User's Guide to the Steemisphere, Version 1.0

in #steemlast year (edited)

Looking back over “Chapter One” of my Steem “journey,” it was a somewhat daunting challenge, when I first entered the Steemisphere, to figure out my way around. Perhaps we can agree, the Steem blockchain is a brilliantly conceived creation. It can also fairly and reasonably be considered as bewilderingly complex. At least for many of us.

How do we navigate around inside of it? How do we maximize our engagement with it, in the limited time we have to invest? Where do we go to even begin our own “journey?”

You are now reading all that I can do to help you answer these questions and "get off to a flying start." You are reading what I would like to have been quickly introduced to, when I was where you are right now.

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So, where do we start? At the conclusion of “Chapter One,” what follows is a listing of a number of apps and tools I have settled on using in my own engagement with our Steem blockchain.

Please note dear reader I have said our Steem blockchain. As you continue reading, please consider this as part of my investment in you and your success “in here.” To the extent I am successful, it is mutually beneficial and a “win-win” for both of us.

Given the time I have put into it, I would, of course, hope you will read this post and give me some feedback on what you think. Given its length, I am well aware, though, of the benefit of also “chopping it up” into sections, as you see below. You are welcome to either “scroll through” it all or “jump around” to individual sections. Whatever way seems best to you is fine with me.

I appreciate you stopping by and investing your time.

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Indispensable Tools



Anywhere we go in the “digital universe,” we need someone’s creative genius applied to creating the needed interface(s) you and I will need for our various electronic devices. What apps and tools are there for our Steem blockchain?

It is probably an understatement to say there are many. What follows is a list of 4 I consider to be the indispensable "starter kit" tools and apps you will want to focus on getting into your ”toolbox” first:

1. Steemit

The original user interface to the Steem blockchain, built by Steemit Inc.'s core development team. For many of us, this interface (you will also see references to it as a ”condenser” …) is our first introduction to the Steemisphere. I won’t spend a lot of time on it, as you are likely already somewhat familiar with it.

What I will do is comment briefly on the general “finished feel” of this interface. Which, early on, I wondered about when seeing it referenced as a “beta” app over 2 years after the launch of the Steem blockchain.

What?! Why is that?

While I claim no inside knowledge and others may wish to disagree, I believe the answer is that Steemit Inc.'s core development team only created an interface that provides a relatively functional and stable “front end.” To just get started. Then, aside from fixing any obvious bugs, they shifted and maintained their focus on the foundation, the “back end.”

Why do this?

Given limited time and resources, I would imagine they made a business decision that the Steem “market place” would create a demand and that others would step up to supply it! Yes, well, if so, I would say that worked out okay. While I still come back to Steemit, from time to time, for the most part my engagement with the Steem blockchain is via other 3rd party apps and tools.

  • Bonus: There is information available on Steemit, e.g. its FAQ section, that is still the “go to” reference all others rely upon. As time permits, you will benefit from spending time getting familiar with it.

2. Busy

“Exhibit A,” in support of my statement above, would be the interface provided by the Busy team. Long ago, they rightly decided they could improve upon the Steemit interface. A broad-based interface, similar to Steemit, Busy is simply better, for the most part.

Key benefits:

  • You can save multiple draft copies of your posts.
  • You can bookmark others posts, for future reference.
  • The editor box, both for posts and especially replies, is bigger and better than the one in Steemit.
  • No matter what you are doing in Busy, if there is new activity in your account, you are made aware of it and have a quick link to check it out.

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I have been using Busy for all of my posting over the last couple of months, as a result of these benefits.

  • Bonus: If you use “busy” as one of your five post tags / topics, then you will receive a small upvote from them on your post!

  • Note: To open your profile in Busy.org, you will need to use SteemConnect (covered in more detail in the Security and Privacy section below), a secure interface built by the Steemit Inc. core development team to allow 3rd-party apps, like Busy.org, to support its user base. You will have to supply SteemConnect with your private active key vs. only needing to supply your private posting key in Steemit.

