Two Years On Steemit And Full Steam Ahead - What I Have Learned And How My Life Has Changed

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Today is my two year anniversary on Steemit and I'm more excited about the platform now then I was my first day. This platform has introduced me to cryptocurrencies, lot's of worthwhile projects, made me new interesting friends, opened my eyes to different cultures, and has changed my life in meaningful and practical ways. It's unlike any social media site I've ever encountered.

To sum it up in one word how being involved in Steemit has made me feel it would be grateful. Grateful for the friends I've made, the things I've learned, the stories you have all shared, and the fun this has been.

Besides all that it has been rewarding on so many levels; financially, intellectually, and spiritually, and has taught me so many new things that have changed the way I think. It's truly been a remarkable experience so far and I'm excited to see where this social experiment leads to next.

To celebrate my two year anniversary, instead of talking about the milestones I've achieved I thought I would share with you some tips and suggestions to help you along your Steem journey.

Steemit Works For Me Because I Work For Others

Everyone has different skills and passions in life, unique skill sets they can bring to a community to add value to that community. So what works for me may or may not work for you. I'm just sharing my experience here and take from it what you need and perhaps it can help you too.

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When I first started posting on the platform on August 31st, 2016 I posted random articles I had writren on topics that interest me. Personally, I'm interested in a lot of different topics and ideas, but once I started researching other successful bloggers on Steemit I noticed they all had something in common. Whether they were coders or poets, photographers or writers, crypto experts or foodies, artists or travelers, they all had one thing in common.

They all are part of a community

Every post climbing the trending pages and getting lots of views and comments have one thing in common and that was they were all connected in some way to a larger community revolving around the topic they were posting about. The topic could be about anything. It was the community around that topic and their interest in it that made those posts popular.

This was before bots were really a thing and for the most part to get an upvote required a real human being reading your post and hitting the upvote button.

I have seen many great ideas come and go on this platform and the ones that remain today have tapped into the community in some way. Some tapped into existing communities and others, like #openmic, were created over time.

Of course, there are exceptions, some people were already popular on other platforms like YouTube, Facebook, or Reddit, but even those accounts were successful because they brought a community with them when they came to Steemit.

Communities are the real value here and I feel they always will be. If you're new on this platform and are struggling to find a way to shine here, I suggest you tap into communities that interest you. You can find them by clicking on View All Tags. Start interacting with people who post about topics that really hold your interest, not just ones that payout the most.

Here's a video that goes into that more How To Use Tags On Steemit To Get More Views, Payouts, And Engagement To Your Post

By focusing more on adding your unique skills and abilities to benefit an interested community instead of how many upvotes and followers you have, you'll have more fun, stay engaged longer, and feel inspired to contribute more to the platform with the long-term result of earning more rewards and followers.

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I can't stress this enough. Spamming your links all over the place is not cool and although it may get you noticed it's for all the wrong reasons. Engaging with people on a real level and sharing interests you have in common with them is cool and creates a connection with them and that is what social media and Steemit is all about, real communities is the real value and the secret to being successful on Steemit. That said, just because you have an opinion about the topic being discussed doesn't mean you have to express it all the time. You could just listen (or read in this case) to what the community is talking about and be a fly on the wall.

It doesn't matter if you're a hot bimbo with big tits, a white toast nerd with monitors for eyeballs, an intellectual scholar with a masters in theology, or a surfer bum with an ounce a day weed habit. As long as you are genuine and can write about who you really are and share the insights you have that are unique then you'll do well on Steemit. Steemit Tips You Need To Know To Succeed On Steemit

Once you tap into a community and start contributing your skills to them you'll start getting real followers, the only kind of followers that have any real value.

Think about this for a second. How much value do you bring to someone when you ask them to follow or upvote you just because you need the upvote? Not much, right?

Now, how much value do you give to someone when you help them in some way? Which person are you more likely to remember and want to engage with on the platform? See the difference?

Give More Than You Take

Giving is more of a gift to the giver than to the receiver. That's hard for some people to wrap their head around and when I was younger I struggled to really understand that statement, but I've come to realize the truth of it. When you give you create value for someone else and by definition become more valuable.

