Steemit Is So Much More Than Just A Method For Individuals To Get Paid For Blogging, The Philosophy Behind The Steemit Platform Could Truly Revolutionize The Way Individuals Use The Internet.

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Steemit proves that a platform where individuals have access to the value that they generate is possible, and it may start a domino effect of users looking for platforms that have their best interests in mind. 

If we look at some of the most popular online platforms that currently exist, it's evident that most of the platforms are nothing more than simply centralized services that absorb the value that their users generate for them. Users who are active on the Facebook platform are literally the reason that Facebook is able to make so much money, and no one seems to question where all of their revenue comes from. The users of the platform create all of the value that the platform has, and without the users the platform would legitimately be useless. The concept of 'Don't post for free' is so powerful, because the true adoption will likely take place once individuals flock to the Steemit platform for the reason that they fundamentally agree with what it stands for rather than just a method of making some quick cash. Individuals stumble across the Steemit platform in many different ways, and I believe that regardless of how a user finds the platform they have the chance to realize the true potential of the platform. 

Once the idea of giving the power to individuals to have control and ownership of the value they create takes off and is accepted, I think that the blogging aspect of Steemit will be just the beginning. As more users, interest, and investment come to the Steemit platform, developers and users will have more resources to spend on 'DApps' for the platform that could drastically increase the number of practical use cases on Steemit. Imagine a Steemit music streaming service that had the artists interests in mind, and allowed the artist to have total control over the distribution of their music and allowed them to have direct access to the value that their content creates. While Steemit was built on an application specific blockchain, with the potential integration with the EOS platform and the flexibility of the Steemit platform itself it's easy to imagine Steemit being the home of much more than just blogging in the future. 

The Steemit platform is truly revolutionary for many different reasons, and users shouldn't loose sight of that. We are still at the very beginning stages of the Steemit platform, and our actions now will have a lasting impact into the future. I think that the reason that Steemit isn't an even bigger platform already is due to the fact that people simply don't know about it or what it is, especially those individuals who are already involved in the cryptocurrency community. It's not hard to imagine that Steem could still attract many more people within the cryptocurrency community to the site, but the problem lies with introducing these individuals to the platform. Many new users really don't learn to much about what they are doing in terms of investing and trading when they first start out, and Steemit could be an absolutely great resource for them. 

Once 'the switch flips' and users actually realize that they are earning legitimate resources rather than 'internet money', the potential for adoption becomes even larger. 

When I first introduce my friends of family to the Steemit platform, the first thing they ask is something to the extent of "What does the money value attached to the post actually mean?" or something along those lines. Giving an accurate description of the 50/50 split between liquid rewards and SP usually confuses them on the first explanation, and I have noticed that it takes significant explanation for most individuals new to cryptocurrency to really comprehend how it all works. While it is beneficial to understand how and why  the platform actually works, understanding how the platform works is in no way required to have meaningful interaction with the Steemit platform. If an individual dives right in to posting before they fully understand how it all works, they will have the ability to learn first hand very quickly. Many people still have absolutely no substantive understanding of cryptocurrencies, which is the core reason that I believe that Steemit has yet to be completely adopted by the mainstream. 

I have never felt so confident in the future of the Steemit platform compared to how I currently feel, and it really is something special to know that each and every one of us played a direct role in that. Steemit has a place for everyone, and with the establishment of more defined communities in the near future the platform is likely to become even more diverse. New users may be turned off when they look at the trending page and see posts about cryptocurrency that they can't understand, but I believe that the development of communities will have a very positive impact on Steemit's ability to turn users who stumble across the site into users of the platform. Steemit is more prevalent through search engines and organic traffic than ever before, and that is clear when we look at the rapid influx of new users to the platform. 

Not only does Steemit have a great idea and philosophy, but it also have the technical ability to make the platform a reality. 

