My 1 year Steemiversary

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Be warned, this is my one-year anniversary post and over 1600 words with only one picture. Read at your leisure.

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It’s been a wild 365 days getting to know all of you as Steemit users and many of you on a much deeper personal level on and off the blockchain. Steemit is a weird monster that I couldn’t be more in love with. It has all the emotions of family and even a few black sheep as well. It’s the one place no matter my mood I know I am going to find someone who shares my mood if that is what I need that day or someone who will change my mood with a few simple words.

We have flag wars, cave trolls, con-artist, daily most hated, comedy, singing, art, music, programmers, streamers, charities, gifting, poets, writers, actors, yoga, aero-yoga, bid-bots, games and really just about anything else that you could want or imagine and that is what makes this place feel like home.

Communities are great but it is the direct personal relationships with users that really make it the place to want to be in the infinite world wide web. I’ve never felt out of place on Steemit or that I needed to hide my personality and be something that I am not. I weed my way through the bullshit fairly easily and don’t let what I see go unnoticed or let money sway me to follow a path that I don’t feel is best for the platform.

Since I have been working with @hitmeasap we have talked a lot. I used Steemocean.com to pull my voting habits. I was a bit shocked and disturbed to see I had not voted for anyone under reputation 40 during the week worth of data that the site provided. Here we were pushing users to minnows while still shocked that there are only 180 people above 450 SP who are not minnows. I guess if we all vote for users we know and we have grown with it is hard for the next school of fish to grow behind us. I realize that error in my ways and am going to work on that. I was that Rep 25 at one point and someone voted for me, times have changed; that doesn’t mean those of us who have the power to move people up should as well.
My beginnings we not normal but that is no reason to not be a good user to new users as well.
My 1st post was a contest, imagine that! It was a trivia game for 1 Neo Token. I found my way into Steem.chat on my 1st day as well. That was the game changer to be honest. Steem chat is not like discord. It is not sectioned off into groups unless you join a different channel other than the general
room. I was pulled into General 2 as it was called at the time and everything changed from there. If you think there is drama on steemit, you haven’t seen anything like steem chat. I am in around 40 discord chats and I still don’t feel the kind of connections that are made in the Steem chat rooms. It isn’t isolated into factions like discord is. You have everyone from Number 1 witness @gtg, @berniesanders, @acidyo and @suesa down to a rep 25 nobody together just talking as friends. There is no link dropping or vote asking, just people getting to know people without some sort of vote incentive to get you there. The votes come naturally once people know you as a person. It isn’t for everyone and many great people have moved on to other forms of chat but most will pop in here and there to say hi and see everyone. I’d recommend it to any user looking for personal connections. Don’t limit yourself to just those users who make you feel like part of a fraction of what steemit has to offer.

My wife had a baby that I delivered myself at home last Novermber 4th, those same people from steem chat ended up sending diapers and wipes to my house before we even had a chance to go buy any since the hospital send you home with some. I was literally in chat planning to head to the hospital and ended up delivering a baby upstairs. I was so excited I popped back into chat to tell them the news. They and I mean users from at least 5 different countries pitched in and sent the diapers. About a week later we received bottles and sippy cups from @reneenouveau and baby clothes followed from @tecnosgirl. I was only on the platform for a little under two months and this was the love I was feeling from this great platform.

I sent my 1st gift’s to @tezmel and @turtledance24 on September 11th as a thank you for late night chats, the memo simply said power up. September 15th I sponsored my first photo contest with @jasonrussell, September 17th I sent @suesa some SBD for her 21st birthday. I’ve never been shy about being kind to people on the platform, the kindness goes both ways when you open yourself up to something bigger than yourself.

My account grows and I have no problem letting others grow as well, my vote doesn’t always feel like enough so I use my wallet to let people know they matter to me. It all comes back. I even had a witness reach out and help with a crazy electric bill we faced just to help out. It was pretty much the first time we had really spoken as well.

I have worked on many projects to get them off the ground as well as worked for hours in hackmd.io with users to help them word their post and make corrections before they post in English as a second language. I don’t expect anything in return, it is just how I live my life.

I got a Steem Monster tattoo before @steemmonsters were even a game. Just the cool ass Steem Monster that @saywha has made for a handful of us, I even added the Steem Logo with it.