When people talk about creating value on Steemit this is what it is. Value to others, not yourself. The more value you create for others the more valuable you become.

It's a mindset that is often lost in the noise of our materialistic, self-centered society that glorifies looking out for number one, but many things you find valuable, a roof over your head, a car, food, and clothing were all created by someone else and you find it so valuable you're willing to work to have those things.

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We have been fooled into believing that money is valuable, but it really isn't the money we want, it's the things we can get with money that hold the real value and most all of those things would not exist if people didn't create them. The real value therefore, is not the things but the people who create those things.

there’s a culture of giving, and that giving to others can increase one’s status, wealth and position in Steemit. The more one gives to the community in the form of useful energy, the more one receives in the form of money. It's Like A Gift Economy Not A Commodity Economy --- by @stellabelle

Money never built a house or car or grew food, people did. People are the real value behind everything you have ever wanted or needed. People are the real value on Steemit too. They are the ones that read your post, comment on it, upvote it, and resteem it. So, give them a reason to want to do that. Create for them, not for yourself.

My life is amazing and I have so many interesting stories to share. My friends often tell me I should write a book, but I'm too busy living this life to stop and write a book about it. A post here and there is all the time I can spare, but I have all the time in the world to help others on Steemit because helping them is far more interesting and rewarding.

Besides, communities can grow bigger than you or I ever will. You've heard the saying, It's better to have 1% of a 100 people's efforts than 100% of your own. Well, it's even better to have 0.5% of 1000 people's efforts or 0.25% of 10,000 people's efforts. Do you get my point? The more people you can help the more rewards you can earn over time and it makes this social media thing a hell of a lot more interesting than just blogging about yourself all the time.

It is a different mindset and a readjustment for some people but once you get it life gets easier. Building value like that takes time and effort. It's not an instant gratification kind of thing but the rewards are life-changing. Here's a post that can help you called, The Most Valuable Steemit Post Begins In Your Head - Tips To Maximize Your Social Currency On Steemit

Once you realize that your value on this platform, with the exception of those rich whales that invested money, is directly related to how much you benefit others on the platform, you'll find ways to bring your talents to the table so others can benefit. It truly is a gift economy.

Here's another great post to help you wrap your head around this idea. The Reason You Don't Understand Steemit - It's Like A Gift Economy Not A Commodity Economy --- by @stellabelle

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

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There are so many communities on this platform that have helped me along my journey. Here are a few that have really made a difference to me personally. By helping I mean they came along at the right time to keep me motivated and engaged.

@curie

The first one that really helped me get a decent payout was @curie. It's funny 'cause I was writing about all kinds of topics then and the first post that paid out 100 SBD was my 6th or 7th post about raising and training chickens to do your gardening work. I was surprised it did so well actually, but that boost sure did motivate me to keep posting. My first 4 posts made exactly zero Steem.

@curie is a great project that curates new authors posts and upvotes them, which causes the post to get upvoted by a bunch of other users who follow the @curie trail. What that means is whatever @curie upvotes all those other users following the Curie trail upvotes as well.

Curie was also what inspired me to start the Open Mic project, an online live music venue for musicians. I think of Open Mic as a Curie for people who play live music. In fact, @curie has been upvoting posts from new users entering Open Mic since it first started and still continues to do so to this day. They even help sponsor Open Mic now which I'm deeply grateful for. I've discovered lot's of new and established authors from reading Curie's weekly showcase of selected authors.

I've also modeled how I curate Open Mic on the way curie does it complete with an @openmic trail that upvotes and supports posts the @openmic account votes on, which are entries manually curated by me.


@minnowsupport

The @MinnowSupportProject is very active in helping new users get plugged into various communities on the platform and support them with followers, upvotes, and resteems. Countless projects, initiatives, and authors can attribute their early exposure and success to the efforts of the MSP community.

One of my favorite projects that they launched is:

Peace, Abundance, Liberty

Peace, Abundance, Liberty, or PAL for short is a thriving network that hosts radio shows on Discord like MSP Waves where you can hear people from all walks of life talk about the communities and projects they are involved in thanks to Steem.

There's even a weekly show hosted by @isaria and @krystle that features musicians from the @openmic community who have entered the contest with additional SBD prizes to audience selected performers. This is a great way to connect in a more personal way with the people you meet online and helps us bond together into a stronger community.

