โœจ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽˆ Four Years' Celebration ๐ŸŽ‰โœจ๐ŸŽ‡

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On 9/11 2016, four years ago, I created an account on a lesser known blockchain project that was then called Steem.

Little did I know that it would lead to me spending four years creating content for it, and starting not one, but two one-year-long photography projects there, and even make a trip to Thailand because of it.

(The photos in this posts are actual links to posts.)

My first post was written on the next day, the 12th September:

Looks promising.

Going to post things here. Need to figure the system out first.

Here's a photo of mine:

I also like board games like Go (weiqi). I play on DGS and OGS and I run a Go club in my town. Also write a blog about Go. It's been on a hiatus for a while, but I suppose I could start writing again.

See ya!

My Go blog still seems to be on a hiatus, but while that was true, I actually managed to keep writing and adding content on to the blockchain.

My next post had was basically a postcard photo of a certain project I tried to start, but lost interest to, because it might have become quite lengthy, and possibly expensive to keep on doing.

My little photo project: Koukkupommi.

The project was to document a little known creek Koukkupommi ("Hook bomb") that would later turn into a major river Porvoonjoki.

I might get back to that project once I get sufficient financial incentive to continue it...



Just a duck

On September 15th, I made my first introduction post:

Hi! I'm Jaro and this is my introductory verification post!

One of my first posts was a bit scarier photograph:

Sometimes, there's creepy stuff out there.

In the beginning, I also tried posting some Go games I had streamed on Twitch, but I recall they didn't get too much traction. Maybe there were not enough Go players on Steem at that time.

Gonna see this old fellow again tomorrow...



I also made a Youtube video explaining how to retouch backlit photos:

At first I didn't get very many views, and my rewards were pretty much nonexistent. It didn't really matter much. It was quite fun to create stuff and be anxious over the chance of a stray wild whale noticing.

I should not have checked the Hot or Trending posts, though.

Some poetry:

Spring cleaning

I also tried taking part in different kinds of Steem photo contests:

SteemitPhotoChallenge All Entries (SPC21)

In the above post I posted three photos. Can't remember if any of them won anything. ๐Ÿ˜…

Anyhow, by this time I started noticing a pattern in my visitors and commenters. There were certain people who had started frequenting my posts, and leaving comments.

I had only been using the blockchain for 3 months, and certain few people like @gringalicious and @englishtchrivy and others would appear in my comments more and more often.

Pipe, and a bird

I posted a toy design I had done on SolidWorks at school:

Something I designed a long time ago in school.

One of my photos did get a second place after all!

SteemitPhotoChallenge #29, Entry #2, Lizard

Deep thoughts:

So you want to be rich because you are different?

I really want to know what's happened to @skeptic, he was an interesting guy, but got some flack for being an honest jerk sometimes, a shitlord even.

I miss him a bit, though.

I'll make a more comprehensive list of people I've met here, as the story continues...

I should probably make one of these night panoramas again:

Nights in Tikkakoski

Then, roughly three years ago, on 26th June, I started my first year-long "One photo everyday" project.

365 followers? Okay. (1/365)

Soon after starting the project, I really started gradually getting regular visitors, many who've been with me until today, such as @old-guy-photos, @blazing, @turpsy, @kaminchan, @theguruasia, @rehan12, @pearlumie, @sacra97, @dswigle,
@melinda010100 and @lanzjoseg. @MarkkuJantunen did join the fun somewhere around the start of my first photo project.

I thank you all โ€“ and also those I should have remembered, but may have forgotten to mention โ€“ for having been with me through all these years!

Our hiking trip to Karhunjuomalampi in Pyhรคtunturi, Lapland.

Some of my then faithful followers, like @velimir, @rival, @moneybags, @dejavu, @yaan, @allmonitors, @anomiej, @molometer, @cemke, @magnata, @snrm, @icybc, @perlo, @jon24jon24, @cemke, @beforandafter, @kingsberry, @adenijadeshina, @starving, @escapist, @cutiepie, @adnanrabbani, @steemwija, @shencoin, @azisjesika, @manorvillemike, @osc10, @mistakili, @dinisanda, @trendo, @guyfawkes4-20, @jamisa, @m3mt, @maryambibi, @vectorabbot, @steemclaira, @andkill, @yaanivapeji, @droucil, @buzzbeergeek, @leggy23, @pardeepkumar, @brothermic, @trendo, @tim.clarke, @omsoc, @bankthecrypto, @templeflower, @chaseburnett, @resteemia, @cryptotraderx, @xawi, @prova, @cryptoandcoffee, @xplosive, @krenter, @dromzz, @zoef, @jarendesta and @cheeto.blue have all left and disappeared along the way though. And I miss them all!

