The Do's and Don'ts for new Steemit users - Analogy time!

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Steemit has seen an influx of users and sadly not all of them really know what Steemit is about. The main reason why Steemit has become so popular over the last few weeks is because of cryptocurrency gaining so much more interest than in the past. Most users flock to Steemit for the money, others for the great content it contains. The users who stay and becomes successful here are the ones who educate themselves on how Steemit functions and genuinely enjoy what they are doing. Here are some basic things to do and don't do here on Steemit to help you become a more successful user.

Today we will all be aboard a flight, flying in our Steemit Planes. Put on your aviator hat and let's go!

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Your Plane/Account


As we know flying a plane is no easy task. You have to study and practice for a very long time before you can finally sit in the cockpit and fly your plane. You need to educate yourself about every dial and knob, every lever and switch. Knowing what everything does will make you the best Pilot you can possibly be. No one walks into the cockpit of a plane and simply flies off into the sunset. This is just unrealistic and you are more likely to crash your plane before you make it to the runway.

On Steemit you are given the opportunity to become a great blogger and user of the amazing features Steemit has to offer. Knowing everything there is to know could, in the long run, make you more successful as a member of the Steemit community. Take your time and study the platform before just diving in and posting all kinds of content hoping to make a quick buck. This is indeed, not Facebook.

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Hello, this is your Pilot speaking - Introduction

If you have ever been on a flight you aware of the little announcement the Pilot makes, stating his/her name and flight details. Reassuring you that you are on the right plane going to the right destination. Knowing your Pilot, even if it's not on a personal level still makes you feel at ease.

After joining Steemit it is wise to make an introduction post. Tell the community who you are, why you are here and what type content you will be creating. These basic details might get you some followers and upvotes, share yourself with the community. Uploading a profile picture and giving a brief description about what you will be writing about on your feed goes a really long way in terms of building a following and gaining valued upvoters.

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Your Flight/Content


Every Pilot flies his/her plane to new and exciting destinations, sometimes the journey is long, sometimes it's short. The flight can be extremely interesting or rather boring depending on the time and location. Looking out your window and seeing the wonderful world below is at times way more exciting than watching yet another typical in-flight movie. Your passengers will appreciate it when you take them on a flight that has amazing views. Let them know what they can witness when they look out the window. Don't just let them watch the in-flight movie, they can watch that anywhere anytime. Show them the world!

When posting on Steemit your followers want to see something interesting and new, something fresh. You can make extremely long posts or insanely short posts. It's all up to you and your style. The content is what will make your followers feel entertained. Quality is key! When blogging, don't just write, show us something interesting to look at. A picture or even a gif can add so much life and detail to your story, use them! I am not saying you should spam your posts with pictures and gifs, but adding something to give us a short break from reading and making us feel some connection to what you are telling us really is a nice touch. A one sentence post or content that can be seen everywhere else on the internet is not really a good long term strategy unless you have a good opinion or story about the content. In short, posting Youtube videos or memes from Imgur/Reddit is not what we came here to see... At least come up with some fresh Steemit memes. =)

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Ladies and gentlemen, looking out the window you can see absolutely nothing - Follow for Follow


From time to time Pilots announce when there is something really cool to look at. They will tell you where and when to look. They will also give you some details of what you are actually seeing. It is your choice to look or not, they do not force you to look out the window. This can be a nice treat when opening your window shade and see a lovely view of a mountain or forest. Pilots do not however announce to come and view the cockpit. Upon request, it can be arranged but never have I ever heard of a Pilot inviting everyone to come and view the front of the plane. Passengers will have to ask to go and see the cockpit, thus they do so on their own free will.

On Steemit it is nice to share an interest with others, artists appreciate art. Traders like views and analysis of other traders. Similiar interests will attract similar users. Interesting content will also attract other users and potential upvoters/followers. Do not ask to be followed. If you happen to stumble upon a user that share your views or content, leave a comment and share some real insight. Tell them you are also into what they are into. Gaining followers that are not really interested in your content will not get you upvotes. Users spamming in comments asking for follows are getting really stale. This immediately makes me want to flag you and forget your name. Share a real comment, if I like it I will view your feed and decide if it is worth following you. Having one real follower that reads and upvotes your comment is worth more than having 1000 followers that never read or upvotes your post. Yes, the high number of followers looks nice, but on Steemit it will not earn you more rewards.

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Hey, Mr. Pilot do you want my peanuts? - Upvote for Upvote

This one is for passengers and Pilots, when you are on your amazing Steemit plane you there will be so many interesting people and things aboard your flight. Sometimes it's fun to trade some snacks, books or whatever you feel like. Trades need to be fair though. If you have a little bag of peanuts you will not be able to trade it for someone's iPad for example. Same as asking someone for a trade and then when they ask you what you are offering you just give them a blank stare. It just doesn't work like that. Start up a conversation first, assess the trades and make a worthwhile deal. Don't keep walking around asking every passenger if you can trade your lightly salted peanuts for something else. You also don't have infinite bags of peanuts. You will eventually run out if you keep handing them all out to every person you see.

