Lately, i have spent hours talking to many steemit newbies and many things are obvious!
These things should be touched on!
From day one, steemit has been built around the model of creating the "best version of steemians" and this sole knowledge will help many newbies!
Steemit also has an "anonymity and privacy" aspect to it, thus, it definitely takes more time for existing steemians to get to know the "human behind new steemians!"
This is one big reason why upvotes don't immediately start flocking in, even if you are the best author on the planet!
Steemit largely involves "mining with minds"! It is an obvious fact, that the human mind is very key, in trying to get to know the "human behind a steemian" and so is behavior!
Another thing that will benefit many newbies to remember is: "Steemit is also a blockchain of opportunities!" So it is very possible that even as you do your normal routine of blogging, there are other steemians out there, who may be consciously looking for "steemians indeed" to open them up to a world of opportunities!
See #steemgigs for instance!
What happens if i was building my company called Macro-hard on the steem blockchain for instance and i was looking for steemian talents to open this new world of opportunity to, "being that steemit is known to hold a community of reputable great minds".
Will i just open the hottest well-written post on steemit, contact the steemian behind it and give him the deal or will i prefer to look at his history of deeds, down to his transactions, interaction, engagement etc.
So do you think i will choose a proven reputatble steemian with a history, definition, vision or will i choose a best author, who only joined steemit yesterday, with all a few posts defining him?
Well, it depends! (Food for thought!)
Now after looking at the broader picture, let's apply the above scenario to a simple upvote. A number of newbies especially recently are in a hurry to earn upvotes etc, which is not a bad thing and what they pick up the most is as they journey is; "they should earn upvotes as long as they post quality content but is that necessarily the case?"
This is knowledge they may not have already figured out: People look at many other things beyond your quality post before they apply their vote and perhaps, these simple facts here, will help you journey on steemit henceforth, more beautifully!
Yes, before people apply their votes, they look at many many more things beyond your well-written/quality post. Yes, many steemians can write quality posts and you are definitely not the best author on steemit and there are many many many great authors on steemit, long before you arrived who have not earned tangibly.
So the question is, "is the human behind your steemian proven"? Unless you are celebrity like Justin Bieber etc, you can't expect that upvoters will not look at behavior. Yes, that is one of their means, to sift the competition!
There are thousands of steemit posts daily!
Note that steemians have a limited number of upvotes daily and their upvotes is their voice or influence; so a vote is valuable and not the same thing as a very valueless Facebook like! Moreover, steemians have the luxury of the bare steem blockchain, to check if you are the real deal; so they may be checking out your consistency, your perseverance, how you react in your engagement; if you are just out to earn money and take it hurriedly out of the steem economy; if you are two-faced; how you react in the face of no-earnings etc.
We don't know for sure but think for a minute and imagine and you will see!
Yes, since an upvote is valuable; limited (to maintain around 100 percent voting power a day, you have around 40 upvotes at full voting power) and there are many great authors; to maintain a sense of impartiality, for curation incentives etc; you can be pretty sure that steemians check out the quality of the person behind the quality post as well.
Yes, steemians are humans too and no doubt; "there is a human factor"!
Steemians want to connect with YOU! They want to know YOU and what you really constitute and the only means to this knowledge, especially when you are still a newbie is the bare steem blockchain; where you are most-likely yourself.
A full blown post is pre-empted and could also possibly not be a true reflection of the "human behind your steemian", thus, you can be sure that steemians check out your interactions, transactions etc before they decide to become your fan and start upvoting you!
Always keep in mind, you are certainly not the best author on steemit and neither i am! So there are many other factors involved in a simple upvote amongst other things! There is also likeability! People like @papa-pepper @stellabelle @timcliff @surfermarly etc; it is not exactly because they are the best authors on the planet, that they have so many followers! They are real and steemians connect with them!
The "human behind steemian" becomes obvious over time! It requires some history!
Quality Posts Plus Quality Steemian =
The next time you think quality posts, think quality human too!
This is the way the steemit model as been built! Even the witnesses on steemit aren't competing for blocks as is the model on other crypto-blockchains out there! They are competing for upvotes from you and me, thus, they work hard to become proven as quality humans/steemians, in alignment with steem's vision of making the world a better place!