Welcome to Steemit! [A Blockchain Guide + Introduction for Creatives]

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Hello Creatives, Welcome to Steemit!

This post was written for YOU - the internet surfer, blogger, link-sharer, artist, educator, designer, community leader, entrepreneur, curator, or the simply crypto-curious.


Steemit is a New Social Media Website

As appearances go, Steemit.com looks and acts a lot like the websites Reddit.com and Medium.com. We’ve got a “trending” front-page where you can see a wide range of popular daily content... there are individual profiles, post feeds, followers and so on. But there’s one big difference that allows Steemit to stand above any other social media network today. Here, you are rewarded for sharing content and we cannot emphasize that enough. Likes (called “upvotes”) = have actual value. Every single day - you are rewarded for creating content, discovering, curating and commenting.

Gamify The Social Media Experience

Engagement is rewarded. If you like a post, simply click the “upvote” ^ button to give it your support. It’s the same as a “like” on Facebook, except your click = a digital currency.

Voting on the posts of others doesn’t take any currency away from you. In fact, you’ll be rewarded with more tokens if you upvote popular content. It's free, and fun to play this social-media-style game.



Steemit.com is powered by the same technology behind Bitcoin. There’s a local currency used here called “Steem” which (like Bitcoin) is digital money.

Both Bitcoin and Steem are organized through a data-sharing technology called “blockchain”. You might have heard that word used before in the news with respect to big companies like Microsoft, Blackrock or IBM. For these guys, blockchain is exciting because it allows for super fast, decentralized, secure and even smart sharing of data. Moving information from A to B via blockchain can happen in just seconds, as opposed to in hours or even days. When you move currency through the Steem blockchain a transaction takes just a couple of seconds. [ Mic drop. ]

So blockchain tech isn't just disruptive for the social media landscape, it could reinvent the way data is shared, secured and distributed globally. We could be on the verge of an entirely new world wide web built properly and more efficiently for the 21st century!


The Steem blockchain generates a new "pool" of currency every day. When you publish content on Steemit, you receive upvotes. Votes direct a percentage of that rewards pool to your account. The whole process is very similar to how Bitcoin operates, where miners receive Bitcoin as a reward for their work (processing transactions). With Steem, instead of rewarding miners, the blockchain rewards bloggers!

So, Where Does The Money Come From?

Think of Steemit as a blogging platform that rewards you with Pokémon cards. Those cards are worth what people are willing to trade for them (very similarly to a share of stock). As you collect more Pokémon cards, you wield more influence when playing the game. Similarly, every Steem token you collect increases your influence in the Steemit ecosystem. New cards get printed everyday (the daily rewards “pool”) and are distributed to the bloggers and content creators who post the most upvoted content.

Just as you can trade Pokémon cards online, you can do the same with cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin, Ethereum and Steem are traded on a digital currency exchanges. (Also just like shares of stock.) There are thousands of tokens out there that are available to buy and trade. Just like a share of stock or a Pokemon card; the actual USD dollar value is supported by demand for the asset and frequency of exchange for other assets.

What defines how much 1 Steem token is worth? Well, Steem is tied to a social media platform platform where content and engagement influence value. Steem’s value movement is tied directly to the happenings and content shared on Steemit.com. Value can go up or down based on a change to the blockchain, a mention in the news, a new Steem-powered project or exciting feature. Think of token value like stock value. If you're a shareholder of Facebook, the value of your stock fluctuates when the company announces a surprise boost of new users joining the platform or a new feature. Ultimately, the value ties back to the engagement and frequency of material created on the platform.


Online Content is Valuable!

You publish so much stuff on the web everyday, why aren't you getting paid for all that hard work and time spent? Social media companies make a lot of money off of your effort and what do they give you in return? The value-factor of Steemit makes for an entirely new (but seemingly obvious) online environment. Having something at stake creates a very different social-media experience. The community here empowers good content while spammy posts fall into the background. Steemians take a lot of pride in their community and in the support of good authors and content creators!

Community is Key

When the platform was just a couple months old there was a welcome banner that heralded Steemit as “the internet’s first small town.” That has always stuck with us. Why? Users here (referred to as “Steemians”) really do treat Steemit like a small town. You’ll find that we are extremely supportive and constructive. There’s no incentive for nasty comments, so we have very few of them. Steemians just want this social platform to be a success! It’s a brand new social experiment, a totally new economy and a new way to engage and empower one another!

You can connect with people. Not just high-school friends, neighbors or work colleagues. Steemit helps you find people with like-minded interests and ideas and encourages you to engage with them. Comments receive rewards, so people truly take the time needed to compose thoughtful responses and feedback. You don't see that extra effort anywhere else on the web. Steemit might just be the first true social media platform.

