What The Alliance Means to Me

in #thealliance3 years ago

What The Alliance Means to Me

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For those of you that don't know, The Alliance is a group of non like minded individuals from all walks of life and all areas of the globe here on steemit.



First, a little history...

Not long after I began my steemit journey (June 2017 i believe) and was advertising some of my posts in groups on Facebook, I was approached by @enginewitty about a group that he wanted to start. The groups we had both been in were not maintained well and seemed to always get cluttered with crap and dead users.

At first @enginewitty created a facebook group that was proving fairly useful but still very detached from steemit. Being on facebook posed it's own limitations also. He called it The Alliance.

The idea was born and in motion yet we still needed structure and meaning. I started helping him with ideas for how to grow and structure the group.

Many pow wows @enginewitty and I had about how to grow the group and what direction to take it. What our visions for the future were and how to reach them.

From the beginning the group rules were very lax, more like guidelines. We wanted to keep things loose and free while still building a strong foundation for growth.

The main focus of rules for members was to post on a regular basis and post something worth viewing, no spammy bullshit posts. This way we could ensure that all members of the alliance were valuable steemit community members.

As it grew closer to 100 members it became obvious that we needed to begin structuring the group so that members did not get lost in the fold and could be given the personal attention they deserve and that had made the group great from the beginning.

From that necessity we developed Syndicates.

Syndicates are offshoot groups contained within The Alliance. We kept the core at 100 members and set the limit for each syndicate at 100 members as well. Each syndicate was assigned a leader, someone to handle new accounts and filter information down through the ranks. Syndicate leaders were all picked from within our core.


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Great, you guys have a cool little group but what does it do?

Individually our members simply do as they already would, they post and curate as usual.

As a group we support each other. We also support a few steemit charities like You are Hope and Ho Ho Hope.

We have a few contests ran by the group, including the kareoke contest started by @enginewitty and I, Crypto Guess Contest and Killer Pix from @enginewitty. There are also many that have been started by our members like @detlev's Beer Satruday Contest, @rumplestiltskin's Killer Poetry to name a few.

There are many members hosting raffles and even a steemit lotto from @pisolutionsmru.

There is even a steemit radio station ran by one of our members @sircork called Steemstar Network. In fact, another of our members @topkpop has a show on there on friday nights called All Play Friday.

@ma1neevent does interviews with steemit users on MSP Waves radio station.

We have members running curation trails and frontrunners, @shadowspub with her steemit rambles, many writers for adsactly.

@bearone has designed several of our logos as well as the design for the pure silver 1 oz steem coins that are floating around, minted by @phelimint (another wonderful member with great content). These are wonderful by the way, top notch stuff. If you didn't get one... shucks lol.

I run @sneaky-ninja and @themothership personally.

So, it's easy to see that we do a lot.


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The real question is though...

What does The Alliance mean to me?

In order to understand what The Alliance means to me I need to explain my steemit journey.

This is the first time I have made my story public.

I have had some real rough times here on steemit. I gave my life up to be here. I quit my job, I sold my property and I started writing and learning. Ever since I started it was like this entire site was against me. Not long after I started I bought a ton of delegated sp (4000 steem) using money I had made from selling my property. At the time it cost me $1.60 each. After a ton of research I made a plan to use that delegated sp (160,000)sp to get my posts noticed and eventually get them seen by the folks that could start voting them with good votes. Of course without knowing any of these people at first it was apparent that I would have to do something to make ends meet until they did eventually notice me. So, the plan was to make up whatever difference I could with self upvotes. Little did I know there were people here running bots to strip rewards from people self upvoting. To me at the time it was merely a way to reduce losses while I waited to get noticed. Well, I began being hit kinda hard by these bots so I started searching to see why. What I figured out made it so I had to stop doing it and just let my delegated sp (that I had paid 4000 steem for) run out. By the time it did I had only gained back about 2200 of it. I was devastated. I was hurt, pissed, confused... I felt totally crushed, abused and taken advantage of.

During that time I decided to at least give out any extra voting power I had each night since it would be taken away if I upvoted myself. So I began surprising alliance members with sneaky votes toward the end of their posts. Big ones, like $20 each. I called them Sneaky Ninja Attacks. lol. Thus the sneaky ninja idea was born.

