@dalz just put up one of his monthly "Top earners" posts. With any stats you will always have people interpreting them in their own subjective way. Viewing these stats subjectively myself I found a few things that were interesting.
Im not going to be assigning major conclusions to them or making grand proclamations. Just to be clear off the bat. 😅 Im just noting simple observations.
I try to look at the stuff happening on Hive through the lens of days passed. Years back these lists looked very different. The names, the values and overall distribution.
One interesting thing to note is that if you looked at the values listed for top rewarded authors and compared it to the values for most rewarded curators you see that just 1 single top curator whale could cover the rewards a few times over for all the authors listed here.
This in my eyes shows that the rewards are distributed far wider than what we might expect.
On every social media platform it is expected that the top creators earn most of the total rewards but it very much seems thats not the case here on Hive.
The top20 curators distributed the equivalent of 500k Hive while the top 20 authors earned about 35k.
Lets look further.
When we are looking at the top Hive witnesses we get a better sense of the rewards distribution between top earners.
The top paid author on Hive earns the equivalent of the 25th ranked witness.
The top paid author earns about as much as the 60th largest Hive account looking at HP.
Each of the top 20 Witnesses earn about as much as a Whale curator with 1.5 million HP.
With 1.5million Hive being valued at around 500k USD you could potentially say that a witness top 20 position has a 500k USD value just looking at the passive future earnings potential.
Ofc, having significant capital present allows for you to take advantage of the market. (Although the 12 week powerdown can be a drawback there).
You could also say that buying 200-300k HP, when it comes to earnings, is preferable to being the most paid author on Hive. The purchase is instant while getting to that author position is both a continuous difficult effort and payouts not guaranteed.
These "maths" arent done precisely but id say I'm not too off when it comes to these observations.
Anything else we can observe here? In whose position would you like to be if you could choose?
Id personally take a million HP over any of these other options. 😂