There's this one person I've noticed lately, who used to create original artworks and post them and was decently rewarded for a long time. Eventually she started to get inactive, her artworks weren't really hive-related but something she did for the rest of crypto community but shared them here. Nothing wrong with that, but she never really "dug into the community" so to speak. Most what she'd do was reply to comments on her posts with thanks or short messages, almost never went out to curate or comment on other people's posts, other artists, etc. I think that this was something that over time lead her to receive less and less engagement and at the same time rewards which possibly lead to her fading away from even that little Hive activity she was having.
It's kind of a spiral, she was so close to becoming a true community member had she just pushed herself to keep the momentum, following by giving some time and effort back to those who engaged with her or other authors on chain, instead it just got worse and worse. Eventually it seemed she even gave up sharing her original artwork in her posts, not receiving any more engagement the only thing that remained were a few autovotes after the rest dwindled. Instead she started just posting random announcements or ads for a platform/coin she was involved in in an attempt to promote it. Never really receiving any more engagement or views nor giving any engagement back to others and attempting to get back some of that attention she used to have on chain.
Okay, so the reason I'm bringing this up is cause I noticed that she's now been posting about something she needs help with medically and asking for donations/assistance in the form of upvotes, etc. Her last comment before that was over 6 months ago and sadly no one is reacting or reading her posts when she possibly may need it the most. The only reason I know about it and have checked up on her account was cause she was getting close to that gray area of "farming" the autovotes she was getting with no effort content/copy paste announcement of another crypto as mentioned above. Now of course the rewards aren't that much and I don't really feel like kicking someone when they're down by downvoting those posts knowing she needs medical attention even though it seems she's just copy pasting that message now about help.
Image from Pixabay.
In comparison there was this one user from the Philippines who passed away tragically recently, she hadn't been on Hive for long but had become quite active. She was part of the Hive Open Mic community, posting there and being involved in the Hive PH community, getting to know other Hivers from the country and being quite active all around. Just to prove my point that the previous user I talked about had been here for years but never really made the leap forward to give something back to the community while this new user was trying and being social on our social media platform.
The post that was made in memory of her and in support of her family who had another active member on Hive received a ton of upvotes, donations and amazing comments in support of the passed away Hiver. Which shows that if you get involved with the community, give value with your presence and activity, they'll have your back. Sure you can say this isn't the best comparison because this was already a life that had ended while the other is more questionable what exactly the help is she needs, but not even receiving a single comment on her now 3+ posts asking for assistance is really something. I kind of feel bad but not in a position to help or get involved right now and I mostly just feel bad how no one seems to care or even be aware of it. I don't think anyone else is to blame for the situation, though.
This isn't really a first time thing, neither. When push comes to shove the community really shows who they trust and value with donations and upvotes during times of need. I was in a similar place a few years ago during the worse of the bear market where I needed urgent surgery, even though I felt a bit embarrassed to make a post asking for help, others had my back through huge loans even though they've never met me or knew my name or address or anything. It's something quite unique to Hive that I don't think would be possible anywhere else to gain that kind of trust to give out thousands of $ without collateral to someone you only know from their username, text they write and activity on chain.
Alright so to end this post, I think that's the kind of goal that should be in more users mindset to reach. Get to the level of trust where others would feel sure that they can loan you money and you'd have too much to lose not to return it through what you're building here with your account and reputation. This isn't me trying to get you to just loan money out willy nilly, you should still make sure they have the proof for what they're requiring for it and it not being too much. It's kind of like trading or gambling I suppose, don't loan out more than you can afford to lose and make sure it's not a hacked account suddenly trying to get your loan.
I'm talking more about the general activity on chain, the connections you aim to build and the value you bring to others through your activity and not just constantly looking out for yourself trying to be a loner on a social media platform or doing some quid pro quo vote trading with other stakeholders of similar sizes to maximize returns which just takes APR from the rest doing proper curation and community building.
Bit of a shorter post than the one yesterday as I felt a bit sorry how long that one got but thankful to those that read it. Starting to enjoy writing again and hopefully will have more time to do so this time around, even though the last few times I've said this there were weeks and months without me posting again. :P