in Hi From Hive15 days ago (edited)

My coming to this point on Hive (in life) was never something I had imagined. It is not even close to my imagination but instead beat all imagination of what I want to achieve as I grow in life.


Hive changed my life in so many ways, helped me grow musically, helped me connect more socially and even gave me respect among my siblings, peers and family members. Now, let me share with you how hive has helped me do all this.


It started 2018 when I discoverd Hive by a friend @k-banti who was very active and was pesting me to join. I declined coming in because I never believed in earning money online. Anything that involves making money online, I see them as scam.

I watch my friend @k-banti struggle for votes, he was very active and that time, earning a $4 dollar vote to him, was like me earning a $40 vote now on my post. He would rejoice like he won a lottery. He ended buying himself a smartphone worth $150 from the earning he had accumulated, while me was just there who could not afford $4 from anywhere. I only depended on the allowances I get from my father. If my father doesn't send anything, I am left with nothing.

I thought of my life, I thought that I had nothing. I saw it with evidence that earning money online was real and not a scam. I met with @k-banti and asked him, how can I join this platform and he assisted me in creating account. If I can remember vividly, It takes about 2 days or more to get your account ready after submitting your preferred username.

Before I chose this username @starstrings01, I thought really had on what name to use since I saw this platform as a blogging platform alone. Later on, k-banti told me I could use my stage name which was then starstrings because I played the guitar.

I thought of it then decided to use it but I had no idea on how to upload videos. I know there was the likes of dtube for uploading videos in the platform but I had no gadget except and my guitar that's all. I had no effect pedal, no sound card, a faulty Personal Computer (PC), a phone which had a bad battery and a bad camera. I really had nothing to create a good blog content not to even say a video content.

I was never good at writing and content creation. In fact, part of me hated anything language, so it was hard for me. Since I saw writing was not my thing and I can not make video content, I decided to move to buying steem with the little money I had on me. Then I got devasted when the value began to drop still it was worth nearly nothing compared to how much I bought it. The amount of steem I bought then would be about 20-30 steem, I can not remember the value. I ended up leaving the blockchain since it never worked for me.


After I left in the year 2018, I came back last year 2020 during corona period. @k-banti reached out to me and told me about the steem fork to Hive and said everything was better. He persuaded me to give it a try and I thought, why not since I had nothing doing and was at home. Then, I wrote this introductory post here. it was a wack introductory post, it shows I didn't know much on writing an introductory post.

One of the biggest help I had in getting accustomed to hive was from @theterminal. I learnt a lot from engaging with other newbies, I learnt about tags and things newbies need to know when coming in. I got to know that I need to engage more to gain visibility on Hive, which I did as if my life depends on it.

I started getting support from people as I began to engage and the first few support I had was from @steevc, @minnowsupport, @josediccus. They were the ones that kept me going from their votes on my posts.

I began to add more quality to my content, and started getting votes from @appreciator. I was so happy seeing my post earning up $10. The truth is my first $10 post reward was from his vote.

After some while, it got to a point that I focused more on onboarding people into Hive than blogging. So I created @hivepack account which I used to onboard people to Hive. That account alone had onboarded 80 people to hive. Before @roomservice made the referring possible on, I had onboarded over 30 people to hive. That makes at least a 100 people I had told about Hive and also created an account.

Then later, I noticed many of them leave as soon as they make their introductory post or the first post after their introductory post. This really pained me a lot that I decided to take a break in bringing people to Hive and make a new approach in helping people discover their way in Hive.


The Newbies Initiative was born when I started helping people find their way on Hive. I got the idea when I saw a post from @victoriabsb about taking care of 5 newbies or so, and it went in line with what I wanted to do.

The initiative started last year September and has grown to gain support from @aliento. I never thought the initiative would have gone this far and has really been helpful to newbies who participated. You can follow @newbies-hive to check out the initiative.