3. Partiko

Need to get up from your chair / sofa / bed and “get some air?” We all need to get up and out regularly. Great. What about all of our activity on our Steem blockchain? We want to stay on top of our engagement, right? We don’t want to let anyone down …

Fortunately, most of us today have smartphones. With apps on them, designed to keep us in constant contact, as needed. Fortunately, there are several Steem apps available.

I would like to draw your attention to Partiko!

Source: Partiko website!

Created by lead developer @crypto.talk and his very talented @partiko team, Partiko comes in both Android and iOS native-language versions. This is a big deal and sets it apart from the others. @crypto.talk and his team made the ”go the extra mile” sacrifice to forego the comparative ease of writing their code in one language and introducing one or more translation layers in between it and our “user experience.”

The result? A very smooth, fast app that is great to use.

On top of this solid foundation, @crypto.talk has taken his experience working as a developer at Airbnb and created a great user interface, as he and his team are really focused on a great user experience. They have their own Discord channel, their own website, and their own Steem Witness. Above all, they are steadily working on both maintaining and improving this essential app.

Highly recommended!

  • Bonus: As with any good smartphone app, of course, you are provided notifications of all activity in Steem related to your account. But, also everything you do in Partiko generates points, which are redeemable for upvotes!

4. SteemWorld

As an engineer, I am a "numbers guy." Well ... I can't imagine what "stat" you think you might need on your Steem "journey" that is not "at your fingertips" with SteemWorld - the wonderful app created and maintained by one remarkably dedicated and talented Steemian, @steemchiller!

Source: @steemchiller’s introductory post!

Not only do you have all your important stats at your fingertips, but just about any transaction you might need can also be executed from SteemWorld.

Can’t recommend this one highly enough!

Once you’ve experienced all this app can do for you, I am confident you will whole-heartedly agree. Be sure and take note of @steemchiller’s weekly update posts and give him your full support. It is an understatement to say he is very deserving of it.

  • Bonus: Yes, SteemWorld has just about everything in it you need related to your account. But, it doesn’t end there! Due to the “out in the light” transparency designed into our Steem blockchain, you can also look into other Steem accounts. Provides a platform for accountability. Early on in my Steem “journey,” I got this “spy” tip (his words, not mine … 😉) from a great Steemian, @abh12345. You’ll definitely want to check into it!

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So, with some essential apps and tools coming into view and some of the Steemisphere now a little bit more in focus, what other apps and tools should we consider?

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Honorable Mentions List



While I refer to the apps and tools above as indispensable, I am simply suggesting you want to start there and not be without them. As a first step on your “journey” into the Steemisphere.

Then what?

As mentioned above, our Steem blockchain is complex. The apps and tools which follow are also highly recommended to you, once you are settled in with the indispensable list above in place.

1. PALnet and the Minnow Support Project

The Peace, Abundance, and Liberty network is the single largest community on the Steem blockchain, with over 5,200 minnow members. They can be followed through their @minnowsupport account, their website, and their Discord server.

Their description:

”The Minnow Support Project is a Witness initiative designed to form a community around new Steemit users to help them grow, find support, and as an avenue toward financial success.“

Source: MSP About page



In it you will find some very hard-working Steemians dedicated to helping you get over the many hurdles you may encounter on your way to Steem success.

Highlights and Links:

  • Minnow Support Project website: Here on their dedicated website you will find out a lot of information about this community.
  • MSP Waves Radio: PALNet and MSP’s talk radio site for our Steem blockchain. You’ll find lots of great content to listen to here. They have their own Steem account - @msp-waves.
  • Discord invite link – Once you’ve signed up on Discord (next item on this list …), come back and follow this link to be invited inside the PALnet Discord server.

Source: MSP Website

  • Bonus: You can begin getting upvotes right “out of the gate,” once set up on their Discord server, by listing your posts in their #upvote channel. As you will see others doing in that channel, you simply type $upvote and then paste a copy of your post’s link. Their minnowsupport bot will then inform you of status, from there.

2. Discord

Originally built to support the need for online gamers to keep in touch, Discord is also now a very popular “hangout” for many of the different “crypto” communities out there in the Cryptosphere. One of those, of course, is our Steem blockchain, which has many Discord servers active and more being added all the time.