It was fun and rewarding to see people surprised at their payouts the next day lol. I regained a little stamina and confidence and decided to make The Sneaky Ninja a real thing. I started an account and started using the last of my money (2000 steem) and was only letting alliance members use it at first. I finally got someone to help me turn it into a bot but all in all it was just hemorrhaging money. I was losing a lot with it so I opened it up to the public. Then both of my accounts were hacked, likely by the guy that helped me set the bot up to begin with. I was robbed for I believe 400-500 steem/sbd between both accounts. Again I was crushed, defeated and beaten. Just when i had recovered from that theft I was actually hacked again this time for almost 800 sbd. It was then that I realized who had done it and how. By the time my delegation on that account had run out there was only 500 sp left. I had lost about 1500 sp.

Again I was crushed, devastated and just plain fucked up from these experiences.

I have sat in my apartment, with my son beside me wondering how I was supposed to make it here so many times... ready to give up.

Ready to throw in the towel and settle for a life that kills me to even think about and I had left behind because it was affecting my son in horrible ways as well.

I can remember taking over a month away from steemit, crypto, all of it. During that time I was depressed basically every day, sleeping a lot, drinking heavily, angry at the world and mostly at steemit and myself for believing in steemit to begin with. At this point I had lost a total of nearly $8000 USD, from my own pocket just here on steemit alone, not including the bad trades I had made because of how I was feeling and being out of focus. I saw no way out, I put everything into this and it was basically all gone. about 75% of what I had started my crypto jouney on had either been stolen, lost through dumb trades or wasted away due to bullies that enforced rules that were never made clear to me going in.

Why am I telling you all of this?

Because one thing helped me to get back on track more than anything else...


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I don't think any of our members or even @enginewitty was fully aware of how bad it actually got. I did my best not to show it but it definitely read through.

Every day that I bothered to show up and login during that time I was greeted warmly by members. People saying genuinely nice things to me that did not even know what I was going through. Asking me when I was coming back, leaving comments on old posts telling me that they missed me and couldn't wait till i did. Many of our members have picked me up unknowingly many times, brushed me off and let me know that it will get better and that I must keep fighting.

Without The Alliance I would likely now be frequenting food banks and sleeping in my truck somewhere with my son. They gave me the strength and fortitude to continue. To push forward and solidify my presence here.

So, back to the reason for this post...


What does The Alliance mean to me?
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Strength


Unity


Fellowship


Friendship


Courage


Togetherness


Family


Fortitude


An Extended Hand


A Thoughtful Word


Appreciation


Dedication


Humor


Fun


Love


Life


Warmth


Support




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You never know, maybe it will mean something to you too.
@thealliance




Thanks for reading,
@michaeldavid
Master of @sneaky-ninja
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proud member of:

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Got me all choked up on this one brosef. Glad we helped you in more ways than I could have imagined. My friends are my family and my family are my friends. Ninjas never say die man.

Thanks a ton man.

Ninja's never say die!

The more I know about the alliance the more I'm proud of being in it 😊
Man @michaeldavid I've never been this close to crying when reading something, I mean it!
I still don't know you but I'm sure there's a reason why everybody loves you here ❤️

Thanks so much @hazem91.

It's been a rough steemit road but its getting much smoother.

The alliance is a great group. :)

Wow! I knew a good bit but I never knew it got this bad. I just want to give you a ginormous hug. I'm so glad you came back and the key words that you used to tell what it meant to you are so empowering, and on top of that they brought tears to my eyes. This group really is strong and my gosh so beneficial in so many ways, you telling this all just proved it. Lots of love to you. Blew me away with your honesty to all to see as well. You are a fighter and with a great family around you. Life roughs us up sometimes but it's the ability to get up, dust off, and keep pushing that shows our true spirit I believe it's getting better from here on out.

It got pretty rough for a bit. No worries though, I'm a survivor, always have been. I've really gotten a lot from this group. I don't share often cause i'm kind of a lone wolf but it's good to have a pack.

