Recently, as the price of STEEM fluctuated in the market, I noticed that the payouts for my post have been fluctuating as well.
As we can see from the chart above, the price of STEEM kept dipping until it hit a bottom at $2.69 on Tuesday. Around that period of time, the payouts of my articles, which were denoted in USD, kept dropping. I'm not gonna lie, it did not feel good to see my articles lose nearly 20% of its value in 2 days. At all.
However, from Tuesday onwards, the price started to climb, increasing to a high of $5.03 on Friday. This accounted for a similar increase in the payouts of my articles, as they regained some of the value that was lost in the beginning of the week.
How Does This Work?
Since STEEM comes from a pool, its intrinsic quantity does not change. Thus, the amount of STEEM that we receive will always be the same. However, the vote price that we see on a post is in USD.
Therefore, when we receive STEEM (technically it's Steem Dollars, or SBD, but that's a story for another day) on our posts and the value of STEEM goes up, we're technically getting more USD for the same post over time, provided we don't cash out.