Holy hell, guys! I've been here for FOUR years!
Time flies when you're having fun!
Yes. They're real.
I still have plans to get the tattoos on my hands modified to incorporate the HIVE logo, blending the two without completely covering the former. I don't really post on STEEM much anymore, (though I might start again just to milk the current bull run over there...) but I also don't want to ignore my roots.
I got this tattoo to show homage to a platform that completely changed the course of my life. Had you told me four years ago that I was about to start a journey to becoming a "real" writer, I likely would have laughed, but that's exactly what ended up happening...
Earning a few dollars in crypto here and there for posting about my interests sparked a new passion within me, and soon I was earning hundreds of dollars for some of the posts in my Super Cool Science S#!t series (my highest paid post earned over $700 USD after cashout!)
From there, I started refining my writing skills and aspiring to turn what I had learned into a job that could replace the restaurant work I've done for nearly 20 years, and it worked...
I took a few courses, grabbed a couple certifications, and now run my own copywriting and marketing business via SirSweeney.com, and I truly have this platform/community to thank for giving me the confidence to push this far.
So what now?
I want to make my fifth year on the platform my most active yet, increasing the amount of commenting and posting I do, while staying away from starting big crazy projects I'll likely never follow through with. I've learned my lesson about biting off more than I can chew, and will instead focus on my strengths. I love writing serialized content, and my Super Cool Science S#!t series has been such a success here that I have plans to publish it as a book when I reach 50 installments! Beyond that, I have plans to start two new series very soon.
The first will be called 'AlieNation', where I write about some of the most famous and bizarre alleged UFO and extraterrestrial sightings and contacts, putting just as much research and effort into each piece as I do my science posts.
The second does not yet have a title, but will cover one of my guilty pleasures; talking about active serial killers, and past serial killers who were never caught. If this sort of thing interests you, comment below and help me come up with a title for the series!
I will also continue to write my Rogue Curator series, where I choose a random HIVE community and create a curation post featuring some of the best content published the prior week. These aren't exactly my most "successful" posts yet, but I enjoy creating them, and even with the small bit they've been earning, the amount I share with the authors I curate (10% each) is still more than I could give them with a single upvote on their post.
It's still hard to believe it's been four years already!