I’ve been here a year as of today and received my first delegation from @yabapmatt. He didn’t ask for anything in return even though I offered to pay him for it. It felt strange getting that for free so I took two hundred dollars on my bank card and bought 100 packs of @steemmonsters to support his project.
I started a @dlive stream to open the packs and give away a bunch as I opened them. I started getting votes instantly and had a bunch of guys I knew in the stream chat as I was opening packs. It was going good as soon as I figured out how to stream my screen and increase the mic enough for everyone to hear me. I had opened about 30 packs and given away ten other ones to viewers when the guys told me to stop giving away packs that there was a Gold Foil Dragon Legend card in one of them. They told me, they could have let me continued to let me give the packs to them and opened the dragon themselves but as they were guys I have known for most of my steemit life they stopped me from giving them out. They were right, there was a gold dragon card and it normally sells for around $800. Gold foiled cards are awesome but I knew I could do a lot more with liquid steem than I could with a card. I went over to the steemmonsters discord and said I was willing to sell the card. I had completed my set minus 4 cards opening the packs. I had a bunch of guys try to tell me the card wasn’t worth this or that and one user made me an offer via direct message. His offer doubled my investment. I took it. I finished buying my last 4 cards needed.

Now I had a bunch of liquid steem that was 100% free. I sent some back to the witness who helped me out. I have some banked for the feed a minnow program but I have had a wonderful week gifting steem to @dlive users as well as getting minnow booster votes for myself and other users who still need to power up.

What I earn is used for as many people as possible. I do buy votes but not just for myself. Not everyone has support and not everyone has a vote that has impact, so I don’t feel any remorse buying votes. I don’t self-vote as I don’t honestly see the point if I am here for the community.

Sorry for the long read.

Thanks for the last 365 days guys.

There are way too many people to tag so I will name a few who have had a big impact on me in some way and miss many more who also did, don’t hold that against me.
@deadspace @rubencress @howo @beercake @yabapmatt @m31 @saywha @kryptik @ats-david @berniesanders @themarkymark @krazykrista @anomadsoul @acidyo @tuck-fheman @aceofthegrove @acromott @emjoe @karensuestudios @eveuncovered @nelyp @futurethinker @guiltyparties @apsu @escapist @buttcoins @gentleshaid @fknmayhem @geekpowered @leotrap @julienbh @mobbs @ryoplasmic @steemitadventure @wolv @tarazkp @whatamidoing @warpedpoetic @tezmel @valhalla @trumpman @ruth-girl @davemccoy @thedarkhorse @wolfhart @crimsonclad @elliotgardner @derangedvisions @schattenjaeger @drpuffnstuff @empath @papa-pepper
And an ass ton more people I am forgetting.

I’d say I’d see you all at SteemFest but I honestly would not feel right being away from my wife and kids for that many days. I want to go but they come first always.

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Please don't mention me in the same company as someone like that whore Eve or that idiotic friend of hers. I'd like to think I'm better than that.

I hope Eve gets cancer and then gets run over by a car. Simultaneously.

Unfollowed. Not that I ever read anything anyway. Thanks.

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I will name a few who have had a big impact on me

Oh, I did say everyone in the tag section has had a big impact on me. If everyone named feels flattered that that impact was a positive thing or that it meant I liked or respected them, they mostly have a pretty big EGO. I see you took it as flattery, I listed a bunch of assholes, they still had an impact on my Steem journey.

I'd venture to say @eveuncovered and @escapist are the best pair the platform has gotten out of Finland, Next is @acidyo and @strawhat. Pickings get slim after that.......

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Cool story, bro. Now fuck off.

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Thank you, my scrub list is getting shorter.

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I never liked you anyway, to be honest.

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I'm crushed, you're such a good example of a good user. It's sad to lose you. Your such a positive person and good for the health of everyone. I will eat a burger as I cry myself to sleep. I'm not sure how I will live on.

congrats. A year on steemit is an eternity in the real world.

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I feel the opposite, times just flies on here for me.

Woehoe Eroded! Congrats on your 1 year on Steem! And thanks for helping me out as well on HackMD, when I got here, I didn't even know how to write. You taught me the ABC's in one of my darkest days. <3

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You, I am looking forward to having beers with. I do not take the credit for your drive and desire to make a name on steemit. All I did was lend a hand to a great guy I look forward to meeting IRL. All any of us can do is lend a hand and give people a chance. Those who are meant to shine and do great things will do just that as you have done. I am very glad we have met one another. <3

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Drinking a beer together would be awesome!

Theoretically buying votes alone shouldn't be horrible...except I don't know of a single one that actually fucking checks who they're voting for. We all fucking check who we vote for...why can't they? They're being paid for it!

Congrats on the 1-year steemiversary. Surprising that you haven't been here much longer than I have. It seemed like you were already an old user when I joined.

Theoretically, we all should make sure we find cool new users...but I don't think whether or not someone is a minnow or low rep should have anything to do with whether or not you are upvoting them, to a degree. I'm still struggling and I have a relatively high rep. Most of my good payouts have just been Curies. We all have to try to find people that aren't rewarded well...but there are a TON out there. It's almost easy now days since all these people have quit.

