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My Newbie of the Week - Week 1

Last week, while I was flipping through comments on my posts, I noticed an unfamiliar name – Krista Fuchs from Exton, Pennsylvania (in Chester County).  Her comments were funny and made me laugh. 

So then I clicked on Krista's blog and started to read her posts.  They were funny and made me laugh!

I scrolled down and remembered when I was an Active Rain newbie, blogging my heart out, getting just a few comments here and there and feeling a little bit lonely.

Then I got an idea!

Each week, I’m going to look for newbie bloggers who are funny and make me laugh, or who are serious and make me think.  I decided to start with Krista.

Her most recent post, I Guess I was More Fabulous in High School, was both funny and goofily thought provoking.  And while reading it, I totally got that Krista is not one of those people who peaked for life during her senior year. 

Then, just under that, is How Do You Get Your Sellers to Change Things?   In this post, her graphics are definitely worth a click.  Krista!  I must have some of your fortune cookies! 

I think she’s getting the hang of this blogging thing!  Her posts are not too long or too short.  She has graphics that are clever and help to make her point.  In reading her posts, I could see a real progression as Krista found her "blogging voice".  I looked at her blog and it says, if my mother was moving to Chester County, Pennsylvania, this is who I'd want to help her find a house.

And, she's clearly a smart person!  Look at her profile!  Before real estate, she actually did medical research at some pretty impressive places, including Sloan-Kettering in New York.  

I’ve subscribed to Krista’s blog, and I’m looking forward to some good reads!  

Blog on, Krista!


Comment balloon 34 commentsPatricia Kennedy • November 23 2007 07:40PM


What a cool idea Pat!
Posted by Craig W. Barrett, Hughesville MD Real Estate (RE/MAX 100) over 12 years ago
What a nice way to greet someone new.  It will also help keep the "lonelys" away and be a great AR neighbor!  We need more like you.
Posted by Vera Gleason, Determined to Move You in Solano County (KW Vaca Valley) over 12 years ago

Hi, Pat,

Great idea!  I know the lucky bloggers you choose to feature will be thrilled, and this is a great way to help the rest of us get to know each other better.  Kudos to you!


Posted by Jan Evett, Broker Associate, 20 years+ in real estate (The Premier Property Group LLC) over 12 years ago
Patricia I try to be funny and short to the point.  I hate long blogs even if they are good.
Posted by John Walters, Licensed in Louisiana (Frank Rubi Real Estate) over 12 years ago



What a Fantastic Idea.....Your awesome, keep it up girl!!!!!

Posted by Aili Stone (Stanmor Realty, Co) over 12 years ago
Pat - Such a great idea!!!!  Maybe you could also contact her and find out more about her (or the next person you feature) and add further information about her (them).  I'm always trying to think of ways to "plus" something.  Hopefull, you don't mind.  Have a great week!
Posted by Meg Zoller, Houston Fine Homes (Keller Williams) over 12 years ago

Now that is think outside the box.

 Great idea. 

Posted by Mark Watterson, Utah Real Estate over 12 years ago
Patricia- I just met Krista too through thoughtful comments on my blog. It is wonderful how we get to meet new people. She is a person everyone should get to know. Katerina
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 12 years ago

Oh Patricia, I don't know what to say!  I had to read this a few times and it still hasn't sunk in that you are featuring me!  I'm so flattered! 

Jan commented on one of my blogs that you featured thanks Jan for filling me in so I could catch it quick!

I have to say that I am already addicted to AR and promise to continue blogging, improve my writing and stay true to myself...which is going to be a little goofy at times!

And I agree with the other commenter's that this is a great idea.  I can attest that is definitely makes the newbies feel welcomed and appreciated.

Thanks so much, I have goosebumps!

Posted by Krista Fuchs, Chester County Realtor - (484) 459-8025 - Home Buying and Selling (Prudential Fox & Roach) over 12 years ago
Great idea.  You don't have to be a featured blogger to have good stuff to read.
Posted by Vicky Poe, Realtor/ Auctioneer (Good Ole Rocky Top) over 12 years ago
Pat, that's an awesome idea you have. I always look to see who's new and go comment and say "Hi" , but I've got to admit it's not consistent.
Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) over 12 years ago
What a great compliment to Krista. 
Posted by MAGA MAGA over 12 years ago
Hey Everyone!  I won't have time to answer individual comments until tomorrow sometime - my eyelids are drooping!  But I have read them, and I went back and did a little edit after reading Meg Zoller's.   So I added some stuff, not just about Krista, but also about what impressed me about her blog.   So thanks for you comments!  
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Hi Patricia:  What a great idea.  Within a month or so, you actually could become the Patron Saint of Newbies.  I can see it all now.  An altar, a statue of you, votive candles, a kneeler, and of course... about halfway through the ceremony... a collection... which of course, you get to keep !  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

Patricia, that's great that you featured the new AR agent in your blog.  I agree, I try to make as many newbies feel welcome as I can. It's important for all of us to help each other.

