Thoughts on cryptocurrency, communities and content creation...

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This is what happens when I try to write 'something short'. So far, I have never really thought about hive as a place to earn hive. Maybe that is why I do not totally belong? It makes sense that people come here to earn crypto and the financial angle is at the front of what drives them. I have also seen folks focus on sharing their lifestyles and perspectives and using hive as a platform to meet and connect with new people. The part about earning hive is just a bonus for them. I feel more in alignment with the second one, but both are valid. I have come to realize that I am not here to focus on earning tons of hive with my content, or to delve into the world of cryptocurrency. When I look at the feeds, it looks like I might have a bit of an identity crisis in comparison, but this platform certainly has one too. Is it for writers or investors? Does it solve any previous and existing problems out on the web and on social media, or does it just absorb them and spit them out in a different shape?

It is not my intention to ruffle any feathers here. Perhaps another version of me in an alternate reality, might get totally invested in the technical aspects of building out the blockchain - and seeing it as something futuristic. But when you really take a look at human behaviour and the patterns we have followed - especially in the last one hundred years or so - novelties come and go and always make way for something else. Everything moves so fast, even within just one generation. The things we create are in a constant state of movement. I am satisfied to make use of what exists right now, but at the same time I have already had visions of what comes next. And it would be purely speculation to go into more detail of what that actually looks like - but I will say that what comes after cryptocurrency will be even more marvellous.

I will amend that slightly with saying that we cannot get to that future stage, and to whatever comes next without what is being constructed right now. Everything is the foundation for something else. For someone so new to the scene, not sure how I became so jaded. Hahaha. The one thing that this place is doing perfectly is bringing together content that is more interesting and more engaging to read than elsewhere online. You could say that is what first attracted me to this place, even just the thought that some of the people here might not be too hooked into mainstream consciousness. Even though a lot of those broken patterns seen elsewhere online have carried over, there is still hope that enough of us will want to change that.

It has taken me over a month to even consider sharing another vegan recipe after what happened the last time. I did say that posting on that topic would not happen until at least next year - and I have since realized that making predictions like that is probably not a good idea. Letting the mood of one moment dictate future moods is kind of problematic. I honestly thought that whole business with getting muted was over and done with at least on an emotional level. That is until I was just about to post again with similar tags and the initial frustration resurfaced. After seeing that article still stubbornly muted, despite every effort to communicate with the moderator really bothers me. It also bothers me that anyone new to my blog will scroll down and see that something has been blocked and it looks like spam. I worked hard on that post and I just wish that muted notice only showed up in the 'admin side' of the community that refused it - not on my page too. Is there any way to make that happen?

I am either brave, a bit delusional, or just not scared off very easily. I like to think that one small minded person isn't enough to make me stop writing. Saying that might rock the boat - but then again how someone else reacts to reading this isn't my fault. We are all personally responsible for how we choose to respond to things. I have been feeling the itch to write more substantial content - but with that comes way more vulnerability - and to be brutally honest fear. Is it any wonder that I do not currently feel all that comfortable posting anything that could get shot down or come back to bite me offline? I wouldn't be posting this stuff for the potential rewards, but because some things either need to be said to calm the storm - or it just makes more sense when it has form outside of the mind. So you could say that I have been having a bit of an existential crisis about it. Part of me is saying why bother? I could write what I feel is the best article ever, and inadvertently put it in the wrong community or use the wrong tag and get my hand slapped by an overzealous moderator or curator.

My heart goes out to those other newbies who have vanished and did not have the support system to help them out - or at least make sense of situations that go awry. Without discord and also friends met while interacting here on hive - it is more than likely that I would have given up on trying to mesh with this place. I have seen the top quality posts that get a lot of attention and take note of what they do well. It makes sense that pictures of faces and places are popular and easy to connect with. For most people stories need to have a visual anchor. Humans are wired this way because of our social instincts but also because sight is one of the key ways in which we gather information. But consider this - when you read a novel do you always have that visual element to who the narrator is? It could be a character in the story itself that you eventually come to know over the many chapters, and you will probably get a written description. But unless it is the type of novel with illustrations most of that information is left to the imagination. Applying that principle to blogging is an interesting idea.

I realize that I would probably get more engagement from putting up photos of me - or the world around me and going into personal details such as hometown, work, family and all the typical things that add up to having a life. But that sort of thing does not come naturally to me - and neither does picking up my phone on a walk or taking a selfie. Call me strange, but I sort of like the challenge of sharing my thoughts and ideas in the way that suits me - and then just seeing which people accept me as I come. With no expectations or wanting me to do or be something else that fits into a box. I want to be surrounded with people that see what is there - not what isn't there.

