Lets talk about: Quality Content

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Improving the quality of your posts can be a time-consuming process. But it can be very rewarding and fun. There are many communities that are looking for undervalued quality content. In this post, we give you some guidelines and give you some tips to make it easier.


What is quality content?

We heard that content is king and that everyone who produces content should write high-quality content. But how do we measure the quality of our content? We at XPOSED know that quality is based on opinions and is subjective. This could be interesting if you combine the art of storytelling and an understanding of basic human behaviour. Each person has a different view on quality. Since every one of us has their own values and beliefs, we can only share our thoughts about quality content. We can tell you how we think how quality content should look. We've written out some guidelines that will hopefully give you a better understanding and help you find a way to express yourself and improve the quality of your content.

You can't have it all?

Other than the creation itself (music/painting/woodwork/streaming/sculpting/photography and so on), presentating your content demands other skills as well: writing and graphic design for example. Skills that you can develop on your own or skills that you can rely on others for.

We often see artists and content creators do collaborations. They all have one goal, and that is aiming for the best result possible. When working with one or more partners, you need to trust each other and be open to suggestions. You need to be on the same page making sure that everyone knows their place in the team.

When working with more than two people at the same time on a project, it’s a good idea to define a clear set of rules from the start.


Can we start already?

Hold on, just one more thing before we dive into the guidelines...


When it comes to content that is published anywhere, there are two sides to the story: the author and the readers both have a different perspective. Both of them are worth considering when creating or reading good content.

Author

The author might have spent a tremendous amount of time creating their content.

As readers we sometimes take that for granted. We don't see that the author had to travel a thousand miles to do research. We missed the fact that they had to purchase a new laptop, camera or other tools. Creating content itself can take days or even weeks to finish as well.

Reader

The reader can miss the above points. They didn't ask for it. They simply want to read or see great content.

We can't speak for other readers, but when we read something, we either are trying to find something we can relate to, we would like to know why and how something was created. Maybe we are waiting for an invite, so we can comment on the authors content. Ask questions or give honest feedback, or just simply share our opinion.

While these points of view are fictive, they could give you a second thought whenever you are up-voting or writing content. With that in mind, let's jump straight to our guidelines.


Our guidelines.

They should work for anybody who would like to improve the quality of their content.

  1. Be authentic and genuine.
  2. Original Content.
  3. Why, how and what?
  4. Know what you're talking about.
  5. Stack valuable ideas.
  6. Be accurate with sourcing.
  7. Plan and become consistent.
  8. Offer exclusivity.
  9. Simple versus In-depth.
  10. Interact.
  11. Formatting.

©2018 - @xposed


Be authentic and genuine.

You want to start earning money by bloggin on Steemit. When you've just started, you might have some ideas about what you want to achieve and what you want to post. It can be difficult to show your true self.

You probably write in a way you consider to be appropriate and politically correct. You try to avoid those curse words you normally spit out now and then. But if you hide your true identity, your posts will look generic. Just like everyone else's. Disappear in the crowd, and you'll be treated accordingly: with appropriate, politically correct replies that aren't likely to offend anyone.

Let me share a secret with you: you don't want to be treated like anyone else. You want to be approached by people who know who you are and want to reach out to you for who you are. You have important things to share, things you are passionate about, interesting topics to discuss. Maybe you just want to showcase your creations and their underlying meaning.

You just need to be you.

©2018 - @xposed

We all look for others we can relate to and can identify with. We seek stories we can see ourselves in. We want to get motivated or inspired by a lifestyle we would like to have. We want to feel amused or entertained so we can feel happy. We want to improve ourselves no matter what and we are in search of companions we can talk to, share thoughts, laughter, experiences and opinions with, even if only for a brief moment.


Original Content

You probably heard it more than once: you have to write original content. Why is it so important to write new, unique and original content? Everything you publish on the internet is food for giant search engines. Every phrase, image, title, hyperlink, headline and even GEO locations are collected by Google, Bing, Yahoo or Ask for example. Once it has been indexed the content gets a ranked position in the never-ending list we often scroll through when we are in search for an answer to our question. If the same content has been found, it will mostly always rank lower than the previous source.

Why does it matter to Steemit?

Steemians who have invested in Steem Power are more likely to up-vote original content as it will contribute to the overall ranking of Steemit itself. More original content means more unique content on Steemit for search engines to digest. You can say that original content is highly in demand. A lot of Steemians are trying to earn a quick buck. Most of the time they earn nothing or a few cents. This is where hard work will or should be rewarded.

Why does it matter to you?

Steemit is still in Beta and is small compared to Social Media Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Instagram. This means that there is a lot of potential for growth. You are a pioneer on Steemit that can benefit once you have created a solid foundation. You can become a stepping stone for other new Steemians who contribute to the platform through time and hard work. Inspire to get inspired.

©2018 - @xposed

Got something holding you back?

Be real to yourself: No one really cares what you do, or what you write about. Even the most inspiring stories become stories that are going to be forgotten. Unless you want a monologue, you better start writing something worth reading and remembering.

Noise

There is currently a lot of noise on Steemit: phishing, images plucked from Pixabay without text, copy/pasted articles, plagiarism and identity theft. This noise will slow down the growth of Steemit.


Why, how and what?

We find it more interesting why you did something.What made you create something so awesome? A great photograph, for example, can be great, but there are many great photographers out there. Make a difference and share your intention.

