The REAL Reason Why I Joined Steemit – Monthversary on Steemit!

in writing •  7 months ago

Happy Monday my dear friends!

Today is my 30th day on Steemit, as it’s been such an amazing first month. I’ve learnt SO much using this platform, met many great talented people and had so much fun. This is by far the best online community I’ve ever been. I hope to grow alongside Steemit and with all the amazing people I’ve met. Thank you so much for appreciating and commenting on my posts. I’m extremely thankful for all the comments I’ve been getting.

To celebrate my Monthversaryon Steemit, I decided to write a post about the real reason why I joined... Get your piece of cake and celebrate!

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I know what you may (or may not) be thinking – “Oh she joined for the money, of course.” Well, to be honest, that’s a motivation, but it’s not the primary reason, nor the secondary… Money is just a good differentiator when comparing Steemit to the other blog platforms out there.

Explore My Hobbies

I always liked to write, natively in Portuguese. When I was younger, I used to write poems and texts just for the fun of doing it. I would keep them for myself and maybe show them to my parents, who would proudly read it.

As I grew older a lot of it faded away. I still liked writing but adulthood got me way too busy to write just for fun. When you’re too focused on your career, sometimes your other passions get neglected. Although I can’t say I have everything I want out of my career, I can say I’m in a comfortable position to where I can dedicate some free time to explore my hobbies and share them with the world.
Isn’t Steemit the perfect platform for doing so?

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Inspire Other People

I have a lot of good days, but I have a lot of bad days too. I’m very self aware and not very confident. When I’m feeling down, I like to watch movies, TV shows and YouTube videos that make me feel better. I get motivation from people that have been through the same things that I have.

So what if I could do the same? What if I could write about my feelings, and maybe someone will relate to it and feel better? That would be awesome. Maybe I could inspire other people, or maybe just cheer them up. If my posts can make someone happy, even if it’s only 1 person, I’m the happiest person.

I was mesmerized when @vesnapv read my post about Saudade and wrote her own take on it, in this post. I read somewhere that @maverickinvictus might wrote about it too, so definitely looking forward to that! THIS is what I love about this community.

Train My Written English

As I mentioned before, my native language is Portuguese. I realized Steemit, at the moment, is mostly English written, though there’re posts in other languages. I work for an International company so I speak English on a daily basis.

I thought writing posts would help me to develop my written English as well as narrative construction. I have a few ideas for fiction stories, which I’m working on and really want to put it out there!

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Engage and Meet New People

In such a short time on the platform, I’ve already met so many great people. I consider myself an introvert and not the most sociable person. The internet is a magical place where we can find minds that think alike and enjoy chatting, without the anxiety of talking to someone in person. It sounds awkward, I know!

There are also so many talented people that I’d never be able to meet if it wasn’t for this community, so extra points for it.

Be creative. Enjoy The Ride!

I’ve always liked to be creative and express feelings in texts, stories or poems. Steemit is a platform where I can put my thoughts out there, get feedback, inspire/get inspiration and even get some $. What else could I ask for? J

What is/are the real reason(s) you joined Steemit? Would love to know!

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I certainly appreciate your reasons for joining Steemit. Congratulations on your 1 month anniversary here. This is the 2nd time this week that someone has featured you in the #payitforward contest. Obviously, you are doing some things right to get people's attention. @freedomshift featured this post by. Wish you all the best.

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It's a great month anniversary :) I can't stop smiling over all the support and kindness people have been expressing on my posts. I'm deeply grateful for the mentions!!
Thank you so much. Wish all the best too!!

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Please check out my message to you, @julimattos, at my entry to Pay It Forward Contest for this week (#4)

All the best!

Because I was invited by @bloghound to joint haha!

I joined for the money. I have to be honest. When I realized it's not that great earnings, I changed my perspective. I have been joining contests from the start. I have tons of photos to share. That's the motivating factor to keep me going. Also, it gives me new thoughts on old pictures that I have. It also brought back my desire to take photos again. Although I have to rely on cameras that does not take photos the way I wanted to because it is limited technically. I work with what I have now and share it here.

I've also mentioned to someone that it is sort of a therapy. When my brother had an accident, I turned to steemit to take away the stress. It takes my mind off the worries. It's an escape from reality and I get to read inspiring blogs. When I published the story the support is overflowing. Many showed their concern which is heartwarming.

I also like reading about the stories of others and how we are all the same. We may differ in culture, we all suffer the same. We just cope differently.

When I share my photos, it is a sense of accomplishment. Whatever I earn is the bonus.

Cheers to more months of steeming!

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I'm glad @bloghound invited you, you're such a special person!! I love how you're always willing to help, encourage and give feedback to people. You're awesome.

