True Stories: An Introduction and Curation Incentive

in truestories •  5 months ago 

As mentioned in my last STEEM filled post, I hinted at the end about something called ‘True Stories’.

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There is lots of different content on the STEEM blockchain but often I am moved or interested in events that have happened in people lives.

If you are anything like me, non-fiction flows from your fingers like a swoosh of water while fiction crawls through your nail ends and has to be pulled out one particle at a time.

Maybe you have never tried to write fiction. I have and it’s hard work. That’s the reason why my ‘Stories of Calik’ series has not progressed much recently.

Which brings me to the title of this article. Many people appear to be reluctant to document even small parts of their lives.

A mini autobiography so to speak and yet for even the most boring people there’s always something that can be pulled out of their memory, a little sugar added and the story told.

I am not speaking of @meesterboom's outlandish tales of El Jeffe and his other characters based on true life. That is quite unique in itself and requires those equally outrageous images he creates to bring the story to life.

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I’m relating these more to the original Kwiksave Chronicle’s I wrote well over a year ago when I was a young Minnow, but probably as single episodes.

What I am saying is that everyone has something to offer. You don't need to have a large stake to recall memories and write something that is a good read.

Trust me when I say, ‘people like true stories’. Add a little comedy and it’s like adding sauce to your boring beef steak (apologies to the veggies).

Use the tag, #truestories and I will vote the best ones and see if I can get them some attention. I will focus more on Steemians that appear to be dedicated, are not powering down, are not sending all their rewards out to @blocktrades, @deepcrypto9, etc.., and most of all get little attention.

Feel free to use the cover image for your post. It's my photograph with some bangs and whistles added.

’So just before I say… well go and do it, read the next part'

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...A true but incredible boring story may be…


A few days back I went to the garage to get my car fixed. It had 5 flat tyres and cost me lots of money to fix it. The fifth tyre was the spare one… hahaha… Then I took the car back home and crashed into another car. It was my fault because I’m not a very good driver. The other driver was really angry and shouted at me. After he calmed down we both left.

Would anyone actually read that?

Add some WHITE SPACE is the first thing I would say. Add some images, free ones if you don't have your own. Make sure you site them though.

So it’s a true story but I’m going to get the neighbours banging on the walls due to my 120 decibel snoring after reading around 20 words of it.

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I could quite easily re-write the above two paragraphs adding a lot of spice but I’m not here to teach you how to do this.

True Stories can be harrowing, life-changing, create a feeling of emotion, empathy or even funny. The best ones contain all these ingredients.

...'They can also be about your car at the garage if you really can’t pull anything else out of your brain cells.'...

The next post I write will be a true story. I woke up last night at 1am in a start and this one came to me.

For the next few hours, I couldn’t sleep thinking about it, or how to pursue something that happened so long ago.

...'If any of the curation incentive's want to collaborate with me on this then please drop me a note in Discord, same stupid name and avatar, thanks'...

Let's make the Steemit platform great again. A place for talent to be recognised regardless of their stake and put this (below) kind of bullshit to bed.

Steemit: Users must be a crypto expert to participate and platform is controlled by bots and whales. Reputation is bought.

This is from @daan's post several days ago. #oldsteem at it's finest.


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I will keep an eye out for your resteems as always and from time to time check if anyone uses the tag to support:-) Nothing like some dramatic real-life stories.

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I am not speaking of @meesterboom's outlandish tales of El Jeffe and his other characters based on true life. That is quite unique in itself and requires those equally outrageous images he creates to bring the story to life.

I think his secret is lots of beer and LSD xD

I once wrote a "true story" like the ones you mention, it's quite fun and allows one to use their own creativity and imagination to the fullest trying to add a little comedy to the story, I'll try to provide some content for that tag when I have the time, university is using most of it :/ if you find some good posts in the tag do a post about it, I would like to curate that tag too since I do enjoy reading #truestories

Hurrah! I sense a movement!! And not of the shifty bowels kind!

I will resteem good ones.. that's if anyone does any!

There was a bloke on here once who used to do great toilet tales.., he's sadly left but I remember them well.

https://steemit.com/comedy/@steemonkey/tales-from-the-toilet-the-casablanca-performance-comedy-open-mic-round-24

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I like it, a new tag to play in. I am almost at that point or sort of when I do my picture share post. I just can not put one picture up and be done with it, or just add the camera settings, I need to do the whole running commentary thing, so I like your idea, I may try to get a bit more creative with how I use the words, add some "drama" or "scary" bits and pieces.

Look forward to reading them. Pictures really help with a story even if they are a loose fitting.

I shall see what I can come up with.

I started writing the first one. It was so long ago that I'm having to think to bring the pieces back. Some things you can't truly forget though.

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I prefer the real author's, too.
Janton does a good job with his real life stories.
Edgargonzales lives on an island.
It's not easy spinning our own tales, due to the level of spin involved.
Ergo, blogs, eh?

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Real life pioneers making the first level of history that will persist in the interwebz forever,...

I hope so, I can only but try and do my part.