I'm not saying that the platform isn't a reality now obviously, but simply that the Steemit platform and the underlying Graphene based blockchain on which it was built have an easier and more practical method of handling the level of activity that accompanies mainstream adoption. Due to the fact that Steemit witnesses are elected through a DPOS (delegated proof of stake) model, single producers cannot halt the advancement and development of the network like we have seen on other networks. The power ultimately lies with the users and stakeholders of the platform, and I think that the linear changes that accompanied HF 19 really made that evident. All users are entitled to the exact same amount of influence compared to the stake they hold, and this allows for users both big and small to have the same rights in terms of what their stake actually entitles them to. Steemit is literally the definition of giving the power to the people, and I believe that the platform's recognition of the value its users create is not something to be taken lightly. 

In terms of using Steem as a store of value or a method of transferring value, the lack of transaction fees combined with the speed and reliability of transactions gives the network huge advantages over current projects that wish to offer a method of transferring value. Steemit really seems to have the unique ability to make individuals really passionate about the platform and the underlying technology, which is a very powerful thing in and of itself as well. What the future of Steemit holds remains a mystery, but everything leads me to believe that it will be more powerful than many of us realize. The Steemit platform stands for something bigger than any of us, and the adoption of the platform could really cause a domino effect that would enable individuals to gain more control, ownership, and power over the value and quality that they create.

I really hope that you enjoyed this post, and I urge you to leave any comments, input, questions, ect. in the comments below! I would like to thank all of my readers and followers for their ongoing support, and thanks for reading!

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We are in the beginning of an amazing era of new social media boom. Will be very interesting to see this platform in couple of years when adoption kicks in. I am very bullish on STEEM.

It is very exciting to imagine indeed. Steem and other Graphene based blockchains are showing serious indications that they may prove to be the first projects to achieve adoption.

I think the blockchain will go mainstream and many many projects will boom, skyrocketing its markets making a revolution with the people´s power . gogogo"

Great read btw @cryptofreedom :D

We will witness a revolution :)

Only the begining! Full steem on!

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There will be some ups, downs and corrections. But overall, this is revolutionary and has a very bright future!

Totally agreed, original content and an engageing comment section, STEEM ON.

Usually what happens if something gets big is that it is taken over by google or amazon. Note quite sure what will happen with steemit if one of the big monopoly players gets annoyed. Wouldnt be so confident, but for the moment, its just great.

I was actually thinking in the same line.....

Big players are definitely going to take an interest in Steem if they are going for ethereum/bitcoin and putting it on the news. Big economic crash will further hasten adoption. People at my job are even talking about crypto (I work at Amazon by the way lol).

I was just thinking that. The behemoths (Google, Amazon, etc.), do what they can to line their own pockets. I don't even want to start with FB. I don't think Google as much as Amazon, but Steemit definitely changes the game. I just hope it stays strong and grows way beyond what it is now. Exciting times.

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Inspiring post, indeed )

Vive la Stimification!!!

Well i just watched The Great Steemit Debate by Tone Vays vs. Jeff Berwick "Ponzi Scheme or Paradigm Shift?"

I have faith in steemit but

What you think about this @cryptofreedom

here is the link to the video

I only watched a few minutes, but this video is from when Steemit was very young. Steem power give s individuals stake over the platform, and therefore they it has value. It may seem hard to wrap your head around, but I fundamentally believe that Steemit will continue to increase its use cases and abilities, which will make the influence even more important.

I have been trying to teach my friends about Steemit, but it is hard enough teaching them the concept of Bitcoin and Blockchain. Eventually they will....

Yes, you see the potential. I like the idea of getting the youth off the streets and inspiring them to do something for themselves and others. Everybody has something to contribute if they use their noggin.

Great content and info. Got motivated again on Steemit potential for greatness. Just wonderful to be on ground floor. Let's all go for it. Steem Power , all the way . Go Steemit.

It is going to revolutionize all the aspects of our time spent on the internet. And not just the internet. This project is in the fetus phase. Such a brilliant future is upon Steemit and Steem currency.

If this means that time spent on the Internet will go from sharing cat videos to to sharing ideas and helping each other, much will be won.

