My Steem Story – By @mariannewest

in PowerHouseCreatives2 years ago (edited)

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A Power House Creatives Initiative

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Everyone has a story – and all our stories have something in common… we all started from nothing and knew nothing. People want to hear stories. They want to hear OUR stories — they want to know who we are, where we are from, what we are doing, who and what we love, what we have learnt and where we are going. People also want us to hear their story! Being a part of the Steem network is an individual journey for every single one of us and through this initiative we will share our stories not only with all who are already here – hopefully inspiring, guiding and informing them… but doing the same for everyone else in the world too. Through our stories we will prick the curiosity of those who have not yet arrived and illuminate and widen the already open doors to our one in a million blockchain.

We invite and encourage each and every one of you to participate and share your stories too! You can find the "how to" details at the end of this post.

MY STEEM STORY - BY @mariannewest

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It's Been An Eventful Two Years

Where my Steem Journey began

My Steem journey began well over two years ago during a podcast interview with my then co-host and her midwife. We were talking about birthing and such and I can't remember how we ended up on the topic of Steem. I do remember that her son had introduced her to Steem and was excited that it was a way to earn crypto through blogging.

My podcast co-host had investments in crypto and had encouraged me to invest as well, but we never had money to do so. Earning it, on the other hand, was an option I was excited about.

My initial challenges & how I overcame them

Once I had gotten my approval from Steem, I realized that I had entered a world I knew nothing about. I was never much of a computer person, had no idea what markup is - you get the picture. I was clueless.

Steem became a bit of an obsession of mine and I spend many (way too many) hours figuring things out. In the beginning, I made nothing or very little on my posts. Slowly, I learned to format, insert pictures, and how to make friends on Steem.

A big deal for me was to participate in the selfie challenge hosted by @papa-pepper. I got to know a lot of people through that challenge and also was able to increase my SP by being part of the winning party at a time when Steem was worth almost $ 10.

Lucky for me, people on Steem were super helpful and everyone was willing to explain how to maneuver on this platform and what to do.

Joining discord was another excellent move. So many helpful people and groups.

My Steem blockchain knowledge

My blockchain knowledge is still not so great. I understand what a blockchain is, that there are many applications on the blockchain. but for example, I don't know what to think about the new deal with Tron.

My Steem favorites

My very favorite things about Steem are the many friends I have made on this platform. A few, I had the great pleasure to meet in person. Even better, last year, I made two road trips with steem friends. It can't get better than that!!

Of course, I love my Freewriter community and am looking forward to meeting the ones that live on different continents from me in person one of these days.

I love Actifit and post almost daily my activity count with a short description of my day.

Appics is another favorite. Actually, there are so many cool applications on the Steem blockchain that it is almost impossible to use them all.

My golden nugget advice

My advice to anyone starting out is to take it easy. Have fun and learn slowly but surely.
If the main reason to be on Steem is to make money, there are many contests to enter and some people manage to attract the big voting power. Personally, I gave it one year to see if I could make it a money-making enterprise and switched to having fun and helping others when that didn't work out for me.

My Steem hood & its peeps

The Freewriters are my first community. Over 850 days ago, I started to publish a daily freewrite prompt, and the friendships that have bloomed from that simple activity are priceless.

@thealliance became my first online family and its members have helped me a lot on this Steem journey. I had the pleasure to meet many in-person and looking forward to meeting them again.

@steemusa is another community that is an instrumental part of my Steem journey. They gave me my first large delegation and it was wonderful to give out some votes that registered above zero.

@socalsteemit are my local buddies and we have had many in-person meetings.

The powerhousecreatives community(@steemitbloggers) is close to my heart and will always have my support. The community is close-knit and very supportive of each other. Love them!!

There are many others who have been part of my steem journey but I find myself running out of time on a regular basis to visit them all.

**Please join this initiative @ecoinstant, @snook, @deeanndmathews, @myjob, @felixgarciap


  1. Create a post titled: “My Steem Story – By

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  3. ONLY make use of the cover image provided in this post.

  4. Keep the same formatting and placement (intro, footer
    instructions etc.)

  5. Replace the personal photo with one of your own.

  6. Tag 5 people to join in on the initiative.

  7. Share your post to twitter.

  8. Share your twitter link and Steem post link in the comments of @jaynie’s “Steem Story” post.


Write a post which shares and gives adequate response to the following headings:

Where my Steem Journey began
(How you first discovered Steem and your very first thoughts and impressions “as you landed”.)

My initial challenges & how I overcame them
(Share a bit about the difficulties you faced at the beginning, whether it was navigation, post creation, engagement – whatever – how you resolved them and how differently you feel about it now)

My Steem blockchain knowledge
(Give a little bit of background on your blockchain knowledge when you began your Steem journey versus now.)

My Steem favourites
(What are the things you do mostly on the blockchain – is it blogging, vlogging? What front ends do you like to make use of and what content genre’s do you generally focus on?)

My golden nugget advice
(What advice would you offer to those that are unfamiliar or new to this space)

My Steem hood & its peeps
(Share a little about the communities you belong to, discord servers you frequent and perhaps a handful of the awesome people you follow)


We now have a community!! Join the Freewriters!

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Still at the top, I think we can all agree that friends come first.

You are fabulous @mariannewest 💕
I wouldn't be here without your help. 🙏


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 2 years ago 

Definitely... Most guilty thing I feel on Steem is not writing regularly for FreeWriteHouse, a wonderful motivating way to meet folks, challenge writing skills by entering a short write daily Marianne.

I do not always have time to commit to a daily write, I do however commit to reading a least one or two of your wonderful members content and have had some great laughs on topic depiction.


Thank you so much! And don’t feel guilty. We love readers!

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 2 years ago 

hehehe from birthing to Steem - interesting detour haha!!! - but a very fruitful one! You have changed so many peoples lives for the better with your freewrite community. Writing is a very healing art and you have nurtured that in countless people - it is truly admirable!

I have to agree with you in regards to how wonderfully helpful the people on the Steem network are by comparison to other social networks...

Thank you for this lovely contribution to our Steem story initiative hon - much appreciated!


Thank you so much!! You are such a wonderful leader and example - only you have way more energy than I do lol

 2 years ago 

lol who says... maybe I am just really good at pretending hahahaha!!!! :P Thank you for the lovely compliment hon xxx

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