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This is the eleventh in the series of posts about me getting together with a Steemian for a chat about crypto and their life on the Steem Blockchain.

Today I am writing about @RoelandP – and I have had to show some true discipline to keep it to a sensible wordcount - as there was simply not much~room to talk about it all!!

Roeland is a time served web developer and app builder who lives in Amsterdam and joined Steemit on 7 July 2016 just a few days after “payout” began on the Steem blockchain. There were less than 40,000 registered accounts and so life was very different in those early days, with all users capable of earning significant rewards.

A feature of the immutable blockchain is the permanent blog history here on Steemit and I have used one of the cool tools built by @eroche to interrogate this. The tool called SteemAnalytics shows you the plotted history of posts and how much they earnt in rewards: So now, you too, can have fun finding out about some of Roeland’s legendary posts: including the male makeup tutorial, the Steem pitch he gave to Oracle executives, SteemFest 1, SteemFest 2 and his own Witness intro post in October 2016 which is here.

This was a really useful tool to learn a little more about Roeland but because I was so busy embroiled in writing an article landing page on the topic of why the Steem blockchain is a great opportunity for an investor I didn’t research some cool topics of conversation until after we had spoken!!

Next time I’m going ask him about the makeup tutorial, kitesurfing, and the amazing but on this occasion, we talked mainly about:

  1. Websites, Tools and Apps
  2. SteemFest 3
  3. Mushrooms in Dutch Parks!!

I met Roeland back in April and we have planned to catch up over a coffee ever since. Here we are in London – where we met a little randomly at the #promo-steem / @steem-ambassador initiative which totally rocked the London Cryptocurrency Show.

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Websites, Tools and Apps

It’s difficult to know where to begin…..Roeland has brought his skills of website/app building from his pre-blockchain career and whilst the first few days of his journey on Steemit might have been about content creation – it soon tuned to the technology side.

”Looking back through a “data lens”……those early days were so different on Steemit – the ability to earn from content was huge, and everyone made some decent Steem back then – it looks to me that Roeland fell quickly into the mindset of applying his skills to the requirements and benefit of the community” @cryptocurator

Having been on the blockchain for just 7 days Roeland built the web application called SteemStream and published it on the 14 July 2016 with his post here. The post made it to the trending page- and he was one of the pioneers and catalysts to the community of DApp builders. Roeland recognised that his content didn’t need to be a random photograph to earn a reward instead it could be the announcement post about bringing some new tech that would bring value to the blockchain. And so this was the way it continued…………


I’ve presented below a table – it’s a bit like a RoelandP Tech Roadmap – but it is looking backwards on the journey instead!

Look at this mini-table of tech initiatives he has brought to the Steem Blockchain:

Tech or Web or AppTypeMonthStatus
SteemStreamLive Stream ToolJuly 2016Live
Street FighterFun AppJuly 2016Live
SteemStoryTool/Fun AppJuly 2016Live
Steem ToolsWeb DatabaseJuly 2016Live but superseded by Steem Projects by @noisy
Steem-o-GraphToolAug 2016Live
SteeM.V.PToolAug 2016Live
Soliciting PowerWeb DatabaseApril 2018Live
SteemWhale.ioUber Cool App Art StatueJuly 2018Live
Steem WalletWallet AppAugust 2018Live

Look at this image for a bit of nostalgia!!:

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We are blessed with DApps on the Steem blockchain – and it was Roelands "Steem Tools" which tracked all of them and was referred to on the menu bar of Steemit for over a year. It was at Steemfest 2 when @noisy introduced "Steem Projects" as an enhanced development and improvement of the database/registry that Roeland identified this should be the new link on the Steemit website. There are now in excess of 440 sites and tools registered on Steem Projects this is maintained by @noisy and is a permanent link on the side bar on the steemit homepage and is also found here and this the summary of Roeland's dev work Here.

Soliciting Power is one of Roeland’s 2018 projects and was borne out of the fact he personally gets a lot of requests for delegation. He uses Soliciting Power as a central register of projects requesting delegation of SP. Roeland uses the website himself to determine that his delegations are congruent with his missions and ideals. Roeland is currently delegating over 55% of his Steem Power to projects.

SteemWallet is another project borne from a problem – it started from a conversation in Amsterdam with @pharesim where they discussed the absence of a simple wallet app just for the monetary transactions. Being an experienced mobile app developer Roeland took on the challenge and quickly built the App for both Android and IOS. On its next release it will include some alternative language options to include German, Romanian, Spanish and French.

