...Selling it to people, that is. And I don't mean the coins themselves. I'm talking about the ideology.
About a week back, we had some friends over. For a barbecue, in fact. And I just "knew" what the inevitable topic of discussion was gonna be at some point. Flipping crypto, that's what! Now, don't get me wrong. I love pouring my heart and soul out about it. Dissecting the intricacies of each coin's pros and cons, chatting about the overall market sentiment and bleating on about how transformative the space will be in a few years from now. But no, I'm referring to the worst type of person to converse about crypto with. The uninitiated.
You see, most of my friends here in the UK only know about it through listening to my personal endeavours. Though I know they do not nor plan to have any dealings with our beloved market. I know them so well. After all, the enthusiasm when I first got involved with almost a kind of hysterical excitement! Selling the potential concept to them in the hopes that they'll "get" it like I did. Alas, it all fell on deaf ears and I ended up looking like a snake oil salesman. Fast forward to the barbecue and and I was subjected to fleeting comments like this:
"So, how's Steem doing?" (Yeah right! Like myself and the blockchain hang out together and are the best buddies or something!)
"I noticed Bitcoin went down in price lately. What happened?" (What's happening is Bitcoin thought our conversations were running a little dry so decided to give us something to talk about.)
"Are you gonna cash out soon?" (Well, if it means not listening to your consistent bullshit anymore, I may well have to consider it.)
"Have you heard of Ethereum?" (No, I haven't. What is it?)
Can you tell me which coin has the best chance of going up the highest?" (Sure! I'd put everything into Bitconnect. I hear that it's gonna rebound back to the highs any day now.)
That's just a small sample of what I have to put up with. I mean, if there was a general interest in them investing or wanting to be introduced to crypto, I'd be more than happy to oblige. But oh no! I know where all this curiosity is stemming from. So find out how badly the markets have ****ed me over, that's what.
Do they have any idea about future development, long term HODLing or the actual use-case side of things? None whatsoever and again, I'm dead sure no intentions to find out either. It's this kind of petty small talk I do my best to avoid these days. Especially when the markets are down and the gloaters emerge out of the woodwork. I mean, it can actually be a lonely space at times. The life of a crypto investor requires iron balls and a skin as thick as a crocodiles hide. This is the part that the "muggles" are all to oblivious too.
I'm sure you guys can relate, to some degree, to this subject matter. So tell me, how to you side-step the vultures when they come out for feeding time?