Instructor2121: An Introduction After 5 Months On Steemit

Introduction

Hello Steemians! I want to take some time and formally introduce myself to the steemit community. My introduction is long overdue- almost 5 months to be exact- and with the fast pace we are on, I find it necessary the community knows who I am and what is next for me on the platform .

Family Life

My name is Rick Miller and I'm from a small Alabama town called Clanton. It's a quiet country town nestled in the center of the state and is known for the peaches that are produced here. I enjoy the peace and quiet it provides, and most importantly I'm not bothered by anyone.

Peach Tower Source

I am 45 years old and come from a large family of 3 brothers and 1 sister. My mother is ½ filipino so that makes me ¼ I guess. I relate to my asian/pacific islander heritage, really mostly because of my grandmother. She taught me humility and helped me realize the value to others, and myself, in showing compassion and empathy.


Grandmother & Grandfather

I am blessed to be the father of 4 wonderful children. This is my success in life. I have 2 sons, Chad 23 and Tyler 21(Birthday coming up on 10/06). Both are on steemit.com. Chad is @shirothezero and Tyler submits post daily in the gaming category as @tygergamer. My daughters are Raegan 15 and Payton 12. They are typical teenage girls who are into boy bands -5SOS, One Direction, and K-Pop to be exact. They have been to more concerts than I can count.


My Little Girls

Professional Life

After two years of college I decided to join the Navy. My mom wanted to kill me. I was a squared away 4.0 sailor and had no problem advancing in rank. I was fortunate to travel the world and see many places I probably would not have seen otherwise. The period I served was during the first Gulf War, and man did it suck. This is where I received my moment of enlightenment and this moment helped shape my views of the world today. There were many things I questioned and my superiors didn't care for the questions. As more of my questions went unanswered, my decision to not pursue a career in the Navy was sealed.

After 3 years of active duty, with 14 months of that spent at sea, I returned home. I met my future ex-wife, started a family, and returned to school. I chose to pursue Electrical Engineering with a Computer Engineer specialty. This would lead to my chosen career as a Network Architect.

In 1996 I attended a Novell Certification class which led to receiving the Certified Novell Engineer designation. A local college then gave me the opportunity to teach Novell classes, which led to me receiving my Instructor certification from Novell. From there I received Microsoft and Cisco Instructor certifications and continued teaching in post-secondary and corporate settings.

Throughout my career I have balanced classroom and field opportunities to stay on top of my game. As most IT people can attest, our field is constantly evolving and the learning is endless.

Most of my field work involves technologies common in corporate networks. Data circuits, firewalls, L3/L2 devices, hosts/virtual servers, storage, VoIP, and a variety of applications and services are part of my daily life. I really enjoy designing networks from scratch and solution fitting into an existing design. Also, watching an integration go smoothly with minimum issues is very rewarding.

The past 5 years I have expanded my skillset to include several programming languages to take advantage of opportunities with existing customers and vendors moving towards Software Defined Networks. Python, JavaScript, MySQL, and R are used with current customers and their projects.

I really could write about my profession each day. The path I chose has been very rewarding and has allowed me to travel and meet new friends. It has been my gateway into the world of crypto and ultimately STEEM and steemit.com.

The Crypto Scene

My introduction to crypto was in 2011. I had a contract with a telecommunications company and my contract specified 2x my rate if weekend work was to be performed. The project lead offered bitcoin as a payment if I could come in on some weekends and help him out. I would have done it for free if it helped me with future projects. I had no idea what a bitcoin was at the time or how to use it. So, that's my quick story about how I stumbled onto crypto.

Fast forward to 2013. Ethereum was being introduced by Vitalik Buterin and I will admit this young man was very impressive with his vision of smart contracts. I had zero idea what he was talking about, but soon got up to speed on the technology. I bought into the ICO, and will say it was a very good investment for me. However, I have no comment on how the DAO met it's demise.

Actually, it was around the time the DAO was setting crowdfunding records that I came across steemit.com. I will say this, I have followed Dan and BTS for some time and probably wouldn't have signed up if it was anyone else. I always liked his ideas about autonomous entities and how they would function. Vitalik enforced this with his use and smart contracts. One of the first post I commented on was Dan discussing consensus voting for the DAO and how it would not work based on his experience. Of course, we didn't get a chance to see that in its entirety. I will say he was partly right, we lacked consensus on some votes.

I took about a month to deal with my DAO investment and I did more trading with very little steeming. I arrived back on steemit July 5th and this site was very active, so I decided to stick around. That decision has really been a good one. I have had the opportunity to meet new friends and watch the platform grow to over 100k members. Which is awesome!

My Crypto Future

I made the decision to immerse myself in the STEEM community back in July when I was given the opportunity to join Team Smooth. I was put in a position to learn as much as I could about STEEM and steemit.com. I have probably read the whitepaper 50 times so far and will more than likely read it another 50 times. From Team Smooth our group of curators created the RobinHood Whale and it has gotten fantastic community support and we are very excited about what we can do for the community.

Currently I'm working with other members of the community on some very exciting projects. My objective is to contribute my time and abilities toward making STEEM and steemit.com a valuable community for everyone to enjoy.

Thanks everyone!

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Interesting life. Nice to 'meet' you

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@radioactivities Thank you! Very nice to meet you as well.

