I keep being reminded that it's important to tell everyone "out there" about how great Steem is instead of just preaching to the converted so to speak. But when your Twittering, FBooking around, getting your Insta on, Quoraing or getting reddit - how do you tell them without writing a dissertation on each platform? To make my life easier I'm making this one post I can share around the platforms and just say - Steem is great, go over there to read more and join up.
This has to be top of the list, just imagine all the fun you can have ridiculing my posts in the comments, you can be Donald from Happy Gilmore shouting "Jackass" to make me slip up. Like a stumpy, hairy British Stretch Armstrong you can bend and stretch me to your will - and when you are bored just look at all the other cool things you can do as well.
Getting Started with the Steem Blockchain
Steem is a Blockchain, and you can access it through a variety of different front ends, server based tools like Steem Python and even web based tools like SteemJS to look at the past data stored. To interact with the Blockchain you need to register an account - there are a variety of ways of doing this including https://signup.steemit.com/ and https://account.buildteam.io/apps/steem-account in fact I will set up accounts if anyone needs them just contact me through discord @c0ff33a / Deranged [Witness]#7845
Unlike other cryptocurrencies, your Steem account name is human readable - so my account is @c0ff33a, if someone wished to send me an amount of Steem they just type in my account name - simple and the transactions are lightening fast. Compare that to sending Bitcoin 3FpSgz9hani8sai89Ngh7QCsykzteCSUmY , Etherium 0x8fa0ea51373cbD8030b2f107F3BcC971ae1B0e4e or LTC MFCqNzj5fXXBjwEsdSfdFFFjSp6XMTFvmK (they all work if anyone wants to test them out) long complicated names and super slow transactions.
Once you account is set up, your interaction with Steem based apps is limited by Resource Credits - to increase your Resource Credits you need to Stake Steem - that is invest it into Steem Power which will give you more resource credits and also greater influence. The simplest way to obtain Steem and then power it up is through https://www.blocktrades.us/trade
https://steemit.com is an example front end to access the blogging aspects of the Steem Blockchain
But you can actually access and post to the Steem Blockchain from many different sites like https://steempeak.com/@c0ff33a/feed
Each front end will display information differently, so you can find one that suits you or even use a combination. Some like https://www.steeve.app use your interaction history of comments and upvotes to intelligently display new posts you might like
Others like https://staging.busy.org just give a simple alternative
There are also mobile and desktop based apps like https://esteem.app
Or even https://appics.com/#
And to share video content https://d.tube/#!
That's a massive range of ways to access the Steem blockchain, and it is only a tiny selection of what it currently available.
When you want to relax after a hard days blogging, what better to then to wind down with a game or two. Top of the list is https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=52cf66b2ab34253375113528cbc3eca8800ce795&ref=c0ff33a
Everything in the game is logged and stored to your Steem Blockchain account - from buying cards, playing matches to trading cards and selling on the open market. It's a super fun game, you can buy card packs with Steem or other Cryptocurrencies and even credit card via PayPal.
If you are interested in space exploration, then https://nextcolony.io/overview might be for you
It's a game of patience and thought, where you spend your gained resources hopefully wisely to grown them even more.
A different alternative is https://drugwars.io/ where you invest your earnings on growing production - but leave it exposed and other gamers will fight to take your spoils. It becomes a race - gain more defence units to protect your income, while still trying to build more production to keep growing.
I was a sceptic at first because of the title, but once you get into it very addictive. These are just three examples of built on Steem Blockchain games which utilise your account to store your game progress, many more are available or in progress.
And there is more
I have not mentioned Communities because they are still in Beta, but they do offer additional opportunities compared to the standard static blog. Being able to pin specific posts to a hobby or special interest group will make it much easier to find and share information.
https://steem-engine.com/?p=balances&a=c0ff33a adds a vast range of Tokens to the mix, and with many of them corresponding tribe sites where you can stake the Tokens and earn them in rewards like https://www.creativecoin.xyz/@c0ff33a/feed
And the Steem Blockchain will be launching SMT (Smart Media Tokens) to further expand rewards on external sites.
The Steem Blockchain offers so much from one simple account sign up, whether you already have a blog or are thinking of signing up for one - Steem offers an easy way to create posts, embed images direct from the page builder and enhance your text with Markdown. With a variety of Steem backed games and DApps to access, that one account gives you access to many other opportunities - and of course you can also Earn Steem, send it quickly to other account members and Power it up to gain greater influence.
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If you enjoyed my post don’t forget to leave an Upvote, feel free to comment on what you liked or where I can do better even. Follow @c0ff33a for regular and varied posts, photography, my weekly VLOG, posts on coffee roasting and brewing - just follow and see.
To grow your presence and following on Steemit, be active in the community Discords that offer the chance to learn, network, share and be found. The #TheRamble discord https://discord.gg/HZYzEry hosts a range of shows where you can join in and get your name shown, every Thursday there are two Pimp My Post Thursdays which are hugely popular and give you an opportunity to get your posts seen.
All photos are my own, taken with my iPhone. All my Steem posted pictures can be freely used by other Steem users in their own blog posts - all I ask is that you follow me and credit @c0ff33a linking to my post you took it from. You can also follow me on Twitter
The greatest challenge we face on Steem blockchain is getting our posts seen, I have always believed the simplest and best value way of doing this is by commenting on the blog posts of others, the more you engage people and interact with them the greater the chance they will visit your own blog and return the favour. Other then spending all my free time commenting on Steem blockchain posts, I also distribute coffee roasting machines and also espresso coffee machines and roast my own Speciality Coffee Range. being one of the premium coffee suppliers Yorkshire including a wide range of filter coffee sachets. Finally I have a dedicated website to my Artisan small batch roasted coffee featuring roast and post packs and super easy coffee subscriptions
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