We are in the home stretch for 2019 now. It has been an interesting one for Steem with the big hardfork changes and continued evolution of dapps. We still have not seen the big breakout in user numbers, but various people are trying to make it happen. Despite what some people may think there is no conspiracy to scare users away to keep the rewards for some mythical 'elite'. The Steem price would only plummet if we did that. I am always looking for ways to bring in new users and I will do what I can to support them. The only people I would downvote are those who are exploiting Steem for unearned rewards and giving nothing back.
The prices according to @coingecko are not great, but Steem keeps coming back to around 12c. I may have to buy more.
Here are some people you may want to follow:
I think I need to start a section for communities on these posts. For now this is just on the Steemit beta site. For 3 Steem you can create a community. I think these will have a real benefit as you can follow a topic rather than all the people who use it as they are likely to post about other things you are less interested in. I have just joined a couple, but they do not have many posts yet:
I would like to create some groups, but I need to check they will not duplicate existing ones. I do not thing there is away to search for them yet. Let me know if I am missing anything. I hope this feature will be a full part of Steem on all the interfaces soon.