The creator of those Geke venns is now on Steemit! (and advice for minnows)

11 months ago

My takeaway: you must understand what's trending here before you'll ever write content here that trends. But first, let me introduce myself.

A lot of self-proclaimed writers (like me) came to Steemit (like I did, a week ago) in response to the promise that it was a place where good writing was not only appreciated, but financially compensated! This was good news for me - I already had a fairly successful (but unmonetized) blog, primarily due to the venn diagrams I produce showing the overlap of progressive politicians and big business via the government's revolving door. These venns often go viral on Reddit and Facebook, I see them pop up in YouTube videos a lot, and many authors email me requesting to reprint them in new books being written.


I'm also the author of an economics textbook for kids, Cost Benefit Jr. But enough about me.

What I've Learned about Steemit So Far

As a new minnow, I want to encourage the other minnows who seem to be growing more and more discouraged, after their first five or 10 well-written masterpieces of writing are ignored. Nobody's really admitting this outwardly, but what you suspect is actually true, and I'll state it categorically: the new minnow is not immediately recognized on Steemit for their great content, regardless of how great that content is.

That's not because the platform is flawed; it's because life is never going to work like that.

The Steemit environment is much more like an ecosystem than most people are used to. They've lived in a highly regulated environment in which most members are protected from true competition. Their grades in school were adjusted to a curve. Their investments and positions were weakened by insurances they didn't purchase, but were forced to buy/fund with tax dollars. In an effort to avoid risk, society has been averaging them in, while regulating and dampering life down to the point where true freedom feels threatening and true competition feels unfair. Most minnows believed the promise that Steemit rewards good content, but failed to realize that in a free society, it's never society's (Steemit's) job to uncover that good content and reward it. It's the minnow's job to get their society's attention.

My advice: if you want to be recognized and compensated for that great content only you can produce, you need to invest in the platform first. And no, not with money. You need to invest yourself. You do this as you would attempting to profit in any market, by contributing "work." Sometimes that work is done by mining blockchain, and eventually that work will be expressed by writing great content, but ultimately it's done first by learning the lay of the land - mastering your new environment.

You must understand what's trending here before you'll ever write content here that trends.

Initially, I didn't understand this environment - this ecosystem - but in the week I've been here I've noticed that what is most valuable here is content pertaining to the world of cryptocurrency. This is obvious from the trending posts and shouldn't surprise anyone; Steemit is a huge manifestation from and experiment in that world. So I began to focus on the world of cryptocurrency myself. Not to write posts about it, but to understand it, to discuss it, and to recognize something valuable being said about it. You must understand what's trending here before you'll ever write content here that trends.

But just understanding the environment isn't enough - you have to master it. You have to show the animals already living and competing and succeeding in this ecosystem that you're here, that you get it, and that you want to be involved in it. You do that by engaging them (commenting) and by showing you understand this ecosystem's landscape (curating). In explaining Curation Rewards, Steemit tells you what they want from you: "Steem recognizes that sifting through the abundance of new submissions is work that deserves to be rewarded." That's because your understanding of what's valuable here, what is likely to trend - that knowledge is valuable to the system as a whole. As you contribute this work (not your writing work, but this work, which the system finds more valuable right now), your reputation number will increase. And once your reputation is high enough (based on your history of work, reflecting your understanding of this environment), your content will begin to affect the lay of the land. The community will begin to trust your perspective, they'll invest back in you, and you'll have the reputation and clout necessary to start affecting trends here. It's at that point you can start writing posts that will be appreciated and compensated.

@tracemayer offers possibly the best advice to minnows by clarifying their incentive; he says Steem Power derives value from the fact that it increases your chance of getting someone's attention. Check out his interview What is the Steem Network and how does it work? to better understand this environment.

@stellabelle also gives excellent (and similar) advice in How I Achieved The #1 Reputation Ranking On Steemit And How You Can Improve Yours.

For now, pay attention to what's happening here. Learn how to curate. It involves predicting what will trend - it's not hard, and shows you've done the work: you've studied your environment and you understand it. And notice that in the beginning, you'll make more money commenting on a trending post than trying to create a trending post.

geke.us is a website – for geeks who eke – dedicated to making economic concepts easy to understand. Our economics curriculum for kids, Cost Benefit Jr., uses stories to show how things like opportunity cost, sharing, and marginal utility actually work in a child's world. We also produce the venn diagrams showing the overlap of government and big business.

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That good to know, ill check out @stellabelle maybe it can help me. Nice post

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Thanks. If you find value here, an upvote is generally considered the polite thing to do. :)

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In fact, any comment, even without upvote , is a contribution, because it helps to keep a post "active".
Sometimes I also do "hold the upvote " after commenting. Mostly it is just with the idea to make an upvote a bit later, to make one more go to keep the post active .

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Is that because you're not actively curating, or because you only curate the higher-paying posts?

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I am a bit puzzled with your suggestions, is your post a "higher-paying one"?

