A Minnow's Life and Struggles - Week 1: From Minnow to Whale

3년 전


A big welcome to anyone who has just joined Steemit!

I want to share my first week of Steemit experience with everyone who just got their Steemit account approved and is new to the platform. Mine was approved just 6 days ago so I am practically a noob.

Do you feel like you are looking at your own wallet?

This is my wallet and as you can see, I have only 0.505 STEEM in my Steem Power.


I believe I started with 0.5 STEEM by default and then I received a donation of 0.005 STEEM from @kid4life (thank you for your generosity). In the Steemian world, people with this little Steem Power are called minnows.


Yup, this is me! I look big, don't I?

Whereas those who own an abundant Steem Power are called whales. I believe you need to have at least 5,000 STEEM in your Steem Power to be considered as one.


This is me again posing with a whale.

I have not bought and added any additional STEEM into my Steem Power because I want to truly experience the life and struggles of a minnow in this vast blue ocean. I want to see how long it takes - or if it's even possible - for a tiny minnow like me to turn itself into a whale with absolutely no shortcuts. This means I will be limited to using only my potential Steem earnings which includes my author rewards, curation rewards and any donation that I may receive to boost my Steem Power throughout the entire experiment.

Now that I have a goal, I believe it would do me good if put in a time limit. Now I don't want to set it too long because that would only render the experiment pointless to everyone. Setting it too short, on the other hand, would make me focus too much on the time instead of strategizing my next steps and transforming priorities into plans. After giving it some serious thought, I think one year from today should be reasonable enough. During this period, I will post weekly updates to share my experience and wallet status.

This may or may not work but who knows, right? Nothing is impossible. If it does, then it could serve as a great example to the minnows for generations to come.

What have I learned so far?

Well, the results I got from my first week are very encouraging. I have made 7 postings and gained 34 followers to date. I posted my first introductory post six days ago. It got me 7 votes, 3 thoughtful comments and $0.06 Steem dollars, and for that I am very grateful.

My lowest paid post was $0.00, an amount which I am sure many of you can relate. My highest paid post was $9.80 at first but then its value kept dropping and right now it sits on $8.60. As for my curation rewards, I have not claimed even once so I don't know how much I have earned yet. I should have my full first week earnings by next week so I will include that in my next update.

Not sure if it's just me but I come to realize that if I set my post rewards to "Power Up 100%", then it would get less votes and value. On the safe side, I am setting this one to "Default (50% / 50%)" but any Steem dollars I earn will go into my Steem Power.

Follow, Upvote and Resteem

Until next week, good luck to every minnow out there! Just know that you are not alone... and please follow, upvote and resteem this post. Thank you!

Must-Read for Minnows

Here are some posts that I find value in reading as a minnow. They explain how the Steem ecosystem works and how a minnow can maximize their curation rewards.

About Me
My name is Bieber. I am a self-taught crypto trader and I make technical analysis reports for free on Steemit. You can sift through my past postings here.

Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
Sort Order:  trending

Using irrelevant tags, especially popular tags, makes it hard to find good and relevant content.
Please try to use only relevant tags when posting!


Please only use the “steemit” tag for articles distinctly related to Steemit, the website, itself.

Using irrelevant tags, especially popular tags, makes it hard to find good and relevant content.
Please try to use only relevant tags when posting!


The “introduceyourself” tag is for creating a post that tells us about you. Users are encouraged to use this tag exclusively for that, and not to reuse it.

  ·  3년 전

I thought that by tagging introduceyourself, the newly joined minnows could find this post and learn from my mistakes. Thanks for clarifying. Are you a bot?

Hi! We are @valhalla-hash nice to meet you. We like to welcome you to the amazing awesome steemit! You will definitely LOVE IT.

Following links may help you to get started:

New Users Guide: https://steemit.com/welcome
Everything about steemit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steemit

IF you find this useful feel free to UP VOTE, or every follower is highly appreciated.

Enjoy your steemit ride!

Hi and welcome to Steemit. Nice to read about your first week's experience. I wish you lots of success on this platform.

To get help to grow take a look at the Minnow Support Project, where we help newcomers to settle into Steemit, grow your following and get noticed. Join us in Discord Chat to learn more.

Welcome to SteemIt, bba!

Thanks for sharing your lessons learned.

For other tips and tricks, I recommend checking out

  • SteemItHelp - For general vocabulary and starting off
  • MinnowSupportProject - For getting a little help in your initial posts. (As Gmuxx already pointed out...)

Best of luck!

Upvoted your amazing post.
Do check my blog for the latest Trends in Technology and also I have written about The City of Gods with stunning Pics too
Follow me and I'll do the same :)

yeah~ For the day of big whale! Let us go for it @bba~ :)

Hello friend I am @jhessg20 I am new user and I would like to know if you can give me some advice thanks!

  ·  3년 전

Ask ahead if you need anything

A very encouraging piece of article for newbies like myself. Yes. Everything is built from small and they become big. Something is always better than nothing, isn't it? I like this post very much.