Connecting with and supporting projects like these is mutually supporting and helps more people feel connected and engaged with each other while spreading the word about what we are doing in an ever-widening and encompassing community.

The larger your reach and influence throughout various communities the more people you can help. And you know what happens when you help lots of people? They like it and click like buttons and tell their friends.

There are so many other communities and projects happening on this platform that it's hard to keep up with them all and running Open Mic takes a lot of my time, but this next year I plan to get involved in more communities doing good on the platform while continuing to grow the Open Mic community.

Recently I was a guest on @pensiff's show, My Life In 8 Songs along with @prc, the creator of DSound and we talked about the music communities we are both building on Steemit and even talked about collaborating together. You can hear the show at My Life In 8 Songs - 23 August 2018 - @luzcypher, @prc & @inthenow [recording].

@prc put forth the idea of helping to build an Open Mic app for the music community and doing some cross promoting together which would really be a great thing for musicians here. I bought a domain for the possible project, dopenmic.com, and @pensiff suggested creating a proposal together on Fundition.io, a decentralized crowdsourcing platform build on the Steem blockchain kind of like KickStarter, so we could generate some funds to help compensate @prc for his time. He's a busy guy and his talent should be compensated for taking on such a project. I'll be working on that soon and have high hopes for bringing an app to the community.

The Rewards Beyond SBD And Steem

Some people are motivated to post on this platform just for the monetary rewards. It's understandable and to be expected. Like most people, I'm thrilled when the price of Steem is high, but I've come to find value in posting here that goes far beyond just the amount of potential payout a post can make. Just the act of writing and sharing your thoughts with others is rewarding and the engagement it fosters, the new perspectives it opens your eyes to, and the sheer fun of it is a gift as well.

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I'm not a whale or getting rich by posting here but it does pay for my needs and I'm pleased to be able to live from the rewards. These last few years I have sold everything I own except my guitar, my camera, and a suitcase for some clothes and it has created a sense of freedom in my life. The things one owns have the strange ability to own you as much as you own them and shedding all of this stuff is kind of liberating.

For the next year, I plan to travel to places I've never been to starting with Thailand, which I'm flying to in two weeks and will be staying there for at least four months. Some of the places I want to see while I'm there are in this post, What Are The Must See Places In Thailand?.

Having the chance to meet @world-travel-pro who has been traveling around the world for years now really pushed me to take the plunge sooner rather than later, but honestly, I was already preparing my life for this before we met. Do have a look at his blog though for some really good tips on slow travel.

Slow Travel is a mindset that rejects traditional ideas of tourism and encourages you to soak in your environments and keep yourself open to new experiences.

Slow travel is not so much a particular mode of transportation as it is a mindset. Rather than attempting to squeeze as many sights or cities as possible into each trip, the slow traveler takes the time to explore each destination thoroughly and to experience the local culture.

Slow Travel means that your travel dates might be flexible. It means that you wake up in your new locale and you have no idea what adventures will await you that day. Slow travelers tend to like to indulge in local cuisine, local entertainment, instead of the tourist-created entertainment you find at a resort.source.

Thanks to Steemit I'm able to do this. The funny thing about traveling this way is it's not as expensive as people think it is, unless of course, you're also paying rent or a mortgage back home, but if you let go of everything and just go with the flow and pick destinations where it's not so expensive you a get by with just a small income source like blogging on Steemit provides. If I was living in the US my posting would not cover my living expenses, but living in Mexico is a lot cheaper as is Thailand.

This kind of travel is also a wonderful opportunity to introduce people to Steemit. Two people I met and introduced to the platform while staying in a hostel in Playa Del Carmen are @anomadsoul and @lizanomadsoul and they have both brought a lot to this platform since. They're also great travelers who share about their adventures on the road.

I'll be staying at the Holy Sheet Hostel in Bangkok for about a week before looking for a place in Chiang Mai, Thailand, one of the worlds best hubs for digital nomads. There are already a few Steemians I've been chatting with there I hope to meet like @waybeyondpadthai.

