Introducing the Steemit Success Initiative: Growing and Developing Steemit and Its Users

in introduceyourself •  last year  (edited)


The Steemit Success Initiative!


Today, I am proud to announce the launch of the Steemit Success Initiative (SSI). The SSI is a project dedicated to the growth of Steemit as a platform, as well as the growth of beginners on the platform worldwide. There is a huge disconnect on Steemit; only roughly 8% of Steemit accounts are daily active users. We aim to increase this ratio by providing users with the tools necessary to grow on Steemit, so that they can grow.

The Problem


I find that there is a problem that doesn’t seem to have been addressed on Steemit – there are multiple advertising campaigns that urge people to sign up for the platform by talking about how much money you can make from simply liking a post, or posting a blog. This gives people unrealistic expectations, and when they come to the platform and find that they aren’t making any money, they give up posting because they think that it is impossible to earn any money on the platform. Below is what I believe to be the process that causes so many unactive Steemit accounts:

The Solution


There is a very clear fix to this issue: show users how to grow and do well on the platform, and provide them with the tools that they need in order to grow. We will do this by providing the following supports and growth mechanisms:

Through all of the above processes are implemented, the idea is that the user life cycle of Steemit will drastically change, so that it follows the following model:

In a Nutshell


For those of you who are wondering what our exact ethos is, it is to drive and support the growth of Steemit and its users, and to allow those who create quality content to be seen on the platform.
As the project grows, we will start to expand by bringing on more team members, hosting in person meetups around Ireland and hopefully other cities around Europe as the project grows (although this is definitely a long-term goal!). We will also start hosting workshops around Dublin, with a particular focus on schools and colleges to begin with – again this will be expanded as the project and the team behind it grows.

What’s the Plan?


The plan is quite simple to be completely honest. The project is going to build influence on Steemit, and continuously upvote and comment on undervalued posts. We are going to begin advertising Steemit across different platforms through paid advertising, and provide an incubator space in Discord for all beginners, where we will provide guides to success on Steemit, graphics that users can use in their posts, and monthly competitions for beginners, where the prizes will be paid in STEEM, or in services such as gaining access to a graphic designer to create a custom post thumbnail etc. Competitions won’t run for the first month or so, as we will spend the majority of it growing our network and upvoting new users’ quality posts.

What do we Need and Why?


What the project mainly needs is delegated Steem Power. We are building a project that needs monetary support to create advertisements, pay for graphic design work for our competitions etc., and also plans to provide undervalued beginners with upvotes of a good value. In order to make both of these a reality, we are looking for delegated Steem Power from anyone who wishes to contribute to the growth of the community! So far, we have received the following delegations: @Steevc – 488 SP @g-dubs – 988 SP A huge thank you to the two of you for helping to get the project started, and hopefully this list will continue to grow as the project grows. @taskmaster4450 will also be helping out with the project, in terms of creating content for the project, so another big thank you for the help there!

The Future for SSI


Going forward, we will be providing a lot of content for both beginners and experienced Steemians. We will post a weekly update of our favourite curated posts, competitions and more. 3-4 times a week, we will also be posting cryptocurrency overview posts for those who are interested.

For those interested, our Discord server will go live during the week, and we are currently working on getting a website up and running. If you are really interested and want to be notified as soon as our server goes live, you can sign up for notifications here.

Thank you to everyone for reading this post, I am excited to get SSI up and running at a full time capacity over the coming weeks. Let me know your thoughts and suggestions about the project in the comments!

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I like this project and wish you very much success with this initiative. If you do a weekly update with the top 5 post of the week, I will upvote them all.
I can't contribute SP yet, but maybe in the future.

Can you explain more on how the curation trail will work? Are the post going to use a tag like SSI for identifiying?

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Thank you @ew-and-patterns, your support is greatly appreciated! And that's not to worry about SP, I really appreciate your upvote.

So the curation trail will be done by using the SSI tag yes, I'm going to do an explainer post tomorrow for beginners to show them. I will also include some posts that I find at random, and will search for absolute beginners who write excellent content.

