So yesterday I got a notification from @steemitboard that I had been on the Steem blockchain for two years. And it happened on #caturday. How appropriate! Those of you who have been following me for a while will know why I say that.
Since I don't post often, and I get people asking me all the time to post more often, I thought I would at least write a short post in celebration. I could have written it on the same day, but you know with me being lazy and all, I ended up waiting until the next day.
I decided to buy a bit of Steem and power up a part of it, too while I was at it. What better way to celebrate Steem than by buying some!
My Steem journey started back in February of 2018. It was during the time of the first YouTube adpocalypse. Several YouTubers were trying to find alternatives to YouTube in case things went south. I was watching videos of reviews and comparisons of alternative platforms, because I intended to follow my favourite YouTubers to whatever platform they were going to migrate to. And I happened to watch a video by @tjkirk in which he was comparing Dtube and YouTube. He explained how Dtube ran on the Steem blockchain and how you could get paid in Steem for posting on the platform. He had links and instructions on how to sign up for a Steemit account. So I was interested and I signed up.
At first, I didn't really like the Steemit interface. And most of the posts on there seemed to be about Steem itself as well as other cryptocurrencies. The posts seemed to be aimed at people who were into cryptocurrencies and knew all the technical aspects and the jargon that goes with it. At the time I didn't know much about crypto and wasn't really that interested in the kinds of posts that I saw on the Steem platform. So I just didn't use it and sort of forgot about it for a while.
In the meantime I tried a whole bunch of other social media platforms and kind of settled on Minds.com. It was my social media site of choice for a while.
Then sometime in June of 2019, I saw a post on Minds.com by @sketch.and.jam in which he had a link to his Steem account. I followed him on Steem and then started to explore a bit more and found that there was a whole other side of the Steem platform that I hadn't seen at first glance when I joined. I started to find photographers, artists, musicians, writers, and bloggers who blog about all sorts of topics, and not just about Steem and other cryptocurrencies. This was the side of Steem that I had hoped to find when I first signed up.
At that time, I just mostly commented and voted on other posts. Then I started posting very simple posts that consisted of a single images and a few words. I was using the iOS version of Partiko and it didn't let you post more than one image in a single post.
My posts got better and more elaborate after I discovered @steempeak. That is now my favourite frontend for the Steem blockchain, and I recommend it to everyone.
I'm one of those people who believe the Internet was meant for photos and videos of cats (some of you may think otherwise, and that's okay; you're allowed to be wrong). That's why I was happy when I discovered the #caturday tag (that's when you post photos and videos of cats on Saturday) and I joined the Caturday Discord Server where I met other people who think like me. I also became a CAT token whale, but I'll save that story for another time.
I also found @steemflagrewards, which is a community that tries to fight abuse of the Steem platform. I've decided to join in and give them a hand in trying to reduce the abuse on this platform. Doing so has earned me a few haters and some downvote trolls, but I knew what I was signing up for and I'm not really fazed by it.
I've been using the @actifit app as well. Being able to earn for posting about my physical activity helps me stay motivated to be active and be more careful how I eat. I have lost some body fat since using it and made a few cents for posting about it. I also made a separate account (@actisam) to separate these posts from my main account. If you're using Actifit, you can follow me on that account if you want.
I also discovered some games that I like, such as Hashkings, that I've been playing for a while now. And there is also Holybread, which I only started playing yesterday (or this morning if you want to be technical) and I'm already addicted to it.
So although I've had a Steem account for two years, I've really only been active for about eight months. But I've met quite a few great people on here and joined some great communities during that short time.
I hope my little post wasn't too boring and wish everyone a great one until next time!