My Witness Proposal and Announcement
I am very excited to announce... I am now running a witness!!!!!!
I want to thank @someguy123, @klye, @thecryptodrive, and @netuoso. Without their guidance (via tutorials) I would have never figured this out.
Who Am I?
I have never really done a serious introduce yourself post. Originally I intended to keep a little anonymity, this is crypto after all right? However, now that I am running to be an elected member of the community, I think it is important the community knows who they are voting for. Here is a post with a longer introduction of myself. In this post, I will just include a quick intro:
I am a developer.
I am a hiker.
I am a fisherman.
And I love crypto and Steemit!
I am a 21 year old (making me the second youngest witness???) taking an unplanned gap year after my first two years at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. My life seems to be at a sort of crossroads and now I am deep into Steemit running for a witness... I am done trying to figure out what life has in store for me and instead riding out the waves, just doing my best each and every day. And unsurprisingly, life has become a little more freeing :)
Why'd I Join Steemit?
Five months ago, I sat in a hotel room in Portland, Maine with a couple college buddies after a long day at the Startup Experience Workshop. It was a Friday night and the brews started to work their magic.
The conversation became lively and took a sudden twist, "Hey Rob, how about that Bitcoin?" Going into my usual "I think blockchain technology is the future, but I do not understand the economics so don't take my investment advice" response, the new kid in our makeshift group for the night spoke up "Hey Rob, check this out!"
The Bates kid (I go to Colby College and Bates College is our rival) pulled out his phone and showed me a listing of the cryptocurrencies ranked by daily transaction volume, "My buddy's crypto is ranked ninth" he slurred showing me Steem.
A couple days later, I joined Steemit and wrote my Introduce Yourself post.
What Can I Bring As a Witness?
Besides optimism, enthusiasm, and dedication, I bring a few tangible things to the table:
- I am the Developer of SteemEngine, a project in progress that I think will revolutionize Steem.
- I am an admin and bot developer in the @steemitbc support community.
- I always tell people new to crypto about Steemit (I have signed up at least 10 people, not many but if everyone signed up 10 people, Steemit would be HUGE).
- I have a bias towards the DPOS blockchain consensus protocol :)
- I rock Steemit swag on the daily:
Why Vote for Me?
As a technologically savvy 21 year old on a gap year, I have the time, resources, and knowledge to keep a functioning witness node running. I am very involved with SteemitBC and accessible to the Steemit community on Steemit.Chat (cryptorob), the discord (cryptorob), and SteemitBC slack (robertdurst10). I also spend way too many hours a day on Steemit, so if you leave a comment I will get back to you within a few hours.
So bottomline, I am involved, engaged, enthusiastic, tech savvy, and accessible.
My Witness Node Specs:
I am using Privex's service.
A couple months ago, I had the incredible opportunity of attending the 2017 MIT Bitcoin EXPO. The biggest takeaway from this event was one of the talks on "The Perfect Size of the Bitcoin Network." Towards the end of the talk, the speaker ended up going on a short rant about the importance of running a node. He emphasized how running a node essentially gives you a vote, and by not running a node you are at the mercy of those who do. Ever since then I have been Hell Bent on running my own node.
Well, to be honest, I don't care much about Bitcoin, or Ethereum, or any other a crypto for that matter... the crypto I really care about and am involved with is Steem. So, I am incredibly excited to begin my witness node and be able to not only cast a vote and have a say in the blockchain consensus, but also represent some of you at the same time!