How did you get here and why are you still here?

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Do you remember how you found your way to Hive?

Was it your first interaction with crypto?
If not, what was?

Why are you here today?

How did I get to Hive?

I joined Steem July 1st, 2017 (block 13,303,288), as far as I can remember it was a mention from another Ethereum miner in the Space Station discord. I'm not 100% sure about this, but that my best guess on how I found myself on Steem.

It wasn't until July 22nd, 2017, about 3 weeks later that I made my first broadcast on the blockchain. It was a follow of @quickfingerluc, someone who has long since left. He used to post about crypto and TA techniques.

By July 22nd, I was more comfortable with the ecosystem after lurking for 3 weeks reading and exploring and I started to comment regularly. That same day I made my first post about speed reading. I honestly had no clue what I was going to do here, much less write about. I have written in the past about productivity and efficiency but I was never a big fan of blogging.

I gave myself a challenge, I would write every day for a year and see where things go. At the time I was making less than 5 cents a post and it felt like no one reading anything I wrote. I kept at it regardless and even after the first year I continued to post almost every day.

I figured out pretty quickly I was going to put a lot of time and effort into this, so I setup a witness on August 13th, 2017. It took 23 days before I had enough witness votes to produce my first block on September 5th, 2017. For a while it was pretty slow going and I remained outside of the top 50 for quite a while, I remember sitting at around 63 for what seemed like forever.

Fast forward 1,379 days, I am still here every day. Why?

I'm not going to lie and say the money doesn't matter, but I really love the challenges here. I also love how easy it is to develop and experiment on Hive. Fast and free transactions really allows for a lot of cool things that can't be done anywhere else. I always joke about Ethereum being the place where projects go to die. While I do use Ethereum a lot I do feel the high and unpredictable transaction fees kills most projects and innovation, but there is no question Ethereum is where you can make a killing.

One thing I really think Hive has an advantage over any other blockchain project is the community is baked in. This is something that made silly projects like Drug Wars so fun. Just like Cheers, everyone knows your name and there is a certain magic to that. Much of what keeps me here every day is all my experiences (good and bad) from the days before. I also feel Hive is a better platform for most crypto projects than most, especially if we can get native smart contracts.

Why are you here?

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