Why Steemians Don't Stick Around - The Problem With User Retention

11 months ago

I promised myself that I would not get into more Steemit criticism or even Steemit related posts and try to focus on my own themes. Nonetheless I feel I have to shoot this post as my last flare. I did try to participate in every single project in the platform even though my rewards were minimal in respect to the hours I have been putting in over the last few months. I never compared myself to others. I thank my dad for this invaluable lesson. I only look over my own plate.

I openly criticized whales, celebrities and every single person that was coming across as a mass bullshiter—and there are plenty in here. I seriously don’t give a shit about what anyone thinks of my posts, whether they are whales or minnows. There are many ways to be politically correct in the platform and make some ass kissing money. I chose not to ride the low wave because of my own principles. I distaste this fear of oh-no-what-if-I-get-flagged-or-unfollowed. Grow some balls people. Be yourselves.

Everything I write is a result of who I am. I would never crawl towards the pathetic level of producing whore-tier content for pimp whales. I would rather sell ass on the street.

Enough with my introductory rant. Here is why people don’t stick around on Steemit as much (beyond the usual reasons such as design from the early 2000's and Steem technicalities and crypto concepts);
 


-1- Sleezy Superficiality

A glance at most posts and you can feel the superficialism flooding like a tropical island. There is no depth, no original thoughts. Almost all posts are recycled, sensationalist ideas. It's *cheesy*. There is no individuality, no originality. New users can sense this and even though they will try their luck with some recycled content, after a while there would be nothing left to write other than random shit-posting in hope for some random whale shit-voting.

-2- WTF Reward System

We know the mantra. “At least on Steemit you make some money”. Well, not so fast. You see, an average user would join Steemit, a new community, and start comparing his efforts to the rest. After a while he will notice that his $10-$20 earnings are unfair in comparison to someone who gets $200-$300. Logic would dictate for the user to stick around since he is still profiting, but logic is not part of the equation.

The user would take an emotional decision to bail out from a platform that has no average distribution of rewards. A user will prefer to stick around in a no-profit social media space where everybody is equal, earning nothing. At least his posts there will be appreciated equally since the value will be zero. On Steemit there is an inevitable comparison because of the massive wealth gap. The only way to allow a somewhat smoother scale with rewards is if whales voted more carefully.

However, whales haven’t been voting carefully in such a delicate period. Many early investors sought and still promote their close friends. The ones who should care about Steemit, don’t. In my opinion the first 1000 active users should be treated like kings, with the power somewhat equally distributed to them (let’s say a range of $10 - $300 tops for every post), for each and every member. That would allow a smooth distribution, one a new user could work towards a goal and even invite more people in order to reach it. This, however, would only work if whales got to work together voting carefully. In a short period of time there would be swarms of dolphins redistributing their power to the new guys, while whales would keep both the eggs and the basket. Why they just want to kill the goose with the golden eggs in order to satisfy specific people is beyond me. (Unless there are other scammy motives).

What we see instead? $900 per post vs $2, even if the person has 100+ likes. How can anyone wait for new users to stick around when there is such a massive difference in rewards distribution? It’s all about the psychology of the given reward perception in respect to the culture one is involved with. As an anthropologist I can guarantee you that this is where Steemit loses most people. Any culture built on the same premise would fail immediately—and as history dictates, they did.

-3- Shady Culture

I understand that celebrities are important but most celebrities that joined Steemit are just milking the cow and the people who brought in are shit-tier. From conspiracy theorists to convicts, surely you can’t expect your average Joe to join such a culture. That’s like asking a nun to join a whore house. I am not saying they shouldn’t join but for fuck's sake, if Steemit is to move beyond the shit-coin culture, these people shouldn’t be promoted more than anyone else. How can we talk about a decentralised blog experience when there is clear favouritism with our usual crypto and libertarian heroes? And seriously. Most of them are shady as fuck.

I am not waiting for this rant to hit any ears, but like everything I write, I felt like doing it at least fot those who choose to follow me. Most minnows like me will understand my concerns and most, if not all, whales will frown upon (most likely because I am not seeing the “big picture”).

Thing is, at the end of the day, there is no “big picture” other than the one people chose to see. Basic human psychology plays a massive role in early adaptation. Steemit is not like every other social media place. People cannot even understand what cryptocurrencies are. Adapting to the user experience, money transfer and all that is already a massive hurdle for them. Imagine having to go through the culture crap as well. Social media is supposed to make people’s lives easier, not a pain in the ass.