Conclusions

As good as getting a good payout feels you can't put a price on the value of making connections around the world thanks to this wonderful playground we call Steemit. That's what I mean when I say there are rewards beyond the payouts. Because of our common interest and passion for blogging on this platform, we make connections that transcend borders, cultures, age, and nationalities and that is priceless. That's why you'll see me posting here as long as it exists. I was here when Steem was 0.10 cents and would still be here regardless of what the price of Steem is because blogging here is like social glue and nourishing for the soul.

For these reasons and many more, I'm committed to continuing to bring as much value as I can to this place, to connect with as many people as I can, and to go to every Steemfest no matter where in the world it is.

Posting on this platform and engaging with people here has made me a more thoughtful, tolerant person and it has expanded my perspective on a range of ideas from cultures around the world. I've learned so much about the technical and transformative potential of crypto and how decentralization of the way we interact with each other can be a force for positive change in the world. Cooperation between total strangers through open-source, decentralized applications sets the stage for new ways to work, live, and play together and with platforms like this one can bring us together around common goals and interests. The future looks bright I'm I'm so excited to see where we journey to next.

Thanks for reading my post, for being such an inspiring community and may Steem be with you.


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Congrats on the achievement awarded! It must be a wonderful journey and experience to work on Steemit!

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One of the most fun things I've done online. Thanks for reading my post.

Congrats on 2 years and thanks for all you do to help the community luz!!!
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Thank and same to you @isaria. You really have helped it along with your MSP- Waves Show. You're awesome!

Congratulations on your 2 years!
Did you buy most of your Steem?

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I didn't buy any Steem. I started with zero and have powered down many times because I'm living on Steem 100%. I have also powered up a lot too.

But just to be clear, I never bought Steem and just earned it.

I couldn't agree more, when I joined Steemit I was here to see how I could make "easy money" just by writing stuff... But very fast we start to realise this is more than that, to succeed we need to share and create value (not monetary). As you mentioned, Give More Than You Take!!

Big Congratulation on the 2 years mark, I can only wish you 2 more successful years to come :D

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Thanks so much. It's been such a fun ride so far.

Upvoted !!

Seems like you’ve made a huge impact with your time here! Congrats on the two years. I agree with you so much on the rewards past SBD and Steem!

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Wow!! Oh.. actually, Congratuations to you first for your 2nd anniversary! This post has such a great info (for learning and improving) and all the thoughtful/meaningful messeges you share!

Steemit Works For Me Because I Work For Others

When people talk about creating value on Steemit this is what it is. Value to others, not yourself. The more value you create for others the more valuable you become.

This actually makes me think a bit. TO BE HONEST, I really have to re-think about all I have been doing on the platform by just reading some of your sentences here in this post. I will totally re-read and learn a little more in details.

Didn't know @anomadsoul and @lizanomadsoul were the ones introduced the platform to you and that's so awesome! I've been telling people about the platform too but doesn't seem like there're here for long.

So awesome you're here for already 2 yearsssss!! and yes, For sure, we will meet when you're here in Thailand :) Looking forward to it!

Congrats again! Steem on!!! ❤

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Thank you so much!

Read some of the posts I left links to at the end of this post. Those posts have helped a lot of people here.

Actually, I introduced @anomadsoul and @lizanomadsoul to Steemit, not the other way around. I was already on the platform a year when I met and showed it to them.

The way I learned about the platform was from a YouTube video I saw of Jeff Berwick, also known as @dollarvigilante

Will be in Thailand very soon and getting so excited. Woo Hoo!

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Oopsy! I read it wrong. English is not my mother tongue so let me just blame that hahahaha LOL :D

Cheers for this, a great read.

I just posted about my 1 yr anniversary and I couldn't agree more!

Even after one year I sort of feel more like a pioneer now given that most people have stopped engaging, but somehow I feel like the last few months have been like a dredging the shit process.

On bots - I noticed from one of @penguinpablo's recent posts that bot votes are way way down on what they were a few months back.

Some great links here, which I must come back to laters. Happy anniversary.

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Congrats on being here a year. Good job!

There's some good infp in those links I dropped worth reading for sure.

Congratulations on this milestone. Communities are paramount to anyone just starting out on Steemit. After joining Steemit, I abandoned it for 6 good months... Thankfully, @abuja-Steem was born and I came back.

