WHERE CONTENT CREATORS GET IT WRONG: CHASING REWARDS OVER QUALITY || A NEWBIE GUIDE

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Not only is this geared at newbies, but it is also popular among the oldies, and this is because it is very simple to lose sight of what is important, which is always placing quality in their content. While navigating through various contents on the chain, you will see that, in comparison to the large number of articles published, just a few people are truly putting in attempts to do their best regardless of the rewards attached.

I completely understand that the primary reason we are on Hive today is for the rewards, and I am no exception, but it is always good to look at the greater picture above obtaining rewards and focusing on the quality your content has to provide to your audience. This is why I am never a proponent of rushing to publish articles or trying to make a deadline in order to obtain a curator's vote. If I'm not proud with my article, I'm never going to publish it till I'm finished with it.

Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.

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Simply put your passion into your piece, and you will find yourself standing out and unique among the others on the chain. This will not only bring you rewards, but it will also set you on a long-term path. Your efforts will undoubtedly be noticed if you put up your best effort, and the rewards will undoubtedly be greater than you realize.

Yes, I write my articles in order to earn money from them. Yes, I live off the money I make from Hive, but that wouldn't make me want to spam articles or post in communities that have little to do with my material just so I could get a higher upvote. Why? Instead of pursuing my selfish impulses, I am looking at the big picture and doing my best to do what is right.

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I've been watching some of the people I've onboarded and mentored on Hive from afar, and I always make sure to pass on every message of quality over quantity to newbies because trying to meet up with daily blogging deteriorates your quality over time, causes burnout, and even interferes with balancing your personal life. I recommend that you post frequently only when it does not put you under pressure.

What makes writing pleasurable is writing without pressure, clearly from your thoughts and mind. It is the source of the pleasure of communicating in thoughts. At this stage, you're creating content for fulfillment rather than enrichment. When both substances are consumed, there is always a variation in taste.

Posting in the right community is vital based on its niche. It increases the visibility of your posts and connects you with the relevant audience. I read a lovely article today by @erikah on Why it is important to publish in the appropriate communities, which goes into great detail about selecting the proper community for your posts. You should absolutely look into it!

As I previously stated, I have been observing newbies that I have onboarded and mentored from afar, and I have gotten to know those who are doing well and those who aren't. The significant difference is that those who followed this advise are doing well, despite both groups receiving roughly the same quality of mentorship from me.

Some have become completely diverted by the rewards and are now writing for the purpose of getting rewards rather than for the fulfillment of writing. They constantly wondering how I obtain my incentives, which I can't really explain but believe stem from the fact that I devote my time into following the advise I give to others. It's practically no secret.

So next time before hitting the publish button after writing each article, it is advised to ask yourself: "Am I proud of this content I am about to Publish?".

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The truth is that doing what is right is one of the most difficult things to do, especially when the people around you are not doing the same but appear to be doing well. I strongly advocate remaining unique and pursuing what you feel is appropriate without first considering the incentives because doing so powerfully pulls you away from seeing the whole truth.


𝘼 𝙇𝙀𝙎𝙎𝙊𝙉 𝙏𝙊 𝙇𝙀𝘼𝙍𝙉 𝙁𝙍𝙊𝙈 𝙃𝙀𝙍𝙀...

𝘐 𝘨𝘰𝘵 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘺 𝘩𝘪𝘵 𝘣𝘺 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘯𝘣𝘰𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘦𝘴, @olujay 𝘪𝘯 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳, 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵. 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘳, 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 150 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘢 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘯 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵. 𝘏𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘐 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘐 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯'𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘦𝘭𝘵 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘥𝘦𝘥.

𝘐 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘢 𝘴𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴, 𝘥𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘐 𝘴𝘢𝘸 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦: 𝘪𝘧 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴, 𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘸. 𝘐'𝘮 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴..

𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵, 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘴𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘮 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨-𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘮 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴.


CLOSING NOTE...

If you're on Hive for the long haul as a content creator, quality should always take precedence over rewards. Otherwise, you will find yourself making mistakes and even plagiarizing in order to accomplish your goal of earning more and more incentives.

If you stick to quality, you will find that the rewards will arrive over time and will be much greater than having to prioritize rewards above quality at initially. Remember this: Creating quality content leads to growth, which leads to far more rewards...

Peace_Out!!!


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I'm sure this is like a hard slap that will wake up many people who have such bad habits.

I totally agree that quality is the most important thing in all fields.

have a nice day sir.😊

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I'm sure this is like a hard slap that will wake up many people who have such bad habits.

I definitely hope it will brother...