This is the central reason why we are writing this to you, today. We want YOU to be a part of this. We need your own unique perspective of the world, your talent, passion and engagement to help build a stronger future for Steemit.


Welcome to Steemit!

Let’s build something together. We hope that you will consider becoming a member of this community! It’s entirely free to join, in fact, Steemit will even give you a few tokens to get started. We look forward to hearing from you. Welcome!

Sign Up . Welcome Page . FAQ

1. Sign up. Then say hello! #introduceyourself.

Create a post and tell us a little bit about you.

2. Explore! Scroll around and find content that you like.

Follow a few people. Read a handful of posts. Comment and engage!

3. Connect! Reach out and begin a conversation.

See where it takes you...

Help us spread the word. Follow our Twitter and YouTube Channel!

This article was re-written and re-illustrated with the help of feedback from the original @sndbox post, shared August 1st, 2017.


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This post has received gratitude of 1.00 % from @jout


Ha, every bit counts ;)


You got a 0.08% upvote from @postpromoter courtesy of @jout!

A very informative post to all beginners! Thank you for putting it in a way everybody can understand.


Glad it could be useful!

That's really handy
Massive thanks because you have that patience explaining us all of those starting from the begging
It is not easy to understand all
But day by day with some patience we can short out
Everything it is about inform yourself!

Hi. Good post for newbies.
Question. I knew about new steem being created each day (witnesses). Is there a cap to this? What is to stop this being devalued due to none stop mining by witnesses?


Hi there @garyph - we recommend the FAQ page for comprehensive answers here. On the topic of steem inflation here's what they say -


How many new tokens are generated by the blockchain?
Starting with the network's 16th hard fork in December 2016, Steem began creating new tokens at a yearly inflation rate of 9.5%. The inflation rate decreases at a rate of 0.01% every 250,000 blocks, or about 0.5% per year. The inflation will continue decreasing at this pace until the overall inflation rate reaches 0.95%. This will take about 20.5 years from the time hard fork 16 went into effect.


thank you.

I wrote this post for new people to get some money coming in when they first get here. This is for when people keep telling them to just keep posting and not worry about money.

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This is such an eye pleasing yet at the same time informative post. I've familiarized myself with Steemit over the past few months but still found this explanation very useful.


Thanks so much for the kind words @tishyaoedit, glad this could provide a refresher/overview :)


Agreed. Good visual. Are you professional marketer?

Nice to find so much information on one place, especially when you are beginner to all this and trying to find your spot under the sun. Thank you for being such a big support to the community!

Excellent post, I also think you should take it to Spanish for the Spanish-speaking community.


We've had a handful of excellent folks translating tutorial posts and introductions like these. Spanish included! Take a look here :



excellent squared


Excelente3 ;)


Thanks a lot for this! Will be sending this to my friends. :)


Great! That's fantastic, please do share! :)


P.S. I super love your color palette! <3


Ah, we like to make fun and approachable illustrations! Glad you like them :D

This is very illustrative.
Visible to blind :audible to the deaf..
This is worth resteeming...

As a steemian, I enjoy blogging... Thanks @sndbox


There's a lot of blind and deaf folks wandering the fiat world, hopefully this steem blockchain intro brings them to their senses. So to speak ;)



Wow! great explanation. Now i fully understand. Thanks @sndbox ^^


Nice! That's great @artzam :)

New to the Steemit community. Follow me and I will follow back.


Welcome to Steemit! Explore around and enjoy! If you have questions take a look at the FAQ page ( https://steemit.com/faq.html) or our resource list here:


Instead of asking folks to follow you, try engaging them in a conversation. Keep your comments on topic and you'll find this community very rewarding.


I love the way you help all the community to understand everything about Steemit. I love this tutorial. I'll send it to all my friends. I'm telling all of them about steemit. Sometimes I feel like I'm preaching about a religion or something lol 😅😅


Thank you so much @ladaural! It really does begin to feel like that... "Have you heard about cryptocurrency?... Well well, have I got a website for you!!"

This is greatly illustrated, I love the animation in your presentation.

Thank you for this awesome post @sndbox ! Resteemed!


Thanks @leahlei! Glad the illustrations are helpful.

I have a question for all of you guyes... I am very new in steemit... I can not understand one thing that, when i upvote some guyes article, their cradit increasing but not mine...what is the problem...?


I like the platform a lot, but it can be a real grind for new authors coming in. There are so many low quality authors that by the time you write something excellent it gets swallowed up into the nothingness of meaningless articles consisting of compilations of links or a blurb from Google news.. You just have to work at it and keep grinding away... That's what I'm doing..




I've been on steemit for about 3months now
Yet I still learnt a lot from this post
This is really educative
I think it should be spread on other social media.

