❓Answering Common Questions: I'm getting frustrated...Are my Expectations too high? 🙍

in steem-help •  last year

I've been here for two weeks, spent hours on my posts and not getting rewarded. Is it worth it?

Does that sound familiar? This has been the case for sooo many Steemians over the last year. Some sticking around, some fading away. For a few people, your expectations may be a little out of whack. Like many aspects of life, becoming successful here is a mix of putting in the time and effort, creating content people are interested in, building relationships and being lucky (i.e right place, right time.)

Don't expect to be making hundreds of dollars a post. Try to stay excited about posts that earn your first penny, that first dollar, that first $10, or that breaks loose for $50 or $100! The real goal is progressing your self and your skills, ideally building up a little payout consistency from your following.

Q: What are some things @sykochica learned early on that were helpful?

(Some one asked this question in another guide comment. Sorry I couldn't easily find the name of who asked it.)

  1. When I was trying to find things to post about, I got in the mentality that if I'd ever seen someone else write on that topic I wouldn't write anything myself. Even if it had been a while since the other person had posted it. Once I got over this it was a lot easier to make my 'post ideas' list. There's always going to be others that have written on topics you want to talk about. You have a different way of framing the information as well as a different following. More than likely others will never see the other persons post.

  2. After you read someones post and feel you have a comment to write them..do it BEFORE reading the other comments. Soooo many times I'd get through all the existing comments and either find someone else had written what I had to say or I was just exhausted afterward...both keeping me from commenting.

  3. Don't try to reach all audiences at the same time. For example, sometimes I'm quite able to get in depth, providing a lot of technical details...but if I do, the layperson doesn't understand what I'm saying. On the flip side, if I don't put enough details, the technical person isn't getting the in depth information they are looking for.
    You're never going to please everybody with the same style. So find what audience you are focusing on, and try to speak in terms and complexity they can easily digest.

Q: Why is content as good or better than stuff out, but they're earning way more? Is my work just not that good?

Just because you're not getting a lot of votes or high payouts doesn't mean you're content is poor. It takes a while to get noticed on here, even when your content it rather strong. But it's always good to see how you are able to improve your craft over time.

Comparing your posts to others is a common trap!! While I understand where this comes from, wondering why your travel blog post of equal or greater quality is earning $5 while the one on the trending page is at $500 is really comparing apples and oranges. For the most part, people who you see on the trending page have other things that have contributed to their being there such as putting in many hours of behind the scenes work here, been posting everyday for a year, has built a relationship with many users, and more.

Q: How long does it take to make good money here?

While this is a bit different for everybody, I usually say come in with the mindset of the first stage of things taking about 2-3 months. Some people get lucky at the beginning or have an existing following (here or elsewhere), but most of us are new to blogging, starting from scratch. Most of us aren't going to be earning $20 a post or more for a while.

Now, how much denotes 'good money' changes for each of us. But also leads to a slippery slope of thought of depending on Steemit for money. While anything we earn is quite nice, it's important to know that a big vote could stop coming, the price of steem could go down, or something else that would make your payouts drop seemingly out of nowhere.
You're better off viewing earnings here as a nice bonus. Don't expect to be getting rich off it.

Q: I want to quit my job! Can I just do Steemit fulltime?

Short Answer: NO!
I totally understand wanting to quit your job and just post on Steemit fulltime. I've been there myself and how wonderful that would be. However, as content creators we don't have assurances on getting paid. Maybe in the future this could be an option for some of us, but right now it just not a good idea.

Feel free to ask me anything. I'm here to Help!




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Good blog @sykochica
As a steemian who following you for some time, i just want to say that you have very good, unique unforgettable blogs about your self and life
Your influence in the community is far more than the rewards.
Keep it up :)

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Such kind words...thank you! :D
I do appreciate the long time support. I have seen you in there.

Helping others has definitely been my favorite niche to be a part of on here...even if I end up burning out from time to time. Cracking out on anything enough will do that, lol.