It's true, the money is a big thing and it's probably what gets our attention at first. I love your photos! I love the idea of "giving new thoughts on old pictures". When we post older photos to Steemit, we give them life again.

I'm so sorry for your brother's accident. Hope you're doing ok? Yes, the support is also something else from this platform. Everyone is so willing to help, support and appreciate you. It's overwhelming in a great way, it warms my heart!

So true. There's always something to relate in other people's stories. I also like the fact that we have so many different cultures joining together in this platform.

Thank you so much for your inspiring and amazing comment @leeart . You got my first 100% vote valuing $0.01 woop woop ! its not much but it was $0.00 until now haha xx

Cheers, my friend! For months and months to come :)

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I appreciate you as well for your feedbacks and interaction :) It keeps this community a great socializing platform.

Yes, my brother is doing okay although he still needs constant monitoring. He's not yet 100% back to normal and I don't know if he'll ever be but he's getting better as the day goes by.

Me and freedomshift entered you in a contest by @thedarkhorse. You deserve the much needed attention.

Thanks for your vote! That's sweet of you.

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hi @leeart, I just had to comment and say your reply is so touching. I agree that is an escape from the craziness called life and a creative outlet :) Just like you, I can share my photography (which was kept on my phone, never to be seen again!) and connect with others.

Enjoy the rest of your day

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That's okay. That's one of the best things here in steemit. We can always interact to others and share our ideas and thoughts. Please feel free to do so :)

Happy Monthversary, @julimattos. I am also that so-called introvert person who isn't a sociable person. I envy those people who can talk a lot. Well, I was lured on here because of the magic word 'MONEY'. But the earning on Steemit isn't big and it's not the main reason I stay. I am still on this platform because people here are awesome. I was never that person who would comment on strangers' post on other social media platforms but Steemit changed me. I like commenting on other people blogs now. Haha

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Thank you dear ! Yeah, me too. At the same time we introvert people know better how to be in peace on our own and be reflexive :) Haha yeah the word 'money' is pretty magic! I also realised the earning on Steemit is not big but the community is what makes us stay.

Aw I'm glad you're interacting with people on Steemit, otherwise I wouldn't have the change to interact with you!! xx

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I'm pretty talkative on here. Hahaha! This is the only platform that I interact so much. I like it here because people really like to interact so I often get replies when I comment others. It makes me sad when people don't reply to my message/comment but of course, we can't please others to reply us back. hahaha

It seems we are cut from the same cloth as teh very things that you described here as motivations to feelings is like you are describing me.

So what if I could do the same? What if I could write about my feelings, and maybe someone will relate to it and feel better? That would be awesome. Maybe I could inspire other people, or maybe just cheer them up. If my posts can make someone happy, even if it’s only 1 person, I’m the happiest person.

I love that paragraph of you are so aware of what you can bring into this platform.

People like us have a place in this blockchain to be the heart in the center.

I am still composing that special post that you inspired

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We definitely think alike!!

I also related to some of the things you wrote in your Curie story post :) I'm glad you liked that paragraph, it's probably my favourite bit too..

I'm looking forward to that post!!! :)))

Congratulations! This post has been upvoted from the communal account, @minnowsupport, by juli [julimattos] from the Minnow Support Project. It's a witness project run by aggroed, ausbitbank, teamsteem, theprophet0, someguy123, neoxian, followbtcnews, and netuoso. The goal is to help Steemit grow by supporting Minnows. Please find us at the Peace, Abundance, and Liberty Network (PALnet) Discord Channel. It's a completely public and open space to all members of the Steemit community who voluntarily choose to be there.

If you would like to delegate to the Minnow Support Project you can do so by clicking on the following links: 50SP, 100SP, 250SP, 500SP, 1000SP, 5000SP.
Be sure to leave at least 50SP undelegated on your account.

Congrats on hitting 30 days @julimattos :) We love what you're doing! Keep Steemin'!

Congratulations on your quality content Newbie! Yo have been upvoted and resteemed as part of today's top newbie posts!

I invite you to learn more about the initiative and Come Join Us!!! at the Newbie Resteem Initiative.

Jump into our discord channel to meet new friends, find great content and contests as well as ask for help: https://discord.gg/FjjfbNR

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Thank you for keeping supporting me and other newbies!!! :))))

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Agree with all you wrote! I too made several new acquaintances and found many great content creators thus far (its only been 10 days!). I also feel that I am back in a groove of expression and creativity again through this site. Your english is fantastic, I'll keep reading if you keep writing :)

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OOh so welcome to Steemit, 10 days laterr! :)) This platform is perfect to let your creativity and expression run free. It's different than any other social network or platform.