Awesoem post and I am touched I knew you had been hit hard but had no idea how hard it had hit you, glad to see you are climbing up from it all that that the alliance family has helped, stay strong my friend

It did get pretty rough. All of that was at the end of a rough 4 years. Now it seems that has all come to a head and Its only up from here. The Alliance is killer bro.

Sending positive thoughts your way that it’s all up from here my friend

It is man. I can feel it :)

Great 😎👍😎

Well if this post doesn't deserve a resteem I don't know what does?! I had no idea things got that bad for ya my friend..I'm embarrassed actually, I want to be a better ally and maybe I should have reached out more to see how you were doing? 😞 You've been nothing but aces, the support you've shown thealliance has been unwavering and I'm just privileged to be a part of it. Thanks for sharing your story and I hope things turn around for ya, I commend you for not giving up Mike 👊😎

Believe it or not, reading your funny shit really helped man. lol The best thing actually was that no one really knew. Since they didn't, the things they said to me during this time were totally genuine. This is what really makes alliance great. No one really knew, they were just really supportive.

Okay, you made me cry. Thanks for sharing your story. Money stress is the worst, and when people are taking advantage of you? Awful. But, you're right, no matter how low we get, people who care make all the difference.

I've been in the Alliance (Alpha) for all of 4 days, and I already know the members are pure gold. This group has so many gems I'm only beginning to realize the treasure I've found. I'm so glad they helped you through difficult times, and I wish you and your son the very best. I know what it's like to struggle. When you do, remember, you're not alone. 💕

Your closing list of attributes that you associate with the Alliance are bang on. I'm hugely grateful to be part of this community!

Wonderful to have you in the group @katrina-ariel!

Thanks for the great sentiment!

Money stress is pretty rough for sure.

You will really love being a part of us.

Thanks for the hug!

Wow what a great post.
I am glad you were able to share all of that. Thanks for helping start up such a great group. I hope that we can help right the wrongs that Steemit has done.

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I've overcome most of them at this point and onto better things.

There are some things I would like to fix for other users so they don't suffer similar situations.

We got you, bro. That's what we do in #thealliance. Never hesitate to reach out.

That's why we are here. :)

Thanks man!

Wow man! I didn't realize you got hit that hard! I'm glad you came back and persevered through everything. Look where you are now!

The Alliance is lucky to have you!

Perseverance is key man. Most days I had no reason to login but I made the effort.

I'm luck to have The alliance.

Definitely feeling the love. The force is real.

It really is.

My son loves ladybug and cat noir lol, nice pic. :)

Well said.

Wow

I can't imagine quiting desk top job to be fully on crypto/steemit....you are so generous, and so trusty, sorry you got hacked, plenty of hugs to you. I hope today is much much better for you though?

Thank you for sharing

Things are much better now for sure. The job i worked was only at a desk sometimes. Chicken factory. It was killing me. I really needed a change. i could feel it to my core.

Onward and upward.

You made my day. You had put up a brave fight while all others would have quit and never been back to crypto world. This is truly inspiring, and glad that you share your experience with everyone here. I'm aware of @sneaky-ninja but never knew such a great story behind it.

I believe that you will go a long mile in crypto world, esp in Steemit and I wish you all the success in all your initiatives. #thealliance is with you bro!

Thank you so much for the blessing man!

It's very important to keep moving forward. Crypto is my life bro.

Sneaky Ninja is a lot of fun again finally. :)

Awesome team you have man. It is important to surround yourself with people like that as you have shown the make a huge difference when the time comes.

It is quite important. It makes a very big difference.

I'm proud of you guys, I appreciate the unity you all showed and also made the saying that 'never despise the little beginning become more real

Thanks a lot!

Thank you so much for sharing your story @michaeldavid ! I want to tell you that in case you read sometime my blog, you will see that i find myself at this point 75% in "your shoes"...but i keep fighting..To be honest i had same idea like you to create a group like thealliance but i barely find motivation...i do prefer at this point to follow you and hope to improve my situation and help others from the alliance too...Thank you for this opportunity and i hope you like all of us will get what we trully deserve!

It can be a rough road man.

have you joined alliance yet?

Does it have an official page like, @michaeldavid ?