It was important for me to understand Roeland’s views on tech development on the Steem blockchain – I was keen to know how much of a pull the Steem blockchain might have so we can market to more developers:

“Development on the Steem blockchain can be pretty easy – I just use my existing knowledge of common codes and programming languages, you don’t need to learn anything new like you would do for Ethereum forexample. The entry barrier to making Apps on here is low. It is a great feeling as a developer to see people actually using the Apps you build, and this is especially cool to see this happen in this community setting. It’s a really good feeling.”

I don’t know if you have noticed but with Roeland you don’t get many posts about forthcoming tech projects he definitely likes to announce his projects upon delivery rather than building expectations. It might also explain sometimes why you might find a quiet blog for a few weeks whilst he is building and developing. I personally don’t need to see bland weekly updates from all my Witnesses on the technicalities of their node updates.

I sense Roeland will keep finding solutions to problems when he sees them and will enjoy making useful tools for the community. I think he has been a source of inspiration for developers on the platform from the early days and at the end of the day we are still in the early beta days.

I know Roeland has the pedal to the metal on SF3 but I am keen to see what fun and useful applications he brings to the blockchain after the fest, perhaps we will see a forward looking Roadmap and his development time will mushroom.

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SteemFest 3

It’s now full steam ahead on the SteemFest 3 train. There is a lot of intense planning that will go into this event, which I am sure anyone who attended Steemfest 1 in Amsterdam and Steemfest 2 in Lisbon will be fully aware of.

I can’t imagine there are many people reading this who don’t already know that Roeland is the founder of the Steemfest events programme, but just in case you need to catch up Steemfest 3 has been announced and takes place in Krakow, Poland in November, it will be the biggest so far and you will need to follow Roeland’s blogs for the all the updates as it counts down to the event.

I’m not going to go over the same ground as Roeland but just to add some things from my discussion:

1) Speakers

There are still slots available for speakers, priority would go to projects who have not spoken at SF1 or SF2 and have an interesting project to introduce to the community.

2) Round Tables

New things coming to SF3 include: a system of “Round Tables” to run in parallel with the “Main Stage”. This will be an extra level of engagement that might be really useful for projects and communities. Hosts will be able to book a table for a timeslot, to discuss anything; forexample;

  • Introduction to a project
  • Workshops
  • Ask Me Anything Session

3) SF3 Mobile App

Anyone thinking of going should download the @good-karma Steemfest App- which will be refreshed with all the latest details for Krakow venues, maps and guides. Please go here for the directions to download Android or IOS App:

4) Are you going to SF3?

If you are going you might like to include this logo designed by @rubencress as a signature to your posts – so you know who to arrange to meet in real life! I’m not sure I can make it yet, myself, so this is just for information:

Meet me at SteemFest 2018 in Kraków

Read more about that here

There is no other breaking news, as testament to the planning and comms, other than another reminder that ticket prices go up in 11/12 days!!


Mushrooms in the Park!

Whilst preparing for SF3 Roeland had a final couple of fiat projects to finish off under his mobile apps brand Shoudio. Most of his work has fallen into a niche, building digital tour guides mostly for nature parks for Dutch and Belgium park services. They can be navigational, informational as well as having audio and visual features.

There is a slight irony in people taking the effort to get some fresh forest air and re-connect with nature only to plug yourself back into an app. Roeland can see the take up and activity on his apps, and, is excited to see his work being useful – he commented about this being a peak season for people visiting parks - as he said people tend to like to do Autumnal walks in Netherlands, because of the mushrooms. {What! In Amsterdam! What does he mean!}

Ahhhhhhh- we had a bit of fun here, with me commenting, on whether there was an in-built guide on which mushrooms, are Pickable, Poisonous or Psychedelic!!

Quite rightly he set me straight that it was the fourth P – and that people just found them Pretty and wanted to take Photographs of them whilst on their walks!

“The Mushroom Trip App” – might attract a whole new crowd!!


Final Thoughts

So, Roeland is focussed on SF3 now and then he will be even more dedicated to the Steem blockchain, if that is even possible!

“I like Steem for the fact that you can build on top of it and for the community that is here. I got drawn into the platform more and more, and I have now locked myself into this thing by organising the Steemfests too.

I am an investor of time in the blockchain, and I have attained a large holding of Steem, so I am biased, but it will be very nice to see STEEM make it back to a higher valuation, and I look forward to having more time to add value to the Steem blockchain through development and community”

I’ve got to the end of the article without really touching upon many topics like, the responsibilities of being a Steem Witness, the future of Steem, and I haven’t got time to recount the interesting conversation we had about voting power only to simply show that he has a clever way to ensure his vote is well distributed. I didn’t quite realise what he meant until I later ran this graph on outgoing votes on steemreports:

Outgoing Pie Chart.jpg

Over 2,500 accounts have received an upvote in 31 days – now that is a pretty cool pie chart!

I really look forward to seeing what he has in the pipeline next and I really have to thank him for all he is contributed to the community so far, including some very generous delegations.