From those whom I've lost, the ones I miss the most are some of those most active and funny commenters who brought a smile to my face. They were @yaan, @sadpotato, @george-topalov, and @skeptic.

But there's one person, that I really worry about, and wish I knew was actually ok, and alive. @Petesays, I hope you are doing well. We haven't heard from you for 2 years now after your posts where you told there was another farm burned in your area.

Some cars:

One photo every day: Three Beetles (64/365)

One photo every day: A Game of Chess (173/365)

One photo every day : Moby Dick (242/365)

This little fellow became the face of my photo business:

One photo every day: Someone wanted to pose for my camera... (337/365)

You may want to check out @Ambifokus, and my site Ambifokus.cc out.

Reindeer safari photos, part #1

Copyright violation? Naah...

I've been having such fun posting here!

And while it hasn't been much lately, I've still been quite constantly upvoting all good comments whenever my posts get them. In 2017 I could give quite big upvotes for a comment with only a 10% vote. Now my votes have dwindled. I'm waiting for better times, but still voting good comments. I hope people consider doing the same for their commenters.

I'm starting to get exhausted writing this huge post, but since it's my 4th birthday on the blockchain, I'll try to add a few more pictures.

Then came November 2019 and Steemfestโด

On November 6th, Leo and I flew to Thailand...

...Where we attended the Steemfestโด conference...

...and met a lot of new people...

@ace108, @aggroed, @aishwarya, @andrarchy, @andywong31, @anomadsoul, @anthonyadavisii,
@anyx, @arcange, @bitrocker2020, @bizventurer, @blocktrades, @bubke, @buttcoins,
@buzz.lightyear, @celestal, @cjsdns, @cleanplanet, @corinnestokes, @corsicana,
@crazysailor, @crimsonclad, @cryptospa, @daabi2006, @danea, @derangedvisions, @detlev,
@dmitrydao, @doxie-tx, @dylanhobalart, @elipowell, @elizacheng, @eturnerx, @fabianklauder
@faitherz33, @firepower, @fitinfun, @for91days, @fusan, @gabbygolden, @gandalf, @gengua
@gerbino, @goblinknackers, @grampo, @heleenvanlier, @hidemi, @howo, @iguazi123,
@jack8831, @jacobyu, @jaki01, @jarvie, @jeffjagoe, @joannewong, @joythewanderer,
@jpphotography, @julesplaschke, @justinw, @kaerpediem, @karinpics, @karinxxl, @kevinli,
@khimgoh, @kinakomochi, @knozaki2015, @kobold-djawa, @koolitime, @kopasi, @kristiankho,
@lemony-cricket, @liliana.duarte, @littlenewthings, @livinguktaiwan, @lizanomadsoul,
@louis88, @lukestokes, @m31, @martibis, @misslasvegas, @miss-travel-pro, @mynewlife,
@mys, @nainaztengra, @nateaguila, @neueimmo, @nicniezgrublem, @oleg326756, @osavi,
@poezio, @preparedwombat, @raynie, @reggyaguila, @revisesociology, @rmach, @roadscape,
@robinron, @roelandp, @rollie1212, @rycharde, @sflovik, @sg1, @shintakai, @sho-t,
@sjennon, @slobberchops, @starkerz, @steemrollin, @stoodkev, @superoo7,
@surpassinggoogle, @sytj0116, @theycallmedan, @travelgirl, @vaelriey, @valentinepudding,
@vandeberg, @vandining, @varunpinto, @vesytz, @vikonomics, @wanderein, @wandereronwheels,
@waybeyondpadthai, @world-travel-pro, @yann0975, @yoshiko, @zlatan-spielberg

And of course, we also met with @kaminchan. And I managed to get Bankok and Bagdad mixed up in my coffeeshop smartphone update. (I must have been tired, or just let my phone correct my thumb spellings without watching.)

Having coffee in <strike>Bagdad</strike> Bangkok Chinatown

The Thai Bus Ride:

The crazy bus drivers in Thailand

Thai delicacies:

Lunch, markets, temples and streetfood in Bangkok

After coming back from Thailand, we had a slightly sadder event to attend to. That was my grandmother's funeral. She had died a few days before our trip to Thailand.

We just came back from my grandmother's funeral.