But I know there is also always room for improvement and learning. I want to get better about mashup posts. I was writing something the other day with five different things going on - and realized that just because my attention span can go in that many directions does not mean the readers should. And so that one monster post will get broken up into five 'shorter' ones. When it comes to communities on hive - they are essential in the sense that we would all be untethered in trying to make connections. We are inherently tribal and no place where people gather would last very long without a sense of community. But I think the way the so called 'communities' are being implemented as a feature on this website is terrible. I am not sure if this is only part of Peakd, or if it is part of the blockchain itself and is available on all front ends. Some front ends even take this categorization to a whole new level. Either way segregating our interests into clubs that have censorship and use centralization tactics is a step backwards. Not all communities are bad of course, but it is embarrassing to see how some of them have managed to lose sight of what the word community means.

Posting your article within a community no doubt helps that content reach more people in theory, but I am not entirely sure it is always worth the hassle. At least when it comes to communities with strict guidelines. Also, do tags really matter all that much for finding the content that interests us? Or for searchability? Apart from curators, and communities that use tags does anyone really click on tags to find content - or do they just depend on their feeds? I am thinking about experimenting with using some of my own freshly minted tags. They will not help anyone find my blog of course but that isn't really the point. When it comes to attempting to publish new blog posts, I am already so tired of trying to slot my content into pre existing channels. In regards to potentially running into another rogue moderator - I am not even confident in using generic tags. Anyway, what are your thoughts on the topic?

Apart from meeting new people, and having a place to keep myself accountable for fitness goals - I have been asking myself what am I even doing here? Are these two things enough to keep me here in the long term - while I feel so out of place and also so unrooted? I am not very interested in accumulating large payouts or getting a lot of upvotes, but were those things ever to come my way, I would appreciate them. Maybe I could use the extra resources to help make this a more uplifting and heart centered place. Until I do eventually become more settled on the idea of my own purpose for being here, I just want to continue to write about what is on my mind - and in the process perhaps provide inspiration or motivation to someone out there, to live their truth and embrace their authenticity.

It is currently -10 outside and the sky wants to release several feet of snow. And yet I have the irresistible urge to get out there and feel the freezing air on my skin. Despite being born canadian it isn't always easy for me to embrace the more frigid aspects of winter. So when the fancy strikes to bundle up and get out there and make the most of it - I must follow that impulse. Wishing everyone out there a beautiful day!

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Let me start by saying that I love the concept and illusive potential that Hive represents. It's a bit crazy, hard to learn, and pretty darn contradictory in certain places and communities. I find myself exasperated by the amount of self-patting-on-the-back posts that simply talk about how great it is without really going into why. A place to earn, a place to support the Xanadu-like possibility of community blockchain, a place to engage with like-minded people? I think it serves as these things, but needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

I've spent hours trying to figure out what I can offer to Hive, tried to create outlines of post after post that would fit into different communities. Usually, I just give it up. I'm not going to make posts about the gloriousness of the blockchain, when so many issues still need answering and I have no beneficial input into how that looks. I'm not going to go out of my way to enter writing contests that don't speak to my spark. And I'm not going to take part in communities that silence people based on keeping earnings from people they don't feel fit their mold. I personally stick to tags that hit completely open communities (neoxian, pal, archon) and tags that will bring in tokens that I can use to support or swap in order to support.

The idea of earning Hive and the many tokens is a bonus for me, but not for any financial benefit to myself. I actually quite enjoy the token market here, finding projects that I feel benefit more than themselves and swapping around to support those projects and the individuals that run them. I don't fool myself into believing that my investments here will ever come to financial benefit for me. I look at it as a place to play when I have time now.

I know you've been struggling with communities. I don't depend on my feed to find your posts, or on tags. I have a list of individuals that I know I want to support, for one reason or for many. I search your handle every few days to see if you've added any posts. I think as long as you continue adding to your own blog, the people that need to read what you have to say will find you. No, you won't get as much exposure as you would in communities, but you'll be found. I think we all overthink it. As long as you're not trying to maximize your earnings, it seems to me that you're already finding your place, much more successfully than I've managed to!

It appears that most people blindly and almost mindlessly prattle on about the 'wonders' of the hive blockchain without really taking in the whole picture. They end up seeing what they want to see - and are not as willing to talk about the deeper issues. I am sure that when we take the time to constructively point out flaws, and what we do not like, and what does not work - this is when we can try to come up with solutions and remedies. Maybe not widespread ones, but ones that work for pockets of people who are on the same page. That is enough for me. These small but significant changes would no doubt eventually filter through to the rest of the blockchain.

I am so glad that working with tokens brings you enjoyment - and you are totally right about the tendency of overthinking things. When something feels like fun just for the sake of being fun our expectations drop. Overthinking is something that I know from experience can only lead to misery, and yet it is somehow still a nasty little program that likes to reinstall itself. Participating in actifit brings enjoyment, and maybe that is all that I really need from this place. Thank you so much for commenting and for being here through it all :)

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