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Some Key takeaways For Me from Steemfest 4

So Steemfest 4 which was held in Bangkok from the 6th – 10th Nov is just over and here are just a few key takeaways from updates from the conference.

SMART MEDIA TOKEN – SMT

So this was one of the biggest update which everyone has been anticipating. During the conference we got to see the 1st version of Token Creation wizard which makes it really simple to create your own token without coding anything.

The interface and the parameters seems easy enough to use and I would guess by next year we may see a lot of SMT tokens being created. The SMT is now on testnet so that developers would be able to test it out.

It would be interesting to see how SMT is used to start empowering various online publications and also forums as almost anyone is able to implement SMT on their site. Keeping our fingers crossed for the next SMT Hardfork !

HIVEMIND – Steem Communities

One of the anticipated updates from Steem Inc was Hivemind. This feature enables communities where you can now consolidate articles within individual communities.

This means that if you want to build a community that loves Food and only members who are registered Food lovers would be able to post, you can now do that. The individual community would be curated by the mods and what would be interesting is that the owner of that community would be able to receive beneficiaries to support the community better.

We all got a sneak peak from @roadscape as to how the community function works. Currently its on http://beta.steemit.com where you can actively use and test it out. I believe that it would go to the live site very soon.

STEEMIT – Medium Style Editor

When talking to @roadscape , apparently the beta version of Steemit.com has implemented a new blog editor.

The update includes an editor where you do not need to use complicated codes just to bold your words, or use codes to set it as a title, its a widely improved editor making it easier for almost anyone who does not know markdown html to use.

COINGECKO – Use STEEM as part of their Marketing Strategy.

Coingecko shared with us their journey on the Steem Blockchain , where they are now no. 52 on Steem witness. They have mentioned how effective it was to reach out to people all over the world just by using the Steem blockchain.

They have also published an article called the Steem Report 2018. Here is the link to the report.

https://assets.coingecko.com/steem-reports/Steem-Report-2018-by-CoinGecko.pdf

SPLINTERLANDS – Crowdfunding Campaign Success

@aggroed had talked about their crowdfunding campaign and had raised over $230,000 of funding from selling packs. This was indeed one of the most successful crowdfunding dapp to date on the blockchain. Congrats to him and his amazing team.

There would be a lot of updates from @steemmonsters in the following month and looking forward to it.

Summary

To sum it all up, Steemfest 4 had a lot of great and amazing speakers and you have to see the videos to actually catch up with all the updates. There were a few new apps which would be launching soon and also updates from existing projects like Steemplus, Steempeaks, 1Ramp, and also WhereIn.

With all these updates, I believe that next year 2020 … Steemfest 5 would be packed with more content then ever before.

Do catch the entire conference talks at Steemfest YouTube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwuUSatqAsi5XXy_GngMjjQ/videos

Till my next post, have a brilliant day ahead !

Steemfest 4 Badge coming soon on Steemitboard

So far I have 2 previous Steemfest attendee Badges !! Looking forward in collecting my 3 badge this year. Its a personal achievement which I’ve never thought that I would have able to obtain. Why ??????

Well … Steemfest 2 was in Lisbon and for someone who has NOT travel to that part of the world before, I took it as an experience which I would always remember. And indeed, until today I still remember the highlights of that event.

For Steemfest 3 !! Well … its something which I just had to do all over again … just buy the tickets and travel without hesitation. Again the experience was different however the trip was just as exciting !

How Steemfest 4 !!! Well .. its closer to home and its like a no brainer that we should just go … all those who are staying closeby should just take the opportunity to experince Steemfest ! You will not regret it.

As I take a look at http://steemitboard.com and look at all my stats , I’m pretty much amazed that I’ve done SOOooooo many posts over the past 2 years on the Steem Blockchain.

I also then realized that there is a MEETUPS badge award ! Now this is something which I would surely talk to @arcange about and start making it for those meetups in Malaysia

So have you taken a look at your Steemitboard lately ? If not, just go browse thru it and you will then realized on how addicted you are to the Steem Blockchain … SteemitBoard has been an amazing tool to recognize and award badges to Steemians even though it may not have direct impact to how much the post earns, it sure does brightens up someone’s day by hitting a small achievement without even knowing it.

So do checkout your stats and for those going to Steemfest 4 ! Lookout for the new badge which should be coming by next week !!

http://steemitboard.com

Maximize your curation rewards and earn more steem

With STEEM just completing its HardFork , we are now sitting at version 0.22 of the STEEM blockchain. With this update there was a significant change in the rewards and in this post I would like to address how you can maximize your curation rewards.

Curation Rewards ?

Curation rewards are rewards you receive when you vote on a post. To simplify this explanation, when you vote on a post and your vote commands a $0.50 vote value. The author will get 50% of the upvoted value and ideally, you would receive about $0.25 back in curation rewards.

