Cosmic Cow Pie: Connecting the Dots


What Did You Learn Today?

What Did You Learn Today?  

Part 1 of a 3 part series of learning questions. 

What did you learn today is the first questions in a series of three, to help with the evolution in today's changing Universe.  The questions can be easily shared with family members and support groups of any kind. 

I can honestly say there is not a day goes buy that I do not learn something by reading blog posts and participating in cyberspace with social media.  The atmosphere to grow is inviting and makes learning fun.  

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Think about how easy it would be to fly at the altitude of success by simply learning ONE concept a day! 

To embrace this philosophy one must first stop being ANGRY about all the new information which must be embraced.  Once you build that bridge and decide you need to move forward the learning curve is less steep and sharing with others makes the way more pleasant.  

Find a group in all types of social media to hang out with and enjoy the ride!  If you are just beginning in any social media venue, do not hang out with "mad" bloggers trying to change the world. Intimidation with words can be the kiss of death to participation with someone who is new and needing encouragement. Cosmic Shift Happens so pick your cyber friends by those wanting to have fun and be supportive. The change in communication or Cosmic Shift, is actually a great opportunity to reach out and touch more people than ever before so being aware and NOT afraid of the change makes everyday new and exciting! 

There was a fun announcement today letting us know the Queen of England is on facebook!  She is 84 and has endorsed youtube and flickr!  Social media is giving us the platform to share information about social programs, education, and government.  We can navigate through cyberspace and read all the news on yahoo, google, msn or any Internet access page and never have to turn on the television. Following the right sources on twitter your might be able to get the news the instant it happens.

  Flickr!  Is the learning concept I will discuss today. This is a social site where you can post pictures of:

  • The community 
  • Any listing
  • Your family 
  • Fun concepts for your customers or clients  
  • You can create groups and sets of pictures which can be views in the form or slide shows
  • Flickr creates links for posted pictures to share either in private or with the public 
  • Posted pictures include different sizes for every picture 
  • Obtain a url for a picture to post in different types of blog formats 
  • Any picture can be edited on Picnik automatically through flickr.                                                                                                                                                                        

I started a group called T-shirt Humor and would love for you to come and post funny t-shirt sayings to the group.  There are more funny t-shirts in my photo stream but didn't think they could all go in the group... if you look at the stream you will understand what I am saying :)  

I hope you will try the links above on the bullet points and see how great Flickr works. Create photos with a unique url and any size in minutes with Flickr. Attract new viewers to your flickr site who might like other photo sets you have uploaded. Best case scenario, they might want to connect as a flickr friend and then join a group you create.  The possibilities are endless since most people like looking at fun pictures.  

If you would like to LEARN one thing today go to flickr and set up.  Just get your profile going on an account.  It takes about 3 minutes and all you need to do is have a few pictures ready you want to upload to get started. Have the photo you want to represent on your profile.  You can either size it on flickr or you can drag a box on your uploaded picture to create your avatar.   Easy and once you learn this you can share with your clients and create another way to have contact sharing photos that are different!  Maybe you can start posting a fun photo of the day and invite your followers or friends to post great photos in your group.  Start discussions about the photos and make this something your friends want to share with their friends! 

Keep track of what you learned this week each day.  Write it down and make learning something new each day a priority.  Start by making a list of the things you do want to learn then just go down the list.  I hope you learn flickr this week.  If you spend 30 minutes you will understand how flickr works and what an important tool it can be in marketing you and your business!  

I hope to connect with you on flickr and see some of your photos in one the groups!   

What did you learn today? 

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Comment balloon 38 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • November 07 2010 10:21PM


I think this was a great suggestion.  I have posted some photos on flickr but I have to really do more!  A good reminder to get going on some projects.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 9 years ago

Joan~  Seems like everyone likes to look at pictures!  I know some agents that have a photo of the day and we all look forward to seeing that photo! Glad to be a reminder!  I hope we can connect on flickr!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

I'll do it!  Good advice.  Sometimes the magnitude of what we need to learn is overwhelming.  And, once we learned that, what we just learned is obsolete. It's a challenge, but can be thrilling when we accomplish a new tool.  Thanks for the tips on Flicker. 

