I've spent a year writing this comeback post, spent countless of hours thinking of a title, drafting and rewriting countless revisions, creating and modifying images, and this is what I ended up with.
Well, not nothing, but a barebones account of my time away from writing.
I've been away for so long, the last post I had written was still on the STEEM blockchain. Now that I think about it, the time I've spent away from this platform is almost as long as the time I've poured into Steemit.
This might as well be an #introduceyourself post.
So, hello. My name is Jed, but you can call me AU.
I fancy myself as a Solver of Problems (I'm a software developer by trade), a Teller of Stories (writing is my passion) and a Balancer of Energies (I'm also a licensed acupuncturist).
I don't want to recap everything I've done in one post, but If you're interested to see my body of work, you can just scroll down my profile to see the different things I've posted in the past, and if any of the post pique your interest, feel free to comment down below and connect.
Comeback delay and my time away
My time away from the blockchain has provided me with a lot of perspective. In the past, I've often gone of self-imposed exiles from Steemit, but I always came back eventually. It was never this long, not like my most recent time away.
For those of you who don't know me, I've actually spent several years navigating the Wild West that was Steemit. Started way back in 2016 and was active until about 2018. I've poured a huge chunk of my time there, so much so that often times I felt lost in it.
Apart from short-term freelancing contracts, it was all I had. It became my world; votes became my source of energy and comments became my support system. Truth be told, the fixation became unhealthy.
There, I said it.
Now that I'm not in the thick of things anymore, it's easy to point out the things that went wrong. The validation and the constant supply of approval was addicting, but it became that because it was all I had.
It wasn't all bad. I did have a lot fun a lot of times back then. The earnings I made on Steemit are my primary source of funding for my bullish crypto portfolio (I have never cashed in any fiat). More importantly, I met and became friends with so many wonderful people like @dreemit, @meesterboom, @ryivhnn and many others!
Despite the negatives, I only have but the fondest of memories during my time at Steemit. My time away was cathartic, but the lessons I've learned throughout my journey has helped me to grow as a person.
After some prodding from my aforementioned friends, I now find myself in this... hive. So familiar yet so foreign. Will I ever be as active here as I was back in Steemit? Only time will tell!
I hear a buzzing...
During my time away, I've shifted my focus back to software development, and I have risen through the ranks enough that I now have regained some semblance of work-life balance
I don't see myself spending as much time here as I used to, but I'll try my best to pop in and out whenever I can. I've really missed the active interaction and the fun of creating worlds through stories. So, I'm hoping to rekindle that flame once again.
Before my hiatus, I had a couple of stories lined up but never got the chance to finalize (one of which I've already teased). There was also a web comic project that was supposed to be STEEM-exclusive but didn't quite pan out.
In the past, I've self-published two books and one of them was even exclusive to the STEEM blockchain. I have a number of books planned, but I'm still thinking about how to distribute them. Will it be Hive-exclusive, or with the recent popularity of NFT's, perhaps I should go that route? Thoughts?
Apart from stories, I also have a number of apps in the pipeline, and I'm hoping to integrate cryptos to some (if not all) of them. If anyone wishes to collaborate or if anyone's in need of a hand, comment down below. I'm happy to help out wherever I can.
Well... that didn't turn out as wordy as I usual post. I didn't really have much of a story to tell after all. Was it enough though? You tell me.
I never really know how to end these sorts of posts, so I'll just leave you with this.