A Season of Thankfulness

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It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away for those of us in the US. It seems like we were just complaining about how hot it is (where I live) and now we are looking at possibly having a couple of inches of snow on the ground for Turkey day.

How things change! In Michigan (and probably lots of other places) they have a saying that goes something like this: "Don't like the weather? Wait 5 minutes!". Sounds really similar to something else that we are all familiar with doesn't it?

Just like the weather, the crypto markets can turn on a dime, and we have seen our fair share of that in the past week or so. Hype turns to FUD, turns to hype, rinse and repeat. I mentioned in my post the other day that interaction seems to be way down on Hive. It almost feels like even some of the big curation accounts have taken a break.

I used to wake up in the morning and have no less than 50 notifications in the Ecency app about the post that I had written the day before. This morning I woke up and I had three. That's a huge drop. That's not just upvotes either, that's comments, and notifications that some of my favorite people have posted a new post themselves.

I think part of it might be the time of year. It seems we often slow down a bit around the holidays. At least in the US, I know other countries celebrate stuff all through the year.

I think it is interesting that it is mostly the notifications in the morning that have fallen off. I mean, things are slower across the board, but it is definitely those alerts that came in overnight that have gone stagnant. That almost makes me feel like it's a regional thing. 12 time zones (or so) away from us people have just decided to take a break from Hive.

Has anyone else noticed that?

Despite all of that, I am still thankful. I move a little more slowly and I ache a little more than I used to, but I have my health. I have my family and my friends, and I have a hobby that keeps my mind sharp and my wits engaged with people from around the world.

You can't really beat that can you?

Okay, maybe a bull run could beat that, but we all know that isn't probably happening anytime soon.

I'm honestly so thankful for Hive. I was telling @ericvancewalton the other day that I used to journal quite a bit in my youth. While Hive doesn't get as personal as those writings did, I still feel like writing here serves as an outlet much as that did in the past.

I may only have two active followers, but as I think about it, I don't think that is what keeps me coming back every day. Sure, the upvotes are great too, but let's be honest, living in the US, I am not making livable wage off Hive. At least not until it hits $5 to $10 per token or so.

I keep coming back though. Every day. Typing my random thoughts into crap posts that you so generously consume, upvote, and comment on. It's somehow therapeutic for me and it is a whole lot cheaper than some of my other hobbies!

All that to say, I am thankful for you my followers as well. I am sure you are going to see a ton of posts come across your feed about being thankful in the next week or so. You might even see one or two more from me.

Thanks for taking the time to read this one. I hope, despite the state of this crazy spinning globe we live on and this passion that we all find ourselves invested in, you can take some time to think about the things you are thankful for in the coming week(s).


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It does seem as though engagement and content has gone down abit. Is that the drop in Hive price also a factor you think?

I also found that writing some articles is sometimes therapeutic and helps get things off your chest or at least distracts you from some of your troubles.

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Yeah, I think part of it is the price. too. We saw this last bear market as well.

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"Don't like the weather? Wait 5 minutes!"

Yep we say the same in Scotland, although can say Dinnae instead of Don't.

And speaking of Thanksgiving, I got my turkey already it is in the freezer. I remember quite a few years ago we could only get Turkey at Christmas.

I have not really noticed a drop in engagement as I tend to engage with my peers. I spend many comment trying to engage with alot of old time Hivers but mainly just got the odd vote on a comment. You are one of the exceptions. So for me I have not noticed an engagement drop, although I have been posting podcasts as opposed to posts so they don't get as much engagement.
Votes well they are similar too.

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We haven't even tried to look for a turkey this year. Now that Covid is kind of behind us, we have been getting together with family again, so they handle all of that. I just bring my appetite! It's a tough road, but if you stick with it, it pays off. I can think of at least three people off the top of my head that took quite a while to get their attention. Once I did though, we have become long time followers of each other.

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hehe well as long as they feed your appetite it is all good!
Yeah, getting attention is quite an art, but I am happy now with my twengers and that is enough for me.

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That turkey looks delicious!

I've definitely noticed a drop-off in activity here too, which is somewhat normal when crypto prices drop but I wonder if the whole FTX debacle has made it worse? If I were the type of person to believe everything I consume in the MSM you would be panic selling right now. Whenever I've started to panic I've taken solace in the advice of a few people I know who've been in the space much longer than I have. They're doing nothing but buying right now, planning for the next bull run.

I'm very glad you rediscovered journaling through blogging! I always enjoy your blogs and have seen your writing getting better and better. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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Thanks, that was from 2020 I think when my wife's family decided we should all be safe and do Thanksgiving on our own. I spatchcocked it, brined it, then threw it on the grill for a good four hours or so. It was delicious! Yeah, I am wondering if there were more average investors on FTX than we realize and they are licking their wounds right now. I know my brother in law had an account. He wasn't very talkative about it when I asked if he had an account. My thoughts are kind of a mess, all over the place and what not, but it helps to get them out sometimes! I just feel sorry for those who try to follow along with me!

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I think the older we get the more conscious we become of being thankful for all the small things we have. Turkey day is a great day, and I shall be cooking Turkey while Mrs T videocalls back home to the States.
We are all thankful that our small community on Hive is growing, and speaking of which, do feel free to join in with our latest #bom, we have some cracking prizes up for grabs.
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Sounds like a plan, I will check it out for sure! Some of my family that doesn't normally come home for Thanksgiving is coming this year, so I am pretty excited about that. It will be nice to have them around with the rest of the family!

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I am also thankful for Hive, and I find it the best therapy I can have ;)
I have also noticed a significant drop in the number of posts and comments. I have been busy with offline family matters, and maybe I have dedicated less time to Hive these days, but I can notice the drop. It seems that many have decided to take a break due to crypto winter. I for one will keep coming back as long as my RL allows me to.

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That's all you can do. Keep showing up. We will likely still be here. I don't see the chain going away anytime soon. Stuff like this happens often, I just get surprised by it each time I see it.

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Wait a minute, is it that Thanksgiving is or must be celebrated with grilled chicken? If yes, maybe you'd need to ship mine down here. 😁😁 Concerning giving thanks, for me, I believe it should be the default mode for everyone. It does not necessarily have to be a supreme being, but showing gratitude to people around wrought wonder to oneself and others.

You showing up well, I would say is a factor of mindset because if the upvotes were what attracted you, perhaps maybe I won't know you. And that is why some have backed out a bit since Hive isn't looking rosy like that of its ATH.

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That's actually a turkey breast that we grilled. This photo was from 2020 when my wife and I were locked down for Covid. I agree with you, we really should just focus on being decent human beings. That would make such a huge difference in the world. Hive will recover. I have no doubt. So much good stuff being built here.

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Noticeable drop in some taking time off, perhaps preparations underway for year end, maybe with decline in crypto some no longer feel the need to write.

Perhaps I do not write as frequently as many I do enjoy reading and commenting when days are overwhelmed with local problems we face. A major one is being without electricity, or learning about frequent unrest which happens almost daily checking with loved ones to take different roads or be aware of problems they may avoid.

If I don't get to chat before your Thanksgiving here is wishing yourself and @mrsbozz a wonderful weekend with family and friends.

!BEER & Cheer!

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Thanks, to you as well. Sometimes a good comment can be even better than an average post. Nothing to feel bad about there! Those of us who have been here for a while like you and I know the intricate behaviors of the community!

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Have an awesome Sunday, hope the weather behaves over your Thanksgiving weekend.

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