My steemniversary ! One year going from "oh this looks cool" to "Well this is now my job"

in life •  5 months ago

One year ago I arrived on steem. If you want to dig through my old articles, I first came on steem just to try to make articles about tutorials on various things namely technology, personal development gaming and other things. This kind of failed pretty hard because I foolishly thought that people would just notice me without me doing any marketing or talking to anyone.

I was still extremely motivated and tried to push articles daily. But I am a programmer, not a writer and so this was not exactly what I liked doing.

I came pretty close to stoppping just because earning 0 to 10 cents an article with like 0 comments and views (that was a thing at the time) felt like a waste of time. So I went over a big overhaul of my blog :

https://steemit.com/introduceyourself/@howo/changing-my-account-core-subject-to-machine-learning-programming-bots-and-blockchain

Tl;dr I stopped being a random writer and wrote about what I'm good at : programming.

Which was met with a relative success. At the same time I started to be more social, I met @fredrikaa for some beers around that time, and discovered the @steemstem initiative which is basically one of the reasons why I'm still here because I would have given up if it were not for them. I also met a lot of folks on steem.chat on various channels (rip gen2 :'( ) Which truly gave me the "social" part of steem. I still talk to them regularly today and if you guys read me, I love you :)

Then suddently utopian arrived and programmers like me were now praised and eligible to massive rewards which motivated me to actually start to dive into steem programming using steemjs (I did a bit of steem programming with piston steem before that), which was not an easy ride at the time.

It led to a lot of projects, one of the first ones was steemgifts which was my first big collaboration with @fredrikaa around december : https://steemit.com/christmas/@fredrikaa/introducing-steem-gift-cards-a-fun-way-to-give-someone-steem-for-the-holidays

After realizing how annoying it was to learn steem programming, I went and created steemsnippets : https://steemit.com/programming/@howo/introducting-steemsnippets A collection of snippets to provide easy examples for novice programmers to find how to do x or y. Repo which is still maintained today.

And after working on various projects and trying various things we struck gold with a simple idea : What if it was extremely easy for wordpress bloggers to come to steem via a plugin ? And there was born SteemPress

I'll quickly skip some details but now after month and thousands of hours of work put into it, we got a sizeable support in the form of a delegation from steemit inc which means that we can now actually live from steem. And suddently my well traced path of "oh I'll just continue to work at my company or perhaps move to another one". Changed to "Now I am going to work full time on steem"

And I would have NEVER EVER thought even for a second that this would be my reality today. But it is now, I am quitting my job in august and will be full time starting september working on steem.

I could never have done it without all of you people that I can now call friends and that I have even met in real life for some of you over multiple events all over the world including a meetup at the CERN with steemstem.

So thank you a lot :

@fredrikaa @fukako @acidyo @m31 @tarazkp @reggaemuffin @suesa @mobbs @zest @pharesim @eveuncovered @escapist @beercake @geekpowered @rubencress @elear @anarcotech @ashtv @starkerz @anarcotech @lemouth @planetnamek @elliotjgardner @scipio @JulieNBH @apsu @zonguin @crimsonclad @kingswisdom @foundation @erodedthoughts @futurethinker @gtg @lemony-cricket @saywha and a lot of others (don't feel bad that I didn't include you I started to make this list and I realized how many people I actually needed to include and I was like "oh my god fuck that")

Steem has been way more than just a blogging platform for me, it has quite litterally been a life changing place for me and I would like to thank you all for being there and being so awesome :)

Steem on !

@howo

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Even if you are not a blogger, the quality of your texts is not negligible! It's crazy to read your journey and this evolution in such a short time. I think you owe your success to your work, your perseverance and your commitment to Steem, so I congratulate you on that.

Congratulation also for your decision to work full time on Steem from September, it is excellent news for all steemians, because we hope to be able to benefit from tools, platform, advice etc that you will be able to bring us. And an excellent news for you because I am convinced that you still have beautiful meetings to make which will take you still and always further, higher! In any case I hope it and I wish it to you.

Thank you for thinking of me in the mentions. It makes me really happy. I wish you many birthday celebrations on Steem and I also hope I will always be there to wish them to you!

See you soon and good continuation and success in all your projects!

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Une anglophobe @planetenamek qui parle anglais à un francophone :D

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loool C'était pour rester dans la continuité de l'article ! T'as tout cassey :-D !

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J'apprécie doublement l'effort :p

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C'est tout Amélie 😍

Aww. Happy Steem anniversary! I am really glad that you did not give up and made some awesome stuff and fantastic, creative contributions to Steem blockchain. I hope to meet you one day soon :) Steem on and really..it's been great to see your journey ^^

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Thanks :D we'll meet someday next year I'm sure of it

I'm hoping to be able to do the same as you did in the near future! The low crypto prices and general uncertainty about the future are holding me back right now, but here's hoping that will change!

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There is definitely a part of me that is like "What if prices keep dropping ?" that makes me a afraid too, but I think it's a great opportunity that is too good to pass on. So I'm going in anyways ^^

I hope you'll be able to do that too soon :)

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Please don't quit your job, be healthy, sane, rational...

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Go @yabapmatt, You've a lot of talent :)

Happy Steem Anniversary! :D "Well this is now my job" is kind of the best way it could have turned out I guess :P

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Definitely :D

Congratulations on the anniversary, a sentiment really well said, and something to take inspiration from. We have to be glad you found the space to work on, and share, your passion for programming...for else Steempress might not have ever existed! Best Wishes for Y2

HBD mate! We will celebrate soon... I will be back to Paris on Monday and won't move for 20 days ;)

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Woah is that even possible ?