I know this is the part you are wanting to read and I would definitely share it with you. The truth is that if they remove Hive from my life, there is practically nothing left. My life presently is better than I imagined it to be and I would tell why I say so?

When I started Hive, I was using an Infinix device that was very slow in terms of navigation and processing. The camera was not even something to mention about. As I engaged and built on the blockchain, I was able to change my phone into a Xiaomi Redmi device.

After 9 months that I got this device, it was stolen and with the help/support from @whatamidoing, @k-banti, @projectmamabg, @cwow2 and others that I didn't mention (apologies), I was able to buy an iPhone XR after 4days which my phone was stolen.

This is something I appreciate Hive for; the friends I have made across different countries.

As I said earlier, before I started blogging and engaging on Hive, I had no gadget or instrument for making contents, but now with my earnings from Hive, I have gotten to buy a gasoline generator, a guitar, an effect pedal, a combo speaker, a sound card, a studio mic, a studio headphones, a ring light and phone stand, and lastly a touchscreen laptop.

I was able to buy all these gadgets without the help of my parents and if I am to calculate the money spent on getting all these gadgets, it would be almost $2000 if not more. With these gadgets I have been able to make better video contents of good quality.

If you are not in Nigeria, $2000 might not be a big deal to you but to many of us it is. Why is that so? Because most of the salaries paid are not even up to a $100 per month. While I was having my IT in the year 2019, I was paid $20 per month. In that $20, I would remove money for feeding, and data subscription.

Now Imagine someone that earns $20 per month be given $2000. Definitely, he would be very happy and grateful from his heart. In fact, he would pray for you; that is how it is for me.

Sincerely, I would never have gotten these gadgets or any time soon. I would not be living a better life if not for Hive. I have gone back to school, and most of the fees I need to pay in school, I pay them without having to disturb my parents for money.

Last week, I was able to support my cousin who needed money to buy a new phone with $40 from my Hive account. I don’t have any job I am doing, so there is no way I can afford $40 if not from my Hive account and these is not the only thing I have done for my siblings and family members.

Now, I can basically afford all my needs with my activities on Hive. A big fact is that, what I earn on Hive a week is more than what most Nigerians earn from working 7am to 7pm everyday in a month; Not to talk about my earnings in a month.

Moreover, being able to onboard my friends and support them (special thanks to ocd incubation program) has given me more respect from them. I love the fact I get to support them and motivate them to be active often both in engagement and writing.

Lastly, if you onboard people on Hive, first focus on a few number of people you can easily reach out to before you onboard more than you can support because if you do more, there would be many who would end up leaving (loose motivation) before you reach out to them; as they say, quality is better than quantity.

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As a newbie on Hive, I felt motivated and happy for what this platform has done for you and what it might do to me too. In the past, I never thought that blogging about the things I like would generate money, but now seeing how you've earned a substantial amount from it, it gave me the drive to make more high-quality content.

I am glad my article has motivated you to put in quality to your content but the truth is quality is just about 40% of the work you need. What you need is visibility to those quality contents and the only way you can get that is through engagement i.e. reading contents of other authors and leaving quality comments (like as you have done here) and not something like nice post.

Thank you for your tips @starstrings01, I will definitely take that into account!

@starstrings01 My No.1 Success Story on Hive 😁😎

Broo.... Mhenn, I'm so impressed with your journey so far on Hive. How I wish every other persons introduced to Hive can be willing to go through the learning process of Hive and curious to learn about the platform themselves like you did, they will ultimately succeed with Hive just as you've. I'm glad you're here and I'm glad that Hive has been able to help reform you and made you better.

I'm also pleased with all your achievements so far on Hive. I wish you greater success ahead. Cheers Brother 🍻

Bro, I never thought I would get to achieve what I have today. I remain forever grateful to you for bringing me to hive. For your support both on Hive and outside Hive. Thank you very much brother!

God's the Greatest!

