Thank you Utopian!

in #utopian-io6 years ago



I always try to be grateful, regardless of the circumstances. From my youth I remember two 'life lessons' regarding being grateful. Off course these 'lessons' weren't thought from a textbook and rather by setting an example for me and thus I would like to first say thanks to my mother and grandfather for teaching me them.

When I was a kid my grandparents traveled twice a year to Lourdes, a place of pelgrimage, for two weeks to help out other pelgrims. They did this on their own expenses and never expected anything in return. They were very religious but even so in our culture it is not that obvious. I was too young or I can't remember but they never really explained why they did this. From the context however I remember it as a very unselfish act with the only motivation that they themselves had everything they needed and were grateful for it.

The second lesson is from my mother. She's not as religious as my grand parents, but still religious. She tried to pass that on but failed. My brain is not made for religion, but that doesn't mean that effort was in vain. I got teached many lessons about life through it. One thing I'll never forget is that one should not say prayers to ask for something, that's a greedy intention, one should say prayers to thank for something. Even today, when we're traveling together and we pass a church we like to lit a candle. To me it is just a candle and a moment of reflection, I'm not thanking god, I know she is, but I'm still grateful.

That is to say that I consider thankfulness important. I'm no saint, I can't say that I'm always good at it, or that this is always obvious in life.

My connection to Utopian

At the very beginning, in what feels ages ago, others and I helped @elear to start up Utopian. It was nothing like it is today but the Utopian spirit was exactly the same. I was one of the very first mods helping out. When I look back at it I remember that period as an interesting fun time, I got to learn quite some new things and people, connections that still remain today. For no reason in particular I slowly quit moderating. Things were evolving rapidly and I didn't have the time to follow up. Slowly I realized there were other people doing a better job and I noticed I was starting to make mistakes because of the lack of commitment. One day I just had to throw the towel and give up. At around that same time SteemMakers was slowly starting so my attention was moving away even further. To me nurturing my own baby was more fun than moderating. I never really gave up on Utopian, SteemMakers development is opensource and gained a lot of support by Utopian.

Thank you Utopian part 1

To be honest I don't know if SteemMakers would be where it is now without Utopian. Well, in fact I know, not where it is now or maybe it wouldn't have continued to exist at all. I know for sure that it would have been harder to stay motivated working on it. It's not easy to get something started. Maybe I would have shifted back to our local FabLab and collaborate with the established community there, continue doing what I was doing before. But not only I have been supported through Utopian. Our 'home' graphic designer, @podanrj, has his contributions to us and others supported by Utopian. Without his help our graphics wouldn't look nearly as finished. And the same goes for others. We have had @pbock, @frankremmy and @drmake helping out with content writing being supported by Utopian. All of that has helped us grow together. Thank you @utopian-io.

Thank you Utopian part 2

A couple of days ago I was contacted by Utopian with the question if they can follow our trail. I was perplexed. We're such a small fish in this vast ocean and super rock star @utopian-io is asking to follow our trail? Off course! We discussed the best way to move forward and to be honest the initial proposal was even more generous than what came out in the end. I have the feeling @steemmakers was not ready to live up to the first proposal because we don't have a scoring system in place yet. But we are working on that, so hopefully soon. To put it short the Utopian team chose @steemstem and @steemmakers to start their innovation trail. I have no idea on what basis they chose our initiative. Is it because of our history, because of a similar way of looking at the steem blockchain, because of our unselfish approach, because of... I have no idea and as the saying goes: don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

This generous gift means a lot for @steemmakers. It's a recognition of what we have been doing and it allows us to pursue our goal of supporting makers and DIYers on the blockchain even more. @utopian-io will trail @steemmakers with a 5% vote. At current market prices and with this massive support from @utopian-io we can now support curated articles with close to 30 SBD. Thank you @utopian-io.