Once again, this is not Facebook. Your upvote is not just simply a number. Every user has a different amount of Steem Power. The more you have the more your upvote is worth. Upvote for upvote is rarely fair. If someone's upvote is worth $1 why would they trade you their $1 upvote for your $0.02 upvote? Don't ask for votes, it's rude. Instead, interact with users and share some real thoughts. If they like your content they will upvote you, if you like their content then you can upvote them. Remember you you have a limited amount of Voting Power so the more you Upvote the less your upvote is worth so. Use your votes sparingly. This, in the long run, will help earn more curation rewards a well. If you are not sure what Voting Power is or how it works, check out this post. : Voting Power Explained

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Oh my, do you hear that baby crying? - Spamming.

We all love that baby crying on the plane, right? WRONG! It's noisy and it does bother us all quite a bit. We can't really do much about it, it will cry if we like it or not. We can put on our noise cancellation headphones, this will help us a lot in not thinking of the infants cries echoing through the cabin. Still, we are aware of it. Only when it stops will we be calm and happy about it.

Making pointless comments on other peoples posts are not a nice way of interacting here on Steemit. Users that have been on the platform long enough can see a spammy comment a mile away and will ignore it or sometimes if you are unlucky even flag it. We do not appreciate your attention seeking comments. Make a real effort of a quality comment. Copy and pasting comments are lame and lazy. Read our posts and then give us a real opinion or feedback. You might gain some nice upvotes if you write good comments. Below are the kind of comments that will get you nowhere with some of the older users.

"Follow and upvote me and I will do the same"
"Awesome photography.I am voting you.Please check my post."
"Its great picture. Please follow me if you want more style pictures"
"U follow me I follow you. We have great time. be friends"
"I upvote your post. upvote me too"

These are actual comments. There are also links posted in comments and spammed everywhere, I did not post them, do not want the authors to get a bad rep.

Can you see the point I am trying to make?

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Study and educate yourself

In the end, every Pilot educates and train themselves to fly their plane successfully. The more they know the more experience they will gain over time. This will ensure in a happy and successful career as a Pilot.

Instead of just jumping and pushing out content as soon as your account was confirmed. Read a bit first, follow some great authors. Educate yourself on how Steemit works. Whether you are here for the money or for the social experience. This platform has a slight learning curve and you need to at least learn the basics.

To all the new Steemians I wish you the best of luck here on this amazing platform! Keep it real and have fun

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Nice set of links to specific techniques at the bottom. Newbies need to find this post, and they might eventually understand the value of all the individuals pointers at the bottom.

Upvoted and resteemed.

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Thanks, really appreciate the upvote and the resteem. The only reason why I include introduceyourself in the tags, I know it's not technically an introduction. Just wanted more new users to see it. Will change the tag after a day to something more appropraite. Thanks again =)

Thank you. As a 1 week old Steemit user that is very helpful. I already started making some of those mistakes :) time to get the plane back on course and up to cruising altitude. Thanks again.

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This is exactly what this post was about. Helping new comers and set them on the right track. Awesome mate! Glad you took the time to read and learn from it! =) Fly high and here's an upvote!

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Thank you, and keep up the good work!

Thanks for the useful information, being new here and trying to get into the groove we still have many things to learn. It's great that people like you are taking the time to help out those who are starting, and in a creative and very entertaining way,great post!

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Thanks for the thoughtful response. You are great example of a good reply to a post. Upvote heading your way =)

I love analogies, easier to understand things that way. Keeping it simple. =) Thanks again and have a great day!

great info fellow South African. Resteemed for daily use ;)

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Nice to see more South Africans joining! =) Thanks for the resteem!

I was new here when I read this post and wrote this reply. It somewhat makes sense. It does seem like something that would be useful to bookmark and come back to, how might one do that?

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Sadly no internal bookmark system here on steemit yet. Theycare working on it though. All in good time. For now you can save it as a bookmark in your browser. Thanks for reading =)

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Cheers

Thanks for this, I think I need to explore the links.

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Please do, not all of them are related to newbies but I assure you all of them has some useful info. Thanks for checking it out =)

The one thing that is interesting how quick I started getting spam comments like the ones you mentioned in your post. I'm about a month into Steemit and I get an occasional comment that makes zero sense to what I wrote in the post.

I wish that Steemit had a way of saving favorite posts in a folder (like this one). But I'm not sure if it's feasible.. I'm not super knowledgeable on blockchain outside of the ted talks I've watched and content I've read online.

