It's very tough here at times. Honestly, I came to Steemit originally because I needed to escape Facebook and Youtube. I was fed up with the centralizing censorship, and the masses rallying to insult independent journalists for not agreeing with THE news. The justice system is turning back 400 years with unfair trails judged by a minority that shouts louder than the cowardly masses. On social media, it was impossible to criticize bad behavior, because it would be a permanent reminder to others that they should target me from now on for humiliating one of their own. They have my name and ID on every post. It was ruining my life.
On Steemit I was able to have a voice again. I kept my identity a secret, because I knew I still had to hide. Yes, I fear the control and power of the elites who constantly have to remind others of their position to reassert their power. I am not here for financial freedom. Nothing has proven to be sustainable. I do not depend on Steemit for income, so I power up every dollar and leave it there, adding to my own influence.
That is why I do not lead, as you say. I try not to be a follower, but I am weak. Often I have to keep my mouth shut and pretend I am one of the misguided sheep, though I do not support their meaningless endeavors. Expressing my divergent knowledge and opinions on matters that are off-limits to others will get me fired, or cost me all of my client contracts. My anonymity here is my only protection if I want to have a voice. My resources are limited. At least on Steemit my talents need not be wasted.
I am not here for social outreach, although that is a role I could take if I felt confident in that. I am here for safety to express my words and artistic talents. Perhaps I'll have to follow the Trail of Tears, like my ancestors did, once it is too late and my welcome mat is pulled out from underneath.