I am planning to work full time on this project, so will spend a lot of time trying to find great content, I'm just looking to build support at the moment!

There are a lot of initiatives like this and I hope more people do the same , it's important for the the whole steemit ecosystem.

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Thanks @datageek. All upvotes on these posts will be put in to the project, so it would be really appreciated if you could. I'll be supporting a lot of great upcoming bloggers!

This sounds like a very positive initiative, with some great ideas. I completely agree that the unrealistic expectations really damage the experience of new users. Thankfully the splash screen on steemit.com had been updated recently in that respect.

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Thank you @eroche, and thank you for the support! And I noticed that myself, I'm happy that it was updates! looking forward to collaborating in the future.

Very cool to see. Im a big fan of @Steevc and no surprise to see him helping this great initiative. I'm running similar initiatives on facebook, where i help friends get started on steemit, but stay in touch with them via facebook to keep them coming back. I also hosted a couple steemitmeetups in stl and looking to do more soon with @sykochica. Wish us luck. I am wishing you all the best. And hope to stay in touch so we can keep growing steem on all corners of the world Together. :)

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I'm not sure I ever had fans before. Should I get some t-shirts printed?

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Thank you! Yes his support on this has been great to have.

Sounds fantastic, happy to see you're doing great work! I gave you a follow so we can keep in contact and help each other grow :) cheers!

Glad to read this my friend, keep pushing! You are a great guy that deserves support by a lot of the whales! Fingers crossed!

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Thank you very much @uwelang! Thank you for all of your support, and I hope that will happen of course!

Oh, I just posted my intropost just few minutes ago and then started reading this one... It sound really good! I signed up a couple of weeks ago and started reading a little more about platform and couldn't really decide how to approach it since nobody around me use it. In the end I must say it blew my mind even though my friends still laugh at me. I am finally super convinced i would like to engage on daily basis. But during going through a lot of content I have seen the platform the way it is now is exposed to many abuse, people looking for loopholes, overusing bots and taking advantage of the whole system without really contributing much. Not best quality posts getting big rewards etc. It made me thinking and doubting. But I love the idea of decentralized platform very much and decided to keep being positive and maybe instead trying to bring more value, start to act and contribute. So it is like a little statement of mine and and strongly believe if there will be enough people with proper mindset this can evolve into something truly beautiful and it is worth it. But it requires more initiatives like this one to support people who are just starting and educating less experienced. Me personally i read a bit about how Steem based apps work before entering the platform and i am still educating myself because i believe it is crucial not to just come in and make mistakes and get discourage. Instead getting educated makes us less vulnerable and give chance to succeed which requires an effort. I am so willing to put some here, for but sometimes it is hard to find good resources since people are spamming a lot. Finding good mentors is a key also. As for today i have no SP and I am not sure if only posting valuable content will help me get noticed and make my efforts worthwhile. I have a faith and certainly engage into some projects using my skills as a designer and showing my views from sociological perspective since those are skills i have. I wish You all the best with your project! I don't know many initiatives like this one since i am a newbie. But yours seems like a good one truly! If there is any way in which I can help maybe with ux design or frontend parts or writing articles spreading the word about how this approach can make Steemit a platform that it should be, let me know!

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Thank you for the excellent comment @anushka, and I'm glad to hear you are staying strong an trying to grow on the platform.

In terms of growth, I think that the project is perfect for you. Make sure to register your interest in the link at the end of the post and I will be sure to let you know everything goes live!

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Yes I already did that, thanks!

Thanks for making the proposal post. I've just resteemed it.

So you found out how to delegate Steem Power?

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No problem and thank you for the resteem @nxtblg! I wasn't stuck on how to delegate Steem Power, I was trying to get Steem Power delegated to me to support the project - I would greatly appreciate any support you could offer here!

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To be honest, I don't know how :) How would I go about delegating some to you?

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You can do it through SteemConnect :) There is a post which you can read here which explains how to do it in only a few minutes. I can message you on Steemit Chat and walk you through it if you still aren't sure!

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Okay; I've got the instructions up. What account do you want the Steem Power delegated to?

