One month of steemit: I still don’t quite get it / my experiences and look at it

in steemit •  2 months ago

My first month on steemit has passed. Time for some reflection. I started with no expectations. I thought it looked like a nice platform to blog a bit about my interest in cryptocurrency. I had some reasons to choose steemit for this blogging as you can read in my introduceyourself. At the time mainly technical reasons and curiosity.

Decentralized?

A month later I almost forgot about those. Along the way I learned things are more complex than they are advertised at first. When you start it seems too good to be true. There are too many blurry concepts (witnesses, minnows, whales, nodes, long term promises,…) which create some fog and one can’t fully understand it all. But there is a great motivation that one will earn money and I think that blinds a lot of new users. I’m one month into it and most terms have their place in my mind by now but that doesn’t mean it all makes sense yet. One thing I learned is that steem is not as distributed as most of us like to think. @cryptogee wrote an easy to understand article about it: (steemit.com is not the decentralized platform you think it is)[https://steemit.com/steemit/@cryptogee/steemit-com-is-not-the-decentralized-platform-you-think-it-is]

Money incentive

IMHO too much content is created on this platform on how to become successful. Too much bloat on how to increase your following, how to get more votes, how to get more reputation, how to make more money. I appreciate the money I make. Who wouldn’t? But it bothers me how much my attention is drawn to post that tell me how I could do better. When I came to steemit my intention was to share content, not to make money. It literally tears me apart. I want my content to be appreciated. I love it when my reputation goes up and I love to interact. That’s why I’m on platforms like slack and stackoverflow. No money incentive there. But it seems I can’t escape it. The dollar signs are all over. I’m still in doubt about how I should feel about it.

Appreciation and curation

The thing I care about most at the moment is my reputation. I think it best reflects what I’m doing. It also seems unrelated to my own steem power and this confuses me. I don’t think steem power itselfs brings me anything I see it as a confusing way of telling me how much steem cryptocurrency I have but can’t trade right now. It’s sort of an investment in the system. My steem dollars I see as my steem cryptocurrency I can trade right away. I don’t see how any of that is related to appreciation.
I don’t think the amount of currency one has is a good measure for curation/appreciation. I don’t think it is a good measure to let the good content surface and get the attention it deserves. I appreciate some content a lot but since my steem power is limited I can’t express my gratitude well. On the other hand quite some users buy steem to have more steem power. They have not proven to be good curators but still they weigh a lot on curation.

Future

I’m not yet sure on how I will continue with this. I got to know some nice people, mainly in the #gridcoin community. I will keep blogging because I like it. Steemit has some very nice aspects, and it doesn’t have certain drawbacks of other social media. To me it seems it has other drawbacks however. But there are two points that will keep me here for now. First I’m only here since a month. I still need to learn a bit more, gain some more experience. And second: steemit is a very new and evolving concept. It might involve in a good or bad way. Or it might even not evolve at all. Or maybe something else surfaces and takes over. We’ll have to wait and see.


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thx for sharing

Nothing is fully decentralized, but Steemit is surely the most decentralized social/media platform out there. No censorship, no shadow-banning and no central authority deciding which posts are 'worthy' and which are not. I believe all Graphene platforms have a bright future, they will boost each other when they start rising in value again.

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Maybe that better phrases my feelings concerning the decentralization. It's way superior than other platforms as you say. But it is less decentralized than I thought. It's an interesting technology. I understand the decentralization concept of a block gain. But how it works with that amount of data is still a mystery to. All this data... And if the platform continues to grow it will be worse. I have no idea on how they (will) handle that. An issue in decentralization about which I know it exists but I haven't looked in to it.

Good point jef, I was thinking about this too. I'm new on steemit and I will take a few weeks to see how things work out here. The whole voting and commenting strategy seems to be focused on the rewards rather than on real posts quality and relevance (from what I saw so far). Maybe as the community grows everything will work out.

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Let's hop so.

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I'm new as well about a week or two not sure if I can get the hang of it..but will try!
Great article by the way!

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Good post. I'm even a smaller minnow in the pond. Researching, just last night I went through some articles accusing steem of being a ponzi scheme. Those flying $ signs around, founders powering down and one leaving quickly fit in this image. On the other hand I like the platform and it seems to be growing rapidly. I hope it will succeed. Like yourself, for time being I'm planning to stick around. Following!

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Those Ponzi talks... I don't know. They all seem to go back to that same guy. I invested nothing in it so it sure isn't pure pyramid. I invested only time/content. The top can't hardly benefit from that. But sometimes it feels similar. As I said. I'm too new to be decisive about it.

I'm new as well. Liking it here so far. I don't quite know what I'm doing yet but I'll just keep submitting stories and make a few comments and see what happens. I'm sure I could spend more time here and work out a strategy but I never RTFM, so that's not going to happen :) Hopefully I'll grasp it one day.

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There is a manual?
;-)

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A good and honest post. It's nice to hear that someone values something besides money.

Thank you for sharing. I just joined too. My thoughts on this is:

I love writing. I enjoy thinking. I like money. #whynotSteemit.

Welcome to Steem @jefpatat I have upvoted and sent you a tip

glad to hear you liking it :)

Thanks , very good artikel for another new arrival at steemit, realy appreciate it