Thank you SteemMakers

Our community has slowly grown for an idea I had while being in the FabLab, to having discussions about the idea, to writing a pseudo whitepaper that was (partially reviewed by @techslut), to starting a site, to getting help from @pbock, @drmake, and others with curation and content. Along the way there were bits here and there that have been worked on by many others. I'm thinking of @plushzilla especially for the support and guidance at the beginning. And of course, last but certainly not least all the great artwork by @podanrj. Then there is a vast group of different people that I can't all call by name because it would be too much. People that have shared support, opinions, ideas, recommendations, ... and all other SteemMakers in general. Thank you all!

Final note

I wrote this post personally but I think I speak for every SteemMakers core member and any SteemMaker in general. The amount of enthusiasm in our Discord just peaked.

Thank you Utopian, thank you @elear, thank you Utopian delegators and thank you to all SteemMakers!

Image design by @podanrj


The SteemMakers community is such an intelligent initiative we always wanted to support. It allows the kind of contributions and contents this blockchain needs. Keep up with the amazing work. Once you are ready for more, we will be happy to give more!

Can I say thank you once more ;-)

I hope you see my comment on this thread below! You're mom & grandpa are so proud of you! 🙏💖

Grandpa passed away but I you're right ;-)

Yeah. One more from me as always. :)

You guys sure helped this Steemian get off on the right foot today! It was super elevating to wake-up to both SteemMakers and Utopian support this morning! It was really cool to learn even more about both of these initiatives. I am really new to them. Thank-you so much for your effort to promote good!!! It's awesome and super motivating🌹🙌🌹

i suport too..

I feel very lucky to have been involved with @steemmakers very early on, and it is amazing what a small group of people have been able to achieve under the vision that @jefpatat has set out at the beginning for the project. You deserve all the credit for the success so far and I am always very proud to tell people about the group and the work that it does to promote the very creative and talented diy/makers on Steemit. I also want to acknowledge all the hardwork that @podanrj, @pbock and @drmake have put in, and I look forward to the continuing success of the project!

You have been of great help as well! Maybe not visible but with lots of guidance.

Does @steemmakers have a discord?

Sweet, I hear lots of good things but never checked out the community. Thanks!

Sweet, I hear lots of good things but never checked out the community. Thanks!

We love you @utopian-io !

It's been a superb experience to be collaborating on this project, and I'm sure it'll continue to be :)

I came into SteemMakers as a contributor from GitHub through Utopian. At first, it was just a project where makers and DIYers submit their posts and get published on SteemMakers site, for fun sakes. I'm really glad what I told @jefpatat that “I want to be a member of something new,” is coming through.
In light of this vote-of-thanks post, I also what to Thank Jef too for this opportunity he's offered me. Sincerely, I've learnt a lot from you in a speed of light! @utopian-io, Jef is a man of greatness and this trail will never go in vain. The core members are grateful!

Thanks @frankremmy. I appreciate your enthusiasm!

As a @steemmakers enthusiast I cannot be happier !! that is a fantastic news for the community !! (it will really HELP out partially in cleaning the s**t out of Steemit and really give voice to those that are posting REAL STUFF and QUALITY STUFF)!! and a big thanks goes to @elear and all the utopian team !!
Grazie mille @elear veramente, perche senza questo passo penso che @steemmakers sarebbe stata destinata a morire piano piano perche sarebbe rimasta in stallo ("nel limbo") per troppo tempo con troppa gente strana intorno. Adesso jefpatat ha piu forza per portare avanti le sue bellissime idee e quanto fatto da utopian non ha fatto altro che nutrire la sua voglia di sviluppare nuove cose !!

I am very happy steemmakers was selected for the Innovation Trail. Now your real work starts! Bring more makers to the blockchain. :)

We'll try to :-D

what a grateful heart. Welldone.

How are you doing @jefpatat. It nice to hear from you.

@jefpatat that a loud vaoice for the bes open source on steem block chain @utopian-io made many lifes on steemit with the best rewards.....I am one of them and shout for nore growth

very good job.

Awesome to hear man glad for the steemmakers community! And Kudos to Utopian!

Hope to see more makers on this platform!

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