Posted by Mary Jo Quay, I Move You Home (EXP Realty ) over 9 years ago

Mary Jo ~  YEA... I am trying to think about helping others with very small bites!  It IS overwhelming so even taking one idea a week.. can make that mountain seem a little lower!  Be sure to connect when you get your account set up!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Thanks Carra, I've just joined your group.  I've been a big Flickr fan for awhile now.  Like AR you begin to network and meet a lot of new people from many different countries.

When I find someone whose work I really like I add them as a contact.  Like AR though, it does take time to build up a following.

People need to know not to be disappointed if they don't receive comments on their photos right away.  You have to make a point of commenting on others.

And Google loves Flickr.  Your photos will get lots of Google juice if you tag them.

Yes, I do believe we should learn something new everyday.  Thanks for this great post Carra.


Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Jenny ~  So great to connect.. I will go follow you right back!  You are exactly right it does take time to follow and engage but the SEO for the flickr links is a good thing to remember.  Sounds like a good post for you on how it all connects!  Come back and post it for us in the Cosmic Cow Pie! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra, Great information.  Thank you.  So many ways to interact with others.  The choices for putting ones' energies can be overwhelming.  Your advise is very good about embracing the discipline of learning something daily and always keep moving forward. 

Flickr, have an account I started months ago....need to visit it again.


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 9 years ago

Don't tempt me with something else.  I don't have the time :)

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 9 years ago

Gloria ~  Way to go!  Getting the account is the first step.. I have been doing that for 2 years now and then trying to learn a little more with each venue and how they connect.  I think flickr is an important way to share meaningful information.  Taking pictures of events you are attending.. something fun on the way to the event.. just ties in showing your activity and makes a person more interesting.. just my humble opinion :) You can tweet the photos, post on fb and be all over cyberspace with something fun!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Jane, Jane.... you know you go so many fun places... it's easy.. just take the shots while you are out and about.. plug it into flickr.. and you are set!  So great to see you.. I am working on another post using the SNL skit as an example.. point and counter point on social media engagement. 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra, I will check out the tshirt on Flickr. I use Flickr to download my photos and then make a video. Didn't know about the other things...haven't much time, But, thanks for all this info and will bookmark to check out later.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 9 years ago

I like the idea of learning something everyday. I guess i'll be staying up a bit longer if i'm going to start tonight. :)

Posted by Matthew Boswell, Mortgages - Mississauga, GTA (Mortgage Architects: Matthew Boswell, Mortgage Planner) over 9 years ago

Rebecca~  That is great you are using flickr to make videos!  I will look forward to seeing a post on how you are doing that!  Are we friends on flickr?  What is your screen name?

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Matthew ~  I am so happy you said that.  I actually asked this question to my daughter and her friends everyday when I picked them up from school.. several moons ago.. I asked the other 2 questions which are coming up.  I had to change my thoughts about social media and just embrace it so now it's fun to learn something new everyday! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra, I do not know anything about Flickr, but this is very informative, thank you

Posted by Mickey McCoy (Coldwell Banker Stuart and Watts) over 9 years ago

All right. I will try to convince myself that I CAN figure out how to deal with these websites without going completely nuts.

I'm still figuring out things on Active Rain - and Facebook has me completely lost. Maybe if I could "get" facebook enough to know what it is I need to know - then I could ask someone and find out one little piece of it at a time.I keep asking my son, but then he starts talking like a computer nerd and loses me.


Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 9 years ago

Mickey ~  Good you are willing to start thinking about it.  Sometimes you need to have a url link for a picture and this is a great FREE place to have your photos and get the url.  Just start slow and easy.. start your profile and upload some pictures.. then just start clicking around and reading the screen.  Look at FAQ and most of your answers will be there!