ฮŸ ฮฎฮปฮนฮฟฯ‚ ฮผฯ€ฮฟฯฮตฮฏ ฮฝฮฑ ฮธฮญฯƒฮตฮน, ฮท ฮถฯ‰ฮฎ ฯƒฯ…ฮฝฮตฯ‡ฮฏฮถฮตฯ„ฮฑฮน. ฮ‘ฯ…ฯ„ฯŒ ฮตฮฏฮฝฮฑฮน ฯ„ฮฟ ฯ„ฮญฮปฮฟฯ‚ ฮตฮฝฯŒฯ‚ ฮบฮตฯ†ฮฑฮปฮฑฮฏฮฟฯ…, ฮฑฮปฮปฮฌ ฯ„ฮฟ ฮฒฮนฮฒฮปฮฏฮฟ ฮตฮฏฮฝฮฑฮน ฮฑฯ„ฮตฮปฮญฯ‚.

I had to take a short break from blogging.

On February 2nd, I started the Daily and Fresh project.

Ok, First one. Daily and Fresh photography. ๐Ÿ“ท

After my having started Daily and Fresh, the community soon fled centralization to a new fork of the blockchain, called Hive. My project gladly stood unharmed, and I continued happily posting daily on Hive, just as I had when the blockchain was called Steem.

It has now been 7 months since I started this second year-long photo project. But since there's only 5 months to go, I think I'll definitely finish this one too!

I would really like to go on for another few pages worth of photos and text. But I must say, that I am now at my limit. I'll let this one photo be the last one:

Finnish Toy Dog Club โ€“ Dog show in Kaivopuisto, Helsinki :: Daily and Fresh ๐Ÿ“ท (219/366)

There's that.

Quite a big post. I am glad if you managed to get through it!
I hope you liked it, as much as I had fun creating it!

And as always...

See ya later!

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Happy birthday day on your blockchain, its such big post but found lots of memories here, photos are very beautiful and taken very sharpely. You have mentioned a lots people and you really miss them specially few people. Its a great journey and blockchain may enriched with your contribution, you added your families and their memories too. I have enjoyed your post and once again, happy blockchain birthday.. ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ

Thank you!

I am very happy to see you and others enjoying my posts too.

Hello there @gamer00; I am glad that you tagged me in this as you brought back some very fond memories. That trip to Thailand is something I hope I never completely forget. Though my memory is not the greatest, and many details already escape me, I do recall that I thoroughly enjoyed every conversation we had.

I am happy to see that you're still around here. I'd already been quite inactive before Thailand; I had hoped to change this afterward, but life had some other crazy plans. We'll see how it goes from now on. Congratulations on four years; keep it up! When the crisis is over, I hope we will be able to meet again at whatever Hive's big conference turns out to be... maybe even re-unite Team Meow. I miss bowling...

I'm embarrassed to say that I don't actually remember visiting your blog until now. You certainly do take some wonderful pictures.

Hey there!

It's nice to know you are here too. I had already started wondering what had happened.

I did enjoy the conversations too, and even Leo, who while not understanding much that we talked about told me that he learned quite a lot by listening to us chatting.

We'll definitely re-unite Team Meow as we meet again! (I wonder when/where the next big conference will happen.)

No worries about not having visited earlier, you did eventually! And I thank you for your kind assessment of my photos!

Guao que rรกpido paso el tiempo querido Jaro @gamer00 tu llegaste mucho antes. Ha sido un bonito camino lleno de hermosas fotografรญas cada una de ella nos trae alegrรญa y recuerdos bonitos. Felicitaciones por tu aniversario. Gracias por la menciรณn me encanto estar aquรญ y promocionar este espacio tan bonito.

Wow how quickly time passed dear Jaro @gamer00 you arrived much earlier. It has been a beautiful journey full of beautiful photographs, each one of them brings us joy and beautiful memories. Congratulations on your anniversary. Thanks for the mention I loved being here and promoting this beautiful space.

It's my pleasure to be able to meet both you and Leo in Bangkok last year... Time really does flies... And I love your photos too... I can't get the "scary doll" photo out of my mind now... Hopefully I can get rid of it before I go to bed ๐Ÿ˜…
It's not easy but definitely doable to blog everyday! Keep it up! And looking forward to your Daily and Fresh! And your third project and many more in the future!

We both Leo and I are very delighted to have met you too!

And thanks! I hope the scary photo didn't haunt you for too long.

Yeah, blogging every day is kind of difficult, because you'll have to figure out something new to say each time. And that doesn't just happen every time. But for sure it is doable, and I'm not quitting yet.