Your girls are so cute

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Thank you! They are older now, but i just cant resist these pics. lol

It was time to do that :)
Where is your photo verification holding steemit sign? LOL

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i was always putting it off til tomorrow..haha

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yeah, didnt really want to do the sign hahaha.

@instructor2121

Nice to see you with a formal intro man

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Thanks man. We get busy, you know how it is.

thank you for all your support of the community. I joined Steemit in August.

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you are welcome. are we having fun or what!!

Welcome rick
Nice family;)

Thanks for introducing yourself Rick! It's good to see the real people behind the Steemit names!

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Yes it does. Thank you

Thanks for sharing! Nice to see people here who are working for this platform, followed and your follow will be appreciated

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Thank you very much!

Welcome to Steemit:)

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Nice to meet you!

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Nice to meet you as well!

Hey man! Welcome to Steemit! I think we may have interacted a few times before on the chat... haha!

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I think so..hahaha. thanks man

@instructor2121, it would be no longer appropriate to say welcome to Steemit specially that you're actually one of those who started pretty early here.
I'm glad to finally see who I was talking to last week - you're actually 1/4 Pinoy? Me, too :)

Cool Intro
Steem on!

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Good reading the intro! I had the pleasure of getting to know you, as "instructor2121", through teamsmooth and now I enjoyed learning a bit more about your background. A belated welcome!

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Thank you smooth! I really appreciate all that you do.

Literally the first contributor to Steemit that I met when I started and has been nothing but helpful and supported my beginnings here on steemit.

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Thanks man! I'm just a DM away

I've enjoyed working with you. I missed you when you took your little hiatus. Don't do that anymore! :D

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Thank you man! Been a pleasure as well.

Welcome! Have we met? ;)

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maybe...lol

I always wondered who the man was behind the @instructor2121 curating. It's good to know that there are people with your knowledge and experience working on Steem/Steemit projects and that you're also actively curating and supporting users here. You're certainly a valuable asset to the community, so thank you for that.

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@ats-david Thank you very much for those kind words.

Hello and welcome! Enjoyed reading about who you are as a person and your little girls are beautiful! ♥ upvoted ♥

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Seems like we came onboard around the same time. Mine was after the dao hack. Great to see this intro post!

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Thank you Kevin!

Following! Nice introduction.

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Thank you very much @expatlove!

Good post Rick and glad its working for you. I,m new and still learning but cant understand how some people are making money with what I consider very poor content and others get no votes

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Thank you @ianstrat! Welcome to steemit!!

good job rick :)
i love blockchain and cryptocurrencies :D

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Thank you @rauchi! So do I

Thank you for posting this, @instructor2121. It was recommended by @deanliu, and was so good that we decided to feature it in our latest newspaper. Click this link to learn more: https://steemit.com/steemplus/@steemplus/steemplus-wednesday-october-5th-the-daily-newspaper-that-pays-you-to-find-high-quality-content

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Thank you very much for the feature!

Good luck! Now we are the one family in this cryptoworld...

Finally! So glad to see this, man!

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Thank you Raz!

I'm glad you finally decided to do an introduction post, it's never too late for one! And good to put a face to the account that follows more people than anyone else I've come across thus far. Sounds like you've led an interesting life. Like you I have an IT background and my interest in cryptocurrencies really took off after learning about Ethereum. I'm curious, did you also invest in Augur? I'm quite excited that REP tokens are finally trading!

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Thank you! Yes, i picked up some REP. Let's see how it goes.

Welcome. Nice to meet. Up voted and up voting my blogs will be appreciated. Following.
Go to my blog that teach you how get more up votes:
https://steemit.com/newbie/@hanamana/dummies-guide-to-attracting-more-up-votes-for-newbies

@instructor2121 I remember this man spending time with me and every bit of advice given was 100% accurate which guided me to start publishing my life story series. He is not only a crypto/block-chain ninja but understand how to coach a person in terms of offering good content. In my opinion, he's a genius...and a humble. A powerhouse combination.

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Thank you hermano! When I tell people about friends I have met along the way, you are one of those. I have had a blast so far and we are just beginning this journey in crypto land. Fun times ahead brother!!

Welcome. Nice to meet.

Interesting. Up voted and up voting my new blogs will be appreciated. Following

https://steemit.com/jokes/@hanamana/joke-of-the-night-we-need-laugh-at-nights-too

I always like seeing an interesting hometown water tower photo, lol. Nice introduction and, wow, you sure follow a lot of people! How do you handle all that?

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Thank you! I look at a lot of post everyday and use the people i follow to help me out.

Hi instructor2121
So, we are Following one another, are we not? Since I am just really starting, and we all need a helping hand, I am going to start, daily, looking at the Blogs of my Followers, finding things I like that are over one day old and less than a month old, then upvoting them and resteeming them. I would ask you to do the same for me. This way, we all get continual exposure. That is what we all need, right? I am staring today. I will look at your Blog and resteem and upvote the ones I like.

Great introduction and nice to meet you here Rick.

I've only now started coming back on here and looking at the social side of the site. Going through my follows to reciprocate and see who's still active and posting here.

Thanks for connecting and inspiring man, it's great to see real stories and it gives me the nudge to keep pressing submit and sharing my own.

I'll look out for your next posts brother,

Steem on! :)