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Active Rain Shot Caller

Active Rain Shot Caller

Suggest Button on Active RainOne of my personal goals here in Active Rain was to read and make suggestion for possible feature posts AKA Active Rain Shot Caller. My earliest newbie goal was to get 10 shot calls, that quickly happened then I pushed to 25 then 50 and now 100. Over this past weekend I received my 100th  shot call.   I have now officially suggested 108 blogs that ended up be featured posts.  Of course I realize this doesn’t involve any points, glory or fame but more about just reaching that dangling carrot.  It really is amazing and rewarding to see just how many great writers we haveActive Rain Shot Caller (Dangling Carrot) in Active Rain! I have also noticed how quickly a newcomer acclimates and discovers their writing skills and personal touch.

I really do enjoy reading, contemplating, relating and suggesting based on my own gut feelings not because of who someone is but by the content they blog and share with all of us.  It may not mean much but it does say hey I’m paying attention, reading what I have time for and offering my undisclosed critique.  So now my goal has been modified to 150 suggested features making me a participating Active Rain Shot Caller.  Keep on blogging my Active Rain friends and I hope to be hitting suggest on your special blog post very soon.

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Comment balloon 36 commentsJohn McCormack • February 14 2012 12:03AM


John that would make you a great talent scout.  Not everyone can pick them the way you can.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 6 years ago

May not be any points in calling the shots but as you so eloquently noted there is personal satisfaction in contributing to the individual as well as the site so keep on calling them, John.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 6 years ago

Wow, you are some kinda "shot calling" expert, John!  It's because of your dedication (and keen eye) that some of us have had the good fortune to get the odd feature post!  Thank you.  "Suggesting" :-)

Posted by Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC (Royal Pro Real Estate Network) over 6 years ago

Hi John, You are the "Man", calling of of those shots. It takes a lot of reading and commenting to reach that goal, and I know you are one of the BEST at commenting and reading in the Rain. Way to Go!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, over 6 years ago

You are one fantastic "Shot Caller." Does this require previous SHOT experience? Nevermind... I don't need to know! HA!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

You are....da man!  You're well ahead of me, but I'm going to suggest this one John!  Maybe I'll be a shot caller one day!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Regional Vice-President (Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage) over 6 years ago

John, maybe it's just that you have good taste!!!!  

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 6 years ago


Way to go, John!  


   Congratulations on the Purple Star, and being a "Called Shot Master"

John McCormack - Called Shot Master

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 6 years ago

It does make you feel good to see one of your "suggested" posts become featured. You are doing a great job of calling those shots, John! I'm calling this one!

Posted by Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area (UTR, Texas Realtors) over 6 years ago

Howdy John

John, Congrats on having so many of the blog posts Featured, which you have actually click on the Suggest button.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 6 years ago

That's an awesome acheivement John, does anyone have more? You are the Jedi Shot Master! So I'm presenting you with the first offical Jedi Shot Master Purple Light Saber! Because the selection force is strong with you.

Posted by Nancy Laswick, Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun (United Real Estate) over 6 years ago

John, Congrats on passing the 100 Called Shots.  I love seeing folks with high Called Shots.  Tells me alot about their involvement in the AR community :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 6 years ago

John~That's pretty darn good! This is something that I'll definitely have to work on. Compared to you I'm just a young grasshopper.

Have an AWESOME day!

Posted by Michael S. Bolton, MN Appraiser (Michael S. Bolton,Inc.) over 6 years ago

Hey John-very cool, I don't mind if you suggest me everyday and see what happens:)

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) over 6 years ago

OMG they give away light sabers?  I need to go read and suggest more!!                                                  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 6 years ago

This is such a cool feature of ActiveRain, I agree, when we hit the "Suggest" button, it does show we are paying attention and appreciate what the blogger has written.  Congratulations on 108 Called Shots!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 6 years ago

John - this is very cool of you. I like to suggest but sometimes forget. I need Marge's coconut oil :) Thanks for reblogging Kristin's post--she's one of my favorites too so I went over to congratulate her.



Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 6 years ago

John, Gotta be honest with you...we don't really know what the call shot is all about. Is it the same as suggested? Gotta read the community features one of these days ~ Congrats!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 6 years ago

Wow that is a whole lot of shots John! Congratulations on being the master of call shots!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 6 years ago

One thing I can definitely say is that you have always spread the love by re-blogging, calling shots, and hitting the Facebook like button lots. You've clearly embraced the "community spirit" here in the Rain. Well done my friend.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 6 years ago

Hi John, This is something that I forget about.  Every once in awhile I remember to suggest a blog or I read a blog that just screams "suggest".  To me, you have already more than mastered the Called Shot title!  Congratulations!!

Posted by Linda Holloway, REALTOR®, Your Next Home in Tampa Bay Starts Here! (Keller Williams Realty Tampa Central) over 6 years ago

Congratulations on passing 100 called shots. I need to remember to suggest more posts.  There is much to learn on ActiveRain.  

I checked my statistics which shows 99 called shots.  You are doing a better job than me!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

Excellent work, that is a biggie!  BTW, can you "SUGGEST" some hot lottery numbers for me to pick???

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) over 6 years ago

Congratulations, John! Very considerate and thoughtful of you. Not sure what it takes to be an AR Ambassador, but this seems like the definition to me.

Posted by Kim Gaston, Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987 (FRONT PORCH TEAM REAL ESTATE & PROPERTY STYLING - Brokerage, Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC) over 6 years ago

Good job, John!  You're so right ... there are some really wonderful writers here on AR.  (Your name is on that list too, my friend!)  Thanks for helping to bring many"stellar" posts to our attention and good luck reaching your new goal :)

Posted by Carie Shapiro (North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate) over 6 years ago

John, shot calling is such fun!  I usually suggest anything that winds up in my weekly favorites post, and I'm amazed at the number of great posts that never get featured.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago

John, I'm one of the 108 that have had your support and friendship. Someone elso listened too. Thank you John.

