My 2017: Welcoming the New Year - Homemade PIZZA, $500 Champagne, and... what an Explosive 2018 Start IT IS!

in my2017 •  9 months ago

First of all, a NYC Happy New Year 2018 to all my fellow Steemians! 😁

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(click to watch fireworks over Manhattan's Central Park!)

What a difference a whole year makes. I started posting more actively on STEEMIT in October 2016, and by last New Year's, I had just managed to acquire a total of 30 followers.

My Happy New Year 2017 STEEMIT post managed to net a whopping $0.18 and 10 upvotes!

I wasn't the only one trudging it through at the time, even watching STEEM trickle its way down to under USD 10 cents each...

Regardless, I stuck it through, mostly because I thought it was pretty darn cool that I could literally post the same content on STEEMIT that I would on Facebook for free, and actually earn some "free" crypto to boot!

Even more amazingly, on STEEMIT I found a passionate, vibrant community of people with all types of interesting and unique backgrounds. On Facebook, I found myself wasting untold amounts of time fending off those who would berate anyone who didn't wholeheartedly embrace "Hillary Clinton". On STEEMIT, however, not only could I earn money from my posts, but I also crossed paths with a wide variety of like-minded individuals who completely understood and embraced more "Libertarian / Classical Liberal" ideologies.

Understand now, it's not even like I was pounding the table as a "Trump Supporter" either. The binary logic at the time was you were either "WITH US" or "AGAINST US", there was no middle ground whatsoever. Here, I finally "came out" and presented my ideal choice for POTUS:

Next to this, STEEM seemed like a DREAM, where you can come across other terrific like-minded folks from across the globe, and let them know how much you appreciate their work with a simple upvote that would mine them a bit of crypto currency, without any additional monetary investment. All you had to do was put in the time and effort to build a following and post high-quality content to the blockchain!

That's exactly what we did when we first built up our YouTube channel to nearly 100,000 subscribers over a decade ago. We didn't even make a dime for the first TWO YEARS either! 😲 On STEEMIT, we earned some crypto (albeit, only a small amount), nearly DAY ONE! I was also comforted by the fact that we weren't wastefully consuming untold amounts of energy for the sole purpose of mining new BitCoins.

And, in that line of thinking, if PoW has the "potential" to make something so valuable, then why isn't GridCoin worth even more than BitCoin?! Guess you can't count on a bunch of "science nerds" to be nearly as good at pumping marketing and promotion as those in the "BitCoin" space. But perhaps GridCoin too will still have its moment in the spotlight, if a valid use-case can be identified for its token.

Move it along, will ya?! ...

"Come for the rewards, stay for the community!"

I'm always fascinated by those who think they can come onto STEEMIT, beg others for upvotes on their copy/paste posts, and then wonder why they're not finding any success in building their presence here. For me, it wasn't before May 2017 that I finally managed to reach what seemed like a huge milestone at the time... a whopping 250 follows! 😲

I achieved this by respectfully interacting with the community, reading posts by others, spending the time to leave thoughtful comments, and helping add value where I could. I never once wrote comments such as "grate post i lern lots" or "i tink is gud vot me 2! i follow u pls follw me".

Don't ask what people can do for you. See how you can help others. And if you provide value, they will often want to reward you for your efforts. That is the nature of the "gift economy", which was so terrifically described in the following post by @luzcypher, "The Most Valuable Steemit Post Begins In Your Head - Tips To Mazimize Your Social Currency On Steemit".

Around this time, I finally released an appropriate "introduceyourself" post, and it earned more than all my previous STEEMIT posts, combined! I also discussed another big aspect to my interest in STEEMIT, as an alternative to YouTube which gave us so much heartache years earlier (back in 2011), just as our YouTube channel vlogolution was on the verge of breaking through 100,000 subscribers. I highly recommend you all read it if you haven't already, as it offers many tips (especially in the comment section) on how to properly and appropriately build your presence on STEEMIT.

Link: YouTuber's Guide to Re-Monetizing with STEEMIT! And thank you to my first 253 subs!

Fast-Forward to New Year's 2018...!


