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Hello Creatives, Welcome to Steemit!


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

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Steemit is a new social media website.


As appearances go, Steemit.com looks and acts a lot like the website Reddit.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”) = carry 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 that someone has shared, simply click the “upvote” ^ button to express your approval. It’s the same as a “like” on Facebook, except your click = currency.

Voting on the posts of others doesn’t take any currency away from you. It's free, and fun to play this social-media-style game.

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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, 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. For example; think of how long it takes to deposit a check in your bank account… you give a bank teller a check and then wait 3-5 business days for that money to appear. 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!

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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 reward 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!

As we @sndbox are writing this post, 1 STEEM token is worth about $1.00 dollar. So 4 STEEM = $4.00 USD. As an example: when you see a post that’s worth $10.00, that author will be awarded 10 STEEM.

How do Steem Tokens carry $ value in USD?


Like Bitcoin, you can trade STEEM on a digital currency exchange. (Similar to how you can buy or invest in the Euro, Yuan, Rupee or USD.) There are hundreds of tokens out there that are available to buy and trade. The dollar value is supported by demand for the token and frequency of exchange for other assets.

However, STEEM is not just a straight up currency like Bitcoin. Steem is tied to a social media platform. 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 feature. Another way to look at it is like a share of stock. 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.

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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!

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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 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.

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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...

Sndbox Looking Forward


Hello everyone! @sndbox here. Our team will be using this introduction post to recruit new talented creatives to the Steemit community. This 2.0 version has been improved and updated from @voronoi's original post, here! Our hope is that you all can use this as a resource to explain STEEM and Steemit to Newbies as well! Each week, our team will be posting descriptive and explanatory posts just like this one. Be sure to follow us @sndbox and stay tuned for more. STEEM on!

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You are really doing a good job here. Follow earned!

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Thank you so much for the support @steemboys! Steem on!

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just followed you.pls follow back

I'm a newbie, and man, this should be stickied somewhere in big bold letters.

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That means a lot coming from a newbie, thanks! We're very glad you found it helpful :)

I really enjoy blogging on steemit. It's not all about the money anymore. It's communicating with very interesting people all over the world and learning, that's exciting to me.

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Absolutely! Ultimately, it's not about the value, its about the quality of content and conversation. This website has something that no other platform has... dialogue. It's a real social media website that is challenging folks to break beyond surface level interaction. And with complete strangers! What a fascinating experiment...

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I am posting really heartfelt and interesting things, or so I thought. Can you take a look and let me know why my blog has gone grey? @Kimmydee2 feedback would be much appreciated. I thought this would be a great creative outlet, not for the money (but it is a nice perk), but to share with others. I'm a bit disheartened this morning. Your post was really helpful, thank you!

I have included a link to this article in my latest post https://steemit.com/art/@obxidiana/i-have-always-preferred-the-reflection-of-life-to-life-itself-or-or-incredible-cgi-art-or-or-meet-zaoeyo - about the incredible artist Zaoeyo, who I'm hoping I can talk into joining us here on Steemit. I think I should send him this post!!

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Wonderful! Thank you. And absolutely, please feel free to use this post as you reach out to others who might benefit from this community (and vice versa). Building Steemit is a team effort!

good introduction. just shared it on fb )

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Yes, nice work! Here's hoping it bridges some folks over from Facebook! Why create so much content for a company and not receive any kind of reward or share of the pie? It's a simple shift in thinking about how value is shared on the web, but a very disruptive one.

Welcome to Steem Community @sndbox! As a gentle reminder, please keep your master password safe. The best practise is to use your private posting key to login to Steemit when posting; and the private active key for wallet related transactions.

In the New Steemians project, we help new members of steem by education and resteeeming their articles. Get your articles resteemed too for maximum exposure. You can learn more about it here: https://steemit.com/introduceyourself/@gaman/new-steemians-project-launch

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Good tips for newbies!

Very helpful post. This is a great platform. I highly recommend investing a bit of money in Steem Power to boost your upvoting power! Well worth it.

Does anyone know which exchanges currently trade Steem and Steem Dollars?

