I'm Blockchain Bound and Bringing You With Me

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I have spent most of my life living on two different ends of a spectrum. On one side I'm a nerdy technology obsessed early adopter of nic-nacs who wastes hours diving into subreddits and ignoring the draws of the social(real) world. On the other side I'm an explorer, who runs away to the mountains to let go of the everyday stress and find peace exploring #nature, snowboarding, and just breathing. But for the last year I have found myself deviating from this normal yin and yang of my normal routine and instead putting my focus towards one thing only - #blockchain. Looking back on how I got here to #Steem is really drawing back the curtain on my journey to follow my passions and escape the 9-5.

Full Throttle

My father got our family an Apple II GS complete with a copy of Full Throttle by LucasArts and an ImageWriter II printer that was really a glorified typewriter. Our family of five worked that computer into dust, mostly because my mother believed that having more than one computer in the house was a ridiculous concept, but also because my brothers and I would spent hours glued to the screen playing, mostly playing ALF.

As I got a bit older I started to put work in on the ImageWriter II too. School papers were a breeze and it definitely beat using the typewriter that I had been using. The ease of use meant I started to really enjoy writing. Unfortunately, I directed that energy towards forums, AIM chat, Myspace, text messages and only occasionally published a blog on LiveJournal.

Nature Nurtures

The time we didn't spend indoors was spent on family trips to Yosemite, The Grand Canyon, or numerous other postcard destinations. My parents instilled a sense of adventure in me and taught me that only I know the path that my life will take. During the winter we would spent most weekends in Big Bear skiing and staying in cabins with friends and that love of skiing and the outdoors never left has become a form of meditation for me.
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This was taken outside of the entrance to Yosemite

Always Be Learning

When I was old enough to attend college I knew I wanted to get an Entrepreneurship degree and that I wanted to be somewhere close to the mountains. I decided on CSU Chico situated comfortably in the hills above Sacramento California and spent the next three years having the quintessential college experience. I partied, studied, and nerded out, but mostly I snowboarded. This is really where my life dichotomy of nature versus technology took hold.

Digital Habits

Thankfully by my college years I had started at least one healthy habit of writing macros for the MMORPG's I was playing in between my busy schedule of booze and boarding. I started by writing macros to help me raise skills for my characters in Ultima Online and eventually was writing much more complicated macros for EVE Online and selling them through my online businesses MMO Evolution and Gold Harvest Macro Solutions. These macros have the basic purpose of producing gold or other resources that we would then sell on IGN or Ebay for fiat($). I didn't know it at the time but writing these macros gave me an understanding of scarcity and digital economies that would come in handy in the world we are building today.

Nomad

After graduating from Chico State I followed my dreams and moved to Tahoe to spend the winter living in a cab-over camper outside of Alpine Meadows Resort. I hadn't found my purpose in life, but I knew I wanted to be a digital nomad, whatever that meant. After a few years of chasing my own tail, I set my eyes on San Diego to pursue Data Science at UCSD.

Feeling Bullish

It was at this point that I heard about bitcoin for the second time, and it during the bull run of last December and I did what many people did - I FOMO'd in, just not in the usual way. I FOMO'd into the community and the thirst for knowledge that I saw developing around this technology that now seemed very similar to the macros I had been writing for years. I started by investing, reading, and listening to podcasts before expanding into DApps. Now I find myself spending most of my day researching and writing which feels like exactly where I want to be. That is when I am not hanging out with my rescue dog Barklie and taking him on all the amazing hikes and camping we have in southern California.
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Barklie is a Border-Collie Mix and loyal as they come

How Can I Help

This intersection between digital freedom and the technology underlying it is where I have found my new home and where I hope to add value in my own unique way. The opportunity to have true scarcity and a friction-less, border-less store of value is life changing and is an inspiring topic to explore as a writer. Thinking about the possibilities of a border-less, trust-less world helps me take better pictures, seems to improve my meditation, and definitely improves my writing. It is my hope that by all of us putting so much passion into changing the world that the result has no choice but to be positive. Thank you for allowing a space to share this journey steemians!

