An introduction to me, Bert

in #introduceyourself6 months ago

So here we go, welcome to my introduction, Bert here.

After much deliberation, research, typing questions into google, learning about crypto and general faffing about it has become glaringly obvious that I am a noob on steemit so bear with me. (pun intended, how about that crypto market today?)

If you could describe me, i'm a bit of a jack of all trades - master of none and therefore i'm not sure what direction I want to take this profile in.
I do know however that I want to write some blogs and maybe make some videos. Prepare yourself and try not to fall asleep or bang your head against a wall as I talk about my life and what has driven me to Steemit instead of facebookit.

So, although I lead a relatively interesting life, i've never really documented anything online. There's several reasons for this, i'm not a huge fan of the way that instagram, twitter and facebook create incubators for narcissism and self obsession. User data collection has become a new multi billion dollar commodity and everything that you write or post on the internet can be used against you in the future.

Thinking back to my youth I am so glad that I didn't grow up in the social media age. How many peoples reputations would be ruined if Myspace had never been wiped off the face of the earth? How many dumb cringy videos would I have posted? Turn to a youth of today and commiserate them for the future embarrassment that they will endure at the hands of their present-day selves. Or you can warn them, I wonder how many 15 year old TikTok users there would be left if they knew? (look up TikTok cringe if you dare).

So getting back on track: There was always this nagging feeling I had that was the desire for self-expression. I have opinions, ideas and a vivid imagination that has never been published, I think back to the early days of a monetized youtube and wonder what could have been if i'd jumped onboard. Would I now be in a cringe compilation or could I have a million subscribers? Probably the former.
All this missed opportunity got me thinking, i've got some insight or at least entertainment to offer an audience.

As I said earlier, i'm a jack of all trades. My hobbies and interests are so numerous that I often forget some as I tell the listener (who is probably at this point regretting even asking). I like: Surfing, writing, centrism, gardening, carpentry, geopolitics, crypto, cooking, Rock, heavy metal, folk, festivals, travelling, art, fantasy, gaming, folklore, engraving, acting, pyrography, guitar, writing and recording music, video editing, coasteering, and history...... If you are still reading then thank you and congratulations on your saintly patience. Now you see my dilemma, what to specialise in?

I live in a part of the United Kingdom called Cornwall, we are a peninsula in the south west. Cornwall is actually one of the most deprived parts of England – although you wouldn't think it, house prices are extortionate and there are certain towns that are the summer playgrounds of British celebrities and millionaires. The reason for this is the scenery down here, we have cliffs, beaches, caves and epic coastline. Its beautiful.

The issue is that during the summer we are swamped by tourists who all disappear during winter meaning that jobs are either too numerous or too few. In these summer months I work as a surf instructor and coasteer guide. Surf instructing can be a great earner, is rewarding and active but it is repetitive and sometimes really bloody cold.

Coasteering, if you haven't heard of it, consists of touring along the coastline wearing bouyancy aids and helmets. I guide people on these trips using a bit of swimming, jumping climbing and caving to get around. On the way you get to see local wildlife like seals, crabs and fish and our highest jumps are about 10 metres!
During the winter the water temperature drops to 10 or 12 celsius and the tourists stop booking. Whilst us locals get some respite from the crowds, most of us end up taking a serious hit to our finances.
This time of year i've done numerous jobs such as valeting cars, building and forestry work but i've never felt well off. It's because of all this that I am finally going to bite the bullet and begin the long, hard process of trying to make money and stand out from the crowd online.
Do you think its a possibility to create a small second income from blogging on Steemit or have I missed the boat, have I jumped on the bandwagon only to be left floundering in the mud as it speeds off into the distance?

If this is the case then there's only one way to find out, if I dont begin now then i'll continue to miss everything like I have in the past. What if steemit is the next youtube or facebook? I cant wait till my small steem investment goes to the moon but I am also honoured to join your growing community whether or not that day comes. At least we will never be beholden to the zucc overlord or the wrath of the twitter gods.

Anyway thanks for reading guys. Questions, feedback, angry shouting, abuse, anything you want, just leave it in the comments. Looking forward to chatting, Bert.


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Amazing introduction! Well written and very funny. I hope you stick around. Talking about time, I think you entered at a great point in time. I have been around Steemit and crypto since May / June 2017 and I've seen crazy highs and many lows. The Steem price is close to its lowest value ever, but the activity of the users seems to be higher than I've ever seen. The crypto market is - without a doubt - gonna go up loads and especially those coins with a user case behind them ( like Steemit ), are definitely gonna ride the Bitcoin bull run.

2020 is gonna be an amazing year.

Nice to have met you and I'm looking forward to your future write ups.