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While reading I was just comparing the instances to myself and I discovered that I'm guilty in the aspect of not always giving my best but not because of the reward though. I have made it a point of duty to always make at least one post a day but sometimes it gets hard for me because I don't have too much time for that day, most times I just wait for some time because I still want something of good quality but sometimes I still don't achieve it.

Writing every day was as a result of me wanting to train myself to be better at it but there are days when I know I put in so much effort compared to other days though. I still want to keep doing what I do, but I will surely put in mind all that you've said.

Indeed @olujay is a great inspiration to me in the aspect of creating quality contents, with every of his content, I can imagine the effort he has put into it and I'm always impressed. Keep up the good work Joe, I hope to get better too 😊.

Thank you so much Star for sharing this beautiful piece with us, it's really educative.

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It’s okay to right everyday but not okay when the main reason is only for the rewards. For me, I would really love to write everyday but it doesn’t work. Not because I don’t have something to write about but it comes at a cost of forgoing other important activities.

So I plan my activities and try my best to balance my life.

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Okay, that's nice, I want to get to that stage when writing is not a problem for me, maybe the time will just like you.

I think it's even better to write few times in a week but since I'm not a good writer yet, I just have to keep practicing so I can get better.

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I also try to push content every day, but I have often failed at it. The thing is, there is a level of preparation and consistency that is required to fully enable one to deliver regularly with high quality. I have found that I am yet to develop that, so I work at my own pace to keep delivering as well as I can.

It may sound strange to hear that I frequently do not believe my contents are as good as they should be. But I am open to learning and keen on growth. So I just make sure I implement positive changes with the feedback I get on them.

Nonetheless, I really appreciate the kind words you shower me with. I'll be humble enough to keep growing so I can keep my people pleased and myself too.

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That's right Joe, it's really hard to access one's content as good sometimes but with the feedback we get from people, it helps us know where and where we did well or not. Although there are sometimes when I judge my content by the number of comments I received too.

I've noticed that whenever I put my heart to what I do, which happens most times, I get positive feedbacks from people and that really do encourage me to do better at every other attempt. Yes, I call it attempt because I know I'm still at the base, trying to become better.

You're welcome, I believe you will keep getting better and I hope to keep learning as well.

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Oh my,
I'm always a big fan of people who do but they preach.
And you're a prime example of that.
I haven't seen a less than great article from you yet.
It shows how much you dedicate towards quality.

This article was just like a reassurance to me to keep doing what I'm doing.

No matter how much the rewards are,
If you're a true creator that's passionate about the craft.
You won't feel comfortable posting something mediocre.

Wonderful job with this bro🙌🏻
Keep making the best of content💙

Quality over quantity!

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You won't feel comfortable posting something mediocre.

These very words, brother...

When you're keen on excellence, you just won't be able to help yourself from cringing at mediocrity before you.

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I'm always a big fan of people who do but they preach. And you're a prime example of that. I haven't seen a less than great article from you yet.

Bro, thank you so much for the nice words...

This article was just like a reassurance to me to keep doing what I'm doing.

As it should be brother!

No matter how much the rewards are If you're a true creator that's passionate about the craft. You won't feel comfortable posting something mediocre.

Bro that's the point brother. Someone who is not a true content creator would not look twice at his content to check if it has its best.

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Well said bro...Quality over Quantity always

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Thank you! Also try to work on your engagement skills. It would help you out. Comments like this won’t take you anywhere!

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Oh wow.. how do you mean please, the comment ain't engaging enough?

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Nah.. the best comment ever written on the chain man! 🥳🎉🎊🎊

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But you said comments like that won't take me nowhere...common bro, I'm open to learning a lot on how to engage properly so as to grow my page and followers

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He means to take time to actually engage in order to make a statement and not engage to fulfill righteousness. It's not a bad comment, but then you can be empathetical and show the man you've actually read the content. It's probably one of the things. Engagement speaks volumes and some people take it for granted and wonder why mountains aren't moving on their behalf.

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Well said! There sure are things to take away and discuss on, even questions to ask, from works published by authors.

The way to connect with the mind of an authour and spur them to have meaningful interactions with them is by quality engagement.

Words speak volume, and a whole lot about one's perspective to a matter.

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Try sharing your insights and point of view when making a comment. And not a kind of comment that looks spammy.

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Oh okay bro,would do... thanks a lot, this was helpful..all I could garner from this is to engage more, show more interest in the post by talking more about it, sharing your own opinion or even asking questions to gain clarity on the subject matter if need be.

Thanks once again!