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Thank you very much! it's to my account for now, @lukebrn - we will be setting up an account for the initiative when we get a larger team working on it!

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Okay: just delegated 1000 SP. It should show up in your account.

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Thank you very much @nxtblg, that is an absolutely fantastic help! I'll make sure to add you to the list of delegators and update you on the work that we are doing. Thanks again!

I'm happy to help initiatives like this. We need an active community if Steemit is to grow. A lot of the existing accounts are fake ones, but I hope that will change going forward. Just being active here is likely to make you something, but it has to be fun too if you are not making much. I stuck around even when I was making cents. That was even harder in the 'old days'. It paid off eventually.

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Thank you again @steevc, your help is greatly appreciated. I agree with you there, and I hope it will change too. Exactly! I love Steemit as a platform, and I love sharing my knowledge with others/helping them in any way that I can. I'm glad that it paid off!

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This is so very cool of you Steev. Already a good dude, it's nice to be in a place to give back. Me and @Sykochica are meeting up again soon, we are continuing plans to have similar meetups in st louis. I personally stay in touch with friends on facebook, to keep them encouraged and coming back. It is encouraging to see it happening elsewhere. Wishing this all the best.

Its really great what you doing, you should talk to Matt @starkerz as we had similar vision to do :) and also that is what @promo-steem is doing :)

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Thanks for the comment @allasyummyfood! I will talk to him for sure. And I've been trying to contact people from promo-steem, but have not had much luck. When the project grows I would love to partner with promo-steem on this initiative for sure! :)

Seems like a cool plan. Focusing on messaging and expectation management will help!

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Thank you @aggroed, I'll take your advice in to account! Really appreciate your support.

Great initiative my friend, I've been looking at this problem since I'm here, and was always thinking about how to fix or improve this. I will follow you to see more of this, also I'm a graphic designer, if you need anything please let me know I will like to collaborate with this idea.

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Great to hear! Thank you, are you on Discord? I would love to talk more about the graphic design side of things.

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Yes I am, fivefiveeleven#9435 is my name.

Hey Luke, great to see your hard work is paying off with the launch of the project. Looks like you've got some good support from some big accounts here too!

Happy to lend my upvotes to the cause where I can.

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Thank you @forexbrokr! It's definitely getting there alright, I'm just going to keep working and growing the project as much as I can, as long as it helps the community!

Thank you, all support is greatly appreciated!

A noble endeavour and I look forward to helping from Canada. I have recently put up a post on facebook for my ~400 friends inviting them to STEEM-it as I personally strive to build the community here, and have the artists I know rewarded for their content they are so nicely donating to Facebook.

Let me know how I can help out as you get right into it and I will work on building up more STEEM power to delegate to the cause.

Lets do this!

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Great to hear @zekepickleman! The best way to help support the project is as follows:

  1. Resteem the post to let your followers know about the project.
  2. Sign up for notifications here and I will invite you to join the discord server when it is ready, I'd love for you to help out with the project!

you might wanna check out some of my videos on @teamvideo i did for content creators coming over from youtube. i need to package it up and i'm working on promotion on that across a number of accounts. this looks like a great plan, i wish you the best!

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That sounds great @teamhumble, thanks for sharing. I will have a look! I actually have experience in online course creation and I would love to offer my support in any way that I can. Message me on Steemit Chat or Discord (lukebrn#3369) if you are interested!

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yeah i have the 3hr course over on skillshare too! :) it's doing pretty good there. thanks for the offer of support that's awesome. cheers!

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Great to hear, if you message me on Discord I'll be happy to help. No problem!

It is an interesting project, we must put into practice the proposal

Great post @lukebrn. I will definitely take part in this. Thank you for this extra motivation. You are doing a great job!
Btw I am excited about the international meetings. I will be more than willing to help you with organisation of a meeting in Prague once the project expands:)

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Thank you @kryptoanka, glad to hear it! That will definitely be a lot further down the line, but I'm glad to hear that you are willing to help out! If you are on Discord or Steemit Chat, drop me a message and we can talk about how you can get involved.

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Hi @lukebrn. What is your username on Discord?