Still waiting for an explanation for why Steemit needs to be on blockchain? The whole link to crypto-currency seems extraneous. I like the main mission - authors get some benefits from their blogging activity, all the value created by contributors does not go to the central authority.

But that could all be done without blockchain.



The reason that Steemit is great is not because people are making money, it is because of the reward system.

The reward system allows for people to make money, yes, but there is more to it than that.

Reward systems are going to be very common in the future. We are nearing a jobless society in which any job you can think of will be replaced by technology.

This is a social media platform which rewards users quality content and you are also rewarded for presenting the best version of yourself.

No other social media platform is like this. People are much kinder on Steemit because of the reward system. Repetition programs the mind. Steemits reward system is literally creating better people. You are rewarded for being a good person, not for being negative. Or, I should say that the rewards are greater for being on your best behavior.

You aren't going to be rewarded for being mean to people here.

Steemit is cleaning up the hate! =)

good answer i m total agree with your opinion

That's a great post. I have only been here for a few days. What I noticed is the friendly atmosphere here and so many well thought out posts, articles, and replies. I agree Steemit is cleaning out the hate and bringing on the love.

Excellent post and I'm also very excited being part of this amazing community.

Have you heard of being developed by @thisisbenbrick? It is a platform like you imagined in this post and gives the value back to the musical artist as you described. Can't wait to see it.

Haven't heard of it, but I'm definitely going to check it out. I really think that Steemit and its rewards model could be beyond beneficial for artists within the music industry. Thanks for letting me know!

The music community is thriving on Steemit. That's why I do Steemit Open Mic each week. To help musicians and it is SO rewarding to see the community branching off into new directions.

Your post really resonated with me as do most of your posts and I share your excitement.


Truly this is the early stages of a new platform and a new technology. We are building the future today and shaping tomorrow.

I started using The Facebook in 2005. Well before our moms & dads joined but nevertheless still not in the early stages. And that is where Steemit is today. The early adapters have already put in a lot of time and are creating something special. It is still the early stages of adoption though. Now is the time of Steemit.

The future of Steemit is still largely unknown. It is a mystery. But I believe, I think we all believe there is something special happening. One way or another is going to shape our online community and world.

We all get to play a small part in that and together we are creating something extraordinary.

heck ya!!!

I am very new to this community and am learning so much by reading so many, many posts about what Steemit is, the potential for building relationships and an income no matter what your niche, age or platform may be. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge. Following and Upvoted.

I'm a believer in the platform and Steem has a long way to go. I always wondered why it's still in Beta, what would have to happen for Steem to be "not" Beta?

I've thought about that as well, and I really just think that it means that the developers have acknowledged that the platform still has room to grow and remains in the early stages of its life cycle.

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I think we need a little more consensus on two items

  • fairness in reward distribution
  • controlling punitive flagging

I thnk the devs are still lokking at scaling issues

but that is from my DEU perspective, not a study of the community discussion


well said

I am 1000% that because Steemit came along many good things are to follow
I am a new user and I truly believe Steemit is much more than a reward site
I am your new follower
Best Regards Andrei 👦

Wow you did an excellent job, I really liked your post. followed

great information i follow you keep it posted..

absolutely. im totally done with facebook and instagram and glad that i had found this page.

You're right about the steemit platform having the potential for so many more uses than simple blogging - the music streaming was a good example. The users of steemit have direct stakeholder status and it really does stand alone on this compared to other portals such as Facebook.

well said one the greatest post i have seen since I joined steemit and with good point .

This could be the future for sure!

I really like the way that you sum up my thought about steemit. Personnaly I think that steemit is like the commuity at the beggining of internet. The things I love the more on steemit is the steemians, they are really different than the people on other social network. Steemit isn't just a social network were people are for earning money, it's a community.

Steemit is more than just a social media site. It's a community. Visit Steemfest 2 in Lisboa in November to experience this.