😎 WTF, how'd that happen, "suddenly" I have nearly 3500 Followers?! 😎

😊 I humbly thank all of you for thinking I'm interesting
(and possibly entertaining) enough to deserve your follow! 😊

So, for this New Year's we decided to take it relatively easy, especially given how freezing cold it was outside (where's all that "global warming" when you really need it)?! 😂

@michellectv and I whipped up one of our signature DIY pizzas, which as usual turned out abso-frickin-lutely delicious. This pizza turned out to be not only our last pizza of 2017, but also our first pizza of 2018. How cool is that?! 😍

We went on to reflect upon our "completely crazy year in crypto", and how 2018 will probably be the year for "big things" to happen for both the STEEMIT and BitShares community. In fact, here's an end-of-year tweet I posted in response to Erik Townsend's report on "the future of the blockchain":

At midnight, I went out in the freezing cold to capture the "grand finale" of the NYC New Year's Fireworks. Within minutes, my fingers already felt numb! 😧 Even worse, for whatever reason (perhaps due to the intense cold), the video captured on Michelle's iphone came out completely blurred! 😭

So, for those of you wondering why my New Year firework photo at the top of this post looks so blurry, that's the reason! lol However, if you click through, you'll see almost the same awesome fireworks show that we captured for my 2017 post. Given it achieved a whopping $0.18 and 10 upvotes, I doubt any of you saw it anyway! 😵

2018, DAY ONE...

Well, we both had expected some "interesting times" in the STEEMIT and BitShares community in 2018 (as described earlier). However, little did we expect such fireworks literally DAY ONE, right out of the gate, with the price of STEEM up over 70% to over $5 each (and now almost $7 as I get ready to post this!), and Bitshares' BTS reaching over 80 cents each, for a combined value of nearly FOUR BILLION DOLLARS! 😮

I hate seeing such sharp and fast moves in the markets, and I'm really not sure why this particularly happened today, right out of the gate of the 2018 new year. For me, the longer the price stayed low, slow and steady, the better. I was more than happy to keep posting, acquiring STEEM and BTS organically over time, and watching as more people started realizing the potential of all these chains. As I wrote in another recent post:

It still seems the crypto-world largely under-appreciates the ramifications of proven blockchain technology that can steadily and reliably maintain such fast transaction times. The closest competitor would be Ripple with its 3.5 second blocks. And on that note, many of you may not be aware that the graphene and bitshares tech has been stress-tested as capable of achieving block times down to 500ms!

Link: How much would STEEMIT or BitShares be worth as SHARES on the New York Stock Exchange?!

Still, I suppose it is time to celebrate, at least a little bit, so...

🤑 BREAK OUT THE PREMIUM TOP-SHELF CHAMPAGNE! 🤑

So that's exactly what we did. We happened to have an old bottle of 1988 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon, and figured what better time than this to have at it, and get a bit tipsy on some of the "good stuff". We reflected on what's been accomplished in 2017, as well as what we can look forward to achieving in 2018!

And alas, it really only cost us about... wait for it... 😂 $50 SBD! 🤑

And so, here's to all my great new STEEMIT friends I've made over the past year...

🥂🥂🥂 CHEERS! 🥂🥂🥂

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🙃 I look forward to many more laughs, fun, and
exciting good 'ole times interacting with all of you! 🙃

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😛 and Let The Good Times Roll... 😛

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Homemade mushroom pizza pie and Dom made for a delicious New Year's! Thank you!😘 And STEEM ssooo krazy on the first day of 2018! 🎆

Hopefully, Jupiter will be generous all year long!

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and thank you too, for helping make that delicious pie come true! 😘

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Any time 🍕🍕🍕🍾🥂😍😋

Happy new year from Hawaii, Alex! Inspirational stuff here. I just put together my steemit goals for 2018 and this post has helped to reinforce the belief that with this platform and community much is possible. A new year, $7 STEEM and what looks like optimism all around. Hope you enjoyed the Dom Perignon. Lets hope we can buy a bottle for 1 or 2 STEEM this time next year ;)

Thanks for the share and all the best for the coming year ahead!

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Thank you for the kind words, @beauknows, and a Happy New Year to you too! Also, if you haven't already, definitely stop by our little SteemIt / WhaleShares Discord Community and say hello! :)

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Will do! Thanks much for the invite. :)

Well done, Sir.

I hate seeing such sharp and fast moves in the markets, and I'm really not sure why this particularly happened today, right out of the gate of the 2018 new year.

