2 Year Steemiversary Post / Novel

It's hard to believe it's been 2 years since I first signed up for a Steem account through steemit.com. The time seems to have flown by and yet it also seems like I've been here for ages. Steem has literally and significantly changed my life in a relatively short period of time, and this milestone seems like a good opportunity to share the journey with all of you.

I wasn't tagged in the Steem Gratitude Challenge (that I'm aware of at least), but consider this my entry nonetheless. Also, you might want to take a minute to get comfortable, because this is gonna be a long one!

Chapter 1 - Life Before Steem

Ever since I was a child I've loved making my own games. I programmed my first computer games in QBasic in elementary school. Fast forward a bunch of years and I started working for companies as a game developer / designer / producer. I got to make games for a living - so that was good - but they weren't the types of games I liked and I was working "for the man", as the saying goes.

My dream was always to be able to work on my own game project as my full time job. In 2012/2013 I built a game called Word Chase on Facebook (back when Facebook games were a thing) and I grew it to the point where it had a nice group of players and made a few hundred dollars / month - which was awesome, but not anywhere near the level needed to support my family. At one point I even integrated it with Steem!

Anyway, the point is that I learned how difficult it is to create a successful game project (or any project really). It seemed so easy for the companies I worked for, but I didn't take into account the large amount of resources they were able to spend on marketing and promotion that I didn't have.

Fast forward again to 2017 when I learned about Ethereum, smart contracts, and digital assets. I immediately thought how cool it would be to be able to combine the benefits of owning physical game cards from games like Magic the Gathering with the advantages of a digital game like Hearthstone.

I wanted to make the entire game run on the blockchain, not just have the assets be digital tokens, and I knew that wouldn't be realistic on Ethereum due to the speed and fees. At the time things like EOS and Tron didn't exist, and I didn't think it was possible to build a game on Steem without smart contracts, so my plan was to raise money and build my own blockchain specifically for this project. I was thinking something similar to PeerPlays (does that still exist?) which was built on the same core "Graphene" blockchain code as Steem was, so it also had the fast and free transactions that a game like this would need.

In any case, if you think building your own successful game project is hard, building your own blockchain on top of it is even harder. I also wasn't in any position to quit my job and try to really pursue this as anything more than a side project, so I eventually gave up on the idea.

Chapter 2 - To Steem or Not To Steem

It was in 2017 that I also first found out about Steem (exactly two years ago today, in fact, hence the steemiversary post). At the time cryptocurrencies and blockchain were a whole new world to me (despite having first learned about Bitcoin in 2012, but that's a story for another day) and I wanted to get involved and learn everything I could about them.

Like many people here, when I first signed up through Steemit.com I had no idea how involved I would become with the project or how much it would change my life. It was just one of many crypto/blockchain things I signed up for or was learning about at the time.

In retrospect I think it's clear that the reason I became so much more involved with Steem than any other project was that it was the only blockchain you could actually do anything with other than trading some tokens and watching the price. Not only could you do things like posting and voting, but you could also develop software that could utilize and interact with the chain MUCH more easily than anything else out there at the time.

One thing to which I attribute a lot of my efficiency when developing is that I am very careful to avoid constantly trying to use the new latest and greatest thing and stick to what I already know. I've seen so many developers spend so much time and energy trying to always learn new tools, frameworks, and languages that they never get anything done. So for the most part I stick to JavaScript. Yes, I am aware how bad JavaScript is and how and why so many other things are so much better, but it lets me get stuff done fast and I hardly ever run into a bug or situation that I haven't seen before or don't know how to deal with.

So, in 2017 I spent a little time trying to figure out Solidity (which even today is much worse than JavaScript) and smart contract development, but when I saw that Steem had a simple JavaScript API I knew that was a much better route for me to get started with blockchain development.

My first project, as you probably know, was the Steem Bot Tracker website. In only a day or two, without any prior blockchain development experience or training, I was able to make a usable product that solved what turned out to be a real problem for a large number of people on the platform.

Regardless of your feelings on bots and vote selling, the important point here is how easy it was to develop something on Steem, and how there are a significant number of actual users eager to try out new things. Best of all, Steem has a built-in mechanism to promote your projects to the community with little to no cost!