How you did something can be interesting as well. What you write about can easily be simplified when looking at it from a reader’s perspective. Sharing how you created it might contain struggles, challenges to overcome or maybe it was really easy or just a lucky shot.

Even when something isn’t finished yet, there is always a what, whether it be a process or a finished piece of content.

Combining the why, how and what.

What your post is about is subjective, but fundamental. Sharing the why or how you’ve created the what can create a unique story. It will be original, simply because only you can write about that.

Start from the beginning, why did you do it, what thrived you to create it and how did you do it?


Know what you're talking about.

One important rule is know what you talk about. If you don’t, point that out and be transparent. It is basic human behaviour that you will feel more comfortable and confident when you talk about something you know. Confidence attract. Being comfortable can result in in-depth unique content.

Have you found a topic that you want to talk about? You’re uncertain whether you’re right or not? Educate yourself and do research. Become confident and make it your own.


Stack valuable ideas.

Great ideas can come at the most inconvenient times. During conversations, when you're at work, in class or other situations where you are reserved by someone or something else.

Write them down in a few words in a note, your phone, or something that you’re carrying around. You might not have time right now, but forgetting about it later is regrettable. With a "Write about" list, you can work these ideas out at a later, more convenient time.

The more ideas you have, the easier it will be to pick a topic.

Brainstorming

You have absolutely no idea what to write about? Here is a great exercise where you can get tons of ideas in just 5 minutes.

Write down your name on a piece of paper.

  1. Write down everything you like.
  2. Write down the things that interest you.
  3. Write down things that you're passionate about.
  4. Write down your goals.

And voila! There might be some noise in there, but this is a good start where you can categorize the words you have written down. Turn those words into ideas to write about and there should be enough to think about for quite a while.


Be accurate with sourcing.

In our previous post, we dedicated an article to Copyright and showed you how you could give proper credit to an creator of a work you are willing to use. Even though CC0 1.0 International Licenses do not require an attribution, crediting the author will be beneficial in multiple ways.

  1. It looks more professional.
  2. Curators can check on plagiarism faster.
  3. You do not make the impression that you created the work.
  4. In some cases, sourcing is mandatory.
  5. Source your own work.

Saving someone's time can be rewarding, as curators do not have to go through the hassle to find out if the credit has been copy/pasted or has been plagiarised.


Plan and become consistent.

Wondering how planning and consistency can be valuable towards creating higher quality content? It is simple, if you know what to write about before-hand, you will more likely think about your subject unconsciously.

©2018 - @xposed

We asked one of our clients (always in a hurry) the following question. "When is something considered new for your customers?". "Something is new for my customers once they have seen it." He answered correctly, but he didn't understand what we meant with that question. We fired back with "When did you purchased the merchandise?". He purchased the merchandise a few weeks earlier, sometimes he would even buy it an entire season before putting it in the store. We asked him how exactly “new” this merchandise truly was. And that popped the bottle. It is as brand-new, from the moment you have put it out there.

This means you can publish your blog post today, yesterday, but also a week from now. It will still be "brand-new" to the first reader who reads it.

©2018 - @xposed

Planning

Become more productive and efficient by planning when you write your content. One of the techniques we taught our clients is to create content for the entire year. We designed a strategy when to post what. With this roadmap, the content creation required hard work. During this process, they could adjust the content where it was necessary.

With planning, you will have more time to think about your content.

Consistency

Being consistent doesn't only mean good planning and publishing content on the same timestamp every week. It will also keep your credibility. But, consistency can also consist out of repeating the same format, having a recognisable framework, colour use, banners, wording, writing style, and so on. The easiest way to be consistent is to be yourself, with discipline and planning.

©2018 - @xposed

Dutch Mini Pancakes

What would be more productive? Baking Dutch Mini Cakes one by one or baking 10's of them at the same time? Yep, that's right, we saw 48 pieces of content in the first photograph shown above.


Offer exclusivity.

©2018 - @xposed

Another way to improve the quality of your content is to make it exclusive. When your content is original, why not post it only exclusively on one platform you find worthy of your content? Where is your audience? Think about it, is sharing really caring? It all depends on with whom you share it to. Valuing your content is a great start to answer this question for yourself.

If you are an exclusive content provider on any platform, you are considered to be of more value to that platform and if your content is good and picked up by the platform.


Simple versus In-depth.

Whether you dedicate yourself to create a simple or in-depth blog post. All you need to know is how to differentiate them from each other. Ask yourself if this piece of content deserves an in-depth blog post about it, or would it justify it to simply create a shorter post about it. You can overkill a piece of content by giving it "too much" time and effort.

We all have projects we are proud of. And we also have every-day projects we are proud of as well. It's up to you how much time you spent on it.


Interact.

Interacting with your audience is one way to improve the quality of your content. The more people respond to your blog post, the more people might find it interesting. We, humans, love to be in a pack or to be part of something. You might get up-votes from other Steemians, but you see there are no comments on your blog posts. How can you interact? Or maybe we should ask ourselves how we can get a higher chance of interaction.

You can increase the chance of interaction with your blog posts by creating engaging content. Try to involve your audience in your writings. Ask them genuine questions. You can hide them in between your paragraphs to see who is actually reading your content and who is not. Crack a joke, even if it is a bad one.

©2018 - @xposed


Formatting (Appearance).

