Howzit Steemit!

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Ok, so I'm hoping this image can serve as my verification because I find it surprisingly difficult to hold a piece of paper and take a selfie.

##My First Steemit Drive-By##

I applied for Steemit quite a while ago, but never quite got around to using it. When you jump into the Cryptoverse there is so much to see that even the brightest jewels can only hold your eye for so long.

When I eventually circled back around to it, 3-4 days ago, I went through the welcome post, quick-start guide and helful posts from other Steemit users. Special thanks to @thecryptofiend for all your effort and detail.

Right, so I was feeling ready to publish my first post. Unfortunately, I decided to go check out Steemit Chat first. I'm in the chat for about four seconds before someone sends me a direct message. I get the courtesy of a 'hey' before he starts aggressively begging for me to follow him and upvote his posts on his blog. When I reply, 'Will do', I'm hit with, 'No, please do now.' Naturally, I left the chat.

I came back to publish my first post now because I have a question I hope the Steemit community can answer. If this is all about community and all the 'thank yous' and 'you're welcomes' are sincere, why the need for monetisation?

Why not gamify the whole thing, earn points instead of money, and play for fun?

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Hello @frankiethunder hope you are having a great time here. =)
Welcome to steemit and I wish you all the best and more power. =)

Welcome!

I wish you all the best.

Feel free to check out my blog @maxdigi, this way we can support each other.

Cheers
maxidigi

Welcome to steemit,a community for positive people just like you,trust me you'll enjoy every bit of it,you can follow me @donkelly

Welcome! Good luck in your journey, follow me @jasonvme and I will support you in your journey!

yes It feels a bit poisonous here but
is not all about the money, but it's alameren many users beggar to get votes and follow. and a lot of bots etc. but there are also many who make great contents. I have spent my first weeks here and figure it out.
if Seeing someone has many thousands they follow and they do not respond to comment and post weak posts 1 picture but some text etc.

I think it's nice and get a little crypto for it, but it's lot of work and get a lot of money here. so we are spam by these bad one, its just ignoring them.

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Thanks for actually reading my post and then responding.

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welcome to steemit

Hi, I am @cryptkeeper17 I am hosting a contest to sponsor for free at least one person into @steembasicincome, which costs $1.000sbd to join. I would like to extend you invite, it does not cost you anything, and the entire payout is going to sponsor one (or more) new members in this club among the minnows that enter the contest. https://steemit.com/earthnation/@cryptkeeper17/contest-for-minnows-free-membership-to-steem-basic-income-possible-010-upvotes-1517857865