That's pretty encouraging. As a new user with limited crypto understanding. All I care is: is this a good community to share my work with, and is this looking like it has a future. And fair recompense too. :)

I'm encouraged. I need to create a (monetised) future for myself. I am too sick to work, but I can do lot stuff of valuable things. So Steemit can pay me for doing things I already do :) and everyone gets a fair crack at this. It seems very awesome

Great perspective. The thing that really caught my eye was the music streaming service for artists. I think that's the next thing to look out for.

I enjoy your optimistic outlook for the future. If at least half of your ideals work through to reality, we should be in a great place on this platform. It's still a Gamble though and if we continue to see the widespread "money first" focused users in the community, it will lead Steemit toward conformity with the existing platforms as opposed to being "the new frontier".

I'm hopeful for a positive outcome for the community and want your post to be true!

Thanks for posting!

I'm a new member of Steemit and after reading this, I can safely say once again, how glad I am to be here, a part of this innovative peer-reward system. I can't wait to see where this leads us! Thank you for sharing, upvoted, followed, and resteemed! ═╝

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I agreed with you that steemit still has so much potential that has yet to be tapped. I am an example which you mentioned who has yet to fully understand Steemit but had plunged myself fully into the platform, learning as I contribute to Steemit.

Personally, i what i liked most about Steemit is that I get paid for my contribution. Steemit has also provided a platform for my voice to heard. I had long admired motivational speakers like Tony Robbins bit there was no platform for me to speak. At Steemit, I am a motivational blogger and I spread my positivity at Steemit and throughout the internet. There are so many positive posts at my profile. I think that I have finally found my calling.

I really love the feeling that I could post anything (of any kind of genre) and it wouldn't be lost in the cosmos of the internet ^_^

Hii @cryptofreedom i saw you post and i enjoyed reading it, could you please have a look on my daily analysis for Bitcoin and give me your opinion.

Hi @cryptofreedom, great post I upvoted and will be following you
I am on steemit for 5 days, and i see this as a huge revolution, this platform as big potencial compared to others like facebook or blogspot. For it to grow exponantially we need people that dont know about cryptos to come in, that´s when a even bigger boom in accounts will come, peace ;)

somebody needs to fix up that fist logo with blue and white Steem-zags lol

Haha I definitely agree. I have no graphic design experience, but I think that's a straightforward job that I may attempt

I'd like to see that if you do! might start using it for Steemit related posts

I'll definitely make a post about it and share it when I complete it, I think it really could capture the powerful philosophy behind Steemit.

Hell yes death to fb stealing our data

Upvoted, resteemed and followed.

A wonderful article, it's amazing to see Steemit its in current form, it really is one of the most innovative uses of the blockchain and is setup to be a way for the masses to become used to block chain systems, especially with its reward system, but above all Steemit is a shift in how we produce and consume media, away from the centralisation of news corporations and into the hands of the people.

Bitcoin = Be Your Own Bank
Steemit = Print Your Own Money

Steemit is still confusing because i think its so different to everything else thats been before. Even though been a member for a year only recently i felt comfortable enough to explain it to my wife.

As a beginner, reading this article is a great way to start. Thanks for the support.

I am new to Steemit and still learning my way around. When one of my friends told me about how he was into cryptocurrencies, I decided to do some research on my own. What ultimately attracted me to Steemit was the model of the users being its stakeholders. This article has helped me learn a little more about the particulars of the Steemit model and for that I am grateful.

I am new to the community and don't understand all of the particulars yet. This post has shined a light into corners I hadn't actually thought about yet. Kind of pointing me to the areas I would like to research further. Very informative. Thanks for the guide.

I don't believe that it will change the internet, but I do think that it can change social media; websites like facebook and google plus.

And if I may be so frank, I believe that the majority of people here are here only to make money. Because the layout, and UX of sucks. Other social networking sites are far easier to use, they look way better, and of course have much richer content. Steemit is still years away in that department.

The other sites also don't make you feel like you need to write a long-winded page that nobody cares to read. They also don't make you feel that your content needs to be original, but I suppose that comes with the territory of getting paid for the things you post.

