6 Weeks on Hive

When I started blogging roughly six weeks ago I thought I had a certain understanding of what happened when I got a Hive account with my Splinterlands account.

Since then I went on to discover I knew way to little about what was happening. With that in mind I think I still do not know nearly as much as I would like.

I started commenting, voting and posting. I wrote about Splinterlands of course, that's what brought me here. Additionally I started diving into different communities and left a post here and there. And all that also made me realize, there is still much to learn.

Most things in live worth learning about need a lot of time and experience. So I need to keep interacting and most importantly reading.

With this post I want to give an update about what I learned since my first post, maybe it can even help some other newbie in the future.

Different front-ends

At first I thought the ability to post a blog on Hive comes from peakd. Well, it's true and not true.

All the information is stored in a block in the blockchain. That is open and readable for every participant in the network. There are different front-ends (and peakd is just one of them) that read the blockchain and present the information stored in there in a nice way. They also allow you to post information onto the blockchain, broadcasting it into the network. The other front-ends pick it up and voila, the next blog post is presented to everyone connected to hive through the front-end they decided to use.

More than just blogs

This new information started to sink in and I finally realized (or so I think I do) how Splinterlands is doing its thing with hive. All the information the game needs is stored in the blockchain. The ownership of assets, the battle information, card rental system, etc.


Other games exist and utilize the blockchain. The big aha moment came when I stumbled upon the Proof of Brain Game by @fulltimegeek. Reading the comment section to his announcement post I learned that the json information to the game is stored on the blockchain.

Any Hive account can post any information that way. And that is where DApps (decentralized apps) come into play. That will be my research project for the next few weeks.

What other DApps are out there and what do they do?

You are not alone

But staying focused on blogging for now, there are important aspects that make the difference to a normal blog. People have power and what it can do is not apparent at first. So what did I learn during the past weeks?


People not only have the power to up-vote you, they can also down-vote you. Communities (more on that topic further down) can also mute you. And with every vote you get or lose reputation. @sacrosanct posted a very good explanation about that.



Distributing up-votes is as important as receiving them. If you want to be appreciated and have your work curated, you also need to do the same for others. That is how the system works. But don't fling your votes around, you should care for the content. And leaving a comment can also go a long way.


Of course I appreciate it when someone likes my work and getting up-votes feels good. In that we are all human and more or less the same. But a word of appreciation can go a long way to encourage people to keep on doing good things. And a well placed and well written criticism can help people do things better.

I encountered that when I found the Stock Images Community and posted some pictures of my Sunflowers. @crosheille was kind enough to point out my mistake and help me improve myself (once again, thank you for that).

So go out there and do the same. If a heartbreaking story moved you, tell the author about it. If someone made a mistake, politely advice them to do better.


There are a lot of communities out there. I spent hours just opening the overview and browsing the communities, looking at their content. Communities are a great way to read about a topic you are interested in and you can post your content there to get a broader audience.

Communities have their rules and every community has different rules. It is important to obey those rules, otherwise you get muted and can not post in there.

But as seen above, making mistakes is human and the first time you are hinted about what you did wrong.

Keep improving yourself

What a relive. We are allowed to make mistakes. As long as we learn from them. And learning how things work here is not that difficult, it's just not a fast process, sometimes it even hurts a little bit. Every day there is some new little detail completing the puzzle.

I found people writing comments with (what I now learned to be) bot commands. They wrote "!PIZZA" and some bot controlled account started distributing tokens. Later on I found a post I enjoyed and wanted to contribute the same way only to be slapped by the bot that I don't have any PIZZA tokens staked. Ooops.

So I went out and started learning about how this system really works. I staked some PIZZA and now I can give back to others.

A lot of tokens are our there and some work the same way (just need to stake the appropriate token) and some work different. Some require a command, some a tag and some day someone else will find some other way. 😉

Check your work

Whenever I read one of the many newbie guides out there I find they all have one common message: No plagiarism

So be sure it is your original work. Of course there is a lot of free material out there and you can (even should) use it to make your postings more enjoyable. But be sure to give credit. I adopted the usage of a divider at the end and post all the sources after that.

Directly below that I would rank the message: Mind your formatting

There is a lot to consider when formatting your text. From a nice header picture to the headlines down to the line breaks, dividers and paragraphs. All this is to keep it readable and provide a nice user experience as the software developers call it.

I learned the most from this ULTIMATE MARKDOWN TUTORIAL by @carrieallen.

Quality over Quantity

I spent a lot of time writing these posts. Gathering resources, creating an image, proof-reading (and still some mistakes slip through) but I think it is worth it.

I see people posting almost every day, some following the guidelines and some not. Wondering were they get the time made me realize: I need to get more organized.

Again, this process will take time. When I started on Hive I did not know how long it will last. There are times when there is just no time even though I would have liked to post something. And then there are days where I have a lot of time but I don't use it efficiently enough.