This is exactly my sentiment, but at least we're moving upward instead of downward.

I've gotten several people onto Steemit and they're starting to see what I've been hounding them about for months. As they have a positive experience and learn about blockchain/crypto (hashgraph is over their heads for now), they'll spread the word. Viral marketing is starting.

Steemit - no cost, no barrier of entry, tons of fun, earn free cryptocurrency, and get a free education... it's perfect (especially as people are getting more and more bored with thankless traditional social media).

Congratulations on your progress, achievements, and thanks for all of the help!

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Hey no problem @steemmatt, and thank you for the kind words as well! Regarding hashgraph, you should definitely read my last post too if you haven't already.

Steemit - no cost, no barrier of entry, tons of fun, earn free cryptocurrency, and get a free education... it's perfect (especially as people are getting more and more bored with thankless traditional social media).

I've pounded the table on this for a year, you want in on crypto, don't invest a dime beyond your time to create posts on STEEMIT. Sadly enough, there's no better marketing than people seeing the price go up, up, and up, at which point it will become increasingly difficult (though not unattainable for those willing to put in the time and effort), to achieve success on the platform.

Besides that, Happy New Year to ya! :)

Pizza ! Mouth watering !!
Congratulation for all your achievements ! 2017 was awesome ! Hope you are enjoying your new year !!
Happy New Year 2018 !!

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thank you for the kind words, and best wishes for a Happy New Year to you too! :)

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Thank you so much my friend ! Wish you a lot !!

As someone who has only drank bottom shelf champagne before, I have to ask the question... was the Dom Perignon worth the price?

Also, love the optimism about Steem! I hope the community keeps rolling through good times and bad!

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well, let's just put it this way. had I been offered, say, a blind taste test of Prosecco versus Dom, I'd probably get the "expensive one" wrong every time... lol

And if you haven't already, you should also stop by our little SteemIt / WhaleShares Discord Community and say hi!

Great post. Wish you a happy and fulfilling new year. By the way, Dom may be special, but I still prefer Martinelli (about $2.50 a bottle). Also, no hangover!

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I really don't think that's something I can argue with! lol

Happy New years :0) Talk soon :)

Looks like our New Years had a lot of similarities, homemade food, champagne(yours a little more expensive, but still... :D) And, of course, fireworks! Love them fireworks, no matter how cold it is :D

Dude I also had a glass of Dom from the cellar and my words were 'uhhhhh, shouldnt this really be a bit more different?? I dont taste the difference' soo yeah, same issues, same drink..lot less icy though here.

And dude I am so curious on what is going to happen all this year... eos bitshares and steem have my full attention!

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yeah, for me as well, it's that whole "under-promise, over-deliver" motif... if you tell me it's $500 bucks and totally awesome, no matter what I'll probably be disappointed. if you tell me it's a $5 bottle of cheap bubbly, I'll be like hey, this is pretty darn good for only $5 bucks! 😁

hahah, that Dom is everything :P

i'm so hungry by ur fault !! ahaha

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yea, our pizzas will do that to ya! lol :D

I certainly hope that champagne was good man 😁

Great post, I like your post
Great times celebrate 2018
Happy new year.....
Cheers...

Thanks . I always feel smarter after reading your posts. Please keep sharing your thoughts. interesting post

very nice blog about #bitcoin

Happy new years 2018. Hope 2018 will be better.

2017 was a good year, 2018 could only pick up from there. Happy New Year Alex, thanks for sharing.

Last I looked Steem was at $6.40!

very good post,like it.
happy new year @alexpmorris

great your writing.

happy new years :)

Have a steeming new year! Upvoted :)

i think it's really delicious.
Thanks for sharing.

Very kind, instructive and inspiring post :) I sincerely congratulate you on achieving success on Steemit. I think the best indicator that you bring undoubted benefits to the users and the platform in General is the number of your followers.

Unfortunately, I found your account only recently... although perhaps it means that Steemit became big social network, it's good :)

I congratulate you with the successful 2017, and I wish that all your indicators will only grow in the new year!

Happy New Year too bro👍👏

It's cool to read about someone that's so far above where I am right now, and know about their difficulties and what they had to go through!
Thanks for sharing :)

That champagne though!