Despite writing several guides on ‘How to Find your way around the STEEM Blockchain’, I have yet to produce anything for potential new people that are OUTSIDE the STEEM community.
I will be sending this link to anyone who responds in a non-negative way to my direct messages.
Please feel free to use this and poke it in front of anyone who may be interested in posting or cross-posting their work on to the STEEM blockchain.
NOTE: This is for targeted bloggers, writers and photographers. We have enough shitheads, scammers and abusers on the STEEM blockchain without attracting more of them ;)
For Facebook / Medium / Reddit Users
For my real target audience, that is YOU who is reading this and thinking, 'this all looks a bit dodgy', let me put your mind at rest and persuade you that this is not a cult, scam or get rich quick scheme.
As you can see from my above comment, there is abuse and scammers on the chain. We try our best to keep them away from the genuine people and I don't mince my words when speaking about them.
When there's money involved it can bring out the worst in some.
This is not a comprehensive guide. More an enticement to what can happen if you decide to take the plunge and dare to enter the world of gaining rewards for your content.
...'I know you're up to no good, go on... admit it'...
Us humans are a peculiar lot, when something is shoved in front of us we immediately get all suspicious and think, ‘what’s he getting out of this’, and you would be correct to assume so.
Instead of rambling on, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and explain just what I’m up to.
Q: What is Steemit?
A: Steemit is a blogging platform that runs on the STEEM crypto-currency blockchain. It’s a relatively small community of maybe 6000 active users but used to be much larger.
The UK community is small, tight and consists of around 200 writers and content producers.
Q: If it was once much larger, why did so many leave?
A: The value of the STEEM coin is currently around 12c. I have seen it over $4.
...'STEEM is trading around 12c, but it wasnt always like this. If and when BitCoin goes nuts again, this picture will be radically different'...
As content is incentivized and rewarded by STEEM but perceived as $$, many people now don’t feel it’s worth their time anymore.
It's best not looked at for the money, but as a way of gaining something other than NOTHING for your creative efforts.
Q: Why did you approach me and want me to create or cross-post my content on to the STEEM blockchain?
A: I have picked you out because I feel your content is decent and ought to be rewarded. Why post on Facebook and get nothing when you can get something?
Q: OK, now my spider-senses are coming up. Why should you give me, a newbie these ‘rewards’ for just posting my images on to… what was it called? Steemit?
A: We want to encourage new talent, the core people are the same ones day after day. We want to expand the platform to the masses but only want to attract good content producers.
You were picked by hand as I figured you may have some potential. I have spotted your work on other social media sites.
Q: What do you mean rewards?
A: Just like the Bank of England issues masses of new currency on a daily basis, STEEM produces more STEEM every day.
This is called the daily reward pool and a small slice is handed to content producers every day.
...'think of the reward pool this way. It is filled with STEEM every day and empty be the end of it. STEEM is dispersed to stakeholders and content creators'...
Unlike the Bank of England, less STEEM is added to the reward pool every subsequent day. This makes it inflationary as well as deflationary.
Q: Are these rewards worth anything?
A: Yes, STEEM is a listed cryptocurrency like BitCoin. It can be traded for BitCoin which in turn can be traded for Dollars, Euros or Pounds.
Q: Why do you need me, surely it would be wise to keep all these rewards to yourself?
A: STEEM currently sits at 12c. We all want the coin to rise in value. To do this, there needs to be a buying demand for it.
If we just sit back and reap the rewards then it will stagnate. We need more people and injections of capital for it to increase. It's the laws of economics, which are Supply vs Demand.
Q: Ah, so this is a trap to get me to buy in is it?
A: No, since HF21 (I’ll spare you the technicalities but this happened in late 2019), there is a greater incentive to up-vote great content and all kinds of curation groups have sprung up.
One of them is hosting this particular on-boarding incentive.
'Curation groups are big accounts that hunt down good content and give them upvotes (thumbs up).'
...'you can escape the trap, ah but wait... there is no trap'...
This works well for the large stakeholders of the coin and also rewards people irrespective of their stake size.
To put it shortly if you can produce decent content, you will be noticed.
Q: Stakes, HF’s, it’s all getting too damn complicated.
A: It is as complicated as you want it to be. If you dig in it will overwhelm your head, best to take it easy. You don’t need to know all the technical bullshit to author your work.
Q: Can I get out once I put my foot in the door, or will I be dragged into the seedy world of crypto-currency where drug lords and criminals rule the roost?
A: Yes you can. Just do nothing and then you're out.
You can happily keep posting on Facebook while earning nothing while we all get rewards for our content and just like Facebook, if you decide to completely ignore it then nothing will happen.
Q: If this is so great why is it not mainstream already?
A: Ease of use is my best answer. It’s been around for 3 years or so, but the user interface is rather basic and can put many off. I won't advocate Steemit's search features as wonderful, more woeful.
Steempeak is an alternative user interface and has a better presentation than Steemit; both work on the STEEM blockchain.
...'many bloggers use Steempeak, it's a nicer experience and integrates a lot of STEEM's other features'...
