Happy Blockday to ME!

in LeoFinance4 months ago

And while I'm just reading about the interesting posts that I see on the blockchain. Look at the photos to get some inspiration again, I suddenly get a notification.

It's my BLOCKDAY today!



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Today 3 years ago I created my first account on the blockchain and that is how my blogging adventure started. And with that blogging adventure my life has changed completely.


No Idea

When I started blogging on the blockchain, I was basically only out for one thing, making money with my blogs. Well, in this case earn crypto, and change that crypto into euros as soon as possible. I had no knowledge of cryptocurrency, I had no idea how to write a good blog, never had I heard of markdown styling, I never wrote even in English before! And yeah, I really had no idea what kind of world I ended up in.


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Lost an illusion very quickly

Anyway, my blog adventure started and after 2 posts I was poorer from an illusion. Where I had seen posts with just a single photo that had a pending payout of $ 45 or more, I got a few cents at most. I was briefly put back into reality and the dollar signs disappeared from my eyes.

After those first few posts with at most a few cents I decided to stop making posts, disillusioned yes. But also determined to discover why those other posts were so popular and I wasn't.

Engagement is key

While surfing the blockchain, I discovered that engagement was very important, and that people were more inclined to look at your blog. I discovered the many photo contests that were there, the challenges I could participate in and slowly but surely I managed to find my place on the blockchain, and when after 3 weeks I suddenly saw a pending payout of 110 dollars on a post I knew seriously not what happened to me. I couldn't believe my eyes, but it was true… and that moment made me even more determined to keep the quality of my blogs high. NO MATTER WHAT ...

I had learned to think according to the community spirit and no longer expected a reward on my posts automatically, but I did make sure that my blog would remain worth reading.

Fast forward

Anyways… Fast forward through several greatly appreciated blogs, AND also good rewards further to the NOW. What have I actually achieved in 3 years of blockchain?

I can't complain

First of all, I can't complain, when I started blogging I really had nothing. No income, but also virtually no assets. AND almost no possibility to create an income despite my photography arts. This is because the photography equipment I had was way too old to compete with the competition in the market. And my equipment really gave the best and was just gone. In dire need of replacement, for which I had no possibility. UNTIL I started blogging ...

Yes I used my cryptocurrency

Yes I have done powerdowns to achieve my goals. Yes I cashed out invested crypto when I needed it to pay for my groceries. But besides that I could finally replace equipment that badly needed to be replaced. I was able to do my shopping from my crypto, and after five years of not having a car, being able to drive a car again, I found even more on the blockchain than I expected.

I have gained knowledge about crypto currency. Knowledge that helps me every day, and where I learned a lot about decentralization, and I made friends all over the world. AND not unimportantly ... after my already shaky self-confidence was completely destroyed during my last work experience for a government-subsidized company, my dignity was shattered by that experience and I, so to speak, with my soul under my arm walking around, through the blockchain and the many contacts I have been able to build up there, I have been able to largely restore my damaged self-confidence and dignity. The many ratings I have received for my blogs.

I still learn every day

Even now, after being here for three years, it doesn't bore me for a second. I blog less often myself, due to a lack of inspiration at the moment, but that does not mean that I still learn new things every day. And that doesn't take away my interest in new things.

So I say to myself… Happy Blockday, and on to many more years!

How long have you been surfing the blockchain, and what are your greatest goals achieved?



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PS: Glad you decided to stay with us! 🤩😍😎

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Lol ... thanks. I simply had to. I had no choice. Hooked from the first few cents ... and knowing, 'there had to be more (moar)'.

😋😎🤩

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engagement is key!

Yes, that is actually how I came to Steemit in the first place
On my Gun Forums, I was the #1 upvoter, and also received a lot
of votes in return. When I found out that I could PAY other people
with my VP I thought it was AWESOME! ENGAGEMENT!!

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It definitely is awesome, but when you start ... most of us think, ah my vote doesn't matter as the vote seems to have no value at all. So pay people for their engagement is not the first thing you usually think about.

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Went through a lot of months of 0-.15 cent posts before things started to pick up for me. :) I never really got discouraged though because I was learning things and having fun. Now I find myself trying a lot of different things beside just blogging about my photography. Games, Leo Finance, Stem Geeks, NFT Showroom, investing in different projects... so many exciting things happening. If my stake keeps growing I might even be able to pull out a small monthly income at some point. :)

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I had the luck to be picked up by @curie for several times, and back in those days the "Big Curie Vote" had quite some value. Besides that it gained a lot of eyes on my posts. There were always many people just looking through the curie curations.

But besides being picked up by curie, it took me also quite some time to get noticed ... with the difference that I was hooked by that first big vote after 3 weeks. And every post was a new challenge to get curated again, every post was a new chance.

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Yeah at @curie and some of the other curating groups started voting my stuff and I felt some validation for what I had been posting. Of course then the pressure came to better myself each time. lol. I'm a little more relaxed now. :)

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Congratulations! I see some people celebrating their 3rd birthday! This is an old age, or better said experienced age for crypto.

I see some people say with some kind of guilt, that they've powered down and use crypto for expenses. This is nothing to be guilty for! Crypto shall have a use and be a help for us. Happy for you that it helped at the right time.

Happy blockchain birthday!

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Thank you @alexvan, I guess you can say it's an experienced age for crypto when you're on the blockchain for 3 years. But most of my time I was only blogging, and didn't mind too much about the technology behind the crypto. That's only since 2020 that I started to get interested in the bigger picture that crypto really is. Before that I was only concerned by getting up my own personal circumstances through the use of crypto. And yes, I'm glad I was able to do just that ... I also know that if I had looked into the technologies a lot earlier, I would have had more. But, bad decisions, and trusting the wrong people was all part of my journey. Just like as many of us have experienced.

Yes crypto shall have a use, and the use can be different for any of us, but in general we all use it to help us. Whether this is through saving and stacking, or real life use like I did ... it's all meant to give us a better life where that is almost impossible with fiat money.

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But most of my time I was only blogging, and didn't mind too much about the technology behind the crypto. That's only since 2020 that I started to get interested in the bigger picture that crypto really is. Before that I was only concerned by getting up my own personal circumstances through the use of crypto. And yes, I'm glad I was able to do just that ... I also know that if I had looked into the technologies a lot earlier, I would have had more. But, bad decisions, and trusting the wrong people was all part of my journey. Just like as many of us have experienced.

I think anyone in here can share some part of your story as we all have our reasons, little happenings, and trust issues. There are a lot of good people and also some bad, which brake our trust. We need only to keep going on and make the best out of it on the long run. :)

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Happy blockday!It is very good to learn more and more day by day.

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Thanks ... yes it's a good thing to learn more and more every day. There is so much to learn yet!

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Congratulation. Now I am at the beginning and in a similar situation.

Enjoy your ride, that's all I can say.

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You need to stake more BEER (24 staked BEER allows you to call BEER one time per day)

Uhm yes ... thank you for the reminder

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Happy BB-day girl 👍