Official STEEM Witness Announcement

in witness-category •  5 months ago

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Why Vote for Me?

I am dedicated to this platform 100 percent. In fact I even moved the majority of my altcoin holdings into STEEM for the long haul. As many of you know, I don't blog for the money but the love of creating. It's the very same with helping new bloggers on Steem make the most of their time. The more people I am able to help, the better the content on this platform will be. I neither get, nor want, anything in return for advising new creators on their work and I am happy to answer all questions.

Every vote for me as a witness will allow me to help more individuals. If we want Steem to continue to grow, both in value and users, we all need to create our best content. Witnessing new blocks gives the witness Steem Power. I will use this Steem Power to help the communities that got me to where I am today, and will delegate a percentage of this Steem Power monthly on top of it.

I do not care about the potential for monetary value. I simply want to use my technical know-how to help keep the Steem blockchain moving along and improving over time. I believe Steem is the future for content creators and I plan to be hands-on as it improves. I don't want to be a mysterious witness, so please reach out and ask me everything.

Why Be a Witness?

I'm a big nerd. I love computers, servers, and the command line. Setting up servers to do different things is a huge hobby of mine. I even have one in my home that runs Nextcloud (a private Dropbox-like service) and mines a little Monero on the side.

Mix all of that with Steem and there was little doubt in my mind about starting up a witness. Filling my insatiable craving for being nerdy in the command line while helping to secure the Steem blockchain is a no-brainer. I was going to wait until my clout was higher within the community, but my inner nerd took over.

This fits perfectly with my current skill set. Promoting will be a bigger challenge, but honestly? I don't need to be a top 20 witness. All I care about is using my love of Linux and technology to help Steem. If the server can only break even, so be it. Heck, I'll even take a loss for a while if I have to. This is the next logical step for me on Steem. It may turn out to be a waste of my time but I'll never know if I don't try.

I am starting up several community projects involving Steem. The main goal is to help creators make better content and improve the #technology tag as much as possible. That is the writer in me. The witness server is for the nerd I've always been.

About Me

What stirs me up the most now is cryptography and decentralization. I believe these are the two main aspects to keeping the internet as free as possible.
-- Me, June 2017

In case you don't know, my name is Jaron Swab and I will be thirty years old this September. I am married to Leah, an amazing lady whom I met in college, and we have a cat named Haven. We currently live in Pennsylvania, USA, where we grew up and lived most of our lives.

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As I said in my first post on the Steem blockchain, I created my first website back in the 1990s when I was in the third grade. It was at that moment I fell in love with the internet. I never looked back and immersed myself in technology. As I spent time learning how computers worked and how the internet worked, I started blogging.

This year marks my fifteenth year as a blogger. I've owned many sites and blogs over these years. Some hosted on WordPress, some on Blogger, some on my own domains, and I even had a blog on Xanga. Yes, the company that now makes Facebook games.

Over these fifteen years I learned a lot about blogging—that it is not a sprint, but a marathon. It's generally quite clear to me when someone's intention is to build a respectable blog, not just to earn money. It is one of my goals to help these hard-working bloggers on Steem get the recognition and coaching they deserve.

My interests outside of technology include politics, poetry, and music. My college degree is actually Political Science with a minor in music. I consider myself an anarcho-capitalist because, in my mind, it is the only system that upholds basic human rights indefinitely.

How I Plan to Help Steem Improve

I am a programmer by hobby and recently started working on a project on the Steem blockchain. This will be announced in the future by either @ashleykalila or myself. Knowing how to program and make cool apps to access the Steem blockchain is just one of the things I want to pursue. But there is so much more I would like to do.

Where I see my efforts having the most impact on the Steem community is in guiding and coaching bloggers. The more I am able to share what I know with others, the better we all become. There are so many talented creators on the Steem blockchain that only need a slight push or a small tweak to start the growth ball rolling.

In an effort to help on a more personal basis, I started the Creators' Guild Discord group. The aim is to improve as bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, and all the rest! It's with this group that I aim to create a standard for the content to drive more investors and large content creators into the Steem ecosystem.