When you start to grow an engaging audience, you will have less and less time to work on the appearance of your content. To cover this before-hand, you can create a framework where you can do some pre-formatting. Formatting is basically the general physical appearance of your blog post. When you have developed a framework for your blog posts, you can create a look and feel for every theme-based blog post that is universal and easy to recognize for your audience. This comes in handy especially for those who have multiple returning subjects. Same framework, different format.

©2018 - @xposed

Headlines

Creating catchy headlines is a must. The title of your blog post should not only be interested, it should be relevant as well. And not only the title is important, headlines that separate your paragraphs could need a catchy headliner that can cover most of the paragraph in one sentence. Most people scan through a blog post and read the headlines to see if there is something interested going on in your blog post. This is a good opportunity to summarize the paragraph in one catchy headline.

What would your headline be if your paragraph was considered to be tl;dr (too long, didn't read).


*** Don't limit yourself with binding yourself to only our guidelines ***


Avoid the following.

  1. Plagiarism and Copyright infringement.
  2. Having few to no text.
  3. Irrelevant tags.
  4. Irrelevant titles.
  5. Automated comments/replies.
  6. Copy/Paste articles you have written before somewhere else.

©2018 - @xposed

Conclussion

There are many options to improve the quality of your content. However, it can be a time-consuming process if you would apply all the above guidelines to all your content. Your audience might think that you've stopped writing content if it takes too long. It is ok to have posts that are not exclusively on the Steem Blockchain. But these guidelines will give you a great head start once you start writing about something you truly enjoy or are passionate about. Please, do not limit yourself by binding yourself to only our guidelines. Be creative, be smart and Steem on!

@XPOSED

Read our previous article: Let's talk about: Copyright


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Good read. Reposting.

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Thank you @try3 for resteeming.

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Yeah me too!

On the day I read several posts, but undoubtedly yours was the best. You found an excellent way to explain what quality content is, and what better way to explain it than by making quality content?
It has been very pleasant for me to read everything you have published, the way in which you linked the text with the images so as not to make it tedious to the eye is brilliant.
Thank you very much for a post with so much content.
By the way, if it's not too much trouble I wanted to invite you to read my posts. I would greatly appreciate if you take the time to read them, and in case you like them, I would appreciate it if you would give me a vote, a comment, or a resteem.
You have my vote, and I stay attentive to your next publications!

Nice. Great initiative to bring quality into the Steem ecosystem! The formatting and style looks good too!

Following you, see how you will keep this up!

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Hi @fitzgibbon, thank you for passing your judgement on the look-and-feel of our blog post. We promise to not let you down with our upcoming article.

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You must be part of the content evangelists group, as dubbed by @whatsup

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Not sure what you mean with that, but we are no part of a group other than our own.
P.S. Check your Steem.chat

This is a seriously in-depth article about how to do content the right way.

It's fantastic.

I will be using this as a reference for myself in the months (if not years) to come. Even though you stated at the beginning that it's just guidelines, I think that you have a very non-biased view about how to create high-quality content. Some things work and some don't, it's important to try things out and see what works for you.

My favorite line out of the whole post was:

Be real to yourself: No one really cares what you do, or what you write about.

Nobody does care until they do. Find out what works and adapt and evolve over time.

Being able to constantly improve yourself is important and if you can also find some members of Steemit that are interested in what you do, you will not only improve from their feedback, you will also gain massive momentum from their encouragement and support.

Also, great point made here;

There is currently a lot of noise on Steemit: phishing, images plucked from Pixabay without added text, copy pasted articles, plagiarism and identity theft. This will slow down Steemit.

Just thought I'd bring it back up here in the comments for discussion and awareness because it was in small print. Don't fall into detrimental patterns that will not only ruin your reputation; but also Steemits too.

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Hey @Calumam, thanks for taking the time while writing your comment. Good to know that our guidelines are valuable to you. Since "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", everything can be considered as (high)quality. We have found ourselves sometimes delivering adequate quality content in our own opinion, while clients were absolutely thrilled when seeing the results, and this goes the other way around as well.

What we have found out, is that people are trying to connect with one and another. This is because contact is easier made through the internet over the years. Emotionally we are slowly starting to feel alone/misunderstood, while we feel the lack of physical 101 contact. That's why it is normal to see a shifting in human behavior. We are seeking for personal stories we can relate to.

For most of our content we will have to leave that personal drive out, to keep it as transparent to the reader as possible.

The phishing issue is a huge problem for a majority who are clicking on links without checking. While this blog post is not about phishing and there are a lot of communities like @steemcleaners and @guard trying to counter this, we wanted to point out that it is a problem at the current time to raise some awareness to this matter.

Thanks again,
XPOSED

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That is a brilliant point actually. Yes, what looks good to you, may look fabulous to someone else. It all comes down to the general baselines that make something easy to read, valuable and ethical (avoiding theft and personal attacks).

That is not unknown to us all. In an ever increasing 'connected world', some of us feel further apart. Personally, I think this is a majority of us have become accustomed to instant gratification and we hold such a high regard for money instead of genuine relations.

When we find a platform that supports human interaction and genuine growth; we will all grow happier as humans. (Not to mention how important this will be when we enter the Age of Abundance).

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The problem is, in my opinion, it that everything is now easily attainable. The Internet has given us so many opportunities to educate ourselves, to connect with people, to share our thoughts and wisdom. This is great! But because of this, 'easily' attainable things make us forget about physical/real attention and connection in the real world. We crave for connection in any way possible. In the end, it is all a 'cry' that is simply saying "look at me", "look what I can give/share/do" and if this is getting more attention it is quite a challenge to remain genuine, humble and never forget where you came from. Yes, hard work should be rewarded, but the reward should -never- be taken for granted.

