A Saturday Random Rambling Around Steem

It’s been a while since I wrote a post like this. Today seemed to be a good day to do so. There are some things I want to share but the items really don’t warrant a stand alone post for each. So here’s my meanderings.

The post has become rather lengthy so here’s the headings you’re going to find:

  • Hobo’s First Year
  • Thanks @snook For Reminding Me About This Post
  • The Difference Between Steem-Engine and SMTs
  • Using SHADE As A Tipping Token Post HF21
  • Marketing Videos for Steem
  • Video Names Steem as A Top Ten Coin to Watch in 2020

Hobo’s First Year

Anyone who is familiar with me knows I have cats. Well now I have a cat. Last October a kitten appeared at my door at the crack of dawn. Actually, it sounded like she jumped at the door first. When that didn’t get me to go look, she started meowing.

She appeared to be not more than two months old. If that estimate was correct. It means she was born around this time in August of last year. So Happy 1st Birthday Hobo.

At the time she arrived I had two other adult cats, Dawn and Fawnya.

Dawn, the elder of the two was a long hair part Maine Coon mix who was quite a mischief maker at times. She clearly warranted the title “Queen” which is what female cats are called.

Fawnya, was a short hair tom. He got his name from the light fawn colour he was as a kitten. Fawnya is an Old English word for Fawn. He was a big boy who also loved to cuddle and would usually just yield to Dawn’s imperial behaviour toward him.

The two adults accepted Hobo when I brought her into the house. Fawnya seemed to bond with her and was often seen playing with her. People think cats are loners, they are actually pretty social animals. They are just more introverted than extroverts.

My practice over the years has been to have cats in pairs so they are company for each other. Hobo brought us to a three cat household but with them all getting along, I was okay with that.

Seems the universe had other ideas. Both of the adult cats have crossed the rainbow bridge this year leaving Hobo as my solitary feline buddy. I may at some point get her a friend but for now we’ve settled into mutual companionship.

One of the main reasons I tended to have cats in pairs is so they have company when I’m away. I’m not away as often as I used to be so Hobo hasn’t spent much time without company. Yet.

As I write this she is curled up on the couch beside me sleeping. Sometimes she curls up in my arms and I end up typing around her. Other times she’s a bit of a mischief maker who thinks walking around on the keyboard when I’m typing is fun. There are some people who have received messages from her on discord. She seems to have her own language.

She is a mouser in the proudest feline tradition, having brought the practice into the digitial age. Hobo often comes running in from the next room, up onto the table where my laptop is and saves me from the mouse that is resident beside my laptop. With great abandon, she sends it crashing to the floor. In doing so she’ often manages to close software I’m working in. A great mouser indeed.

Happy 1st Birthday Hobo.

Thanks @snook For Reminding Me About This Post

I received a comment from @snook this morning on a post I wrote over a year ago about About Crafting Paragraphs On Your Posts.

Anyone who does any exploring best practices for formating content on the web will find one of the first recommendations is to use short paragraphs with blank lines between them.

Short paragraphs provides white space and keeps it easy on the eyes for reading. Blocks of text are hard on the eyes when reading on a screen.

A lot of posts persist in using long paragraphs forcing their readers to work harder to actually read their content. When I encounter this, the author had better get my attention in that first paragraph or I move on. There is lots of content to be found that is much easier on my eyes and focus.

Thanks @snook for reminding people on this subject.

I don’t often encounter it as often over at Medium where people seem to take writing and formatting for their readers a bit more seriously. We can do much better.

Oddly enough, the post would not display on steemit.com where it was originally posted but comes up easily on steempeak.com.

The Difference Between Steem-Engine and SMTs

During the The Witness Chat in The Ramble discord this past Wednesday a lot of time was spent discussing Steem-Engine and the forthcoming SMTs as people tried to get a sense of what having the two systems will bring to the platform.

We already know about Steem-Engine and what they have brought so far. People were trying to figure out where SMTs would fit in. Today I came across a post by @taskmaster4450, — Steem-Engine And SMTs: They Are Not Competing Nor Are They Redundant

In the post he talks about some scenarios where either SMT or the Steem-Engine tokens would be applicable. They are good illustrations toward understanding it’s not a competition between the two.

Together they will greatly expand the use cases for innumerable business to utilize the platform.

Stronger together folks, that is what matters.

Using SHADE As A Tipping Token Post HF21

It’s become pretty clear after August 27th when HF21 comes into effect, most small stakeholders on Steem will be unable to upvote comments and actually share any rewards. The votes will largely not get past the dust threshold to reward the commentor.

