One Year on Steemit! My thoughts and Opinions About the Platform and My Time Spent Here.

in steemit •  10 months ago  (edited)

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Hooray! It's been one year for me here in Steemit Land and it has been an amazing experience to say the least! In this post I will give you my thoughts and opinions about the platform, my time spent here and what I think could be done to help improve a steemians experience.

I found out about steemit through word of mouth on YouTube. I saw a few people here and there talking about it in the comments section and it peaked my curiosity.

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I decided to give it a shot so I jumped in with both feet. Boy, I was like a fish out of water. I was totally lost and didn't have anyone to help show me the proper way to manage or start up a new blog. It was very overwhelming. I saw where people were making lots of money with their posts and I wanted in on the action. I saw what other newbies were doing so I follwed suit. I made an introduction post that may have earned a penny or two, if that. I saw other introduction posts making several hundreds of dollars and I couldn't understand why, I still don't understand that to be honest lol. But I didn't get discouraged and I began creating posts. I got the impression from another newbie that to be successful, you had to pump out dozens of posts per day regardless of the quality of content. Needless to say that this was not the best approach to building a successful account in my opinion. I'm not going to lie, I started getting discouraged and almost gave up at times. But then I started looking at several different posts and comparing them. The "majority" of successful posts were well written and provided interesting content. The unsuccessful posts were the ones that was just a funny meme or something with little to no reader value. Now that doesn't mean that every quality post that you publish will be successful because it won't be, I promise you. I have spent hours on posts before and they never earned much money at all. Why, you ask? Chances are that my article just wasn't seen by the right people and became covered up by all of the other posts that were constantly being published. That's going to happen so just roll with the punches and keep moving forward. It's a great feeling when a whale or two votes on your work because it was a quality post and not just because you're popular or in a certain clique.

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I've met some very influential people here and that is priceless. I've also run across several spammers and frauds, but those people will show up on every platform.

I discovered bots and thought those were the way to gain reputation fast. The opinion on using bots is a very sensitive topic and also one that must be addressed with caution. What I mean by that is I have seen "flag wars" and heated debates over this topic. I'm still a nobody in this huge pond of fish and I don't understand how many things work. I've tried to understand how using bots is bad for the platform but I still don't have a clear prospective about it. Maybe @lindsaybows can give her take on using bots? She's an OG steemian that is very passionate about this platform. I have read articles talking about how voting bots will be the demise of steemit. I can honestly see points on both sides of the spectrum. If you think about it, what good is reputation if anyone can buy it? But on the other hand, if you invest your own money in something, you should be able to do what you want with it. Maybe in steemit 2.0 there will be a limit on bots or something, who knows? This may be something that @ned is working on. I do know that bots are popping up left and right. Some are legit and provide a decent ROI where others are actually not worth messing with and you may even lose money by using them. I'm friends with some respected OG steemians that have been here from the start and they have never bought a vote and are opposed to using them. Again, this is a touchy subject that I'm NOT qualified to debate, I'm merely stating my observations.

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Speaking of votes...If you're new, you will more than likely run across another new account that suggests that you both work together and trade votes. Now, if you're actually friends with someone then that's one thing, but casting a vote for a total stranger that may or may not have decent content is another and probably should be avoided.

Everyone is different with how they cast their votes. I know someone on here that will not vote on my work (no matter what it is) unless I vote on theirs first lol. I had suspicions that this was the case so I actually tested my theory and sure enough, it was like clockwork. This is fine if that's how you want to run your account, who am I to say what is right or wrong. I just think it's interesting how some peoples minds work. As far as how I vote, when it comes to voting on peoples posts, I will visit the most recent posts in my feed or that pops in my head and vote according to what I think the post deserves. I follow several people so it's impossible for me to visit and vote for all of them. There is one person that I always vote as much as I can but it's also warranted. This person has helped me tremendously in so many different ways that I will never be able to repay them. This person also publishes quality content and deserves more votes than what they usually get so it's the least I can do to be as supportive as I possibly can be. I also try to help newbies when it's warranted. I know how it was when I started out, so when someone visits my posts regularly and leaves "genuine" comments, I try to help them out. Now once they get their foundation formed, I will adjust the votes accordingly.

