I've been celebrating three earth years on the Hive (/pre-hive) blockchain this week.
I got the alert a week ago thanks to @hivebuzz:
- three earth years, or
- 40 moons, or
- 32 million blocks since my account was created on pre-Hive.
It's worth noting that the very act of celebrating a Hive birthday in earth years is to impose a time-frame on a blockchain that has no awareness of years at all - kind of odd, that you have to convert three second blocks into years (it's about 10.5 million blocks a year).
It kind of got me to wondering whether there's a way of celebrating anniversaries more in line with blockchain time - but I don't think there is - how would you do it? Every 250 000 blocks, based on the inflation rate going down, I mean that's the only significant hardwired change that happens regularly on the chain, but that would mean celebrating every 8 days, within a 3 second window.
And that would be kind of both difficult and tedious, so I guess we're left with the humanised regular earth year celebrations.
I must say that I quite like the idea of celebrating in 'moons' - I assume that appears on Hiveblocks because of the relationship to crypto 'mooning' rather than the creator being into moon-time, the formers far more likely, but it amuses me, and it serves as a reminder of the arbitrariness of time-measurements.
Overall, A good three years
I think overall it's been a good three years. A lot has certainly changed for me!
To think when I started I was working as a teacher full-time and my first few posts were done right at the beginning of term, so that was a challenge.
2018 was dominated by my quitting work and selling my flat, but I somehow managed to keep posting and managed to connect with a few people on pre-Hive, moved from Surrey the the Welsh boarders, went to SF3, came back, kept on posting.
Then 2019 - that just seems like a blur TBH - the gradual downward drift of the price, pre-Hive losing users, a gradual, gradual decline, kind of reflected in the mood at SF4 in November- which we optimistically called 'chilled', and so the price and the user base carried on downwards into winter.
I guess we got communities, and they're a nice feature!
Then February 2020 and BOOM! The JS drama in February certainly woke people up - and now we have Hive which has kept us all entertained, hasn't it?!?
A quick look at my stats...
It's nice to have Hivestats back so we can check our data, and lots more!
22 000 Hive earned through curation and authoring - most through authoring. That means I must have bought in another 24K ish in total given my current HP.
I intuitively knew it was about 50-50%
Oh, and if yer a Hive author, word of warning - my relative curation to author stats also show you how much therealwolf's staking proposal would fuck your earnings if his changes were implemented. A LOT more for him, a lot less for us.
If yer an author, then unvoting witnesses who show support for that proposal is something to be on the case with into 2021.
Final thoughts, where next?
The stats suggest some progress since the beginning of the year - the user base and price have finally stagnated after a good two and half years of steady decline. So maybe we're ready for an uptick??!?
Whatever happens to Hive, I'm off to Portugal to build something there IRL - which will be nice!
It still doesn't feel quite right to be celebrating just based on earth years, it feels just a bit too 'human' whereas Hive is a transhuman experience - it's blockchain mediated interaction, and celebrating in years doesn't seem to recognise this sufficiently somehow?
Funny how I turned 47 in real years about six weeks ago, but I didn't feel the need to mention that!
Anyway, happy Hive Birthday to me!