Marte~  I KNOW you can do this.  It is all about the mind set to open up as it really is not that hard.  The hard part is taking the time to just read the screen and click.  I went through a hard adjustment of thinking WHY did I have to learn so much EVERY single day and once I got over that... was teaching my 26 year old new tricks!  :)

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra, so MUCH excellent information -- I have had to Bookmark in order to take it all in -- using tiny little doses.  Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 9 years ago

Carra-could information.  I haven't used Flickr for awhile but will watch your series to see if I should go back to it.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago
oh Carra, this is great & i too are bookmarking it...i'm in class & have too much running around lately..excellent post that should be's a suggest!
Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Tish~  Baby steps are good.. just knowing what it is and how it works is the first step.

Cindy~  The series is on 3 different quesitons not on flickr.. so wanted you to know.. I think you might like to have a photo group for all the fun landmarks where you live and work!  Acutally I will go see if you have some!

Ginny ~  Thanks so much. Getting started is the first step.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra -thank you - I am a firm believer that if you check in w/AR daily you will learn something new for your life, wellbeing or practice.  I'm heading to Flickr right now - thank you!

Posted by Peggy Noel, Bouchard, ABR, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Commonwealth) over 9 years ago

Peggy ~  Great I am excited to hear you take the step!  I learn and learn and learn on AR with wonderful posts!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Great posting. We should be renewing our minds every day in some way


Posted by Andy Brown, Best Real Estate Training in Florida (Climer School of Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Carra - Great post!   Flickr has been in the back of my mind forever - now in the front!!!!!   I'm going there tonight!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 9 years ago
Carra - IF we do not learn something new each day we will be left behind. It is much easier to keep up than it is to catch up.
Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 9 years ago

Carra I never thought about posting a picture of my listing on Flickr. See you just taught me something today thanks-LOL. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 9 years ago

Hi Carra -- Thanks, great post.  I look forward to reading more of yours! :)  I've looked into Flickr a few times but have struggled to see how it will really benefit my business apart from creating a standalone slide show.  I'm the type of person if I don't see a roadmap or a way on how to really utilize something that benefits my business, I kind of watch and see what others do before I jump in.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 9 years ago

We are always learning.  If we're not learning we're dying.  Right?  Thanks for the flickr tips, just need to find the time to apply what we're learning.

The difference between understanding and getting results.  Right?

Posted by Frank D'Angelo, Helping people is my business in Real Estate (EXIT REALTY NEXUS Minneapolis & St. Paul MN) over 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing, Carra!  I just popped on to AR for about 10 minutes and already I've learned THREE new things today.  :-)

Posted by Kerry Lucasse, Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant (eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Howdy and evening to you Carra

there are some other social sites that I have join, that I really need to start doing a lot more on.

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 9 years ago

This post was so good, Carra, I think it could have been two posts!  One about "what did we learn today" -- which is a facsinating concept to think about.  The other, your wonderful new group!!  What I learned today: Queen E is on FB, and always, always, always get an attorney clause/prevailing party fee in contracts, invoices, etc.  (long story that one!!)

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 9 years ago

Andy~  Right on! 

Dagny ~ wonderful to have activity in our thoughts! Flickr is fun too! 

Norma ~  Great quote.. keep on not catch up!  

Lanre ~  You can make a set of the pictures of your listings and then have links in any marketing. 

Chris ~  Go check out Krystal Kraft and see her Flickr sight.. you will see a real estate agent who really uses flickr and gets tons of comments on just one picture entry. 

My Exit friend ~  You got it exactly right!

Kerry ~  AR is wonderful for learning new things... FAST!

Dale ~  I know you would have fun posting those pictures you take!

Carla ~  I know you are going to start a flickr group so send me an invite when you get it done!   


Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Hello Carra,

Great post as usual Carra, I have been thinking about Flicker for some time! But ever sense face book disable my account for about a month without explanation the reason why! I'm thinking hard about joining any other social media!

Thank you very much for sharing,


Posted by Adam Malachi, QSC,CDPE,CIPS,CNE,CRB,CRS,GRI,MRE,SFR (A 2 Z Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Adam ~  The learning curve is so steep.. but just take it one step at a time!  Sorry about the fb issues.. did you have 2 accounts or were you selling on a personal page.. they are kind of strickt  about those things.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

this is a great post! Carra you always have such great advice!!!!

Posted by Amber Boyd (Novus Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Amber ~  Happy to be of service..

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Amber ~  Happy to be of service..

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago