 

You are welcome Craig & I look forward to continued communication from all of the SOAR and more.....


Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, (Home Star Staging) over 13 years ago


 Just out of curiosity I did some quick math to see what your average number of comments per blog was and it is a whoppoing 20.6-proof positive that you are a powerful influence not only in founding this group but in gifting us with some very interesting and stimulating material. Congradulations, my friend. You inspire me to make a better effort at writing meaningful blogs. After reading yours, I often say to myself, "wow, I wish I had written that."

Posted by James Frazier (James Frazier Personal Development Coach) over 13 years ago


Thanks for the post. Even in the simplest effort to say "Thanks", you continue to share and inspire. Its a GREAT THING!

Posted by William Collins, Property and Asset Management (ERA Queen City Realty) over 13 years ago

Again, you are speaking for all of us here in the rain. (And it doesn't hurt being a cute man stager either!)

Stage It Forward! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 13 years ago

Hi Craig - I agree.  Sometimes it is the small things that touch our hearts the most!!

Sheron - Cute man stagers, Mabe Brad Pitt will get into staging soon!!!! (lol).

Posted by Maureen Graziano (Third Eye Home Staging) over 13 years ago
Craig...thank you! You've shared so much with us all...I am sooooo happy fo you!
Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, NH Real Estate Broker (Prudential Verani Realty) over 13 years ago
I totally agree - that certain "something" is pretty awesome.
Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 13 years ago
Thought I would stop by and leave a comment.  Been crazy busy and wish that I could spend a little more time on the rain.  you see I am self employed and my boss has just been riding me lately and the more I do the more she asks, raising the bar everyday.
Posted by Teresa Boardman (Boardman Realty) over 13 years ago

Craig - you're right, comments make the world go round here in the Rain!  Who doesn't love to know that SOMEone, anyone, stopped by to read a post that they spent time putting together?  I know I very much appreciate all who stop by my posts to read them and leave me comments.  In those comments many times are wonderful little nuggets that mean the world.

Love this post!  Thank YOU!


Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 13 years ago

Craig congratulation again.  You are so right receiving a sincere comments is great, even if it is just a few words.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 13 years ago
No, THANK YOU for being so professional and  for your skills in finding the correct content to post. Also for getting Active Rain and the rest of us some notice. Most importantly congratulation's on the 18 years!
Posted by Danny Smith (DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES) over 13 years ago

Craig: A thousand red balloons for you!

--and a belated happy anniversary , too.

Posted by Roberta Murphy, Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes (San Diego Previews Real Estate) over 13 years ago
Here's another comment to add to your collection! Loved your post about sincere a newbie I can only aspire to be as good a blogger as you!
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 13 years ago

Craig - Thank you for adding so much value to the Active Rain community! I was happy to see a Rainer on NBC - it speaks well of what Active Rain is all about and makes us all proud as a collection of professionals. You are a great example of what is so good about Active Rain.

Best wishes,


Posted by James Holmes (Chartwell Mortgage Corporation) over 13 years ago
You were on NBC - Don't wear it out it, that makes you look bad ....
Posted by AJ Martin (none) over 13 years ago

Craig - 

I only recently registered at Active Rain and posted my first blog yesterday (New agent Blues). I was overwhelmed by  suggestions, encourangement and insight I got back as comments from the blog. It really made me feel that "something special" it was AWESOME!!



Posted by Nattalie de la Mothe, Selling Atlanta Homes like a Boss (Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors) over 13 years ago

Sorry I missed your llast post.

But this is an amazing tool.

Good luck to you my friend!

Posted by Luke Constantino, Residential/Commercial Real Estate Brooklyn NY (Brooklyn/Manhattan Real Estate) over 13 years ago
You are right about the comments. I try to take some time everyday to read posts and comment.  I have learned so much from AR community members.  I just need to find some some to get some blogs done -- That is a stretch for me -- I have over-committed myself as usual -- Congratulations to you! And YOU ARE WELCOME
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 13 years ago

Congratulations, again, Craig. What an inspiration. Such a pleasure to read a post that is not intended to be info-sharing and educational for a change. Wishing you much more success.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 13 years ago


I wrote this post because... I was moved and touch by the out pouring of kindness I received on the post.

I wrote and posted this post first thing yesterday morning. If you look at the first comment that was made by Marci Toliver it is dated 3/21. Active Rain CHOOSE to repost this anew TODAY and re-dated it 3/22.