Thank you so much for appreciating!!! :)))

You go girl great to see you doing what you aspire from a young age and being equally successful at it.

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Aww thank you! Your comment makes me happy :))

I like to read, my wife said there was a lot to read on steemit, and there is. So now I not only read, I vote, and I comment, and I try to help where I can to keep people on steemit. After all I came for the reading so I want the content providers to keep providing. I guess I would be an Audience member on steemit.

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There's for sure a lot to read on Steemit, so that's perfect :) The good thing I like about content creators in this platform is that they're so talented and creative. So a lot of good things to read and see around here. That's awesome, thank you for reading my content! Really appreciate. :)

Well written and you are right it's an amazing platform which bring us close and need to support each other wish you best of luck

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Thank you so much :) It is! Wish you best of luck too :)

You welcome to the best platform on earth. Keep up your great work.

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It is indeed the best platform. Thank you so much!!

wooooo!! congratulations juli :) I'm so glad to have come across your account. I really enjoy reading your content and can't wait for your fiction stories. Like yourself, I joined to improve my writing skills and have a outlet to share my thoughts and snippets of my life. Here's to more Steemit milestones <3

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Aww thank you dear!!!! It makes me so happy to know you enjoy reading my texts. It motivates me to keep doing them, you don't even know how! :))) I'm working on my fiction stories a bit more slow 'cause I want it to be 'perfect' (or at least in a point where I'm happy with it!). But I will post them soon I think!

That's a wonderful reason to join. Hope we grow together in many months of Steemit :))) xxxxx

I am always amazed at how people who aren't native Engllish speakers manage to master the written word. I know a girl from Mexico whose speech and accent give her away, but when she emails or messages, she's flawless.

I don't know how you are when you speak, but if it's anything like how you write, congratulations. I know how difficult it is to go from English to another language (Spanish), let alone from another language to English, where there's more exceptions to rules than hard and fast ones. That's what happens when you have a language, like English, that is more or less heavily influenced by many others.

Sounds like you had a very good first month on Steemit. Sounds like you have a good attitude going forward. Now, it's all about stringing good months together.

Onward and upward. :)

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Thank you so much @glenalbrethsen ! I think I suck at pronunciation/ my accent is not pretty but I know I'm very critical of myself, so who knows :)

I didn't know much of English until I moved to Portsmouth, in the UK, to an University course exchange program. I've been improving it since then. I've also lived and worked in London for 1 year, about 3 years ago. These experiences helped my development with the language and I currently work remotely for a US company, so I use it in a daily basis.

Thank you for kind words! Hopefully the next months will be as good or better than this first one.

Cheers! :)

I love writing. I love meeting new people. Love what you are writing. Love your passion. Love your avatar. Nice to meet you. I'm Oatmeal.

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Hi Joe, Oatmeal hah I love meeting new people as well as writing! Thank you so much for your appreciation. :)))

Keep writing , I will keep reading your posts. Your English is perfect. Keep up the good work Julimattos.

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Aww thank you! I'm happy you like my posts. I hope to keep improving :)))

great news - I have entered you and this blog into this week's contest (the rules have changed and I am now able to feature you):

https://steemit.com/payitforward/@thedarkhorse/pay-it-forward-curation-contest-week-3-win-sbi-and-steem-bounty

Please go check it out - my entry and the contest.

I hope this brings you more exposure although you are already doing exceptionally well.

All the best!

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Omg thank you so much!!! you and @leeart are awesome. I really really appreciate your help and all the motivation you're giving me. I feel lucky for having met you guys. :))

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It's my pleasure and honor, @julimattos !
You knew that I wished to enter you yesterday and thought that I would not be able to feature you. I also asked around this morning to see if someone with higher reputation score could enter you into the contest. and then I look at the contest rules only to find that the rules have changed to allow me to feature you into the contest this week and I immediately started working on my entry.
I am just glad that you get recognized for your talents.
All the best!

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BTW, do remember to thank those who's upvotes got you to where you are - high reputation score steemians upvoting your posts, blogs and comments, with high SP power.
You can find them and their votes here:
https://steemd.com/@julimattos
Click on each upvote entries and see if they are one of those steemians quietly upvoting you without leaving comments so that you can thank them as well - although you should thank all who did help you.
For most steemians, usually with low SP, the best thank you is not by upvoting them but to comment and thank them whether they commented on your posts or not. Most do not expect an upvote and it will not matter to them anyway.
I have also replied to questions from another newbie and it might also help you - see my recent blogs or comments.
All the best!

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Yes, I always try to thank everyone and comment everyone that comment on my posts. :) I never thought of going to see who upvoted me, that's a good idea. I will check it :)
Thank you again for all your help and recognition!!