Haha, we'll see about those third and more projects whenever their time comes...

Wow! Four years of blogging and photography! Congratulations๐ŸŽ‰!
These are very nice photos some of which I have not seen before. So glad to have stumbled on your post and started your OPED (one photo every day) project which got me posting regularly. Your delegation and support have made a big difference to my progress for which I am very grateful.

I hope you will continue to show us your photographic work and that your health will get stronger by the day! I have not been to the gym yet!! Life has been so busy these days. But Iโ€™ll try to make time for the gym this month definitely.

Hope you could get some cool airflow for your hot computer!

Have a nice weekend.

Thank you very much for both your support on my blog, as well as for being our devoted guide in Bagdad. Leo and I loved every minute of it.

I will of course keep posting photos, at least until this project is over. I am however thinking of moving the photography related posting to the @ambifokus account, and keep this one as more of a general (?) blog in the future.

However the gym activities are difficult to keep up doing without anyone as company. I am not as lone wolf as I imagined myself to be in that sense. It is true that I should continue though.

The computer isn't fixed yet, as it crashed again when I was writing this post. Gladly I had just saved a draft, so the whole post wasn't gone when I rebooted the thing. Yes, I think it is definitely of utmost importance too.

But health-wise, I think going to the dentist was a good idea. There are some diseases that have been linked to hidden gum infections. Now I've set up a half-yearly checkup for my teeth. I'm hoping this will help me not get sick so often.

Have a nice weekend.

Thank you, I wish you the same!

Yup! Baghdad is now very wet and cooler in rainy season.

I hope you and I would find the inspection to go to the gym more often!

Dear Jaro @gamer00
Wow, friend, how good and how quickly time has passed, and it has been 4 years of that.
It seems like yesterday that I got to meet him. It's been 3 years of that. Congratulations on your anniversary.

I hope we can continue to share photographic experiences.
I have not been able to buy a good camera yet but it is on my wish list, as well as someday I will be able to meet you and @MarkkuJantunen in person.

Tu siempre amigo @Lanzjoseg

Congratulations on 4 years! Glad to see you are still here.

Thank you! I forgot to mention you in the post, but I know you've been a regular visitor to my blog too. I'm also very glad to see You here. :)

There have been times where I wasn't sure I would hang out but I think I have gotten past that and I am going to stay.

Happy anniversary! And thank you so much for introducing me to Steem three and a half years ago!

It was really nice to get to know you and Leo during SF4, and how time flew while our fond memories are still fresh there.

Congratulations in your 4 years journey! It really was something and let's look forward that there are better days (and even years) ahead here too.

I joined year after you, so I think I have missed most of these early days photography! Congratulations for your 4th Birth day on blockchain. no matter it's Steem or Hive, we are still on Community blockchain with the decentralization!


Cheers buddy.!! Beautifully shot photos .. Was good to have met u at Bangkok. So much has changed since then ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š stay safe


Oh, I remember you! It was nice to meet you too. Yes, definitely will. Let's hope the plague subsides so we can start traveling again!

supwe sweet sum up from the bitter and sweet moments dude!

I think we didnt actually meet in Thailand, because there were so many people there...but the whole idea of all being on the same page there was cool. Thailand was cool and memorable.. maybe we will actually see us at another fest!

Thanks, and you are right. There were quite a few of us there.

Still, it was a very fun trip, and I am looking forward to the next ones! Maybe we'll meet there.

Wow 4 years!!

And what a tonne of gorgeous pics!! Thereโ€™s so many that I stopped to stare at for a bit and had to go right to the end.

Congratulations Jaro ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Congrats on 4 years!

Happy anniversary! SF4 were good times.

Thank you! It sure was. I wonder where the next one will be.


Wonderful photo

Happy Hive Birthday @gamer00.

Hope to see you again at the next HiveFest ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you very much!

Any idea when/where the next jubilee will be held?

I fear it won't happen this year because of COVID. Me so sad ๐Ÿ˜ข

Well, let's hope it will be soon. I'd already like to "Meet the Hive".

Aww such beautiful memories Happy 4th anniversary. And I am still there ๐Ÿ˜‚

Thank you!

That's a good thing! I must somehow have missed your visits. I have become somewhat absent minded when it comes to reading and posting here lately. Heh, I should probably try to sleep more.

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Congratulations for you. ๐Ÿฅณ

You have amazing photos here. Thanks for sharing. btw: I like the photo of Boston terrier :) I have it, too ๐Ÿ˜