Some of the Discord communities have an “open door” policy, e.g. the Peace, Abundance, and Liberty network listed above. Others are invitation only. My experience with the latter is they are all pretty welcoming, once you get connected to the right Steemians. After all, what is one of their most important objectives? To grow!

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As a means of direct communication with others, you will find this app invaluable in helping you build a following on our Steem blockchain. It is also a great aide to helping you improve your understanding of various aspects of it, in those areas of particular interest to you.

One fascinating aspect of the Discord website is its support for bots. Once inside, you will experience many of them. One of the “must have” services of one of them is this one you see below:

Source: Steem Witness @themarkymark’s post on GINAbot

  • Bonus: This amazing bot – GINAbot – “lives” inside Discord and provides a free service you simply do not want to be without! The General Independent Notification Agent bot created by @neander-squirrel has “her” own account at @ginabot. My recommendation is to follow both and support them. The link above provides excellent input about what this service is and how to get it set-up for your use. You will want to do that, at your earliest opportunity!

3. @DustSweeper

There is an upvote payment threshold inside the Steem blockchain below which you will not receiving anything. The last I knew, it was about $0.02. The technical reasoning behind this is unknown to me, but you can find posts about it, if interested in researching it further.

This is not a trivial matter as many of your fellow Steemians start out with a pretty small account and, even with a 100% upvote, do not exceed this threshold. Fortunately, there are some very smart and civic-minded Steemians who have taken care of this problem – the service of @DustSweeper!

Source: @DustSweeper’s FAQ post

Here is a link to @dustsweeper’s FAQ post. This service is the work of Steem Witness @danielsaori.

It is highly recommended you get this great service set up and working for you at your earliest opportunity.

4. Witness List

Once you begin to understand the all-important role of Steem Witnesses, you will want to learn more about them. This link takes you to an excellent source of information about them, produced by one of our Steem Witnesses, @drakos.

The influence of these Witnesses on your experience on our Steem blockchain is considerable. Once you’ve begun to get comfortable with knowing your way around, then you’ll want to invest some time to understand more about them. From there, you’ll want to make a well-informed decision on voting for those you wish to support. All Steemians can vote for 30. There is no cost for doing this. It is a very important responsibility for us all to carry out.

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Additional Tools



What you have been introduced to so far are Steem-specific apps and tools. If you are anything like me, it won’t end there, as you will need other supporting apps and tools. I am going to introduce you to three more, which I literally use daily.

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1. A Word Processor

While the interfaces above are very helpful, I find them to still be somewhat restrictive when I would like to have as much viewing space on my screen for writing as I can manage. For many years, I have used a word processor that provides exactly that.

I have used Microsoft Word for a long time and would be lost without it. I can minimize the menu bar and have almost my entire screen free to write on – like a blank sheet of paper. For my efficiency, this makes a world of difference to me when I sit down to write. I have even created Word templates for different purposes, e.g. creating a new response. I can have Word open on one screen and the Steem post I am writing about on the other (yes, I am very blessed to have two monitors …), so I can easily extract portions of it I want to embed in my reply and comment on.

For your computer and operating system, your choices may be different, but I would encourage you to think about using one and then simply copying and pasting the content from there into your Steem app of choice.

2. Screen Capture Utility – Greenshot

When it comes time to illustrate your “latest, greatest” post, how often do you wish to capture a part of what is on your monitor? If you are like me, the answer is literally daily. Whether at work or at “play,” I am continually needing a screen capture utility.

Great. Where do you find one?

While there are many “out there,” I settled on the use of Greenshot a long time ago. It is free and open-sourced on GitHub, easy to use, and yet has considerable power, when needed. I’ve never found anything I need this great utility can’t perform.

Source: Wikipedia

Highly recommended!

You can get a copy of it in a number of places, including straight from GitHub. Or from a favorite website of mine, for many years CNet.

3. Database

Database? What? Yep, I said and mean exactly that. There is an almost overwhelming amount of information to keep track of, once you begin to engage with the Steem blockchain. As a simple example, storing links to all of the posts and even comments and replies of value to you. How do you do that?

With a database! For me, I mean that quite literally, as I use Microsoft Access. A very good way to add value to your posts and replies is to embed links to other content in them. Ideally, you would like to have a “library” of these links, to get to quickly, when needed, for adding to your next post / reply.

