I recently wrote a blog post on a real estate related topic. One of the comments I got was "if you want more points, try commenting more on other people's posts". My blog post had nothing to do with points or the Active Rain system in general. The more I thought about this comment, the more it annoyed me.
I am not a practicing real estate agent, as most of the people who's blogs I read are. I work for a national real estate website, so marketing is more my expertise. When I make comments, it is usually somehow related to this area, my company, or the Internet in general. However, I personally enjoy reading about things like how to get buyers to sign an exclusive contract or how to best work with a home inspector- but because I am not an expert in these areas, I rarely have anything of substance to add to the conversation so I don't say anything at all.
And isn't that what blogs should be? Conversations about substance and that are interesting, not popularity contests where people post about off-topic subjects or leave frivolous comments in order to get points. I don't think that is why Active Rain was created, to make each other feel good. I think it was created to post on interesting real estate subjects or disseminate relevant information that helped you grow professionally, and then get interesting conversations going around these topics. If you really want to make nice with someone, contact them directly, as so many interesting people have done through my profile. This is a much more effective and direct way of networking than writing "nice post" on a post.
I think the Active Rain community is very knowledgeable on so many levels and by keeping the conversations pointed, the meat of the subject stands out. Okay, back to writing about real estate topics for me now!