Lovely write up

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Thanks for dropping by.

Happy second Steemversary, Luz
Give more than you take...
but I think that's precisely the way you are truly rewarded
by connections that are REAL

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Precisely. Thanks so much for reading my post and dropping a comment. These two years have been great and looking forward I'm very excited to see where Steem is going. So many new changes and projects coming to the platform. Very happy to be part of it and glad to get to know you/

Congo and thanks for sharing your experiance with us . I got a lot to learn from ur post .

Thank you for a very well thought out post, congratulations on the two years. Enjoy your soon to start new life style, traveling the world at your chosen pace, stay here for awhile stay there for awhile, tired of winter and cold just go where it is warm and mild. Get to hot, back to the cooler climes. You sound like someone that will really enjoy that life style.

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Thanks so much.

I have been traveling like this for over a year now. This time I'm going to new places and staying away longer. I moved away from California where I'm from and moved to Cancun, Mexico 15-years ago and love it here. I don't own any winter clothes at all.

Exploring new cultures and countries has been a lifelong interest and passion and I've explored most of the world. Never been to Asia though which is why I decided to go to Thailand and then possibly more places around there.

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Maybe you will get a chance to write that book on one of your relaxing excursions. Enjoy the trip and stay. I think it would be great to be able to just chase whatever, weather, warmth, a hurricane here a typhoon there, a monsoon rain. You are able to have a lot of different experiences, it would have been a fun thing to do while still young. Still I am not in the grave yet, and I am sure I will have a few more experiences to go.

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Relaxing? Who said anything about relaxing? Hahahahaha! I'm 54 and still play like I'm in my 20-30's, just a lot better at it now.

Most of my friends are younger because friends my age have so many excuses they tell themselves why they can't do this or that anymore. Make excuses or make it happen. You can't do both.

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yes we all make our choices, and our excuses. My wife and I still go and do a lot of things, but we are mostly homebodies, and while I think it would be nice to visit and immerse in other countries and cultures, I just don't like to travel much. I am a great armchair traveler though. Even at the age we are approaching and being retired we have moved a few times, we will one day find where we want to be and restart a garden. Until then it is explore what we can close to home.

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People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the people they ignore at home. - Dagobert D. Runes

Long and great post of your experience on the platform for 2 years.

You have certainly added a lot of value to this platform. The Open Mic challenge has grown into something amazing with hundreds of people taking part. I love the communities we have here, even when we lack some of the tools to build them. People will gather around a common interest and the internet has really helped with that. I accept that some will try to game Steem for profit, but I see it as having much bigger potential to change lives. Money doesn't always bring happiness, but it can help some to get out of a difficult spot. I value the interactions I get here every day. It's actually better than a lot of other platforms, so people are not just here for the money. That gives me hope.

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Totally agree. I see so many cool things happening on this platform that gives me hope in humanity. There are lots of good people in the world and we need to showcase more of that.

Don't you find it fascinating to watch how this platform evolves over time? I sure do and feel excited to see what it morphs into next.

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It is exciting. People treat it like a finished product, but it's still tiny compared to the big sites and we are seeing lots of new apps built on it. The next few years should see it really grow.

Excellent post, mate! I'm fascinated for all your histories. It's a great goal, and wow ... I admire you @luzcypher all the work you apply to #openmic is incredible. I hope you have an enormous success, and that we continue with the joy of having you as a pillar of the openmic.

Thanks for this post, all the information is super useful.
it's still big, it grows, it goes up and it does not stop


!Excellent post, mate! I'm fascinated for all your histories. It's a great goal, and wow... yo te admiro, todo el trabajo que aplicas al #openmic es increible. deseo que tengas un exito enorme, y que continuemos con la dicha de tenerte como pilar del openmic.

gracias por este post, está super util toda la informacion.
sigue grande, crece, sube y no pares!

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Thanks SO much for your kind words and support. Open Mic does take a lot of time but it is a lot of fun too.

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Uff yeah... I have a minuscule idea of how difficult it must be to take care of that kind of project. I have faith that ignorance in people is not so much, and that they really appreciate all this. but if not, go forward, fighting for your ideals, for a clean conscience, and a smile every morning, knowing that your work makes you happy as an individual.