You're welcome Brother. The pleasure is mine

Truly, God is the Greatest…

You really did birth and took good care of him on hive, aren't you just a hive god father?

Thanks for all you did, am sure he will forever grateful.

I guess we should do more to help newbies and those we onboard here.

...aren't you just a hive god father?

Hahahaa🤣... Maybe not just yet

Thanks for all you did, am sure he will forever grateful.

Undoubtedly!. You're welcome

I guess we should do more to help newbies and those we onboard here.

For sure, and I'm glad Starstrings has been doing so through one of his initiatives here on Hive.

This is a really great inspiration for me as an 8-days old Hiver (or Hivian? hehe) 💕 I was hesitant at first when our leader encouraged me to be onboarded. I was like, "What? You can earn through writing?" I thought it was a scam too 🤣

Before, what made me join is the opportunity to prove my parents wrong. Coz they didn't allow me to take Journalism, they'll always say "There's no money in writing."

But upon joining and reading posts like yours, I now want to influence and share this amazing platform with my friends! Hopefully, I can gather them here too! Just like what you did. 💕 Thank you so much for a good read!

This isn't a scam and I am glad my post inspires you to do more. I believe you can attain a greater height and inspire others too.

Oh, I'm so sorry to reply just now. Thank you so much for your motivation! I can't wait for that day to come! I wish for the upcoming success of everyone! 🤍🤍 Have a great dayyy

Smiles… you are already on the path… it would come sooner than you realize. Just followed you by the way.

Oh! Thank you so much! Looking forward to your blogs and music covers! And of course, looking forward to the success of everyone. Have a great dayyyyy! 🤍

At a point this post almost made me cry..
And then I started laughing..
And then I started nodding..

Such a great piece.
Bro, I appreciate that you didnt give up and that you did your best.

To be honest with you, you re a bit inspiration for me on hive, like I always say.

The first time @bhoa showed my your posts, I was amazed at your skills at first, following you subsequently made me realize you were actually a very nice person.

You deserve me Chief. And thanks for the newbieintiative. It has been a blessing to those of us currently in the program.

Thanks @starstrings01 and every other person who supported you.

Wow, bhoa showed you my post.

Giving up wasn't an option for me. I discovered @josediccus and he has been an inspiration to me ever since and still now.

I was able to pull through from the support I got from the terminal. That's more reason why I decided to help others too.

Yeah.. He did.
He said you played the guitar and that I could look you up.

I m glad I did.

I am so happy that everything is going better and better for you! I told you I appreciated you! You were the first people to land me a hand on the platform I will always be thankful and I will help you whatever it costs me!






@starstrings01, you've been given LUV from @projectmamabg.

Check the LUV in your H-E wallet. (2/3)

Thanks very much. You have been very helpful to me on Hive and I really do appreciate.

Ómo bro, this post is a big inspiration me, I've always had my doubt at first about if the hive was paying, but this is full proof, the hive has really changed your life for the better.
.I normal paying job wouldn't get you all that in this country.

Keep up the good really inspire a lot of people here

Great to see you have done so well. This is what Hive should be doing for those who put in the effort.

Thank you very much. There are a lot of opportunities Hive has to offer to many especially my country men. I really appreciate all it has done for me.

Your story is amazing and as amazing as it is, it's similar to mine. Hive has really done a lot for me. I've been able to buy two industrial machines costing up to 400 tbousand naira. Been able to afford two big phones for my business and artworks. I can't even count it. People are amazed that I work from home yet not lacking. I'm grateful hive crossed my path and I'm happy for you too brother. More success for us.


Wow! you bought two industrial machines #400k, that's massive. Hive is wonderful and has helped so many lives especially ours. These stories would give motivation to those who are about giving up to double the hustle and put in a lot of efforts on Hive.

Absolutely. It takes consistency and dedication. It's sad to see people give up so easily.