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Hey @felblob
Welcome to the Steem blockchain.
I found your post through the awesome girls from the @heyhaveyamet initiative.

Reading your introductory post, I believe you have a lot to contribute to this blockchain, Unfortunately, the resource credits system has made it difficult for newcomers to get started, so I decided to give you a little extra freedom to post, like and engage with the community by sharing some of my Steem Power with you, so you won't run out of RC that quickly anymore.

However, keep in mind you're not completely safe from running out of RC. Keep an eye on the amount of RC credits you have left on https://steemd.com/@felblob.
Also, I recommend keeping an eye on your voting power (you can do this here: https://steemworld.org/@felblob). Your voting power regenerates over time, but it is recommended to keep it above 80% (so it can regenerate entirely and be back at 100% in one day).

When you first start on SteemIt, there's a lot to learn. Things might seem very overwhelming in the beginning. But from your post I learn you're not afraid of new challenges, so I think you will do just fine here.

I think @paramimd, @brittandjosie and @xcountytravelers have given you some good tips to get started on here. If I can add one: don't get scared off by the steep learning curve SteemIt has. Take things one step at time. If you're here for the long run, you'll have all the time in the world to learn everything you need to know. There's no need to rush.

Once you manage to struggle (yes, struggle, lol) yourself through those first couple of weeks, you'll find out what an amazing community we have here, one that is well worth overcoming all difficulties you face here as a beginner.

And if you have questions, feel free to ask.

One last thing: it would be very useful to get a Discord account. If you're not familiar with Discord (but something tells me you are), it's a chatting app that can be considered as the 'behind the scenes' of SteemIt. Every community has its own channel, and it's a great way to get to know other Steemians, and to build your network, which is like one of the most important things to do if you want to survive here.
I see @xcountytravelers has already invited you to join the Steem Terminal channel, of which I think it's a good place to start.

Anyways, to avoid overwhelming you with information myself, I'll stop here. I hope you're willing to take up the challenge and find your way in the SteemIt ecosystem. Like I said, it's definitely worth it. :0)

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Thank you for the shout out! (Both as Steem Terminal and @xcountytravelers). We hope to hear from him soon in the Steem Terminal.
Ren

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Good morning @simplymike, I was wondering why I woke up to 100 SP!I really appreciate it because it was hard waiting so long in between replying to posts. The biggest hurdle for me wasn't the learning curve but just not having prompts on steemit to warn me that I shouldn't be posting that much. Once I downloaded partiko it all started to make sense. I will get myself into some groups including terminal because everyone talks highly of the discord chats. I'm here for the long haul and I'm already starting my next post!

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Great to hear that. :0)

One of SteemIt's many flaws: lack of information.
I got here long before the implementation of RC, so I can't imagine what it must be like to be so limited when it comes to posting and replying. I don't know what they were thinking when they introduced RC, because it was basically like shutting the door for newcomers. So I started delegating a little SP to people of whom I thought might do good here, to give them a chance to get to know the community.

Hi and welcome! Dang there's a lot of great links in this post.

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Aren't there?? I have dozens of resources to dive into just from here.

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Welcome! I agree, the idea of being free of borders is inspiring indeed. I, too, am a nature and adventure lover. And Barklie is adorable! Glad to see you here. I hope you'll enjoy your blockchain journey and find some great communities as well. Are you on Discord? It's like Steem's coffee shop for hanging out. ;) I spend a decent bit of time in @thealliance server. Would love to see you there.

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Glad to be here too - so far I have met a lot of open minded people and been introduced to dozens of communities. I am on discord often actually so I will hop into @thealliance next time I am on. Oh and Barklie is definitely a looker and happens to be my best frisnd as well!

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amazing intro post, Im already looking forward to more of your content, and I had a look back at your other posts too.

Coming to steem with knowledge of blockchain is good. I have worked online (digital economics) for a long time now, the trick is, make once, sell many times lol, but it sound like you know that already.