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Isn't that a bit undemocratic if people can effectively "buy" upvotes? Why is that even a feature?

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I do get your point. There are people who become auto whales by investing 40k or more!

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What's an "auto whale"?

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I think it is a bot that votes for a high steem power user

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I consider it like investing in a sole proprietorship. Vesting interest in Steemit means one has skin in the game. It is a brilliant system.

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What game do they have skin in exactly? I don't know if it's a brilliant system or not - to me it seems confusing and the value proposition is still unclear to me.

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Point taken.

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Ha! First time seeing this one... I'd say ours is a bit more creative ;)

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😊
I'm rooting for your initiative to take-off. You are a key component in Steemit breaking out of the vice of 250K users.
Please give me a shout, if there is something that you will like me to do to help.

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Very kind of you. It's an exciting time to be a part of the Steemit community, for all of us! We'll push through that 250k mark together :)

Que articulo te mandaste!!! Up! Followed!

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Thank you very much. Aquí hay una versión en español... Gracias!

https://steemit.com/introduceyourself/@anomadsoul/hola-amigos-bienvenidos-a-steemit

The whole concept of replacing social capital (others' opinion of you in RL) with Steem on the web is interesting. It should be pretty intuitive for people, since the underlying principles align closely with the way interactions work in everyday life.

One might not think this is the case, but human communities are basically blockchains.

"Is this guy cool?
-Yeah, he's cool."

"Huh, you guys think I'm cool? Heck, that's pretty cool. You guys are cool!"

Consensus, validating that one's opinion of a person is in line with others, is an integral part of human interaction. There's no dollar sign attached to any of this, but our brains, for sure, are keeping track of some sort of social currency.

I just hope that the explicit addition of "value" to one's contributions is not going to make the platform too mercenary. Where everyone's nice, but only because it pays. Like I've said, that's pretty much how it works in RL, but one can only hope it's not the only way to interact.

In any case, this is an extremely interesting experiment. It was going to happen eventually, if only because it has so much potential in studying what could happen if the internet was the default means of communication.

It's like FB, but honest about it's intentions. Same mechanisms, but quantified much more concretely.

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It's interesting because we think the pairing of incentivized communication with anonymity could be the secret sauce the internet has been missing. It's not just roses and sunshine, the anonymous nature of this platform helps folks engage in surprisingly authentic dialogue.

It's one big (global) social experiment, let's see what happens!

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I agree re your concern of this becoming quite a mercantile platform. I see the same thing with LinkedIn and in some circles on Twitter, too - people just patting each others' backs and producing and sharing feel-good, positive drivel and rarely saying what they mean. I think that's why Facebook is still popular and so successful, it feels personal and more like you can be yourself.

All that said, I am not too sure what the intrinsic value of these Steemit tokens are? I mean, if it's essentially just a counter of my upvotes, then how is that not just tradable Reddit karma? And why should it even be tradeable? Just so someone can buy karma and gloat? I don't get it.

Great Post.Thums up.

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Thank you!

Welcome to Steem @sndbox I have upvoted and sent you a tip

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Who is this Botty guy? Very nice guy - also sent me a tip too! haha thanks Mr Bot.

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Well thanks, botty! Cheers :)

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Good initiative, resteemed :]

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@bottymcbotface thank goodness I followed you. Because of your resteemed I saw this wonderful post.

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Thank you!

We're about this :)

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Glad it resonated with you. Let's spread the word! Cheers :)

nice guide
its looks simple now thanks

I really learnt something special from this post. Thank you for this introduction.keep up the good work.

Hey! Thanks for this! I resteemed and following! I am new in this platform and I am trying to figure out how it works. I can share information, moods and daily stuff, but ...how do I really make friend here? It feels a bit lonely....I don't want to engage in a private chat, so can you make a post about it? Or can anyone suggest me? I see a lot of travellers and nerds who knows a lot about cryptocurrency. I am none of this. I subscribed with the hope to run away from facebook and have more a niche content. Any help/advice without looking like a stalker or an abandoned dog? :P

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Hi there sandrina! Thanks for your comment and great questions! As with any social media platform, it takes time and lots of engagement to build a following. Don't be discouraged! Keep writing and commenting on other posts. Try looking up different tags and discover people who create content you enjoy. Beginning those conversations today will help you find a voice tomorrow. Enjoy and explore!