Many will not have access to or understand using a true database. You can get similar value out of using a spreadsheet. If you don’t have one, you can find free ones online – like Google Sheets.

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Your Online Security and Privacy



In the cryptosphere, the responsibility for our safety and security begins and ends with us. To be sure, there are very well-intentioned Steemians who can help, but you want to be sure you understand how to take care of yourself.

What follows is a listing of a couple of bits of vital information about your online security, as well as one last app for your consideration to protect your privacy.

1. Securing your Steem Private Keys!

You should always log into the Steem blockchain with the lowest security key possible. If you haven’t already done so, you need to be sure you are currently logged in with something other than your owner private key (which you obtained upon signing up to join the Steem blockchain).

If not, I have written step-by-steps instructions for you in the Your Security section of my Welcome to the Steemisphere post. If you have not taken care of this before now, I would highly recommend you stop right here and go take care of it. Yes, for your protection, I think it is that important.

2. SteemConnect

SteemConnect was built by the Steemit Inc. core developer team. It provides vital infrastructure to allow 3rd party apps to connect Steemians to the Steem blockchain. In so doing, it saves these 3rd parties from having to go to the trouble of building this essential interface to their apps.

As much or more important, these 3rd party apps do not have your private keys. SteemConnect handles all of that. Here is how they word it themselves:

”… never risk a malicious or incompetent 3rd party app getting your private keys again. SteemConnect acts as the identity layer in between that enables participation without vulnerability. “

Source: SteemConnect website (emphasis added mine)



So, if you begin using recommended apps, like Busy, then you’ll experience using this interface. For your security and peace of mind, I wanted to let you know in advance about it and assure you it is OK.

I would recommend you go a step further. If I am not on Steemit, which I know was built by the Steemit Inc. core development team, then the one other link to the Steem blockchain I trust is this one – SteemConnect. Why? Again, because the Steemit Inc. core development team built it for this express purpose.

Any site asking for you to provide your private keys to them directly should immediately cause you to be suspicious! Why wouldn’t they simply use SteemConnect? They may have a valid reason and I am not saying there aren’t any. I am simply suggesting you be very cautious, if you run into that situation.

  • For more info, here is a link to the Steemit Inc.’s core development team post about SteemConnect 2.0.

3. Brave browser

Most of us are very much aware of the steady erosion of our privacy in this era of social media. The FANG organizations have made a lot of money over all of us clicking on their EULA (End User License Agreement), not really taking the time to have any idea of what we have just ”agreed” to signing over to them.

Well, dear reader, the clearer the answer becomes, the more there is a growing awareness that something must be done. For me, a part of the answer is to use the Brave browser! It is available for your computer, as well as your smartphone -whether Android or iOS based.

Source: Great Article on Brave Browser and its Partnership with Dow Jones

I believe the use of it represents a great investment in its own right, as the Brave browser is allied with the BAT (Basic Attention Token) token. Another example of “the good guys” creating brilliant blockchain concepts to solve “real world” problems.

What is their objective?

Here is what they have to say, in their own words:

”Much more than a browser, Brave is a new way of thinking about how the web works. Brave is open source, and built by a team of privacy focused, performance oriented pioneers of the web, founded by the inventor of Javascript and co-founder of Mozilla.”

Source: Brave About Page (emphasis added mine)



Who is behind it?

Co-founder Brendan Eich is well-known as the creator of the Javascript programming language. His first venture into the creation of browsers was his work on Netscape and Mozilla. To an investor, he brings “heavyweight” credentials to his vision of what the Brave browser is already well along the path to becoming.

Highly recommended!

Source: GreenShot screen capture

While I still have other browsers available to me, as needed, everything I do with my crypto asset class investments is done using the Brave browser. Including, of course, engagement with the Steem blockchain.

When I log in, the first two items coming up on my screens are typically GINAbot on one, and the various tabs on my Brave browser preloaded and ready to go on the other - Steemit, Busy, and SteemWorld!

  • Bonus: Beyond the scope of this post to get into the details, but I have set up the Brave browser to run only under my Administrator profile, while logging in under my regular user profile. That is, I have to enter my Administrator password to use it. Adds an extra layer of security …

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Now ... Off you go!



