Today I Have Become A Red Fish πŸ˜‚

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Some of you may know why the laughing face in the title and you are right πŸ˜‚.

Those of you, who are new to the chain, may not know that we have several ranking systems, one of which is based on the number of VESTS you own.

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VESTS is the blockchain internal representation of your Hive Power. source

@hivebuzz is tracking the data and you can check your rankings accessing this link https://hivebuzz.me. Columns are sortable, so by clicking on what you are interested in on the top row, you can find your ranking.

It's a cool toy to play with as you can not only see your position among other users, but you can also see where you can improve, like increasing engagement for example.

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This morning I got a comment from @hivebuzz, letting me know I have raised my level and have become an orca. So the laugh was because the older users know a red fish means the very first level on Hive, between 0 and 999 999 VESTS, which means less than 548 HP. I said I have become a red fish because the symbol shows an orca with a red background, but the orca is not red and not even a fish πŸ˜‚

What A Journey

Basically the name of the fish matters less, what matters is the journey that led to this level and what I am doing with those VESTS.

Looking back after four and a half years, what a journey! I remember when I was at the beginning, what it felt like to see others with higher reputation and bigger stake. (Yeah, back in those days reputation mattered a lot.) I don't think I knew about these levels before I became a red fish or a minnow, I can't even remember. But I know I was thinking it's going to take forever to become a dolphin as that was around 5471 HP.

This was the year when HiveFest was held in Poland (2019 I think, or 2018?). I remember an ex friend of mine wanted to go to HiveFest and said the tickets would cost more for him as he has just become a dolphin. I wasn't a dolphin back then.

I was wrong to think getting to dolphin level would take forever as that day came faster than I thought back then. Then I didn't care about these levels anymore as the next level was orca, which is 10 times more than dolphin, 54707 HP or between 100 000 000 and 999 999 999 VESTS.

The truth is, I'm not chasing these levels as it's more important what you do on the chain with your stake and how you utilize those funds you have in your wallet. You can have 54.7k tokens in your wallet and be a proud orca, while wasting your stake by doing nothing at all, or you can use your stake to curate, reward good content, support projects and help others to grow. So getting to a certain level alone means nothing.

I remember before I become a dolphin, there were two leagues, one for red fish and the other for minnows, both based on weekly achievements. The main idea was to grow your account by powering up your earnings and the top users were rewarded each week. Those leagues are not active anymore, which is a shame as those were not only motivating but were also teaching people what stake means and how important it is.

Then there was another initiative once, called 10k Minnow, run by @steevc. I was also part of it and our job was to identify, contact and help users who were close to become a minnow to get there. It wasn't an easy job as even though there was support offered, quite many did not understand why the need to power up or what were the advantages.

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Number of users according to their Hive Power

@arcange-en has some statistics that shows the distribution, number of accounts per level.

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Distribution of Hive Power cumulated per account level

What Now?

For me this is a nice milestone and today I'm happy to get this badge, but in fact nothing changes. I'm not going to power down my stake as this is a long time investment for me. I'm taking some profits from my payouts, but my stake is here to stay.

Hive has a huge potential. Even though our chain is two years old, we're still at the very beginning. This is the time to accumulate and build for the future. We have so many earning possibilities that I can't even count them on one hand. You can earn a decent passive income that can make your life much more easier in the near future. I hope new users can see that and drop the scalp mentality many are coming here with.

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Congrats on your orcahood Erika! Wow, so many people are achieving impressive milestones today, thatΒ΄s interesting :) I would have been an orca as well if there was not for the partial power down I had to make last year... It was such a weird and sad moment to push that button :( Still remember it. Anyway, onwards and upwards!

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Thank you my friend! I can understand your pain as I would feel the same. When Hive went up to over $3, I was thinking of powering down, selling some and buy back when the dip comes, basically multiplying my stake, but finally I decided not to. Even though I would have turned all Hive back to my wallet, the power down would have been painful :)

However, one day it's going to happen as at the next bull run I'm going to play the game.

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Yeah, I know what you mean. In my case, however, the reason was not the price spike. I simply had to cash out a chunk of my stake to cover my real life expenses. As someone who does Hive full time, I always knew this moment would come and I also knew I would hate to push that button. It was weird. I hope I will never have to do that again and be fine just living off the liquid rewards. But that would require a bit higher price :D :/

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Don't feel sorry as those were your earnings and I know you're not spending foolishly as you know what it is at stake. Better days will come for Hive and you'll make it back :)

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I'm taking some profits from my payouts, but my stake is here to stay.