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It's lukebrn#3369 :)

This is exellent project, I wish you all the best

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Thank you, your support would be greatly appreciated!

Hello Luke, two quick questions for you.
Q1) Is the SSI you or something you are running that will become bigger than you?

Observation) I think right now there is Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and more dwarfing the very old school looking, basic blogging version of Steemit. Daily engagement might be low now because Steemit is not mainstream. We're probably still in an early adopter phase.

Another Observation) When I first discovered Steemit/was researching it, i wondered if it was a ponzi/pyramid scheme for a long time.

Q2) What's it going to take for Steemit to break through and become mainstream, people's daily social media driver? A larger user base, more validity of the Steem Dollar, or more features of the platform?

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Thanks for the questions!

  1. Yes it will grow bigger than me, check my latest post to see our plans.

  2. I can't answer that yet, but I would say larger dedicated user base. Feel free to message me on steemit chat if you want to talk more about this!

Nice post lukebrn, I have re-steemed it!

Hi @lukebrn, thanks for this post, very informative. You were right we need to have an active community to increase the value and potential of steemit. Let's help each other to grow this community. I will re-esteem this post.

I have not as of yet published my first post. I am 70 years old, and unlike my youngest children and grandchildren, I did not grow up in the social media culture. In fact, during my adolescence, I used a rotary telephone and watched a black and white TV that used rabbit ears (an adjustable antenna). My middle son urged me to join steemit.com because as a writer and publisher of a newsletter, I have a lot of good content to share.

I thank you for your project, "The Steemit Success Initiative!" As a beginner with little understanding of social media, I am looking forward to your help and support. I am very encouraged by your understanding and compassion towards newbies and I am looking forward to following your posts.

Sincerely, Steven L. Sherman @lastdays

Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude!

This is a great idea. 8% being actual daily users is really very good, a lot of places seem to have a far smaller percentage. On different platforms I have noticed that the number of actual active daily users is very very low compared to the number of accounts. That being said Steemit has a bit more of a learning curve than other platforms and is pretty bewildering and confusing at first.

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Thank you. Not necessarily true, look at the big players like Facebook, Instagram etc. Facebook has 1.4 Billion DAUs! I would see a good percentage as around 15-20%.

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I can't speak to facebook, I am just comparing with other comment sites like Disqus I have tried, they all seem to inflate the numbers. The would say there was a 100,000 followers for a disqus channel but then like a dozen people would make the majority of the comments.

Thank you for this, I'm just new here, so reading post like this can add to my knowleldge about steemit. Following you now, hope to hear from you as well.

Thanks a great thought @likebrn. I am also trying to contribute in the community daily and try to build a healthy system where people will support each other! I have started a series called STEEMIT GUIDE where I help people to get to know more about STEEMIT, how they should start their journey and how they can get benefited by the TIPS and TRICKS I mention in my post. I am posting it here in the comments the two guides I have written so far to help the NEWLY JOINED STEEMIANS.

Totally New To STEEMIT? Here Are Five Things You Should Plan On Doing - STEEMIT GUIDE #1
Make Impact With Your First Post On STEEMIT : SECRET REVEALED! - STEEMIT GUIDE #2

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@hungryhustle thank you for the comment but please do not post links to your posts in the comments of other people's posts - if you read my guides on commenting you will see that a lot of people do not like it being done. I appreciate that you are trying to share your knowledge, but if you really want to do so, message me on Discord and I can review your work, then possibly add it to our beginners' guide!

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Sure @lukebrn. And thanks for correcting me out. I will give you a "HI" on discord. Then both of us can review my work, and maybe I will learn a few little things from you. Cheers Buddy! 🥂

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@hungryhustle no worries. If you're interested in getting all your posts looked at, make sure to join the email list at the bottom of this post.

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Done buddy! ✌

That's a great initiative.
Thanks.
It will be really helpful for beginners who can feel unrewarded despite their efforts

I'm really interested in this platform and would love to be registered if that's possible. I would be very useful in searching for very good, quality content. As the major project that i am embarking on right now is to also help newbies and improve the ratio of active users on steemit. Some people actually do post content deserving of good curation but do not have enough publicity to push it.
I am also a graphics designer by the way.
I hope I can be a part of this great movement, It's really outstanding!

