in #milestone3 years ago

Back when I joined steemit in July, I had previously spent very little time online. I had no real background in either cryptocurrency or social media. Obviously, steemit has changed all of that.

Since there are many different reasons that people interact and post on sites like steemit, I thought that in honor of @papa-pepper passing the 900 follower milestone, I would share a little bit about what steemit has come to mean to me.


Like so many things in life, our skills and talents can diminish if we do not use them. I may have taken some typing classes back in the day and learned some basic computer skills, but a lot of my time is spent outside these days. Thanks to my time on steemit, my fingers are getting more used to the keyboard and my typing consists of a lot less “hunt and peck” style key punching.

Honestly, when I showed up here those few months ago, I did not know how to link to somewhere else on the web in a post, I had never uploaded to YouTube, and I had no idea about things like styling with markdown or how to add an image to my posts. Now, I’m making gifs, blogging daily, and customizing my own posts with by using a variety of skills that are all brand new to me.

Also, abilities like writing and photography, which I did not use all that much anymore, are being brushed up on and refined. After all, steemit does have some level of competition on it, and if my posts are of a poor quality, @papa-pepper will begin to fade away.


In some of my previous employment positions, I learned a lot about how difficult it can be to interact with only written words. Emails can sound a lot different when they are read than when they are typed. Without the tone and volume of the voice transmitting the words, the attitude of the text becomes open to interpretation.

Steemit is a worldwide community with a wide variety of users from many different worldviews, belief systems, and cultural backgrounds. Interacting in such a community can be difficult, and the opportunity for offense is readily available. Not only can some of our words offend others no matter how we say them, the interpreted tone of inoffensive words can also potentially upset another user.

In my life, I have even avoided phone conversation in the past, opting for face to face interaction instead, so interacting online with only text is definitely not my style. This presents some challenges, but with the challenges comes opportunity. To actually consider how your written words may be interpreted and to tactfully craft each sentence in the most appropriate way requires much insight and skill. Though we may not always succeed at goals like that, attempting to is still excellent for our brains and keeps us sharp and thinking!


Imagine if someone would pay you to paint paintings for them. Suddenly, regardless of your skill level or previous experience with painting, the activity immediately becomes an outlet for your creative juices and you have a desire to create magnificent artwork. Rather than watching television or going for a walk, you are suddenly inclined to create some new artwork.

In a way, that is how steemit is for many of us. Now, since people can see my photos and comment on them, I am more inclined to take some new photos and post a few. Also, since my poetry could put some STEEM in my pocket, there is a far better chance that I will write a new poem. Unfinished novels started years ago, like LOVE, LIKE HIS suddenly have added incentive to be developed and finished.

The contest on steemit have been a great opportunity to be inspired too. To be given some guidelines in which to work and create, and to know that your entry will be up against many other entries from talented steemians all around the world, can be incredibly motivational and inspirational.

A lot of what you see @papa-pepper doing on steemit right now is all brand new material being created and released because I now have inspiration and an outlet for my creativity.


The community on steemit is a strange one indeed, and it helps put a lot of things into perspective. For instance, I never thought about how my activities as a US citizen can affect the national community as a whole, or influence the value of the US currency. Since the US is so big, and so many factors well beyond my influence are at play, such thoughts really don’t cross the minds of many.

On steemit, though, each member of this community has a vested interest in the future of the community and its success that they may actually be able to play a tangible role in. Because our activities here can either add value to the platform or make steemit less attractive to others, each user has great incentive to helpfully interact with kindness and to produce the highest quality work that they are capable of.

For me, somehow I have been able to jump out to the front of the steemit pack. When it comes to the number of followers and reputation, there are not that many ahead of @papa-pepper. However that has happened, the fact remains that it did happen. Therefore, for one reason or another, many other users look up to me. In that position, I can either try to encourage and assist others, or I can be a pompous jerk. However, the realization that without the other minnows, dolphins, and whales in the steemit ecosystem I would be nothing here is a sobering understanding to obtain.

I have as much concern for the success of others as I have for my own success. If everyone else fails, I will too, and as a community, we must work together to accomplish those things that we could never do alone. I can make a great post, but without someone to upvote it, it will not matter.

This is why I try to consistently respond to my comments and answer whatever questions that I can. If I can encourage and benefit others, in the end, it will encourage and benefit me as well, which will benefit the entire community eventually.


Steemit is an innovative and revolutionary platform combining blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, and a form of social media in a way that the world has never witnessed before. I am so pleased to be a part of it, and am looking forward to seeing where this platform goes in the future, and how it can change the world in which we live.

Whether you follow @papa-pepper or not, I thank each and every user for being here on steemit. Do what you can to the best of your abilities and let’s join together to make steemit a success and set a high standard for what a platform like this can accomplish and be.

I’ll see you on the moon.

Full STEEM ahead.


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I'm glad that you are part of that 900 too @gringalicious!!!!

Well said, I think communication is the way to go, I too like to reply to all my comments is polite and respectful and your so right about taking comments the wrong way, I have done it myself. Steem on @papa-pepper :)

Replying to comments is the only way to go in my book!

Thanks @karenb54!

It's the only way to go if you want to get anywhere on here :)

I agree, it is way easier to be friends with people who are friendly!

That is why I'm sold on Steemit. You don't need to know how everything works , just like you don't need to know how everything works in your car , it just works!

congrats on the accomplishment! quite the steemit milestone.
keep it up papa! :D

Thanks for your consistent support @doitvoluntarily!