Chapter 3 - In Steem We Trust

At this point it became clear that I would be devoting some serious time and energy to Steem going forward. Had I known this from the beginning, I would have chosen a different account name that was easier to pronounce and spell, but, live and learn I suppose. For those of you who want more information about my unusual account name and aren't already tired of reading my ramblings, you can check out this post.

In any case, when I get involved in something one of the first things I try to do is learn everything that I can about it. Knowledge is power, as the saying goes. One of the most important aspects of any blockchain is the block production and consensus algorithm, of course, and one of the best ways to learn about something is to do it, so I tried my hand at setting up a witness server which went live on November 1st, 2017.

Now I was also moving on to my second project on Steem, the PostPromoter content promotion software. After having created the Steem Bot Tracker website, it became apparent that the current post promotion services (voting bots) on the platform left a LOT to be desired. At the time they were almost all using the same software called Dr. Otto which didn't offer much in the way of functionality and was no longer being actively maintained.

Once again, this seemed like an opportunity for me to try to improve things while simultaneously learning more about Steem blockchain development. Thus, the Post Promoter content promotion software and @postpromoter service were born. The software allowed bot owners to do things like refund incorrect bids, add whitelists and blacklists, implement ROI limits, and much more, none of which had been available previously.

I don't want to get into a whole voting bot debate here, as this isn't the point of this post, but I still firmly believe that paid content promotion can be of great value to the Steem platform if done correctly, and I was honestly doing what I could to try to make that happen. Ultimately, I think the only effective way to curb vote buying abuse is through downvoting, and, as it turns out, that just became a real possibility 2 days ago thanks to Hard Fork 21!

Chapter 4 - Here There Be Monsters

Moving on, it's now early 2018 and the STEEM price (along with most other coins) is at all time highs. It was also at this time that I met up with @aggroed and I told him about my blockchain-based card game idea from back in chapter 1. Not only did he convince me to move forward with it, but he convinced me to do it all on Steem.

It's funny to think that at the time I thought we were compromising by building it on Steem vs a smart contracts platform whereas now I couldn't imagine building it any other way. I still can't believe so many projects are wrestling with the difficulty of development, poor user experience, and lack of real users that come with developing on most other platforms.

Thus, on May 27th 2018, Steem Monsters was unleashed on the world. It became clear very quickly that this was it. This was the opportunity I had been waiting for. At the beginning of August 2018, a little over one year ago, I left a high paying full time job with great benefits to focus full time on the game.

At first it was an easy decision. At that time we were earning more STEEM than we knew what to do with. But, unfortunately, it didn't stay that way for long. By the end of the year crypto prices, and especially STEEM, had dropped to multi-year lows, and we watched what had once been nearly $1M worth of STEEM drop in value by over 80%.

Lesson learned - the hard way.

Fortunately, it turns out that most people weren't just buying our product because they got a bunch of free STEEM from the reward pool, but because they actually liked the game. So even when crypto prices got really low, people continued to purchase card packs using USD instead. That gave us confidence that this project really had legs, regardless of what crypto prices might do.

One silver lining to this is that, to date, we have never sold so much as a single STEEM on the markets, and we're not dependent on the price of STEEM in any way to keep the business running. Of course, since we still hold a pretty significant stake we want to do everything we can to help improve the price, but it's really important to know that regardless of what the price does, Splinterlands (as Steem Monsters is now known) will still go on!

Chapter 5 - Achieving Consensus

Jumping back a little bit, on November 5th (or 6th depending on your timezone) of 2018, while my wife and I were flying somewhere over the Atlantic ocean on our way to SteemFest 3, @smooth approved my witness, pushing me for the first time into the top 20. I'm not sure if I ever personally thanked you @smooth, but better late than never, so thank you, and thank you to everyone who has voted for my witness and otherwise supported me over the years!

There's more thanking to come later, but in any case, being in the top 20 meant that the Steem community chose to pay me what at the time was a decent salary (sadly not very much these days) to help run and lead this platform. I take that responsibility very seriously and I intended to deliver, regardless of what the market price says.