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Here is my thank you to those who quietly helped me by upvoting without leaving comments.

https://steemit.com/steemit/@freedomshift/day-56-reputation-45-1600-posts-229-followers-what-does-that-make-me

They also have not acknowledged it and I don't expect them to.

I make a point of checking those "silent angels" who upvotes with power but seldom makes much noise.
I imagine that they are much like Santa - lots of places to see and people to go* (intentionally switched).
So, they just leave you a present and never look back and on to the next.
If / when you look at them on steemd.com, you will see clearly that they spend most of their time upvoting and seldom comments with pleasantries.

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Interesting. She is one of my entries too lol! She really deserves visibility.

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okay, I did not see your entry or your notice to @julimattos and it might just be my oversight wanting to get my entry in for her benefit.
I am open to any suggestions as I have stated here, to encourage, ... help steemians such as @julimattos.
And if i need to withdraw @julimattos from my entry, please let me know ...

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She had it coming lol! This just shows how good she is.

I think it's perfectly fine for us to mention her both. There's no rule about mentioning someone many times by different people. You and I have the best interest at heart.

However, I have to call on @thedarkhorse or @lynncoyle1 or @energyaddict22 on this particular issue. Sorry for the disturbance, honorable judges :D

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I agree. Thank you!

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If your question is if it's ok that you and @freedomshift happened to choose the same steemian? In my eyes, not a problem at all...it just means that she is doubly worthy for people to take a a look at her work :) @thedarkhorse or @energyaddict22 may think otherwise, so hopefully they chime in here as well :)

Congratulations or happy birthday @julimattos! What a month you've had too ;) I've been following your journey with @maverickinvinctus and as a member of @newbieresteemday, I see your activity there as well.

I also belong to and curate for another wonderful group here called @asapers, and would love for you to join our team there as well. We focus on undervalued quality posts. Here is a link to join our Discord group as well; it is an awesome place to meet others, ask questions, or simply chat to grow your community here! @insideoutlet publishes a several-times-a-week newsletter showcasing our member's quality undervalued posts and although this one of yours is already at $4.05, I want to keep you on my radar for curating, but you have to be a member first :)

Feel free to ask if you have any questions!

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It's been an amazing experience. I'm so glad I joined and I'm looking forward to many great months in future :) @maverickinvictus is been a great mentor, I've learnt a lot of things from him already. I really appreciate @newbieresteemday and the initiative of supporting newbie authors in this platform.

Thank you so much @lynncole1 for the invite! @asapers seems like a wonderful initiative. I'd love to join, meet new people and engage in that community. I just tried to join the Discord and it says "The instant invite is invalid or has expired". Not sure if I'm too late accepting it?

I will do. I really appreciate your comment and support!! :)

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Ok no problem; it probably just expired:) Here's another one. Please let me know if it doesn't work.

I'm so pleased that you are having such a great experience here too!

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Thank you for re-sending the link :) I just joined!

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Awesome!! I'm so glad you did and will try to connect with you over there soon, but tag me in "#the-pub" if when you're there, and I'll come have a 'visit' if I'm around!

Congratulations fellow @asaper :)

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Oh my ears were ringing and I see you girls talking about me ahhahaha but you are amazing Juli!

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hahaha Mav, you love it :)

You should join us at @asapers too !

What is/are the real reason(s) you joined Steemit? Would love to know!

You have done well and in just 30 days you reached a reputation score of 46.
Congratulations!
I am here to:

  • encourage
  • inspire
  • help
  • collaborate

The overall purpose is to be able to speak freely and to reach out to freedom seeking people here without trolls or spying/censorship as in other platforms.

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Thank you so much!!! :)) I love your reasons to be on Steemit. "Help" and "Inspire" are the ones I can most relate to :) I'm glad people that stay on the platform have beautiful reasons to do so. Yes, I totally agree that the freedom is also something great about Steemit. :)

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You have a higher reputation score than mine although you have accomplished this in much less time than I have been here. So, I can not really help you w.r.t. your reputation score.
However, you could reach out and gained a wider audience by commenting on other people's posts / blogs or comments therein.
I have suggestions on my post and they might also help you. I have commented regarding voting, SP, securities, and alerts, etc.
You can see where I have commented here:
https://steemd.com/@freedomshift

and look for the comments for @deborahtmz which might be applicable to you as well.
I can not include you in a contest that was designed to help newbies because one of the rules is to only feature a newbie with lower reputation score and that precluded my featuring you in my entry.
Look for my entry in the contest in my blog as well as the resteemed contest for the week that just ended.

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Thank you for your tips! I will check the information you provided. :))

Congratulations on your one month. There is still more to explore