Wow, I had no idea how serious this could get when real money gets involved. So how does one go about joining and how are members screened?

Steemit is wild west man. It can get very real here if you aren't careful. lol

This Post explains how to join. I'll see you in there.

what a great post it is! thanks for sharing

Thank you very much !!! This post has a lot of benefits to share with you in this post, because you did not just share this post.

ok, thanks :)

Sneaky Ninja Attack! You have been defended with a 12.75% vote... I was summoned by @michaeldavid! I have done their bidding and now I will vanish...Whoosh

Wow man, that's quite the journey. I'm so glad that #thealliance was able to help you along the way. It's amazing what we don't know and just assume I wish I know and would have been able to do more along the way.

Everything is just as it should be man. Since everyone didn't really know and were still really supportive it was very real and ultimately more helpful.

Lovin the coins man!!

Loved it @michaeldavid! I am fairly new to #thealliance and #syndicates , but these people welcomed me in, no questions asked, and have always been kind and supportive. It makes me happy to hear that they have helped you as well!!
I wish you continued success and a great life with your son. Good to meet you!

You have found a good group here @jbcoin! You will find a lot of support. In this steemit world it is very necessary at times.

Best wishes!

You are a badass!! So glad you have been reinvigorated!
(digital hug)
You got this man! Thanks for being your stellar self, and sharing so much love.

Thanks man!

Always appreciate hugs!

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Great post mate. And a very inspiring story. I’m really impressed that you dove headlong into turning Steemit into a full time gig. I hope to do the same however have quite a few financial commitments to deal with first.

I’ve been looking for a community to get heavily involved with here on Steemit so will check out your how to join page. :)

Thanks man. It can be a long road, but if you have perseverance you can make it a full time thing.

See you in there.

Wow dude, thank you so much for sharing your story. I literally can’t imagine how hard it must have felt to be bullied and stolen from to such a degree!

I went through something similar where I gave up on Steemit and crypto after a bunch of bad trades leading to thousands lost, and not seeing any progress after months of hard work!

Definitly not comparable to your situation, but we did have one similarity! I had friends messaging me to come back and supported me fully when I did!

Loved readying your post, and I’m really happy your starting to thrive on here!

That is beautiful bro. I'm glad you came back. It's great when you have people that are there to bring you back when you start to fall.

I am finally doing well here and in crypto in general too. I'm quite thankful!

Wow, hell of a story I'm glad it's all working out for you now. I have a similar story, I gave up on my job and decided to join a team marketing a game idea but unfortunately, my trust was misplaced and I ended up swimming for my life in shit creek try to survive in Asia on a seriously low budget. Luckily a friend put me on to steemit and I was lucky enough to make enough to get by and now I'm working towards powering up as much as possible and trying to be a bigger part of the community. Your story just proves that it is possible so thanks for sharing and I will join the alliance asap.

That's awesome man! I'm glad you have been able to survive from what you make here. This is part of the beauty of steemit. :)

Ohh what the actual fuck!!! I had no idea @michaeldavid. All I can say is I'm glad you stuck it out and we are lucky as hell to have you. 💗💗💗 If you need anything just shout out bro 💗💗💗

Haha, candidness is definitely your strong suit @bearone! I've loved the support I've gotten from the alliance when no one knew lol. Very real and that is what helped the most I think. :)

Hello Sir @michaeldavid I just want to know how can I become one of your members? I will do my best to help and I know that I will learn so much. Hoping you can see me. I'm only a newbie sir. There are so many things I don't know here in #steemit. I do really want to become one of the newbies you are teaching and giving advice.

This post will explain how to join.

It is a long road to learn how to succeed here on steemit. It's best to have a good team with you.

Wow man... I remember reading that post on Sneaky Ninja about loss, but I could not imagine that it was so devastating for you. You must been in hell. So glad that you make it, and so glad that you are back with us!

Hell is a adequate description lol.

It's all good now. I've learned my lessons here and am onto bigger and better things. :)

A union or association formed for mutual benefits, especially between countries or organizations. I really appreciate your work on steemit.
Thanks for sharing your history with us.

It is a great group.