This is subject to change as there are other factors which would increase or decrease your curation rewards. For example, if you vote before 5 minutes just as the post is created, you may not get the curation rewards as thats how it’s designed. If you vote after the 5 mins point and there are others who voted after you have placed your votes, you may receive higher curation rewards.

The earlier you vote, the better chance of getting a higher curation reward.

Here is a link to understand curation rewards better

https://www.steem.center/index.php?title=Curation#Curation_Rewards

Maximizing Curation

This is my recommendation on maximizing your curation rewards. An effective method which makes sure you do not waste your potential rewards by keeping it idle.

Using STEEMAuto

Login to SteemAuto.com using your steem account and once you are in click on CURATION TRAILS. You will then see a list of curation trails which you can follow

IMPORTANT ! NOTE

There are a few settings which you MUST do else it would run your voting power dry extremely fast. In the curation settings you have to enable it and make sure you put in the % weight. Default is at 50% , my recommendations are about 50% or lower and scale voting weight. You leave the rest as its default.

What happens here is that whenever the account votes, it would then trigger your account to vote as well. If you have selected scale voting weight it would vote based on the %.

For example if @curie votes at 100% , your account would vote at 50% … and if @curie votes at 50% your account will then vote at 25%

The other setting you must do is head over to DASHBOARD under settings. Edit the Limit on Mana and set it to around 85% which is my recommendation.

This setting is crucial as you do not want to overuse your vote and leave you nothing to manually vote when you have the time.

Once you have set this up, you will then see your account automatically voting up Steemians thru curation of others.

I do recommend that you follow @curie ‘s trail as its a guild which curates and votes on deserving authors with high quality posts.

VOTE SELLING

Vote Selling may still by a hype at this point of time, however as time goes by, I would guess that there would be less people using this vote-selling as like bid bots , to reach ROI for someone who wants to buy a vote may costs them a lot more. However selling your votes is surely another way you can maximize on your curation as you as the seller gets both curation rewards and also payment for your votes.

I shall not go too much into the details as I’ve done a more comprehensive post on this previously. Here is the link

https://steemit.com/teammalaysia/@bitrocker2020/vote-selling-or-how-i-helped-my-friend-earned-steem

I do hope that this would help you maximize your curation rewards as from yesterday, i’ve seen my curation rewards almost double up just by using these methods.

The best part is that its fully automated once you get it setup and you do not leave your STEEM Power idle which is a real waste.

Have a brilliant day ahead !

Why do I keep wanting to go back to SteemFest ?

Going to SteemFest seems to be like an annual trip which must be made year on year for me. Ever since experiencing the fun at SteemFest 2 at Lisbon, it keeps me wanting to go back … not only to listen to the amazing speakers .. but the connection with so many other steemians out there !

At Steemfest 2 , there were only 4 people from Malaysia that went to Lisbon ….. for some of us, it was our first time travelling in flights for about 19 hours including stopovers

Now for a Malaysian to head to Europe is indeed one of the most expensive places for us, as 1 EURO is about 4.67 Ringgit Malaysia. So it does takes months to save up for a 7 days trip to Lisbon as the average salary in Malaysia is only about RM3,500 per month.

But having reached to SteemFest 2 after the long journey there made the trip all worth it as, unlike a business conference which you typically attend … this was more like a gathering of friends from all over the world who has never met each other but knows each other.

It was indeed memorable and when SteemFest 3 was announced, me and a few fellow Malaysians started planning to go , this time it was Krakow, Poland !

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Every trip I go , the experience is different. The people we meet are different as well …. there are of course a few familiar faces which is always great to meetup once more. However when you see a lot more new faces, you then realized that the community keeps on striving and growing larger and larger. Even with a heavy bearish market on crypto you still see the community of the Steem

Why Keep Going To SteemFest ?

It’s pretty obvious …. having done 19 – 20 hours of travel over the past 2 years just to head to STEEMFEST and this year its going to happen in just our neighboring country Thailand … it would be crazy not to go!

I’m sure that a lot of other guys from TeamMalaysia are already planning to head over there.

Like any other year, I do not have many expectations from SteemFest as I do know @roelandp will make it a memorable SteemFest experience for anyone who attends.

This year has been an amazing journey as even though I didn’t manage to organize as many Steem events as I would have loved to have done, however, I had the opportunity to speak at blockchain events to share about the Steem Blockchain.

More and more events …

This was only possible as there is such a strong blockchain community in Malaysia … and yes we have an amazing bunch of Steemians here as well which I’m forever grateful as even though the price of Steem is on its all time low, they are still extremely actively creating content.

I do hope that everyone gets to go to SteemFest at least once as it would truly be an experience to have. And hopefully this year by the time we head over to Steemfest … Smart Media Tokens would have actually be implemented.