Posted by Brad Rachielles, REALTOR, CDPE, Upland, CA (CENTURY 21 Peak, Ca BRE# 01489453) over 6 years ago

John,  That is so nice of you to suggest post so that other can bask in the glory of the Rain.  It is a great feature that AR has.  In fact, I think I will suggest this blog so others can see how generous you are.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 6 years ago

Hi John - Well, I suggested this one, so maybe I can start to catch up. And congratulations, it does say a lot about the quality of your involvement here.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 6 years ago

John, congratulations, I am usually late to the show, and posts have already been featured.    Think I only have 30 or so!    

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 6 years ago

John, I need to get back on track, but have been out of town.  Congrats on calling the shots!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker) over 6 years ago


You are the best at so much you do, and not least is you're the BEST at supporting all your colleagues in the rain.  You read lots of blogs and have a keen eye for what is deserving of feature status.  May the force be with you!

Posted by Marge Piwowarski, Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC (Phoenix AZ Horse Property) over 6 years ago

Tim,  I think I would enjoy that profession, being a talent scout for the NFL, the pay has got to be good.

Teral,  That the best part just knowing you contributed in some way to the success of another even in such a small way.

Hi Karen,  I think just consistency helps a lot, when I first started I would forget to hit that button, now its much easier. Thank you for the suggest! :>)

Hey Jerry, I never thought I would read so many blogs in all my life until I joined the ranks of AR. who needs magazines..LOL

Hi Joni,  Well I have had my share of "shots" back in my rebellious and youthful days.  Don't touch the stuff now. See now you do know!

HI Larrry,  Well thank you kindly for the suggest, I mean yes I do enjoy seeing those as well. Features are hard to come by for some.

Juli, Being a shot caller is easy. Writing all that great content we get to enjoy is no cake walk. Yeah, I like cake too!

Hey Fred,  Purple star indeed, it makes it easy when get to read good stuff from Fred Griffin.

Hi Rose,  It does make you feel good knowing you helped someone get a feature.  I got a nice suggest from Rose King..Thank you Rose!

Howdy Dale,  Knowing good content and hitting the suggest button is the key.  I have seen many articles written that should have been featured but not.  I'm not sure what constitutes featurable to the leadership at AR. 

Holy Cow Nancy,  I had no idea I could receive the coveted Jedi Shot Master Purple Light Saber award.  I am really stoked now!  Thank you Nancy, Thank you! Now bubbling with purple pride!

HI BLiz,  We really do need to be involved to get into the essence of AR.  I know you both are perfect examples of that.  Thank you both!

Hey Grasshopper.  Confucius say man who hits suggest button often soon become Active Rain Shot Caller!

Mr. Marco.  Oh you have been suggested many times young man.

Jeff,  I didn't know they gave away sabers either until Nancy presented me with my very own Jedi Purple Saber.  I am so stoked, I cant wait to try it out on my favorite short sale negotiator. :>)

Roger,  AR has some pretty great features to keep us all motivated and supportive.

Hi Toni,  I too will be looking for some of the coconut oil.  Not just cause I forget to hit suggest either.  Anybody see my keys?  Thank you for the suggest!

Hi Larry and Sheila,  When you hit suggest on someones blog and IF it becomes a feature blog in AR you get one shot call.  This is not points but simply a way to keep track of how successful you are at noticing feature worthy content. 

Al and Peg,  I don't know about being a Master, I have no idea what or who the top shot caller is but I bet someone with bizillion points.

Hey Craig,  That is the overall goal and idea of the community.  Share and Feedback.  You sir do it all quite well and in great fun!

Hi Linda,  I forgot as well early on but then made the habit to read it, consider it and suggest if worthy of my mouse click..LOL .  I also know I only see a fraction of the overall content here in AR.  Some great talent out there!

Roy, See you are a master caller!  It's all a matter of personal preference as well.

Joanne,  I would love to suggest 18,7,36,9 & 42.  I would like a 25% referral on your winnings!

Hello Kim,  Thank you for your kindness.  I think I would enjoy being an ambassador but not sure how that happens.  I think you get elected. 

Carie,  I am intrigued at the quality of posts here in Active Rain, seriously these people could easily be writing for major publications.  I cant say I'm in that league Carie but do enjoy posting on different topics.  Love your blog!  Have a great day!

Hi Patricia,  It really is interesting to see what gets featured and maybe should not and others that certainly should have and do not.  Its all a matter of opinion.

Hi Brad,  You know I support you and for good reason, you deliver some great content, besides that your just a good guy!

Belinda, Ahh thank you for the suggest!  Sure I like basking in the glory sometimes too..LOL  Have yourself a great day!

Hi Dick,  We must participate to enjoy the fruits of AR this is just one of many ways.  Thank you for the "S"

Hey Joan,  That too has happened on many occasions, I reach up to hit the "S" and its no longer there. Its the thought that counts at that point.

Hi Rebecca.  Glad you back in town and in the groove.  Hope you have a great week.

Posted by John McCormack,, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * over 6 years ago

Hello Marge,  You are so kind! The best part is that as I am reading all those blogs I am learning at the same time.  And what I learn is making me a better Realtor® and hopefully a better person.  I feel the force Marge and now I have a Purple Saber to protect me.

Posted by John McCormack,, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * over 6 years ago

John- late on coming to this but I hope you know what an asset you are to the community.  You bring such a positive energy here that every time I see your smiling face in a comment I know it's going to bring a smile to my face. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 6 years ago
Yo, good lokion out! Gonna make it work now.
Posted by Hector over 6 years ago