Hi everyone. I'm Camuel.
I was born in 1971 and grew up on the west coast of Scotland. I've had a rich and varied life so far and am pleased now to be able to earn some pocket money doing my favourite thing in the world: playing acoustic guitar. I started playing at the age of 21 and went deep into acoustic guitar when I moved to Luxembourg in 2001. I've made many friends through playing and talking guitar, most of whom I met online and consolidated the love IRL at jams and gatherings. There's nothing quite so life affirming as spending time with like-minded people, where you can shut out the outside world and just enjoy music and good company.
I play live a lot in my local area. I've played in three bands and do regular solo gigs. Last year I began recording in a home studio set up in my post office. That was a steep curve, but ultimately rewarding in ways I couldn't have imagined. I engineered, mixed and mastered an album for our bluegrass band last year. You can open it in Spotify. I also run live sound through necessity - another steep curve!
I enjoy photography and spent a few years practising that, the culmination of which was a 365 project where I gave myself the restriction of shooting every day with my Nikon D300 in manual mode. That too was a rewarding project in many ways, scratching that creative itch and making something I was very pleased with.
I was once an active member of the Motley Fool UK message boards, round about 1999/2000. The community there got me through some tough times and I learned a hell of a lot about investing and the stock market there. The boards are no longer there, so all that content is lost now. Decentralization, baby!
I used to blog a lot on Six Apart's Vox platform, from around 2006 to 2010 and enjoyed the community that I found there. I still keep in touch with some of the folk I met there though other social platforms. When Vox was shut down in 2010, I started blogging on my own site, but didn't particularly enjoy doing it without feeling like part of a community, so it fell by the wayside and I haven't really done much blogging since then. I do still participate in one guitar forum, but that's about it really as far as worthwhile online communities go.
My other hobby is freemasonry. I'm not sure how deep I'll go into that in my blog, if at all. It helps me in all sorts of ways, so I may very well write about it at some point.
The biggest life-changing event in my life, bigger even than my wedding day and the birth of my two children, was the day I found may way into Alcoholics Anonymous in 2005. It's likely that I will write about my experience with alchohol and recovery, because it's so huge in my life.
Other areas of interest that I'll perhaps write about are travel, language and linguistics, technology, pro audio.
The possibilities for music sharing are perhaps the most exciting thing I've seen about the Steem platform so far. This post in particular. It has the potential to be huge.
As a newbie, I know I've a long way to go before I find my feet here, but I'm excited by the potential. The blockchain aspect of it interests me less than the notion of a decentralized platform and the benefits that can bring. The cryptocurrency bit is just a bonus!
I look forward to spending more time here and contributing, socializing and growing.