We would then see a lot of amazing new projects coming out as we already see it done within Steem Engine.

Looking forward in seeing everyone once again !

This post is in relation to @anomadsoul + @blocktrades writing task to help fund a lil bit of your steemfest thanks to HF21. Do create a post to ease of your costs on heading to SteemFest Bangkok !

https://steemit.com/awesomepeople/@anomadsoul/there-s-a-lot-of-steemians-who-need-your-vote-to-fund-their-trip-to-steem-fest-check-out-their-posts-2-3

@bitrocker2020 Community witness Update

Finally found the time to sit down and upgrade my witness node to 0.21 which means its ready for HardFork 21 !

Looking forward for it to happen within the next 4 days and by the looks of things most witnesses has already upgraded their nodes. Here is the list of top 25 steem witnesses.

Change is Happening in HardFork 21

Yes there would be numerous changes on the next HardFork which has been discussed by many people and the one which would impact us as the residence of this blockchain would be the reward mechanism.

Some will get more, some will get less however the important thing is that the focus would now be on curation where the rewards are way much greater then before.

We would all be using our stakes to curate content and like any other HardFork , you may expect some people who would try to abuse the system, there would also be a lot of downvoting as the new HF do encourage to actually curate content by upvoting and also downvoting content which you deem undesirable.

For more insights of these changes checkout @steemitblog ‘s latest post here

https://steemit.com/hf21/@steemitblog/hardfork-21-survival-guide

Witness Vote Update

If you have not updated your Witness Vote for over 1 year, I do suggest that you go thru https://steemit.com/~witnesses and start taking a look at your Witness votes.

Some of you may still have votes on witnesses which are no longer operating their node. Or some of you may not be fully utilizing your witness votes. you can vote up to 30 witnesses and this does not effect your Voting Power / Mana in any way. It’s just telling the blockchain as to who you are empowering to be a witness

For example, @utopian-io still have about 7,684 votes on their witness and they have stop their nodes many months ago. Are you one of them ? To check which witness is still running and have updated to HF 21 head over to this link

https://steemian.info/witnesses

What’s happening in TeamMalaysia

We are still a happy bunch of content creators which gets involved in almost all areas of the Steem blockchain. I have not run a large event this year however I think we would need to do one soon.

Instead as part of my Witness pledge to grow the community in Malaysia, I’ve collaborated with other parties to speak at events or just be there to support them and to promote Steem wherever I go.

Because of that, I’ve been invited to be in the first edition of Collectors Playing Cards .. which I’m very happy to be part of.

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Moving forward, I think we do have a larger crowd heading over to STEEMFEST since Bangkok is just a 2 hours flight away. Making it the most affordable Steemfest to date ! For me that is.

Will also start organizing a few more events before the end of the year and looking at options on how we can go to the masses with min budgets.

Looking forward in meeting all the amazing people at Steemfest and this time, don’t need any winter clothes.

Cheers and have a great weekend !

Get real influencers reviews with reVIEWHUNT

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Why REVIEWHUNT ?

There already is a community of hunters which have connected their social networks ready to start reviewing your products or services at launch. These are the current reach which you could potentially reach with being an early adopter of REVIEWHUNT

With almost 590k of marketing budget being pledge by over 70 companies, you could also signup to be a reviewer and participate in the platform as an influencer and be rewarded for your participation.

For almost a year now, hunters on the STEEMHUNT platform has been consistently rewarded for their efforts and being the same team behind STEEMHUNT platform, REVIEWHUNT would be equally just as great of a platform once it launches in July 2019

There is nothing stronger then influencer marketing as you will be able to reach a wider audience which may also lead to higher conversions.

Having a influencer marketing platform is considered as one of the best strategy to grow your business and also brand expansion especially in 2019.

So signup as either a Reviewer or a Maker today, you’ve not absolutely nothing to loose.

https://review.hunt.town/

Steem Business Alliance

Here is a quick overview on STEEM Business Alliance ( SBA ), a project jointly started jointly by @oracle-d@steempress@steemhunt@fundition and @utopian-io

Here was the original announcement about 3 months ago. https://steemit.com/steemba/@steemba/introducing-the-steem-business-alliance

I was finally able to get more insight as to what SBA is and why we should support this drive.

STEEM Business Alliance Goals

The ultimate goal of Steem Business Alliance (SBA) is to onboard more business who are using Steem blockchain as part of their business strategy. With this being achieved, it would promote a greater adoption of users to come onboard the Steem Blockchain.

How are we going to get there

These are just a few key points on strategies which would be used. The methods of execution would be determined as the team grows. As a global initiative would vary from country to country.

  • Onboarding and retaining new Steemians.
  • Attracting STEEM investment.
  • Contributing to a growing and retaining a pool of developer talent.
  • Helping Steem communities grow.
  • Marketing and promoting the Steem blockchain.