Wrapping up this post, you’ve been presented with a lot of information intended to help you. Specifically, it has been designed to help you answer the questions at the beginning of it.

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With a recommended path to start moving forward through the Steemisphere mapped out for you, I hope you will begin to work on getting as many of these apps and tools up and running as seems best to you.


You have now read through "lessons learned" in what I now refer to as "Chapter One," of the story of my Steem "journey." In this post, I have put everything I have to offer into helping you get off to a successful start on your own Steem "journey."

All input is welcome and much appreciated. I would particularly like to hear from those who have been helped some by this post. And by those who have constructive comments about how to make future versions of it better.

Until "next time," all the best to you for a better tomorrow, as we all work together to build our Steem Community! 👍 😊

Respectfully,

Steemian @roleerob

Posted using Busy.org and “immutably enshrined in the blockchain” on Saturday, 27 October 2018!


P.S. There is a very intentional link between “Version 1.0” in the title and “Chapter 1” of my Steem “journey.” There will almost certainly be a Version 2.0 of this post, in the future. I am continually learning and Steem is continually improving. As an example of both, in “Chapter 2,” I have been introduced to @steempeak’s impressive new SteemPeak interface – which will be an almost certain replacement for Busy …

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Interested to read more of my Steemisphere "series"? Great! Here you go:


Interested to know more about why I would invest my time in this post? Helping build our Steem Community? The following post tells you my story:


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Edit:

For the past 3 hours, since posting this, I have attempted to resolve the problem with the bookmarks you will find in this post. They work only partially.

Sadly, I have now learned Steemit Inc. does not support the HTML code needed. Specifically, the ID attribute. I have no idea why. 👎

Very frustrating to find this out, only after all the work I have put into this post and one I have not yet posted. It has even more bookmarks …

Life goes on …

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Very interesting new learning every day...

Steemworld is indeed very useful. It has everything I would need to know about an account. I am referring to it several times every day.

I have seen @minnowsupport around but did not really pay much attention to it until your post. It sounds much more interesting now. I will definitely check on it further.

While the default Snipping tool of Windows OS works for me now, Greenshot sounds interesting. I wonder if it has editing feature because that is my challenge with Snipping tool. I have to capture the screen and do the editing on PhotoScape.

I do the same thing with MS Word. For some reasons, I feel more comfortable writing on it and transferring later to whichever Steem editor I pick when I am done. I have been using @steempeak for fairly a long time now. I can say that the interface is much more friendly than Busy.org. and the main difference is that you can schedule when you want your article to be posted. What I am still looking forward to is the support from @steempeak just like the other apps, e.g you mentioned point system of Partiko, upvote from Busy, and others. Steempeak does not have those, or maybe I havne't found out yet? I hope @steempeak will come and comment about that. Still, I have been using Steempeak more often than any Steem editor since I found out about it because of its great interface.

For as much as possible, I limit the use of "unconventional" apps but you made Brave browser sound so interesting. I settled to Chrome before but it got soooo slow that I eventually uninstalled it. I reinstalled but not using it much. MS Edge took its edge. I will definitely check on Brave.

Thanks a bunch for sharing these! It is very good to learn something new.

Thank you @macoolette, for stopping by, and adding value to my post! 😊

“… Greenshot sounds interesting. I wonder if it has editing feature because that is my challenge with Snipping tool …”

Yes, it does. As mentioned here in this post, at least for my needs, I have never found anything this great little utility can’t do. And I’ve used it for years. I would definitely encourage you to check it out.

”I do the same thing with MS Word. For some reasons, I feel more comfortable writing on it and transferring later to whichever Steem editor I pick when I am done. I have been using @steempeak for fairly a long time now.”

Sounds like we are like-minded. So much more I can do with MS Word that just can’t be replicated in any of these comparatively basic editors. As an example, a big issue for me is really pretty simple. I can type on one screen, while browsing through a post or comment on the other. Like right now (try typing a reply like this into the little teeny window in Steemit!?) … 😊

Yes, I have only just recently “stumbled” onto SteemPeak, but I can already tell, as mentioned in this post, that it will become the successor to my use of Busy. As to your comments to them, you will note they replied below. I think like all of these projects, they are very dependent on all of us to support them. From what I’ve seen so far, they can definitely count on my support.