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thanks! =)

Really nice post

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Many thanks for the kind words @lordmp27

Great information for us 'newbies' thanks for sharing, new follower :)

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Awesome! Glad you liked it. Honestly, we're all still newbies! STEEM is still young and there's a lot to learn :P

So many of your posts are so useful to minnows - newbies or not!

This was a very helpful article that helped me understand how all of this works. Thank you!

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Great! Glad it could be of use :)

holy christ, nice post,,,, new follower here!

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Hah, thanks clumsysilverdad! :)

Great post! but I agree with jznsamuel about the steem power . Have a nice day.

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Hey thanks rojo! We'll be doing a post on that topic next week, stay tuned!

Hi @sndbox.. i'm newbie.. great post, i'm glad to be here, support each other as a community. This post worth to resteem, and i'm following you now

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Many thanks for the kind words and support @rayfa :)

Thank you for explaining :)

This post is very useful for people who just started out recently like myself 😊

I like how short and concise your articles are 😃

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Awesome, we're happy to hear that :D

More to come!

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thank you for your article. please visit my article.. https://steemit.com/amazing/@heru23/some-clothes-that-resemble-an-object
thank you

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Many thanks for reading heru, cheers!

Hello....nice informative post. Upvoted and following you :)

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Very grateful for your support and feedback, thanks @justjyoti!

Very interesting concept, I just started and so excited about this new platform.

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Great @andraskalmar-art... Welcome to Steemit :) Enjoy and explore!

"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?"-This was for me the real eyeopener. Never saw it this way.
I have my account for 6 days now and yes it's still a bit confusing but it's getting easier and easier.
Just hope to connect with like minded people. Thank you so much for this. Really helped me change my point of view.

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Wonderful! Thank you for the kind words and feedback. That's what this space is all about... connecting with people are kickstarting real dialogue. No other social media website comes close.

Well reading this sure helped clear some things up for me my friend. Very informative. Keep up the good work. :)

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Fantastic, happy to hear it! Thanks for your support @awakentolife

Look forward to you updates, short and concise to understand this fun site offering awesome topics @sndbox

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Thanks Joan! We'll continue to provide short and concise resources for everyone to share and use :D

Hi Sndbox I hope you enjoy your time here, its a great community ! Nice post, i will follow your account, please follow me .

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Thank you for the support @khunpoom. It's such a great community! I don't think there's anywhere else on the web quite like it.

Thank you for this article @sndbox! As a newbie it is very clear to me and gets me super motivated to be a part of this great community.

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That's great to hear @cryptomam!

Great post, i will be sharing this with my friends who just dont get it. thanks

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Wonderful! Thank you for sharing the word :)

Very helpful. Thanks. Followed you!

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Thanks @fixin1!

Welcome to Steemit! I wish you a good day and inspiration to create in our community! Please follow me :)

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Thank you @dobroman. Good day to you as well! Let's get creating :)

GREAT POST FOR NEWBIES!!!! TQ!!!!

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Absolutely!

Great ~ Nice info.

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Thanks!

Hi @sndbox, 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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Awesome! Many thanks @shadowspub! We'll be posting resources like this each week... and not nearly as long as this ;)

This is a great intro post for a newbie like me. I really appreciate it. Love the use of images too.

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Welcome @jocool! Thank you so much. Happy it could help newbies (like yourself) get acclimated :)

Great intro, I think I'll be using this too with my friends.

However, I think it would be better if you'd mention payment is in both SBD and Steem Power.

when you see a post that’s worth $10.00, that author will be awarded 10 STEEM.

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A good point! This is a pretty high level introduction, we'll be getting into SBD, STEEM and Steem Power next week.

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Looking forwards to that. The various types of (currency?) on here are an aspect that I think is not covered properly from the get-go. Or maybe I'm just thick, that's possible too! In any case, that potential post will be useful to me for sure.