I also recently created the group called the Tech Bloggers' Guild, a group specifically for the #technology niche. There is a huge problem with people simply paraphrasing an article from another site. This niche even gets a lot of blatant plagiarism. The goal for this community is to provide support for tech bloggers who work hard, produce original content, and then get drowned out by the endless amount of low-quality posts. Big thanks to @techslut for jumping on board with me on that one.

As these communities grow, we will need people of many different talents to help out. For now, while they're still brand new, I will handle all serious requests and help one-on-one for the 'Supporting Steem Creators' group. All participants of these groups must have the Growth Mindset, both at the community level and as individuals. Without the desire to grow and the appropriate level of effort, no amount of guidance will help.

Steem and the Steemit community have taken my love of blogging and made it profitable. I want a more direct way to help every serious person take their blog to the next level, earn more rewards, and foster deep engagement. As time goes on, my goal is to impact enough people on Steem so that they can do the same for others. In turn, we will end up with an even better platform for creators and consumers alike.

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The beginning of syncing the witness server (right click to view full size)

How To Vote

In case any of you do not know how to vote for witnesses, it is very easy. Head over to steemit.com/~witnesses and scroll down to the bottom. You will see a box, and above that it reads:

If you would like to vote for a witness outside of the top 50, enter the account name below to cast a vote.

In that box type jrswab and click vote once. If you do not see my name appear below that box, refresh the page and scroll back down. Clicking the box twice in a row will remove your vote.

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Some Others I Recommend Voting For

If you trust my judgment and want to simply vote for the awesome people that I vote for, all you need to do is type my username in the very last box and click the button that says "Set Proxy."

Server Specifications

Intel Xeon E3
32 GB DDR3 ECC RAM
2 TB HDD
1 Gbps Bandwidth

Contact Me

Feel free to contact me anytime on Discord. My username there is jrswab#3431. I can be found in many Steem-related Discord servers such as PAL by the @minnowsupport project, @thewritersblock, WhaleShares, and the @isleofwrite to name a few. You can also message me on steemit.chat if that is easier.

Please let me know what you would like to see from me as a witness. What do you want to read in the updates I roll out? What kinds of things are the most important to you in keeping Steem awesome as well as making it better? It's through working together that we will build up Steem to the number one social media platform.

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You guys are killing me. I vote 30 people I really like and a LOT of them vote me in return, so it's so hard as more and more of you throw your hat into the witness ring to make space for all the people I hold dear on the platform that I know are committed to it 100% like you.

Also, why do you hate your own life so much that you would sign up for this race? It has a way of changing your life here, not always for the better. Good luck in the journey!

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Haha sorry for making your life a bit harder mate. xD

As for hating my life? I'm a Linux user, I'm used to taking the grind-y route hahah.

Thanks for the comment!

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Oh, to be certain, it's not the tech that will affect your life here... :)

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Yeah I can see that. Good thing I have a degree in Political Science. I never would have guessed that my computer skills and college studies would ever mix.

then I found steem

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Now you smell the stuff I'm steppin' in. ;)

For anyone looking my Discord account is jrswab#3134 not what I have in the post.

Ya got my vote !! Ive always liked you and these are great projects!! Win win!

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Thank you so much! Please let me know if you ever need anything or would like my opinion on a hot steem-y topic :D

Good luck to you. This is exciting!

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It is! The nerd in me is super happy to be able to run a server and do my part to secure the Steem blockchain.

Awesome, well done! I'll be adding you to my vote shortly. Keep it up man.

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Thank you so much! It means a ton.
Also looking forward to working with you on some steem based projects in the future.

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thanks for having such great men with incredible ideas @jsrwab

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It's an honor to hear that! Let's continue to make Steem amazing!

Welcome! As if you had nothing else to do all day, you want to add this to your set of responsibilities? Sure, why not? :)

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I fear you underestimate me ;) <3

I am so happy to see you taking on a witness role! I knew when I met you that you would be going far on this platform. I'm really excited to see all that you're doing. As soon as I get a chance, I will go and vote you for witness. I'm not sure how many I have already vote, but I think I have room!