Voting on comments left on my posts... Again, everyone does this different. I tend to base my vote by the actual comment itself and also if the person leaving it is a loyal follower or not. I try to take care of the people that visit my posts regularly and leave quality comments. Some people will think this method is wrong and that's totally okay. I'm not saying the way I do things is right or wrong, it's just the way that I want to do them. Some people don't vote on any comments left on their post and that's also totally fine because it's how they want to run their account. Some people will stick to certain percentage and stop after a certain amount has been given and that's cool too. I'm just giving examples of how different people operate their blogs and how I operate mine. I know that I was extremely confused about this stuff when I started, especially since my vote wasn't worth anything.

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Auto-voter system... This is another topic that I'm a lil wishy-washy on. It's a nice gesture when someone adds you to their list of automatic votes BUT, it's also got a generic feel to it sometimes. What I mean by that is that if I post a simple meme, I will get a small vote from @joeblow4u that has me on his auto-voter list. And if I spend 4 hours writing an article on the very deep thoughts of the Bandit, I will get the exact same small vote from @joeblow4u and he probably won't even read it. So if all of my followers had me on an auto-voter and rarely read my work, what's the point in putting forth the effort? I'm not saying that I'm not grateful or not appreciative of auto-votes, but sometimes it would be nice if the vote matched the content. I personally don't use an auto-vote system for the very reason I stated. If I read your post and like it, then I will probably give you a 100% vote. I like having the discretion and use of my slider. Again, that's just me and how I operate, I'm not saying it's right or wrong.

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Self-voting! Boy, this has been a helluva topic in the past! I've seen some heated debates over this topic and again, I have mixed emotions about it. If you're wondering why I'm on the fence about some of these things, it's because I don't know everything about the topic and I've seen good points from both sides. I'm not afraid to admit that I don't know everything and besides, I'm still just whale sperm in the scheme of things. But anyway, I feel like if I have produced a quality post, then I should be able to vote on it without the fear of being judged. But as far as my comments goes, I won't vote on my own comments because of personal reasons. Once again, I'm not saying this is right or wrong, it's just my opinion. I know people that will vote .02 on someones comment and then vote their own reply to that persons comment at .25. Is that right or wrong? I don't know but it's their business and who am I to judge?

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I think it's really important to find a group that you like or have common interests with. Joining a group will get you more exposure and is also a fun way to socialize. I was fortunate enough to find a group when I started. Ironically, the group #steemsilvergold was just starting up when I joined. I've been in this group since I was a wee tadpole and I'm thankful that I joined. There's a lot of good people in there that share a common interest in stacking metals.

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#thealliance is another great group of people that I'm proud to be a part of!

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What would I change about steemit if I could? I would take a look at what is currently a threat to the platform or what is chipping away at the appeal to joining for new users. I have tried to spread the word to people in hopes to recruit new members and either the person has never heard of it before and is scared of crypto due to the negative media and volatility, or they think steemit is a ponzi scheme because of lack of knowledge and false rumors. With that being said, I would maybe look at forming a group or committee in charge of public relations and/or advertising for the platform. I think this would be valuable for recruiting new members. I would then look at what may be hurting the prize pool and address it accordingly. I would also look at what might be tarnishing the reputation of steemit and try to fix it. I would attempt to police the spamming and people trying to take advantage of the prize pool more aggressively. How I would do this, I don't know. I know being decentralized is a great thing but it also comes at a price. I've seen some extremely fishy stuff on here that appears to be unethical practices, like fleecing the prize pool, but what can you do? When you're a nobody like me, it feels like there's nothing you can do but mind your own business lol.

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What's one of the things I dislike about this place? Nothing really against the platform, but I hate to see some people lower their standards just for a little bit of money. I can't stand to see ass kissers! It's very common to see people gravitate towards users with a high reputation and/or a fat wallet. Then you will probably witness a lot of smooching going on. I've seen people that I thought I knew change real quick when they got on here. Money changes people something awful. Don't get me wrong, I like money too but I value "true" friendship and pride more. Peoples priorities are just different I guess. I use to let it bother me, but now not so much. The strong friendships that I have acquired outweigh the ones that have faded.

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What do I love about this place? Socializing with cool people and getting paid for it of course! I've met people on here that have changed my life for the better. I have made a friend that is willing to drive across the country just to see me. How frickin cool is that?