This is the post I wished I had read when I started.

Concise and clear. Like the footer images too.

This deserves to be enshrined and referenced for all newbies. Makes understanding Steemit that much easier.

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Thank you so much for the invigorating support @talltim! That's exactly our goal with sharing these types of posts.

Really nice post

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Thanks a lot!

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ok buddy

This post is what got me into Steemit, it motivated me so much to sign in and create my first post. Hope it's going to be great here!

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We hope so too @rainz! We'll work hard to make it so.

Thank you! Great explanation!

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Thank you :D glad it was helpful!

Great job. I need every help you can offer

I think the "reply" button needs to be a bit more prominent. But this is good introductory post. I still don't really understand the "value" of the Steemit platform or the tokens you get from using it, though. Maybe I'm missing something, but the average Reddit, Facebook, or Twitter profile just doesn't seem that intrinsically valuable to me. A lot of blogs and videos are, but I can already monetise those elsewhere and have a much bigger audience. So why use Steem just for that?

Really good job , absolutely needed for new steemians, like me. Thank you so much :-)

Thanks so much for the clear explanation! It was very helpful!

Almost exactly what I was looking for!!! I will be posting a concept really soon that I'd like for you to have a look at. I require a dummy introduction/explanation similar to this. It might need some minor changes however this pretty much covers the need. If you'd like I'll keep you posted :):) Perhaps you'd be ok with some minor changes... we can discuss... perhaps it won't be necessary. I'll revisit my concept and check in again. Upvoted and resteemed!!!

Hello @sndbox I'm newbies to the steemit community. Thank you for explaining how I should be in this steemit community. I wait for another explanation from you about steem how can I be more appreciated in this great community as well as vice versa.

Welcome to Steemit!
I wish you a good day and inspiration to create in our community !
Please You would help me with a "Upvote" and "Follow" in my Blog @manhlaba. Thanks

wow very good ! Folllow earned

Welcome to Steemit!
I wish you a good day and inspiration to create in our community !
Please You would help me with a "Upvote" and "Follow" in my Blog @manhlaba. Thanks

Nice post,keep it up

This was very useful, thankyou!

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Glad you enjoyed it, thank you :D

Great post. thank you. I'm a newbie and have no idea what I'm doing - just joined because someone hassled me as I do a lot of writing. Didn't know what to expect but so far I'm really impressed. In fact, my writing is even completely different here - flowing in short, intense bursts, whereas usually it takes me yonks to compose something. exciting.

I appreciate this post because it clearly explains exactly what the platform does and being a designer myself I really like the simple graphics and tasteful infographics. It make a big difference.

This is a great read for newbies like myself and gives a nice simple intro to Steem. Thanks, you've inspired me to learn more! Cheers 😀

I found this very insightful. I really identified with the smalltown analogy. Thank you for posting your tips!

-Excellent post thanks for sharing
I am a new steemians, maybe i should study first with you, regards know me
https://steemit.com/@movietrailar please follow me
I followed and upvoted.Would you like to follow and upvote me.
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total helped a lot in understanding steemit more! thanks :) check out my new post?
https://steemit.com/makeup/@kelowi/makeup-dupes
followed and upvoted :)

Wow, Thank you for this nice introduction! I loved how simple the layout was. and it was very informative. I can't wait to start posting my own content! I am making my introduction right now but it's taking a while because I want it to be perfect.

This is, by far, the best explanation of Steemit I've ever read. Thank you so much for this. This will now be the link I send to people. ❤

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I am new at steemit ; thank you; this post is very important to explain the idea behind the project of steemit; i hope to be one to whom steemit was created

I keep reading through your master toolkit post, and this one stood out. These are really some solid tips, especially for newcomers.

this model has potential. I like this how you are allocating the resources so effectively.

This post has not yet translated to Indonesian language.
So, I'm @isaideureka ask permission to tranlate to Indonesia language?

You can find Russian version of this post HERE

Thanks for the great intro, just shared on FB

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Wow thank you @alexuswood!

It's good to be here! Thank you steemit!

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Thanks purepinay!