Yeah I always believe in the value of a story. There are some master story tellers. I honestly love to hear them. I of course am jealous because I would love to have that gift. Over here we have a program called The Moth where people go on stage live with no notes and tell a true story in 15 minutes or less. I love it. Anyways I used to do a think on my YouTube called Storytime. I need to get back to doing more of those.

I of course am jealous because I would love to have that gift.

Give it a go, maybe it's a gift unrealised?

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Great idea for the platform.I like those kind of stories too. I will happily vote for anything in that vein that I like. Will try to keep an eye on the tag but feel free to remind me!

Hope this or something similar can take off. The outside world need to know that you can join and not get ignored now. I can see it with these I'm finding, and they end up with double figure votes.

Hopefully communities can change things even more. Something I will be discussing at SF4 with the StInc guys.

I hope so too. I would like to set a shift like this away from the endless drab steem shilling posts. Or at least even it up slightly.

Ohhh! Good. I like a good story! I look forward to reading them! Although @meesterboom is a master teller of El Jeffe stories, I haven't see him in a while.

shift like this away from the endless drab steem shilling posts.

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I have a few in the back of my mind. One I started to write already, but I need to step back from STEEM, it's consuming my life. Hope to see a few with the tag popup.

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I'll definitely keep my eye on the tag as well and give some upvotes! Too bad there aren't any posts yet.

Might even write one myself ;-)

I saw some of your very early ones, I had only just joined. About your earlier years and hard truths. Maybe you could re-write one of those. You know.. like a re-issue special edition.

Pretty boring post with little action but I still appreciate your effort. Life is not easy and we have to prepared for the worst scenario so I agree that stories can come up from life situations.

I downvoted your post because in over three years since July 2016 I never had anybody to downvote a dance post. Dance does not hurt anyone. You can have all you reasons but I won't accept them.
This is my first downvote since the 12th of July 2016.

Pretty boring post with little action but I still appreciate your effort.

I appear to get a lot of comments so it can't be that boring. We are not all exercise fiends like you are.

You down-voted this post as a pure act of retaliation. Are you down-voting all those other guys who have also sent you DV's?

I won't be like you and flag your comment. Better that everyone sees how #oldsteem you are.

Would you not prefer native and organic votes? Don't send money to the bots, and several $$'s per post? Your native votes are barely nothing, but what you do I will admit is unique.

Why not try it and see what happens, things are changing around here and I am not picking on you at all.

Great advice. Some of my best posts were about personal stuff that had happened in my life. I kind of wish I had saved them until my account was a little bigger, but oh well.

I still have many left untold. It's whether I want to tell them. I'm sure you have something in there that's not been told.

Ok, so I am one of the people who love true stories...and telling them too (I often suffer from verbal diarrhea), would love to join in! Thank you.

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Hope to read one from you, no offers from anyone yet.

Great initative @slobberchops , count me in :)

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Hmnnnnn... this does sound like something I could do.... write about some of my autobiographical stories.

Lol, I've always been a bit reticent as I was something of a drugs bunny in a previous life.

WTF is a drugs bunny? I hear you cry.

Nope, not someone who spends four days bouncing round Glastonbury festival in a furry costume because some one called 'dreadlock pete' sold them something suspect in pill form 😉... Or is it?

In all seriousness, that never happened. But I do have a tone of similar (but not quite as crazy) stories about my misspent youth. I'd always shied away from writing about them in the worry that half my followers would hit that unfollow button and start praying for my immortal soul 🤣

I might give it a try. I'll use the tag if I do 👍

I'd always shied away from writing about them in the worry that half my followers would hit that unfollow button and start praying for my immortal soul

Don't worry about your past life, I have done my fair share too. Enough that it.. screech halt......, that's a #truestories post in itself.

Lets just say I spent a lot of time in Wales during the 90's, and it was a different life there, I tell ya!

People love hard truths, even if it portrays you to be someone other than you seem to be. All the great rock gods have done them, they are still adored.

People love hard truths, even if it portrays you to be someone other than you seem to be. All the great rock gods have done them, they are still adored.

True enough.

Lets just say I spent a lot of time in Wales during the 90's, and it was a different life.

Ha ha, I had a friend who lived in Bethesda when I was 19-20 and let's just say that the late September annual road 'trip' was always a 'third' eye opener 😳😜🤪🤯

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I remember Bethesda. My friend who lives down there rented a house from the local drug lord. Without going into more detail.., we had an interesting weekend there. It was the 90's and Command and Conquer ruled then!

Ahhh C+C. I was more a Sim City nut 😆

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  ·  4 months ago (edited)

I linked to this blog from @raj808's true story. I think this is a great idea. I'm resteeming because, who doesn't have a story? And people do love to talk about themselves.
Right now I'm finishing a blog for SteemSTEM (much research). When I've posted that I'm going to search my memory banks for something interesting to write about. There's got to be a story somewhere in there :)


Edit:
I don't seem to be able to resteem it--guess there's a 7-day window on that, too. I'll resteem raj's story.

You said it.. 'who doesn't have a story?'
Hope to read more of these.