Take Two: (Re-) Doing Your Introductory Post the Right Way
By Richard Kaplan, @steemship
Yes, you can re-do your #introduceyourself post if it didn’t go well. Here’s how.
Unfortunately, this situation is too common: You submitted an #introduceyourself posting that has your picture in it and a paragraph or two about yourself. You were honest. You told us something about yourself. You put your face online. And your post got $1, while some others are getting $10, $100 or even more.
To make things worse, maybe you tried to post some good quality content after that, but again, you did not get many votes. Why not? Why do others succeed when you don’t? How can you get this community’s attention and get people to like you?
Have you thought of re-doing your introductory post, this time with verification, good formatting, and enough description to make voters appreciate your effort?
To be successful, your introductory post should include certain things. We have seen some posts that did NOT include these things and still got plenty of votes, but those are unusual. You are far more likely to be successful by including: (1) Verification, (2) Good formatting, and (3) Enough description to introduce yourself fully.
These are not requirements. Some succeed without them. But because Steemit’s community has developed some expectations for #introduceyourself posts, it is important for new users to understand these. Call them “unwritten rules”.
Verification has gone from a “nice to have” extra feature to something the community expects now. Introductory posts need verification. MOST of the intro posts without verification are not getting many votes.
We want to believe you. But a few posters have taken advantage of the Steemit community’s generosity. It is fairly simple to post a paragraph or two of text and find a nice looking picture of someone online. Some people have done this, pretending to be others. SO most Steemit voters are looking for something more.
How do we know it’s the real YOU? The easiest way to verify your identity is to take a picture of yourself holding a sign or piece of paper with Steemit and the date written on it. Those are much more difficult to fake.
Recently, I posted an article on voting that was intended for newbies. @diana.catherine posted a reply comment, complaining that her articles were not attracting many votes yet, and asking if I could help her. By the way, she’s written some really nice articles, and most of them have made ZERO money. Why? Because the community did not know and trust her fully yet. Does that sound familiar to some of you, who have had similar experiences?
I wrote a lengthy response to @diana.catherine, suggesting that she re-do her introductory post, and telling her to include the verification step. She also re-formatted the post, added additional pictures, and wrote a little more about herself. (Note that she submitted a new post, not just re-wrote the older one, which had already paid out.)
She not only took my advice; she went beyond it to make a truly exceptional post. Bingo! As I am writing this, @diana.catherine’s second introductory post (which included her verification photo above) recently paid out with nearly 150 votes, 53 comments, and a total value of $560 !!! And she is not the only one who has done a second #introduceyourself post successfully.
Some methods of verifying your identity
Just a few weeks ago on Steemit, a verification picture was an “extra” feature. But the community expects it now. If you wonder why some of the nicest introduction posts are not getting many votes, it is because they are not verifying themselves.
Another method of verification is to post an image of your ID card with your name and picture on it (you can erase any other information you do not want to share, such as your address or ID number).
And one more method of verifying yourself is to confirm your Steemit identity by posting a link to it from your account at another site (such as Facebook or Google+ or Bitcointalk). Then in your Steemit post, you can include a link to that outside post. And we’ll know it’s really you!
Once you have proven who you are, it is more likely than your other posts will start getting more votes. The community will trust you and hopefully begin rewarding your hard work.
2. Formatting Your Post
We have seen a number of #introduceyourself posts that do not have paragraph breaks. Formatting can help you make the reader's job easier. Tell me which of these looks better.
My name is Mickey Mouse. I began acting in the 1928 animated short Steamboat Willie and went on to become the familiar symbol of Walt Disney studios. A cheerful rodent in white gloves and red shorts, I have starred in dozens of Disney shorts and the 1940 animated feature Fantasia, becoming one of the world's best-known cartoon characters. After 1950 I appeared only rarely in films and instead settled into a role as Disney's ambassador in its advertisements and theme parks, with my mouse ears becoming the company symbol. Disney's daily TV show The Mickey Mouse Club was first broadcast in 1955 (the same year that Disneyland opened its doors) and became a long-running hit. Its familiar theme song included the spelled-out lyric, "Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me? M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E. Yes, that’s me!
My name is Mickey Mouse. I am an actor and I’m thrilled to join the amazing Steemit community!
I began acting in the 1928 animated short Steamboat Willie and went on to become the familiar symbol of Walt Disney studios. A cheerful rodent in white gloves and red shorts, I have starred in dozens of Disney shorts and the 1940 animated feature Fantasia, becoming one of the world's best-known cartoon characters.
In 1950, I semi-retired from show business. Since then I have appeared only rarely in films and instead settled into a role as Disney's ambassador in its advertisements and theme parks.
Have you seen me? My mouse ears are the company symbol!
Disney's daily TV show The Mickey Mouse Club was first broadcast in 1955 (the same year that Disneyland opened its doors) and became a long-running hit. Its familiar theme song included the spelled-out lyric, "Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me? M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E. Yes, that’s me!
Okay, so which one was better? Even if you like long paragraphs, most readers/voters do not. Break them up. And notice also that the TAKE TWO version above had some snappier sentences.
One more thing: TAKE TWO mentioned Steemit and how Mickey was glad to be here. (By the way, do not say in your post that you are here to make money. It might be true, but many people don’t like to see that up front. Think of some other reason also that you are happy to be on Steemit.)
Also, if your post is long enough, use subtitles. You can make them bold or use headline formatting, which is available in Steemit’s format editor when you submit a post.
Put some nice pictures in also. One verification photo is the absolute minimum. More pictures of you or your hometown or your travels, etc. will only help. And it’s more visually interesting for the reader, making it more likely that the reader will finish reading your whole post and upvote you.
3. Stay A Little Longer, Please...So You Can Upvote Me
Many, many introductory posts are too short. I will not upvote anything that is one sentence long. In fact, two paragraphs is the utter minimum for me. I’d prefer even more. If you cannot write at least two paragraphs about yourself, then you may not get many votes.
I am not trying to establish a standard here. I am merely reporting that, based on my experience reading many introductory posts (since @mummyimperfect first started this tag), most of the popular ones have 2-3 good paragraphs’ worth of text. If it fits your style, you can spread out this text considerably and even include pictures between some of your sentences.
Make sure to tell us what brought you to Steemit and what you think of it so far!
Finally, if you already submitted an @introduceyourself post and are RE-submitting a new one with verification and better formatting, please make that clear. Include the word “verification” or “verifying” in your title. Steemit’s community members will appreciate your extra step.
Hopefully, after you submit a successful introductory posting (or re-posting), your other work will start to get more votes as well.
-Peace, Richard, @steemship