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Do I have any advice for anyone that's interested in joining or just starting out? Why hell yeah I do! If you're just starting out, try not to get discouraged if things are going slow for you. Post quality content consistently and it will eventually pay off. Don't get discouraged when you're regulars don't visit your blog every single time. If your followers are anything like me, they are following a bunch of people and it's impossible to visit each ones post, so yours just may not have hit their radar at the right time. And there's also this thing called life that gets in the way also :)
Try not to get star struck and forget about your friends. Your buddies vote may not be worth as much as the persons that you're chasing but which is worth more to you, friendship and loyalty or a few decent upvotes?

I really hope that there was at least one thing in this post that was a value to someone. I know that the price of steem is a bummer right now, but don't let that discourage you from building your account and becoming established in the land of steemit. I have faith in steemit and the sbd so I'm not worried at all! It will just make the day when steem shoots to the moon that much sweeter!

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Have a great day, guys! I hope to see every one of you in year 2!

@bluelightbandit
Non Ducor, Duco
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Happy 1st anniversary @bluelightbandit!

I couldn’t be happier for you. Surviving on the platform and moving into your second year is a major accomplishment and I can validate that you have more than earned every reputation level that you’ve achieved by your own merits and not through the practice of artificially buying it.

I think that you’ve given a very accurate accounting of the challenges faced by all of us who have made similar decisions on how we operate our own blogs.

You speak the truth and are the real deal.

It’s an absolute honour and privilege to call you my friend.

Well done.
Becca

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You always know the right things to say to me and I love you for that! You have been and still are an inspiration to me. I'm the one that is privileged to have your friendship.

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No words, Blue...

Thank you for your continued support of SteemSilverGold

Happy Anniversary my friend. I am so happy for you. Each time i see and read through your line I just know there is hope for tilapia like me here in the ocean of whale.

We have been mourning a great steemian who passed on some days back here in Nigeria.

He is @onos.. One of my role models too on steemit.

Congratulations friend.. I have been having some deep sober reflection on life and all that it entails.

Thanks for sharing.

I am me @brightfame

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Thank you so much, my young friend! I'm sorry to hear about the misfortune that you and others are experiencing. Death is such a hard reality to cope with at times. If I could give you any advice at all, it would be to not feel sorry and down for everyone effected but to celebrate and cherish the memories that you have and the life that he lived. I know this is easier said than done but I promise you that it will help in the healing process. It sounds like you were privileged to know this person.

Keep your head up and continue doing great work. Rep. 48 is very impressive, congratulations!

Oh man that last image!

Howdy and long time no see Bandit! Found you in my feed and was happy to stop in on this one! What you say is true for me too, I try to get around and visit all the great friends, and I am still meeting new people too! Plus real life has its requirements!

Your experiences have value, and I see you are still radically undecided on many of the 'main' things people like to fight about! ;p

That's great in my book, just keep an open mind and steem on! Incidentally I'll upvote my comments but not usually my posts! I have upvoted my posts, but after about two days, and only if I'm going to use a bidbot. The reason is to maximize the curation rewards for my voters, and still get some from that bidbot lol. Anyways, comments only if I need to 'raise above the noise' on a busy post with lots of competition, not replies as I too have seen. Its like, what are you telling me, the guy you are having a conversation with when you do that? Anyways, as you say, people can do whatever with their stake, but its all public and it tells me a lot about you!

Steemit has been such a journey, and my favorite memory has to be the selfies, and you had some of the absolute best! Would you do it again if papa starts another round?

Good on you for helping new users, and for being 'sticky' with those who have helped you! I know that a lot of new users consider us to be 'OG whales', even though we are still minnows ourselves.

And congrats on 60 rep! Did you ever get your byteballs back in the craze, or did you hold out for 60?

Community(ies) is(are) key, and although I float between several, without interest groups, niches, contests and like minded users I wouldn't still be here!

Which reminds me, I recently applied to join the alliance! So cheers brother, thanks for making this great, well thought out post, distilling your year of experience into wisdom for us :)

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Hey, wassup brother!? I try my best to keep an open mind with everything I do because nobody knows everything and everyone can be taught something new if they're willing to just listen.