I definitely hope to continue in this role for a long while. I'm sure at some point I'll get back to the more personal pieces though...when guides/faq's/newbie initiatives fall out of vogue again.

Well i'm planning on going full time after my exams tomorrow. Technically i'm not quitting my job, rather I won't be searching for one.

So yeah i'm going to be a full time Steemian come Thursday!!! I bet you'll support me all the way!

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That's absolutely awesome!! Huge congrats to you!

I'd seen a few comments in here on the full time statement I'd made, so I wanted to clarify a bit on it. I'm in full support of those Steemit users (like yourself) who are able support themselves on it. There are some people that will get this opportunity, especially when living in places where $1 USD (obviously exchanged into local currency) has a lot more buying power than here in the US. For those who do live within a higher cost of living, it's a much harder thing to pull off.

I had mentioned it since there seem to be so many that seem to be going for that goal two or three weeks in and getting frustrated when it doesn't happen quickly. This line of though typically leads to that person hitting the 'this isn't worth it anymore' mode, leaving the site...which I want to prevent.

I've seen the time and work you've put in here...you've earned your place among the few full timers. For others to try to achieve that, they need to follow in your footsteps of effort. Many seem to just think they're gonna be striking it rich in a month or so.

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Haha! Yeah I totally get you. Everybody needs to realize that we've got to put in the work before we can start to enjoy the benefits.

And you're also right in the sense that it's a lot easier for me to live off my earnings here because sometimes I make the equivalent of a month's salary from just one post.

I've seen the time and work you've put in here...you've earned your place among the few full timers.

Wow! 🙈

Simply think value in and value out. The more you put in, the more you get out.
I started with those $0.01 posts. Now I am part of numerous crypto projects on various levels with posts making much more because of the value I have worked into things of which numerous accounts who have also put in their work give me more STEEM which in turn is allowing me to share more steem.

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Oh, I definitely remember those days.
I'm still amazed with everything you've managed to put together while traveling to boot!

My recent 11 cent post - why you don't make 100's of dollars yet about this same idea went viral, and it's the first one I've had so successful in such a long time.

I've been a follower of @sykochica for a long time. I fully love the way that @sykochica made the point in such a very nice, short and sweet way:

Like many aspects of life, becoming successful here is a mix of putting in the time and effort, creating content people are interested in, building relationships and being lucky (i.e right place, right time.)

...I think I might even quote her in one of my future blog posts (I would link to her of course for the thank you).... :)

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Freaking great post there, I love it! It's nice seeing you get a payout like that!

It really is an important things for new people on Steemit to understand.

Thank you for reading so much of my stuff such a long time! You've been a great supporter for months. And feel free to snag that line. :)

Nice post, I have been here for 2 weeks and i was already starting to ask myself the same question, and the only thing i could answer is; get the right followers and make the right friends. you cannot push people in following and upvoting you, they have to do that themselves.

Then i started commenting on posts and noticed that the quantity of followers is groing. They must like my comments.. and that is a good feeling. Steem on!

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Exactly!

And you're spot on with leaving good comments getting you new followers. Most people naturally go look at the blog of somebody that does that. So you don't even have to ask! :D

And welcome to Steemit! I'm glad you're getting your following building up! It really does payoff in the long run.

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Thanks! Got to say I was never of interested in Facebook etc, but i find steemit very addicting. Steem on!

I think it's just like anything else in life...if you come here for the money, you are never going to get it..
If you come here with the intention of blogging things of value for others to take in, then you're much more likely to find success.
The passionate person that genuinely cares about the work they are putting forth will ALWAYS trump the individual looking for a quick buck.

I am quickly starting to notice that everything is about connections within the community. You can blog and blog and blog, but until you start to connect with others, no one is going to notice you.

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Indeed... I agree with you. Start to connect with others is important.... wait your avatar is rainbow dash? My daughter love it .:)

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I dont know...who's Rainbow Dash? Must a kids show I assume. I just stumbled upon it while looking for an avatar...I thought it was funny! ha

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That is The Little Pony character. :)

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Either way...the pony stays! ha.