Sorry my inglish! ha ha. Peace bro, smile! It's free! Ha ha :)


tengo una idea minúscula de lo difícil que debe ser atender ese proyecto. yo tengo fe en que la ignorancia en la gente no es tanta, y que de verdad aprecian todo esto. pero si no, sigue hacia adelante, luchando por tus ideales, por una conciencia limpia, y una sonrisa cada mañana, sabiendo que tu trabajo te hace feliz como individuo.

Good job Luc!!! I basically started my journey with you a little over a year ago. I joined open mic contest and while I never placed, I was able to earn a nice reward through Curie, at a time when my steemit future seemed bleak, lol. Steemit has been highly influential in my life as well and I am quite grateful for having met all the people I met here. It has also helped me pursue my music even though I have doubts about my potential. xD Thank you for being a Great influence in my life!!

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I'm glad you're part of the community and are having fun with it. Thanks for sharing your music with us all.

I am new on this but I now that is changing everything we can bring joy to the world and it's is real not just words, everything is getting a new way for better.

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I am new on this but I now that is changing everything we can bring joy to the world and it's is real not just words, everything is getting a new way for better.

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I am new on this but I now that is changing everything we can bring joy to the world and it's is real not just words, everything is getting a new way for better.

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This was a great post I learned a lot from it. I’m impressed by how you’re able to focus on one topic for an extended length of time, it’s something I’m terrible at. I often wonder if there’s something wrong with my brain because about every 5 months, I crash and burn and want to start something new. I think I have starter energy but I see how a community is the best thing to build as its self-sustainable

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Funny you say that about focus because I can remember before starting Open Mic when I was brainstorming ideas on the kind of community-centric initiatives I could start, I specifically remember thinking it had to be something I would never lose interest in or get bored with. For me, that's listening to musicians play music.

I still get these urges to start something new but as the Open Mic community keeps growing it takes time to help it thrive. Even after two years I feel like it's just getting started as is the whole platform.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post and adding a comment. I've really enjoyed reading many of your posts.

Congrats on hitting the 2 year milestone. Like you, I really like Steemit although I was bullied off the platform several months ago by the bully everyone knows all too well. I have powered down but still hang around because I do like the community. I've even posted a few new things recently, and as long as the big bad bully stays to himself, I'll likely stick around some more. I might even return with my investment. Everything you say about the social community that Steemit has become is spot on. Steemit can be a very fulfilling and rewarding experience as a contributor, if some of the challenges are overcome and it is all approached as you suggest in your post. I have made new friends and new connections here. I have learned allot about cryptocurrencies. I believe there is a ways to go and as long as the Stinc Dev's stay focused and continue to make positive changes, this social experiment will continue to thrive.

congratulations, you have really made great impact on here. Thank you for sticking with us all through. I look forward to seeing more of your posts... very inspiring.

First of all, congratulations. Hope to meet you at the top someday.

Congrats my friend! Two years holy shit!! How the time flys, right? I wish you all the best in the year to come.

Blessings and much love!
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Congratulation for an awesome year....wish you all all the succes in year ahead with loads of steem

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What a fabulous milestone post! Congrats on the two years, and I wholeheartedly agree: communities and genuine friendships are the best thing about this platform. To build bridges across the world and bring people together... love this place. So glad you're here. 💖

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build bridges across the world and bring people together.

I like that.

Good to have you on board, brother! Two years for me too. Feels shorter but so much has happened at the same time. You have been a wonderful giver for sure. You made me a better musician through your work on open mic and encourager of live music. Cheers to you man!

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It's been fun listening to your playing improve right before my eyes. It's one of my favorite things about open mic is it gives people the incentive to play each week and as a result, they get better with each passing week.

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Spot on with that point! Cheers to 100 weeks!