I found your profile via @heyhaveyamet, welcome to steem. it can be hard to get your head around everthing when you start out here.
I have a free course for newbies, and if you complete it and send me a message, i will delegate you some SP to increase your resource credits
https://www.udemy.com/understanding-the-steem-blockchain-economy/

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I'm glad found some value in the post. I've been dipping into the e-commerce pool for a while now, I honestly don't know how i avoided steem this long. Im going to take your course here soon. It's on the list!

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great stuff, I look forward to seeing you in the course, I think you and I will get on good :-) have a wonderful weekend

Welcome to the blockchain, @felblob.

wastes hours diving into subreddits

This is me_irl. ;)

Now, my focus is here (mostly) as I crusade with the good folks of this platform against blockchain greed, manipulation and deception.

It's pretty much my passion at the moment but it is not without it's frustration. Steem is a wonderful technology but don't be fooled by any false positivity. It's not all ⛅ and 🌈 s

I would be lying to you if I didn't tell you this place was riddled with problems and you may observe this via my reports which are often a mix of biting sarcasm, satire and techno mumbo jumbo.

My heart is one that loves to serve the humble and oppose the proud. I use tech to achieve this. There are a number of various tribes and factions on this platform.

Some are 🦈s. Some are 🐋 a. Some care about the bigger picture. Some care about bottom line. It's a cross section of humanity if I ever saw one.

I would welcome you to our community at @steemflagrewards if you have any affinity for truth, justice, memes and getting paid to fight spam and such.

I believe we have a interesting bunch of characters among us with a variety of talents and would be thrilled if you would consider joining our ranks.

I don't want to link bomb so if interested check out the profile for the Discord link.

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Thanks for the kind words. I will make my way over to @steemflagrewards this weekend. I definitely see the various tribes and personalities and I can tell I still have a lot to learn. I will have to read a couple of your reports to help get up to speed!

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Hi. Welcome.

I laughed when you wrote about your first computer. Mine was an Apple IIc. I certainly also remember those old LucasArts games..... Monkey Island and all those.

Looking forward to seeing more of your work on here.

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Galactic Empire.

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Glad you enjoyed the intro! Monkey Island is another great one. Something about not having internet made that genre much more special as well as the huge awesome game boxes and manuals.

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Hello @felblob,
Currently We’re supporting for the Planktons by our small upvote. You may like it, check my support here.

To get more 15SP delegate and receive additional rewards from your activities on Steemit, you can use Partiko app for your phone.
Welcome to Steemit & Wish you luck - success with Steemit! 😇😇😇

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Hi @anhvu thank you for the support. I happily accept the title of Plankton! Is it possible to reach squid status?

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Hi. The problem is how you like your state :)

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Nice to see another MMORPG player over here :) Guild wars 1 and 2, WoW, EvE, Blade and soul over here! What kind of macros did you create for EvE, maybe I've used some... even though I didn't play that much, the whole learning curve + mining bots made it kinda hard to actually make a dent at the game, and the pay to play was also not really fun and I wasn't able to farm PLEXEs (that's what they are called right?)

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Sorry if mining bots negatively affected ur fun. I made them for my friend and I to start just to compete. I played guild wars, Wow, eve, and many others like daoc, ultima, ddo online..
I made mining macros that were highly custom and undetectable macro due to their use of OCR and AI and no use of memory or the like. It was tailored for disabled gamers and was not illegal because of its structure. It is still sold today although by my former programmer who stole the code.

At one point the login screen on eve warned against using GHMS macros and that made us very popular. We offered PLEX for cheaper than you could buy them from the devs because we purchased them in bulk using $ sold to us by our miners. Fun times!

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Damn, I hope you made a good amount of cash with that! The only person I know that sold PLEXs was that markydragon guy, but I think CCP allowed him to sell the PLEXs because he was one of the main players and really well known...

Now, get those macro building skills working for STEEM :) Make this whole blockchain better and you will be rewarded for it :) Welcome @felblob

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I don't think they were plex when I sold them, it was after the game cards that they introduced plex to curb the secondary market.

