I sometimes just post about Steem itself, but its pretty rare these days as well frankly Steem hasn't been heading the direction I would have liked it to go...but is all this finally changing?
We have had a new HF and got all this new...stuff, like a downvote button that I will never use, but I'm sure some people will...although for the life of me can't think why :).
above image is one of mine
To be honest there are so many technical things being experimented with I just can't keep up and I give up trying to get deep and meaningful with them all - I just want a platform that is responsive and works and a just and fair rewards system....but maybe it's too much to ask...or is it?
Does Steem have the technical capability to succeed?
The answer for me is yes; it has always and still runs lightening fast and it still costs nothing to do transfers, to me this is getting the basics right and this alone means I'll always be attracted to this Steem block chain over others.
..but is this a winning recipe for a Social Media front end?
above image is one from good old giphy
The answer for me has been no for awhile, somewhere along the way Steem lost it's path.
However, the good thing about having free will and being open minded is I reverse the right to change and I'm pleased to say my view here is starting to change. I've stopped trying to be overly critical and instead trying to put a bit more faith back into the system. We vote in our witnesses and they are doing what they can against a...lets be honest Shit Storm of fish face smacking over anything they do or anytime anything changes.
Am I impressed by Steem inc. and our Witnesses - honestly, not really. However this view has been somewhat skewered towards particular individuals and decisions....decisions which clearly saw just a few benefit vs. the many.
So what has changed that is bringing my faith back? well this lastest HF does seem different.
For now as I explore the changes of the HF I begin to see the signs of a ray of hope, The first thing I'm noticing is curation.
I've been upvoting a magnitude of quality posts to varying degrees for a number of years now - trying to benefit the platform and the authors....but after awhile all the bot activity and purchase vote rubbish wore me down, as I realised the large holders are counter acting all the effort and just grabbing peoples purchased votes of liquid Steem in an ever depreciating valued crypto.
For this reason I avoided paid for upvote bots like the plague as any argument that they were performing a service like...advertising, to me was just crap! all they were doing was building a business of 90% win for them and 10% for you and by the time your payout came, the price had dropped and they had already sold off the liquid steem - helping to depreciate our crypto value even more...kind of like the effect of large holders selling off truck loads of Steem to cover..*cough, cough* costs!...what rubbish! the only good part of this is, no one has endless Steem once the sell off is done we can see the price go up and our efforts rewarded, because we are all putting in effort here - we all deserve to share the rewards :)
I'm very please with the way curation is looking now (for the moment). I'm much encouraged to return to the old ways, following trails and manually upvoting people who are trying and posting interesting content to me.
It seems like the balance is better in that I receive a nice return for my supporting the content and the authors are hopefully seeing some extra votes coming in (people like myself returning to curation) and thus not really seeing a decline in over what they were getting before the HF.
It's too early to celebrate yet, but for now I would say the recipe for success is looking a bit more delicious! the view is changing from anger into...maybe acceptance and see
above image is one from good old giphy
All the best to All Steemains, we are all in this together - I really do hope we can bring back some of the talent and that we all give this HF a good go to the benefit of us all.
Cheers and Steemon!