Thank you :)

Quite an absorbing and emotional tale, I have no doubt this was difficult to write. After such a turbulent time on Steemit, hopefully from now on it will begin to give you something back. I have only just started out with #thealliance but I agree with all your points about it.

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It was, but much easier to write now then few months ago would have been.

It's all on an upswing finally. I think you will really love #thealliance. :)

Beautiful post bro.

I can't imagine what it is you went through, but know this:

You're my friend from Steemit and not just a mere connection.

You've given me the best advice on trading and crypto, the most sound and realistic so far.

Plus I enjoy talking shit with you the most.

*RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE BRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" HAHAHAHAH

hahahaha!!

raspberry chocolate bro!!!

Thanks man, keep it real!

This was so much heart in it and honest. I knew things were hard for you but this made me all tear up. You really have been hit hard and I didn't know how bad it really was. You deserve the best for all you do and not to have to go through so much.
I feel like our family is the best there is and this just proves it once again.
Want to give you a Big hug and know you are such an amazing person and humble and funny and you know you and that sneaky-ninja is a favorite 🤗 you've always been there for me and I'm happy to be in this family with you.
Well written my friend. Deserves resteem and all credit to you! Cheers!

You've been such a good friend since the start sass! Thanks for all of your support, and for the digital hugs :).

I'm happy to see ninja and everything finally working out here on steemit. :)

My pleasure you make it easy by being who you are 😊 such an amazing person.
Yes I love the ninja and I'm so happy to se him here with us 🤗 woosh!
Have a wonderful week dear and stay just as you are. Cheers!

Don't change sass!

This week looks very good indeed, month actually. I'm at a large event all month.

Thanks :)

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I can't say I understand what you have been through because I haven't experienced it before. I can't say I feel you either because I have never been through all the hardships you've been through. But I totally understand and feel the magical moment of the love and positive energy in this Steemit World.
With love and hugs 💖❤️💕💗♨️
Eliza from Gamma Syndicate and Team Malaysia

It's lucky that you have not and I'm happy you have not.

There is great positive energy here if you are able to see it.

Yes. I am super blessed with many awesome friends here in Steemit. Let's spread the SMILE, LOVE and POSITIVE ENERGY!
Happy Steeming!💕💖 💓 💗

Love it!

Steem on!

Hi @michaeldavid, I just stopped back to let you know your post was one of my favourite reads and I included it in my Steemit Ramble. You can read what I wrote about your post here.

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Thanks Shadow!!

Thank you. I am brand new to the alliance, and I appreciate you sharing that story very much. We all have our own struggles, I was thinking I might have grown as far as i can on steemit. I have a real problem with the chats, I am trying to force myself to get over it but it is what it is, and I kept hearing that was the only way to grow followers...
I am still in the process of figuring out how to be part of this network, but it feels like "hope" to me, and that is a blessing.

It can really be a lot to learn to make this place work. Chatting with folks does help because they get to see/know on a more personal level and you and know that you are there .

Communication is difficult here, it's one of the things that really needs fixed, you are not the only one that is annoyed by it.

If you want quality followers that vote on your posts it is best to network with people, get to know them some.

@michaeldavid What a brave kind of testimony!? And a very inspiring one.. No man is an island and thats true.. In times struggles strikes and will hit you so badly and thats also the time you'll see who among the people sorrounds you will surely hang on and lift you up. #theallience come to you strangely and turn to become your support nd then your family. God has his way of lifting us up in trouble by then in your situation He never fails and send you back the strongest instrument that help you stand up and fixed yourself. Praise God to that.. Thank you for sharing your story bravely for it shows that its not too late for everything (turning back and fixing things won't hurt) and how it feels to have your friends as your family as well. Im new in this and hoping to see more of your post to get more inspired and to learn from you.God bless and more power to you and your team.

Thanks @roselyn028, you are right. What is needed to make things better will always show if you are looking. Hardest things go to the strongest warriors i guess. :)

I hope your time here will be fruitful and positive. :)

Wow! That's quite some story! I am glad you were able to overcome the tough times that rocked your boat. I find your story inspiring and by looking at the other comments, I am not the only one who thinks this way. You're story is one of the concrete examples that shows TheAlliance stands for.

