HF21 made it pop. Just like that.
I couldn't be more grateful.
I had no idea how deeply Steem had control over me. How addicted I had become to it.
Every free moment checking my phone for Steem and prices of crypto.
Not being to concentrate on anything for the fear of missing something on Steem.
I have been in this mode for 2 years. I had no idea.
Yesterday I watched a movie with my dad (movie night) and by the end of it, I realized I had not checked my phone once.
I was enjoying myself.
I also realized that I didn't want to make it a Steem moment for Appics.
I'm already stopping thinking about making everything in life a possible post.
For me, because of the EIP, there is no need anymore, and it feels great.
Even my dad made a comment about it. He thought I looked calmer. I guess that says it all.
This is a personal side effect of HF21 that I didn't see coming!
Don't get me wrong though, I still enjoy writing (like this post), but on my terms, not the linear blockchain terms.
I'm of course still reading everything about Steem and I keep very up to date and I'm investing in different projects on Steem, but I just feel like I can do it now with a little bit more distance.
Curating is also more fun then I thought it would be and feels better then I would have thought.
I have a decent amount of Steempower that's working very nicely for me currently.
I split most of my votes up in chunks. About 25% per vote, gives me 40 votes a day. Which is still a 65k SP vote each and spread those out to a lot of different people. Including myself, when I feel like it :)
Steempower is the only constant the blockchain (that thankfully has no feelings) cares about in the end. It's a very powerful asset and I'm glad I have it.
And I'm still buying it too still. Crossed another milestone yesterday. 260k reached, making my way to 300k.
If you told me last year I would be making my way to 300k I wouldn't have believed you.
But the opportunity is here now, so I am taking it.
Nothing beats straight-up buying it at the moment.
One large pump in price and that door will be closed forever, for me, and I will never be able to invest again in the biggest economic ecosystem in the blockchain space.
Curation rewards are really decent right now and can offset blogging a lot.
This morning I woke up to another 30 STEEM from curating. That's a lot.
I still consider every STEEM precious. For me, 30 STEEM counts.
SMT's and communities are next. It will be the next major milestone. I see huge value there (Steem-Engine has already proven that to me), I can't wait.
Before those are here though STEEM can still be earned for those who want it.
After SMT's come out, I fully expect that to become even more difficult than it is today because it's the only thing that makes sense if you are of the mindset that Steem will be successful (I am, as you probably know by now).
Today my good friend @ezzy is flying in from London later today for a long weekend of simple fun.
Just chilling. Steak on the Green Egg, Oldskool gaming and cinema, probably watch the F1 too and you can bet we will talk Steem too :)
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