It is good to show support, but be wise to whom you give it to. With these guidelines, I think it is a start that would give you a better picture if someone is genuine or not.

This is what I like most about Steemit: While a 100% up-vote from a minnow is worth less than a 100% up-vote from a whale in dollars, this does not matter at all. If it is the 100% you would like to give, it is a 100% up-vote you are going to give (Should be scaled for responsible whales that is). Period. And with this type of intent, it will eradicate the entire value of someones $ value in influence if this person adds a contributing comment as well. Of course, these giant up-votes will give more exposure, but the smaller votes are no less valuable than the bigger ones, and you know the drill: Go where the people are.

With XPOSED, I have a goal and it will take (is taking) quite the toll of my time and it can be risky for me personally, once I proceed to develop and introduce the project. So, I ask myself, what am I willing to share? What am I willing to give up so others can grow and benefit from that? I have worked, failed, succeed and had the curiosity to learn more my entire life 24 hours a day. That's the investment I did for myself, I've fallen more than once, ate the concrete but saw the sky as well, with my head in the clouds.

But I guess it's time to share since we only have one short life on this planet. All I want to do right now is to make a difference and have something out there that people find valuable and can change their perspective, instead of focusing only on themselves.

Cheers,
Ruben

Really good article!!

Resteemed :-)

If only more articles on here where like this or even just formatted correctly with some decent images.

Here is my tip to add to this - Get the free extension from Grammarly and it will highlight any spelling mistakes or grammar issues in your writing.

Thanks

If only this could become mandatory! Finding good content would become much easier :)

Sparkles!! Always add sparkles!

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It would be a great thing if everyone had to read something like this before they joined! I think it's difficult for the newcomers of the platform to get started the right way though...

A little bit of guidance can definitely go a long way :)

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We would be more than happy to see this article in the BuddyUP discord channel or other mediums you are using.

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Hey @r00sj3, we can only agree on that statement! This article could most definitely also become beneficial for investors and curators once authors decide to take more time into writing quality content.

Your post contained so much quality that you received a very nice amount of upvotes. O wait you partly paid for these upvotes 😂

Sorry, but I just had to make this terrible joke 😀

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You know, reading your joke made me think I'm still confused on the economy of Steemit. I know if you have to explain the joke, it isn't funny, but maybe you'd like to help a fellow out? What's your experience with generating upvotes/paying for them?

Thanks bud!

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There are ways to increase the visibility of a post, buying a upvote is one of them. For some content this could be beneficial as it will give the content more eyes on the subject at matter.

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Well, that was quite the expensive joke @crypto-econom1st ;-). In our opinion the engagement we get during our start-up phase is priceless. The only return we are currently interested in, is seeing you and other Steemians up their game to make Steemit an attractive platform for outsiders and have a little bit more exposure to show you we are here to make a difference. Make @Ned proud, we try to as well.

This is a nice post, but the thing is that I think that it is already deeply inherent in people that they know what quality is. The problem I find is that people already know in that there is no repercussions for their actions within the platform. If something is working for them, how could you blame them really?

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Hey @Jameszenartist, we totally agree on that. If there is no to little repercussion, what would you do to get it working for you?

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I could imagine that for starters a more elaborate flagging system that would need to be developed might be beneficial?

i have to say, everything in this post are true and I really think you're right about those guides It's really good to know what you're writing about to make you're cotent more credible.

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Hey @gvincentjosephm, if you would write about something you know nothing about, you are sooner or later going to regret it. Currently we cannot edit our blog posts after 7 days, so it is something to think about what you post.

In depth analysis... This post is not just interesting but also engaging, is going to help steemians make better choices when blogging....Thanks for sharing @xposed

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Hey @nigerian-yogagal, you're welcome and thank you for engaging with us ;-).

I've read several posts for improving content quality on the steemit platform. Yours has to be the best of the litter. Thank you very much!

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Hi @chuck2u32, thank you very much. We take a lot of care and time once we publish something on the blockchain. Thank you for resteeming.

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Thank you for your reply and upvote! I've bookmarked your post for future reference and reread.

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You're more than welcome @chuck2u32, enjoy your day.

Really good post! I liked it a lot!
Also, what I would add is this:
If you decide to post a photograph or a story, what I think is that it has to be done with enthusiasm and interest.
Quality content (at a personal level) is a type of content that you yourself would like to read. Something that you finish working for Steemit and that you yourself will enjoy the job done and the amount of time put into it.
I like to compare it to making a video game. If you could finish a good game that is fun and enjoyable, it is something of good quality that should be posted. But if you didn't put any interest and create a boring game that you would not like to play...
Why other people should play it?

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Hey @deholt, good point. Everything should be done with joy right? But sometimes great things can come out of anger, sadness or other emotions. Sometimes some things can be hard for someone to share. Doubt or being uncertain can kill the enthusiasm completely, but that doesn't mean it still can be valuable right?

And that's why you should talk about why you have created something. What was the intention?

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Okay, you caught me there. That is another strong point. It cannot be only out of joy. A sad poem or a taboo topic could have the same value but with different connotations.
But, I also think that the intention matters. It is well differentiable a person who will be doubtful/uncertain of posting (something of value) from a person that shitposts thinking it is easy money.
Really good discussion! Cheers!

