I started like you, as a minnow. We were earning cents for our content, content that just like most of our fellow Steemians, was made out of sweat and effort hoping someone would find it and vote it.
As you, I made a name for myself and started to grow step by step. My first post was in May 2017, yours was in June 2017, we have practically the same Steemit-age.
Wow, you have 25k followers, I have only 7K. And to think I thought I was growing fast. Even so, we are both between the top 300 most followed Steemians.
I didn´t invest any Fiat. I don´t have money in the physical realm, all of my owned SP was earned by posting. As I can see by how you started, you probably didn´t have a lot of Fiat when you started but you were able to harvest some profit our of good choices in the Crypto market.
This is awesome, we have the same amount of Steem Power delegated! A quarter million SP given to use to use as we deem necessary.
I think it is great for the platform´s health to have whales delegating Steem Power to other accounts, that way the wealth is spread, the votes reach more people.
I am not here to judge your content quality or your analysis. This post is not to demand you stop posting 10 times a day - as you were doing when you started, you never changed your posting behaviour. This open dialogue is not to question your rewards. This letter doesn´t want to discuss the flags you give or the flags you receive.
This post is to try and reach a middle ground.
You are a Crypto Analist. You know how Steemit works. You have 80K Steem of your own and it is for our best interest - yes, my interest even though I have 6K Steem and you have 80K Steem - that this social experiment succeeds and we continue to have more users joining.
I know the whole story about how you started to get support, then the flags you received, after that the support you got from a top whale, then the delegation you received, then more flags and after that, the Haejin wars (This is what people are calling what´s happening today).
I know how other peole, top whales and minnows, have taken actions against you or your posts. While I support their ideas behind their actions and I understand their reasons, I don´t see the war ending sometime soon. This is bad for everyone who´s part of the steemcosystem. I would prefer to see you all, inmense whales voting for minnows rather than fighting each other. Sometimes a war is needed, but sometimes a truce helps everyone more.
There is a lot of people who support flagging you and there is a lot of people against this. Some Steemians started to support your posts after the Haejin Wars started, other Steembros joined the flagging party against your posts.
I even started an initiative to heal all the post that got flagged by you or the top whale supporting you. I am not one who flags easily but I am one who votes on posts that don´t deserve flagging.
But you know what? Perhaps it was wrong.
The approach to you at the beginning was well intended but perhaps, if someone asked me, I would have done it differently.
A few months ago I wouldn´t have written this letter out of fear of getting flagged but you see, we are the same person and I hope you get to see what I´m trying to achieve here.
We started at the same time, we grew a lot during the past months (you more than me but still), we create content that some people consider quality and good, we both are very enthusiast towards Steemit and we want it to succed. We have a considerble amount of Steem Power of our own but we also have a quarter million SP delegated to us. We both want to make a profit out of posting - I won´t lie, I post very often to try and earn some SBD and SP - but I also want to believe...
We want Steemit to Succeed.
I know perhaps it is too late to ask for a middle ground meet up. A lot of big people have attacked you full front and you have been made fun of with memes, posts and comments but hey, that´s the price of success.
Yep, whether some people like it or not, you are the most rewarded Steemian around in the past months. It doesn´t matter who votes you, you are getting rewarded.
Remember when you were earning 2 cents per post? I do.
I remember it was very disheartening to see the trending page and see 6 posts from the same person with massive profits and then look at my blog and see 10 bucks in total. I think you remember it too.
You see, I´ve been using my quarter million SP delegation to vote on those people who, like you and me 10 months ago, are trying very hard to get some votes, support and recognition. I use less than 10% of my total Voting Power to vote on my posts.
As I said, we want Steemit to succeed and this Flag War, perhaps the biggest so far, only speaks bad of our Steemit System, a social experiment that was created to spread the wealth and to give everyone a voice.
Think of the minnows, think of how many people you and the whale supporting you could be helping. Other people (like you and me at the beginning) are starting very eager, with their hopes up and making a real effort to get some votes.
Don´t do it for the whales who flag you, don´t do it for the witnesses you support, don´t do it for me - your mirror - but do it for the minnows and the health of the platform.
After all, if we support minnows and newcomers, the retention rate will go up, it will only help our platform to go viral, it will help the Steem Price an dultimately those 80K SP you have could be worth millions.
I assure you, if you meet me half way, all the critics, flags, posts and all that crap will go away. I will help you with that, I will try to make people stop that, but please, meet me halfway.
How could we meet halfway?
I don´t like making a list because then it seems like I´m making a demand instead of a deal, but I can´t find another way of putting it, but don´t worry, it is a short list:
- Make 4 posts a day. Yes, I know you started on Steemit making 10 posts a day, but now you are earning a lot more than 2 cents per post.
- Of course, autovote on them. You deserve it, you´ve earned it.
- Yeah, of course the whale supporting you will vote on those 4 posts, that´s understandable, after all he is your main supporter.
- Please, use the remaining 60% of your Voting Power to help minnows like you and me 10 months ago.
- Ask the whale supporting you to do the same with that 60%... spread the love man.
Meeting you halfway means I also have to give something in return, right?
- I will actively work to stop all the memes and posts against you. As I told you, I have some - not much - influence in the discord group where I can find some of the users doing that. I can assure you they are good people, I know them.
- I have 7K followers, not as much as you, but I have some influence in the platform, I will work towards cleaning your name.
- I will try to serve as intermediary with the whales who are flagging you and we will try to put an end to the flag war. We will try to stop all the flagging to your content. After all, I know their reasons and understand where they come from, if you post less, stopping the flags is achievable.
- I will vote 100% on 3 posts of yours every week. You deserve organic votes and you will get them. I´m sure that when people see you posting changes, they will do the same and give you some organic votes.
You can do whatever you want, just remember your days as minnow. Remember how awesome was to have a whale voting for you.
You can bring smiles and perhaps food to other minnow´s table by spreading your vote. You can even save a life with your vote. A lot of people in some parts of the world can eat the whole week with 5 SBD.
Let´s do it for the platform. Let´s meet halfway for the minnows. Let´s find a middle ground so Steemit stops having these wars.
This is not about a personal issue with other people and it is not about pride. It is about making Steemit the best version it can be. Let´s do it together.
Please @Haejin, can I meet you halfway?
Give it a try, do it for one week as an experiment and see how it suits you, worst case scenario, if you don´t like what you see, you can go back to what you were doing. This is not coming from a whale, this is coming from someone who started just like you, with nothing.
If you deem it necessary, you can contact me on discord #8455 @anomadsoul. Or perhaps this post seems enough to you and you decide to meet us half way. I will notice it the moment you start and I will keep my side of the deal.