Can I join STEEM Business Alliance ?

Steem Business Alliance are looking for new members at this point of time. These are the points to consider:-

  1. You own a business and use STEEM Blockchain as part of your business.
  2. You are an individual which would like to contribute to SBA by helping other businesses connect with SBA

You can fill up this SBA application form : http://bit.ly/2HIfENI

What are the benefits of joining SBA ?

As of now, joining SBA is purely for networking purposes and members will get to decide the role and direction of where SBA will be headed to. There are guidelines which will be in place soon , however for now its perks would be mostly leveraging on the business network on the STEEM Blockchain.

How can I get more information about SBA ?

You would be able to find out more thru SBA’s blogs @steemba or visit their website https://steemba.com

How else can I connect with SBA ?

You can connect with SBA and its members thru its discord channel which you can access thru this link https://discord.gg/hqErQCE

Summary

These are just one of the efforts placed in by businesses who are already on the Steem Blockchain, the idea that marketing and promotional activities are not the sole responsibility of Steem Inc however its a drive which the community needs to participate in. I do hope that you will be able to support this drive to promote the Steem blockchain and take it to greater adoption by the masses.

STEEM POWERUP DAY

Its 1st of May and I just realized that its STEEM POWER UP DAY ! Lets call it SPUD for short.

I guess the original post came from @streestyle with a simple yet powerful idea of getting everyone to power-up what they can on 1st May !

https://steemit.com/steem/@streetstyle/you-have-some-steem-now-what-steem-power-day-steem-voting-rvf4s7w5

The message and the initiative grew like wildfire across the STEEM community and today is that day.

I have Powered up 280.263 STEEM

Now I do encourage all of you guys to power up whatever you can, even if its just 1 STEEM. I personally think its a great initiative and its amazing to see how the communities started following thru.

So have you powered up yet ???? If not … just DO IT !

If you took a look at the tag of SPUD you can see that a lot of other steemians has already done their power up. So why not just join in the fun and lets make this a successful drive !

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Using STEEM promo videos to promote our offline events

If you’ve not been around for awhile now, I guess you may have missed a little competition created by surfermarly on creating a 60 second video promoting STEEM.

My personal favourites are these 2 videos which I would be using to promote our offline events.

This was done by @ashtv and I personally think its just brilliantly done simple and straight to the point.

Here is the other 2 videos which I would be using to share onto social media prior to the event.

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To watch the ad on DTube please click on the picture

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These amazing videos really showed how amazing the community is in terms of creativity and I’m just blown away with the professionalism in these videos.

I would be incorporating these videos into my presentation as well as it pretty much explains STEEM in 60 seconds.

So do support our offline events we have a number of it coming and our next one would be on the 6th April 2019 in Penang Malaysia.

Our fundition campaign link is below. Hope you would be able to support it.

https://fundition.io/#!/@bitrocker2020/9hgoog5b8/news

To signup for the event if you are in Malaysia here is the link

https://steemxpv2.peatix.com/view

A simple EXPLANATION as to what Non-Fungible Token (NFT) is.

When CryptoKitties last year was launched , it took the world by storm and everyone fell in the craze of buying some unique collectable Kitties to be able to breed and then make tons of new kitties and sell it off for profit.

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Some of these Kitties pulled in HUGE value as it gives out very unique stats and it can breed out rares as well.

Now it all sounds nice and cool however at its peak, CryptoKitties ate up just below 35% of the entire transaction of the ETH blockchain making everything else slowwwww and super high fees.

OK … why am I talking about Cryptokitties ? And what’s it got to do with Non Fungible Tokens ?

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Non Fungible Tokens or NFT , is a token which is represented as something UNIQUE , IRREPLACEABLE and NON INTERCHANGEABLE.

To explain it in a easier way in the game CryptoKitties. Everyone has a unique Kitty even though it looks the same, and seems to be the same however it could have very different parents or even different time of its birth. This makes every Kitty unique and the value of these Kitties are determined by the characteristics of its parents and so on.

So imagine what else this can be used for, more games … unique art work, school certs which are unique and can’t be changed and many more. However the easiest way to understand NFTs is to relate it to game or arts and crafts.

Because of NFTs getting into the limelight, we now have exchanges which is use to trade collectables. For example

RareBit ( https://rarebits.io/ )

You can buy some of the most unique items here. But in my honest opinion, this is just the start to many new use case for NON Fungible Tokens.

Within the next few months, there would surely be more games or apps coming up and utilizing NFTs , like it or not this is here to stay and who knows we may get some of these mainstream games like World of Warcraft or Pokemon adapting to these changes.

Hope this gives you a brief understanding as to what NFTs are as there would be people asking you about it real soon ! That’s something which is almost guaranteed.