Light a candle with me while I hold vigil in honour of your faith in me as a champion knight witness of the Steem blockchain.
"No matter who you are, no matter what age you are, no matter the time in your life, if you have the dream, if you have the drive you can make anything happen" - Lori Greiner
This quote resonates true for me and my journey in the blockchain space. Blockchain is a disruptive decentralised technology, putting financial control and power back in the hands everyday people, redefining the way the world will operate in the very near future.
In June 2016 I was invited by a good friend of mine to join a blockchain social community project called Steem. I quickly realised the potential of the Steem smartcoin and the community around it.
Steem is built upon the Graphene DPOS (Delegated Proof of Stake consensus framework and has a near instant 3 second blocktime (transactional speed) with zero fees, coupled with the vibrant community of open source developers, artists, visionaries, community managers, authors, fans, mothers, fathers, children and you, dear reader who is reading this today.
I pray that your journey will be as magical as mine and that you will emerge a greater person than that which you came in, I pray for your success and that you may be lifted up and know the most amazing feeling I have felt.
I wish to tell you that I have built projects and created alliances on Steem as detailed in a previous post and became a Steem witness, which is someone who runs servers to keep the blockchain operational by processing and validating transactions; because this is a social community, witnesses are held to a higher standard and are also required to put their names and reputation against projects that will better the community and witnesses are voted into a sequential list, with the highest honour being given to the top 20 witness positions.
A few days ago, when I had stopped seeking it, I found that I had been uplifted and honoured into this position, I tell you that I am a grown man, a husband, a father, a brother, an uncle and a son; and I have been involved in business since my teens and have experienced much in my years, but when I saw this accolade, my eyes streamed with tears, because you have believed in me and lifted me up, there is no experience like it and I give you thanks.
As a newly elected knight of Steem, I pledge to hold vigil in prayer and meditation for an hour each night for the next three days, where I will pray for our community, and I pledge to help Steem rise.
I have started mobilising my Steemsports project once again as of recently; this time into the world's most technically advanced Sports publishing platform based on the Steem blockchain. The ultimate goal is mass onboarding of Sports authors from across the world and spreading the word about Steem through the domain name steemsports.com and the universal language of sports which has the power to unite the world on Steem.
We have a real opportunity to build something great that we will be able to promote and broadcast on American sports radio when our project is ready; courtesy of our newest team member @scottybuckets.
I also welcome our newest lead dev and CTO @reggaemuffin who is a Ruby on Rails and Meteor expert, who will be helping us build out our project on heroku.com, a scaleable and collaborative hosting platform built a-top of Amazon Web Services, our backend will be Ruby and the frontend based on React.js.
Our team grows stronger with each member that joins us in our vision, and as such we are looking for devs, juniour and senior alike to help us build out our vision and make Steem great, please make contact with me on Discord or Steemit.chat if you share our vision and want to help.
"You can't be alone, to really succeed no man is an island, when you find the right components, the right people that gel with you, then you feel as though you are invincible." - Sylvester Stallone (Invincible)
I lift up and pray for our team @theprophet0, @cryptoiskey, @reggaemuffin, @writingamigo, @kryptik, @feeyako, @timsaid, @sportsdesk, @metalcrypto86, @kyriacos, @brandonk, @timoshey, @fatpandadesign, @applecrisp, @scottybuckets and all those past and all those who are to come.
The future is bright, we just need to hold our heads and our hearts high and uplift each other!
Please join me on my vigil for Steem and light a candle with me in prayer, no matter what your religion or belief, we are all people, we all have an inner light no matter who or where we are, let your light shine today, pray for me and my team and I pray for you and Steem.
How to Light a Candle and Pray for Steem and its People
I will start off in comment, where I will state my name, fly my country's flag and say my prayer. My comment is my candle, the next person to visit this post will light my candle with their vote and place their own candle in the form of a comment and state their name, their flag and their prayer, however short or long and so on, each person lighting and uplifting each other's candle one after another to show the world that we are many and we are strong.
I suggest a 1% vote so we can keep the order, the vote is to be symbolic. I will also vote each of your comments in recognition of you, I will deplete my voting power (my soul on Steem) to ensure I touch the hand of everyone on this post with my vote, when I am spent I will be content because first I will kneel and then we will all rise together!
Note: All liquid proceeds of this post will go to the new Steem charity project @steempact.
Ricardo Goncalves - @thecryptodrive
@steemsports CEO, Steem and Peerplays Witness.