Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Ambrose Realty Management LLC)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't think so Brian... if this is part of your blog and your persona, you keep on truckin' , as they say. I think Bob was really talking more about the Q&A section, not what you choose to write about on your own blog.

Jun 03, 2016 02:17 AM
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Mesa, AZ

On your blog, post whatever you want as long as it doesn't violate the community guidelines.

In the Q&A section, we ask that questions are relevant in some way to real estate, business or ActiveRain.

Jun 03, 2016 02:27 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Well, the longest question I've ever seen! I have never seen daily pic by Trish but there used to be a group that used to do that including Roy Kelley.

Bob has never like jokes, silly stuff being posted on the site. He is the gatekeeper & maintenace man so that the site doesn't start looking like Craigslist.  He has a tough job but he's the boss in the end.  Never seen him censor anything that wasn't appropriate.

Jun 03, 2016 03:17 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I do not think so Brian, If people read your blog that is a value to memebers,  Roy Kelley always had pictures of flowers and no one complain.

Jun 03, 2016 02:53 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

IMO, it has to be a mix of knowledge and entertainment.

When you turn on your tv do you do it for the commercial?  No you get those along the side while you are being entertained.

If our blogs were nothing but boring info then we would lose our readers, there does need to be a bit of entertainment mixed in with the other stuff.

I would Ask Bob Stewart before deleting them, chances are he will think they are of value.

I think they bring a lot of people to your blog who would not be there otherwise, and they highlight much of the beauty of your part of the country.

Jun 03, 2016 02:05 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Brian England - you got the 'nod' from Bob - as long as you stick to guidelines.

Jun 03, 2016 03:19 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Please do not stop Brian. I really enjoy the photos.

Jun 03, 2016 11:41 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I don''t think so, I believe he is referring to the Q and A section.  I always think of Trish's pictures as part of you AZ landscape.  A

Jun 03, 2016 09:22 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I agree with Nina Hollander - keep blogging - it tells us who you are - and I loved the buzzard photo- not that I think you are a buzzard! 

Jun 03, 2016 08:33 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I think Bob specifically said that a member could put whatever they wanted in their blogs but that he wanted the Q&A section to be more professional. I, for one, would hate to see Trish's photos go away!!

Jun 03, 2016 07:36 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Some of us might need BEN's 10 days of pain to unlearn our bad Q & A habits

Jun 03, 2016 06:43 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Use it in a blog and no issue

Jun 03, 2016 05:27 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

NEVER to go away!....Post these treasures and be glad in it.

Jun 03, 2016 04:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

That's your decision, Brian --- I enjoy your "Daily Photos from Trish" -- I try(not always successfully) to "mix it up" a bit with my regular market reports and throw in some other types of posts.   

As long as you follow the guidelines, you are free to blog about whatever you like --- go for it!

Jun 04, 2016 01:26 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

It wasn't aimed at blogs - it was about the Q&A section so you do what you think is right - you always have your own website blog don't you?

Jun 03, 2016 09:55 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You can post whatever you like. 

Jun 03, 2016 08:14 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

No. I do like Bob Stewart's emphasis on keeping our Q&A different from Facebook and purely social sites. We can still be personal or humorous while relating it to real estate. 

Jun 03, 2016 06:38 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I have to agree with the responses that say you should post what you want. I agree our blog is a great way for the consumer to get to know us and how we do business. 

Jun 03, 2016 02:13 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I agree with you, people who may hire us to help them with possible the most expensive transaction of their life should know what kind of person we are!

Jun 03, 2016 12:41 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I enjoy the photos you post and you enjoy posting them. Don't feel like that you cannot continue. 

Jun 03, 2016 12:23 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Nina Hollander and Patricia Kennedy  gave excellent replies, Brian. 

   Keep posting the photos!

Jun 03, 2016 09:15 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Brian, I feel our personalities do show in our blog posts.  Bob said we can write what we want in a post ... just keep the Q&A real ... estate ... related. 

Jun 03, 2016 08:14 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Brian - I think the photos have a place here and you make a good case for them.

Jun 03, 2016 07:37 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Brian- It is my understanding that Bob Stewart meant the Q&A section.  As for your posts, which I like, they are yours to do as you please as long as they are within the AR guidelines.  So keep those photos from Trish Van Housen  coming!