Hmmm, that's thoughtfully of you, thanks for enlightening me .

Thorough explanation not only for newbies but for current users who don't know the nuts and bolts of blockchain. Resteemed!

Easy to digest and not boring at all to read, the graphics are so helpful and made it lively. 😄 This would be so helpful for the new Steemit family members as well as those who's been here as we get tips on how to explain it well for those who's interested to join or just curious about Steemit. Upvoted and will be sharing this on Facebook so my friends can read specially my brother who wants to join Steemit as well. And resteemed.😄

Thank you for your kind posting. I think your posting is good for many people.

That is really helping for me to introduce my friend! I have been struggling to explain to her with a million tries. Hopefully this article could help her to articulate her thoughts clearly! I am a food and travel blogger, please keep an eye on me :D

Thank you for posting this! Your blog provides additional knowledge for newcomers like me. Hoping for Steem to be of greater importance on the following months. Cheers!

This is really well written! I think I'm slowly but surely starting to understand.. Thanks for sharing!

You just laid it bare here. As they founder of @euronation which is a community group that majors on newbie recruitment, I will be using the link for this post in my future training of the newbies. Thanks



That's great! Glad this could be a resource for @euronation and newbie recruitment as well @eurogee. As always, thanks for your enthusiasm and support :)

Great information, very easy to understand how the community works together 💪🏻, and love the minimal artwork

Definitely sharing with my friends who wanted to join Steem It

this is an update, I see. I will update the italian version too then

Great intro post for Steemit! 100% upvote and Resteemed. I will definitely send this link to folks I am encouraging to join Steemit!


Awesome! Thanks @dakini5d :D please share around!

Upvoted and resteemed. Also sharing to Facebook.

Such a pleasure to be part of this.

Perfect concise post to give to all the newbies and future Steemians. Love the Pokemon cards analogy too!!! Will be using it to help others understand the Steemit system. Thanks guys 😊


This a very informative post for a newbie in steemit and social media blogging, the guidelines posted here can benefit a lot of people. Thank you!

Ya Dun Good... seriously, this is a great piece anyone can refer people to, I might add with a great sense of trendy professionalism...nice!

Great post for beginners! I love the visuals you used

very informative


Sigueme y te sigo.

Pretty good intro to Steemit. I didn't read anything before joining and made all sorts of newbie mistakes

Great explainer post. In the So, Where Does The Money Come From? section, third paragraph you made a typo. Said platform twice.

Nice post @sndbox
This is important information for all who play steemit, you are very good people friend

where does the money come from ?

I can already imagine how my Christmas & New Year going to be. I should print it on a T-Shirt for better infographics

Thank You. This helped me.

I have been on steemit for a month now but I'm yet to create #introduceyourself I guess I have to do now or is it too late @sndbox?


Welcome to steemit, it seems you are doing great already!

I am pretty new myself (29 October was my first official post :)) and still got tons to learn!

I feel lucky to have come across @sndbox, I wish I had steem-met them before!
If I may give you some advise based on my experience and looking at your profile ...

  1. Make sure you update your profile, with a cover image and a few words describing who you are. This will help people to have a first idea of who you are, trust you and follow you..
  2. It is not too late to make your introduce yourself post, it will bring you closer to the community and there are many users who are very helpful to the newbies!
  3. Feel free to ask, every time I have posted questions, I have received plenty of help from steemians!

If you want, take a look at my post about my first month experience on steemit, it might have some helpful info for you!

I wish you all the best!

Stuff like this is so valuable

Very interesting for me as a beginner to learn more and understand better steemit. I believe all the starters must read your post. Valuable...Thanks

Really informative post, I am a newbie myself and still learning lots on here.. By the way, how can I join sndbox?

I just started on Steemit and already plan to move all my content here. It can be overwhelming to understand how it works for creatives. Your post is a great introduction. Thank you. Upvoted.


That's great news @bitstudio, thanks for your kind words of support!

Thanks for the intro buddy

awesome. I am sharing this easy to understand explantion of facebook. 😃😃


Excellent, please do share! Sharing on facebook is a great way to drive interest and eyeballs over to Steemit :D


shared it, lets wait and see who will be attracted and join the steemit train. 😃😃

This is so helpful! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm new to the community and it's so good to find articles like this.

Your information is very helpful. Thank you so much!

Good information for new comer on steemit @sndbox

That's a clear and simple explanation about Steemit. Thank you!

@sndbox always working hard to build the community here, love what y'all are doing and hope we can build on some upcoming projects together soon! definitely shared this with my peoples who are still on the fence!

This is an Excellent post!! So Simple and effective. Kudos to you @sndbox for being so creative. Much helpful for the newbies