Building a Platform
Created by @aggroed, to help lift up frustrated minnows by supporting their content, the Minnow Support Project has grown to one of the largest communities in Steemit, and is now supporting hundreds of minnows in their effort to grow on the Steemit platform. This community is not just a bunch of disgruntled minnows complaining in a chatroom, far from it! The project has now attracted some of the very talent that we minnows are trying to emmulate. Here is their mission statement:
The Minnow Support Project is the number one community on Steemit to incorporate training, support, and curation in order to facilitate life cycle growth on the platform from Minnowhood to Whalehood and to continue paying it forward as new members join.
A visit to the P.A.L. Discord Channel quickly reveals a vibrant community full of aspiring minnows, dolphins, whales, and witnesses from the broader Steemit community. This community isn't all talk either, this is a place that is helping get people to Steemfest, a place where you can have experts critique your posts, use their bots, or join a writing course, or even find a designer who is sharing their work for us all to use.
How Can I Give Back?
When I started to spend more time on Steemit, I soon realized that this place was far more than a blockchain based replacement for Facebook or Reddit. This is a place that encourages creativity and rewards personal growth in a way that is totally unique. In my last post I talk about some of the growth that Steemit has inspired me towards. I believe that we have not even started to envision the good that the Steemit platform will bring to our lives.
The minnow support program has the power and the backing to make a substantial positive influence on this entire platform, and their goal is to accelerate the great things happening here. I want to support this project any way I can!
But how does a minnow give back to a big community like this? We don't have the experience or followers yet, which is why we need the community in the first place. Well, we can delegate Steem Power to @minnowsupport and that power is then used to support other members! Check out all that delegated power that is there already.
I have thus far delegated just over 1000SP, but I will continue to delegate more as I earn it. I plan on keeping about 25% of my SP delegated to the project. This ensures that I still have enough SP to upvote my favorite posts and comments, but also lends a good amount to the community as well. It is possible to delegate as little as 30 SP, and it all adds up.
If you do not have enough Steem to delegate right away, that isn't a problem. You can can get joined up, get yourself registered, start meeting new people and using the resources.. As your posts improve and your followers multiply, you can give back when you are able.
I look forward to seeing you all there!
All images, banners, gifs used in this post were generously donated to the entire Steemit community by @justcallmemyth, and are a great example of some of the good things going on in the minnow support project. Please check out his blog and his excellent work.
Also, check out @provenezuela who is supporting Steemians from Venezuela who are really struggling with the ongoing collapse of their country. Steem Dollars sent to Venezuela are literally going to help feed people caught up in this horrible situation, so please upvote some of the content coming from this area. Thank you to P.A.L registered member @cryptohustlin for pointing me towards this important project.