One Week on Steemit: What I've Learned So Far

in steemit •  6 months ago


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Hello Steemians,

I've had a great first week on Steemit so far. I've met some nice folks and am learning a lot about the platform. While I still have a ton to learn, I'd like to take a little time to discuss what I've learned so far. Even though I'm one week into this, I hope to be able to help another newbie who is brand new and looking for guidance. Like I've been saying to my new cohort here: we newbies have to stick together!

My advice for those who are just getting started:

Commit to reading the FAQ page and all posts on the Welcome page in full. You do not need to read them in their entirety before you start posting; however, there is a ton of great advice on these posts. They were written by established members who want new people to succeed. Read a few of them each day, and by the end of the week, you'll have read all of them. The content here is well curated and thoughtful. They also serve as good examples for what we should aim for in our own posts.

Explore your interests. You don't need to be pressured to choose a niche right away, but eventually choosing a niche distinguishes your blog. At this point, I know that I can visit @irvingimages for great photos, @allasyummyfood for delicious recipes and tips on getting started on Steemit @d-pend for poetry and poetry contests and @apolymask for all sorts of contests and good vibes.

Engage. This is a platform where give and take is essential. We need to make sure that we are taking the time to comment on others' posts in addition to sharing our own work / thoughts.

Enter contests. This is a great way to get seen and receive some possible upvotes by influential Steemit members, assuming they like your work. The people who put these contests together are project managers, marketers, practitioners and fundraisers all in one. They have to promote, get others to help them promote and raise steem in order to reward winners. By entering contests, you're validating their work as well. This is another good example of how the platform requires give and take.

Say thank you to those who are taking the time to help you out. If there is a well-established Steemit member here who has stopped by your blog and left comments on your posts and/or upvoted your comments on their posts, be sure to thank them. And, with that in mind, I'd like to call out (in alphabetical order) some Steemit members who all either took the time to leave comments on or upvote my posts or who provided guidance / advice: @apolymask @bashadow @charisma777 @ghostinahatbox @joeyarnoldvn @kendama-odyssey @kirkins @loop.cirkus @luigiborla @mers @plushzilla @robmolecule. As a newcomer, I appreciate your efforts in helping others get started.

Make sure your posts are well formatted. Taking the time to clean up your post in Markdown, the editor or raw html will ensure that others take your posts more seriously. I will admit that I've clicked away from posts that were not well formatted. With so many things competing for our attention, it's important to meet the minimal requirement so that people will want to keep reading your content.

My goals for this week:

  1. Learn difference between Dtube and Dlive.
  2. Finish reading the Steem whitepaper and bluepaper. (It may not be necessary to read these in order to succeed but I'd like to understand the ins and outs of this platform. Yes, I am a nerd this way)
  3. Enter at least two more contests.
  4. Continue to explore possible niches. Possibilities include learning how to program, cooking and writing / poetry.

As I learn more about these different areas in Steemit, I'll be glad to share my thoughts. Thanks for reading, and whether you're new here or well established, I look forward to connecting with you!

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agreed, advice and contests are the best

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Thanks! You were one of the first to leave a comment on my introduceyourself post, and I really appreciated that :-D

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Agreed- we newbies have to stick together! Good post and round up of your first week. Thanks for sharing.

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You're welcome -- it's been great to connect with you here and read your writing. And I just corrected your username in the post. Sorry about that!

I Am happy today I can vote you whit 3000 steem power ( i bought them yesterday). You are son nice and kind , let’s stick togheter whit the good work. I also read all the whitepaper and I think it is really amazing, steemit is not only a new site And not only a technological advance but is also an utopic and wonderful social and economic revolution. The wp is so well written that I searched a lot to discover who is the author, while there is not an answer because if I understood well is something similar to Wikipedia on github, I think there’s the Daniel Larimer hand. Did you understand the reward system? The voters ? I would like to share whit you the strategy even if I am not a pro blogger , I don’t have much time but I like to try to give true value and I always try to do the thing well, sorry also form my bad English. Thanks a lot for remember my name in your post. Please reply about strategy about the
Reward. Bybu and have a nice weekend

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Oh @luigiborla, that is so very kind of you. My sincere thanks -- I am genuinely moved by your generosity.