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I agree - I've only been here 4 or so days, but already there are couple of post (similar to this one) that I feel like I'm going to want to come back to...a 'favourites' list or something like that would be awesome.

@scrooger this post is a must for newbies as we don't want steemit to become like FB. Upvoted and resteemed!

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Thanks man! You are absolutely right! I have nothing against FB. Just not a fan anymore. Steemit just has a whole other vibe to it. =)

I am new to steemit, and this was definitely helpful. Thank you! I'm looking forward to learning more about this community already :)

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Wow you are indeed extremely new! Welcome! Work on a good introduction post. Search for posts about intro's and them plan your post. It will go a long way. =) have fun here and ask if you need any help =)

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Awesome thanks :)

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Most welcome! =)

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Meep! Meepa me, meepa you, we all meepin in this meepa zoo. Thanks for checking in =)

Love ❤️ your comparison, job well done!

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Thank you so much! I really do have fun woth my analogy posts. Think I need to make more of them. Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

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I agree with your thinking of more. It really helps clarify. Until the next one :D

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Thanks =) I have been thinking of some ideas for the game.

  1. A piggy back system. After you have been knocked out you can "piggyback" a player. There will be a mini prize pool. So if the player you "piggybacked" wins, you win. Can only piggy back once though.

  2. Predictions: You predict a winner. A separate mini prize pool for the predictions. If you predicted right then you win.

Hard coming up with some fun ideas, these are just off the top of my head, will keep playing around with some ideas. The new season will go live after the art post expires in 6 days. =) Do you perhaps have any ideas?

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All good thoughts so far. Depending on how many people join it will be challenging to keep track of Peggy backs, especially since people can go back and edit their answers.

they might not, but I like to think ahead

I like having a prediction pool. Again, might be something to add towards the end depending on how many players join. I really like your ideas and can't think of any other right now. I'll let you of anything does come to mind. :)

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Yes, was also thinking of editing the piggy backs. So the comment will only be valid if the comment is not edited. Will think of some other things as well. Thanks for the feedback so far =)

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Woo-hoo, I feel so helpful, thanks for taking the time to ask and listen! Can't wait to see what you come up with

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No no, thank you. Appreciate the feedback and support =)

Some Solid Steemtips! Thanks for the detailed overview, will be re-steeming this one

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Thanks for the resteem mate! =) Steem on indeed!

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I am excited to read your future posts. Good luck and welcome! Please consider checking out minnowsupportproject.com and @minnowsupport. It is a great community of individuals that will help you get started and can answer all of your questions.

Great information and help, thanks alot 😁
@crypto-expo

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Most welcome mate! Thanks for reading

Wow, I have been looking for specific information to learn. THANK YOU. This is a huge task to start here and learn. Most of the time, I don't know enough to follow conversations or posts, they are still too complicated. You were very straightforward and helpful. Thanks for the additional posts at the end, I will read them as well! I really appreciate it @scrooger - nice to meet you~!

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Nice to meet you too! I try to help where I can. Suggest checking some of the other posts. Not all is about starting out here, but some of them might answer a few questions you have. If you have any other queations about things here on steemit I am more than happy to help. =) just comment on one of my posts and I will answer when I can.

It is true that newbies, including myself, can make mistakes. But thanks to the experienced ones we can learn and educate ourselves. I must say that I 've learned a lot from your posts. You put so much effort and it is much appreciated.
I resteemed the post hoping more newbies to read it.

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Much appreciated. I made so many of the similar mistakes as well. We all start of a bit wonky here on steemit. Learning is half the fun. =) glad to help and ask away if you have any questions

Thank you so much for the post I enjoyed your flight and a great way of describing our journey here. You are right there is so much to learn here and I hae a long way to go!! most of the technical Crypto posts I still do not understand! wa reading an earlier post about a hard fork it is above me at the moment and made me reaslise how little I know! again thank you and will be reading your other posts.

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Thanks a lot mate. Glad it could help a bit =) yes there are a few things that still eludes me. Just keep reading and learning.

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welcome @Scrooger! I hope you enjoy here as much as i do !! Nice post, i will follow your account, please follow me .

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You did not read this at all, right? Thanks for proving my point...

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Confirmed: scrooger owns a spaceship.

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Sssshhhhh... If everyone finds out my master plan to take over Steemit might not work! Hehe. Thanks for reading mate!

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Bah Roswell all over again. My bad, I guess asking for forgiveness for a 3rd time is not a good idea?

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What's this Roswell you speak of? Shhhh.... They know too much already =P

And I will always forgive you mate!

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😂😂😂. Awesome. I'm just lost for words.. hilarious! 😂😂😂😂

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Hahah, same here. Think it was an automated messgase. Still good for some laughs though =)

Good call on this advice. I agree. One of the things I should have done before I even created an account was to do research. I had no idea what was going on. I didn't put any time into my intro post and kind of stumbled a long for a week or two.