I think what steemit should do is have a popup come up right after you click "Post" which asks you if your content is original, or borrowed from another source. If you click original then they agree to pay you, but if its original it lets you know that you won't be paid for sharing content that is already licensed.

to describe the steemit potential right now, i would use this metapher:

we are about to turn to super saiyan =)

You are so correct. This article opened my mind and allowed for new way of thinking. Thanks

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Freedom!! Finally!! :D

steemit is definitely going to be THE next Thing in social Media.

Really like this post! I'm going to give it a Resteem right away!

So true. 👊🏼

Yes i did enjoy your post
and i believe as you stated
Steemit Platform Could Truly Revolutionize
Socializing Communitys and it will blow some
peoples mind ! Resteemd SteemOn

Preach on @cryptofreedom Thank you so so much for sharing this.

RESTEEMED and VOTED UP. Excellent work here. Following your blog now.

I joined in 2016 but then moved to S. America so I lagged on using and understanding it better. Now I am committed to learn more fully how to use Steemit so that I can replace facebook to keep in touch with relatives and friends and will try to pass the word to my contacts. Thank you for this post it is educational for me, and I am sure it is for others.

Very deep and inspiring post cryptofreedom! I was not aware that the steem block chain could be further developed into other functionalities like for an example a Spotify killer.

This makes my already ecstatic feelings toward steemit even more upbeat. Thanks for sharing this, Steemit really is SO MUCH MORE!

Great post my friend, i love when people share information that enlighten others, keep up the work

I've only been here for under 2 weeks and I'm having a smashing time - however I feel like I have so much to catch up on. Showing up late to a party is never a great feeling. I am trying to make the best of every post & interaction. The possibilities are so much greater than any platform :)

The road will be mastered by the one walking!

You made such a good point on how we should all look at Steemit! Many are skeptical about this platform but like anything else it's about education. Great article.

I couldn't agree more! I was just like your friends and family who needed significant explanation about this platform and cryptocurrency. It's a completely new concept, but now as I understand more, I embrace it and truly believe it is the way if the future.

Indeed, the philosophy behind Steemit is promising, though I am not certain if the current implementation will work out long term it could revolutionize the way content on the internet is monetized and artists are encouraged to create. Ads just aren't cutting it anymore and paywalls do not work either. Unless you get bought out by a major corporation (and then there are questions of motives and bias), it is hard to keep a website running independently. Blockchain secured content paid for by cryptocurrency that users don't have to pay to start using/participating in the community may just be the future. We'll see, in any case something needs to change or a lot of content just isn't going to continue to be available freely!

great reason :D

This read is so inspiring. The future relies on all of us as a community, and inviting others into this beautiful steemit community and creating amazing content, and evolving as time goes on.

You have been followed, resteemed, and upvoted my friend, and I look forward to your future content!

(I am currently gathering my content for a release that will come in due time, involving nature and cool adventurous things!)


I really like this! I also translate it to Roamanian and post it on facebook with your link

When I first came across steemit, I literally dove in and started posting! As a new kid to both steemit and cryptocurrency, I'll admit the learning curve began quite steep! But I believe jumping in head first was the best way I could have done this. If I would have done what I normally do when introduced with something that intrigues me and researched well before joining, I believe I would still be scouring crypto info. I have learned so much in the short time I have been here that it amazes the hell outta me!

I see so much potential. Unlimited, actually. As Steemit and the community grow together, mature, and branch, we are on the cusp of the most revolutionary thing of the internet since wifi ;)

Thank you for the very informative post. Opened my eyes a little more to what steemit truly is and what it could become. The more I read and learn on this platform the more I appreciate what it is.

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Hey nice uplifting post. I enjoyed it. Glad I've found a voice on Steemit :)

Exactly. Value distributed between individuals rather than the corporations

@cryptofreedom, i think that the bigger smart contracts will work on the basis of the blockchain and in particular on client Steemit the faster will be its development. More new users will appear=))

Yeah, the bigger picture is not necessarily just about getting paid for blogging... It'll be part of a much larger revolution. Where value is created and owned by the community, and also shared mong the members through activity. Steemit has the potential to be a very valuable portal to the intellectual economy. It's penetrating homes, social circles, information markets and entertainment markets. It has the potential to be everywhere!