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Thank you so much @josediccus @starstrings01 & @olujay...this was really helpful and insightful, I'd try my best possible to start putting all I've heard today to act. Grateful Indeed 🙏

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I can't agree less!

You have indeed spoken so well 👏

Chasing rewards makes us lose sight of the quality of our original content overtime and this will translate to spamming for reward sake, plagiarism/stealing great ideas to present quality contents (albeit stolen ideas), and disappointment when our "utopian expected reward" isn't forthcoming.

The more we say this or emphasise this, the more people continue to lose sight of that which is important and focus on the peripherals and trivial issues.

Many would blame the system, the "partial curators" (in their words), the admins/mods and communities, the "publish" icon on peakd (for leading them astray), Justin Sun, my little puppy (which I don't have), and every other thing/person but themselves. They forget that their Greed is leading them astray.

However, when we think long term, we focus on the clear and overall picture, rather than allowing our subjective view to becloud our foresight. We focus on doing things the right way and doing things for long term.

Reading through @josediccus celebration of 5 years of activity on Hive and 34k comment on Hive, one can see how consistency and growth will really pay off for the long term. It isn't easy, but it is not impossible.


@erikah post on community/specific niche placement is one which I'd readily recommend to anyone, anytime and anyday. That post will indeed serve as a guide for the present and future time.


What brand of Beer do you take boss, I suppose dash you one beer like this for this post. Abi you want Caprisone? 😅

Wonderful write-up brother

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Well, 34k seem rather huge, looking at it. I think it's been more like doing nothing for me. people forget to have fun, watch the videos contents, rather than skip, make acquaintances and show real efforts. It's no magic, the secret is to have fun while making impact.

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2 mo

Thats true!
Have fun with what you're doing.

One reason why I can't really leave Hive amidst everything choking me is because I have made real friends on Hive.

When na only star I sabi... omo, I would easily be overwhelmed with all I'm doing and Hive no go dey the agenda, because there's really nothing for me there, except to find money.... and honestly, I'm not really the money freak... lol... I believe this will shock you small.

If it were just the money, I would have been going on and off like before... but Hive dey help me overcome my depression now 🙃

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However, when we think long term, we focus on the clear and overall picture, rather than allowing our subjective view to becloud our foresight. We focus on doing things the right way and doing things for long term

This is the exact point brother... Just being long time, and definitely your works would show up for you in the future...

@josediccus is a true inspiration to many of us. Most especially me. Would have left Hive if I never got inspired to keep doing my best and following his footsteps.

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As you keep following his footsteps, we keep following yours and his. We have so many footsteps to follow, but most time it's a shame that we really can't keep up.

To find our own feet can be really difficult, but small small... we will 🤧

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Brother, definitely you would find your own feet.

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@tipu curate

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Now this is the kind of comment I love to see 😂🤣😂

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Wow there is really a lot to be learnt from this and thanks for sharing.

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Yeah there is brother!... I hope it does help you in your journey in Hive... Would appreciate knowing what you actually learnt in particular.

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The idea of actually showcasing oneself by trying to be consistent and to be active in making good content and also interacting with others as well with good comment.

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Now saying this initially is a better way of engaging in comments than the first comment you sent! Try to do this more in other posts you comment on.

Great you had something to learn from this post. I hope it helps your journey on Hive! Stay blessed brother...

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A very large number of us joined Hive mainly because we learned about such a space where "truly" monetizing one's content is possible. It is actually okay, really. But it becomes a big problem if this remains the (main) goal if one is looking to actually thrive. This is because to maintain steady results, one needs consistent and regular motivation; rewards won't give you that.

When people get their motivation from the rewards they receive, it's only a matter of time before their quality crumbles like the Wall of Jericho. This is a predicament that is difficult to get out of.

I can totally understand pushing to meet deadlines, or maybe "curation windows," if you will. But if one cannot look back on that work and not cringe, being proud of one's work, knowing that maximum effort was injected, then one should reconsider.

A type of motivation that would help is one that is innate: a type of motivation built in the mind that births thoughts like, "I should be concerned about building." The time will come when one will effortlessly reap the benefits.

Everyone has their own standards. Some are keen on attaining perfection, others not so much. But the top priority should be positive growth, and not declination and degradation.

Words of wisdom, brother!

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Bro! I won't lie the rewards is motivating, eye catching and easy to stay connected to it when creating content. I fight myself to look away and stay on track. It's more little putting in discipline on staying true to quality.

Yeah putting your mind to the possibilities of a better future helps in putting your mindset in check and staying true to quality over rewards..

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