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"Shitposts" will always be labeled as "Shitposts", care to make a difference @deholt?

Very nicely written. Thank you for sharing a good post... I am pleased to read this and resteeming it.... :)

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Hey @geetharao, you're more than welcome and thank you for resteeming!

Thank you for this. A first glance at any post immediately tells the reader how much youve put in.
From experience, i've learnt that quality content gets rewarded and this has greatly encouraged me to do more.

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Hi @vanessahampton, we like to spent hours and hours on one article that would cover more than just one topic. We aim to write articles that can be valuable to someone right now, but also for new readers who read this in the future. You're more than welcome to resteem this post so your Steemit friends can learn as well.

Thank you,
XPOSED

Thank you for this very informative post. Based on my experience the greatest challenge I have in writing is how to begin my first line. Hopefully what you have shared in this post will help me improve my writing.

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Hey @island-girl, yes! It is sometimes easier to explain how it 'should' be done but in practice, we, ourselves find that to be the most challenging part together with creating catchy headlines as well.

Gonna bookmark this. This poked a lotta holes in my process, which may explain why I feel like I have no workflow or process, and often time hit droughts and periods of inactivity. Gonna change the game.

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You're welcome @thatkidsblack. Saving can be something else than money as well ;-).

Trying to resteem but the buttons gone...anyway great artical! Got alot out of it!

An excellent article worthy of my humble 100% Upvote and Resteem. This artiscle deserves IN DEPTH reading as opposed to skim- reading, so I will read it later again when I have time to study every point you make!!

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Hey @dmcamera, thank you passing by and give this article your Up-vote and Resteem. The article is about a 15-20 minute read, but can also be read in parts. Let us know if you find it useful.

Well done, xposed! Again... This is a well-written reminder of how this platform should work. Appreciate your effort to spread an awareness for those vital aspects! upvoted.

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Hey @muktivat, glad to find you guys in the comment section again! Hope this is going to help you guys a lot as well.

This is a really nice article. Quality is something The Writers' Block has tried to stress from the outset. It does matter. No matter the subject -- no matter the style -- evergreen, quality content is what will build this platform.

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Hey @rhondak, thanks for showing some appreciation and passing by! (Ruben says hi)

Brilliant!

It’s that simple :

you just need to be YOU

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Sometimes that is easier said than done @mammasitta. Thank you for passing by.

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Your articles are smashing!
I got your point.
It takes some years indeed 🤩😳

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Thank you @mammasitta and thank you for resteeming <3. Is there something you'd like us to talk about in the near-future?

I am going to have to resteem this one so that it doesn't get lost in my feed and so that others can see this. I have only had the time to read some of it so far and there is so much good content in here so far that everyone can benefit from. @rubencress you are doing an amazing job with everything. You are helping to make me and everyone else more professional on the platform.

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Thanks @derangedvisions! Glad to be of help to you man. Keep up the good work and spread the word!

Lovely, the guidelines are very useful. Thanks for sharing

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You're more than welcome @empowermite. Feel free to spread the word.

Thank you so much for this. My boss @klynic tells me this alot of time.. now I understand even better

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Hey @formatwithapk, we hope that you can tell show your boss that you finally nailed it.

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Awesome!

Thankyou so much for sharing. I understand it even better now. Quality post keep it up.

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Thank you @tulhachouhdry, and you're welcome!

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This post could not have been more perfect at this time for me as I seem to be struggling with the quality of my content lately and I don't know what is wrong with me.

I have tons of topics. I have a little book of all topics that I want to write about and continue to add more topics based on coversations, movies, books and others that inspire me.

I have been learning new skills and I have the consistency to write at least one blog a day and in terms of engagement well I am very good at it.

Yet something is missing and is making it more difficult for me to stay in the platform.

I know its a rant and only I can fix whatever is troubling me.

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Hey @Maverickinvictus, sometimes a block can occur, and that is inconvenient. Do you have a lot of things going on at the same time right now? Whenever you feel like writing, you can simply just pick a topic. We just saw your recent blog and its great! Don't be too hard on yourself ;-).

What do you think that could be missing?

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Thank you for the compliment it! Mostly I have a schedule that I follow to have consistency in developing a Steemit habit and when it is not very apparent what I want to write about I take a topic out of my list and write from there. If I feel a block I usually go out for a short run or watch one of the many shows that I watch and just relax and then I can write.

Hmmm I don't know how to further improve my writing. I feel I'm stuck in a certain level and have reached my limit. I don't know how to have a limit break.

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Thanks man I'm feeling a bit better today . It was just a variety of factors and a feeling of being stuck in a rut in terms of improvement in writing.
I'll be okay I hope haha.

Thank you for sharing! I produce original content but I am trying to improve my quality

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Hi @kimstar, we hope that this article is going to help you and give you new and fresh ideas on how to improve the quality of your next blog post.

Thanks for Sharing your wisdom. I really need to work on my planning and consistency. I’ll definitely be referring to your post as a mean to up my Steemit game

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Hey @supernovastaffy, we are glad to be of help! Looking forward to your upcoming blog post. Having a good road-map is half the work.

Excellent post. I am sure all and steem platform will be benefitted with this.

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We hope so as well, @prameshtyagi. Thanks for passing by.

Bookmarking with this comment to read later.

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Hope more people read this article so we can see more great content on steemit ..quality is really a problem, most of the tags being spammed with irrelevant posts..