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Hooray for rainbow dash! :D

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This is spot on for most people that start here. We can't all be lucky enough to be a celebrity or already have a following on other social media sites.

I started here knowing the one person (who had told of Steemit) and that was it. It's easy for people to forget the importance of the social media component of this place.

your suggestion, tips, and guidance always helped me and I know, people out there will get benefited as well.

As always- the post is useful, nicely drafted and well arranged. Most importantly, a ton of info.
@sykochica

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Thank you!

Your posts are always very helpful. Keyword is not trying to get rich off steemit but see the rewards as bonus. Thanks for this quality post

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Thank you!
Exactly! :)

thank you for your posts. They are helping me get through this. I've felt a few of these thoughts that you've listed. I do understand how it works because of you and a few others. I do get frustrated because I'm trying to raise awareness about my journey with invisible disabilities to create a better future. Steemit has been wonderful and so have you. I know it's slow starting and I wish, like many others, that I could just snap my fingers and my message would catch on. That's not really reality though. I appreciate you and the steemit communit. thank you for your help.

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You're very welcome! I'm glad to have been helpful. :)

I can admit I've been there myself, those times where I felt like I was putting in so much time for which the returns just didn't seem to be cutting it for me. But I can also say that with some time, work and a little luck things can pick up. Before I had started here last year, I hadn't written for at least 10 years, not been a very social person (especially on line) and my closest experience with crypto was hearing about bitcoin. Lol

If you want, we can find a time to do a little one on one work to see what we do to try and pick things up for you.

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that sounds great Thank you for the offer. I would love to do that. I keep writing these very personal posts and I get great feedback. I just have to keep trying. :)

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I'm exhausted this evening. Even though I'm not quite able to spend as much time as I'd like right now, a couple of things came to mind that you may try in your posts.

First I wanted to say you have some VERY powerful stuff with strong writing. So I really don't think you're issue is the content itself...you've got that down pretty well. All these tips are more with marketing and/or readability.

  1. Use at least one picture in your posts. While working to build up your following, all your posts are among huge lists of other posts. It's common to skip over things without a thumbnail picture, which is what having that one picture will create for you. As an example for your latest post:

    Source

It didn't seem your story included the military, so I tried to find something ptsd more civilian, but they didn't come up quickly and I've got limited time tonight. If you do a google image search, click tools and set usage rights to labeled for reuse...everything it shows is safe from copyright concerns.

  1. Try tweaking your title. Personally I try to go as short as I can. So my first though was something like PTSD: Life After Death or Life, Death and PTSD. It could also be something emphasizing your struggle, what you've learned, etc. We've got about 3 seconds to get someone to click on your post, so a title has to grab people, so focus on writing titles around the key buzz words that pertain to your post.

  2. Remember that in list view, the first sentence (which includes headings) is shown along with the title and thumbnail pic. So if you start the first paragraph with " My PTSD began back in '02." I think it would help grab people.

  3. Try to break up text when that long. This can be done with a heading and/or page divider where applicable...ideally every 3ish paragraphs. Using headings and bolding important words/points also help to let people follow while just scrolling down.

  4. The life and health tags you have are great. You might try working in a psychology and/or story tag in for some of the others. These have a bit more traffic on them.

These are just some quicker things you can try out to see if they help. Remember that your content and writing is really strong! Now it's just a matter of getting more eyes on it. :)

While it can seem cheesy, you might try something like 5 things I've learned from ptsd or some sort of 5 things... post.

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Wow, fantastic advice and instructions. Thank you. I have tried to post a few pics in text before and when I do the box where the pic usually is blank like there's supposed to be a pic but there isn't. It's just an empty box. Of course when you click on the blog it totally works but it doesn't show up in the preview. Thank you also for your guidance. My posts sometimes start out with a little different intention and I start writing and it takes me on a similar but different path and I just go with it. I should redo the titles and first sentences. Thank you again. I really appreciate you and your help.

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I'm happy to help out.
It's definitely way easier with strong content. :)

How are you putting the photo in? Copy/paste image, upload from your computer, link from a hosting site (like imgur)?