To improve my efficiency while also maintaining or even raising the quality of my posts I need to discover my style, create templates and organize the resources I gather over time.

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Thank you

With that goal in mind I want to thank you for reading and wish you a nice day. I hope you enjoyed taking part in my journey of discovering Hive and maybe you will read some future updates again. 😊

Header image based on own photograph and Community emblembs
Accompanying images based on screenshots
Dividers are free use provided by @thepeakstudio


Cool to hear that you like the HIVE blockchain!
And thanks for the information regarding the proof of brain game, didn't know that!

Congratulations! You are the first user ever who receives !BEER from me (since I just passed the 24 BEER mark which is neccessary to call for BEER)

Hope the typo works hehe

Thank you very much. 😊
You just settled an inner argument I had with myself, between all the stuff there is to find out my next step will be to investigate the different tokens and ! commands further.

You are welcome my friend!

I feel you .. I am struggeling with the same thing 😅
As far as I know you can go to (i.e.) leofinance.io and connect to your HIVE account.
When you vote, you use Voting Power on the HIVE blockchain to proccess this transaction (since the token is running on the HIVE blockchain) - but it will also generate two payouts: One on the main chain (if this post is seeable on the usual frontends) and another for the token itself. The higher your stake in this token is, the higher the token payout for that post!

Please correct me if I am wrong with some things but that's how I understood and observed it so far ..

And then there are other tokens like !HBITS or !BEER which you can "mine" or tip by typing the command into the comment, like done before.

I think many things are not transparent for beginners, especially some technical things ..

You need to stake more BEER (24 staked BEER allows you to call BEER one time per day)

There is a lot to learn on Hive and Hive is always growing so always new things to learn. I've been here for almost 5 years, things change, things improve, people change and people improve.

I think there is somewhere on Hive for just about anyone.

Good luck for the next months! It’s a journey not a race here on Hive. ✌🏻
Regards Thomas

It is indeed heart warming when you receive engagements on your posts. That is why i love to give it. I love to share with my audience just as I would love them to share with me. I always try to leave a meaningful comment whenever i drop by. as such, i make sure i visit places where i am truly interested. Doesn't mean free information doesn't fall on my lap though😂
Also, I put my heart in my work especially if it is something i love doing. I love writing and interaction with people online, so I give my all here. This is such a great post by the way. 1000000000000 reasons to love it!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
I saw your post in Dreemport!

Hallo :-) Ja, es gibt viel zu lernen, wenn man mit HIVE anfängt, aber es ist es allemal wert. Und es hört auch nie auf, irgendetwas Neues entdeckt man auch nach Monaten noch, also super Gehirn Jogging!
Viel Erfolg weiterhin !ALIVE
@dreemport sent me here

@hannes-stoffel! You Are Alive so I just staked 0.1 $ALIVE to your account on behalf of @beeber. (2/10)

The tip has been paid for by the We Are Alive Tribe through the earnings on @alive.chat, feel free to swing by our daily chat any time you want.

You nicely explain your experience as a newbie.@Dreemport brought me here.
Thank you for sharing this experience,

Loved this post... so helpful from someone so new to Hive... I followed your link to @carrieallen's post and found it incredibly useful. I knew most of what she had captured but did find one new thing in markdown I had been looking for... so thank you!

Being so new, have you heard of Dreemport yet? It is a curation platform with rewards powered by Hive. I'd love to share this post in Dreemport tomorrow and share some info with you which could enable you to get more eyes on your own content and have more people visiting your posts right here in Hive. Take a look at this post by @dreemsteem who runs the Dreemport community. I think you would enjoy the engagement and support that you might find by sharing your content in Dreemport on a regular basis, and still retaining your blogging home here on Hive 😊

How do I use Dreemport? It's easy!


Thank you 😌
Never heard of Dreemport. Reading the link you provided it sounds very interesting, I will check it out 😉

Fab...see what you think...no pressure at all, but I think you'll like it for getting more eyes on your content and finding genuine connections on Hive. Shout if you have any questions and do tag me when you come into the discord and I will come say hi and see if you need any help :-) !ALIVE

@hannes-stoffel! You Are Alive so I just staked 0.1 $ALIVE to your account on behalf of @samsmith1971. (1/10)

The tip has been paid for by the We Are Alive Tribe through the earnings on @alive.chat, feel free to swing by our daily chat any time you want.

@hannes-stoffel! You Are Alive so I just staked 0.1 $ALIVE to your account on behalf of @samsmith1971. (3/10)

The tip has been paid for by the We Are Alive Tribe through the earnings on @alive.chat, feel free to swing by our daily chat any time you want.

Hey @hannes-stoffel, here is a little bit of BEER from @xchng for you. Enjoy it!

Do you want to win SOME BEER together with your friends and draw the BEERKING.

Upvoted on behalf of the VYB Curation project - please feel free to use the community tag #vyb on your future posts.


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