Earning a Living as a Nomad with Steem

in #nomad2 years ago (edited)

Today on The Wizard Life I will be sharing how I fund my nomadic adventures in the southwest deserts of the United States using the Steem cryptocurrency.

As many of you know, I quit my job as a Producer in the Video Game Industry a few months ago to live in my truck. While this lifestyle greatly reduces my expenses, there are still a few things I need to pay for (e.g. gas, food, mobile phone, etc.) so I do need a little income. I'm a Certified Human Potential Coach which provides some of that income, but at the moment most of what I need is actually provided by earning Steem through various social media platforms.


Steem is a Cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin which also stores the textual information used to generate web pages and posts like this one (e.g. HTML, Markdown). This data is decentralized which means it is held on many computers all over the world, rather than on one server, which makes it resistant to censorship.

There is a lot to be known about Steem, but to put it most simply, it serves as the backbone of social media platforms which reward you with the Steem cryptocurrency for generating content which the community appreciates. Think of it like Facebook or YouTube where when someone 'Likes' your post you make money!

Let's take a look at some of the platforms built on top of the Steem Blockchain so far...


The first class of platforms built using Steem are what I think of as the Facebook alternatives in that they allow you to share Posts containing a wide array of content types (e.g. Text, Images, Videos, Music, etc.).

Steemit.com runs in a Web Browser and was the first major platform to appear, so people often confuse it for Steem itself. It's owned and maintained by the same folks who originally built the Steem Blockchain, which seems to add to the confusion. Here's a look at my Blog when viewed from Steemit:

Busy.org is an alternative which has a slightly different layout and some features you won't find on Steemit. While it got a later start than Steemit, it seems to be more actively maintained and updated so I suspect it will overtake Steemit in popularity in the future. Here's a look at the same Blog viewed via Busy:

eSteem is an Android and iOS App which does the same thing as Steemit and Busy. It has some pretty cool features you won't find on the other platforms, so I recommend checking it out if you prefer to use your mobile device. Here's a look at what the same Blog looks like on eSteem:


In a time where almost all video content comes from a single source who has demonstrated its willingness to silence those with whom it does not agree, decentralized video platforms like DTube and DLive are desperately needed. Echo chambers of opinion are exceedingly dangerous because they give their occupants the impression there are no dissenting opinions even though they might have been sympathetic to those contrary views.

DTube is a decentralized video hosting platform. It stores the actual video files on the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) which is a decentralized alternative to HTTP. Once a video file is uploaded through DTube it cannot be taken down and can still be accessed even if the DTube website goes offline. It was created by @heimindanger and has come an incredibly long way in a very short amount of time, and I suspect it will come close to competing with YouTube in terms of its feature set very soon.

Here's a look at what my Steem profile looks like when viewed from DTube:

DLive is a platform which allows users to host live video feeds through the Steem Blockchain. Like DTube, it also has come a long way very quickly. I believe it is currently underutilized and is a potential gold mine for folks who know how to host high quality shows.

Here's a peek at the homepage:

As you can see, it's mostly streams of folks playing video games or music. Lots of room for improvement... get in while the gettins good!


Steem isn't limited to platforms which replace existing private services like Facebook and YouTube. Anything which involves rewarding users for generating content could work on the blockchain. One innovative platform which has taken Steem by storm is called Utopian-IO. It rewards users for contributing to Open Source projects.

Open Source means that you can read the code of the application you are using. This means you can make sure it's not doing anything you don't want it to, like sending your information to undesirable locations. It also means that you can duplicate the code and customize it to your needs! Open Source software is also free...

Open Source software has been historically supported out of the goodness of people's hearts who believe in the importance of transparency and accessibility. This limits its ability to compete with applications created by corporations because everyone's time is limited and everyone needs to earn a living. Utopian steps in to solve this problem by rewarding contributions to projects with very large upvotes.

There are lots of ways to contribute, and I focus primarily on reporting Bugs or functionality issues in the software. Here's a look at some of the bugs I've written and the rewards I've received for them:

You can also contribute by writing code, generating visual content, writing tutorials, translating text and more! This is where most of my income comes from. It's enough for me to live on in the United States, so just imagine how much this benefits people in less developed countries! It's hard to understate the potential for Utopian-IO to change the world for the better.


There are new platforms built on the Steem Blockchain appearing all the time. There's an alternative to Instagram called Steepshot, an alternative to Twitter called Zappl, a SoundClound alternative called DSound... and more! It's certainly a very exciting time, and we're still early in the development of all of this.