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No, I don't expect it to be high-paying. It won't trend. But in the Curation Rewards paper, it recommends voting as early as possible. Now granted, mine won't pay any curation rewards, but I'm curious why you would delay your vote in general.

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Voting as early as possible is bad advice.
For post to trend it has to stay active long enough to be noticed by a lot of people, because posts in active are more visible.
New is a swamp or a firehose. Active is much less of a mess.

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Ok, now I see where misunderstanding is arisen. You've just assumed that I did not upvoted your post in the first instance, but I did, and just left to come back later to see if some discussion is arisen.
All that could be easily tracked down here https://steemd.com/@geke

Perhaps the most user-friendly curator guide is here ( but don't assume anybody is just following it) https://steemit.com/steem-help/@liberosist/mind-your-votes-an-investigation-and-guide-to-maximizing-your-curation-rewards
The guide was made at the time there were not so many voting bots here, to understand changes that might be helpful https://steemit.com/curation/@wingz/beat-the-bots-the-evolution-of-curation
As for explanation about Curation Rewards as it made by link provided in your post, I recognize it to be an extract from an old theoretical post of @dantheman, and find it very misleading to use it as a guideline for new users. We should always remind ourselves about "beta-testing" issue though.

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Yes of course i will upvote your post, i only upvote after 30 min. When i get my rep to 50 ill start upvoting after 15 min.

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Really, why? What's the strategy there? (still learning the lay of the land!) Obviously this post won't be trending or high-paying because my numbers are still low, but if you upvote in the first 30 minutes you can take part in curation rewards. Is waiting for that window to close appropriate for low-paying posts?

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Your right..... LOL

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Actually a good time to upvote is 26 minutes, since a lot of whales upvote at 27. At least for last three four days.
Most likely it will change in a couple of days again. Have to be flexible about that, and watch the patterns.
And for watching the patterns there is a lot of great stuff on steem tools.

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Cost Benefit Jr. looks interesting. I always find it amazing that our schools do not teach kids more about how money works and how to handle money. Seems like every kid could benefit from learning these lessons early and not the hard way...like most of us do.

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Right? Which is why I wrote it. Well, that was one reason. The other reason was that my son came home from school one day with a story that showed me he didn't understand the incentives in his own world there at school. I wanted him to become aware of what those incentives were at an early age.

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"You do this as you would attempting to profit in any market, by contributing "work." Exactly. Most people miss this point. I will also add something that few people consider, and it concerns the idea of entitlement. I have noticed a striking trend with regards to entitlement. It appears that the more entitled you are (and correspondingly come from a wealthy country), the more complaints are hurled forth. Also, I have noticed the trend of those who do not feel entitled, but instead feel grateful (and come from less wealthy countries) and work hard, putting forth great effort, that those work horses do fairly well. Now, of course this is a generalization, but I have noticed three solid examples of this recently. The more genuine original effort and talent one invests here, the more rewards follow. But, as you said, it takes time. Steemit is much more like a village with opposing views and things we have not been exposed to in our own tiny social media bubbles. It's now a big melting pot. I would disagree with you on one point, however. After I joined Steemit, I learned as much as I could, for like 8 hours per day (I was forced to quit my freelance writing gigs by this point, due to my intense fascination) and I learned the cryptocurrency stuff pretty fast. But I did not choose to write about it, even though I knew it was a popular topic. I chose to write about whatever pleased me, and whatever I knew about. So, in fact, you do not need to write about crypto stuff in order to make it to the trending pages. Authenticity goes a long way. I wrote about how I paid for my vacation using cryptocurrency, but that's about it.

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Oh, actually we're in agreement there - I'm not suggesting anybody post on cryptocurrency either (in fact, I do say that, but it's probably not real clear). I'm just suggesting they familiarize with whatever is trending so you can curate. Once your rep is high enough, you can post on any topic and begin to change Steemit's landscape - away, even, from its cryptocurrency focus. Thank you for responding!

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Welcome! I haven't had a chance to actually read a lot of content on your site, I stumbled on it when another user here started posting venn diagrams. I did find it interesting that the venn diagram showed so many democrats associated with tobacco companies vs republicans. This was of interest to me since I previously worked in a cigar shop.

I really need to figure out a nicer way to ask this but can you post a link on your blog back to steemit.com? There's been a problem with identity theft and there is no "official" way to verify a user is who they say they are. If you did post a link on your website I apologize, I don't see it.

Thank You!

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In response to your comment about the large number of dems vs. reps... people already know that Republicans are often in bed with big business. The point of these venns is generally to show the corporatism that exists in progressive circles - somewhere people don't realize it also occurs. And thanks for asking me to verify my identity. I'll post that link right now.

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I posted about Steemit on the geke website here:
http://geke.us/2016/08/geke-is-now-on-steemit/
Not sure who the other user is posting the venns, but if it's daione-sidhe, please know that was my original handle here on Steemit. I decided, though, that geke needed its own presence, separate from my creative writing about medieval Ireland. :)

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Great, that's who it was. Thanks for verifying that too.