Thanks so much man! I really appreciate it.

It was a very rough time here.

Unfortunately it seems to just keep coming.

Now I, and many of my fellow community members, have to face harassment and abuse from a pissed off kitty that needs stopped before he ruins our great platform.

Just one more fight I guess.

Steem on!

That's some story, and so touching! I am so glad you persevered after all those setbacks on Steemit. I'm not sure i would have had the will to keep going after being so beaten down by others! You are such a huge blessing to the Alliance! We are all so different, I agree. But we do have a common bond - the desire to contribute to the success of the others!(So different from your other experiences!)

I wish you more success than you can possibly imagine. Your son must be very proud of what you have achieved so far, but he's going to be even more proud in the future!

I knew about your other misfortune, but bots attacking you for Upvoting? Do the bots target those who Upvote at posting? I do that because I had read it was the thing to do! Besides, having run my own business for years, I learned pretty quickly that I had to do my own marketing and my own press releases, because there was no one else to do it for me! Am I setting myself up to be flagged by some evil bot who does not like my idea of marketing?

Thanks!

It's true we do all have that common bond.

The bots were attacking self votes on comments and stripping rewards, I don't think anyone targets your self vote on posts. At the time I didn't even know people were flagging such things or that some considered it wrong. For me it was just a way to recoup some of my costs. The main one was sadkitten ran by transisto. I don't think it's active right now lol, go figure.

Well, I’ll Upvote your comment for you! I’m so often tempted to Upvote my own comment on a post when all I see ahead of it is spam comments. On one of my posts recently, there was a garbage comment that someone self Upvoted to the tune of a few dollars! I’ve seen it a bit. I think it’s a way for those with a lot of influence to disagree with your post and make sure their point of view is seen!

It so annoyed me, because there was no hope that any of the quality comments could rise above it. I suppose that’s what the bots are trying to stop, but it means that everyone is targeted! We need bots with some intelligence. Lol!

Yea, those do suck. Best you can do is upvote other comments to right below it and downvote it as much as you can to at least lower the shitty one lol

Downvoting is flagging. Right? I haven't dared to attempt that yet, because I've read so many bad things about it!

yea, its the same.

Its really a weapon here, or a tool. Depends how you use it.

I flag all spam on my pages no matter what. I don't use it for much more than that unless absolutely called for.

Like the "please upvote me" comments.

Does the flagging use 100% voting power?

Not if you have the slider. Then you can choose how much.

@thealliance has been one big changing experience for me here on steemit, I have this habit, if I get fond of something I keep going ga ga about it, hence the same I keep doing for @thealliance in every post that is for the group.
But truly there are some great people out here and always there for each other. Thanx to the core team for building such a wonderful group.
@michaeldavid your story is a good learning for all of us, You have gone through real tough times and I am glad you have been able to stand up
again on your feet.
Your story is one big example of how you should never quit be it whatever circumstances.
Good luck and best wishes :-)

It's true, you can never quit. I'm thankful for my experience because I now understand many of the pifalls that can happen and how to avoid them. I can now use this to help others not have similar experiences.

It's nice to have you here in the alliance. Keep on trucking!

Without some kind of failure, we can never experience the true sweetness of success! All the world’s greatest success stories are about those who kept being knocked down, but got up on their feet again! You are in great company, so I wish you lots of success in the years to come. You have earned it! Also, we can’t truly empathize with others unless we have been there ourselves. You are now in a great position to help others on Steemit. So glad to be with you in The Alliance!

It's true failure is only one step in the path of success. :)

I'm glad to be here also

I've never talked to you personally, but I always read your update posts from Discord. You are SUPER supportive and helpful all the time in there (Discord). I'm so glad #thealliance has you to be its Sneaky Ninja.

You are greatly appreciated.

I'm also glad you didn't give up.

We are family in #thealliance. 😍

Feel free to reach out anytime @carrieallen. I'm always willing to chat or help where I can.

thanks so much for the support!

#thealliance is a great group to be a part of :)

I'm not in the alliance but as a fellow human being and Steemian, sorry to hear about what you went through

That part is over now and I've learned quite a lot from it.

I really appreciate your sentiment.

