It is with great delight I welcome you to the thirty-sixth edition of SteemMag, a weekly digest for Steemians.
Every edition, I take a look at some of the most important/trending topics and have a chat with top Steemians who have expert views on such topics.
In this edition of SteemMag, we had a chat with the @woman-onthe-wing, the Steemian running the Steemit Culinary Challenge. Our first chat with the challenge was 9 months ago here making it one of the oldest community challenges on Steemit.
Food Blogging is one of the biggest niches on the internet and it would be exciting to see SMT use cases around such a premium niche.
We also had a mini vox-pop with @elear for the Steemians talk feature.
A Chat With @woman-onthe-wing
SteemMag - What inspired you to take over the running of Steemit Culinary Challenge?
The energy generated by the SCC is quite addictive and I was compelled! Previously I'd been a keen participant in the challenge, enjoying having a reason to get creative with food. I'm bored making the same meals over and over for my family, but the SCC gave me a whole community to cook for!
I was invited to join in last year by former host @englishtchrivy when I was still quite new to Steemit, and was quickly embraced into a delightful foodie community full of 'kindred cooks' and people who shared my enthusiasm for healthy choices and creative approaches.
So when @englishtchrivy asked if I'd like to take over, I could only say yes! I wanted to continue this wonderful challenge so the community could carry on enjoying it too, and maybe even sense the magic of it as I do.
SM - SCC is one of the oldest challenges on Steemit, what has been the most memorable moment running it?
It's almost the 1 year anniversary of the SCC, and it's been full of many memorable Steemians, recipes, photography, discussions... so much. The one moment that immediately springs to mind though was @amy-goodrich's thieving Cambodian monkey who hijacked her 'Picnic Alfresco' ! You'll want to see these photos. Ha ha!
Actually, you know what will be the most memorable aspect of the SCC in years to come when I'm old and grey and gumming my meals? The love. Sounds cheesy I know, but through this challenge, I've been in receipt of and witness to so much sincerity and confidence-boosting conversation that it's literally changed my life. I live in a remote place in rural Ireland, with no car, no neighbours even, and though I choose solitude I still need human connection.
When I look through the entries each week I kinda feel I'm sitting down with everyone to enjoy a big merry feast! It fills me with real joy hearing from participants how they look forward all week to finding out the new theme, or how much fun they have creating their dishes, or what they've learned, or that it's helped their confidence too. It's all been completely unforgettable.
SteemMag - With the launch of SMTs, have you considered creating a token for SCC? Incentivized Food reviews token for example.
I've only just recently started looking into the possibilities that SMTs open up, but yes, they're certainly a consideration for the future of the challenge. I'm pretty excited about these tokens, and their potential to turn individual blogging and community contests into something much bigger for everyone.
I expect SMTs will motivate even more community interaction, enable us to better support the things we're interested in, and will give each person a little more weight behind our choices/actions within the community... and that's just to start. I feel even more hopeful and excited about the future now. The best thing is they could be a real dream come true for all us creative souls who just don't fit into any boxes, who want to make our own way in the world instead of following all these conventional paths, who want to be at home with our families more, and who want to make an honest living doing what we love.
SteemMag - Food blogging is one of the most lucrative niches on the Internet, what can we do to attract more niche bloggers to Steemit?
Most Steemit users seem to blog on other networking sites too, so most of us will have followers all over the place we can potentially bring to Steemit. The concept of Steemit sells itself IMHO, so we only have to spark interest enough for our friends to check it out themselves.
Apparently just by mentioning Steemit a few times in my Wordpress blog, some of my followers there are now food-blogging Steemians too. Personally, I can't help but mention Steemit elsewhere now as it's become a big part of my life... and I guess the same will be true for other Steemit bloggers?
Spreading the word about various contests is one good way to attract more niche bloggers... such as how I sometimes share SCC contest posts on my Facebook page. Not only will my followers see the recipes, but they see the challenge actually exists. At least we can safely say there's quality content to be found quite easily in most categories on Steemit, and when coupled with reward incentives, it really doesn't take much persuasion!
SteemMag - Any future plans for Steemit Culinary Challenge?
Yes! I don't want to say too much now, but I'm currently working on a project that should take the SCC in an exciting new direction... all will be revealed very soon! There are so many great food contests on Steemit now that I can't realistically expect loyalty forever or even continued interest from the community, yet it would be very sad to let the SCC fade in the shadows of these other growing contests.
In my observation, the SCC is generally viewed fondly by most, absolutely adored by others, and it would be missed I believe. So instead of trying to compete, which isn't really in my nature, I'm working on ideas for changes.
I feel the emphasis should remain on community and encouraging healthy choices, so that's my starting point for the project. More of the world seems to be waking up to the truth about food and health and wanting good recipes, so here with the SCC, we boldly and most lovingly endeavor to provide them!
Thanks so much for taking the time to speak about the SCC @woman-on the-wing. It was worth the wait! Wish you all the best in your future plans
~ @ned publishes another SMT explainer on centralized vs decentralized cryptocurrency rewards.
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~$0.97 and $1.18 were the lowest and highest value traded this week for a unit of Steem respectively.
Three Steemians you look forward to seeing at SteemFest II and why?
@jerrybanfield. He is promoting Steem the hard way and I have actually joined Steem thanks to one of his tutorials on Mashable.
@ekitcho. CEO of Busy.org he has been incredible supportive with me from the very start of Utopian.io
@ned. To discuss about how Utopian can join forces with Steem
Thanks for having a quick chat with SteemMag.
This brings us to the end of this edition of SteemMag. More interesting editions in the future.!
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