Bolivares and Blockchain - The Steem Experience with DedicatedGuy

in blockchain •  5 months ago


Hello, my real life name is Gabriel!

My Steem handle here is @dedicatedguy. I have always been a technology lover, and I have always enjoyed consuming all type of available information regarding the latest products, research about ideas that could eventually change our world for the better.

I guess being an avid consumer of that type of content is a way for me to satisfy my thirst for knowing more about subjects that I find interesting. I see technology and science as my favorite subjects to explore and to talk with other people about.

When it comes to the blockchain world, I remember reading about bitcoin a few years ago, and I of course thought the idea was interesting. However, now that it is really clear the potential blockchain has to change our societies and offer a new way to defend the freedom of individuals all over the world, I must say I have probably never been so excited with the thought of immersing myself in an industry that could have such a strong impact literally everywhere. I think blockchain technology will be the main driver for the new innovations to come, and it would certainly be an improvement compared to the traditional way of doing things.



And now... here's a favorite picture of mine from a trip to the Vatican.


Goals Looking Forward

My goals regarding Steem would be to keep growing my blog and get better with my articles, get to know more Steemians, diversify even further the type of content that I create, and help other people and communities in whatever I can to make their Steem journey easier and better. Promoting Steem in my local community is something that I am interested as well, although I have already done this with some close friends and family there are always more people to inform and teach them about this new generation of social media.

And regarding blockchain in general, I would like to improve my trading skills because basically I don’t have any, I know there are a lot of people being very productive with their trading skills, but so far I have decided not to participate in those activities, I guess a lot of those results have to be with luck, although I am still open to the idea and give it a try if I found a proper way to make strategies and have good results.


A picture from a social activity we had with kids a few months ago.


About My Background

I am from Venezuela and have roots with Portugal, as most of you probably know, Venezuela is a country that as of now, is pretty much destroyed. Right now, we're experiencing the worst economic collapse in its history.

Crypto for people in Venezuela is a modern way to bypass not only the economic hardships, but also the currency exchange control that forbids Venezuelans to legally exchange the local currency with currencies from other countries. It basically work like this: the government decides who has access to the official price, and only those are the ones who can legally exchange their money for dollars, euros, among other common currencies, leaving the majority of the people in the country holding a currency that has the highest inflation of the planet, this means that anyone holding Bolivares is losing value on a daily basis.

Crypto of course, is all about freedom and breaking barriers created by governments, being able to move value with no complications thanks to cryptocurrencies in general and Steem in particular is something that I am very grateful for, besides, it also offers a way to have savings in projects that hopefully can be very successful in the future.

The Steem-Experience

My experience on Steem has been a very positive one, since the beginning I felt very welcomed and happy to found a place such as this (that even today, I think it still is unique), it was very easy to chat with other Steemians to learn about the platform, and day after day I started to get use to it and to understand how this platform work.

At the beginning it was kind of hard to figure out how to format the posts with markdown, but after reading some guides and doing a little bit of research it became second nature for me. I have tried several DApps like DTube and DLive for example, but the internet in Venezuela is very slow so loading and uploading the videos is slower than most people expect, especially uploading. Still, a few months ago I managed to publish a few videos on DTube and I have been planning in filming new videos, this is on my to-do list.

After discovering Steem, most of my online time went into it, and it still does, but that have not stopped me from trying other platforms. Back in December or January I remember reading about an app called Sola and it was basically about sharing pictures, but eventually it got boring to me, felt like a task and not like fun. Recently I also visited this platform called but I think I haven’t tried it out though. I think these are so far all the blockchain based social media platforms that I have tried, it is clear which one is the best so far.

Contributing to the Steem Community

Since I am a content creator, the first thing that I can offer is original content of what I think is good quality, I also consider myself an active user always checking his feed and doing comments in articles that I find interesting. I can also offer help regarding pretty much everything related to Steem, whether it is about how the platforms works or mentoring about proper content creation, and I have even some ideas about creating a community about a particular niche, but I prefer to give it more time and think more about this.

Also, I power up most of the tokens that I manage to earn with the support I have receive (which I am very grateful for) and use that Steem Power to vote on posts that are of good quality, which is what I think every Steemian should be doing.

Thank you very much for reading!

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Excellent presentation, @dedicatedguy, in it you not only expose who you are in this platform, what you have achieved and what you hope to achieve. The fact that you're from Venezuela and you're struggling to get ahead also gives you a lot of merit. Especially in this moment the one that can make it easier for us to get out, than to stay. I have read other publications of yours and I know of your enthusiasm for the world of crypto coins. I think the idea is to be clear about our motivations and abilities and exploit them around here. Everything that is done with passion and dedication should bear excellent fruit. @sndbox supports people and creative projects! Greetings


Hey there @nancybriti, thanks for stopping by and for your encouraging comment :D

Having to come across the name @dedicatedguy on the steem9t platform was striking and it happens to remain one of the most favourite name I can remember in steemit. Though am not an ardent follower, his contributions on #steemSTEM and @originalworks have been incredible and unique. I salute your writing skills and hope we'll make a better soonest.

Accept my encouragement to forge ahead of the challenges you have in Venesuela. Kudos to @snbox for incubating you. I see a bigger @dedicatedguy soonest!


it happens to remain one of the most favourite name I can remember in steemit

Reading that means a lot to me @uyobong ^^ thank you very much.

Way to go @dedicatedguy. Best wishes for your future projects and keep providing quality content. All Venezuelans can relate to your predicaments and at the same time admire your dedication and progress in the platform.
We need that kind of example to keep going.


Thank you mate, I really appreciate your kind words.

Your style and grammar is very good, It's awesome to have you in our comunity. Just curious how you can buy bitcoin in your country.


Hi there, buying bitcoin can be done using localbitcoins, I guess that the most popular way around here to do this.

I must add that @dedicatedguy is one of the steemstem mentors, and is thus a valuable person for the steemstem community! I remember having read very interesting posts from him on topics that are waaaay beyond my zone of comfort. Which is how I ended being a fan ^^

And regarding blockchain in general, I would like to improve my trading skills because basically I don’t have any.

We are two there ;)


Thank you so much mate, this means a lot to me!


You are welcome! :)

Muy buena!

good one really! Keep doing!

Wish you even more success @dedicatedguy! So sorry about the current situation in Venezuela, I am from Greece so I know what it's like since I have been living in an economic warzone for the past 10 years. Have faith for the future and try to educate your people. Your work is always a pleasure to read! Keep it up mate!


Thank you Dimitris! I wish you the best as well my friend!

Es bastante bueno que hayan miembros como tu en Steemit, dejando en alto siempre a los venezolanos con su contenido de calidad, muchos saludos, Andross


Gracias Andross!

Some amazing goals @dedicatedguy and really wonerful accomplishments. I'm pretty impressed with my fellow sndbox cohorts, so many great projects in the works.


Hi there Donna, I am glad you liked this introduction :)

Your username is so appropriate @thededicatedguy. You are one of the best content creators out there and I am a fan of your work. Just look at the content you are producing everyday. That's pure dedication! Hope to see you rise more and more everyday. It's great to know more about you in detail. Excited to see you doing videos too in the future. Cheers!


Hello dude! Thanks for such a nice comment I feel flattered lol