I’m using the same general approach. Skim off some earnings here and there, but what goes into HP stays in HP.

I’m convinced that long-term thinking about Hive is the way to go.

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I couldn't agree more. We have to take some profits, but the stake is here to stake. Otherwise my profits go into crypto as well and maybe one day it will return to Hive.

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Congratulations! I did wonder about the title as everyone starts as a red fish :) Having more big accounts makes Hive better by spreading the rewards, so it should be celebrated.

!PIZZA

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Many thanks Steev, that pizza would be great for celebration :)

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I've often wondered about the growth process at the various levels. I'm definitely a redfish, but the adventure of Hive continues to be in the journey. I am enjoying this wonderful little blockchain and the people in it. Cheers!

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Here, this link may help you understand how this works

https://peakd.com/hivebuzz/@hivebuzz/hivebuzz-hive-gamification-experience

Good luck and enjoy the journey as it's beautiful. Also, shout if you need any help :)

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As if I wasn't already gleaning nuggets of gold from your post. Now you drop an even more helpful link. Thank you! I am definitely going to share this with my fellow Hive newbies. Cheers!

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You're welcome 😊

Tell me what are your major difficulties on hive, so I can help more. I have a bunch of tools and can explain things. Let me help.

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Happy to see you made it and well done as I know how hard you work so very well deserved milestone for you.

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Thank you! It is a lot of fun actually and it builds up if you're not cashing out.

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Congratulations! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ³ Orca, wow!
I am currently working on getting dolphin status. Will take a few months though.
Regards Thomas

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Thank you! I know what it feels like but no worries. Keep building and be consistent. You'll get there. If I've been able to do it, anyone is. I've never invested fiat, all I've got is earned. πŸ™‚

Good luck πŸ‘

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Congratulations on this great achievement. All my admiration! You are a good example but it is a hard example to follow! It takes qualities that many of us don't have...

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Thank you Bluemoon for the nice words but if I have been able to do it, anyone can, honestly. It's not impossible and I haven't done anything extraordinary.

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With pleasure! Theoretically, almost anyone can achieve this performance, you're right. But I think you remember a saying in our country: "theory knows many, practice kills us!"

I don't want to contradict you, I just want to point out your performance. I think there are few here who have achieved such results without investing.

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I agree with you, it takes a lot of work and dedication. Also takes a lot of learning as using your stake to maximize your passive income is not easy.

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I am so glad to see your achievement. It is inspiring. Congratulations.

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CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS NEW ACHIEVEMENT @erikah!!!! .... And also thank you very much for sharing this enlightening publication!.... Wow!.... It's been very helpful to me!.... I've only been in #Hive for about 6 months and I'm fascinated by everything that happens here, also to learn more about this lovely blockchain ecosystem.... This is a lovely thing to be in and invest effort in.... Cheers!

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Thank you for the nice words and I'm glad it was helpful as that's the point after all. Let me know if you need help with other stuff as I'm here and have a nice journey 😊

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What a great achievement, great going!

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πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Thank you for this nice trophy. I hope I'm the only one who gets it. πŸ˜€

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My congratulations, dear Erikah! ❀️

Great review... I remember those initiatives, and challenges...

you can use your stake to curate, reward good content, support projects and help others to grow.

I totally agree with you. You did and keep doing a great job, you know so much about everything and always share your knowledge, and support others. And you're always honest. I wish all Hivians be like you. Onward and upward!

!LUV
!BEER

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Oh dear, thank you for the nice words my dear friend!

How are you these days as I haven't seen a post from you lately. I hope you're just taking a break and that things are relatively calm on your area. I'm thinking of you every day, you're always in my mind.

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How are you these days as I haven't seen a post from you lately. I hope you're just taking a break and that things are relatively calm on your area

That's right, my dear orca. 😊 Things are almost normal here. We went to walk in the downtown with Nick on last Sunday. We sat on the grass, on a high hill on the right bank of Dnieper river, looking into the distance beyond the horizon. It was almost unusual, to see the horizon far, far away, houses, trees, a highway, and a sky with beautiful clouds. We just sat and watched and talked about how lucky we are that our city is not destroyed, and bombs do not explode now, our relatives and we are alive and well.