If you're interested in hopping aboard, you can create an account here:

Keep in mind that an account requires a small amount of Steem to exist and interact with the blockchain, and Steemit actually donates that to you when you create an account through them. For this reason, they need to verify you are a real person and that you haven't already made an account through them, so it can take several days before your new account becomes active.

Thanks for stopping by!

You can also follow me on these sites:
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I have no doubt that this will inspire others to make the changes that they dream of.

Thanks @luckythebard, that's what I'm hoping for!

thats the only reason im on steemit lol!

Looks pretty interesting! I hope I get the chance to try it someday.

I hope we can sen you one as soon as we have them in stock.

Thank you so much for interacting with my posts so I could find you! This is really invaluable information in general, but in particular for me as I'm at a point in my own journey where I'm pretty despondent and hopeless about continuing, but I'm also sick to death of conventional social media which I've been withdrawing from, and finding myself very isolated and depressed while these two circumstances interact. Appreciate your taking the time to talk about how you've managed to make this work for you. <3

My pleasure, @courtnee. I hope we get to see more posts from you in the future.

What is it that makes you hopeless about continuing your journey?

Hey @cahlen, I've been experimenting a little with utopian. Is it possible to make it so posts on utopian don't show up in steemit?

The only way around that is to make a separate Steem account. I use @thewizard.studio for anything related to Utopian-IO.

Thank you very much for this post, very useful information!

I'm glad it was helpful @bookpacker!

Great story! I like the #vanlife tag that's great instead of using Anarchy tag and getting unseen ! Nice to meet you wizard :)

Greetings @movingman! Always glad to meet a fellow nomad.

Have you had any issues with the Utopian website? I signed up a while ago but the site would keep freezing and become unresponsive.

Funny you should mention it, because it just went down a few minutes ago for an update and didn't recover when finished. It's had times of instability, but most of the time it's working just fine.

Are you using an up-to-date and commonly used browser?

Must be the browser, it's an older version of chrome but I can't update it on that computer since the latest builds target a newer version of the OS.

Huh! I didn't know about all them extra side platforms.

And more on the way! I think the expandability is one of the more exciting aspects of Steem.

Thanks for the information on the other steem apps I am not a tech person and steemit is my very first try at social media. Also I just read your comment about my resteems and I apologize. I only resteem what I feel is important (and a few of my steemit friends posts). I will definitely be more discerning. Is it because you already follow many of these people I resteem (I guess I could look that up myself) or because you don't agree they are important? Just wondering. Anyway, thanks for your support on my blog, and I hope you are enjoying the desert. I'm sick of the wet weather up here for sure.

Glad the post was informative @choosefreedom.

No worries about the resteems, there should really just be an option to hide them. The posts you resteem seem good to me, I just like to be able to control who shows up in my feed to make supporting people I choose to easier. Because there isn't a way to hide them yet, I will sometimes remove heavy resteemers from my follow list to avoid the messiness. I'm probably being a little OCD about it, but I messaged you so that you are aware because I may not be the only person who feels that way.

I'm up in the mountains of New Mexico, and it's pretty cold. I'm missing Lake Havasu, but at least it's not cold AND wet. How long are you staying up there?

The thing in Humboldt didn’t work out. I’m regrouping in Oregon and looking at heading back to the desert ASAP. Missing Havasu too

When you're on the other sites, does everything you post show up like it does on the steemit site?

Hi @minismallholding! It depends on the site. For example, DTube is only going to show the posts on your account submitted through DTube, but Busy.org will show everything.

What puts me off using things like steepshot is that I don't want to clutter my blog with too many photos, but I like using Instagram for the ease of use and quick sharing of updates. Same thing with dMania. I enjoy memes, but don't want a blog full of them.

I feel the same way, which is why I made a separate account called @thewizard.photos just for Steepshot.

thanks for the breakdown brother

Thanks for putting all that together for us. Best of luck on your travels too.

Thanks for the well wishes @davidkingns

Great video! What about health insurance?

That's one of the other expenses I have to cover, and thanks to Utopian I am able to do that. It'd be easier if we still had free-market healthcare here so that competition could drive down the price of services and insurance, but I'm making it work.

if we still had free-market healthcare

A lot of things would be better if we still had free-market healthcare

Indeed... do you think we'll ever have it back?


You’ve put together such a great summary of the potential that all things Steem can offer. This is valuable information, thanks for putting this together. Hope it touches so many more lives and glad it’s helped yours.

Haha well atleast that tag lead me to your posts 😂 just saw your main tag was nomad

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Thanks for writing such fantastic and inspiring content!

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