How did you come across Steem?
If I remember correctly, I first heard of Steem from a friend who was mining Ethereum. He suggested I have a look. This was back at the beginning of July 2017.
My first post was about speed reading and made about 3 cents before curation and received four comments. It was a confusing experience initially and I realized early on that it will take some grit to make any progress. I used to joke about making a new post to go into the black hole.
I tried a few things, writing about productivity, technology, funny shit, and whatever I could think of at the time. It felt like I wasn't getting anywhere, I struggled to even clear the 2 cents after curation rewards to even get payouts. It was discouraging, but I didn't quit.
I decided early on I will do my best to write something once a day. I did this fairly well and didn't miss many days, but didn't seem to be getting anywhere. I started networking and building early on, bought some Steem. I was determined to understand how things worked.
@dan-atstarlite gave me my first legit vote for $1.93 on a post about setting goals. It wasn't until a week later I made my introduceyourself post to which I didn't get a single comment on. Not even the good old welcome bot spam.
Come a long way since the first day, it's hard to even remember that far back as so much has changed. Everyone who seemed like rock stars I realized was just normal people like me. I eventually found opportunities to talk to a lot of them and get to know them.
I feel I came in just a few months late, just a couple months earlier I think would have made a huge difference. I missed so much during Steem's first year, by the time I got here Dan was already mostly gone although he did interact from time to time.
Do you remember how you found Steem?
How much has changed since then?