If this post kills my minuscule Steem reputation so be it.
I keep reading, "we need to encourage quality content creators to come over to Steem," but then when they do, they get ignored or because they don't sit with discord open all day getting two million notifications a minute no one supports them. I've personally invited half a dozen people to Steem since joining the network and they like it except no one cares or gives new creators and original content a chance unless the creator are part of these specific groups.
What's the point of having a network of this caliber just to limit it by having a bunch of "cool kids" clubs with so much exclusivity?
It's for this reason I'm starting to have a love/hate relationship with Steem. On one hand the people that have supported me by giving advice and even delegating me with Steem power are wonderful, and I'll do the same if and when needed. On the other I've dealt with some pettiness and nastiness from group members/leaders that would rather exile potential new members because they don't kiss their digital feet for entry.
I'm sure this has been going on way before I got on the scene and I get it.
"We want you, we dont need you," it's like a fraternity, I get it, I really do.
But without new blood and new ideas everything will come to a halt. Give newbies a chance. Like/comment on peoples content that isn't just in your gang. It's okay to spread a little love and wealth to people that don't text you back in five minutes or less. It's okay. All these rules and regulations, for what? I thought that's why we ditched the major social media platforms. We can make the best dapps in history but no one is going to stay on board for long if this is how things are. I'm 26, and I can guarantee that a minimum number of young millennials, and even less Gen Z'ers and beyone are going to gravitate this way if Steem continues on this path.
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