My one year journey on steemit - celebrate with me!

in #steemit3 years ago

On the 07th of January 2018 at 10:55:33 this incredible journey started

That is what steemd.com says - to be honest, I do not even know which time zone they use :)
This was only 4 days after STEEM hit it's all-time high of USD 8.19.

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Did I join because of the all-time high?

No - I had no idea what STEEM or steemit was all about.
I liked the idea to get rewarded for posting content. That's cool I thought.
But what should I do? What are these steemians waiting for?

My very first post actually was a dtube-post

If you like to laugh take a look: Impossible to get the ball - not for Marley
Including my self-vote, there were four votes coming in - and I kept waiting for the money coming in :)
I would like to thank @smarthamster72 for his 1% vote. @danny-1k84 and @zaisal gave 100% !!!

Why was my first post a dtube-post?

Well, that's because I found STEEM/steemit via @sempervideo.
I'm following @sempervideo for years already on youtube and when he posted this video about dtube at a time when there were major changes on youtube I was fascinated.
This youtube video was how I found dtube and later that day steemit.

Waiting for the votes

After uploading more videos and some nice photos of @dog-marley I was waiting for the votes.
Hey, photos of pets always work - people like that!
Of course, nothing happened.
I had no followers and the posts disappeared between many others.

How to say "Hey people, I'm here!!!"?

After some more investigation, I learned that I should introduce myself to the community. Pretty obvious but I had no idea how things work here on steemit at that point.
I thought: "I already made some posts that simply disappeared between all the other posts on steemit. The same would happen with my introduction, wouldn't it?"

After 22 posts I wrote a post that was more a cry for help

I wrote Wondering about Introduceyourself ... where I summed up all my thoughts and doubts about what I could bring to the platform. This was two days after @psionic-tremors also joined steemit and we discussed this hot topic #introduceyourself.
This "cry for help post" was recognized by two fellow steemians who invited me to their radio show on @msp-waves.
These fellow steemians were @globocop and @disarrangedjane.

Hey, I just arrived some days ago on steemit, wrote this post, and they invite me to their radio show?!?
I was struggling - what should I do? They are having a professional radio show with steemians being on the platform for a long time and invite me a total newbie?
What could I add to a radio show like this?!?

After a short discussion with @psionic-tremors it was clear: this is a once in a lifetime opportunity!
She gave me the equipment to have my 10 year old laptop ready for the show.
The show started a on Saturday 01:30 AM CET and after hard working week and I was waiting for it to start at this old laptop hours before.

Well, if you ever get invited don't be as nervous as I was. These people just want to help you to get recognized.
15 minutes of fame ... and these 15 minutes are really helpful!

Looking back at this time I'm pretty sure if my post was not found by the right people from @msp-waves who were then and still are supporting newcomers I had left steemit quickly again.
A coincident? I'm not sure.

Only two days later I had my first successful post on steemit.

With the help of these fellow steemians from @msp-waves, I received a kick-start. They are the reason why I'm still here.
What an amazing community - yesterday on Jane's Chaos Show was my first post with a for me serious payout.
The following posts showed me what the community liked and what not. I had posts with no votes and others with really nice votes.
I was in the state of learning what is appreciated and what is not.

I believe in STEEM

Call me crazy but I believe in STEEM, steemit and a lot of other Dapps. That's also the reason why I created an account for our lovely @dog-marley on 22.05.2018.
When you start on this platform you are facing some challenges. You start with a debt which you have to earn before you start your own earnings.
Especially after HF20 it's hard to build up a serious account. Normally you would start to comment on posts but your RC mana will drop soon.
When I started my journey on steemit I did not have that problem. I had enough bandwidth to comment on posts I liked which helped me to gain followers.
But still, I wanted to get rid of the debt asap. I chose the easy way: buy STEEM.
I bought STEEM for $4.50 but also for $0.22 (and some values between these two).
229 posts and 1539 comments: that is 4.4 posts and 29.6 comments a week.
614 followers of which a lot are gone/inactive already again or bots. This is something I have to work on this year: more active followers.

Do I regret anything?

No, not at all.
This is an incredible platform with incredible people around. We have writers, poets, musicians, crypto-maniacs, etc., etc.
So many interesting people - so much to learn.

I did not mention everybody in this post who's supporting me because I know for sure I would forget someone!

