I was having lunch with a seasoned journalist, the book reviewer of an American newspaper for two decades, and the conversation, naturally, shifted to writing. Somewhat, apologetically, I shared with my new friend that I had accepted a job as a food writer, but my work there was not exactly literary. "You never write with your left hand" he told me, half sternly, how encouragingly. Meaning, all writing is practice, and conscious effort is never wasted.
I remembered this fateful conversation, over two years ago, when I first signed up to Steem. Previously, I'd virtually lived on Facebook, and my forward-thinking, crypto-curious, wife suggested that I give Steem a try. Blogging — something that I swore up and down I’d never do — certainly, helped to kickstart my creativity.
For one, it forced this old dog to learn new tricks, since I began posting, regularly, on Steemit, as well as being paid for my posts in cryptocurrency. Also, one of the boons of joining a new community that thinks differently has been collaborating with other creative souls: visual artists who illustrated my writing as well as accomplished musicians who put my words to song, or transformed it into new art.
By way of example, here's a recent interview with with @Clixmoney about what joining this platform means to me.
Who knows where Inspiration comes from, and where it goes. I submit that even artists don’t — at least not yours truly. After something of a dry patch, where I began to refer to myself as an “ex-writer,” I find that -- thanks, to Steem -- I’m writing, again. Not necessarily better, but differently.
Being Here is testing my responsiveness as a writer, to write more and more easily, in response to life's various stimuli (includinwriting prompts and compmpetitions, such as th one :) And, as my mentor/friend once told me: You never write with your left hand.
nspirired by this dynamic online platform and challenged by the new network of creative thinkers that I’ve become a part of, my literary work is benefing, too: having written (and, promptly, posted on Steemit) three n w poems that I’m pleased with, in three consecutive days—-a feat that I’ve notot achieved in years, possiblyecades.
On accouount of this renewed burst of creativity, I’ve begu polish older pieces Ies I’ve poste Steemit, in ordeorder to incluhem in a f a forthcoming of literary, cultural and spiritual pieces tha that I’m putting the finishing touches to, tentatively titled “Revolutions oe Heart".
n New New Year's Eve, I received exciting news that Revoons (my eighth book) has bes been accepted for publication by blisher I admiremire, Wipf & Stock :) A propitious start for the New Year!
So, professionally and personally, Steem has given me reason to celebrate and has felt like hitching a ride to the Future. To give bto this stimulating communitunity, I'm spreading the word as far and wide as I can, among my 12,000 followers on social media (Facebook, Twittetc...) as well as magazines I write for and real-life friends and family members.
Generaly-speaking, I tend to save my earnings, on Steem, to invvest in the platform as well as the futre. But, the winter of 2017 was different; I was in between jobs and Steem was at an all-time high.
Using a fraction o of the money I maden this platform, I was able to pay for the majority of my trip to Peru — for which I was very grateful. Below, is a picturere I took in Peruhat summed up how I felt:
f you u hou happen to beng this and are considering ering joining our growing community, here's a distillation of all I've leabout being on Steen Steem (over a two year period of ups and in easy-to-read, 15ad, 15 bullet points:
- You’ve just landed on a new planet—-explore it and meet the inhabitants.
- Post about what you love; what springs from the heart reaches the heart.
- Seek out like-minded people who share your interests.
- Seek out those who challenge you and can teach you new things.
- Use tags, wisely, so your posts are easy to find and read.
- Study popular posts (and tags) and try to understand their success.
- Enter competitions, because prompts stir creativity and even if you don’t win, they’re community-building.
- Help others, if you can; better yet, collaborate on a project.
- Always answer your comments, kindly and thoughtfully.
- Keep your posts varied, in subject and tone, to attract and hold attention.
- Never underestimate the power of good images (and include their sources).
- Write well and proofread for spelling mistakes as well as grammar.
- Find out who the key players are on the platform and welcome newbies, as well.
- Have fun and try to keep a good attitude (at least, most of the time).
- Try, also, to share beautiful, hopeful messages (life is hard and we all need uplift and inspiration in our lis).
(Original photo taken inside a flower, at a farm in Colombia)
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