... some of you have asked me over the years why I chose this username.
So here is the story:
In May 2016 the first blockchain based social media platform "Steemit" launched and my now Co-founder & CEO of Appics Tony Winchester had always been up-to-date in the crypto space and told me about it. When I heard of the concept "proof-of-brain" aka. monetizing social media activies through the blockchain, I was intrigued and immediately wanted to try it out. We registered a few names on Steemit and one of them happende to be "mrs.steemit". Without further thought and with the intention to simply test the platform and see if it works, in July 2016, I went ahead and published my first ever blogpost "10 random facts about me", thinking no one will actually read it. Only a few hours after refreshing the page, I saw that the post had made it to the trending page and from the upvotes, had over $2000 in rewards assigned to it.
I distinctively remember the surreal moment, the first time I converted Steem into BTC and into Euros and bought a coffee with the crypto money I had earned, from my first every blogpost. Fun fact, I actually also bought my first macbook laptop that I am still using today, from some of the early rewards. After this first post, people started following the account and once again without thinking too long-term, I continued using the account, gained followers and was interacting with the community, as "mrs.steemit". As time went by, I started going to conferences, attending and speaking at SteemFest 1 in Amsterdam and that's when I started to realise that people were approaching me and introducing me as "mrs.steemit" and not as "Uma" (my real name). Now I had the idea in mind of switching to a new account, because you cannot just change the username - since it's also your wallet address/bank account. But at the time, there was not yet the concept of delegation and I would have to move my voting power to this new account and so I just continued with the account. Also, keep in mind that the idea of Appics wasn't yet created, but in 2017 when we started conceptualising Appics and then in 2018 when we went on global tour and I spoke at conferences as Uma, Co-founder and COO of Appics, I knew that at some point I would have to move to a new account and change my username, because I would always have to explain myself and it is confusing for new users.
So now it's 2020, the beginning of a new year, new decade, Steemit has become a communities-hosting platform, rather than the blogging site, I am only posting through APPICS now and of course we're now part of the TRON ecosystem and community - so it is TIME FOR CHANGE!
MY NEW ACCOUNT IS @UMAOFFICIAL ❗
I am very grateful for every single follower, my supporters from day 1 and everyone who has shown so much love and support, from my blogposts to the transition to Appics.
I just recently reached 7000 Followers on this account, which may not seem like a lot in comparison to other platforms, but on Steem it's a great milestone. THANK YOU!🙏🏽
The last 4 years have been an incredible journey and I hope you will continue to FOLLOW my journey, that I will from now on share via @umaofficial ⬅