So, the first reason for my post was to sincerely thank people for their kind comments, which were overwhelmingly unexpected. But I if you read my entire post.... you will see I quickly moved the post off "me" and onto the power of the community of Active Rain and of a Comment.


Posted by Craig Schiller over 13 years ago


That "Stage It Forward" phrase speaks volumes and is the inspiration that keeps us Blogging here in the Rain.  There have been many posts on the importance of the Blog comment and I'm guilty, as charged, of writing one myself.  But I liken it to receiving a Birthday card from a friend or loved one.  The connections is what it's all about.  Thanks for sharing another great post with us!

Lisa Hammerstein

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) over 13 years ago

sorry  - didn't mean to come off offended or rude - I think plenty of people around here will be mentioning your NBC appearance so let it come to you - don't chase it ....

anyway I want to make it up to you so I added you to my famous bloggers listing at

with a link to your site - 

 all the best! 


Posted by AJ Martin (none) over 13 years ago
Craig,you are oh so right. We all see how many times a reader will click but not's in the comment that you feel appreciated and a purpose and inspires as well as just plain FEELS GOOD. To those who comment and are active rain contributors and not just takers...much appreciation and kudos to you. Comments are where it's at!
Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) over 13 years ago

Active Rain is breeding some great commenters. I forsee a change in the blogging world because of our experiences with comments - and the insightful, warm and fuzzy, educating value that they bring to each post.

Comment it Forward!

Posted by Derek and Mariana Wagner, The Artisan Group - Colorado Springs REALTORS® (The Artisan Group- Keller Williams Premier Realty ) over 13 years ago
I'm really glad for your success, Craig.  It couldn't happen to a more deserving person.
Posted by Bonnie Erickson (Tangletown Realty) over 13 years ago
Craig-You have given so much to us collectively..perhaps this is our Thank you to You!  Congratulations again-
Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) over 13 years ago

Hi Craig,

Well said. I read your wonderful post while out of town for a few days and couldn't respond at that time. You gave us all inspiration with that blog.  And as for the comments, I've learned so much from so many of them.

Thanks again!

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 13 years ago
I have enjoyed following your posts and found a wealth of information that you have shared. Your graphic says it all with style and simplicity. Hallmark's got nothing on you! Congratulations!
Posted by Kelly Kilpatrick, Broker-Associate over 13 years ago
Lisa I like your activerain signature.  How did you get that?  I must have one!
Posted by Michael Hutchins - Consumer Advocate, Chicago (Michael Hutchins Ent.) over 13 years ago
I hope it's contagious!
Posted by Ben Kakimoto, Seattle Condo Specialist (Keller Williams Greater Seattle) over 13 years ago

We all want to hear nice comments about us or about what we do.  Doesn't take much to make you feel good!  Thank you!


Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 13 years ago
Craig, I reunited with AR after a short 3 month vacation.  Wow, congrats on the exposure.  You above anyone else deserve the accolades.  I love your passion.
Posted by Keith Jeppson - Salt Lake City Real Estate (Everest Realty Group) over 13 years ago

As someone else already said, No, THANK YOU.  Your thoughtfulness and kindness seems to know no bounds. Your information is always so well-presented and valuable.  I even have a folder of Craig Shiller info in my computer files, and find myself quoting you in conversation.  When I first started reading Active Rain, before I joined, I thought you were Active Rain!

Thanks for saying the comments are so affirming, since I haven't made the leap from comments to blogging. 

Hope you are enjoying your even greater and well-deserved visibility. Imagine this is an anniversary you'll always remember. Again, congrats on that milestone, as well.

Joan Staker 



Posted by Joan Staker (Time to Stage) over 13 years ago
Wow, a star in our midst!!!  Congratulations Craig, and what a wonderful world this would be if you could stage the whole thing!!!! 
Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) over 13 years ago

Craig, you're right about comments - they make us smile and reward us, and are the start of conversations. We generally (at least I do) get more comments here than on my Other blog.

Karen - I like your analogy to a wave Hi or a smile - we do appreciate blogs we read that we don't comment on. Wouldn't make sense to take the room of a comment (and certainly no points intended) but it would be nice if we could just click a button, and for each one of us that clicked it, it would add another Smiley face or Hand, all in a row.

I always look forward to Craig's photos, staging, and suggestions. Glad BNC recognizes you as well. 