Posted by Kay Perry (Kay Perry, Broker) over 12 years ago

Howdy Patricia

Your a very good person for featuring this agent in your blog like this.

Have a good one

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 12 years ago

Craig, Welcome back to blogging - I checked and noticed you took a little break - what are you doing?  Selling houses or something?  Just keep blogging!

Vera, you know, Margaret Woda was the first Rainer to introduce herself to me, and she remains one of my favorite people here.

And Ian, yes, now I have to figure out how to find all of you and then read your blogs!  

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Patrica, with so many blog to read this a great point to help the readers.
Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) over 12 years ago

John, lots of times, very long blogs make my eyes glaze over, but a good blog does need a little meat on its bones. 

Rhonda, this is a post each week that I won't have to think up a whole new idea for!  I love it!

And Meg, you inspired a little edit to the post - thanks for your suggestion to add something about Krista, and also what made her blogs special.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Mark, Thanks for the comment!  This is also fun!

Katerina, I agree!  And with so many new people coming on, it'll be great to meet some of them.

And Krista, the guest of honor on this post!  You may be the only Newbie I write about who is totally surprised!  And that was part of the fun!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Vicky, there's a lot of good stuff that doesn't get featured, and I still haven't totally figured that one out!   I'm sure that when I embark on this project, I'll likely miss some good ones. 

Linda, that's exactly how I found Krista - she wrote comments on a bunch of my posts and I checked her out.  That may be the one way to get people to read your stuff, by commenting on theirs.

And Rene, she deerved it.  How about that haircut?

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Patricia - great idea! I have read her posts before too! Thanks!
Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 12 years ago


What a wonderful idea! And what a thoughtful way to do it. Maybe others will like this idea and do it also.

Posted by Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront! (RICOASTALLIVING.COM) over 12 years ago


You are so great to be thinking of doing this for others, I wish I had that boost as a newbie, keep up the good work and continue to bless other people.

Posted by Gary J. Rocks (Juba Team Realty) over 12 years ago
Great idea, Patricia! As our community continues to grow by leaps and bounds, it can be tough for a new member to get noticed. Your reaching out gives them a hand up, and helps the rest of us discover more new talent in the Rain.
Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 12 years ago
Thanks, Patricia - I'm off to "meet" Krista, thanks to you!  She is a REALTOR in my area - thanks for the introduction!
Posted by Kim Wood, Kim Wood ~ The Tech Byte (The Tech Byte) over 12 years ago
Patricia - I have to agree with the others, that's a really good idea.  Thanks for sharing.  Looking forward to your other "picks".
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 12 years ago

Karen Anne, you are a total riot!  As long as the kneelers are thickly padded, it's fine!

Kay & Cheryl, it's like when you are a new real estate agent, you always remember the agents who were nice to you during those first awkward transactions!

And Dale, Oh shucks!  Thank you!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Frank, you're right!  So many blogs!  So little time!  

Barbara Jo & Bill, I really loved the haircut picture.  When I saw it, I wanted as many other people to see it and laugh as I could!

Karen, I think it's really important to do whatever it takes to encourage new voices on Active Rain, although I must say that I really like a lot of the old voices, too.

And Gary, thanks so much for your comment!  

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Great idea Pat.

I hope to read more blogs by Krista.

Posted by Jacqueline Fortier, Homes for Sale in Central Florida (JC Penny Realty) over 12 years ago

Pat- truly great idea!  What a neat way to meet new and interesting bloggers!  I'm looking forward to checking out Krista's blog.


Posted by Jackie Peraza, Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts (Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC) over 12 years ago

I like the way you think, Pat.  What a perfectly "Giving" idea for this week.  I will be looking forward to your featured newbies.

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Compass) over 12 years ago
I wish I could speed read.  I would like to read all the post.  I find so much great information that I love to read.  I feel everyone in AR are  great bunch of individuals.  Great idea.
Posted by Beatrice Cooper, (Finacial Destination ) over 12 years ago
Very cute idea!! I'll look forward to reading them each week.
Posted by Minnesota Home Staging Firm, Minnesota (Minnesota Home Staging Network~ MN's Top Home Staging Firm) over 12 years ago