Exceptions: the persons who where there from the very beginning

I want to mention some Dapps most of you might know already but perhaps not all

@esteemapp: an app you can install on your device (even PC) which makes posting a lot easier. They will take a percentage of your income but you also got the chance to receive votes that will cover the cost easily!
@steem-ua: delegate 25 SP for one vote a week, 50 SP for two votes a week, 100 SP for 4 votes a week, 250 SP for an everyday vote, or even more to support this great project.
@steem-bounty: set a bounty on your post. You are in control who will receive a part of your bounty by voting on the comments you receive.

There are many, many more!!!
Check e.g. https://www.stateofthedapps.com/rankings/platform/steem for more available Dapps.

There were and are so many people supporting me here and I want to say:

THANK YOU ALL!!!

HAVE A GREAT 2019!!!

STEEM ON!!!

If you love dogs you might want to take a look at @dog-marley's stories.
If you love music you might want to take a look at @psionic-tremors' blog.
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Congratulations and Happy steemit birthday! :) I started following @dog-marley not long after I joined and have enjoyed many posts from both of your accounts. Your generous and fun weekly contest has given me several SBI shares which I also greatly appreciate. You are a great addition to the steemit community and I look forward to reading more of your future posts.

WOW - I feel honored!!! So many compliments - thank you very much @paradigm42!!!
You are always welcome to join the contest - actually I would like you to pick the 5 numbers (1-50) for a ticket simply because you had so many correct guesses 🤣.

If I only had more time Marley and I would post more ... but these days only have 24 hours :(.

Thanks also for your continuous support.

Have a great 2019!

Congratulations! :) - one year steemit - unbelievable it is already one year since this madness started at our home - haha - we truly had and have a lot of funny moments because of this - but you also get less food cooked fresh in the evening since we are all busy ;)) - sooo let's eat more pizza and steem on :))))

Food is totally overrated - steem is underrated ... let's work on steem :)

Way to go @pundito! Congratulations on your Steemversary.
You were here about two weeks before me

Thank you, Erik!!!

1 Year on Steem, that's interesting, I'm at 364 days and was thinking to write something like that. May I take some inspiration (I hope I'm not a copycat) from that?^^

Funny to see a total different approach at things here on Steem with almost the same start date. Way too much similarities. Good to know, that I’m not alone. 😄

Btw. I’m not coming empty handed. It’s small, but at least it’s something.


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Hi @takowi!!!
Thank you very much for your kind words and birthday present :)

If you find anything inspiring in my post feel to use it.

Can't wait to read your anniversary post :)

I was so happy to have you on CHAOS Show. (I miss that crazy adventure)
How awesome, that you are on Steemit a year now. Went by pretty fast, eh? I haven't posted in so long, I pretty much forgot everything I learned about coding. I should start posting again, but I'm spending my time these days looking for employment. 2018 was a bugger. 2019 remains to be seen...
I'm glad you're still posting.
😀

Hello @disarrangedjane!
I'm glad you found the time to stop by and leave a comment!
Let 2019 be a much better year for you. I hope you'll find a job soon and still have the time to do some posts or even more again.
Thanks for your support!
As written in my post I doubt that I would be still on steemit without you and globo. You two gave me the energy to do this.
And indeed - one year went by like nothing.

All the best for you!

It was such a pleasure to have you on back then, thanks to Jane’s tireless scowering of Intro posts for the show. It is good to see you both tuning into MSP Waves. Much love.

Thank you so much!
Much appreciated.

Hi Pundito and thank you for this nice anniversary Report. I had my first year a few weeks ago and can you tell a very similar story!
Now i love Steem and the whole community behind steemit aaaand... i believe in a future with steemit.
Congratulation and thank you for your cool work - i will follow you!
Greetings from LowerAustria, Robert

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Thanks for your kind words, Robert!
Looks like we have much in commen when it comes to steem/steemit :)

Congrats on the Steem bday!!! I remember you told us in the alldutch server about being invited to the radio show. It's always fun to read about people growing on Steemit, the bumps along the way and lessons we've learned. Thanks for sharing, and we will read the 2 year Steemian post in 2020 :-)

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Yes, it was a funny and informative year.
I learned a lot but even more important I got to know a lot of interesting people.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hello, congratulations on your milestone.

Reading your journey gives me some lessons and I me remember my early days as well though I'm older on this platform.

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Thank you very much @akomoajong!

I'm very happy I found your weekly contest. I enjoy playing your Lotto game. Congratulations on your anniversary and continued success. 🙏

Thank you very much for your kind words!

Happy anniversary @pundito.
It have been nice since meeting you on this platform, i hope for a closer relationship in the future.