If Steemit wants to continue as is, then the founders should reconsider the path the platform should take. Maybe transforming the platform into a crypto-anarcho-celebrity-promo-webpage where the sheeple can feed their shepherds would be a better investment. So far all I am seeing is promoted celebrities from whales and founders, taking their money and running out from the back door. You do realise how pathetic this is, right? People who were making thousands with every post are not even happy making hundreds of dollars anymore—while those who criticized Steemit still stand by your side are earning next to nothing in comparison.

But hey. Fuck it right? We are all here just to make money. Or are we?







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haha that is a true quote. I voted for you for witness, I think it's awesome you donating part of the money you make for your witness to the @t-r-f . Thanks for helping out all those with the desire to go to steemfest.

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It is my pleasure!

One of the most brilliant innovations on the Internet is in jeopardy of imploding. Do some of these whales really think that good content creators are going to stick around and post on here for $0.12 / hour while we see sock puppets earning hundreds or thousands of dollars off of plagiarized material?

Steemit is losing all the good content creators 1 by 1. And guess what? Not that many people know enough about crypto to join this platform, create content, and help friends and family members onto this platform.

It is really sad to me because Steemit really is a cool concept, ground breaking, and has an awesome community.

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https://steemit.com/steemit/@radioactivities/rock-the-witness-vote-together-our-voice-matters

We can campaign to vote for the same Witnesses whose efforts will bring benefit to us end-users.

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I'm here for the long haul but I have to only treat it like a curious little hobby project on the side. If I took it too seriously, I'd probably be getting frustrated along with a lot of the other people here lately.

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I think I'm going to have to take your approach. I spent so much time on here and wasn't getting paid hardly anything for the amount of time I was spending while neglecting my YouTube channels and resell business. I'm changing my approach. Hopefully this platform will make it out of this downturn.

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Same thing here. It's a barely side thing. I wonder something. Did the founders think anything structural things through beyond the white paper? It seems that the changes being made for the most part are GUI changes... a button added here, a tweak there. It seems like there should be more developers actually in the company as opposed to dolphins banding together to create guilds.

You don't like vague articles about positive thinking? What's WRONG with you?!

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positive thinking is bullshit.

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I don't know if you were being sarcastic but I happen to think that positive thinking is indeed bullshit.

I agree with some of your concerns, but things like this are popping up all over:

https://steemit.com/steemit/@donkeypong/announcing-steem-guild-a-second-stage-project-to-continue-supporting-good-authors-after-project-curie

They probably will only continue to do so. While I agree with you that things are not the greatest now, I don't quite share your doom and gloom picture of the future.

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I don't think you quite grasp the concerns...
Things like project curie, project robbinhood whale, project upvote, etc.. shouldn't be a neccessity for the site.
Sure they are great ideas to "help" the stuggling minnow, but if the distribution was much better there wouldn't be a need for such projects and they wouldn't exist.
The 2nd big issue with these projects - The posting payouts. Project curie makes $500+ a post each day
Robbinhood whale made multiple thousands, and is just powering down...
Your post you just referenced is nearing $700.
Maybe im looking at it backwards, but when you say "help" it seems to me that this "help" is being rewarded quite nicely.

anyways, enough ranting for me. Good post @kyriacos, I would believe the majority of users will agree. Hopefully things change for the better... There needs to be a 2nd wave of new users to keep this ship from sinking.

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"Sure they are great ideas to "help" the stuggling minnow, but if the distribution was much better there wouldn't be a need for such projects and they wouldn't exist." exactly!

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Just think, newbies are coming online to EARN Steem, not BUY it, so the price continues to fall. It's basic economics here: supply is outstripping demand.

Let's hope the Steem demand picks up before the price craters - there I've said it now! The marketing people at Steemit have many hard marketing miles ahead.

I am a full-hearted supporter of Steem before you start going berserk in the comments section, but we must speak our mind to save our crypto!

@stellabelle - I really wish we'd both been in on this initial project earlier - as senior posters we'd have stayed closer to the minnow heartbeat!

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Shouldn't be necessary, but they clearly are... And more of them are coming. That is how the distribution will take place. The earnings you see from Curie and others is used to reward authors and pay the staff that is helping them. The next wave of users that come will have a much better retention rate from these kinds of projects... The site has a much better chance of succeeding now than it did 3 months ago.