Jun 03, 2016 05:58 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Brian England The guidelines are here for a reason. Keep blogging!!

Jun 03, 2016 05:55 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Brian, first , I am a fan of Trish's pictures.  She is a great photographer and looking at her work brings me joy.  And someone did send me a whine note.  Like maybe you should invite Trish to post them on her own blog or put both of your names on it - if anyone did have an issue, it wouldn't be with the photos (look at the gorgeous blooms Roy Kelley brings us daily) but with who is taking them. Frankly, I don't care!   And I really agree with Nina Hollander that they are part of your personna on your blog, and they helped me to remember you as a special blogger.  

Jun 03, 2016 05:53 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Brian, I may not be able to see every post of Trish's photos but what I have seen, I hope you continue. It is your post, consumer actually like to see that human touch in our posts. Glad to see Bob has no issues with it.

Jun 03, 2016 05:43 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

A blog is a small piece of you Brian and "Daily Photo from Trish" part of that. In fact, the superb photography is what continues to draw me to the whole. 

Jun 03, 2016 03:38 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

No.  I think Bob's post made it very clear that we can have at it in the Blog Post section - the focus of the cleanup is strictly on the Q&A section.

Jun 03, 2016 02:54 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
An offer you can't refuse!

I'm not familiar with Trish.

Jun 03, 2016 02:21 AM
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

If those are on her own blog, they won't go away. Bob is simply trying to clean up the Q&A, which is *not* the place for daily photos. 

Jun 03, 2016 02:13 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Let's see. Will your question or Trish's photo's go first?

I love reading 'Why did you get into real estate?" 17 times a month.

It's Ben's sandbox so he can do whatever he wants.

Jun 03, 2016 02:05 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Enough answers signal Bob's post was clarification on the Q & A section. Your posts on "Daily Photo from Tish" should stay. 

Jun 04, 2016 12:08 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Bob Stewart has the answer.

Jun 03, 2016 09:23 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I think you have a general consensus! keep up the good work.... doesn't everyone know a picture is worth a thousand words???

Jun 03, 2016 04:52 PM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Never seen Daily photo from Trish 

Jun 03, 2016 12:14 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Now you got my curiosity going. This is the first I heard of "daily photo with Trish". I need to find out what it is all about.

Jun 03, 2016 12:05 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

blog needs to re related

Q&A may or may not be

Jun 03, 2016 07:09 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Never seen Trish's daily photo.  What's her last name so I can find her?

Jun 03, 2016 04:15 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Looks like Bob Stewart has no issues with it.

Jun 03, 2016 04:12 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

 Brian England  Thanks for sharing your perspective on the recent drama here in the Q&WA section.  All work and no play . . .

Perhaps we need 'Members Only' section under Q&A for those who just want to do whatever we want to do w/o violating laws or ethics.  Q&A is quicker than writing a post.

Jun 03, 2016 02:25 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

You make an excellent point Brian England - I as a newbie realtor and a newbie part of the AR Family, do not have years of experience with either.  I enjoy getting to know personalities and people, and learn from everyone, and not just about real estate.  If there is something posted that someone doesn't care for, they don't need to read and/or respond, but we all know that!  If we eliminate the 'Just for Fun' category, I would not leave AR, though do not always have something to Post in the Q & A that is real estate related.  As a realtor I'm an Assistant on a Husband/Wife Team, and Roger with more experience (in both CA and AZ), does the majority of the paperwork and phone work.  He does not care to be part of AR due to the time factor and that is fine with me, because I do care and fit in the time!  So I cannot always have a knowledgeable answer based on personal experience.  Even though I'm reading and learning, if I don't have anything pertinent to add I don't participate.  Many do the 'Just for Fun', and many do other categories as well.  I see nothing wrong in having a mix, though if this is to be just a real estate site, I would comply, and that would be my choice.  That being said, I would feel that I'm not 'seeing' the many sides of a person, and agree that being strictly business-oriented is nice, though it's not for every personality, and could be hard to connect to, if we all sounded the same.  The personal connection is where . . .

Jun 03, 2016 02:22 AM