First of all, it was important that I keep Steem Monsters / Splinterlands separate from my responsibilities as a top witness. Obviously there's a ton of overlap there, but the game is a privately held, for profit business, and the Steem community isn't paying me as a witness to work on that. I wanted to make sure that I was contributing as much value as possible to the Steem platform in return for the compensation I was receiving.

Chapter 6 - What's In Your Wallet?

One thing that immediately jumped out at me as an issue that I could potentially tackle was this whole nonsense of copying and pasting private keys into websites. It still boggles my mind how so many people were okay with this for so long. Not only that, but unlike most other chains Steem was built specifically to power web apps, and ideally to be user-friendly, so the fact that there was no browser extension for managing keys and broadcasting transactions was also crazy to me.

If you've ever tried bringing someone who has a good understanding of crypto security practices and who is used to using Metamask over to Steem you should know what I mean. I've gotten some really funny looks from people when they get to the "login with your private key" screen on steemit.com or Steem Connect.

In any case, this presented a great opportunity to help improve the platform. But I didn't have much time on top of my work for Splinterlands, and I really wanted to create something that was well built and looked professional, so @aggroed and I agreed to spend some of our personal funds earned through the game to hire @nateaguila to do graphic design and @stoodkev to code it.

You now know this as Steem Keychain, and I feel that it's been a very important contribution to the Steem platform by providing increased security, increased usability, and also helping to improve the overall impression of Steem and its associated tooling to the broader crypto community.

Chapter 7 - Tokenizing the Web

Jumping back again to late 2018, @aggroed and I had started looking into raising private equity investment in the Steem Monsters Corporation. We decided we wanted to to that through a Security Token Offering (or STO), but if you for a second think that we even considered making the token on Ethereum or any other blockchain then clearly you haven't been reading. We also had started planning for an in-game currency token which you now know as Dark Energy Crystals or DECs.

SMTs are in a constant state of "coming soon(TM)" so that wasn't really an option, but we had already effectively built custom tokens on the Steem blockchain for the Steem Monsters cards, so we figured we should be able to do the same thing for fungible tokens as well.

Additionally, the demand for custom tokens on Steem was palpable. Years of waiting for / expecting SMTs was taking its toll and many projects either had already left or were looking to leave to other chains. If that's not a great opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the Steem platform, I don't know what is.

There were actually a number of different projects all starting to build their own tokens on top of Steem at the time, but I realized that if everyone has their own custom software for their token it would be a nightmare for tools like Steem Keychain or apps like SteemPeak to integrate all of them. For this to really succeed we needed the network effect, and that means having all of the tokens on the same platform. That then allows tools and apps to automatically support every token with a single integration.

I researched some available options and came across @harpagon's Steem Smart Contracts platform. What @harpagon built - by himself, in his spare time - is truly amazing, and I don't think he gets enough credit for it. But just having a great back-end wasn't going to be enough. It needed to be easy and user-friendly to create and interact with the tokens or people wouldn't use them.

So, once again, @aggroed and I decided to put up some funds and hire @nateaguila for graphic design (seriously, that dude is amazing) and another developer to build what is now steem-engine.com and the main face of the Steem Engine platform. Now we had a fully functional, relatively easy to use, "simple token" platform built on top of Steem, including a decentralized market to trade the tokens against STEEM as well.

Then, earlier this year we were contacted by @lukestokes who was working with Appics. Appics was finally done waiting for SMTs and was looking to move completely to EOS. Luke set up a few calls between the two groups to see if they could utilize the Steem Engine platform in some way. Appics wasn't looking for a "simple token" though, they wanted what SMTs had promised - their own token that can be distributed using the same "proof of brain" mechanism as STEEM does.

After the call I got to thinking...Steem Engine is already reading all the blocks from the blockchain as they are added, so it should be possible (and not even all that difficult) to pull out certain posts by tag or metadata, pull out all the votes on those posts by accounts who held a certain token, calculate what the author/curator rewards would be in that token, and then pay out that token to the authors and voters just like Steem does. So I wrote this spec for how I envisioned that all working and we hired @holger80 to build it.