Ahhh, the selfie competition....What a bitter sweet moment that was! I had so much fun participating in that and you guys had some amazing pics also! The ones with you dangling from a tree were probably my favorite or the chin face lol! I don't know if I would start another one again to be honest. How many months did that one last, like 3? That took its toll on me towards the end. If I could have made it for like one more frickin week lol! I sure did have fun with it though!

I'm not sure what byteballs are to be honest but it sounds kinky and painful all at the same time! 😖

Thanks for the great reply, man! I consider you one of the good guys on here and I respect ya for that! 👍

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I believe it was 57 days! And I can't be sure if it will run again, but it seems like papa keeps dropping hints!

I appreciate what you say, even if I don't make it around to your blog but a few times per year it seems!

Are you on discord? I am ecoinstant#9078, and I can expain about the byteballs, basically you were smart for waiting (or ignoring!). It is an airdrop, came out in a way that was totally abused by spammers because the free money and referral was so high.

....I could explain it all here but you know how long and boring crypto tech stuff gets, its about ~40 bucks (+40 today, unlocked in a year) and we used @balls2steem to convert that right away and power up. Let me know if you want more info!

I try to be a good guy indeed! Swimming with the sharks, we nice fish can have fun too, steem is a whole new animal from other sites, but it sure grows on you!

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Now is the best time to claim Byteball, too! It is paid out by dollar amount so $80 (40 now & 40 to unlock in 1 year) you actually receive more Bytes for the dollar amount. Actually, you get about 70% more than all who claimed the past few weeks, since the GBYTE price was ~$140 then and only about $50 now.

We are all just learning this wild realm together, so the more we can help each other - the better off we all are ✌️😉

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I am on discord but I rarely use it so I'm not that savvy with it. My handle is bluelightbandit#9836

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Okay so....Discord, I'm not an expert!

I ran into this...
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So let's try this! Here is an invite link to the steemit ramble! Once you click there we should now have a 'shared server' from which to base our friendship and subsequent chat ;p

Happy First Anniversary, @bluelightbandit! I think you summed up my first year on steemit pretty well. Landed here with both feet and was lost in the forest for a while...

I am honoured and proud to call you friend! The year promises to be better for us. All we need to do is keep plodding along and doing our own thing!

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Thank you, CC! You are definitely someone that I'm fortunate to have crossed paths with. I'm always intrigued with your posts and comments. I love reading about your life adventures and always look forward to your next installment. Thank you for your friendship!

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This post exemplifies the type of great content that we at @postpromoter enjoy reading and would love to see more of on the Steem platform. Keep up the good work!

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Thank you so much for the very generous upvote! This was a very nice surprise to wake up to!

You got a 16.84% upvote from @postpromoter courtesy of @postcurator!

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Congrats on a year my friend. I’m just at six months myself. And boy I still don’t know squat when it comes to this platform. I have seen many asskissers though. Very well written and thought out post Bandit. Right now is a rough time for Steemit, hope it can pull through it.

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Thanks so much, 510! I've got faith that steem will rebound and exceed everyone's expectations in the future!

Thank you very much for your content. I like your thoughts about this community. I am pretty new and grateful that I can find such posts here.
Have a nice day :)

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Thank you very much for your nice comment and welcome aboard!

This is an excellent article, my friend @bluelightbandit! Congratulations on your milestone in steemit!!!

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Thank you Miss Saver! And congratulations on turning 60!

Happy Steemi-versary, @bluelightbandit! One year marks the time we get our resilience badge 😆 It really takes some dedication to sustain one year on this platform, but if you have made it this far - you are certainly not a quitter. I like you already..LOL Keep on doing what you're doing, bud. I'll be following along your journey as well. ✌️😎

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Thanks so much, man! You're right about lasting a year on here lol; I've seen many come and go after getting discouraged after only a short amount of time.

Found you through the postpromoter link. Appreciate all the great advice! Thanks for the candid talk and the look into your thought process.

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Thank you!

Congratulations on the first year anniversary! I'm hoping to get there soon, but some days on Steemit can be a little bit testing to the faith in the strength and fairness of the platform.

I seem to have come to similar conclusions about most of the topics that you have covered, that there are things that annoy me (comment self voting is the one that bugs me), but in the end, everyone is free to run their account as they wish. Although, sometimes I wish people would look to the longer view of the health of the platform rather than personal account building. But I guess, I'm not 100 percent pure either!

