My Steem Origin Story - @eoj

in #steemorigins5 years ago (edited)

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As part of @sndbox's Weekly Question Series they ask a question designed to increase engagement on the Steem blockchain.

This week's question is very simple and very superhero-y:

What's your Steem origin story?


I think this is a great question! I'm always curious how people end up here on Steemit. I can barely explain it myself, but I'll give it a shot.

So here we go!

(Pro tip - if you just want to pretend to read, just quickly scroll down the post - the images tell the journey as well) ;)

My Steem journey started with a game:


How did a game get me Steemit?

I'm not a huge gamer, but I have over the years consistently played one game: Sid Meier's Civilization series. When Civ 6 was released, I was excited to try the new version, but found my computer wasn't powerful enough to run the game. Since it was time for a laptop upgrade anyway, I went ahead and ordered a new machine with a strong enough GPU to allow me to play Civ 6.

By the time the computer arrived, I had started hearing about bitcoin and bitcoin mining. I wasn't about to make a purchase of something I didn't quite understand yet, but I thought, hey, maybe my new fancy Civ 6 ready GPU might be powerful enough to try to mine bitcoin.

Enter NiceHash!


Bad, bad idea.

I soon realized the heat produced from bitcoin mining would melt my lap and my laptop before I made one dollar's worth of bitcoin.

At this point I understood that I would need something a lot more powerful than my laptop to make any progress mining. I researched application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and discovered that Bitmain made the best mining machines.


Only one problem: Bitmain was out of stock on all legitimate websites for months.

As I had been researching, I also was learning more generally about the crypto space, including altcoins. The more I learned the more comfortable I was entering the space. I finally took the step to open a Coinbase account.


After my account was up and running I made a small deposit from my bank, bought some bitcoin, immediate transferred it all to Bittrex, then made my first crypto purchase.

Out of the 1000+ choices in altcoins, any guesses what my first purchase was?

I went with Golem (GNT) of all things!



Golem lead to a few other cryptocurrencies and eventually to an idea:

What if I ran a crypto experiment with the Top Ten coins for one year, starting 2018?

Just buy a small amount - $100 of each - and track them throughout the year, reporting monthly, like a lazy man's index fund.

My first/only idea on how to share this experiment was to go to this little video sharing site I know of...


...but this happened to coincide with a change in policy: now I would need one billion followers and one trillion views to be able to monetize my videos.

Not super motivating.

But, as I was researching for the experiment I was watching crypto commentators on YouTube including the super grumpy @cryptovestor, who started mentioning a strange crypto project in his videos:

So...I opened a Steemit account: @starthere. This is where I would share my experiment.

So that's what I did. And it's still going.


I've been doing monthly update posts tracking the Top 10 Cryptocurrencies for One Year.

The idea was to use Steemit to drive traffic back to my YouTube channel, but after YouTube increased the monetization requirements to impossible, I quickly stopped making videos. The videos were a lot of work and stopped being worth my time.

I almost dropped out of Steemit too, if it hadn't been for the @newbieresteem and @themesopotamians initiatives and the kindness of strangers like @davemccoy and @beeyou, and others.

Feeling a bit to boxed in by @starthere, I opened the @eoj account, which has really helped my share my non-crypto self. I dragged my much more talented than I wife @suitcasemama in as well and am working on getting my sister @silvertogold to start posting too.

And nearly a year later, I'm still here. And very surprised to find I'm a bit addicted to the platform. I easily spend more time on Steemit than any other site now - amazing, considering I hadn't heard of it a year ago.

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Thanks to @sndbox for the great idea! If you want to find out more about the challenge, check out the original post here.


Enjoy this post? Learn more about me here:
Allow Me to Introduce Myself! | Husband / Father / Humanitarian / Traveler / Expat Abroad


Follow @eoj and check out my other recent posts:

I'm also running a super nerdy Top Ten Cryptocurrency Experiement for 2018 over at my @starthere account. Check it out if you're into that sort of thing...

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@eoj is supported by @steemfunding - 50 SP delegation until I reach 100 SP

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A big thanks to @steemfunding!


Hi @eoj, I'm @checky ! While checking the mentions made in this post I noticed that @mesopotamians doesn't exist on Steem. Did you mean to write @themesopotamians ?

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Yes @checky thank you! I think I love you. And I'm not just saying that because you're always the first to comment on my posts, I promise ;)

I can relate. Signed for Steem thinking I would cross post blog posts. (Hint:my handle is my domain name). End up hooked on Steem and I have published no posts on my blog since I joined Steem. I’m starting to think I should go back to my blog and help bring over new Steemians (and install SteemPress plugin for my blog)

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I know next to nothing about other blog platforms and how people make money off of have to let me know if you figure all that stuff out! :)

Advertisements. You either run ads on your blog, or you use affiliate links for referral programs, referring your audience to products or services. I have not had much success at those, nor do I enjoy trying to influence behavior to get more clicks.

I think I'd be horrible at that!

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Ha ha I also bought a new computer to run the new Civ then mined with Nicehash for awhile. I did it for like a month just to force them to make at least one payout to me lol

No way, we have the same story! What are the chances!?!?!

At least you got a payment out of them! I think it crashed or was hacked or something. I may have a tiny bit in there somewhere, but not worth sacrificing my laptop over it! :)

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