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If my VP ever reach 96% I am set to sell votes but it rarely ever gets that high as I shell them out all day unless I take a break for 24 hours. I always look at any sold vote as I am interested as to which users boost for $20 and who tries to grab $500+. It is always the same ones going for the 4 run homer, easy to just add them to your blocked list.

I tend to catch on to more things with my background in psychology and having as many kids as I do. You have to be in a constant flux of absorb and process, it's allowed me to see more of what goes on daily. It has always allowed me to learn and help newer members more easily. It is a lot to take in for most people.

I remember your first curie on the python article. You had just told us that you put an article up if we wanted to read it. I knew as soon as I saw it the big vote was coming and it wasn't long after that you were back in chat saying "Holy Shit" That must be an awesome feeling to be curied like that, some of us have never gotten their votes. I worked for them for a short while but they never seemed to give enough votes out for it to be something that needed my extra attention. Too many rules that were based on the time between voting for people even though they were producing quality content. It's still a nice program that rewards large amounts to get people motivated but could be so much more if votes were smaller and more consistent for good users.

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I've gotten curied multiple times by now. It's amazing when it happens, for the monetary aspect, but it's not actually that encouraging. They don't even comment. None of their members say a single thing.

I doubt I actually said to check out an article though. I probably just said it in passing because it was a huge task writing. Like "FINALLY DONE!" or some sort.

I vote throughout most of the day, but I still often end up reaching 100% VP between getting off the computer and getting back on the next day. I've been considering setting it up to sell at some high percentage to a whitelist.

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It's amazing when it happens, for the monetary aspect, but it's not actually that encouraging. They don't even comment. None of their members say a single thing.

I have mentioned that many members have also had the same complaint. Money isn't everything.

Just set it to sell only at 100%, that is what most people do.

This is quite outpouring of your heart in one post.

I am ever happy and grateful that I am among the many beneficiaries of your kind heart.
You delegated to me when I had less than a 100sp some months ago, now I have clocked about 1k sp courtesy of the supports I received from you and others.

I wish you could make it to steemfest honestly. I wanted you and others to have your package shortly before the steemfest but I love and respect your concern. Family First

Please stay Awesome and enjoy your Steemiversary.

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I wrote this at 3 am on purpose. I could have easily written 10k words without putting too much effort into things. I have experienced so much in the past year it is just too much to put down. I am sure you will have the same issue once your year comes.

It was my pleasure to find you. I had never heard of Steemcrush and I found this wonderful post you did.
https://steemit.com/steemitcrush/@emjoe/my-steemitcrush-polebird
I had absolutely no vote power at that time so I used the bid-bots to let you know how awesome I found your post. You turned around and blew my mind as well as melt my heart when you took that money and supplied water to a family close to you. It was a no-brainer to hook up with @pole-bird @acromott and @karensuestudios and walk them through how to delegate over voice chat to get you that slider. It was the perfect storm to release you full power on the blockchain.

You are a shining example of a great steemit user. I am glad we found each other. I am sure we will meet at another Steemfest down the road when the little kids are a bit older or it's in a location a little easier to get 8 people to at once. It would have been awesome to get our outfits handed to us.

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Hi @erodedthoughts! I`m here to help :) If you want to delegate, please make a comment (for example replay to this one) like this:
I want to delegate X sp to @user
Where X is the amount of SP and @user is the steem user you want to delegate to. For example:
I want to delegate 100 sp to @emjoe
@tipU will answer with a delegation link. Hope this helps!:)

Glad you’re still here. Steem wouldn’t be the same without that beard, or La decima.

While I am not often in steem.chat anymore, the whole experience would have been different without Gen2 and whatever name iteration its alt/successor currently goes through.

Keep rocking and also occasionally shaking the tree of the bubble believers - maybe I did mean the entitled ones.

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I am glad your here as well, you went through some crazy real life. You shared that part of your life with me and I am grateful for that trust and friendship. You've have always been an honest soul, I respect that and look forward to many more stories between us. We are all just people in the end and I am glad we walked the path together when we needed to.

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Funny... there’s two parts not narrated in “that” post. Recently, I have been thinking about referring to one with a hopefully “creative write”. It lingers and it will be along the lines of “Open letter to the one who got away”, but it’s not an emo “get back!” thing lol.

I am glad everything happened as it did, even the illness this year.

I am never going to be great at journaling and it feels that may be the one thing of stoicism I may never achieve. The other aspect in that statement is that I feel I have become very complete in my pursuit of it. And that’s rather marvelous a realization, yet nothing to take for granted or rest on my laurels for because it continues to be a daily exercise.