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Congratulations!

I am still a green one, it takes time :D
Though as you say, it is the journey that matters and what we do with our stake :)

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Yes, indeed and those who understand that, will have a wonderful journey.

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Congratulations @erikah! You have completed the following achievement on the Hive blockchain and have been rewarded with new badge(s):

You got more than 27000 replies.
Your next target is to reach 27500 replies.

You can view your badges on your board and compare yourself to others in the Ranking
If you no longer want to receive notifications, reply to this comment with the word STOP

Check out the last post from @hivebuzz:

Be ready for the 6th edition of the Hive Power Up Month!
Hive Power Up Day - June 1st 2022
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I love these numbers and it's kind of incredible to see these achievements.

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You're welcome @erikah, we love that too! Have a nice weekend πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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Congratulations @erikah! You received a personal badge!

You powered-up at least 10 HIVE on Hive Power Up Day! This entitles you to a level 1 badge.
Participate in the next Power Up Day and try to power-up more HIVE to get a bigger Power-Bee.
May the Hive Power be with you!

You can view your badges on your board and compare yourself to others in the Ranking

Check out the last post from @hivebuzz:

Be ready for the 6th edition of the Hive Power Up Month!
Hive Power Up Day - June 1st 2022
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WoW... What a journey that must have been! Congratulations on achieving such a milestone! This is definitely an inspiration. Thank you for sharing :)

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Thank you! It is indeed a nice journey if you pay attention to what's happening on the chain and live the blockchain life πŸ˜‰

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Congratulations for becoming an Orca, but may I ask why did you downvoted my Actifit post from May 31 with -100% ($1.039)?

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It's time for you to stop abusing hive.

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What kind of abuse?

Is being consistently active on the platform means abuse? Or personal blogging? That post contains literally my own personal photos. My Harris's hawk and me. I am not abusing anything. I am writing a personal blog, and I build my Hive account.

Many people do personal blogging. There is nothing wrong with that. It is nowhere near abuse.

I also post radioamateur videos (I am a licensed radioamateur), so that is also fine.

But of course I am open to a discussion. This is certainly a misunderstanding. If you would be so kind to describe the nature of the abuse (exactly mention the type of abuse) I am doing, then I am sure that we can solve and sort this out.

Thank you.

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Yeah, the same old broken record. There's no misunderstanding here. Your actifit report, which should be about you actifit activity is a weather report with some photos and a copy paste text about your phone.

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25 tags? Really? What do you call that if not abuse? Did you know that the limit is 10?

Yesterday you had 19 active posts. You can post any crap you want, just don't expect to be rewarded for it. By the way, rewards are not yours till the 7 day period expires. Till then any reward is subject to adjustment from the community.

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25 tags? Really? What do you call that if not abuse? Did you know that the limit is 10?

You are right about the tag limit. I tried to use relevant tags, but I really should not use more than 10 tags. Sorry about this. I will pay more attention for the proper tag usage in the future.

Yesterday you had 19 active posts. You can post any crap you want, just don't expect to be rewarded for it.

I post various content. Most of them are personal. Life, radioamateur, gaming, etc. I am not expecting anything. Most of my YouTube videos has less than 20 views. I still upload. They are holding a value both for me, and for those, who are interested in amateur radio.

As for my Actifit post, I described my day. Particularly the weather. Yes. I walked. Mostly in the garden. There was really nothing else to write about. A good summer day.

If there is nothing else to talk about, then why would I write more? There is no need for long content. Length does not mean quality.

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It's sad that after five years, you don't give a damn about the community.

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How and why do you say that? I regularly upvote and interact with others. Both posts and comments too. I am doing Splinterlands giveaways. I am participating in various activities, for example in #WednesdayWalk and in #MarketFriday. I am often in/around the top 10-20 of the engagement league.

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That’s great congrats! I’m hoping to get there one day for sure! If these prices keep up I’ll be buying and powering up all kinds of hive! :D

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You are going to get there, just be consistent. I hope another bull run will help us all. At least those who want to take advantage of it :)

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Congratulations on becoming an Orca and welcome to the club @erikah πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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Many thanks my friend, it's a nice milestone for sure πŸ€—

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Hey welcome to Orcadom!!!

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Thank you and sorry for the late reply. I'm a bit lost and all over the place these days.

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