We now had what you've come to know as SCOT-bot (though I prefer my original name - "Distribution Engine") which was a near exact replication of the original SMT design just built as a second layer solution on top of Steem instead of directly part of the core blockchain itself. Additionally, we succeeded in our original goal of getting Appics to stay on on the Steem platform!

At this point I was getting a bit overwhelmed with all of this stuff going on and I decided I needed to focus more of my attention on the game - without which none of this would have been possible. So I bowed out of my involvement on Steem Engine and left it to @aggroed to run. Say what you want about @aggroed, but he has done a phenomenal job with the Steem Engine platform since then.

He has brought on @someguy123 to build and run the pegged tokens and @eonwarped to create custom condenser instances for all of the "tribes" as they are now known. There's nearly a million STEEM held in the platform, thousands of dollars worth of daily volume on the market, and more tribes than I can even keep track of. Most importantly, it's all happening on the Steem blockchain, and requiring users to hold Steem Power in order to participate.

Chapter 8 - Is Anyone Still Reading This?

There you have it. A detailed account of my entire journey from complete n00b to top witness of quite possibly the only undervalued blockchain in the world. It's definitely not the end of the journey though (but it will be the end of the post soon, I promise)! There's still so much more to be done and so many more opportunities to help get Steem the recognition and attention that it deserves.

Even though I will be primarily focused on building and growing the Splinterlands game, I still intend on honoring my responsibilities as a top witness and stakeholder to keep growing and improving the platform.

In particular, I'm very excited about the newly released Steem Proposal System (SPS) and I intend to submit a proposal or two to get funding for some other projects that I think are essential for the growth of the Steem ecosystem. Even though I may not be building those projects directly, I plan to do what I can to see that they are adequately funded, set the high level vision and direction, and then find and compensate the right people to see them through.

Finally, I want to extend a sincere THANK YOU to everyone in the Steem community for making all of this possible. It's not the technology, the distribution method, or the consensus algorithm that makes Steem so great, it's the people and the community we've created. This is the secret sauce that so far I don't think any other blockchain platform has successfully emulated.

Thank you for reading scrolling down to the bottom, and I can't wait to see what the next two years has in store for us!


long post as hell

that's my recollection of events too!

Add in a few celebrations, a couple wtf moments, some hearty laughter, a kickstarter, some investors, a tron integration, and hours of dev wrangling and someone could get the full picture of what we're up too.

It's an absolute pleasure to be your partner here. I'm so proud of what we've accomplished. I'm incredibly grateful to wake up, roll out of bed, and steem all day. I couldn't hope for more.

Thanks for reaching out and saying "hey we should get dinner in Philly" and glad you said "I think we should make a game..."

These are some of the best days of my life and every day brings new challenges. I couldn't ask for a better partner or friend to blaze this trail. Congrats on your 2 years and many more to come!

Thanks to both of you for your efforts and community services!
You guys are a driving force for this chain!

Without you two guys, your ideas and ability to put all this together and make the ideas come true, there wouldn't be any Steem platform. I am dead serious about this.

Selam 😊🙋

good work lads.

Congrats to you and all involved on transforming Steem from a “nice place to blog” to a holistic infrastructure platform for the cryptocosm.
I loved the detailed history and learned a lot.
I can’t believe you’ve only been on Steem 2 years!

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I'm pretty sure there will be a movie made about you.

You should start making a list of actors that can portray you on the big screen.

If I get to be in the story, I want my character to have lots of muscles and at least one super power.

Great post, if I had to vote for one witness it would be you. Not for what you've accomplished, but also for your way of thinking and opinion on various matters concerning steem.

I am currently in the last week of a coding bootcamp, and am interested in becoming a steem dev. Do you have any suggestions on where to start, what kind of dev discords to join and how to learn and contribute? Would be very grateful if you answered.

Any other dev is also welcome to help.

Hey that's great! You can try the SteemDevs Discord or just DM me any time with questions.

Happy Birthday, Matty.

I'm proud to have known you most of the journey and you definitely deserve it. I consider you both a good friend and a great inspiration, and I knew you'd go very far.

Keep up the amazing work!
Well done, you win!

