If only "New Steem" was around earlier...
About 4.5 months ago, I was sitting at 3,600 SP and decided to challenge myself to:
- Continue manually earning my SP from 0 to 5,000 SP w/o exception.Not selself-vote (which ad stopped months prior).se any bid-bots (I wouldn't anyway).
- Power up all earnings (at a heavy loss vs BTC).
- Not power down (I've never powered down in ~2 years)
While I'myself for completely honoring this, it hasn't been as easy as it sounds. I've had to grind it out.
To be honest, I would've loved to put my hard earned liquid earnings towards BTC as the tokens have diverged, but I didn't.
My backbone and work ethic won't let me no matter the opportunity cost.
Now, with light at the end of the tunnel,
♪♪ It's The Final Countdown!!! ♪♪
I only have 159.67 SP left.
That's less than $55 to check the box that all 55K Steem Power I'll be keeping staked is 00% manually earned.
Then Ill be able to take this ball and chain off... and use bid-bots on every post to scrape 8% profits and inflate my reputation to 80! This was all a shas all a stone cold sham!!
So, why the heck did I do this? Why did I choose to earn all my SP outside of being ridiculously stubborn or stupid?
Well, aside from the bait and switch of emotionally accepting this advertisement...
I want to be able to tell new users that I beat the system by grinding it out the hard way, so they can use that example for hope and inspiration at the bottom. That's how Steem was sold to me above almost 2 years ago, so I simply wanted to prove that it was possible. That's some pretty solid marketing if you ask me.
I wanted to earn my reputation organically and know that I built everything with my bare hands... how people used to do things and probably still should.
I wanted to meet people at all levels and network/make friends without anyone chasing coattails or being greedy when interacting with me. You know, making sure people liked me for me as a person...
It's taken forever, but the respect mayrespect a few people may give me for my mission will be morh more it.
Iore it. Plus, I'll feel good about staying true to my goal.
I also wanted t t roots if and when I chose to make my first financial outlay into the ecosystem.
For thful detail-oriented followers who read my posts, I've alluded to debating this investment for a while, subtly mentioning that it'd probably drop more than a few jaws. It's just a few clicks and transaction verifications away as I continue to think about if it's the right move to make.
The point of saying that is that I've always wanted to EARN my influence, NOT BUY IT, even if it's cost me in the short-term.
We've all felt the adverse effects of what happens when people buy or previously mined their influence...
So What Happens Next?
With alle spent on this, well, I won't think about that. I 'll ju that. I'll justen my wallet is > 5,000.
After then, I'll keep my SP powered up. I probably will ship some future liquid earnings out for some slivers of BTC, and maybe I'll upvote my other account (which I didn't even do in the backdrop as a loophole). That's about it.
Then, if Steem shows more promise and better leadership develops, pehip continues to develop, pe be a new whale in town.
Than in town, fully aware of who was there through the thick and thin.
Thankur help during this
bull minnow run,