”For as much as possible, I limit the use of "unconventional" apps but you made Brave browser sound so interesting. I settled to Chrome before but it got soooo slow that I eventually uninstalled it.”

Yes, perhaps unconventional, but definitely right in line (from my perspective anyway) with the whole vision of what these brilliant blockchain creations are in the process of becoming. As an example, see the reply of @condeas below.

For myself, I want to get as far away from the use of Chrome and Google as I can get, but there are “hard realities” in the way of how far that can be. “All we can do is all we can do” is an old saying, so doing what I can …

Until we “meet” again @macoolette, all the best to you for a better tomorrow! 👍


P.S. And thank you @pfunk for supporting this post and her comments. Very encouraging!

Oh there, I discovered another thing about Brave! It seems really worth using it. I will...

Until we “meet” again @macoolette, all the best to you for a better tomorrow! 👍

Oh my goodness! It's as if this is parting line. 😂 No. Surely, we will meet again. Thank you for all your support. And since I am on that now, I would like to mention that I notice your auto-votes that have been coming in. Thank you very much!

And yes, big thanks too to @pfunk. I was not expecting that. Great surprise! 😊

Glad to hear you are going to give Brave a try @macoolette. I think you’ll be glad you did. Once you’ve spent some time with it, you’ll have to let me know what you think. It has its own community and everything, so you’ll want to go “all in” … 😉

”Oh my goodness! It's as if this is parting line.“

No, not “terminal” or anything like that … 😊 With everyone “in here,” seems there is an ebb and flow to when you “see” them again and have exchanges, like this one. Then quite a bit of time can pass before the next opportunity …

”I would like to mention that I notice your auto-votes that have been coming in. Thank you very much!“

My pleasure “rocket redfish!” 😉 After I voted for you in PIFC’s Week 26 contest I haven’t heard any more about who was selected for that prize. Did you ever hear anything?

I did not now that you have nominated me on week 26 of the PIFC. I am surprised to know about it here on this post. Week 26 was when I was I muted due to RC limitation after HF20. Out of frustration, I just shrugged off all mention notifications and messages. I guess that is the reason why I did not notice your nomination. I started anew after another week and did not trace back for pending messages.

I have been thinking and I thought I have a long story to tell about the nominations but let me just try to summarize. A list came out without my name then few days after, a separate post came with just my name. I'll take that positively as special treatment. 😊

Now it's only proper for another thank you to you for your nomination!

Very nice summary.

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But I wish you had mentioned Brave Payments, too.
"Brave-users" can pay website operators and Youtuber by accessing the page and activating it for payments.

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Before that you only have to activate Brave Payments under "Settings"/"Payments".

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As long as it is not yet possible to receive your own BAT by viewing advertisements, a small amount of BAT will be made available to each Brave user once a month.
I myself have already sent about 45,00 € to @steemchiller without it costing me anything.

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Thank you @condeas, for stopping by, and adding value to my post.

”But I wish you had mentioned Brave Payments, too.”

Yes, I had to decide where to draw the line, in what to put in and what to leave out. This post and especially the other linked post are already quite long by Steem blockchain standards.

I have written extensively in two linked posts about what a new Steemian might benefit from knowing. To be successful on our Steem blockchain. I did mention the BAT token, which will lead interested parties who follow-up on my recommendation, to learn about these payments.

”As long as it is not yet possible to receive your own BAT by viewing advertisements, a small amount of BAT will be made available to each Brave user once a month.”

”I myself have already sent about 45,00 € to @steemchiller without it costing me anything.”

Absolutely right. As @steemchiller himself may be a witness for me, in other posts and comments, I have specifically mentioned exactly that, as an additional way the Steem Community can support his great work.

Thanks again @condeas. Until we “meet” again, all the best to you for a better tomorrow! 👍

howdy sir roleerob! Hey this is such a wonderful post, so much practical information and not just for the beginner. Greenshot sounds great and I've heard good things about Brave but haven't looked into seriously but it sounds like a no-brainer now!

