It was one year today that I made my first post on Steemit.
Note that the very first comment came from the user @pfunk, who I would later interact with often on photography related subjects and guild curating.
According to Steemwhales.com I have made 1680 posts (including comments of course)
We’ve seen a lot of changes, and some things remain the same.
What really drew me to the platform was looking into micro-payments solutions — the ability to pay and receive very, very small amounts in exchange for service/s. I was following projects like Yours (which we are STILL waiting for), Akasha, a video hosting site that I’ve forgotten now, as well as a Dogecoin image sharing site that no longer exists. I was actually not really into cryptocurrencies at the time, but that quickly changed.
Micropayments for blogging seemed like a great chance to enhance my creative outputs by having an actual audience, and maybe get a little income on the side. I didn't expect it to be as big as it became.
When I arrived there were just figures — I didn’t read the white paper, I didn’t know much about it at all actually, I just delved in. The figures looked like dollar values but I did not realise that we were to actually receive those dollar values.
Then came July 4th
May and June went by with no payouts, then came July 4th — the very first payout. That is when everyone really started to get serious, including me. “Wow!” I thought, “It’s real…”
Of course, I had to trade some of my payout for btc and then btc to fiat before I really “got it”.
After that it was non-stop. The users were flooding in, and the rise of the big bots (the blessed @wang was already up and running, and others joined). The early miners were seeing a great return on their time and effort, and the beginning of the auto-upvote Lists were going around — everyone wanted to get on them!
The price of Steem went as high as $6 at one point, I believe, and many of us were able to grow our Steem Power at a fast rate. It was good times.
One year later...
As it stands, the price of Steem has plummeted (and only recently surpassed $1 after staying very low for a long time) and many earlier active users have abandoned the platform. That’s understandable. It’s not nice to put in the effort for $5, but at the end of the day — it’s more than most of us are making by posting on Facebook or Instagram.
Every single user that I brought to the platform has not stuck around, some made a little and cashed out, others made nothing and left a little bitter.
I don’t know what will happen to the platform, but I’m sticking around to find out.
Give us the link to your very first post in the comments below.
Here are some of my previous posts, if you are unfamiliar with my stuff.