Especially after making the first post after their introduction. When I started, my brother started with me and he was saying, I give you a year time you would have given up and left. He said that because we were not really earning much on our post rewards and we struggled a lot.

The difference between him and I, was that I was willing to engage and get to know people, understand the platform the way it works but him, he was more about what he could earn quickly in lesser time. That is the most reason why if I ask him to come back to Hive, he would say he doesn't have the time.

Truth is, if I become a whale on Hive tomorrow, he would surely come back because he would have seen a easy way out.

🤣🤣🤣 I get his feeling. I'm also facing same problem with people I onboarded. All I can do is keep encouraging them. It doesn't come in a day. It's a process.

We are truly inspired by what you have achieved and your great assistance for newbies. Back when I started on Hive, you were very supportive. There are no words to describe how grateful I am. It will be interesting to see where we are in the next few years on Hive and hopefully we will have a chance to meet in person one day in the future.
Keep up the great work!

I would love to meet you in person! In the next few years, when Hive makes me a millionaire by God's grace, We would see how we would have a massive Hive meetup.

Hive is indeed life changing.

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For me, I would say Hive is Life!!!

Your resilience and perseverance is out of this world!
Very few can stay committed to the cause if faced with same challenges you were faced with.

I'm grateful to God that you perserved, because if you hadn't, I would never have heard about hive. Okay, maybe I would've, but I dont think I'd have made this much progress in such short time.

Thank you very much for the constant support. Despite your busy schedule you still find time to check up on everyone and guide them. Na man you be. 🙌🙌

Very humble and easy to relate with.
You're indeed a blessing to those around you.
Stay blessed bro!

Smiles, truth is if you may have heard about Hive somewhere else, there would be someone else who would be there to guide you through and probably may have made same progress as you have now if not more.

I am just an instrument, anybody else can be used in place if I do not exist.

Thank you very much for your nice words, I really appreciate

You're welcome boss. 🙌🙌

I am so happy to see how much impact Hive had and has on your life! In Nigeria living must be hard and this is really a huge resource for you, congrats for persevering!

Yeah it is definitely a huge resource. In fact, it is life saving. Truly Nigeria is tough but it is an easy life for those who do not live in Nigeria.

I hope that it will get better, all people deserve a better life really.

Bro, you're a very big inspiration for me never to give up because have almost given up due to my inability to bring the best out of myself. But your story touches me, I still have better resources(even though the resources are malfunctioning) than you when you started the journey. Your story has given me a head-start to never give up but put more consistent effort and follow the processes till the very end. Thanks for bringing me to this great community.

I am glad that my story inspires you to put in more effort. I know you can do better brother that is why I always keep telling you to try to be more active. It would not be easy but it would get better as you push through.

Moreover, you have me. I am always there if you need me and I would try my best to help you out the best way I can. You can do this bro... Go Go Go Go Hephzi!!!

Thanks for the motivation Brother. Just dropped a post, you can check it out.

I have checked it out brother and left you a comment on what you should work on.

Entering hive has been nothing but benefits and advantages for those of us who have had access to this window. In my personal experience I had a bit of a phobia despite the fact that I was constantly speaking in public, but the fact of going to the healings in front of people with so many experiences, I let go of my fear and turned that weakness into strength in my daily life. Grateful to have belonged to the novices of the month of June, an experience that I will never forget as well as the classes taught... I can only say thank you. @starstrings01 , @eddiespino , @victoriabsb @ilazramusic @aliento

I am happy there are people who support and take care of newbies in the platform. This is what makes Hive prosper the more because the newbies are the future of the blockchain.

Thank you for so much

I am happy for you sir, I will really need to get closer to you because you got the ingredients for this journey, your own self is a motivation to me,at some point I began to feel I won't be able to make it due to the poor instruments and poor sounds am producing, poor camera device but I have seen with my eyes how you gradually overcame, most especially as a beginner you continue posting but you don't get recognize it's really choking at some point I was loosing it but I will Love to continue am motivated. One day I will write a sweet piece like this just as you did.