Being able to tip a commentor with a token is an alternative approach. There are several tokens which can be used to tip. I’m going to talk about SHADE as I issue it.

SHADE was created to reward sharing and engagement on Steem.

Commenting is engagement and one of the most important steps for smaller Steemians to use in order to become known and grow. Rewarding commentors using SHADE is appropriate.

You can tip with SHADE by leaving !SHADE x where x is no greater than five. You can purchase the token on Steem Engine or you can attend Pimp Your Post Thursday and earn them. To find more, read the latest SHADE Report

Marketing Videos for Steem

As always there is a lot of chatter about the platform on the platform. Over the last year or so there has been a pretty solid growth in Steemians using Twitter to talk about the platform.

That is a really good step to getting the name out there and others taking notice.

Recently I’ve come across some videos created specifically to promote Steem. They are short and I think really well done. It’s great seeing content creators on the platform creating content to promote the platform.

Let’s support these creators.

@derangedvisions created this video and posted it a few days ago. It caught my attention and got me having a look around on YouTube.

This morning I came across this post by @brittandjosie to draw attention to this video created by @minnerz22 to promote Steem.

Then I took a quick look over on YouTube to see what has been put up there say in the last month. I found a few more. Actually I found several but am only sharing the following three:

@clixmoney created this animated short which also suggests some tribes to explore.

@odessa5204 created this short comparing Bitcoin and Steem.

@reggaesteem created this short to promote the Reggae Culture tribe.

Great work everyone. Talking about Steem off of Steem is grassroots marketing. Making these videos takes work that supports the community.

Video Names Steem as A Top Ten Coin to Watch in 2020

While I was exploring YouTube I came across a video on a channel called DataDash. The channel, with 320,000 subscribers, is run by 3Speak user Nicholas Merton

Entitled “Top Ten Coins to Watch in 2020” it explores the bull market of 2017 and then includes the coins he feels need to be watched as we head toward the next expected bull market.

I’m going to suggest you listen to the whole video, about 40 minutes. Its very informative. If you’re in a hurry to get to the Steem part, it starts around 4:45.

The other coins include: Dash, Enjin Coin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ren, Energi, Ravencoin, BAT (Basic Attention Token) and Chainlink. The video has had almost 58,000 views.

If you’re on 3Speak and haven’t followed him, you should.

There, some of my latest meanderings around the platform. Lots going on and lots to learn.

I know some let the current price of Steem get to them. I think that this too shall pass, it’s just a question of how long it will take.

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17.08.2019 21:57

Thanks a lot for mentioning me and sharing my video. I did my best as always to show how many things we have in steem to the world. I'm always doing that and now in a few youtube channels. Still active in twitter and I ask a lot of questions in quora, as well I share my content to facebook. That's how even not being active in the communities, steemians can be useful anyway. ☺

17.08.2019 22:07

Isn’t it great having a movement on Steemit through steem videos concurring the other socials webs there are in the world , they can also be used in a footer on blogs. Thanks for the shoutout!

And happy caturday or shall I say caturbirthday I am promoting Hobo’s birthday and this blog in the caturday discord now.


17.08.2019 22:16

Still don't understand why STEEM isn't stable in the top ten already. None of the other coins are near as fast with transactions and they're all (except maybe eos) on a limited scale. I can see holding value, but practicality and application is lacking severely.

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17.08.2019 23:11

Yes those paragraphs really help especially on the phone screen.

I think when typing on a laptop/pc we don’t think much of the display on a much smaller screen.

Happy Birthday to Hobo 🎉

17.08.2019 23:24

Happy Birthday to Hobo. Thanks for all the information. I wanted to know how shade worked but I wasnt sure.

18.08.2019 13:48

You are very welcome. That post is solid gold :D

19.08.2019 06:25

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20.08.2019 21:47


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22.08.2019 16:35

I have no RC on my main account and no SP on this one, it's a catch 22 but I needed to leave a comment for you so here I am!!

I forgot to ask you guys yesterday how to find out if I earned SHADE, but I hope your link to the info about it will help (I'm betting yes.)

Did you end up on the dark side of Youtube at all??
As we know I can barely speak on-air.. so I guarantee you'll never find me in a video on there! Mwahahaha!

By the way folks, this comment has @shadowspub set to be a 95% beneficiary of its rewards; so feel free to vote it and show your support even after her post closes!

23.08.2019 16:32

The link does explain how to get SHADE and to visit Steem-Engine to see your tokens. No I don't visit the dark side of YouTube.. I barely visit YouTube actually... not real big on video.
Great having you on PYPT and will be looking forward to seeing your content.
Thank you for the beneficiary, it was very kind of you.

24.08.2019 13:15