Love the finishing technical analysis, it is as informative as anything else I've ever read on crypto predictions!

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Yes, hopefully some beneficial changes will be made in Steemit 2.0!

Thank you for the great comment!

I could not have said it better and iIf you have invested so much time in understanding steemit (me too) you are more likely to continue. But not at all cost of course. Family and or job goes first. Greetings from Holland!

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Thank you, sir! Greetings from North Carolina!

I can relate to a lot of your points...appreciate your honesty about "not understanding" all the program ins and outs...I definitely don't understand most of it frankly...but...have hung in since I have folks I follow so like to see what they are posting...and will check in and comment on new posts each day since I know how much that can mean to "receive a comment"....good luck going forward....

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Thanks so much for the comment and congratulations on hanging in there! I've seen several to give up after only a very short amount of time.

Congratulations on one year @bluelightbandit! I started in August too - just not sure on the date. Reading all your thoughts about Steemit was very interesting. We differ in some of our beliefs and in some of the ways we operate, but I'm glad you are distancing yourself from the division that all the controversy brings.

I used to use bidbots, but I stopped because I read a post about them and just caught the vision for what Steemit is intended to be. We can still be friends! :)

Anyway, thanks for sharing!

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Thanks Snowpea! It's all good that our opinions and beliefs differ, it would be boring if we all felt the same!

Very well written and thought out! I liked reading your insights and pointers. The chart had me cracking up!

I'm 8 months in and it's good to know I'm not alone in not understanding everything. Lol

Congrats on making it one year and Steem on! 👊👊👊

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Thanks for your reply! Yeah, I thought the chart summed it up pretty much lol.

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Thanks for your reply!
Yeah, I thought the chart summed it
Up pretty much lol.

                 - bluelightbandit


I'm a bot. I detect haiku.

I’m pretty similar to a lot of what you said. I try to make meaningful connections and actually engage with others.

Yeah I don’t know the right solution for bots on here, doesn’t seem to be a right answer.

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The best bet would be a paid bot section (much like the promoted section) an organic trending section.

I have spent hours on posts before and they never earned much money at all. Why, you ask? Chances are that my article just wasn't seen by the right people and became covered up by all of the other posts that were constantly being published. That's going to happen so just roll with the punches and keep moving forward. It's a great feeling when a whale or two votes on your work because it was a quality post and not just because you're popular or in a certain clique.

Amen, brotha, I know that feeling. So I feel you.

Nice job on making it one year. Keep moving forward you're doing great :)

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Unfortunately, that's just how it is sometimes. But what you said is key..."keep moving forward"!

Congratulations!!! I loved your outline of your year - so many of us can completely relate to it! heheheh I found myself nodding my head and giggling too - like yep yep yep!!! he nailed that! hahahahaha

oh... well - we're still here! :) so that's something right? I actually like when steem goes down (for a bit hehehe) and reveals the people who are still here trying to make it work :) Then when the masses come pouring back in - we can recognize the names of the ones who were here through it all :)

happy anniversary! :)

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You've got a great point about when the price of steem dips low, it's also a great time to buy and power up! Thanks for the great comment!

And here I am, I struggle to turn over the calendar! Congratulations! You do very nice articles. Maybe once I would have felt ambition to attempt writing. But writing is an almost dead skill now.

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Thank you so much for the compliment, JM! I'm the same way about turning over the calendar lol. I tried to keep a goal of posting on here once a day every day but even that became too much for me. I have gotten pretty slack here lately...sucks getting old! ☹

@bluelightbandit
-Keep that faith brother!

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Thanks!

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Thanks!

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Happy 1st Steemday!

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Thanks!

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And here I am, I struggle to turn over the calendar! Congratulations! You do very nice articles. Maybe once I would have felt ambition to attempt writing. But writing is an almost dead skill now.

Happy one year, that was some great advise for new people!

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on your experience with steemit, I really found it useful! I'm still new, one of those who left steemit for a little while because I got a little discouraged blah blah blah, but I've realized the potential so I've decided to give it another chance :) Bots is one of the reasons why I got discouraged- because, like you mentioned, tons of low quality posts get 100s in earnings, but a thoughtful quality piece of writing will only fetch pennies.