Hello @pundito
It's good that you share your story of this first year in steemit.
It really happens to many that when we start something, we do not have the slightest idea of ​​what we should do, my start in steemit with my first post was a disaster, little by little I was introduced to the use of labels, the editing guide , the fact of comment to value content and have more interaction.
You mention something very important, we can have as many followers as possible, but the important thing is that they are active, that they have the commitment to read and comment, to support, because that is what it is, to give.
Or at least for me it is like that.
Have an excellent year.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your kind words!
It's so true what you say @josevas217! We need to find the right people/followers to be successful.

Thank you for stopping by!

I also wish you an excellent 2019 and lot's of fun here on this platform!

Have fun, enjoy what we do, that's important, really.
We will continue to grow, steemit will recover and we will continue advancing, which will be many years more active and growing.

Thanks @pundito

Congratulations on your steemversary. Glad to see more of us sticking around and making this place their new home on the internet, its these users that help attract new ones and make this platform fun to use everyday

Keep on steeming and wishing you many more happy years and of course more steem power

Thanks a lot for your kind words!!!

STEEM ON!!! :)

Congrats! I hope you enjoyed your journey here on Steemit so far :)

Thanks!
I did indeed :)

Nice to meet you.
happy Birthday.
Steemit is really a lot of people.
So I am always here.

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Congrats, @pundito.
I remember the very first @dog-marley-post. I didn't know who was behind it back then.

A lot of the things you say sound very recognizable, except for the radio show, then ;0)

I arrived here without any knowledge too, struggling my way through those first weeks (months?), until I was picked up by @newbieresteemday. Suddenly, I had a family here. I became part of the community and started to love it.

I arrived here about 3 months earlier than you, right before Steem reached its ATH. So, just like you, I bought Steem at $4 and at $0.22, and a lot of prices in between.

I always like to hear people say they still believe in the Steem blockchain. There is a lot of negativity around. And I do understand that, because there are plenty of things that could - no, should - be improved, preferrably sooner than later. But in spite of all that, this is an amazing community and a blockchain with loads of possibilities. I just hope that enough people will keep believing...

Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving this (for me) important comment @simplymike!
Many people come to steemit for the (easy) money and stayed because of the people/community after finding out that there is no easy money anymore ... or they just leave again.
The people who are still here are a strong community supporting each other and new arrivers have a hard time starting here - especially after HF20. Who survives these heavy first months will be integrated.

Even now, when we see @ned sell all his steem I still believe in this idea of a blockchain based social network.
The question for me was: Do we need "a sort of" Ned?
My answer: I don't think so.
So let him do whatever he likes to do - this platform does not need a CEO.

That's why I still believe steem and steemit can be successful.
That and the great people I met here are the reason why I'm still here.

Thanks again and

STEEM ON!!!

But who's going to make decisions then? The witnesses? A lot of them are still those large stakeholders that will do what's best for their own wallet. As a result, the rich will get richer, the less fortunate will be left behind (in other words, nothing will change).

A democracy? History has shown us that a democracy is definitely not a good solution, in fact it is a dangerous thing.

I always say: you can' t expect a flock of sheep to make a smart decision when it comes to picking who will be the farmer.

The people who are still here are a strong community supporting each other and new arrivers have a hard time starting here - especially after HF20. Who survives these heavy first months will be integrated.

The problem is thqt HF20 made it impossible for them.to get integrated. Last week I set up a delegation contest for promising people that had 60sp or less. Not a sïngle entry.

So I went looking for people that had been featured in the @heyhaveyamet posts. There I noticed all those promising newcomers left after their second or third post. I can't blame them.
With only enough RC to make 1 post and 5 comments a day, you don't get a long way...

If they don't change this soon, the ship will eventually go down, I'm afraid...

So, in case you know of some promising newcomers who need an extra push go get going, feel free to send them my way. I have some delegations waiting to be handed out...

I agree with everything you said above.

But who's going to make decisions then? The witnesses?

Well, isn't that the case already?
What did Ned do the last months? Talking about projects (SMT, Destiny, etc.) - that's it.
I did not see anything really happening - only talks.
For me, it looks like: clearing the wallet and then try to sell the company (which might not even be a bad idea).

Sometimes I try to find promising newcomers for @pifc. I'll let you know when I find a diamont ;)

I'm a little late, but Congratulations!!

"I liked the idea to get rewarded for posting content." - Exactly what I thought when I got introduced to this world.

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