The other reason is crypto-currency has a somewhat tarnished reputation, but we are not all druglords, weapon movers and criminals.
Q: So you’re saying I can earn money for just posting photographs?
A: Don’t mistake this for Facebook but with rewards. It's an effort for rewards-based system.
If people think you are making an effort and not posting any old crap they will give you their vote. Upvotes (thumbs up) are worth money on the STEEM blockchain, not just kudos like on Facebook.
Q: OK, so I have to work for my money or rewards?
A: If I said no, you just get it all for nothing would you still be interested?
That would make this a scam or get rich quick scheme. It’s not and working at KFC on an evening shift will earn you more.
Q: KFC is starting to sound like a good idea, why should I bother?
A: You won’t get the greasy KFC manager demanding and shouting at you, ‘get flipping that chicken you worthless peon’ every 5 minutes and can post at your leisure doing as much or as little as you like.
...'working at KFC could be a life changing opportunity, so could joining the STEEM blockchain and having nobody to answer too'...
Q: Can I get rich doing all this?, you see I already work for KFC and am getting tired of being told to ‘get flipping that chicken you worthless peon’ every 5 minutes.
A: In the short term no you can’t, this is an outlet for your creative flair. You can continue on Facebook if you like, but you may as well at least cross-post your work and get something back.
If STEEM breached $2 again, I would revise my answer. Like holding stocks, the more you have the greater the reward. STEEM can be earned, there is no requirement to 'buy in'.
Q: I still don’t get it, why should people vote my work up if I am a nobody on Steemit or the STEEM blockchain.
A: People here appreciate good content, just like you would get many likes on Facebook, you will get more upvotes on Steemit.
The more new people we get, the more the word spreads. If it spreads to 'the many' then some of them will want to invest.
I have to emphasize, this is not a must or requirement to gain any reward.
Q: Have you invested in these coins, STEEM right?
A: Yes, I have a significant stake. My desire is to raise the value of the coin (token), that way everyone wins. By attracting the right kind of people, word will spread and more will join.
I never blogged in my life before joining in March 2018. I would not even contemplate posting on a non-rewarding platform.
Q: Why bother investing, your content looks good and gains some decent money. I can see these figures at the bottom of your writing.
A: This is a stakeholder-based platform. Think stocks and dividends. I get a daily reward for being a passive stakeholder as well as rewards for my content.
Who doesn't like passive income? I don’t want to go too far into this as your brain may start to fry, there is a lot to take in.
Q: But I as a zero STEEM holder can I still get some rewards?
A: Yes, but only if the community thinks your content and work deserves some.
I picked you as I feel you may be suitable. I have not mass sent my introduction message to thousands and STEEM/Steemit is not for everyone.
OK, this is getting a little overlong and I don’t want to stretch people’s heads. The STEEM blockchain is a complex system and I won’t bullshit you, though you don’t need to look any further into it than you need too.
Below is Information regarding the type of people I am trying to attract (The Facebook Urbex Community)
I have tried to generalise this post as best as I can, though I am specifically targeting the Facebook Urbex Community with my requests.
The below content could be replaced with any genre, Music, Photography, Travel are popular ones.
I see so many great images, some with a story of what happened during the encounter. These are the people I am targeting.
...'Rock Nock Mill, top floor with plenty of rust but you won't see this image on Facebook as it's mine and I want it kept that way'...
Why should you post all these great photo images and get nothing back?
Did you know that when you upload your photos to Facebook, they become the property of Facebook.
Your blog on Steemit / STEEM will always be your property, your content and there is ZERO censorship from any centralized authority.
Posting images one by one isn’t really going to cut it. A story to accompany your Urbex encounter will go down a treat. It doesn’t have to be long, just descriptive and your own work.
There are currently TWO posters of Urbex on the STEEM blockchain; myself and @mrurbex who is a German writer.
...'@mrurbex comes up with some decent content, I have to run it via a translator as my German is non-existant besides counting from ONE to TEN'...
When I see all these posts on Facebook communities, I have to ask myself, ‘why are they uploading these and doing it all for NOTHING?’
There is room for many more and I for one will be supporting new people if they want to join, share their photography and write about their encounters.
If this is not enough to entice you to have a look then I will have to concede defeat. This is a recent example of how I write, I wouldn't expect you to do the same as me. Everyone has their own style.
...'like most I got busted while trying to infiltrate Camelot, the guards were cool though and let me happily snap away during my escort out'...
Accounts are now instant and cost nothing, but please contact me directly for this and I will provide signup links.
If you use Steemit, then there's either a 3-week wait, or it will cost you something. That's always been a negative factor for new signups.
It no longer is and that obstacle has now been breached. I hope to see more Urbex posts on the STEEM blockchain in the future. I don't want it all to myself.
I am contactable on Twitter here if you are seeing this outside of Facebook.
If you found this article so invigorating that you are now a positively googly-eyed, drooling lunatic with dripping saliva or even if you liked it just a bit, then please upvote, comment, resteem, engage me or all of these things.