You might just try swapping methods, resave the file as a different image type (jpg, png, etc), or a different image hosting site.

I've had that happen before. Changing stuff fixed it. Upside is that it will fix the thumbnail for you. In steemit.chat just paste post link along with image link of the first post image.

Hello, @sykochica! I have more things to ask. I bought some steem power (about 150 sp), but when I vote, the post in the better situation only increases two cents. Why?

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I'm not sure I quite understand. Like , why you only give two pennies when you vote after buying 150 steem power?

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Yes un

Hello dear @sykochica great read your post and I agree with almost everything you have exposed. There are other issues that define a post is or not on a trending page or have constant large rewards and those who are "doomed" to oblivion on this platform that unfortunately still is the case of a lot of newbies who join here. I think that when we deal with technology it is very difficult to believe 100% in merit or that a certain post here is of great quality or of very poor quality. Many whales, witnesses and etc, people who give value to some post sometimes neither nor read or saw the post and only leave bots on automatic to vote on their favorite authors.This breaks the argument that we are rewarded according to the quality of our posts and this procedure should be more transparent and natural. All here deserve to be successful according to the value we add. Great post again and a good week for you.

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I agree j'sants with your point as a 'new-guy' to Steemit, the one mega red flag that has stood out to me is utilization of auto-vote-bots that clearly benefit the techie-type (for lack of a better word / expert?) users here to possibly game the system.

Great advice @sykochica - it is very easy to get frustrated if you look at things in the wrong way. The fact that if you post a half decent #introduceyourself post that earns a surprisingly good amount is a double edged sword - yes it's great and gives you a glimpse of the potential of steemit but at the same time it also raises future expectations. A trap easily fallen into

Terrific post @skyochica. Informative and a pleasure to read. Thanks for sharing your steemit experience. SirKnight.

"Are my Expectations too high?"
This question is relevant in almost every aspect of daily life.
I find the answer is almost always a firm yes.

Thanks for sharing the information @sykochica

I guess this really will help some of the new users. (And even some of the old)

Great summary, my friend! :) This was a lesson imparted to me by @lukestokes after during my hiatus. It really changed how I viewed the world, so it's nice that you're dropping knowledge bombs on newbies and frustrated veterans alike.

Congrats on the first day of the job, by the way! I'm collating my comments on two of your posts in this one. I hope you don't mind. What did I tell you about the light at the end of the tunnel? :) I'm so happy that you've found yours!

This is a good to read :)

Great inspiring post. I am a new user by reading your post I realise that patience and dedication is essential for success. Thanks for providing such a useful information.

Some fantastic advice in here for everyone

Thank you for being so committed to helping us, the small fish newbies :)
You are doing an awesome job explaining the inner works.
Best,
@velimir

very helpful post - thanks

Agree!... Though about working full time on steemit, for some of us it really looks like a good idea, i make more money here with 1 post than in my "real life" job haha

Cool post. I've been trying to explain this to my people. We're pretty new here and we have a lot of zest for Steemit! But where we are, we should focus on developing a follower base, improving and tweaking our blogging skills, or the money won't come in.

some good advice sharing in this post

You really helped me with those Q&A's, @skyochica! Upvoted & Followed.

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Thank you! I'm really glad they've been helpful!
Always feel free to ask questions should they come to mind. :)

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Got ya!

Really very helpfull for me personally. Had to resteem ! :)

Thanks for the words of encouragement and advice. Money is nice but feedback and acknowledgment are priceless. Who else here has put in the time and effort to create content and post it on other platforms only to have it slip between the cracks? Sure, your video might have hundreds or thousands of views but no one seems to take the time to comment. Steemit, in the few days I've been here, has given me more feedback than years on Youtube.

Brother Lance here! I will not fade away! Sticking around due in large part to the efforts of @sykochica who is so helpful in educating even the dumbest of Steemit dummies (like me!) out there! Awesome job & informative yet again HuGs

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Thanks!