This platform is truly revolutionary. Its only a matter of time now.

I've been following cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology for years, hearing all the time that the tech will change the world as we know, but never being able to understand the examples people would draw. They always seemed far fetched, and at best catered to a niche audience.

A while back, I started researching again as the ICO-craze became all the rage, and crypto and the blockchain became the subject of mainstream media attention once more, and I saw the future clearly. Decentralised services with "better than free" models, which don't even exploit users through malicious tracking and what not, is the future. I can't wait for the internet to be rebuilt in the image of Steemit and the other decentralised services that are pioneering the model right now.

I am excited to be part of steemit :) I just joined and love it.

I like your greater perspective

Wonderfully written. I sincerely hope your predictions come true. The potential utility for musicians and artists is exciting. Would you be able to elaborate on how artists could monetize their work in more detail?

Thanks, nice post! Just one question, does Graphene blockchain have something to do with graphene the wonder material?

Will steem to get to the heart of devoted african...fanx for the inspiration...steeming ghana

I see so many problems with this site. But some thing I love, for example this system of reward - you can choose get money today or invest in the future. This thing educate people.

SteemOn! love you post! indeed Steemit is a revolution and will kill all the social media around! RIP Facebook, Instagram, Twitter...

got a new supporter of your blog!
resteemed & upvoted 💪

Great post mate thanks! I'm new here and it's a great intro. Power to the masses hey!

Really Nice post

I have written my experience please check -

pls upvote, comment and ReSteem.
Thank You

Great info!!
I always say its a big difference between a Open Mind and a Hole in the Head!!

Thank you for this post! inretesting!
Could you give me advice how earn so much as you?

This was an interesting read. As a new Steemian and someone completely new to cryptocurrency I'm always looking for easy to understand explanations of how it works. I'm excited by your excitement on this whole thing!

Excited to be on this platform. I can only see an upward trend. As the platform gains more exposure, and the general public learns what Blockchain is and how cryptocurrency works, it will skyrocket.

I use Steemit as a way to make donations for the Young Muslim Collective of Minnesota.
I hope I can make enough from my posts so this organization can grow, and help young Muslim refugees like myself.
It truly is revolutionizing social media.

Steemit is the best site ever. Steemit makes you enjoy to be in front of your screen. Just imagine if Facebook paid their user like stemmit do. The world will be a better place. (The world will eating)

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I can't thank the creators & minds behind Steemit. I've been on several platforms that began with the promise to pay & then severely cut rewards and closed (Bubblews) (Rabadaba which switched to offering pet cards but so far no one can claim)&( baagaloo that recently cut rewards) I'm staying on Steemit.

Great content. Very well said! Thank you for sharing that with us 😃

Rightly said as steemit is much more than blogging. It is giving identities to many of us here and people started to know us now.

Its a revolution! Exciting times for all Steemers! @crownduels

Can anyone tell me why I earned a few cents but nothing shows up in my wallet? When can I power up?

@cryptofreedom, please read this about Steemit, it could be huge. How Steemit may actually be a more viable currency than Bitcoin in the future. What do you think of this as a possible future for Steemit? Please read here

Agree what you have said but sometimes I prefer enjoying this atmosphere of the community rather than calculating how much reward I should have. Just enjoy.

I'm new here with no experience or understanding of crypto. I came because some friends recommended Steemit as a place with interaction and the chance to make good friends like I got from tsu in prior years and fb groups currently.

I'm hoping that is true, but I'm over my head, full of tutorial and "how to" posts, and noticing more than 50% of everything to be about cyrpto and related issues. I am not one to give up - have started posting and will keep an open mind.

Thank you for this insight. Followed :)

Wow, I wrote something very similar actually if you are interested @cryptofreedom...

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