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No... I will actually stay around for 19 days ;)

bonjour et merci pour ton témoignage, je commence un peu comme toi, je teste différentes choses sans grand talent, et je suis même pas programmateur,lol. Peur d'espoir de réaliser de grandes choses, mais je vais persévérer. Je suis par contre toujours admiratif, alors félicitations pour ta réussite et bon anniversaire. Moi je viens de fêter mes 1 mois. Bonne et longue route

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Ne t'en fais pas à un mois moi aussi j'étais perdu, mais il y a de la place pour tout le monde sur steem

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je m'inquiète pas mais merci de ta réponse. Quand je vois tous les talents ici, je sais que j'aurais jamais leur niveau, mais ils me donnent envie d'avancer. Je vais reprendre les cours d'anglais à la fac en cours du soir. Je me suis inscrit à un meetup pour commencer à coder. tout ça c'est vous (toi et les autres) qui me donné cette énergie, alors merci à vous et continuez

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C'est génial ! Toi aussi continue comme ça :)

I'm a little late here and just now noticed the mention... I'm honoured to be included in your list :) So, a very happy belated account creation day to you, @howo!

The longer I stick around here, the more I notice a shortage of developers, to be honest. It seems there are a lot of people with decent ideas, but nobody to actually make them happen. I'm working on trying to be a part of the solution, but you've already been successful at that with Steempress and other things, and for that reason I find myself looking up to you a bit. :)

You're one of the people making Steem as great as it is. If you think carefully about it, this is not necessarily a complement... but don't worry, I do mean it as one.

Many happy returns!

Happy birthday mate and looking forward to what you are going to introduce next. :)

Wow, what a awesome journey you've been on (and I'm humbled for the mention - thank you!)

Congratulations on your plans to leave the job - the future looks very bright for you my friend!

Coucou @howo,
Yaouh que de chemin parcourut en un an ! Toutes mes félicitations, joyeux steemanniversaire et m...e pour la suite :-)

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Merci :D

Happy Steemitbirthday Cutiepie! 😘So happy that you didn't give up bsck then ˆˆ

Awesome that you not only stuck around and not only got to make a useful tool for the community but you also get to go balls deep and work in cryptoland.

A dreamer living the dream.

Glad to make the journey with you and I think you may have finally made an interface I will use in place of just steemit.com

Thank you for the mention, my dear friend!!!
One year!!! It seems like only yesterday we were starting off our journey together!!!
We both have come a long way .... And I wish you all the best in your future in which I am sure you will achieve your Goals !!!

One year is done and dusted !!!
Decades more to GO!!!!

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Right ? I feel like it was a decade ago and yesterday at the same time. It's quite odd haha. I wish you the best as well ! :)

Happy Steem anniversary @howo :)
I’m glad that you didn’t quit and we’ve met, although I have to admit I can’t remember some things after that horrible ginger-base beer (ㆀ˘・з・˘)

Appreciate for the patience. Congratulations for reaching the milestones. Keep doing good work for the community.

@howo, your ideas to connect steemit to blog wordpress via steempress is very interesting. As blogger we would like to thank you. Steempress make us survive in the steem community.

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Steem is indeed a good full time job to be doing i wouldn't mind quitting my job for steem even if i don't get upvotes because i believe in time steemit will be better for me and those who don't get upvote
Upvote and resteem
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Hi @howo .. thanks for creating the SteemPress!!!

Just installed it .. will try it out and do some review of it soon!

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Congratulation sir.
God bless you
Keep it up.
Thanks for sharing sir @howo.

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Regard @howo

Can you help me, why my web is not connected with steemit.

written on the plugin after I installed and tried a connection like this:

Connectivity to the steem server : Connection error
Most likely your host isn’t letting the plugin reach our steem server.

my web site: muntadhar.web.id

PLEASE HELP ME !!!

Sorry if wrong place to complain.

Congratulations on your anniversary.

I got here trying to meet the person behind steempress. And I see that you are a real and friendly person.

Thank God, you fulfill a dream, thanks to your hard work and collaboration with your friend.

I wish you to follow the successes, A big hug.

Happy belated Steem anniversary!

Hi @howo I have been informed you are the creator of SteemPress, I was wondering is it compatible with the new Divi custom post type? If not, are you planning compatibility?

@howo you were flagged by a worthless gang of trolls, so, I gave you an upvote to counteract it! Enjoy!!

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Wow ! very emotional and inspiring words.Great!

Regards @howo

I was trying to reach someone from steempress-io to explain my issue with the 2nd blog i've created thru my website and didn't appeared on steemit. How can i solve this issue cause every setting it's fine on the plugin page? Thanks
Regards

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Hello,

that's odd, please reach us on the discord server and we'll check it out.

Discord server : https://discord.gg/qKCXvwW

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Is there anny other form somehow? Thru e-mail? I didn't used anny of discords. Thanks @howo

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It's very easy to use don't worry, and it'll be much quicker/easier to solve problems.

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Regards @howo

I've tried to post another 2 blogs today and it still not function ... what shall i do? I cannot find the problem why my blogs from wordpress doesn't show-up on my steemit page

Hope this can be solved

Regards

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Regards @howo

I've tried to get in contact with @irfandogan

He's a moderator on steempress, right? Meanwhile i was thinking'cause i've seen the same issue to some people thru wordpress support and you could fix the blog posting by using only the user name on steemit of that guy. So, maybe you can check-out thru my steemit name and fix that issue as well? Thanks. Regards

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Hi @howo

Are you still arround? How can i get in touch, so we can solve the issue i have with non-appearing blogs posted on steemit thru my wordpress website? Hope you can help. Thanks.

PS: As i've read via wordpress.org on some of the problems of other people with same issues of their blogs, you just need it their steemit names and it was fixed ... do you think you can apply this way to my issue as well? Thanks

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