Short Answer: NO! I totally understand wanting to quit your job and just post on Steemit fulltime. I've been there myself and how wonderful that would be. However, as content creators we don't have assurances on getting paid. Maybe in the future this could be an option for some of us, but right now it just not a good idea.
@sykochica, yes, if we have a permanent or good job, we should not quit from that job. Otherwise, if we do not have a permanent job, this is our chance to be an active curator on steemit community. What do you think about become active curator on steemit as our job? Anyway nice posting. :)

thanks for sharing @sykochica

Great article and advice.
Thanks again

Quality post!
Having reasonable expectations is the key really.
I saw many 0.00 post when I first started out. But with time, it has changed :)

Thanks for the great advice. I can see that perseverance is the key and it takes time and effort to achieve those higher payouts.

Great work @sykochica. I have a question, however. Why do my most upvoted posts usually perform the worst? I have a post that got upvoted over 200 times, and it performed worse than a post upvoted like 7 times in terms of payouts. Why is that?

Am I doing something wrong?

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The 200 vote post was upvoted by a @steemtrail curation trail (bot's that follow a human voter.) They had a small percentage of their voting power donated, so it was like a string of pennies.

A slightly more in depth explanation is in this faq.

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Thanks!

This post has been ranked within the top 50 most undervalued posts in the second half of May 30. We estimate that this post is undervalued by $21.26 as compared to a scenario in which every voter had an equal say.

See the full rankings and details in The Daily Tribune: May 30 - Part II. You can also read about some of our methodology, data analysis and technical details in our initial post.

If you are the author and would prefer not to receive these comments, simply reply "Stop" to this comment.

I totally agree, Sykochica. I'll be posting some tips and tricks on how to gain a larger readership.

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Awesome! I'm interested to see that post. :)

You're never going to please everybody with the same style.

Love that mentality! You can't please everyone, so scratch your own itch. Passion is contagious and people are excited about others who are excited. Keep doin' you!

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Exactly! Beautifully said!

Good insights! Those should be helpful to some newcomers.

Why didn't I know about you and your tutorials earlier? These are superb explanations! Many many thanks for doing all that work! I'm now following you and including a link to your tutorials whenever anyone needs information about Steem. Much appreciated.

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Hehe, thank you!
Up to last week it had been many months since I'd written any guides/faqs. Though it's something I enjoy, they had fallen out of vogue for a while.

Thanks for the kind words! Always feel free to ask me any questions. I love helping fellow Steemians out.

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I've spent many hours trying to find the kind of information you wrote about and now I find it all in one place. I do have a few questions still:
1.) What is the point of having a tab for comments that I make on other people's posts? I'm always opening them just to clear the bolding. At first I was expecting an answer there, but soon figured out all replies to my posts are in the REPLIES tab.
2.) During my first week of reading, I came across a post that linked to a place where it showed who was doing the most flagging of posts but now I can't find it. Would you know where to find that kind of information?

I really love helping people too! I have no idea why I like doing it but its been something I have done for as long as I can remember. I even taught a co-worker how to beat me at a job interview! Is that crazy or what?

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  1. Did the comments area unbold once read? Heh..I'd never really looked for that. Personally my best use of the comments tab is to be able to re-find some conversations as well as an easy place to see if I'd gotten any payouts on them. But yea..I'm not in there very often.

  2. Ummm, I'm not sure what that article was. Sorry. The closest that comes to mind is this which is a list of all time highest accounts receiving flags...but not really what you were looking for.

I even taught a co-worker how to beat me at a job interview! Is that crazy or what?

The first rule about fight club is that you don't talk about fight club! Lol

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Did the comments area unbold once read?

Yes, it does unbold once you click to open it.

Ummm, I'm not sure what that article was. Sorry. The closest that comes to mind is this which is a list of all time highest accounts receiving flags

I do believe that was in fact what I had seen before! You are genius! Thank-you so much!

Very helpful post! I love your insights! Thank you for this. Hope you follow me as im your follower. Thank you

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I'm very happy to help out!
I'll definitely take a look at your blog.

