Now, before I get to the point I want to make, first I want to share a little story with you that I ran into this morning.
Once upon a time in a small village, a business man announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for 10 bucks each. The villagers, knew that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them.
The man bought thousands of them, but as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort.
So he further announced that he would now buy them for 20 bucks each. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again. But ofcourse supply diminished even further and people stopped again their efforts. The rate was therefore increased to 25 bucks, but the supply of monkeys became so little, that it was already an effort to even see a monkey, let alone catch it.
In one last attempt the man now announced that he would buy monkeys for 50 bucks each! However, since he had to go abroad for some other business, his assistant would now buy on behalf of him.
In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers, "Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you for 35 bucks each and when the man returns from his trip, you can sell them to him for 50 bucks."
The villagers squeezed up with all their savings and bought all the monkeys.
The next day the assistant was gone with all their money and they never saw him again, nor the business man.
The only thing they saw was monkeys, monkeys everywhere!
Now, to be clear, the above story is not an exact metaphore for what's going on here on the platform. No-one is getting paid to get new people onboard. Neighter I want to label newbies as monkeys.
My point nevertheless is that, if we really want to onboard "fresh blood", (and more important: KEEP THEM ONBOARD) we should also create a supportive "climate" and possibilities for them to grow.
Because, let's be honest people:
We all know that a lot of high SP Steemians here earn more money with very "every day"- and rather effortless posts, than low SP users could ever make with similar or even better written ones.
Besides that I guess I say nothing new with facts like:
- the main written language English here, for most newbies is not their mother language
- most hardly know anything about blockchain
- even a 100% upvote of them is just like a wet fart and gives them hardly any, or no rewards at all.
- the majority will not instantly invest great amounts which will increase the value of Steem massively
- you fill in the rest ...
Unlike me, this has become a rather long post. Don't like them actually.
For that reason I stop here, but not after having said that I want to create a new tag, called #onboardthemasses (or #otm) in which I will store not only this post, but also next ones about this subject.
Besides that I want to encourage (and ask) you who read this post and have good suggestions about how, what, when etc. we can do to not only onboard the masses, but especially about what should/could be done, changed and or implemented to KEEP them on board, to write a post about it and use the tag #onboardthemasses.
This way all that will be stored under this tag will be easy to find back. And who knows what good proposal for improvement we will be able to make.
(Onboard The Masses; not to be confused with Onboard Them Asses)
Thanks for reading.