Papa will keep it up!

I will always be your follower - now 1 of 900 and soon 1 of 9,000 then 1 of 90,000 ...... --> my way of saying congrats. We(You) should probably issue Peppercoins and all your early followers are then early farmers (not miners, farmers ... the hell with 'mining'.. )


Genius!!!! - and I love the bit about farming the coin rather than mining!

Hmmm.... maybe I should work with someone to develop that!

1 of 90,000.... maybe by December!!!

potential investors, please be warned that dividends are distributed in the form of .... well, you-know-what, yeah, peppers.


Interesting idea "Peppercoins"!

One more thing ... Calling out to @bola , please do a "guess how many" post on papa-pepper's first picture here ... I am really curious if it is 900. :)

It is close, but it is slightly more.... like the real number of my followers.

You're funny @deanliu!

wow! you have a secret fan club? can I join? or not... I really don't want to join a club that would accept me as a member ... LOL

Will you enter my contest I posted last time?

All you need to do is take a photo of yourself with a mask, a tree, and a steemit logo, and you could win 50 STEEM.

Yeah I know this contest ... Since you invite personally... is it ok to accept a photo of my boy, instead of me, with a mask of course? if yes, I can do it before end of this weekend .

I will accept a photo of your son.

I used one of my daughter as an example.

Monday I may decide, so please work on it before the weekend is over!

I cannot help but also want to share a contest with you (which I am not gonna join). Do you know PPAP? It was hot like a month ago. And @sweetsssj is having a contest now ...
You can have a look. The one and only reason that I share with you is ... you also have so many p and some a in your account name. It would be fun to see a pepper pen a???? pen. :)
btw, save your upvotes for others please! :)

Thanks for sharing that!

I checked it out, and I might try to enter that!

Bravo! I have enjoyed every minute of the ride @papa-pepper!
( P.S. : I still think you're crazy for the live scorpion thing...oh and I forgot to mention the DIY mohawk in your bathroom...that was super crazy...you've even almost went bald for Steemit.)

My mouth tastes like stinging!!!


THANKS @rebeccaryan!

Touching words my great friend, in many passages I felt identified with you, the truth the platform is additive and apasinantemente human.
I celebrate for your success and from the depths of my heart I wish your successes have no limit on the moon and that you can reach far beyond
Congratulations @papa-pepper

RIGHT BACK AT YOU @jlufer!!!

Glad to be part of your 900 followers, and feeling the same kind of excitement and self-improvement to be part of this community! To the moon we go...~~>>

feeling the same kind of excitement and self-improvement to be part of this community

Well said @liliana.duarte !

I am glad that you are one of my faithful followers!

@papa-pepper cheers to that!

I'm one of them - your serial gif gurl :) who miss doing this when I'm preoccupied with something else!


I appreciate all that you do @englishtchrivy (not just supporting papa!)


What a huge following! Congrats!

I know @bitcoiner!!!!

They just keep coming!

Grats Papa!!!

You're everywhere man, huge!!!

Yeah, Obama looks up to me and asks for a lot of advice...

I just wish that he would take the advice when I give ti to him.

He's a lil hardheaded what with the indoctrination and all...

A lil??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

That's very questionable.

Congrats again on hitting 900 (now 911) followers or should I say Pepperians?

Thanks @daveks for becoming a pepperian so long ago!!!


First a SteemitAncient and now 900 followers!
Who's got the duct tape so some of us can catch up...or keep up to papa!

Piñata Party Anyone?


I'm not sure if anyone has told you this before, but YOU SUCK at pinata!

Suddenly, I'm not so scared of you trying to hit me with a stick, or a broom...

Is that what you do when @mindhunter sends you to your room?

I love this post. There are elements that apply to me, especially the encouragement to complete things that are half finished. I have quite a lot of content that has only seen my desktop and new skills to learn . You are an inspiration and encouragement. Thank you.

Thanks @hopehuggs.

I seriously appreciate your honest comment.

Be blessed!

Congratulations on your great success! It's well deserved and your hard work has paid off! On the other hand you obviously love what you're doing so I guess it isn't really work. :)

You come across as genuine, friendly, helpful, enthusiastic and very immaginative. Oh, and very bright too!

I wish you nothing but success!

@kus-knee (The Old Dog)

Thanks so much for that, I do enjoy it, and want to set a good example for others, encouraging and helping all the way!

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Your posts have been inspirational and informative to me, and I'm sure many others as we began our steemit voyage. Keep up the awesome work!

Thanks for that encouragement @bkkshadow!

I will keep doing what I do!

Always love your posts. I guess cause this post describes me. I stopped taking pictures, since no one ever saw them, I hate being even on the phone, but that comes from years working in call centers. And never wanting anything to do with social media. I am up against lots of challenges myself. I see you did this well, and that gives me hope that I can get there at some point as well.
Thank you for this outlook it is nice to know I'm not the only one learning tons of new things just to be here on this site.

The fact that I encouraged you is very encouraging to me (I think I might have mentioned that above - LOL)

Thanks for the comment, and for your activity in the community!!!

Yes you did mention it above. But your welcome, I'm just trying to have fun and learn.
And your posts seem to just have a sort of encouragement to them.

I try to encourage!

As far as I have seen you are very encouraging, and creative. It is fun to read your posts. Just reading them gives me ideas at times.

I think it's great for others to get great ideas from good posts.

We really have limitless options on steemit!

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