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Hi @gabrielatravels, we sure hope so as well. The purpose of this post is to increase the overall quality of Steem Blogs and build a strong base for new and old Steemians.

As a guy posting in English despite it not being his first language, I read every letter written here and you pretty much hit the nail. Thank you for posting this.

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Hey @amirtheawesome1, thank you! We try our best to keep it understandable. You're welcome, we hope it has been useful to you.

Great post! Helps a lot.

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Hey @greddyforce, you're welcome.

thanks for sharing this.. i want to follow your suggeations..

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You're welcome @nirwanfiles.

Thanks for the information, I will have to go over it more in depth because it is great advise.

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Hey @katinamc, you're welcome! And sorry for the long read, our first series of articles can take quite a while to finish.

This was a very well written guide. I like that you stressed it is only a guide, and that people should be themselves. i work with two groups that primarily try to help out new users, (less than 45 rep, 30 days on steemit), So I expect that @newbieresteemday will drop by and that @greetersguild will also stop by. I think I will add it to the library for safe keeping.

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Hey @bashadow, thank you for spreading the word! The purpose of this article (and the reason why it is so long) is for future reference, not only for us, but also for communities that would like to introduce new Steemians to the platform and help them get started.

Wise advice! Many people want instant gratification (myself included) and don’t realize quality is different then quantity. You’re so right about political correctness and people not being who they really are...we’ve all been brainwashed as to what is and us not acceptable to say. Thanks for this reminder, resteemed!

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Hi @walkthisway, everybody would like to be someone else and they forget that their own identity is beautiful as it already is. Never give up on hard work! Everything comes back in the end.

Your article came at a very appropriate time for me. I am new to Steemit and searching for articles and information on how to create good content. I have made notes from your post and will certainly use the suggestions.

I feel there is so much information already on Steemit that much of it probably isn't even read. With this in mind, I am attempting to learn ways to attract readers to dig further into my content.

Thanks for your information.
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Hi @witchhazel, thank you. We hope to have written the 'best' article on how to improve the quality of your blog posts in the future. Welcome to Steemit! Feel free to share this article with your friends.

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LOVE IT!
Nicely done @xposed..
Just what I needed to spice up my blog..
Wait for it!
Its gonna hit you like,..

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As long as you don't hit us hard @alisonudeme, we are ok with that. You're more than welcome and keep up the spiciness!

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Will there be cake?

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Well... I bake so..
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We were of course talking about your anniversary on Steem, congratulations!

What if you write good content but no one reads unless you pay.

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Hey @vgc5000, engagement on your content is hard, even when you write good content. We suggest that it would be best to talk to people you find interesting and can relate to. Don't dump links and run, but connect with people. Patience is key to build up an audience that would feed your hunger for engagement.

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What does dump links and run mean?

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Hi @vgc5000, "dump links and run" means that you are giving someone a link to your article and asking them to read it and move on.

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Yes that would be shitty for the most part. I mean if you found something similar and think they could seriously be interested but otherwise, no.

very nice post

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That's a very in-depth comment. Thank you very much.

Wow. This is a wonderful article. Thank you. I've been writing professionally for 30 years. I have achieved a few milestones along the way in the print publishing world (best described at another time and in another place). But I feel I could learn some things from you. I'm totally new here and I'm finding my way, but if you use Steemit for YOUR platform, I feel like I'm in good company.

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Hey @robertsrister, that's a big compliment you just gave us! We will only publish our articles on Steemit. There are quite a few communities that help new Steemians to get familiar with the platform, @promo-mentors is one of them and they are very active on Discord.

Please be aware for links that contain phishing links, do not click on -any link- without knowing for sure what you're clicking on.

Can I assume that your writing team comprises of more than one person? You bring great perspective to the table for content writing support. We're all learning here, but cutting out some traditional "political correctness" in favor of developing a unique voice is great advise. No right or wrong approaches, just discovering what works. Thanks for the help and insight!

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Hi @shuzihuobi, are we getting all personal now? Wink. Thank you and you're more than welcome. We're glad that our insight could be of help to you.

Steemit makes possible to ascend and possess Steem by building a strong Reputation, based on a lot of Attention and commitment to the platform and in good quality content production.
Quality content is the soul and long term vision of Steemit.

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And that's the way how it is supposed to be @charlie777pt, SteemOn!

You explain it very beautifully!!

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Glad you find it useful, @nasirparwaz.

Nice post my friend

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You're welcome @the-lover.

That is a great post full a valuable tips thank you

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We're glad that it could be of use to you @drawmeaship, you're welcome.

I love it! It is a helpful article. Time is gold, or in my case steems so it should be used correctly to create great content

Me encanto! Es un articulo bastante bueno. El tiempo es oro, o en mi caso steems por lo qie debe ser usado correctamente para crear contenido de calidad

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Time is the most valuable asset we have @carlatortoza, and we sometimes forget about that. You're more than welcome.

I don't think I can quite agree with "Having few to no text" being a definite sign of low quality work. It can be, for sure, but there are talented video creators and visual artists out there and while they can write a bit about their work, the videos and art should to some degree speak for themselves and also sometimes you can only write so much before you are simply giving away spoilers for what is in a video.