Weren't you a member once upon a time?

wow, what an awesome experience, I think most people would have given up, but you hung in there and look at you now! fantastic story of courage and perseverance. Good for you, many blessings!

I must say, I came quite close to giving up. I was able to see potential in the future but it seemed so unlikely. It was very nice to have a team of people that wondered where I was when I dropped off :)

Wow! That's a rough story indeed! Very glad you picked yourself up again. It's often when we show our true grit and determination that things turn around. Good thing that the Alliance was both helped and able to help you... I hope you are back out of the hole, and that you and your son are happy!

Thanks for sharing this story, can you inform me how I can join?

Love and respect

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Thank you, it was rough.

Yes, we are back on track and doing well now.

Onward and upward!

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AWW....such a nice post it is ,,makes me happy and emotional also :) ;(

Thanks man! I'm very proud to have my team.

your welcome brother

@michaeldavid, i didn't know all of these happened to you. :( i feel so bad that I wasn't paying much attention when you reached out to me last month. i'm glad that everything is okay now. :)

No worries beng! You have always been really great! I love chatting with you :)

Always been a really big help when I want to understand the crypto scene in Philipines too. :)

Waiting to hear you sing again!

Wow! What a testimonial. I am so glad you didn't give up. I always enjoy your quality posts. Keep steemin on!

Thanks, they are fewer and further between but I'm still here. Lot of other projects pulling me places now. I'm glad I stuck with it also.

Full Steem ahead!

So sorry that it got so bad for you!! have you recovered now? And can you make a post how to avoid getting hacked?
Hope your path is only up from here on out!

I am much better now.

I have thought of making a post about that. There are so many factors. Definitely never let anyone on your system from steemit lol. It seems obvious but trust me it is a big deal.

I'll see if I can make a post about it soon. I was waiting until I knew enough about how it happened to really tell people for sure.

I read your post and I felt sad at the beginning.
I remember around 20 years ago when my kids were just toddlers and I lost money on stocks and shares. It was a dreadful experience. So I resumed playing music, dancing and exercising. Those activities helped me to overcome sadness and keep me happy.
You are a strong man and your son needs you.
I'm sure you will get stronger and stronger.
I'm also glad that you found some friends here.
All the Best!

That was a great way to overcome man! I used to be able to just go to the woods for a month, away from everything and listen for answers. lol

No forest online lol.

You must be very strong to have overcome the way you did also. I'm glad you are here. You've been part of alliance from the start and are still here. Nice one man!

Blessings.

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Do stop in and
show your family some love :)

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Amazing post, and your journey is really an great experience and can prove an lesson for everyone because when tough time hits you then our mind run towards the negativity and we cannot concentrate on positive aspects but after facing so much financial crisis that also without your false, you showed an great courage, that's why wise people says life is not easy but who stood strong they win the whole world. Thanks for sharing your experience with us, it's really inspiring and wishing you the great time and things ahead.

Have a great day and stay blessed.

Very well worded man. Absolutely true. We must stand with courage.

My mother has a magnet on her fridge that says "Courage in the face of adversity.".

I just love it.

Thank you and keep doing the great work. 🙂

Thanks for sharing and thank you for your support on my post @michaeldavid

youre welcome man

This was so beautiful and heartfelt. I can see how invested you are in #thealliance because it is your baby and you really believe in it. Always wishing well for you and #thealliance.

Awww... Thank you so much!

It really is a great group and they do so much good here. :)

Yes definitely. All the people that I have interacted with so far in #thealliance have only been helpful and supportive.

I've just discovered your blog your story your group it feels nice to explore on steemit and see peeps like you guys, I follow you now you can't hide anymore bhaa bhaaa ;-)

bwuhahahahahaha.....

Thanks! :)

wow i had no idea! i am just finding this post (late) as i am researching what the alliance is to see if i should join. i am really touched by your words, your incredible story and glad you had connection during that time.

i love sneaky-ninja by the way! i read the curations and always am so impressed by it. way to go not giving up on your dream and building ways to bring so many of us together <3

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how sorry I am, but forward in this great family that we are all, happy day friend, partner, cousin, brother whatever

Thanks....

Ally :)