SteemMag – Steemit’s Weekend Digest #1: An Exclusive Interview With A Whale ….and This Week On Steemit

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I’m highly delighted to welcome you to the first edition of SteemMag: A weekend digest for Steemians.

I already gave a hint of what you should expect from this digest in yesterday’s teaser post.

Today, I will be kicking off with an interview with an alpha whale @smooth. For many of you whose post has graced the trending Steemit home page, @smooth is likely one of Steemit’s alpha whales that gave your post a huge boost.
Checking his wallet would make you green with envy, Don’t! ;)

I started following @smooth, one of Steemit’s largest independent stakeholders; during the pre-july 4th discussions on how to ensure that rewards were shared optimally.
Also, you just might have come across his comments, verifying the authenticity of posts. Especially with new users that have huge reputation outside of Steemit like he did here.
Interestingly, he is also a witness.
Let’s meet @smooth .

An Exclusive Interview With Smooth

@infovore(SteemMag): How did you get to know about Steemit? Plus your background?
I found Steem as a cryptocurrency launch while looking at the new threads in the Announcements section of bitcointalk. The web component was at that point undisclosed, although someone reviewing the code as I did could infer a lot of it.
That’s been a regular practice of mine to look for interesting new coins that aren’t simple clones. For example, I found Bytecoin there in 2014, which eventually (a long story) led to Monero, where I am a core team member.
My background is in software development, funding and advising technology startups, and finance.

I. Did you have any initial doubt in investing your personal resources on Steemit?
S: Of course! As I said earlier, I look for interesting new cryptocurrency projects. Most of them fail, either because they are deliberate frauds or just because it is a brutal competitive market. I try to avoid dedicating any resources to projects that won’t succeed, but you never really know, and being too careful means missing out on every success.

I. What’s a typical day for you and how many hours do you spend on Steemit?
I’m currently involved in contributing to many different efforts, so depending on the demands, my typical day is … different from every other day. These days I’m more of a casual user of the Steemit site itself, mostly scanning the trending page and giving some upvotes and occasional down votes, always with an eye toward not only the merits of an individual post but the best way to allocate reward funds for long term success.
Earlier in Steemit’s history I spent a lot of time on the New page, looking for new themes or talented posters to promote for the same purpose, and downvoting junk so those posting it would have no incentive to continue.

I. I pay special attention to your messages on Steemit's Slack channel. You sound like a calm, nice guy who likes to listen to both sides of a discussion. Any life mantra?
Assume half of what you think you know is incorrect and that you don’t know which half.

I: What are some qualities you look out for before voting on contents?
I look for balance between topics, between styles of posts, and content of interest in different verticals. The most important goal of Steemit is to attack a large audience. Without that, none of the rest matters.
So I want to open as many doors as possible by promoting variety. Of course I always appreciate (and vote for) good writing and insightful analysis but I’m not sure that Steemit has to be exclusively a ’serious’ blogging platform.
I’m very willing to upvote memes if they are good, or even edgy stuff like girlsgonesteem or the cannabis posts. We just don’t know where our next million users will come from.

I: What are your favorite tags on Steemit?
Because of how I’ve tried to surf the whole site, I don’t really pay attention to tags. That will probably change in the future when the site is even larger than it is now and surfing all of it becomes completely impractical.

I: Funniest moment on Steemit?
I don’t remember a specific one, but I know that tuck-fheman has offered some very funny comments and posts. That is one of my favorite posters on the site. Also great to chat with on Slack.
I: Favorite hobbies?
New people, places, and activities. I’m a natural explorer.

I: Where do you see Steemit in the next 12 months?
I think Steemit may continue to rapidly attract a wider and wider audience, in which case in a year it may have enough users that even many people who don’t use it are aware of it.
Alternately, we may find that the current explosion of usage is not sustainable, either because the content isn’t good enough, the rewards too small, the user experience not ‘fun’ enough, or some other reason, in which case many will lose interest and it will start to stagnate and potentially fail. I hope that doesn’t happen, of course.

I. Your personal message to all Steemians?
Sign up your friends.

Thanks @smooth for taking the time to have an interview with SteemMag.
I hope you enjoyed the interview. I had fun having a chat with him. If you have any other questions you would like him to answer, you can drop in your comments and I would see if I can get him to give you a reply.