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Curie has established more and more limits on their reward criteria, while making more and more from each of their posts. Additionally, the whales that have so generously decided to donate so little of their voting power to this project continue to vote (with full power I might add) on shitty posts from authors like @dollarvigilante and @charlieshrem

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Instead of complaining about the way things are... why not go about trying to solve the problems as you see them? That is what I am trying to do...

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I did for a while. Like a good little Steemian, I contributed to Curie, continued to write quality content for smaller payouts and things continued to get worse. I commend higher-level users like you for trying to right the ship, but at this point I am powerless to do anything and am fed up.

I am also re-evaluating my posting on SteemIt. There is much I like here, but I can't help but feel disappointed when I see the Trending Page.

Not because I am not on it, but... Because of what IS on it.

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yes, me too.

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Who has time to see the trending page? I'm too busy writing. In fact, I think I'll get back to it right now.

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haha, yeah so true. I get distracted every once in a while but im starting to write more and more everyday.

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I reached my low point and stay offline a lot but then I find new names and honest articles like this.... my fire starts burning again !

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I am there, too. But no content creation here, I am like a frying pan simmering without food in it.

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agreed, but it's not gonna keep my from creating more content.

I am not saying they shouldn’t join but for fuck's sake, if Steemit is to move beyond the shit-coin culture, these people shouldn’t be promoted more than anyone else.

I kinda agree with this. But remember that steemit overall is evolving still a lot and fast. Remember in the beginning when posts were only about crypto stuff and blockchain talk? Then it was all about intro posts, and I guess at one point we saw this "gateway" to more users and took it quickly without thinking, then with a decline in price we noticed people not sticking around, the amount of new accounts flowing in not increasing and the "stars" that were supposed to help out with that might maybe not be that reliable. After all its not hard to create a ton of accounts and have them follow yours here, and even easier it is on other sites where you can pay people to create fake accounts to follow you. Instagram for something is a mess lately compared to the amount of fake likes that fly around and fake comments from fake accounts someone is just "leveling up" to sell later.

Then again, this means the userbase is still so very low, and hopefully with time more people will see the potential of the platform, and with a stabilize in price they would also see the investment opportunities and the outreach they can get here on all active users. My hopes are still good that the site will evolve for the better in time, its open-source after all.

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Have you looked at the trending page? It is completely filled with posts about SteemIt, Curie and Coin Shit. That is what the voters want. They prove it each time they vote for it.

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well, that's what whales want mostly.

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I agree that this platform seems to still be evolving. Maybe it's different for someone who's made a certain amount of posts, but I'm pretty impressed by how much attention new users get. Usually they would be ignored altogether for months, but Steemit has a pretty robust community (one that's growing).

Keep in mind that people interested in the new topics don't yet have enough power to have an effect. In theory this will change as time goes on. Though people starting now will never be as powerful as the top echelon, there will be enough with enough power to balance out... or so goes the thinking. Again, I'm woefully ignorant and new, but I infer that to be the plan and don't yet see why it wouldn't be possible given more time.

As to the main point of the article: I'd have to say I agree. It seems short-sighted to go for the constant money grabs, if what is being written is, in fact, so.

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but I'm pretty impressed by how much attention new users get.

Many users here are working hard to accomplish that. :)

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I kinda agree with this. But remember that steemit overall is evolving still a lot and fast.

I'm so sick of hearing this argument. In the age of internet, this platform is not evolving and "fast" is very generous. This platform has been up for a while, and the currency has gone from being worth $2/STEEM to being worth less than a quarter.

Remember in the beginning when posts were only about crypto stuff and blockchain talk?

I don't know what fantasy land you're in, but take a look at the trending page. It's still all crypto stuff and blockchain talk.

It makes sense to cultivate retention of people who have been around for a couple months. I hope the Steem guild system does work where Curie takes off. as being spread too thin is one of the big problems with retaining users via rewards. it would also be a waste to spend time just trying to get the newest of the new to stay. Like the old addage of businesses not caring about their regular customers as much as they do about getting brand new ones (ie. numbers game); until, of course, those customers leave...and the business finds out who it was supported them most all along!

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Well said...
If things don't change gaining new users wont be the issue when all the regulars walk away.

