Fave Hive Author(s)
Hive Book Club arranged a new contest that goes till August, 10 - so, feel free to join. The topic is super easy and engaging, I'd even say 'tempting': Your Favorite Hive Author! ( @littlebee4, @bambuka, @taliakerch,-- check the post and maybe you wanna jump on this too? )
Hive is an interesting place... here you can find wonderful people - creators of unique entertaining and educational content, writers... every person here is a writer :)
much more difficult task is to find readers....
...but thats a subject for a separate discussion, and most likely it should be headed to the Rant, Complain, Talk community.
So. On one hand, the topic certainly is simple ... on the other hand, for me personally, it is complex. Firstly, because - I should confess - most of time I visit Hive to search for photo content, rather than text or video, I come for beautiful visuals. (Of course that doesnt mean that I dont read at all, no! but groking long-reads in English one by one, really isnt what I am here after). Secondly, I am not a native speaker, and although I read plain plain text without a dictionary, I cannot digest more complex and abstract reasoning as easily, for example, I find it difficult to appreciate the style of presentation and idioms, etc.
But I do have a "back catalogue" of authors that I follow and appreciate for a while; now I just have to choose one.
Picture above is from the photo session I conducted today specifically to illustrate this post. Got a lot of beautiful visuals with books and coffee.
The idea of such visuals has been stuck in my head for a long time, but I just could not intend to. And this challenge gave a good kick in the ass of my laziness; I myself like what I got. Although perhaps next time something even more interesting will come out of my hands / camera.
I've got too much perfect images that I could not but share immediately, although 2-3 would be more than enough, I know.
@fraenk, @bengy and @taliakerch were the names that 1st came to my mind, and rivaled for my decision; but for me it is rather obvious from the start, who will leave in the end. Also I could not but mention @edicted, who I've got acquainted with after reading his memorable post about Dan Larimer (one of the Steemit blockchain architects, in case if you dont know). Even a non-native speaker, I could not help but admire the style of presentation and clarity of thoughts / analyses / narration.
You see, personally I tend myself to more caustic and sarcastic style, with hints of black humor, and in said text I found all that in full. On rare occasions like this, I always reblog a post so that I be able to come back to it at any time to appreciate the writing nuances and relive the rapture... (and even maybe to steal something!)
@fraenk: googlyeys evangelist, bunny & kitten caretaker, and much more
Frǽnk, or Frank is enigmatic user I've got acquainted with and had tons of positive engagement back in the days of the #Steemit-era. After the fork, he became less active and actually just lurk around but never blog, idk why. (This kind of keeps me from picking Frank as my favorite author - what's my favorite if the blog hasn't been posted in two years? However, I have no doubt who would be #1 if...)
Fraenk is the founder of the #googlyeys community and an "evangelist" as he puts it. He looks around well and perfectly distinguishes the faces of creatures hiding around. And of course, that's why I love him. But this is not the only reason. "You have to make good out of evil, because there is nothing else to make of it" - and Frank can do it and knows how to do it.
Do you want a specific example? Head here to this post (by the way, the post was published the same week I joined Steemit - but of course, I met him much later).
This is a wonderful example of style and humor (do check it, have a pleasure of reading this pure masterpiece!), and roughly speaking, its an example of how to make something good out of nothing, how to stretch one trivia line into a Solid Something. And I consider this is a Great Talent. @Fraenk, come back!
@taliakerch: all the (small) truth about life...
...including health care, happy parenting, kidz schooling, gardening and a lot of other stuff. As Joseph Brodsky wrote 50 years ago: "If you were born in an empire, it is better to settle down in a provincial town near the sea coast." I note that @taliakerch strictly fulfills this advise. One may think life in a small town is a continuous routine and theres nothing to write about;
@taliakerch refutes this assumption in a brilliant manner, over and over again she finds cool pearls in the ordinary mundane stuff, she strains and catches interesting news from the informational noise of our life. This is also a talent. I don't have time to read all the posts, but this is an interesting blog, it was proven many times. Check this post, if you want to get more acquainted with this great Hivean.
@bengy: musician & collateral damage specialist
He is a violinist. Do you really need any other reasons to admire?
Ok, he is a thinker (note, nowadays thats quite a rare human quality!). And more to it - he share his thoughts and considerations with us in his blog, for anyone who is willing to spend their time reading. That is, do not "spend", I wanted to say: "invest".
I can't say that we communicate often, but perhaps he is the author I reblog the most (to be honest, I did not count). And I rarely reblog, you know - I do this only for valuable and interesting material that I want to re-read later ... definitely not superficial one-day posts.
He write about gaming, airdrops, NFT, crypto-credit cards.. he shares the fruitful results of his own enquiries about markets and crypto, explaining some intresting non skin-deep nuances totally obscure for such a noob as I am. For example, here is his post on a hot topic "3 Crypto tips no one will listen to". It was from his post, than I educated myself about the inner market and more profitable manual HBD/HIVE conversion mechanism -- in the time it became "a crypto revelation" for me, and certainly helped me to grow on the blockchain.
And a little bonus, last but not least: @bengy takes time to find amazing free images for his posts that correspond well to his article titles... (or not, but still eye-catching). Master! Of course, not every post is a pearl sticking out of the "foam of the days", but nonetheless... This is my second favorite author at the Hive, after Fraenk, and I recommend following him for those who value decent practical stuff.
It is quite possible that reading his blog will teach you something and inspire you to look around better, to pay attention to small things, show how to make an interesting story "out of nothing". This is precious.