Just letting everyone know that the prizes for the Open Mic contest will be reduced until further notice.
@pfunk has been donating Steem to go towards the Open Mic contest. He usually gives at least 200 Steem and I kick in another 100 Steem each week.
Unfortunately, for the last few weeks, @pfunk has slipped to the number 21 position as a witness. That means he earns less and as a result has been donating 100 Steem and I have been making up the difference with another 200 Steem.
I don't earn enough Steem to continue doing that. It's a lot of work to run Open Mic and I don't mind the work or even paying for it, but it is not sustainable at this point. I'm actually losing Steem giving that much as a prize.
So until we can get @pfunk back into the top 20 or find some other sources of funding, or get enough upvotes on the Open Mic posts to cover the Steem prize I have no choice but to reduce the prize payouts.
I hope everyone understands.
Just scroll down until you see his name and upvote it. You will need to log in with your active key to do so.
Thanks for understanding and I will let everyone know if this changes in the future.
The new payout, for now, beginning week 86 will be: (Week 85 will still payout 300 Steem as promised)
1st: 80 Steem
2nd: 40 Steem
3rd: 26 Steem
4th: 26 Steem
5th: 26 Steem