I’ve been getting quite a few comments and messages from people; followers and friends, asking about my slowed down posting in the past week. People are worried and asking if I’m thinking of leaving Steemit and stopping my photography work because of the bear market. Some are even under the assumption that I have gotten a boyfriend and that has replaced my love for blogging.
I wanted to address a few of those concerns to put my darling followers at ease.
Here but not here
For the past week or so, I have been barely posting once a day, and only been answering comments here and there and thrown votes for my favourites who always put out great content. While it may not look like I have gone fully off the grid here, if you have been following my doings closely for a while, you’ll know I’ve been posting two times per day for over a year now, along with chatting, commenting and curating for pretty much 24/7. That is quite a drastic change.
My life has pretty much been Steemit and only Steemit for the past year, and too much of a good thing will eventually start to takes it toll. The bear market has little to none to do with my current hiatus, on the contrary, it would actually be highly beneficial to post all sorts of bullshit now and then reap the rewards when Steem (hopefully) gets back up at some point.
You might know that I am a full time blogger, and been more or less successfully making a sole living out of it for the year of 2018. People sometimes I ask how to make it in Steemit (which I have made a post of, click click) and wish they could do the same.
I advice anyone who thinks so to be careful what you wish for. To “make it” in Steemit, or to be really successful in anything, you will have to make it your whole life. You will have to have the drive, passion and time to let what ever you want to do or be, consume you as a whole. That is what I did with Steemit and that is why I was able to make it my means of making a living, without investing money to it.
Creating, posting, commenting, curating, all day, every day. Always on top of what is going on in the space, what my friends are posting, always trying to answer comments promptly, networking every day. When not actually online, thinking of what I need to do next to be able to entertain you. There has been maybe 5 days in the whole year that I have not posted anything. So that is five days off during the year, doesn’t sound too hot does it.
Create and/or die
While I love doing what I do, it is also really hard and putting out so much content over the past year, it’s become quite overwhelming. I’m not saying I’ve lost the passion for this, but coming up with two quality posts per day is sometimes way too much. I’m often left stressed by the evening if I have no material ready to be posted. Even shitposting is hard because I have high standards for that too, there is no post that I can make that would only require my brain power and photographic efforts for 10 minutes.
I now want to concentrate on creating only when I’m really inspired to do so and thoroughly enjoy what I’m creating. No matter if it’s nature photography, self portraits or writing some thoughts I have in my little head. SO fear not, I’m not stopping my endeavours in this Wild West of blockchain world.
I always say I prefer quality over quantity in everything, but I have been breaking that rule for myself at times. There is no way to have just amazing posts if I post two times per day, just not possible, my life is really not that interesting. I have decided to scale back a bit and try and only put out content I genuinely liked to create and wanted to share for you. Not to fill out of my own requirement of posting twice per day, but to actually do what I like and feel is good enough to be shared.
I’m also scaling back a lot on the overall time spend in the blockchain, whether it be posting, commenting or curating. At the moment it’s too overwhelming. I hope you understand and forgive me for my lack of engagement. Know that I’m not forgetting you and I’m taking little peeks to see what my favourite internet friends are up to.
More to life than Steemit
What, life outside of blockchain? You must be joking. For me there really hasn’t been much life that doesn’t involve creating something for Steemit, or hanging out with people in the space. While those have been some of my favourites times ever, I need something else too. I have been neglecting other relationships and lacking seriously on the social aspect of life in the real world. This year I really need to work on mending and creating real life relationships, and enjoying my time in my own city, instead of running half across the world.
I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family and with the help of my parents, slowly getting my apartment liveable. I will definitely share you bits and bobs of it soon.