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 13 years ago

You are the master of the just slightly irreverent comment. I am SUCH a failure, I can't think of anything irreverent for a comment. Congrats on NBC.


Posted by Boomer Jack Boardman & Carl McIntyre, the Codgers (Noted Curmudgeons) over 13 years ago

Well put Craig. 



Posted by Watch My Listings (Watch My Listings) over 13 years ago
Craig,  as always, thank you for being a part of the AR community.  I am a Realtor who always carries something beneficial from your posts.
Posted by Roger Stensland, Let's Move! (Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound) over 13 years ago
It is very clear that you spend time educating people, you certainly deserve the exposure!  I think it FABULOUS!
Posted by Heather Armstrong (Skogman Realty) over 13 years ago
You just seem to have a knack for making the reader feel special. You deserve all of your success and more!
Posted by Lucie Quigley (HOLT modern Home Staging) over 13 years ago
I don't think I could think of a better person, than you. Congrats again. And keep it up. Soon you'll be famous and I'll be able to say, I knew him when......
Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) over 13 years ago
You are so right, thank you for getting it to the point.
Posted by Axel Weiss, Sea to Sky Realty (Bradenton Realtor and Sarasota Homes for Sale) over 13 years ago

I didn't see you on TV but I will tel you that I'm a "Newbie" on here and the first Blog I marked to follow was yours!

You  write great stuff! Thank you

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 13 years ago
You're right on the money Craig. It's one thing to be validated by our business successes but another thing to be validated, encouraged and patted on the back by our peers. It's all very motivating and enlightening.
Posted by Ryan Hukill - Edmond, Realtor, Team Lead (ShowMeOKC Real Estate Pros of KW Elite) over 13 years ago

JOAN... God no , I wasn't ON TV!

I have face for BLOGGING not for TV.

My BLOG was picked up and displayed on their website. THAT's it.


Posted by Craig Schiller over 13 years ago

For me...This is comment #7,016...

Yup. It's magical :)

So who wants to be #7,017? SVW.


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 13 years ago
I am quickly becoming an AR addict!  And you're first response from someone raised my spirits and gave me a chance to connect (love that word!) Thanks for putting it into words.
Posted by Maggie Kent (Front Door Interiors) over 13 years ago
Craig...I read what Renee wrote..just think of the comments you don't get from people who read what you write and see what you share...and learn and live more beautifully as a result. You have a special Muse. ...congratulations on the NBC zephyr.
Great Comment Graig... You Staged it well.  Have a great day!
Posted by Neal Barnes, Broker, REALTOR, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES, SRS. (Starstate Realty) over 12 years ago
I am speechless.  Another comment that speaks volumes.  In a good way of course.  And, I like JaneAnne's comment - you have a special MUSE.  Thanks for being you and being you here for all of us to share.  The whole concept of SHARING started with you on stage it forward.  We were all thinking it, wishing for it and there you were with the knowledge that we would all join you in your wish to bring the industry forward without closing ourselves off from each other.  Good always expands and blossoms when shared.  Craig, we owe you big time.  THANKS just isn't enough. 
Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - over 12 years ago
Hi Craig:  I most definitely agree with you.  Most posts can have a "staged" feel to them, but it is in the comments that both the readers and the writer of the post often write "from the heart."  I believe it is there... in the comments... that relationships are both begun and fostered.  Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 12 years ago

What I find less than humorous is that in the comments section of a post about the great value of comments... people still say such inane things as "great post, dude" or write about things that make it very obvious that all they are doing is trying to get in their ten comments a day for their 25 points each.  Why do they even bother making comments like that?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 12 years ago

Karen: It was a different Active Rain when I posted this blog... over a year ago.  But still there are comments that DO matter and connect. MORE people, more to read. It is what it is. But that does not mean it all is contrived. THANKS for your comment. Please keep "bothering" it does matter.


Posted by Craig Schiller over 12 years ago
Craig, I agree with you, I know that being a semi newbie, getting comments makes us keep coming back until the magic happens and you begin to form the friendships and there are so many here on AR that I already feel like I know.  What a truly great place AR is. 
Posted by Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections, Experience the IHI Difference (IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581) over 12 years ago
Hi Craig:  Perhaps you misread my comment.  I think that comments are extremely valuale, and I continue to make well-thought-out comments to posts, and also do the same back to a comment made on one of my posts.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 12 years ago