The Unleashing: How Hive was the Highlight of 2022 for Me

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We never really know what we are capable of until we take that leap and actually try certain things. This is especially true for me in many areas of my life that I never imagined I'd pursue. And one of them is Hive, one of the best things that happened to me in 2022.


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Growing up, I never saw myself doing certain things. I never saw myself doing music, reading, or even writing. Oh, I do not mean digital writing; I mean handwriting. It was quite a struggle for me to grasp the pen and move on paper like a normal kid. So, yeah, it unequivocally translates to the idea of myself doing digital writing never crossing my mind.

I am not here to talk about digital writing, however. This is more about how an encounter with an environment revealed new aspects of myself and propelled me down what appears to be my path to my unleashing. Oh yes, unleashing, I mean, because I do have something the world needs; we all do.

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When I joined Hive in 2022, I didn't think much of this place, as I was sure that writing wasn't for me. But I did start anyway, since I saw I could be incentivized even as I was "trying." And so it started for me.

When I first began writing, I experienced a strange sense of liberation. And it was so because I had expressed myself in a way that I had never done before, and I could revisit and feel the way I felt in the moment I wrote.

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In my quest to try out niches, I decided to give music a try. I had had the thought of making music for a very long time, but I never did start until I began feeling the encouragement to try it out when I saw how people were just giving themselves to making music in certain communities. In no time, I jumped in.

It is a fact that what we have here is vastly different from what we have on other social media platforms, which is what makes Hive special. You see, on other platforms—the Web 2 platforms—you don't get to see "engagement" taken as seriously as it is over here. It does feel encouraging to have someone read your content and give interesting feedback and perspectives on it. It goes a long way toward encouraging a creator when they receive legitimately positive feedback. People are deliberate here.

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Intentionality

Speaking of being deliberate, content creation here is on another level. People are intentional about growth here, and it's contagious unless one is apathetic about being better.

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Apart from the fact that incentives are a major factor in why people stay (albeit a major morale booster), the majority of people here strive to become a better version of themselves with each passing moment they are on (or off) chain.This is something I began to observe early on, and then I started to inculcate the habit of thinking in a similar manner. And this spurred me into seeking to improve things in which I was getting involved.

This new behavior extended from just my online personality to my lifestyle. And, in unexpected ways, I sought to improve in many areas.

The rescue

Now, to speak of the incentivization over here, I cannot help but speak about the high point of 2022—the financial downhill; a time when what I initially didn't think much of became what came through for me.

Around May 2022, things started to go sideways for me. Things just weren't in my favor at that time of the year, and it all became very challenging. And there wasn't anything for me to hold on to other than this one place—Hive.

I was fortunate to have been receiving really good author rewards, especially at that time, mostly because I was in the OCD onboarding program. And for a long time, what I had been gathering on Hive at that time became what I survived on.

If I hadn't been on Hive, I would have still survived, but things would have been different—maybe even much harder—if I had not been on this platform. (Hive). There are more details in this post here: "Thank you, Hive, for being there."

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Fast forward many months later, and I have come to find a home in Hive. And because of it, I am becoming a much better person every day.

I learned (and I'm learning) to use Canva because I have come to understand the importance of "having a compelling thumbnail." I learned to type and even hit my ATH of 71 this week, as I have been practicing for months now. Blogging every now and then spurred me into doing that. I have learned a lot about making music simply by showing up every now and then with some covers at Hive Open Mic. I have found a home in certain communities and am building effective relationships with people in them.


This post is a response to the #neoxianprompts topic, "The Best Thing That Happened in 2022", by @momogrow. If you would like to know more about it and the Neoxian community, click here.

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I love your growth brother and to the fact that you stick to Hive. I am glad that you were able to see Hive like the way I did and not debunk it without having to give it a try. Now you see what I have seen, and now experiencing what I am experiencing: "The sweetness of Hive"

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He said, the sweetness of Hive 😄

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Oh, yes, brother. I am seeing a lot that you have seen and I am grateful everyday for the day we met. It's not just about the money, it's how I am now much better because of your influence.

I haven't see all you have seen yet, boss. But I sure have tasted of the "sweetness of Hive."

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I had the same feeling when I first started with hive, I didn’t think of myself as a writer. But now I might just be addicted to this platform even though I don’t write much, but I never stop engaging with the people. With time, I hope I can write more posts than ever. I’ve just been busy with work and other stuff at home that’s why I don’t get to write more, hopefully soon I’ll get more time off work. Thank you for sharing with us

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Honestly, addiction might just be the right word. I believer there are good addictions, and Hive is one of them. I am equally addicited.

I wish I could do more than I do here on Hive; write more posts, engage with more amazing people, and all that. But life and its contingencies get in the way sometimes. However, I see people like galenkp and his brother tarazkp, who are both quite the old men, with a lot on their plates, online and offline, and still try to keep up and manage it all together. It's inspiring. So I am working towards being like them.

Thank yoy for reading, man.

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Right from the start I've always loved what you bring to the table and they way you go for what you want, I think that too is contagious, hehe.

You have mentioned so many things you've improved on since you became a part of this family and I so much agree to them and I admire your thumbnail creation even more. I have tried using canva a lot of times but I'm yet to try out the pro version and I know I will someday. For yours I don't know if you make use of the pro version but it's always looking professional, hehe.

Keep contributing your quota to the hive blockchain and keep growing, I'm very sure there is more to you than meets the eyes, hehe.

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What I bring to the table is as a result of what I learn from you guys. Na una dey ginger me.

Oh, you do love my thumbnails? I am blushing. I do not use Canva Pro. All my designs are with the free version. I just try with the little I have. Pro would be useful for those that make money off it; I am just a regular Hiver. I am glad you really like mine.

I have missed you, Hope. I know I haven't been around much, and it's because things have been quite tight for me in school. My final exams start on Monday. Glad to see you around.

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Those that use to ginger you should be proud of themselves because you are making them to, hehe.

Really! That's impressive really, keep up the good work! I doubt if there is any thumbnail you've used that I don't like, I'm not sure.

I've missed you too and that's why I just said I must visit you today, it's been a while. I wish you all the best for your exams, I'm sure you will do well ☺️, you always do, hehe.

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The beauty of hive is endless when one is ready to find his or her way around, continue to learn about the ecosystem, and have fun.

Continue to enjoy your hive Journey and I wish you a more fulfilling 2023.

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With perseverance and persistence on Hive, one is bound to grow - as long as they are willing.

I am glad you relate. Thank you for the kind words.

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In my few days with Hive, I've come to discover that it's one of the most important discovery I've made in recent times

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You are surely in for a treat if you stick around. Do indulge yourself in the sweetness of Hive by meeting really brilliant minds. Focus on the bigger picture and you'll do just fine.

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It is great to hear how wonderful Hive has been to your personal life - being supportive many varying ways. It is great that you have made the best of what this platform has to offer and that you also give back via your natural abilities. A win-win for sure. All the best wishes.

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2022 may have just been another jaded year if I had not found my way here. And because of Hive, I have met many incredible individuals, and some of them are from the city of Neoxian.

Meanwhile, I will continue to put in my best to give my best to the platform.
Thank you for this amazing prompt, Momo. Well done!

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It does feel encouraging to have someone read your content and give interesting feedback and perspectives on it. It goes a long way toward encouraging a creator when they receive legitimately positive feedback.

Agreed 🙌 But perhaps the most important thing is the helpful suggestions :) ...

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Oh yes, the helpful suggestions one gets around on Hive are priceless.

Thank you for the curation!

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