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Thank you kindly, mam. It means a lot to always have your support and encouragement <3

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You will do amazing things.

Hey @jrswab,
congrats on becoming a steem blockchain witness. Its at a critical time when we are about to go global. It means you have some good community work to do Sir. All the best!

And wAIRcome to the #AIR-CLINIC Family!

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I will do my best! Please let me know if there is anything I can do or if you just need to express your views.

It was awesome to read your post and get to know you better, @jrswab. You do so much for the TWB community. I’m amazed to learn about all the other things you’ve got cooking. It’s people like you who will help to create stable, long-term growth for the platform. Voted!

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Thank you for the kind words <3
Looking forward to helping Steem grow!

jrswab..ThumbsUp.. Is there any method using which you can add a menu or categories on your steemit blog for your articles?

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Directly on Steemit would be a difficult since the platform is owned by Steemit Inc. The best that can be done is like to a private site where the post could be listed.

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Ya, but I want my audience to be able to sort out all my posts through categorization or adding a horizontal menu.

Are our posts supposed to be lost after 7 days? They don't pay for the views after 7 days, alright, but how can audience search or discover related posts.

If you create a lot of useful posts, they must be easily discoverable, even if they are months old.

Can you suggest a solution for that on Steemit?

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Are our posts supposed to be lost after 7 days?

They are not lost, they are still on you blog. But it can be hard to find if you don't know the person.

If you create a lot of useful posts, they must be easily discoverable

Search engines pick up a lot of the great posts here.

Drunk witness voting wheeeee!

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xD

Hope it's not reversed in you sobriety hahaha

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Congrats on your first witness post and wish you the best on maintaining your node!

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Thank you!

You have my vote my friend

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Much thanks Brother <3

Great! You have my vote brother!

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Thank you! It's an honor <3 If you ever have questions for me please feel free to ask.

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No problem, I will message you directly :)

Yaaay! :) :) :)

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woooo!

Excellent post. I just voted for you as a witness.

My medium term wish for Steemit. The blog is great, but wouldn't it be cool if, for example, people who share an interest could have a page that aggregated posts as an "online magazine."

Yes we have a feed with tags, but this would be like a magazine in the style of things from "Rolling Stone" to "Organic Gardening" to "Life Hacks" etc.

Anyway, congratulations!!!

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Thanks for the vote <3

You have a cool idea. Having a better way of finding older content that fills our needs is something we should plush for on steemit.

Just voted for you. Good luck.

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Thank you good sir <3

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Still cannot reach you on discord
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oh no! I typed it wrong! it is jrswab#3134

thanks your post!

Voting now @jrswab. Do us proud!

this platform needs all the witnesses it can get , no matter who you are what you do, you can help the community out and support the blockchains strength, good job congrats on the server and moving forward. @jrswab

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Thanks! As long as I can add value to this platform I am ok asking for witness votes :D

Finally making my way over here after "meeting" you earlier on the PYPT chat. While I'm still not 100 percent sure what a witness does (other than losing sleep and sanity - LOL!), I get the feeling you'll make an awesome one. Voted!

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Thank you so much! Feel free to DM me on discord and we can walk through what all I have to do :D

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Will do, next time I have a year or so free... 😉😊

Voted! Do us proud! 😊 #pypt

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Thanks @thekittygirl! I'm always open to chat if you need my opinion or help.

Done. Voting now.

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Thank you!

Woohooo, another one for the books! My favorite part about steemit is that we have 30 votes that are non-binding. You get the opportunity to earn our vote every day. Good luck on your journey!

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Exactly! I'm here for the long haul so we'll see how this goes as I grow on this amazing platform.

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I hope you will apply for the minnowsupport witness vote. :)

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I have that post ready to go for tomorrow!

Congratulations mah man ! We proud of u! Kudos

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Thanks for reading! sndbox has been a game changer and I am glad we met there.

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likewise mah man read and voted for u as a witness! and btw u have a gorgeous cat haha me and my wife are both cat lovers. Good luck with the new journey full support to u mah man @jrswab