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That's a good point you made there, but there is a difference. Businesses are always seeking new customers because that's where their money is generated. Steemit is paying us for good content, not the other way around. It could be said that we are paying them with our attention and writing is work after all, but rewarding someone early will keep them active, just as rewarding the sustained output of loyal contributors will keep them contributing. Steemit needs to care about all their contributors.

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yes gotta do both. Its not necessarily possible, but people are happy with getting 20$ for their posts early on

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also businesses that optimize trying to make more money off reurn customers usually do better. that is easier than say increasing sales via increasing customers. because a 1%-5% sales increase is good,. When the hype of something is down. For the average business

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Agreed

In a way I can totally understand your point, but I don't think it's as difficult for "minnows" to become "dolphins" if they decide to work hard.

The reason why I say this is because I just joined 4 days ago and I am doing pretty well. I have written 3 articles so far, and the second one got picked up by Project Curie and it really helped to raise my reputation quite a few points.

Now, I'm a firm believer in producing my own original content and injecting my own personality, and maybe that's why I was rewarded on my second post.

And, while it only made around $24, I thought that was pretty good for a second offering. I was a little disheartened at first, however, when I put a lot of work into my first post and it only got 3 votes. My third post didn't do as well as I'd hoped, either, garnering only 17 votes.

I do agree with you 100%, though, on the point you made about people doing the complete "copy & paste" thing and basically plagiarizing. There are a lot of people doing it, and it's actually quite shocking.

If anything, this is what is causing people to jump ship. Another big issue, in my opinion, is the post editor is quite difficult to use. SteemIt needs to do much better when it comes to that. It shouldn't be that difficult to integrate a decent WYSIWYG editor into the site.

Overall, I like your style. You don't pull any punches and I respect that.

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"I just joined 4 days ago and I am doing pretty well. I have written 3 articles so far, and the second one got picked up by Project Curie and it really helped to raise my reputation quite a few points."

I wish I could say the same, but I upvoted you anyhow. From my perspective you had plenty of luck. (I post original content too.)

But I digress, I may not have the clarity nor quality in my posts so I may be the one to blame after all. Still learning.

I agree with your points and like you I still support the platform...partly because it's easy to critique when I'm not part of the development and also hindsight is 20/20. However like you I hope moving further into beta and beyond brings a more fair ecosystem. As long as people view it as fair overall it will do well.. otherwise it will fail. Reputation score is part of the answer to that but it is not weighed highly enough IMHO. Thanks for not holding back. Resteemed.

They're shady people everywhere online. No surprise they would be drawn to this platform. There are also great writers everywhere and they're attracted here as well. I guess I'm missing your point.

So what if people who have already built a following on another platform bring their followers here, regardless of what the topic is. That doesn't mean one has to follow them or compare themselves to them. There's room for everyone and all kinds of interests on Steemit.

What interests you? That's what I want to know.

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Actually, great writers are repelled by the casino junk atmosphere. They think it's shady and stay away.

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I can see what you mean. However, a writer wanting to post anywhere on the internet is going to be exposed to content they don't like. Does that stop them from posting at all? I don't think so. They move on and post their content regardless of the content they find not to their liking. The same could be said about content in magazines or found on library shelves for that matter. Good writers are not going to stop publishing their works just because some day their book could share a bookshelf with another book they don't condone.

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The casino junk atmosphere is a serious problem. Far better to write on one's own beautifully designed wordpress blog, grow a following of like-minded readers and writers, and find a way to monetize your writing while building a professional platform.

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I've built WordPress sites and had a following of like-minded readers, even found a way to monetize it. This is much more exciting to me, even if I run into casino junk.

But I also see your point. When I have introduced several good writers to Steemit, the first thing they do is a Google search and they find posts of people argueing about whale votes, power imbalances and new users not making any money. It's a real turn off as a first immpression.

The concept is strong and feature will eventually be added to smoothen the UI experience and I'm sure we'll be able to hide posts we don't want to see eventually.

Growing pains of a new platform. The developers must feel like god feels sometimes when the whole world is praying for answers all at once. Until these enhancements are implemented, we'll just have to Steem on.

The reason people do not stick around is simple, today 98 percent of the population have the attention span of a goldfish. People work hard, today they are overworked and over-stressed and basically over everything.

They are over telemarketers, over gas prices, over lousy retailer salespersons, over traffic snarls and over the price of bottled water.