My countryman from Texas. Thanks for stopping by @janton!

"I've heard good things about Brave but haven't looked into seriously but it sounds like a no-brainer now!"

I would definitely encourage you to give it a shot. If you're going to "dive in" to the "cryptosphere" why not go "all in?" 😉 Brave has its own community, BAT token tie-in to pay to sites you like, e.g. my favorite the SteemWorld site of @steemchiller. Give it a shot!

BTW, this is the support post to my “main event” post - Welcome to the Steemisphere! Getting Off to a "Flying Start," Version 1.0. If you have time to check into it sometime, I’d welcome your input on what could be done to make it better. My target audience is those who are new to the Steemisphere. It’s what I wish I’d had made available to me on day ONE!

All the best to you @janton!


P.S. I’m going to be in Texas for 10 days, starting next Saturday.

Howdy sir roleerob! With Brave, you just download it like Firefox or any other browser?
Oh this is the perfect time of year to be in Texas as you probably know, unless it's raining. Some kind of training brings you down?
Yes, I 'll check out your other post!

Up before 🌄 (here) @janton and and finding this latest from the Champ!

”Some kind of training brings you down?“

Yes, partially. I will be coming down for both some professional and personal time. I work as a Business Systems Analyst and last year attended one of the top conferences of my professional life – some details captured here in my IIBA Conference – Lifetime Memories post.

I am very excited to be attending this truly international conference again this year to listen to some of the “best and brightest” from all over the world talk about what they see for the future. It will be held in San Antonio.

After that, I will be spending some time up north in McKinney, Texas.

Until next time, have a productive day there, @janton!

Thank you for getting back with me sir roleerob! hey, you said "best and brightest” from all over the world" talking about what or can you say?

I'm just curious but I don't know if it's stuff you don't share with the world or not!

They will be talking about business analysis from a global perspective @janton.

They cover AI, machine learning, the effect of blockchain technology, etc.

Example: Head of research at IBM spoke about AI, as much as corporate would allow. Fierce competition with the Chinese over who will control this market in the future. A lot of Chinese were in the audience ...

The post link I sent will give a good overview of what the experience was like last - one of the top 3 highlights of my professional career!

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wow sir roleerob..so this one coming up could be one of the top 4 highlights! The AI field is amazing isn't it. Can you do posts about some of what you learn or is it semi-classified?

No @janton. Not classified, so I will likely write a post about it. Like I did for the one I attended last year. As far as I know, it was the first reference on the Steem blockchain to the IIBA.

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Absolutely FANTASTIC intro @roleerob! I'm about a week into my journey on @Steemit and all I can say is that I wish I would have had this post to rely on since day 1! While I've learned some of the lessons above the hard way, there are some tools out there that I hadn't yet found, but are now excited to put into my workflows. You sir a a gentleman's gentleman!

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Wow! Very encouraged to get this response from you @abhaya504, so soon after posting this and then my “main event” post this morning - Welcome to the Steemisphere! Getting Off to a "Flying Start," Version 1.0.

As you’ll read at the end of that post, from conception, these posts were intended to complement each other. And, in turn, be support to people just like you! 😊 So … Thank you!

Since my 1st post on May 14th, I did a lot of “stumbling” around “in here,” but I’m a stubborn cuss … 😉 So, if you’re only a week into it, you’re doing well, as I see you already are using Partiko! You’re way ahead of me …

Ultimately, if you “win,” then I “win” and our Steem blockchain is the better for it. And the value goes up! 👍

If there is anything I can do to help you, as you start into your own “journey,” please let me know. Until we “meet” again, all the best to you, for a better tomorrow!

If you win I win is a profound statement to hear from what is essentially a stranger in this day in age. It proves that a democratized decentralized platform can reward people for positive behaviors! Makes me happy about my recent decision to pivot into a blockchain venture. Really wonderful meeting you. Looking forward to learning more from you in the future!

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My pleasure @abhaya504. We are in agreement about this and the potential for a bright future! 👍

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Wow is all I can say! Our journeys have been very similar as I recommend exactly the same tools and communities! I wish a lost like this would have existed when I started earlier this year! However, I will ensure that I send people to this blog post as part of my #introduceyourself curation initiative. This will be a great onboarding post for all new users!