Great project buddy!!!
Yes the advertising campaigns are really bad they promise the people money which they will not get that easy.
The typical user life circle you are showing in this post has hit the nail on it's head this is a big problem for steemit and I think it plays a very big part of losing users and slow grow of the community.

Best of luck with your project if help is needed just let me know and I will see what I can do if I find the time.

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Thank you @danyelk, we are aiming to fix that alright!

And the main help we are looking for is delegated Steem Power. Otherwise, your upvote and comments on the posts is more than enough support, thank you!

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okay with upvotes and comments I can help :)

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That's perfect, thank you!

Thank you soooo much for taking the initiative on this. I love this concept ( Steemit )and want to be more active but I really do not know how to use the platform other than very basic tasks. please give a tutorial on posting to steemit!! once again thanks and I wish you the best!

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Please register through the link at the bottom of this post to gain access to all of our work! You can learn there :)

I really appreciate this initiative. Especially since I also see the marketing over potential earnings a big problem. I wrote exactly about this topic 2 weeks ago and some ideas, how this can be done better in the future!

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Thanks @atmosblack. I generally ask people to refrain from posting links in the comments, but I just read through that and it is an excellent one. I really appreciate your support and would be very interested in talking more about your ideas.

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Sorry, I didn´t know that, but since the payout period is already over, I thought it´s ok to post the article here - just for the discussion. Thanks a lot for your compliment! At the moment I can´t really help you with delegation, but if there are other ways to support a more honest and authentic promotion of the blockchain, I´m always open.

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Yes I also didn't realise that! But hoestly if you are posting quality content like that I'm happy for it to be shared. And yes that's fine, I'm looking to spread the initiative, so you can sign up here and when the Discord is live you will be invited to join where you can maybe help with some curation, ideas etc.?

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Sounds like a good plan! I´ll sign up right away... Thanks!

i really like your post and i enjoy it very with all your post ..

Great idea man! I just posted my first post and yeah..not a lot o people had seen my post and I worked for 3 days on it. if you need any help I'd be glad to give a hand. I'm a designer :)

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Thank you! Well if you want to join the SSI incubator, you can register your interest here. We will be upvoting high quality posts from Steemians like yourself! I gave you an upvote there, I work in UI design a bit myself, so I can appreciate the effort you put in to it!

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Thanks a lot dude! I'm in !

Have you looked at @budgets by @jerrybanfield?

(Jerry should love the phrasing... it sounds like a fashion line 😀)

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I have alright, I have contacted Jerry about working with him but I will not be able to for the moment, at least not until I grow the project a bit more. Thanks for the great suggestion though!

I look forward to this. If I had any SP to give I would. I'm still under 1.0 SP :( To grow and keep progressing is my primary goals. I am by no means under any misguidance about the work this is going to take and the consistency it requires.

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Great to hear! Sign up here if you want access to our beginner's guides and more.

It will be great service if u delivered some positive to undervalued Steemit community.

Great going luke! It's the new users and minnows who need the most help. So this is a great initiative and should get all the support it can!

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Cheers @bartcardi!

Wow, this is awesome. Steemit needs more users like you and the supporters of this project. I cannot wait to see how successful the SSI becomes.

Good luck, hopefully my upvote helps!

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Thank you! Make sure to register interest with the link at the bottom of the post!

Great post and positive!

The problem(s) with Steemit as of yet and its popularity are:

  1. because of the crypto markets going red during this month, it discourages most people (as some STILL think in stocks when it comes to crypto)
  2. too many bots and less PEOPLE posting comments
  3. people are generally lazy when it comes to social media sites
  4. People think they are giving money away when its just Steem Power (Steem-education/marketing is in dire need now)
  5. An appilcation that fully works and fully recognized (again people are lazy or too busy and they need simple access)
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Thanks for sharing your point of view @artking! I agree and disagree with different points, but interesting view point.

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Thanks @lukebrn ! I'm two months on here and just stating the obvious. I prefer this over any other social media site!