I'm glad to know that you read the whitepaper and also found it useful. I agree that it is well written and very clear.

Yes, any information that you can add about the reward system, voters, wallet etc. is also appreciated. I am happy to help you re-write / revise if it is something you want to post in English. Just let me know how I can help.

Thank you again~

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  1. I suggest you buy some steem .... it will help and if steem grows it will be a very nice investment especially in this moment.
  2. even if you have few power the upvotes are appreciated
  3. you can vote 10 Times a day including your self upvote whit out having less power the day after
  4. automatic voters are good if you don’t do the 10 post everyday and you have vp because this way it is wasted.
  5. hope that someone like curie notes you and go to he steemit chat curie part and tell you exist in a modest way.
  6. the good content (you have it)
  7. upvote posts after 30 minuts but not too late
  8. your turn ;)
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I will work on a re-write for your tips. In the meantime, what do you think of this idea to co-share rewards on Steemit for the posts that are collaborative?
https://steemit.com/steemit/@aschatria/how-to-co-share-reward-on-steemit

The app referenced in the article is here, though I have not tried it yet:
https://steemwhales.com/post/

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Tips for newcomers:

  1. The price of steem is currently low, so I recommend that you buy some now.
  2. Even if you don't have much power, your upvotes count, so I encourage you to upvote content that you find valuable.
  3. You can vote ten times each day including for yourself. If you vote much more than that, your voting power gets diminished.
  4. Automatic votes are good if you don't do ten upvotes everyday.
  5. Make comments on the posts of people here with high steem. It is important to let them know that you're here.
  6. Make sure that you create the best possible content you can. That is the best way to get noticed.
  7. If you upvote a post after it has been live for 30 minutes, you will receive a higher curation reward.
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check out my post of today

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Your posts of the mountains are wonderful! I'm glad you shared them and wrote about your experience.

Thank you for the shout out. Education is very important in steemit, and where to find the useful information. it does get buried quite easily, and refreshing post are always welcome. A reminder of the FAQ is always great, people tend to overlook it, and it does get updated from time to time. I am a member of #newbieresteemday, so if you have any questions in the future you are welcome to leave them on any of my post even if it is unrelated to the posted material.

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Thank you for that kind offer -- I just might take you up on it! I agree -- education is important, and it can take some time to learn the platform. Glad to know you're involved with #newbieresteemday. It's a great initiative.

Hi @laurawhite, I love your enthusiasm and also contribution to the community with your post. It's great when we learn and grow together by sharing knowledge and ideas.

Here's one difference between Dtube and Dlive: https://steemit.com/steemit/@fabiyamada/is-it-posting-free-analyzing-the-steem-platforms

And if you are looking for contests then look no further than @artz's Steemit Contest Compilation, or @moneyinfant's writing contest list (including my chiasmus contest!).

I think it is great that you are reading the white and blue papers! I don't think too many of us go through it in enough details, and I know many people would appreciate someone being able to post a 'plain English' version so they can understand it better too :)

Some other interesting possible areas in Steemit include the pixel.flower collectible by @aoart and @roscoeh

Have fun with your goals this week!

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Hi @plushzilla! Thanks for the contest tips and the link to the article on Dtube and Dlive. Thanks to you, I'm able to knock that one off my list today :) I really appreciate it.

Posts in which the whitepapers are broken down is a great idea. I enjoy reading all that stuff, but I recognize that not everyone does. Invariably, I'll learn it better, too, if I attempt to teach it.

And I couldn't agree with you more -- it's great when we can all learn together. That's one of the things that makes being part of a community special. Thanks for your comment, and I look forward to your upcoming posts :)

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There are lots of ICOs out there at the moment and I think going through the whitepapers gives you a good sense of whether there is an intrinsic value in the idea behind the coin or token, so I know that a few people would like to get some explanation for the SMT whitepaper and see how Steem will be able to grow when it is released.

I have been trying to maintain a list of people on Steemit that are happy to teach and share their knowledge on different topics that you might be interested:
https://steemit.com/makesteemitgreat-again/@fibrefox/the-steemtopia-network-of-learning-update-expanding-to-new-horizons

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Maintaining a list is a great idea! Thanks -- I'm checking it out now.