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Oh thank you! I could use some advise. I love arts and i have a lot of painting yet to post. I only use my iphone for blogging. Can u also add my partner, she is new. @veravalle. Thank u so much.@ skyochica

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I can take a look to see what suggestions I can offer. :)
I'll get her on follow too. :)

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Thank you! As i feel so reserved on posting. And would love to learn more about blogging. Sometimes i give all my heart out and i put alot of effort and to see i only barely got a dollar from it hehe. But somedays its just a simple post then it gets more attention. What is the best time do younsuggest to post content?

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First let me say it looks like you're doing pretty well for only a few weeks in! On top of that, congrats on hitting 50 rep.

Sometimes i give all my heart out and i put alot of effort and to see i only barely got a dollar from it hehe. But somedays its just a simple post then it gets more attention.

I can relate...I've been in that same spot. Unfortunately on Steemit you never quite know what things are going to 'pop' and get a 'good' payout. Consistency on all posts can be difficult in general and especially for newbies.

What is the best time do you suggest to post content?

Personally, I try to post between 7am and 9-10pm CST. For newbies, getting those early votes are quite helpful because it puts you into the 'hot' feed.

However, there's always somebody up somewhere. :P

A couple suggestions looking at your blog...

  • in your tree photo posts...include the nature tag. Most of your posts can have the life tag too (I saw a few had life already..nice!)
  • Remember your first image in a post becomes the thumbnail pic when the post is shown in lists. The ideal dimensions for a thumbnail is 800x480. Things don't have to be this size, but somethings the picture doesn't pop with it being cropped.
  • On photo posts put the most eye catching / wow picture as the first one...since it's the thumbnail
  • Some of your posts have too many pictures, with little text.
  • Make text between pictures a 'large size' font (either selecting large font in the editor or putting ## at the start of a line in markdown.

If you've not, I recommend checking out steemit.chat (if you havent already) and possible @steemspeak in discord. It'll let you promote your posts and meet other people.

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Thank you so much! I will definetly follow your advice. Inwill consult to you with more questions when the time comes.

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Sounds good :)
Best of luck for the two of you!

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I tried @steemspeak on steem chat but could not find it. Might be my connection. I will keep on trying

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oh..sry. Steemspeak is a channel in discord. Just click this link to go there: https://discord.gg/SdwAwX3

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I left some suggestions on your other comment. :)
I'd forgotten that you're solely on your phone. So if anything I put in there doesn't work or make sense. Feel free to let me know.

It's better to send me a direct message in steemit.chat (i'm @sykochica in there too) because it's easier for me to keep track of. :)

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Great advice. I have not used steemit chat like that before thank you for your invite. You are Awesome!

Good faq @sykochica

You have been PROMOTED FREE for using the "faq" TAG (hashtag)

https://steemit.com/promoted/faq

Great post and great advice. Managing your own expectations is very important when you start on Steemit. I was slightly deluded when I started a few weeks ago and assumed my thoughts would be picked up by 1000's of people in short order.
As I stated deluded and slightly egotistical however your advice and critique of my blog has brought me down to earth and forced me to rethink my approach with more realistic goals.
Listen to @sykochica folks, she knows her stuff.

good post.. I still want to quit my job :)

I've just found your blog, and I have a lot to look through.
Thanks so much for all this help.

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Oh nice! I'm glad you came across my work. Hehe, yea. ..I've been doing a lot of these faqs lately. I'm happy they're of help!

Feel free to ask questions anytime!

Dear Sykovicha,
I've sent you a private (looooong message throught steemit chat ;-)). I just discover you blog and I want to thank you !
You are right, sometimes we feel so frustrated that our posts doesn't get any attention (especialy because I am posting in my mother tounge wich is fench). I've been lucky few days ago, but I am scare that it was ' only one time ' :-/ I know that we need to interract with the community but what can we do when there is not a lot of people understanding our language ?

Какая вы умница!!! Огромная помощь для начинающего блогера!!! Я вас читаю! Спасибо за труд!!!