Today people are even over those two professional politicians vermin's who have taken something that should have been used to give people hope and to stabilize the image of respectable government into a campaign of charades by two cretins.

Our elected officials are voluntary to do one thing to create a framework within society has the ability to prosper; I think 99 % of people can see that is not what these two have done.

So people today want to be Wow'ed, amazed, informed and feel they have some return on investment. Today people are pulled in 9 different directions they expect to feel rewarded wherever they go. Instant gratification is mandatory after all that is why everyone carries three credit cards, instant results.

Very few people come to Steemit and think if I put in some effort and create a following and establish my handle within my niche market I will become successful. The people on Steemit who are making gold are of three types, unless a new person can quickly fit into those payout tags then people quickly lose interest.

This is exactly the same for me, I have a one percent interest in visiting FaceBook, it was 2014 when i last visited pinterest and twitter was a long time before that. People come and go and cycle around the ten million websites across the public net.

What i cannot understand is why anyone would still be trying to run their own blog, sure if you are already going well across the web that is one thing but in today's fast paced instantly outdated disposable society only a true fanatic would try and build up their own independent blog.

Anyone with their own website knows the issues of finding, attracting and retaining webusers. Steemit has a ton of growth just from bloggers in my humble opinion.

I myself am starting to buy and sell stuff across steemit as an advertising platform for my own clutter. Steemit is how we the owners want to use it, so stop whining and get commenting : )

C U @ BlockChain ; )

I totally agree with you. I'm here since July and still asking myself why I'm sticking around. Love the principles that got me here first though. Just having a bad feeling that it won't last..

We can vote for Witnesses who work to improve the end-user experience for Steemit. Not everyone is good at self-marketing, but they may be doing a lot of work curating our content and other things which benefit end-user experience, yet they get kicked down the Witness list just cuz they arent a natural marketer.

https://steemit.com/steemit/@radioactivities/rock-the-witness-vote-together-our-voice-matters

I'm one of those content creators who has been kneecapped by the stock price tanking, agree with so much of what you have said here. For instance what is in my feed tonight making coin tells
Me not to bother working for hours crafting a good original article to post. A low res win art "painting" is making more then I ever would. They took maybe five minutes to crap out an image, my own work involves taking photos and writing and then going to
Steem chat and promoting it. Just to get .92 cents after 5
hours of work.

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I think this sums up how many of the users here feel about their effort and what they see on the trending page. When a run-of-the-mill landscape photo makes $100 here and a long-form science blog post with careful research and citations makes $1, there's something wrong - especially when the going rate for stock landscape photos is a few cents on any other site.

What we see instead? $900 per post vs $2, even if the person has 100+ likes.

Most don't even make $2, it's already a miracle if a post makes a few cents.

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Worse yet, what kind of content will evolve if people no longer believe it is worth putting their time into content. I expect to see more picture only blogs (something that is already happening) and stupid rants about politics, pumping some new alt coin, etc.

I agree that the current centralization of power is to blame for the decline we're experiencing now. A massive re-distribution to lower tiers might indeed work. Basically creating a hundred times as many whales in a short period of time. Interesting concept!

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we've been asking and talking about this [ delegating votes ] sincer forever. Nothing seems to be done so....

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"I agree that the current centralization of power is to blame for the decline we're experiencing now." Exactly! I address this in my latest post, because like @kyriacos, I decided it was time to unleash the floodgates.

Another good post. Reposted

why the negativity?

best to use the platform as you wish and not worry about what others are earning. seems like there's a lot of frustration at the moment from people that joined hoping to earn a lot with unmet expectations.

brilliant: "I would never crawl towards the pathetic level of producing whore-tier content for pimp whales. "

Brilliance again: "-1- Sleezy Superficiality

A glance at most posts and you can feel the superficialism flooding like a tropical island. There is no depth, no original thoughts. Almost all posts are recycled, sensationalist ideas. It's cheesy. There is no individuality, no originality. New users can sense this and even though they will try their luck with some recycled content, after a while there would be nothing left to write other than random shit-posting in hope for some random whale shit-voting." This my dear is what I know to be true as well.

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I Agree 100% with this. Lately I find it difficult to vote...there is not a lot that I really want to upvote.