N.B Do you have any suggestions or features you would like to see on SteemMag? Please leave a comment also.

This Week On Steemit: 13 Important Things That Happened On Steemit This Week

This week has been a very eventful one. And in case, you missed some. I've got your back. Here are some of the most important events that have happened on steemit.

~ A unit of Steem exchanged for more than a dollar

~ Steemit’s Co-founder, @dan released Steemit’s evil plan for taking over the world:

~ Steem shot through the rankings to no 3 on the cryptocurrencies market list.

~ Steemit goes mainstream. Missed the news?
New York Biz Journal ; The Guardian ; Daily Mail

~ Steem get its first grandma as a user:

~ Users signups crossed the 1000 daily mark...

~ Steemit’s Slack members crossed the thousand mark. Currently at 1131. The fastest growing workplace software meets the fastest growing blockchain app. Wow!

Hint: Check the number of people online to see when best to post on Steemit. Thank me later ;)

~ Steemit got hacked and recovered brilliantly. Thumbs up to @dan , @ned, the dev team and all Steemians. We can only grow stronger.

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I'm all hooked reading your info ! Once again . Brilliant !


Thanks so much....Watching out for you too.


That's very nice of you but it's a bit hard to keep up reading so much good information and also writing at the same time . Those flowers in my garden are calling for me :)


I understand. But we are only as good as what we create....It shows we're really consuming nice stuffs. Besides, you are bound to learn more while creating.

Wow.... this is great! I'm learning, never knew all this happened on steemit


Yes, they do and even a lot more.


You're welcome. I'm glad you liked the interview with @smooth.

Thanks for sharing this. It is really amazing to know that big whales are here, around us.


I prefer sharks :)


Aargh! No pls.


Haha just being sarcastic !


Don't get too close!!


You're welcome. I had fun interviewing @smooth. Have any questions for him?
And ooh, watch out for page 2 and 3 as the day progresses.

@infovore, Hell of a job putting all this together! Well done!


Thanks so much

Thank you! Very helpful


Glad you got something from the interview.

To be honest, when I remembered my password a week ago and started posting again, I saw @smooth on slack and started asking him some technical questions. He was really helpful! Answered anything he could and directed me to others who could answer some other questions I had. I didn't even know he was such a big whale until later, then I felt like I had bothered him with my 20 questions, but he was super nice about it and even told me "nice chat!"

The whales here in general seem to be super awesome people and I really think they will take good care of steemit and new users on a daily basis! :)


You're completely right. Most newbies view whales wrongly. They are important parts of the steemit's ecosystem. Investing their resources when little was known about Steemit. And @smooth is really helpful to newbies.

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Nice little digest here. Especially liked the interview with Smooth!


Thanks for the comment. @mjgrae . Watch out for the pages 2 and 3 later today.

Wow. I'm honored @smooth ... thanks for the kind words! :)

hey thanks for the mag! keep em coming! :)


I'm glad you like it. Got any questions for him?


Yes, actually. I can't seem to wrap my head around Curation Rewards. I should have received 4-5 of them by now (according to my understanding) but I got 0 till now! So yes, I would like to know about that. Thank you :)

@smooth is a smooth guy. Always has something insightful to say.


I'm glad you like the interview.

Very interesting getting a whales tale.


Really really interesting.

good post.. thanks for sharing

How can I improve my blog to get more vote?
Can you give me some advice?

Pretty nice interview with @smooth - Always interesting to hear from the "whales" in this industry. I like your idea with the steemmag, and as such I will follow you :P

Best of luck and keep the content coming!

Awesome - a magazine that just self-funded itself purely on the merit of its content without advertising. I could not have written this sentence three months ago. Mind blown.


Thats the power of steemit. Steem on ;)

Great idea, will be following SteemitMag digest.
To support the project, Just Steemit!


Thanks. Watch out next weekend issue

Ok, you got me. How do you check how many are online?


;) Click on the number of members on each channel. The members currently online would pop up by the side. Watch out for page 2 and 3, you would love it. Any questions for @smooth ?

Excellent tips for new comers in Steemit . Thanks for your sharing such a nice post. Upvote