Helpful post. Im a bit lost here but I keep plodding away just putting up poetry and articles. Guess I just like to write and the fact that it stays where I put it. Anyone can read it one day when they find it and I hope it helps them in some way. That's why I write to reach people. I enjoyed your article. I see being part of a community being able to contribute as way more Importent than any pay out. My attitude is just do the work and the right ones will notice. Kinda nonchalant, if no ones listening it won't stop me speaking. 😂. One thing you are correct about is if you are part of a community interacting with more people it is more encouraging to to say your piece and be more involved, as the people draw you in along with the projects you get involved in. Hasn't happened here for me I do forget about this place and only put very little in here over the past year. I do hope to get more involved.

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It's definitely a two-way street. The more you interact with others the more they interact with you. If all you do is post and run results would be spotty at best. I recommend upvoting other peoples content and responding to comments people make on your posts in a timely manner, not weeks after they commented.

Here's a site I found very helpful to understand the dynamics on this platform

https://www.steemithelp.net/#/etiquette/

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Thanks I'll have a look at that.

Can't say I differ from you on any of the principle things @luzcypher. Some transformations in my life due before I can fully resume my well intended life on Steemit, where I left my last personal post 6 months ago, because of a variety of intrusions, too many to expand on. And one of the most important changes due is to detach myself from my material burden - change most of it into cryptos of different promising kinds, as mobile as I am myself! Thanks for a lovely honest exposition of your ways, motives and intentions - keep it up friend!

Congratulations @luzcypher , I'm very happy that I'm following you. I'm glad you still active her supporting the community. 2 years is a long time and things that you learned and earned are really awesome. I'm here for more than 1 year and I'm really amazed about steem, in my 2 years I will let you know about that as well, I wish I will have time to participate in your contests and giveaways, I also like to sing sometimes. You are one of the best steem users I know. ☺

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Aww, thanks for the kind words.

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Please tell me your opinion about my entry to openmic ticket giveaway. I need your feedback.

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It's a good entry. I made my comments on your post

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Thanks a lot. ☺

Also thanks for linking one of my articles that I need to re-read

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Your article was a real positive influence on my Steemit journey, helping me understand how it works on a whole other level. I can't thank you enough and have referred many users to it.

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I’m glad it was useful to you. Sometimes I’m not sure if my writing is accurate or just infused with wishful th. Steem is a lot different now and engagement seems lower

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Everything is always changing, something I've learned to just accept. Sometimes it feels like there is less engagement and others it feels like there is more to me, or it could just be my imagination or the engagement moves around with people's attention span or the seasons. I've noticed there seems to be more posts and comments in winter than in summer, for example.

Congrats on your two year anniversary @luzcypher!
Thank you for your passion & love you put into this community <3

Heeeeeey Congrats!!!!
August 31st was also my steemit anniversary!
A year younger, but it would be great to celebrate the next one together ;)
Cheers again!!
-Monk

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How cool is that? Happy anniversary to you too.

Value of others, not yourself
Well said, @luzcypher - and a very happy 2nd birthday to you...(belated but sincere) XOXOX

wooow! Congrats & amazing! Glad to read this, two years its a lot of time, I hope will be a lot of more!
In my personal case Im very proud and happy to belong into the Openmic music contest, for me its awesome for my creation process and for develop my music again, so thanks a lot for that! bless lml and very good luck with your slow travel, its amazing to have a free soul and can travel around the world an enjoy it all the process, amazing words by the way, Im glad to read this. inspiring

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It makes me so happy to inspire you because I get to hear your wonderful music.

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:D thanks for your words again!

Happy two years! It's been four months for me. So fast! Consgrants, @luzcypher, for running such a cool iniciative and huge dynamic. Greetings!

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Thanks. Really appreciate your music and participation.

Wow congrats to your 2 years anniversary my friend!! Im so looking forward to see you in krakau... just have to win a contest or earn enough money so I can buy the ticket soon haha. I was hoping to be with you in Thailand by now but things got difficult here; my parents are seperating and I am single again... so I have a lot of things to deal with right now; moved to Munich for now. I will definitely make it work for Krakau though. I wish you a nice time until then and say hi to all the great steemians over there for me. I send you a big hug. Liz

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Big huge hug to you too Liz. Keep your big heart happy and your soul alive and I'll see you soon in Poland.

I'm in Mexico City this week, going to see some Diego and Frida art, then go to Bangkok on the 14th. Will take lots of pics. Miss you.

Happy anniversary man <3