Musings From Sharing At A Steemit Bootcamp

Published by alvinauh on

I had the opportunity to share about my experience at a Steemit Bootcamp. Many thanks to @bboyady for having me and allowing me to ramble on about Steemit. I had a blast although what many did not know was that I was half asleep.

I was asleep not because I was bored, but because I was teaching swimming under the hot sun in a wetsuit for two hours. Naturally, the heat got to me and I finished half of @veenang’s box of bottled water. Thanks, bro for the drink. Nevertheless, it was a great night with some really great sharing.

Throughout my sharing session, a few rather interesting musings came to mind. First being how I was requested to start off.

The Elephant In The Room

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I think being in Steemit for a long time creates some form of bias. That bias is that we know how great and awesome the entire platform is. However, we forget that many may see it as a kind of scam. As a teacher, it is not hard to tell who is skeptical and who is not. You can tell this from the crossed arms and the ‘I-Don’t-Believe-You’ look on their faces.

Nevertheless, I was reminded to share about my journey on Steemit and talk about how I went about cashing out my payouts. I suppose it is important to address the elephant in the room. Money is a driving factor for most who come onto Steemit. I remember it was for me as well. As such, I had to ‘flaunt’ my meager¬†Steemit account as a way to ‘prove’ that the money is there.

I went on to share how my wife asked me for 20SBD during December as a way to prove that Steemit works. Unfortunately, she asked at a time when SBD was at its peak. Thus, that was a painful time to cash out. However, you know what they say… Happy wife, happy life.

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Why Am I Doing This Again?

In the midst of my sharing session, there were times when I felt that I had to answer an important question that the audience had. Although this question was not asked, but I would think that many wondered about it. I suppose many wondered why we would invite them to talk about something yet not require them to pay any money. Why would we take our time to volunteer for something like this?

It is undeniable that money is an important point to touch on. However, we try our best to move away from just talking about money for one reason, sustainability. I have seen many who have given up posting on Steemit after a few posts with bad payouts. Thus, if one’s motivation is centered around money, it can be hard to sustain any form of motivation in writing.

That being said, I think many have stayed on because of the community as well as just enjoying the process of posting. That I think is the mindset that we try to share and talk about. Furthermore, it can be used as a vehicle for good as seen in the many community projects done. I for one have greatly benefitted from this experience, having the opportunity to compile some great stories from my teaching experience into a book.

Conclusion

I love sessions like this where I have the opportunity to look back at an awesome year. It was truly a fun experience having to have my own Steemit blog and meeting some really great people. It was during this session that I realized that I have been a year old on Steemit. I hope to see some greater and better things in this Steemit year to come.