Thanks for your time, your trust, and your friendship here on Steem. We have many more awesome years ahead of us here.

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Indeed we do. Can you do an emo get back post as well so we can see both sides of that story? :P

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I can only see one possible outcome from that.

That we would actually get back together.

Oh wait... she isn’t on Steem.

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Life could be worse, we both know that. Checks and balances need to be in order for ourselves before we bother to enlist others.

<3

Much love sent to you on your steemiversary.... This made me realize I need to get back into chat and see how everyone is doing. I been busy af lately with projects so I haven't had much time.

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We all have, I pop in here and there and there is always a handful in the room. It's nothing like it was where it was going so fast people would look stupid because by the time they replied the topic had changed.

I think we have all gotten busier but I feel that bond will always be there as the heart of the chat was always Steemit. No shame in getting things done.

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The weather will have all of us couped up back inside soon so there is always that. And the bonds made is the heart.

You just brought back some old sweet memories of steemit chat. I feel like going back to those days. It was a really good, happy one family. You have done well for yourself so far, I was thinking you will show a picture of your unicorn tattoo. @nelyp would love that. Anyways, congratulations! You are one of those I can never forget on here.

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We have both done well, I remember you telling me you could live off of Steem if you could just get some. You are a great addition to Steem STEM and I hope you are able to live well and be well in the real world as well with what the platform provides you as you give us what you know. I think it will be hard to forget almost anyone for our time in chat, 5k to 10k messages per day between a tight group of friends made some real connections.

As requested by you and for the honor of @nelyp and @saywha too!

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I really needed the support that week too @erodedthoughts!!! You’re an awesome person! Cheers to another 365!!

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Cheers brother! That was my first sponsorship and it made me realize the great quality content that could come from a contest where users had to produce fresh new work.

Those weekly sponsored contest turned into a photo curation account, so it was a small price to pay for that type of growth. I am happy to have been a part of that.

I might not have got past my 1st month without knowing you. You have put me on the right path. I still go back to some of our conversations to keep me there. Everything I do is a result of your initial guidance.
Thanks buddy

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It's been a pleasure getting to know you and you have done amazing things in such a short time span. It's been really awesome watching you do for the community. You paired with some great people and are really doing what you can for those who came after you all while growing yourself.

We share a lot of outlooks as well as life problems and we both just keep on rolling. I am glad I stopped to get to know you. You are a great person and my wife simply adores you too.

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You have made my day as so many other days.
I remember those days LOL I was so new to all of this and didn't know anything.
We do have a lot in common. Its uncanny. Good and the bad but that makes us who we are.
You have a great family. Loving family. My best to all of you.

I haven't said enough thank you's but heavens know that I have had you in my kindest of thoughts. You are that soul that a giving person wants to emulate. A friend that I want to be to as many people as I can.

Congratulations on clocking a year old friend! :)

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I have told you many times, stop saying thank you and just be you! You deserve more than I will ever be able to give, remember that and believe it as I do.

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Sigh. You only see the good in everyone! Thank you. And it's quite an honour to know you as a person.

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Happy anniversary! You sound very dedicated to the platform.

Happy first dear. Thank you for being you

It's an honour to see my name on that list

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That honor goes both ways. You two have been awesome in so many ways to me as well as my wife. Thank you.

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Do you have any dicks in space photos or maybe a dicknato?

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how about some space balls?

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Congrats! Always a pleasure, love the raw and real element of everything you post!

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I am glad our paths crossed as well. I am different in a lot of things I do than other users and that is what makes this place so interesting. I really like the type of work you do which makes your blog interesting but I like your sense of humor best and our little chat's in comments.

This is my first blog type website and I skipped all the how to blog tutorials. I am glad people find a connection in what I write. I often think to myself "that stupid" right after I push post but it all seems to be accepted by someone somewhere. I guess it is better to build a small tight following than a large fake one as the tutorials lead you to believe is the key to success.

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Exactly. I feel like the connection with people for specific reasons that are unique to the individuals involved in that connection is way more important than finding a generic thing that appeals to everyone without feedback.

@erodedthoughts
Cool, looks like you have been doing great here on steemit, and that the crowd here on steemit has been great to you! Thanks for sharing! (Edit-and congratulations of course)...

Cheers!!!

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You're just evil.

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Oh, thats awkward, I dont hate jerry, I know that he left steem coz he was bullied but i dont know much about it. Thought that you might want to play with him coz if I was good with FPS then I would had played with him. Its hard to find other players that will stream with you.

Congrats! Great inspiration on what can be achieved on this platform. Keep up the great work!

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