One addition I would add is the up and coming Steem KeyChain which will provide another alternative to steemconnect. I am looking at testing it out but have seen and heard good things about so far!

Great Job!

Thank you @newageinv, for stopping by. I have just finished getting past the crisis mode I was in, soon after clicking Post. I quickly determined all my work on the needed (to me) bookmarks in this post don't work. And I have just finished adding an Edit to the bottom of it to explain to my readers. Very frustrating ...

But, life goes on. And I appreciate your words of encouragement. I actually have another post tied to this one, which I yet to click Post on, as it will have the same problem. I am going to call it a (long) day, and decided about what to do on that tomorrow.

"However, I will ensure that I send people to this blog post as part of my #introduceyourself curation initiative. This will be a great onboarding post for all new users!"

Pleased to learn you think it will have value for your project. I wrote these for many of the people I "run into" while curating for the @pifc community. They have questions and need the help. Just as I wrote, I wish I'd had this post when I was starting out ...

"One addition I would add is the up and coming Steem KeyChain which will provide another alternative to steemconnect."

Thanks for mentioning this, as I have never heard of it. Please keep me posted on what you think, as I am unaware of what its objective is, but I'll also do some research on it, as time permits.

Somehow, I just had a chance to read your post again, @roleerob

I've never heard about Patriko before. Very useful information.

ps.
do you mind sharing your link to your account on busy.org?

also wouldn't it be better if you would publish few separate posts instead of one large one? from my experiencep most people have short attention span and long articles are making them lose their attention right away

Cheers
Piotr

Thanks for the reread @crypto.piotr

”I've never heard about Patriko before “

Yes, I’d really encourage you to give Partiko a try. I think you’ll be glad you did! One app I would not want to be without … You can always delete it from your phone, if you find you don’t care for it …

”do you mind sharing your link to your account on busy.org? “

Actually that is built into the hyperlink you see under my name, at the end of this post. Thanks for asking!

”also wouldn't it be better if you would publish few separate posts instead of one large one? “

Great, great question. You see at the end of my post my dilemma. As I shared the details with you in a different reply, it was always my intention to have this post bookmarked, so I would be able to refer other Steemians to it. Not only the whole post, but the individual sections of it, as seemed best. Overall, the content holds together for a bigger picture and these two compliment each other …

That said, now that I have been burned by finding out too late the limitation Steemit has placed on HTML code, I will not do this again. With +10,000 words combined, these two posts could easily have been ?? separate ones … 12? 15? Who knows …

There is good news though. For whatever reason, as we wonder what it is that catches the eyes of our fellow Steemians, these two posts were my 2nd and 3rd highest payout posts! 👍

hi @roleerob

I olny wanted to thank you again for your support and valuable comment regarding my latest Trivial review.

Just figured that I will drop by and leave an upvote as a small token of appreciation.

have a great sunday,
Piotr

Oh @crypto.piotr, I am a "weary warrior," as I have just come from replying to you on your post and did not see this one. I am just working my way through my replies and missed this … 😧

”I olny wanted to thank you again for your support and valuable comment regarding my latest Trivial review.”

”Just figured that I will drop by and leave an upvote as a small token of appreciation.”

I really appreciate that sir! Thanks for stopping by and thank you for the well wishes. I hope you’ve had a good Sunday as well.

hi @roleerob

you're very responsive which is absolutely great and steemit community surely will benefit by having you here.

if you would ever like to keep in touch and support each other closer, then drop me a message [email protected]
This will allow us to communicate easier.

No pressure of course,

Cheers, Piotr

Glad to hear you're trying out https://steempeak.com now days. Let us know how it goes.

Yes, @steempeak, you can count on it! These are the last posts I will be doing in Busy.

Haven't decided, as time is always against me, but likely I will write a whole post promoting the great value I see so far in using SteemPeak.

Excellent. Thanks for putting this together!

Thank you @mikeonfire! This post was the “support” post to my “main event” post – Welcome to the Steemisphere! Getting Off to a "Flying Start," Version 1.0

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