PS Iike how you linked to some of your other videos at the bottom of your feed. How did you do that?

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I also did not do much research when I started. It is not too late to make an intro though. I see many users making one after they have been here for a while.

It is made with the table commands.

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Takes some time playing around with these to get it right though.

Once you have the template down it's copy and paste and hope you don't break it =P

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Copy and pasting this should work, play around with it though. =P

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Wow that's an awesome little trick. I might play around with it. Thank you.

i have been on steemit for just 2 days but i have seen them all
''Follow and upvote me and I will do the same"
"Awesome photography.I am voting you.Please check my post."
"Its great picture. Please follow me if you want more style pictures"
"U follow me I follow you. We have great time. be friends"
"I upvote your post. upvote me too''
:)

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I know right! After a while you see them coming and just ignore them. Thanks for reading and have fun here on Steemit!

I have been searching steemit for info like this for the past 2weeks and I think I found one here, thanks for sharing.

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Most welcome mate! Glad you found some of it useful. Thanks for reading =)

As always @scrooger to the minnows rescue ...
btw how did you create that other post list style Column ?
details in chat please...

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Hey mate! Thanks for reading =)

To give you the details in chat might be a bit difficult.

It is made with the table commands.
It's a bit difficult to get right but once you have the template done and saved you can just copy and paste from there. Play around with it a bit =)

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Takes some time playing around with these to get it right though.

Once you have the template down it's copy and paste and hope you don't break it =P

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| PIC LINK HERE | [Name here](Source link here) |

Copy and pasting this should work, play around with it though. =P

..thank you for your work to put the facts/posts together and finally give folks like me the pilots' rules and instructions...just for your efforts... folow you..upvote..resteeemed....

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You are most welcome! Thank you for the upvote and especially the resteem. =) Glad I could help a bit.

Thank you for sharing this useful information for new Steemit users . Resteem.

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Most welcome! Thanks for the upvote and resteem! =)
So many new users streaming to steemit, we need to set up a bootcamp to help them out. Everyone, including the platform will do better if we help everyone out when they start here on steemit.

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No problem, new users definitely need some guidelines for beginning here. Sometime it's not easy when you starting here.

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Very true indeed! Think I must make a bootcamp program for newer users... Still playing with the idea. =)

how can I resteem this article from within this page?

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Sadly the posts older than 7 days can not be resteemed =)

Thank you for this detailed post, I found this very helpfull. I just started out here and still need to figure out a lot, This post will certainly help me with it.

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You are most welcome! Glad it could help a bit. Nice to see new members who are willing to learn. If you ever have any questions, just comment and ask on one of my posts =)

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Thank you. I will certainly do that. There is lots of stuff I have to figure out and posts like yours and willing to help us minnows is a great help and much appreciated

As a new Steemian, information like this is valuable. I like the way you formatted your post. Made the reading a lot easier and it flowed really well! Upvoted and resteemed!

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Thank you! Always second guessing everything I write so really appteciate your kind words. Thanks for the upvote and resteem =)

Shared to get folks educated on the right ways to enjoy this awesome place!

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Thanks for sharing and thinking this is the right way =)

This was nice, I think this post is undervalued by at least $200. Now, just tell us how to land safely. Upvoted and resteemed.

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Hehe, tell me about it =P it's ok though. Like to help where I can. =) thanks for the upvote and resteem =)

Very nice compilation! Everything works just fine! Great post, thank you!! 100% upvote and followedenter image description here

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Thanks a lot Peter. Glad it can help some users. =) Appreciate the upvote and resteem

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You are welcome!

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Hello you might like @bellyrub it is much like @booster

Thanks for the reminder, I have to admit. I had shiny object syndrome when I first got accepted and jumped straight into without really know how the platform worked. Learning as i go now :) But i will definitely check out all your other posts that talk about how steemit works behind the scene.

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Yes please do, it's not too complicated but therecisca learning curve to the platform. Learn a little each day it will really pay off in the end.

Upvoted and resteemed for the newbies here also great guides at the bottom thank you for your post. :)

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Always love and appreciate a resteem! Thanks a lot mate! =)

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You are very welcome check out my content and see if you like what I have to offer. I am an independent journalist I delve into a vast amount of topics always well-sourced journalism and investigation :)

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Thanks for that.... Got lost in your feed for a bit. Your writing is really good and you make some solid points. Also really decent payouts! =) Sorry to hear about your twitter account. That really sucks. I really like your style. If I can suggest one thing though, your feed is full of resteemed posts. I know it helps others and it is sometimes useful to resteem a post. When a new user visits your feed they might feel there is too much clutter. Digging around for your posts. Just my 2 cents. Other than that you have gained a new follower. I see you have 1k Delegated SP. Did you lease?

nice introuction. Followed. Follow me back 😘

Thank you so much