I've been thinking about why there are a lot of good posts around steemit, that you really feel sorry about why didn't they earn more?
Short answer, it's not authors mistakes.
What i am seeing now, the majority of the whales are leasing their steem power to paid upvoting services, or selling upvote directly,
let's face it, upvoting is money giving, and it's money that they can give it to themselves, so why should they hand it over to you?
but how come some posts are getting upvoted?
the way i see it, it's mutual back scratching between whales, and also the ignorant promise of curation rewards, which doesn't worth it.
Why Curation Rewards doesn't worth it?
Simply, because you are getting 25% worth of you upvote in best cases, if you upvoted in the right time, so you can actually get less if you upvoted too early or too late.
Was always this way?
No, it wasn't, as reviewing old posts, people were actually upvoting good contents, no matter how much SP the author have, so they were not looking just for money, it has been a good place for good author.
one of the authors that i really like his contents is @boxmining, he is doing a real hard work and consistent on his posts, and all of his videos are originally his own work, full of information and analyzes about cryptocurrency, exchanges, political impacts on crypto & even advises about new ICOs.
how much dose @boxmining posts makes?
between $4 to $10, while at least in my opinion it worth more or less a $100, I see that his posts comparing to other stupid posts really worth a lot more.
There are many other authors who can easily fit in the same category, but i mentioned this guy because i follow him and check almost everything he posts and i really believe that he is underestimated,
Now what should be done?
i think that a change should be done to Curation rewards, and here is my proposal,
1- The rewards should be 50/50, between author and curators
2- The reward share should be descending under new rule, that can at least grant first upvoters a little better then their Voting worth, and descend with each new vote, for example the first voter receives 100% of his vote worth and 10% of the votes to follow, 2nd voter should receive 90% , 3rd voter 70%, 4th %50, and so on.
3- Another option is lottery curation rewards distribution, that will also attract more voters to upvote good posts, so if a person want to participate in a lottery, why not participate in a lottery by upvoting contents they actually likes
Bottom Line: something needs to be done, steemit is not a place that appreciate good contents anymore, it appreciate ROIs only.
nobody is really winning here