@lukebrn this sounds like an incredible initiative. I really do agree with you with you in terms of expectations. The truth is that this is an incredible opportunity, but with anything worth doing, it requires hard work and perseverance to succeed.

I'm looking forward to following the growth of this project!

On a similar note, I actually just created a Steemit guide that I put a ton of blood, sweat, and tears into. Thought you might find it interesting: Going Full Time On Steemit: A Practical Guide For Creators [PART I]

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Thanks for the comment @axios, make sure to follow along with the project as it grows if you are interested!

As a general guide, I prefer people to not post links to their posts that are less than 7 days old in the comments. If you want your content to be seen, then feel free to register your interest for the project using the link at the end of this post. But that was a great piece, so I gave it an upvote; please refrain from sharing in comments in the future, I like the comments to be conversational, not promotional :)

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Hey @lukebrn, definitely looking forward to following the project's growth.

I fully hear you there as well and I appreciate the feedback. Wouldn't have shared unless it was relevant and worth the time but I will most definitely respect your comment space in the future.

Thanks for reading and upvoting anyways, I appreciate the support and look forward to supporting and following this project as it grows.

Best of luck man!

Cheers,

~ @axios

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Thanks @axios! No problem and cheers!

No problem, happy to support you as you grow too - all the best!

the SSI project is very useful for us as beginners, I´m interested about it and I want more information about hoy to participate and get more audience to read our posts as beginners. I upvoted your post because I think it would be an useful tool to gain more influence on this social network. I want to take advantage of this comment to claim Steemit is a tool for improving knowledge. Best regards.

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Thanks for the support! Register your interest by clicking the link near the end of my post.

best of luck with the SSI project, I have resteemed and will help in any way I can.

Thankfully the splash screen on steemit.com had been updated recently in that respect.

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Good project. I look forward to your chat channel. It's so great that such communities appear to help newbies. How can I use the promo-steem tag?

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Thanks. That's not my tag, check out @Stephenkendal to learn about promo-steem!

@lukebrn the Steemit Success Initiative sounds like a worthy project, especially for newbie steemians! I am new myself and am still trying to figure everything out.

Will there be a Discord group for SSI or how will you continue to get the word out to attract more members and benefactors? Good luck with the project!! Kudos to you my friend; Upvoted - Followed - Resteemed!!

I like what you're trying to do with this initiative. I'll be keeping an eye on it's progress.

Currently Steemit is pretty simple, where is the integration with other channels such as social Media so you can share more widely and engage the wider user base. This is basically blog posts with not a lot of value - or am I missing something!! DM

Pleas like and commeny my post :D

Being found ist the largest issue for new members a lot of great content is lost during the very limited time it is visible to the audience.

Sincerely hope that this will be successful!

I am with you!

This project really sounds promising I hope this starts gaining some traction this can really be helpful to this ever growing community.

This is indeed a welcomed idea. Bring it on. The SSI initiative is a hike to steemit community. Well-done!

Thanks for this post. Hoping to raise awareness on how to become INDEPENDENTLY HEALTHY- and Survival Health! I will be following you for more info on how to best do that. Thanks, again!

I will definitely keep this in mind when I have more Steem Power, at the moment it's a bit pointless to delegate when I only have around 60 SP.

In the meantime I will just keep upvoting the minnows myself :)

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All delegations are welcome of course, but it is up to you! Keep up the good work.

Hi, this looks cool. I have to say it is a little demotivating to not get much engagement with posts. I got a really warm welcome but it has tapered off quite a bit.

I guess you need to find communities right? Though I'm not really sure how to do that. Followed you and will keep an eye on what you develop.

It is an interesting projec !!Great initiative my friend!! good work

its very helpful for me because i m a new user i have faced many problem in case of bandwidth and sp.... this artical really help me to understand steemit work more easily...

Just make sure its user friendly not complicated...

Congrats! Una idea innovadora para apoyar un emprendimiento privado y útil para la #ComunidadSteemit... ¿la lanzaran también en español?

thank you for the nice post. upvote and resteem done