Thanks for sharing your story. I normally do not like to read long posts, but I enjoy reading about your journey. What a great success about chasing your dream and embracing opportunities. I remember meeting you when you were a top 50 witness at a Philly meetup and come to find out that you were a good guy was a bonus. My fiends and I fully support you and invested in your company. When times were tough, we had confidence in you and you have not disappointed. I am not only an investor but I truly enjoy playing SteemMonsters. I look forward to many more years of fun and success.

Hi @yabapmatt Happy SteemBirthday
3455 words... and I'm sure you still had some things to say. I read everything with pleasure. I didn't know you did or participated in any of this. I only knew the first three chapters. You are really great and very accessible. I'd love to have your skills because that must make steemit even more awesome! I hesitate to start learning to code.
If it's not too intrusive, can I ask you how old you are?
I'm going to check right now to see if I voted for your witness.
I have a new idea for you: make it possible to change the account name! :-D
Have a good life and take care of yourself.
I hope you have understood everything because "I speak English like a Spanish cow" (French expression).
See you soon

I'm 35, and even if I could change the name at this point I probably still wouldn't...everyone already knows me as "yabapmatt".

This is awesome man. I read every word. I am not sure if there is anyone on this entire chain I relate to as much as you. I really appreciate your thought process and am so impressed with your worth ethic and ability to execute.

I’m not sure what this place would be like without you but I’m sure not interested in finding out.

Thank you for your Herculean effort towards steem, all stakeholders should be grateful you are here working for us.


Steem on!

Well I have to thank you as well, because my mene/goldmoney investments are looking pretty good right now, and I definitely wouldn't have put as much in that as I did without your promotion of the services and advice!

You have outdone yourself young man, and yes, I can say young man having seen your comment above 😉. Your list of accomplishment is impressive! You are one of the most kindest, smartest and most humble individual I’ve met on here and I’m very happy to still be here to witness your success. It is a very gutsy move to leave the yellow brick road but you did it. Might I add quite successfully too.

I still remember Mello coming back from the first Steem meetup and telling me all about this awesome witness he met. You were the only top account to pay any of us small fishes any attention, and for that, I am grateful. Time and time again you showed that you support this community and that included all fish ranking. Then you outdid yourself by developing Splinterlands (again, thank you because I would have left long ago). It is quite refreshing to read your journey here on Steem and I’m looking forward to a continuation of this success story next year. Happy Steemiversary Matt!

You're an awesome kind man with a great mind @yabapmatt. Your coding skills are truly amazing and you really have a great sense of what the steem markets lack of. You are more than deserved to be the top witness in this platform! Thanks for your code actually i started to become a developer too!

Really great job! I didn't know you were behind all of this amazing projects, thanks for what you have done and do for this community! Voted for the witness! 😁 Keep going!

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What a wonderful read! Thanks for taking the time to write that. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Makes me wish I could code! 😁

Thanks for all you do for Steem and for all the help/insight/support you've give me via DM. I'm always surprised, and very grateful, at how accessible you make yourself.

I look forward to seeing where you go next with all this and hope that you continue to have both fun and success. 💙

Happy Birthday! Great post, was really good to read!

Also lol, to this here:

At this point it became clear that I would be devoting some serious time and energy to Steem going forward. Had I known this from the beginning, I would have chosen a different account name that was easier to pronounce and spell

Thanks for all the amazing work you have done for Steem! I hope you stay here for a very long time.

You are such a wonderful man in steemit. I voted you as my witness

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Congratulations! You did a ton (two tons) of amazing work and service and contribution. One !BEER is not enough to show my appreciation.

Yes, I did read it all the way to chapter eight :) Your story is for the history books about Steem. You personally and with cooperation with other people mentioned kept the platform alive.

In fact, from my personal point of view, you are The Steem. Steemit inc. has a very minor role in maintaining the roads for your vehicles... That's it.

I love #steemmonsters, I use #steemengine, am lost in #scottribes and all the #tokens and it's all your work. Amazing does not describe it :)

All I can say is

Thank you!

Sorry, I forgot to mention #steemkeychain. It is a vital part of any steem based tool to be able to interact with the blockchain through it.

And a witness role to add to everything. Again, amazing.