I post a few things on Steemit. One is an ongoing fiction piece which does have a reasonable amount of writing involved. Another thing I do is discuss topics of interest and my opinions on these. But a big thing I do and will be doing for my whole life, is make animations and make gaming videos / lets plays. Some are pretty quick and easy to edit, depending on the game etc, but on average, the gaming videos take more time than anything I write on here does. But there isn't that much to write about said videos without just starting to give away too much about what the video contains. Video creators like myself (and there's many of us) is one of a few different exceptions to the idea of quality being indicated by how much is written. The work, effort and quality is in creating the video, and despite what some people think, gaming content does take effort and work and can be quality. Let alone animation. Animators should be able to say a bit about their work but primarily let their work speak for itself without people thinking the post is lower quality because it has less words - animation is a very time consuming process and isn't exactly easy. It's rewarding as hell but it isn't easy or quick or low effort or low quality.

Your article gives generally good advice but there are exceptions to some of the points you bring up. All the awesome video creators and visual artists are a couple of these exceptions.

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Hey @birchmark, thank you for taking time in replying, we are not sure if you skimmed through the article or did read all of it. This is something that we discuss in the article. Please keep in mind that you don't have to stick to, or apply all of these guidelines in one article. However, there are plenty of ways to increase the text of your content without giving too much away, you just have to think outside of the box.


Two sides of the story.

When it comes to content that is published on the internet, there are two sides of the story. The author's side and the readers' side. It is a good thing to be able to know about both sides while either creating or reading good content.

Author

While an author has spent time in creating content. It might have taken the author a tremendous amount of time to be able to create that content. We sometimes take content out there for granted. We do not see that the author had to travel a thousand miles in order to create content. We missed the fact that the author had to purchase a new laptop, camera or other tools he or she has to use in order to create that content. This can already cost a lot of time. And most of the times, creating artwork itself can take days or even weeks to finish.

Reader

While the reader can miss the above points. They haven't asked for it. They simply want to read or see great content. We can't speak for other readers, but whenever we read something, we either are trying to find something we can relate to, we would like to know why and how something was created. Maybe we are waiting for an invite, so we can comment on the authors content. Ask questions or give honest feedback, or just simply share our opinion.

While these point of views are fictive, they could give you a second thought whenever you are up-voting or writing content. With that being said, let's jump straight to our 11 guidelines, that are in our opinion pillars for improving the quality of content.


Examples
@derangedvisions - War Torn [FILM]
https://steemit.com/film/@derangedvisions/my-first-feature-film-is-now-live-war-torn-the-story-of-dobie-gillies

@rubencress - Green Vibrations [Animated film]
https://steemit.com/dlive/@rubencress/04bee870-20c0-11e8-be01-5bf7a6e5d482

@themarkymark - Streaming Fortnite [Gaming]
https://dlive.io/video/themarkymark/dc106ae0-303a-11e8-8c78-95b7c3b77998

Hope this helps,
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I did read all of it, however, I don't feel that the author vs reader bit is relevant because if we are talking videos, lets turn the reader into a consumer to cover all media types and I have been both a creator and consumer of video content and animation and even before becoming a creator of that media I could see whether I thought something was good or not or liked it or not without needing to have a background knowledge of what time and effort was involved in making it. I deliberately avoid synopsis' of shows on stuff like streaming sites unless I'm just trying to work out if I watched something or not, because dear god, I don't want the plot ruined from the synopsis telling me what is going to happen.

I know I like Bojack Horseman and I perceive it to be quality and while I do have some understanding of animation and writing, I technically need no understanding of animation and writing to know that I like Bojack. An episode of Bojack Horseman would add value to my life without the "author" level of knowledge and also without any synopsis I would go out of my way to ignore anyway. My viewing experience would not be improved by reading an essay about the episode before watching it. The same goes for some internet animations like Two Best Sisters Play and Dick Figures. The way I knew they were good and that I liked them was by watching it. The value they offered me (entertainment) and the quality of them was apparent in the video itself. I didn't read the YouTube descriptions.

Likewise I watched lets players and gamers before I made videos on it myself, and without knowing the process of making lets plays and gaming videos (i.e. without having the "author" level of knowledge), I still knew what I liked and didn't like and which videos offered more entertainment to me. I would not have read a spiel talking about them but just jumped in and watched their videos.

It is nice to have a little spiel when you post something and I do but it is just a very basic description of the video while giving zero information away about what really happens (i.e. what you would get from the title primarily anyway) and I do do this. My most recent gaming post had this text before the video:
"Hi guys,
Lately my partner, one of our friends and I have been playing Warframe.
I have been recording this gameplay and will be uploading our attempts at various Warframe missions up onto YouTube and Dailymotion.
This is the first video in this series: "Locate the Foundry Segment".

I hope you enjoy it."

However, there isn't much text there and some may consider this to be few text BUT this text is not the valuable part of my post. The video is far more valuable and has much more entertainment value. This little bit of text is useful to people looking on Steemit who are trying to decide who out of the heaps of gamers to watch as it says what game is being played etc, so it has value there, but beyond that all of the value is within the video itself, and a viewer can see which videos they find valuable and enjoyable without having any knowledge of how the video was made and other things only known by the creator like buying equipment etc. They only need to know if it is entertaining and adds entertainment value to their day and the video conveys that more than a spiel about the video will. (Plus it is kind of obvious to even Blind Freddy with no knowledge of video creation that editing has been involved if the player jumps from one bit of a game to another rather than subjecting us to watching them run the whole way, or if a meme is added, or if something is slow motion that normally wouldn't be, or if music is added that wouldn't be in game music etc).

I can know how entertaining or valuable something is to me without knowing the processes involved in making it and I assume other people can make these judgements without that knowledge too.