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Hi @felblob
As a follower of @haccolong this post has been upvoted by @hoaithu's Curation Trail.
This is free upvote first when you follow @haccolong

Welcome to the blockchain. There are so many things to see here. Remember that engagement is huge here, but watch your RC (https://steemd.com/@felblob) and don't deplete yourself much past 80% so it can restore to 100% daily. Good luck and glad to see you here.
Ren

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Thank you for the call out about resource credits. It wasn't something I was fully understanding and now I'm slowly crawling back from 10%. One thing I couldn't determine was if I needed to wait to recharge before posting again?

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Yeah, it's rough. It's one of the things that is causing people to not stay, but once you figure it out and start to make some traction it gets better.

Do you know about Discord? It is an online thing where you can talk directly to people; it's mainly an app so people can talk during gaming session but we Steemians use it to dig deeper into the community. I am part of the Steem Terminal there and we help with real time questions and answers. Here's the link: https://discord.gg/XZGPGpz

If you go there, look for us. @thekittygirl and @brittandjosie can help too.

Good luck.
ren

Welcome to Steemit! You have taken the first step in achieving many goals here at the crossroads of cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and social media. Consistent engagement is needed to progress and grow your following and influence. I am currently working on a weekly post to curate new users and providing them an introduction to the ecosystem. I have selected your post as one I will feature in an upcoming post! I explain this initiative on one of my previous post.

There are a number of great content creators on the platform to help you on your journey. I have recently ran into a great post by @roleerob that is great to get off to a great start here on the ecosystem. As I continue to expand this initiative, I continue to find great content and guides for new users such as this post from @finnian who not only includes a great step-by-step process of registering for #Steemit but also provides great security and engagement tips as well to help you on your journey. Another great user creating content for new Steemians is @paulag who is creating community backed video series on learning to navigate STEEM.

As you decide how to engage on the platform, there are a number of decentralized applications or Dapps that can be used to interface with the blockchain directly other that Steemit.com. For example, additional web-based interfaces to consider are @busy.org and @steempeak which offer attractive features to interact with the various communities around the ecosystem. For your mobile needs, I have enjoyed the use the @partiko mobile app available for both Android and iOS. The are also offering delegation of Steem Power for downloading and using the app. You can sign up for the app using my referral link. The communities surrounding these interfaces are growing fast as they are providing great ways to engage on the blockchain.

The #STEEM ecosystem continues to grow with the addition and development of many Dapps that are providing great ways to engage in the ecosystem. A great place to view some of these Dapps is the web site from @stateofthedapps which have a ranking of the top Dapps on the blockchain. Some of these projects provide you the ability to interact and engage within the community and have the potential to provide rewards for your engagement. For example, @actifit is a fitness app that tracks your daily activity which you can post to the blockchain and earn rewards for your participation. Another interesting project is @steemmonsters which is a digital trading card game that enables you to collect and battle with the community all within the #STEEM ecosystem.

I wish you the best in your future endeavors!

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Thank you for the warm welcome and the suggestions to check out actifit and stateofthedapps, I was not using either of those resources and it's so hard to keep up in this new world!

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He welcome Felblob to the great community of Steemit, YESS You are a new Steemian now! I saw your #introduceyourself and its nice to meet you. We havent met before but that changes now.
Blogging, building and uplifting eachother is what steemit needs and what its all about on this blockchain. The best part is that you could earn money too.💴💸💰
I never blogged before I started but I just do. But always be carefull with all your passwords, Never give those up !!
For safety tips visit https://steemit.com/steem/@verhp11/safety-first-first-aid-kit-for-steemians-who-are-just-beginning-this-great-journey from Our fellow steemy @verhp11. The Steemify App I use is great, it is available in the Appstore and free, go cheque it out. Or read this blog
https://steemit.com/busy/@exyle/using-steemify-to-stay-up-to-date-about-the-blockchain-like-project-destiny-please-consider-blockbrothers-for-your-witness-vote
I wish you good luck with steeming and I Will See you around🍀
Your value and input is appreciated!
Good luck with your journey and may you find what you are looking for.
Just remember that all good things come in good time and never giving up is they key to big succes on Steemit.
Please vote for a witness to. Also you could join the SteemTerminal Discord.
Or visit @heyhaveyamet #HHYA and My friend @xcountytravelers for more newbies exposure.
Let me know if this was helpfull or you need more help, I am in Discord too @ brittandjosie3488
Greetings from Brittandjosie from the Netherlands