What a journey. Thanks for this insights and thanks for everything you do for Steem. Steem Monsters made me stick to Steem. You made me stick to Steem. Your journey has always been a great inspiration for me. Thanks.


Happy birthday yabapmatt and thankyou.

Thank you!I am excited about the contribution you and aggroed have made to Steem. You are really great, you have opened a new Steem, and the execution of you is amazing. I hope we can have such strong execution in China and push Steem to a farther place.

Pretty cool story. I will have to check more into what @someguy123 has going with some of the pegged tokens. The idea has been kicked around on Scorum to created a SCR pegged token to act as a liquidity bridge between STEEM and Scorum because they are mainly down to 1 exchange with low trade volumes.

Congrats! on your Steem Anniversary and what you & steem has accomplished with your hard work and effort. The story is really motivating. keep up the great work. :)

This was weirdly motivational for me to read. I hate to admit that I rarely read posts longer than a few paragraphs, but I grabbed a snack and settled in for this entire post today.

Congrats, happy steemiversary, keep doing what you do best!

All this in just two years, it is simply incredible, congratulations and my great admiration

Thank you for all you have done for our blockchain and also for the running community helping us with @isotonic and the @runningproject initiatives.
You are an example to follow.

This post has been included in the latest edition of The Steem News - a compilation of the key news stories on the Steem blockchain.

You are a force to reckon with on steem. And you are as trustable as steem blockchain itself. It is difficult to have all the qualities in one person as u have. I just admire u.

Happy two year anniversary! I learning to code and you guys are an inspiration to me. I'm starting with JavaScript, things are getting complicated but I like it, it's fun and challenging! I'll keep learning so one day I can build my own apps and games on the Steem Blockchain.

I'm inspired!! I'm just a month and a half old on this platform and this post just opened up my mind on what I can do and achieve on it. Lemme get to work!! 📖📝

That was a pretty challenging road you had. Congratulations to your projects and thank you for believing on Steem.

I survived reading this whole thing! Nah, it was good insight to how you got here thanks for sharing.

I thoroughly read your entire writing! And I must say I enjoyed as I was reading the way down. Great job and thanks a lot for the huge contribution to Steem. 👍

is it only 2? dont know why it feels like you've been here longer😄, congrats on reaching that milestone! thx for the work on steem keychain and other projects you've put in!

You are amazing and are one of the reasons that I have complete faith in Steem! Thank you.

Happy steemiversary friend. I will turn 2 with coming January. I'm jealous I couldn't do 1% of what you have done for steem in this period!

I am proud to have you as a witness. Your work talks by itself. I am willing to see what the future will bring to Steem!

Like many people here, when I first signed up through Steemit.com I had no idea how involved I would become with the project or how much it would change my life.

Indeed, I feel the same way, I first created an account on STEEM to get some of the rewards and buy stuff irl, after a few months dealing with the community and seeing some of the projects (steemmonsters is one of them obviously) I changed my mentality to a full powerup mentality, and your projects are one of the reasons I changed my mindset. With keychain, steem-engine, splinterlands, I started seeing a possible future for STEEM that I hadn't seen before, even going so far as changing the degree I was taking (which I was hating) to computer science, so I can help the STEEM ecosystem in the future.

Thank you for contributing so much to the ecosystem.

Had I known this from the beginning, I would have chosen a different account name that was easier to pronounce and spell,

Yeah, you should, I'm never able to pronounce your name, I sound like Fred Flinstion saying yabadabadu whenever I try... But I shouldn't even say anything, mine is not that easy to say or memorize.

Happy steemiversary! May you steem long and prosper!

This is awesome! I'm only just entering the steem world now and will be tagging along in support of new projects. Still discovering things and managed to publish my first article yesterday.

Happy steemitversary the second!
I read it all because I seldom see your post appears on ginabot notification, the only witness that I want to read what he wrote about something not about graphic and blocks, hehehe.

I must admit that Im grateful for what you did on steemit, because the game, the engine, the bots, the support for little guys... make you different from other witnesses. I hope that you'll post more too😂😂 a novel needs more than 100k words.