Holy crap, we have come to the exact same number of users in our solution: "first 1000 active users should be treated like kings, with the power somewhat equally distributed to them" I swear I didn't read this before writing my own

Re-Steemed

Agree with all your points as a new person in here for 3 weeks. Too many rules on how to write or where to place my links. Still trying to figure out where I belong in here. The system does not allow real person to help the newbies either because when I helped the newbies and the voted for me I made hardly anything from their votes.
Thanks for your honesty.
Up voted and your upvoting my newest content about my love for art , I will feel appreciated. Followed.

Maybe there are many superficial posts, but there are SO many truly amazing posts.....

I agree with one thing...a lot of people feal the same way that you do and perception counts. In my opinion it all boils down to two things:

1- A sense of entitlement: people feel that they deserve more then those crapy posts on the trending page.
2- The declining price and therfore the diminished rewards.

I think these are just the growing pains of this platform but hey...I could be wrong.

In the end the rest of humanity won't give a crap if this experiment fails so I just take it for what it is and enjoy the ride while it lasts.

Your thoughts are gold for a minnow like me.

I've seen before that people won't join a site that pays when they already have somewhere with all their friends. A few big sites have the mindshare. As for the content, I really want to see it diversify here. There are lots of poets, authors, artists and musicians here already. We need to spread the news that they can make money from their art here to encourage more to join.

Thanks for this post. You've basically articulated everything I've thought about Steemit. I've barely been on this site all month and will probably shut down my Steemit account as soon as I figure out how to do this.

It is still better than Facebook by far,I go back there for business and promotion... but how depressing it is after being here. Twitter is best as a news feed, Google might as well be gone, the rest who cares.

I don't make a ton of money, nor did I plan to... but here there are some intelligent folks... on Facebook (I am loosing Hope).

And I can not wait for SteemQ as I have been on YouTube since September 2008. I added 193 films so far, have over 1000 subscribers, with over 120,000 views... and have accrued less than $30.

So in the end folks may grip or be jealous of other earnings here... but damn, there are far better earnings than anywhere else. And again I can actually read and enjoy the posts here.

@kyriacos : What I miss in this post is your opinion on how Steemit can be a massive success.

The typical criticism of criticism is : criticism ( as its usually carried out ) depresses and puts people down - without any serious interest in how things could get better.

You see it everywhere. The critics FADE AWAY and become irrelevant for the people they are trying to reach. This is the moment the critics stop believing that things can get better and stop giving attention to this possibility. This is also the moment when the people who need to listen to them, stop listening to them. And they justify not listening to the critics by saying : "they only complain and have no real value to add themselves".

Its like this hellish role that people get stock into, where its really hard to get out. What started as well meaning advice on how to improve things, gradually deteriorates into a kind of sad hopeless attitude. The trap in it is this : after a while the critic only begins to see confirmations of the hopelessness of the situation. This makes it less interesting for the people who still believe in success, to listen to them. Which again reinforces the impression that "They are not even listening so therefore it probably is hopeless". Which again reinforces the impression "They only complain without offering real solutions to improve things".

Do you see the pattern here?

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I agree with your concerns about the distribution of voting power. I am in the top 400 last I checked and my vote gives a post anywhere from $.02 - $8 at 100% weight. I do not subscribe to your conspiracy theories. Not really sure how this will resolve itself.

I'm very new to Steemit and therefore still in a learning curve as to how the platform works. I have noticed some of the things that you mention in your rant, and I think you're correct with your observations. Regardless, I can see the intent and potential of this platform - if it can make escape velocity I think these problems will work themselves out. If not, then perhaps Steemit will be a stepping stone towards a better and more equitable model for social media. I'll stick around and see if Steemit can grow legs and run, if it does we can all tell everyone in ten years "we were there at the beginning"...
Besides, I'm waaay more tired of Facebook than Steemit. There's got to be a better way.

What we see instead? $900 per post vs $2, even if the person has 100+ likes. How can anyone wait for new users to stick around when there is such a massive difference in rewards distribution?

Yeah this is a major problem that I see to. Some new user can't even understand how that is possible, mostly because a lack of understanding the system and SP.

A glance at most posts and you can feel the superficialism flooding like a tropical island. There is no depth, no original thoughts.

Also very true, always surprised at some of the stuff that gets upvoted, especially when I can tell they are only acting like that just to get the upvotes from as many people as possible, easy to tell that they are faking it.