@riverflows don't miss this intro from a fellow surfer ;>)

Thanks, its clear now after everyone's support that this is still a big community even though some things I read indicated that it was a dying platform. I'm going to try and get as many people I know to join. Followed you.

I'm going to try and get as many people I know to join.


There's a very active user base, it's just a matter of finding it. The discord chat is where we gather daily and really connect. I myself am mainly active in the #naturalmedicine / #mindfullife Discord and a server called #deepshit / beawesome but I'm also part of a community called #tribesteemup.

It's a matter of installing discord, creating an account and joining the groups that fit you. I feel you would fit the mindful life community, so let me know if you're interested and I can send you an invite to join ;>)

discord is where we all help new users to get to understand the platform and where we make ( possible ) life long friendships.

See you around!

I would like to add to the great advice @vincentnijman shared. I am a new user, but have found a welcoming community pretty quickly. I am slow to learn the ins and outs of Steemit, discord and crypto in general, but the one thing I did do that helped was study the active tags. I wrote down all of the tags that seemed to have a lot of Steem payout, and found the ones that fit my personality. Then, when I posted, I made sure to include those tags. People who have the same interests as me were able to see my content and we were able to connect and lift one another up. There is something for everyone here. Find the established tags, make genuine comments on other people's posts, and go from there. Welcome and enjoy the community! 🌱

Hey, Bert!

Really enjoy your sense of humour. 😂 In a way, I can relate to your view on traditional, centralised, corporate-owned social media, and how for years I could have used my fertile imagination and eclectic interests and skills to create online content the public would find valuable. Oh well, as they say, "the best time to start was yesterday, the next best time is now", so here we are. 💪🏼🧠✨

Best wishes for your new adventure on Steem!

Thanks mate. Nice comment, good to hear that you can see the world for what it really is. Corporate controlled social media is turning humanity against each other, notice that unless it's identity politics that suits the left-right divide (vice vs infowars etc) it will be censored or demonitized. What happened to centrism......

You're welcome, mate!

Yeah, every day the code of the matrix becomes clearer to me, and fortunately to an increasing number of people around the world as well, from what I've been observing the last few years — indeed one of the principal reasons why I quit my job as an ICT teacher and trainer, actually. By the way, you can read an abridged version of my life story in my profile if you'd like and are able to find the time to do so. 😁

Kind regards. ✌🏼

Outstanding introduceyourself post Bert @bert7!
If you wouldn't mind, I'd like to ask for your permission to use your post for one of my #excellentblogpost series posts, as it exemplifies what a good post should look like. James

It would be an honor thanks. Happy to be of service

Awesome mate welcome! Visited Cornwall last year was lovely 😀.

Thanks, I hope you enjoyed it here, did you do a blog about it? I just gave you a follow, nice articles.

It was amazing mate! I havent written about it yet but probably will at some stage

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Goodday and Welcome to the great community of Steemit, Bert from Cornwell,
This is me from the other side of the water in the Netherlands.

YESS You are a new Steemian now! And I agree that the way most social collect infor isnt what we like but, i think steemit is different.
I saw your #introduceyourself and its nice to meet you. We haven’t met before but that changes right now. Dont let all the replies and bots scare you.
Just comment if you get scared and i Will help out.
If you download the app Steemify for notifications you see what Will happen in your account.
Blogging, building and uplifting eachother is what steemit is and what its all about on this blockchain. The best part is that you could earn money to.

I love blogging, But always be carefull with all your passwords, Never give those up !!

The Steemify App I use is great, it is available in the Appstore and free, go cheque it out. Or read this blog‬
I wish you good luck with steeming and I Will See you around🍀
Good luck with your journey and may you find here what you are looking for.
Just remember that all good things come in good time and never giving up is THE key to big succes on Steemit.

Please vote for a witness to. You have 30 votes and if you dont understand let me know and i Will help. Also you could join the SteemTerminal Discord.
Or visit @heyhaveyamet #HHYA and My friend @xcountytravelers for more newbies exposure in the beginning very important.

Let me know if this was helpfull or you need more help, I am in Discord too @ brittandjosie3488
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Nice introduction man!

Greetings @bert7, Welcome to the steemit community!

Welcome to Steem, hope you have fun here.

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Very attractive introduction, @bert7! Welcome aboard!
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I feel like I know you now!
Also... I always feel like I've 'missed the boat'.
But I do think Steem has a lot of potential.
I live in a seasonal place too. It's totally beautiful, but jobs are hard to come by in the off-seasons.
Feel free to tag me with questions ... or just to say hi.
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Thanks, at least were onboard now, one day this might be the new reddit...... Luckily seasonal places are changing as more jobs go online.

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Another Brit !! Welcome onboard 😊
Hope you enjoy your time here, it's a fun place to hang around once you find the right community and I'm sure you won't have a problem with all your interests amd hobbies!

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