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Thanks. Does what I'm saying make sense? I'm talking from my viewpoint as a consumer, a viewer and a person looking at Steemit posts, and to me the value as a viewer of a video post is in the video - the text just gives me some idea of if I might be interested in video x over video y (but so does the thumbnail etc). For a writing based / writing heavy post the value is in the writing but if it is a video with a little background text, the biggest value to me in that post is the video.

Also would you have classed the little spiel I put on the post I mentioned above only a small amount of text or would that have been what you considered to be good? There's a big difference in what people class as a small amount of text and I know some posts have been saying stuff like you shouldn't have less than 400 words in any Steemit post, which my spiel is less than, but I personally think that is about right for something like video content, depending on the circumstances (there may be more to say about 1 video than another due to its genre and purpose etc).

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Imagine this, the video is the "what", and the "what" is the most valuable part of your blog post. If it isnt or is considered as quality, that depends on the viewer/consumer, and that opinion is subjective and doesn't really matter, or should not matter. Now, what would you do to improve the quality even more of that post? Answering the how and the why in as many words as you would like to, could trigger and get engagement on different aspects of your post, this way you will broaden your audience that might not be interested in the what itself, but perhaps in the why and the how.

Even when you consider the video the most valuable part, there is always room for improvement, don't you agree?

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There is room for improvement. My first videos were worse than my videos now. Improving the main product is where the kaizen or continuous improvement should be aimed primarily (i.e. focus most of the effort into making the next video better than the previous), but yes some of the improvement could be aimed at the posts from where the video is shared too, but primarily it should be aimed at improving the videos themselves.

However the why and how can be interesting. I think it is somewhat in the case of animation. People might actually care what programs you use and the process you use since there are different types of animation such as stop motion, puppet, frame by frame etc. However, unless they are video creators themselves and are looking into changing what recording program they use or what editing program they use, I don't think people care less if it is OBS or FRAPS or whatever that I use to record gameplay or whether I use Premiere Pro or Hitfilm or Movie Maker. It's a niche group that cares about that and they will often go straight onto something like the lets play subreddit and ask "Hey what do you guys use to edit your videos? I need to find a new software". They won't care on the day to day basis I don't believe.

As for the why, I could give a why as to why I make lets play and gaming videos at all, but it would be the same every single post so it would be redundant text which takes away from the value to the consumer as they might read it thinking it is something new and instead I have wasted their time.

Otherwise I could give a why for the individual videos or series. I do for some like my Overwatch Road to Improvement series where I explain why I am recording Overwatch every month, talking about my challenge to improve etc. That's great for Overwatch but the why for say the Warframe video I mentioned would be "our friend who is one of the people playing thought it sounded like fun so we played it" and if I grabbed a random indie game "I found this game on itch.io and I thought it sounded fun so here we are". Mr President - "I'm playing Mr President because I have previously played this and it is time to continue on with it". I don't see that the why's add any real value apart from stuff that has a definite goal like my ORTI Overwatch series. My reasoning is often "this looks like a fun game and might be fun for both me and my audience (and sometimes my partner and friend/s in the case of some series)" which is good reasoning for a gaming series but isn't very exciting reasoning to share with everyone.
The why for animation would be "I have these plot ideas in my head and I know what will happens seasons in advance and I can turn these ideas into a cartoon to share with everyone else".
Sometimes the reasoning behind an episode might be foreshadowing etc so saying the reasoning would give away future plot.

I agree with continuous improvement but I feel much of that should be directed at the actual piece of work, in this case, the videos and I feel adding mostly redundant text will detract value for more readers than the number of readers that will gain value from it.

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Hey, sorry, I just ate some breakfast and am taking a dump right now, so it was a good opportunity to check the xposed article for some replies. I have been replying to people for the last few days and it took some time and I completely burned my VP, you know that feeling? Anyway, I was thinking about how to give you an example how this also could work for you.

Timing for me to find your post is excellent.

Started a story this morning. Have topic but appears I am just in the planning and organizing phases.

I think it might be a better contribution if I can incorporate your advice.

I"ll see what I come up with. Thanks for your insight.

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Hey @nananini, save the best for last! We're glad that you find this article useful :-)

Thank you for sharing this, resteemed it so I can read it back and it's of great value for new Steemians

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Hi @lizzyb, thank you for resteeming!

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You are welcome @xposed

This is some Champion-level formatting you got there. Not to mention the content is so helpful and informational to most authors. A must read article for Steem survival tips!

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We're going to print that compliment and frame it on the wall @fr3eze! Thanks!

This is a very high value publication, thanks for sharing your vision about the content in Steemit; If possible, I would like your permission to do the translated version in Spanish, since your words are universal reach for the platform. I wait your answer, thanks.

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Hi @fermionico, thank you! We are not looking for any translators at the moment, but maybe this will be something for in the future.

Excellent article. Thank you very much...

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@xposed you made an informative guidelines to all.As a newbie like me, you filled my confidence to rectify all my mistakes 😊. Keep it up and looking forward to read all your new insights.

very good ... High initiative to bring quality to Steemit ... good style ...

follow you how you will continue like this ...

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Hey @giokaceh, you're welcome, bringing quality to Steemit is one of our missions.

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You're more than welcome @muhammadibra :)

Oh boy, that was long. Those are good points to follow for those who seriously wanna make it here in Steemit. :)

Bulls Eye. Thank You.