Definitely, you would get to write a piece much more wonderful than this. Bro, I totally understand how tough it can be but doing give up. If it get frustrating, reach out to people and if not, you can always reach out to me on discord: starstrings01#8020.

Thank you so much starstrings😭

This is growth. Reading this is inspiring .your journey through hive has been a successful one and your existence on hive gave birth to newbies like me...
Thanks man...well done champ

Yeah true, and thank God for using @k-banti to bring me into hive and now that I have brought you into Hive, its time for you to grow to inspire other. You can do this, I know and believe in you brother.

I was laughing when you talked about earning $20 a month. Honestly, not a lot of people would understand what we Nigerians manage to survive on, it's crazy if you ask me, but we're managing daily. I'm glad to see how far you've actually come. Sincerely you're the man. Keep vested and keep growing. The future is still brighter than today.

@tipu curate

Thanks a lot brother. You have been my biggest motivation and inspiration on Hive and I remain forever grateful for your support.

Weytin dey sup tipu curate like this bai

This tipu eventually didn't pull through. Na wah o. anyways. We're aiming for the stars as we keep growing. It's great to see you here at this stage. Grateful for hive too.

Smiles..tipu finally pull through!

Your story was very inspiring G. Big up✌🏽

Thank you very much. I am glad you were inspired by my post

I'm a living witness to most of your experiences bro. I must commend your courage, dedication and selflessness. You got me onboarded on hive and many others and your encouragement keeps us going. Wishing you the best in life and the contest @starstrings01.

Thank you very much brother… I really appreciate your nice words. Greater heights to us.

I read your post and you achieved a lot here on HIVE. I respect that and I'm happy for you because I've devoted my life to help others.
I started with Steemit in July 2006 and I don't know anybody who earns any money with Steemit or Hive here in London. I know that many people in Venezuela, Nigeria and other countries earn some HIVE and STEEM.
I'm not that active on Hive as much I'm on Steemit but I still post regularly.
Apart from #thealliance members, my posts have rarely received any good upvotes here on Hive but it's fine for me. In order to live in London, you need a lot of money and Hive in most cases would never change anybody's life here.
Hive exists because of Steemit and not the other way around.
I really liked your post. Thank you for sharing!

I see Hive as the better and Upgraded Version of steemit. I don't use steemit because I am very much invested in Hive.

I understand that things there are very expensive compared to here. So you may not really see much benefit in the rewards you get but guess what, people are making it big on Hive gaming. I read a post of someone making about $25,000 playing games on Hive.

Thank you so much for replying!

I try so much to reply every comment on my post.. Sometimes, I forget. You know how the mind of humans are...

Yo, that's so cool. I am logging into hive after a long time, I have no idea what happened here after steemit, honestly I am so freakin confused, do you have any post which I could read to understand what really changed ?

I have gotten to buy a gasoline generator, a guitar, an effect pedal, a combo speaker, a sound card, a studio mic, a studio headphones, a ring light and phone stand, and lastly a touchscreen laptop.

Thats fking massive brother! Congratz :D

Thank you very much.. Hive is Life brother!

$2,000 is always a big deal and dayum you got some fingernails!

Wassup man? I took an extended hiatus some time in 2019 and came back last year too. It was a nice break but it's always nice to come back.

Smiles, I am very lazy to cut the nails and I love them that's why I keep them.

Yeah $2000, I don't know how much it is out there but it is a lot here. I know things are a lot more expensive out there so I was thinking it might not be a big deal to people in some other countries.

2k is still a lot to me, i feel your pain. Pleasure to be met.

Thank you very much... The pleasure is mine really.

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This is awesome, l must confess that hive is a place to be, going through your hive experience, stirs up the spirit of engagement, l believe that soon , in addition to what l have now, will come a more amazing experience that will inspire many. Thanks for sharing, it's quite inspiring.