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What I have learned about Steemit since January

in steemit •  6 months ago

My husband kept telling me I should join. In typical fashion, he is not on the platform himself, but he got into dabbling in crypto currency investments back in November and heard about Steemit from his research. I can’t remember exactly what he told me, other than that since I like to write and wanted to get myself writing more, I should look into it.

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A few weeks went by and he mentioned it a few more times. I pretended to ignore him, but I was considering it. Finally in mid-January I signed up and WHAT? I have to wait now??? NO!!! Well, I got luckier than some because it only took me 5 days to be approved.

I started messing around a little and looking for interesting people to follow. I wrote a few posts, got a little discouraged by the one or two votes I was getting. Then I came across a 24-hour free instructional video offer from @JoeParys on Udemy and signed up immediately, but then waited another couple of weeks before finally admitting I needed some education. I learned some tips and tricks from him, but I am not really interested in bid bots - I don’t have time or savvy to make that work for me.

Then I came across people like @emmyem84 who posts a bunch of topics for "noobs" that have helped me understand a lot more things, like flat-rate bots, which I haven’t tried yet either. Not honestly sure I want to go down that road, but it’s good to know it’s there and how it works. She is very good about replying to comments and sharing experiences.

I learned about curation, what it is and how it is done from @ameliabartlett here, @shadowspub here and @katrina-ariel here. They also give advice about making sure your posts are pleasing to look at as well as to read, having a good title, and using images that won’t get you in trouble for copyright violations. All very important! They are also very generous with replies. Another post I thought contained great writing advice came from @arbitrarykitten.

I learned about sprucing up my posts a bit from @cryptosharon and was very happy to find that she designed and offered free colorful rulers or dividers that anyone can use.

Finally, at least for this post, though I am probably forgetting others who’ve helped and given advice, @clayboyn recently posted about Busy for creating posts. That was also very informative because I just hadn’t gotten around to exploring it on my own. I haven’t tried it yet, but I have it on my list!

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Other new things I have tried: I posted a very short video to Dtube and I have started using SteepShot for pictures. Both have been relatively easy and straightforward and tutorials are available if you search for them! There are so many different apps! Normally, I would have just ignored them, but since I’m doing something so new here on Steemit to begin with, it just seems natural that I would branch out into other unknown territories, too!

Contests have been the most fun on Steemit! I was skeptical of them at first, but finally thought it couldn’t hurt and I have already been awarded 4 different prizes - which is so exciting and has boosted my SteemPower!

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In less than two months, I have improved my reputation faster than I thought I would be able to do and just a couple of days ago I hit the 100 follower milestone! Yay! I know some people have blown me out of the water in a shorter time, but I’m going at my own pace and really enjoying it.

Discord is also totally new to me - I finally worked up my nerve to step into the @TeamGirlPowa server and it has been great! I’ve met a lot of people that way and found really wonderful posts I wouldn’t have found otherwise. If you have a particular interest, there is probably a Discord server waiting for you to join and talk about it! I’m just now dipping my toes into the waters at @TheWritersBlock - so far, so good!

At the beginning, as I explored with hardly a clue what I was doing, I realizes that the trending page is not a great place to find good quality posts - at least not for me. I’m not here to read about everything crypto, so I quit using those tabs pretty quickly and instead started sifting through the tags related to my interests.

I made a list of tags I could use when I write my own posts, but realized later, when someone on a Discord chat told me that tags like “life” are used so much that your post will be drowned out almost immediately. So it seems like using popular tags, so people are interested, but not necessarily the most popular tags, so you have a chance to be seen is the way to go - a delicate balance!

I’m sure there’s a lot more to say, but I’ll save it for the next update.

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Hi @orangina. Thanks for sharing with us all you’ve learned on here so far. There truly is an immense number of information and things to learn. I saw you mentioning some familiar names; happy to see you are following good hands.

I’m a member of the #newbieresteemday initiative. We are also another group with good-hearted volunteers giving up some time to help newbies.

We have a Discord room too if you want to meet new members like yourself who are also trying to find their place here. You are welcomed to drop off your post links in the promotions section or use our #newbieresteemday tag.

Hope to see you around!

https://discord.gg/bQH8Ery

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Thank you for stopping by! I did not know about that group. Who knew that just by posting what I've learned, I would learn even more? I will check it out :-)

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Our community just had a 2 month anniversary! Let me know if you have any questions. You can also reach out to @davemccoy. He is a co-founder of our great community.

Great post with information our newbies might like to know about.

Congratulations you have been upvoted and resteemed as part of #newbieresteemday's top 10 posts for the day!

We invite you to use our tag to connect with more of our members. To learn more: Come Join Us!!! (Newbie Resteem Initiative)

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Félicitations @orangina pour tous les efforts que tu as fait pour comprendre Steemit et pour avoir gagné 100 personnes pour te suivre.
Moi je me suis laissée embarquer dans l'aventure par ma fille et à vrai dire je me contente de lire, de voter et de commenter des blogs qui m'intéressent. De temps en temps j'écris des articles où je poste des choses qui m'amusent et ça s'arrête là.
Je te souhaite bonne chance pour la suite. A bientôt

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Merci! Ca a l'air de marcher comme ça pour toi! Même sans écrire énormement, il y a plein de choses à lire et à apprendre.

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Thank you!

You've put a lot more effort than most into learning about Steemit. Kudos to you for that. Congrats on the 100 follower mark!

This is some good information for newbies. I'll resteem it from my @shenanigator account to get you some more eyeballs and hopefully votes too.

-Jordan

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Thank you ! I appreciate it! You two (or three) were one of my first good finds on Steemit!

My best advice is to just keep having fun and to tell the story only you can tell.

This place is an addiction.

You’ve earned another follower my friend.

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Well, I might be addicted too! Thanks for stopping in - glad to have you :-)

Hi @orangina
You started about a week before I did. I too have avoided using voting bots, but I just started using the resteem services. I won a contest a while back and was sent 5 SBD and decided to use the resteem services to gain followers. The real deal though is quality content as you have done with this post. Thanks!

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Thanks for reading! Nice to meet you :-) Congrats on your win!

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Thank you, ma'am!

Thanks so much for the mention :) Discord is on my list of things to do next.... might have to see what its all about!

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Wow - I can't believe there's something you haven't tried! :-) I've met a lot of people that way!

Quality content is key and you're delivering that. Keep up the great work and see you around.

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Thank you! I will do my best!

Well, I am glad you decided to join Steemit, as I have enjoyed reading your posts! I was finally able to encourage my husband to join...not sure how much posting he will do, but hopefully he will catch a bit of the SBD addiction like I have....hahaha. I agree that contests are very fun to participate in here. I love getting to enter so many fun different ways, even if I don't win!

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I mean, winning is great! But yeah, I'm just happy to participate and make connections and make stuff I wouldn't have done otherwise. It's very inspiring! I've been trying to get my husband to come to a zumba class for years and he never has. I fear trying to get him on Steemit will be the same all over again!

Nice! You seem to have a good grip so far! Wahoo! Tags are a thing I still haven't figured out. I try to use a big one as my first since that sticks with it for life and makes it easier to find...

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"Good" might be overstating...but I hope to have a good grip in time! As for tags, you can look through all the major tags on the main steemit page and note the ones that apply to you. I also go to people's posts that are similar in content to mine and steal their tags :-)