Today I am here to tell you a bit about the Steem Blockchain and specifically, Steemit. Steemit is a decentralized blogging platform that is built on the Steem Blockchain. It allows users to take control of the content they create and earn a cryptocurrency called Steem, through the process of Upvotes from the community. You can also earn Steem through curating (Upvoting) other users content and bringing some recognition to underappreciated pieces or authors.
You can trade the Steem for other tokens or cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Litecoin. You can cash it out and put some extra green in your wallet if you choose. Or you can bank your earned Steem in a process called Powering Up. This is truly how you grow your account and the reward for choosing this route is that it gives you a say in the distribution of Steem to other users through your Upvotes.
Ya see, every day the Blockchain creates new Steem which sits in the Rewards Pool waiting to be distributed to users on the chain. When you Upvote content and that user earns some Steem, it is not coming out of your account, but instead from the Rewards Pool. How much that users receives from your vote, depends on how much Steem you have Powered Up…or simply put…your Steem Power.
I know…I know…it all sounds a bit confusing. Crypto?!? Upvoting?!? Blockchain?!? Rewards Pool?!? It’s not as confusing as it sounds. I promise…and things are simplifying more and more every day. There is alot more to this place than just a blogging platform but that is a lesson for another day. This is still very early. Think…early days of the internet. That is where we are currently at. This is also where you come in as there are some missing pieces to the puzzle…
We have a lack of quality content in lots of fields which are quite honestly…perfect for this place. I see Comic Book artists posting their art, Funko Pop and Action Figure collectors posting their collections and custom pieces, Comic Book enthusiasts posting their spec. pics and hauls, Shop Owners discussing business practices, Publishers showing off their upcoming storylines, Gamers streaming, Cosplayers convention photos, and so much more. All the while providing content for platforms that are monetizing and data mining YOUR hard work and efforts for their own interests. That to me, is a shame and where I believe the Steem Blockchain can provide some amazing opportunities.
I am not naive to think that these platforms do not provide opportunities either. They currently have a few things that Steemit lacks…the main one being…well..you! Yes, we need passionate content providers like you here. So I am putting a call out to all of you. If I even remotely described you above or below, then I call on you to give it a shot and join. Post some content, interact with others through comments, throw out some Upvotes to pieces that you find some value in. I bet if you give it a fair shake, it will blow your mind.
I am currently hunting for quality content in the following categories.
- Comic Books
- Video Games
- Funko Pops
- Statues & Busts
- Trading Cards
- Gaming Cards
- Model Kits
- and pretty much any other “dorky” hobby!!!
You can either head on over to https://steemit.com and create a free account. Sometimes the wait to create an account this way can be a pain…as I said before…still in the early stages of all of this. If you are jonesing to get started and want an account instantly, you can head on over to https://steem.ninja/ and create one in a sec for a small fee, or just shoot me a message with your email address and I will send you over an invite to create free account. I am really trying to grow the “nerd” community here. I have been here for about a year and a half now and have grown by leaps and bounds. Our community is small but loyal and always looking for new and interesting content from passionate and creative people. Not only will this community welcome you with open arms but I will also pledge to show love and support to your pieces through Upvotes and Resteems to get your pieces seen by as many eyes as possible.
The great thing about the Steem Blockchain is that YOU can be empowered here. YOU are in charge and in control of your content. Not Facebook. Not Twitter. Not Instagram or any of the other places you are currently creating content for. Once again, I am not asking you to leave those platforms…I am just asking you to add Steemit to the mix. The opportunity is huge and I hope you will consider being a part of something special…building it from the ground up together!
Side note – For any bloggers currently using WordPress to publish their pieces, just download the Steempress plugin to be a part of this movement…as I did here!