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Thank you for the tips on safety @brittandjosie. I'm still learning about witness voting maybe I will visit you soon in discord and ask about that. Thanks for recommending steemify, steem terminal, and hhya - I will check them all out!

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Welcome to Steem! There are many people who would classify themselfs as nerds and travelers. We find the two things often go hand-in-hand here. Can't wait to see what you have to show us!

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We wanted to let you know, we have given you a 100% upvote, are now following you, and are introducing you to everyone we know. You can visit our post HERE.

Welcome to the SteemIt Community.
Britt & Ren

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Thanka for the welcome Britt and Ren. I've always been a nerdy traveler, but nowadays I get to be a digital nomad and nothing is better than that!

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You are very welcome. It's okay being a digital nomad, there are so many amazing places we can go via others.
Ren

Congratulations @felblob!
Your post was mentioned in the Steem Hit Parade for newcomers in the following category:

  • Upvotes - Ranked 4 with 615 upvotes

I also upvoted your post to increase its reward
If you like my work to promote newcomers and give them more visibility on the Steem blockchain, consider to vote for my witness!

Hi, @felblob, your introduction blog is really awesome and one of a kind. Honestly, steem is a cool place and I know you will enjoy the community more.

I wish you a safe stay here.
Cheers,
Irene.

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Thank you! I'm glad you like my story, I gave you a follow as well. We can track each others journey now

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Sure @felblob will follow you more and I'm looking forward to reading more of your stories

welcome to steemit. Steemit is not a get-rich-quick scheme as you have to put in a lot of work. Coming into steemit now that things are tough because of RC (resource credit) troubles and low prices might even make things more difficult for you but I don't want you to give up easy.

There are things you must do if progress quickly on steemit as a content creator. Here are my 8 tips for success on steemit.
~ First you have to produce quality content. The community always appreciate and rewards that. Content is king.
~Secondly you have to join communities like STEEM SCHOOL by @dobartim, JOE PARYS ACADEMY by @Joeparys or SUNDAY WAFRO PARTY by @wafrica.
~ Thirdly you have to participate in challenges to get free stuffs to help your journey. The FreeWriteHouse contest by @mariannewest is an easy contest to checkout.
~Fourthly remember to use tags that match your post and also use the Wafrica tag cause they reward quality contents with upvotes.
~Fifthly I recommend you download the Partiko App on play store for steemit cause it will give you a great UX (User experience) and you also earn points for your activities with you can use on your post later as upvotes.
~Sixthly you have to leave quality comments on peoples post as this is a great way to get followers on the platform.
-Seventhly, you should remember to play some games and have fun with STEEMMONSTERS.
~Eighthly, try other DApps such as Dtube and Dlikes, you might find your calling there.

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Thank you for the welcome @paramimd.I joined a couple discords just now and I'm slowly working my way into the communities. This may be a strange question but can I tag wafrica in posts but related to supporting Africa? Also hear lots of mentioning of STEEMMONSTERS - is that because it's the most popular steem game?

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Welcome to the community!

Download the Partiko app below to start earning Partiko points which can be converted into Steem.

Start here - https://partiko.app/referral/jmehta

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Thank you for the referral. I am using partiko already. It is making interacting with steem from mobile fairly frictionless.

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Welcome to steemit @felblob.

Welcome the new steemians. Have a great day!

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Thank you for introducing me to treeplanter. I just used it for a couple of my posts. We need a lot more resources like that.

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I'm very happy it was useful. Glad to help and keep it up!

Welcome to Steemit @felblob :)

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Thank you @voluntary-io. I look forward to sinking deeper into the rabbit hole..

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