It's been a pleasure getting to know you Matt and after reading this I feel like I know you even better. Cheers to you and it's exciting to be on this journey together. This will be a very interesting year, that is for sure!

There is every reason to be extremely grateful to you for everything you've done for the ecosystem. You're a one man powerhouse of a developer in the ecosystem and many critical pieces would be missing if it weren't for your efforts. Thank you for everything you've done so far and Happy Steem Birthday!

Congratz! And damn, I didn't know you have done so much for steem :D Thanks!

I’m writing this comment after reading not a single word of your post. :)

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Благодарю за пост.

Thank you for all that you do on Steem.

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This is a nice read, indeed I never felt the same with Steem as with other blockchains or websites for that matter. I am not a developer but learning a bit of python or JavaScript isn't hard to interact or build on top of steem.

Your story is really inspiring I have voted you as a witness a long time ago but every time I see one your amazing projects I get a compulsion to check again if I voted for you or not. Happy Steemiversary @yabapmatt

Congrats ! :) @yabapmatt 💙

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@yabapmatt, One thing is for sure and that is till now you had Developmental Journey. Wishing you wonderful journey ahead and waiting to see what amazing things you will going to develop ahead.

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The passion that you have is so much, just do it !!!

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I did read the whole thing.
What a journey you had.
two more years #steem will be among the best blockchain.
Thanks for everything

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You're no doubt a great guy by every standard of assessment. I read this post from start to finish and have no regret doing so. Cheers to greater years ahead!

You've really done so many things! Congrats and thank you!

Matt, you are amazing!
I read every word thoroughly and still thinking, what it would be if you are not here in Steem? I dare not to think about it!

You are the reason why I come back to Steem after I left because of the toxicity of botbidding shenanigans.

If we have to vote for only one Rep (like we do on Tron), it would be you and only you who deserves all of our votes!

Happy Steem Birthday, Matt! 🍻

You and @aggroed are the reason we are even existed now, running a business that we always wanted on Steem. Thank you.

Ha ha.

This was nice insight, I enjoyed reading your detailed journey through Steemland!

It was Splinterlands that got me coming back here to try being a newb for a second time - second chance run.. I started off just thinking I'd be making Splinterlands posts but I've branched out and engaged with many different communities, contests, and have been having a lot of fun!

Hard to believe you've accomplished so much in only 2 years! Here's to many more!

Congratulations on your success!

And I agree, the only reason anything has any value is determined by what humans are willing to pay for it and use it.

You can create the next greatest thing ever, but if no human on the planet wants to use it nor pay for it, it is worthless...

Wow. Thanks for sharing your story! I want to be around when splinterlands reaches mass adoption, crossing fingers for it to be the next chapter! 😉

So much activity in those 2 years!
Thanks for investing all that time and making life a little nicer for many of us.

Happy Steem Anniversary! Great to hear what you have been doing adding to this wonderful Steem blockchain! It is folks like you that keeps me involved and Steeming on!
Thanks for all you do!
You've got my witness vote!

Aloha @yabapmatt
Mahalo Nui Loa in Hawaiian means thank you very much. I always had an idea that your were a vital developer, but after reading your history in this post I see I that I had no idea of the extent of your contributiins here. Thank you very much for all your hard work and I think that your contributions and the contributions of other active developers like you are going to make this place great.
Mahalo 🙏🏻


no idea how a 26 days old post shows up in my lists but sometimes they do ...

Fortunately, it turns out that most people weren't just buying our product because they got a bunch of free STEEM from the reward pool, but because they actually liked the game. So even when crypto prices got really low, people continued to purchase card packs using USD instead. That gave us confidence that this project really had legs, regardless of what crypto prices might do.

indeed ...

I arrived very late to the party but still be impressed, if steem monster did not exist I would have already completely abandoned the platform and now with steem engine it has become more interesting ... maybe you never read this message, still congratulations you are worthy of admiration


Estoy empezando y todavia se me hace dificil todo esto. Prestare toda mi atencion, haber si me va bien en steemit

great post

You are amazing :)

wall of text :D

I hope the new chapter is not "steem gets killed by Tron :("

Happy inversary sir...

Justice wins - always!

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