Here is the back catalogue of CryptoCoffeeChats:

Episode 10@surfermarlyhereSteem Ambassador & Inspirator
Episode 9@fredrikaahereSteempress Co-Founder
Episode 8b@FutureThinkerherePromo-mentor & Steem Ambassador
Episode 8a@FutureThinkerhereDiscord Champion & Steem Ambassador
Episode 7@mcfarhathereSteem-Ambassador & Utopian Contributor
Episode 6@bitrocker2020hereThe King of #TeamMalaysia
Episode 5@DanieldoughtyhereThe Prince of Borneo
Episode 4@PennsifhereThe only Dolphin in Wales
Episode 3@SteemitphherePhilippines based Red Dayou
Episode 2@samstickkzhereStach hero
Episode 1@anarcotechhereYorkshireman & Blockchain Philosopher

The collection now covers Steem personalities from the Ether, Malaysia, Borneo, Wales, Philippines, Nigeria, France, Lanzarote, Netherlands and the UK.

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Thanks for the interview C! Was great fun and this article totally reflects our coffee-chat. Epic you take the time to filter through the nonsense and take time to turn it into this write-up!

Now if you excuse me, i've got me some 'shrooms to pick!


haha .... I hear there is an App in the pipeline for that!
Many thanks for your time RP - I learnt plenty of interesting new things- and wanted to share them too.

Great interview... impressive breadth and depth!

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Yes there is plenty of extra reading in the links as well...hopefully everyone will find something new to learn. I hadn't come across the profile page of Steem Projects before- so that was cool to learn about. Thanks for reading.


@eroche's personalises stats page was new to me too!

All in all lots of good stuff in there.

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Perfect! Another great one @cryptocurator. I admire what @roelandp does especially with SteemFest. Managing the event at such a scale requires some huge effort. I have actually stalked his profile since @firepower told me about him and Steemfest during the meetup we had in Delhi, India. Hope to see you guys in SteemFest 4!


Thanks HH - and thank you for my green line! Roeland is a fan of the Ambassador programme and the clever proof of brain voting mechanism that underpins it. I keep seeing @firepower's name mentioned in SF circles too - he is another great ambassador for the platform.


Yes CC, he has been an integral part of SteemFest crew. Also the most famous Steemian in India. :-)

I can’t imagine there are many people reading this who don’t already know that Roeland is the founder of the Steemfest events programme

Absolutely correct, unless one has been living under a rock on Steemit.

Anyway, want to thank Roelandp for his generous delegation to the steemitworldmap and the travel community, so many travellers have him to thank. Also, next time you see him, can you please tell him that its great he spreads his love around on Steemit, but why does he still upvote after the seven day period?


Hey @livinguktaiwan - thanks - you are too right about the living under a rock comment!
Yes he is a big supporter of art, travel, comedy and the Ambassadors of Steem. I will let him know too about the seven day period point - he has probably overloaded his voting mechanisms as he will be rewarding Steemfest related posts during this quarter too. Thanks

lol - this is fun!!

especially when you are winning! :D


@cryptocurator, thank you for sharing with us this very informative article!
At the moment from the Apps above I use only Steem Wallet. (@nathanmars, told me about it a few days ago). I will have a look at the other DApps.
Roeland seems to be a great Steemian. I've started following him.

I will try to buy a ticket for the SF3 in the next days. I have to ask my boss at the company I work at for a week-off. If he says that I can take days-off from 7th till the 9th of November, I will buy a ticket immediately. I will ask him tomorrow, on Monday.

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Yes 100% worth following. @nathanmars is a great Ambassador for platform and the DApps. I hope you manage to get the holiday request approved. Thanks for commenting today.


@cryptocurator, I've got the holiday request approved, but I have to come back to work on 10th of November (Saturda). May I buy a ticket for the SteemFest today or tomorrow via the site
May I buy the plankton ticket that costs 277,77 Euro paying with Bitcoin?


Yes I believe the option is available to you. Good news for you.


@cryptocurator, thank you! I've already bought a ticket for minnows, because Steemboard shows that I am a minnow.

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full and detailed info . he is doing great job for steem platform

Roeland is a cool guy and he's done so much for Steem/Steemit. Just organising Steemfest must be a full time job. It was great that he came over for the crypto show.


I imagine the final few weeks before SF3 will be pretty intense and more than standard hours - there is a lot of pressure that comes with event management especially in those final hours too. Yeah I agree it was really nice of to come to London for the trip in April I guess it was well publicised by Stephen, Dylan and Matt and the @steem-ambassadors at the time - plus - it was pretty impressive to get key delegates from Appics, Utopian-io, SteemPress and eSteem all showcasing their DApps.

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