So you're a Tronkey.
And pardon me if Tronkey is not the politically correct term for, whatever it is, you are. I simply do not know any better.
That's right! I don't know you people. There's a strong chance many from the Tron tribe are a bit confuzzled as well.
What do I do with this delicious looking Steemian? Eat him? And why should I walk around this magnificent city of theirs to enjoy the sights? Wouldn't it be better to simply burn them?
We are not edible and most likely taste like shit. Do not let our good looks fool you!
Also, in the event of a fire, we're designed to be flame retardant.
One flick of that Bic is all it takes to trigger a magic dragon named Ah Forkyou to fly down from the heavens and stick you with his four-pronged poker — right where the Sun don't shine.
So let's just be friends! Or acquaintances. Even just random passersby carrying on about our own daily deeds with no interest in stealing one another's wallets or significant others is cool, too.
I know what you're thinking.
But I'm just a gambling addicted Tronkey, slowly but surely going broke. I don't know how to create the content or do anything people would actually enjoy. What the hell do I need Steemit for and why would I want to buy yet another shitcoin?
Whoa there buddy! Calm down and watch your fucking language around here. STEEM is not shit, it is thee shit, and that is a damn good thing where I come from.
One does not need to be able to entertain millions of people by creating glorious content daily in order to reap the benefits of owning STEEM in the form of STEEM POWER!
Content creation is not and will not be for everyone. It's up to you to decide if you think you have what it takes and majority of us who you see taking center stage have been at this for years, grinding away, in order to get where we are today. This did not happen overnight and there is no free lunch! The most common mistake a new member here makes is assuming it'll be easy.
So what's the alternative?
The easy way to earn?
Imagine, for a moment, a stadium. There's one act on stage performing and thousands of people in the crowd enjoying the show. How often does that performer begin showering the crowd with money?
They take your money then laugh their asses all the way to the bank.
All you were left with was a ticket stub and three selfies with what appears to be a blurry performer along with a few bright lights in the background. What a shitty deal.
But around here, we do things a little differently.
Half of whatever this post earns will be split up and go directly back to the consumers of this content, provided they had STEEM Power in their wallet and hit that fancy-schmancy vote button.
Are you people drunk?
No! I'm being serious! You literally get paid to be entertained around here.
You already know how to sit on your ass, read, watch a video, listen to some music, whatever. That's been your life since you were born and not once did you ever get anything in return for your "efforts."
The fact a content consumer can take a cut of the revenue generated from the content they consume in my opinion is by far one of the most appealing (and misunderstood) concepts we have going for us here on the STEEM blockchain.
Creating content and getting paid for it is normal. One can do that easily anywhere on the internet provided they put in the time and effort. Nowhere else though, that I know of, can a consumer take a cut of the profits in this fashion. It's as simple as sitting back, having fun, and earning a few tokens as you go. Every stakeholder in theory should benefit each time a new paying consumer shows up and goddammit I'd love to see hundreds of millions of these consumers here all having fun and being rewarded.
We've always had a shortage of dedicated paying content consumers around here and part of the reason is because folks show up and start producing content, thinking that's where the "easy money" is. Many fail because that's the nature of this beast. Simply head over to Youtube and have a look at the millions upon millions of dead channels if you don't believe me, or login to Facebook, write a status in front of your thousands of friends, and tell me exactly how many of them actually engaged with th post.
If those folks end up failing as content producers, many leave, permanently, instead of sticking around to enjoy the show and trying their hand at a different role that could end up being more beneficial in the long run had they simply stuck it out and tried.
This life is a bitch, right Reginald?
Moving right along.
Keeping our streets free of debris and trip hazards is something many here take pride in.
With your shiny new bag of STEEM Power you use to support content creators and yourself at the same time, you're now given the option to help protect that investment. If you find yourself walking down one of our many streets or enjoying one of the parks, and end up seeing some douchebag snatch an old lady's purse, you can decide if you want to step in to help save the day.
There are ways to abuse this rewards pool. There are ways to stop that abuse.
As a stakeholder, you're free to decide if you want to step in and save the day, or let the guy get away with those tokens so he can dump them on the market and screw us all over. Not too many people here enjoy getting ripped off in that fashion when it happens; but nobody here is forced to do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.
Please take the time to learn about downvotes and when to use them productively and responsibly before hitting that button. Chasing quality content producers away with irresponsible downvotes is one of the most technologically advanced methods of shooting yourself in the foot in this brave new world.
The tone. The words. Flippant humor? How is this allowed?
What's happening? What is this!
Like oh my god, man. Cat videos and crypto ads make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This article makes me nervous and my head may explode. Do you people have a fetish for brain matter? What the hell is going on here? Where's the unicorn, all the smiles, balloons, men wearing bow ties, that Bitconnect dude, and the many broken promises I'm used to hearing?
I'll spare you all the details of my beliefs but will say I can be comfortable in my own skin here. Yes the intention was humor and I have a strong feeling that became obvious early on.
I wanted all you silly Tronkeys to be able to laugh, not feel insulted. We're bros now! This is what bros do!
Unfortunately, I now live in a world where a legitimate art form like comedy is under threat by what the kids are calling cancel culture.
Around here, I am 100% confident, no matter how far I want to push those boundaries, I won't be "deplatformed" here if someone feels like throwing a hissy fit over something they personally misinterpreted. I have all the freedom in the world here to explore the arts. Reporters can write what they want to write. People can say what they want to say. Nobody can take that away from us here. To me, that is more valuable than the entire market cap of crypto and I hope it never changes.
I also enjoy the fact I'm my own boss here and don't have to answer to editors and censor panels. Watch me pull off this lazy ending and not even get fired.