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 !!
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
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.
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 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
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 !
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 !
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
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
If you have a product or a service which you would like real influencers to review, you should get yourself signup for the latest platform REVIEWHUNT where you would be able to receive double the review credit if you signup now.
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.
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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:-
You own a business and use STEEM Blockchain as part of your business.
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
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.
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.
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 ?
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.
Ok … so here is the thing, a few days ago i posted about getting onto DAYBIT and start playing around with the “Intelligent Trade”. Why not right ? After all soon DAYBIT will also be trading the SMT tokens from STEEM communities so better start understanding its features.
In that post I was trying out buying USDT just as it dips. I was trading a little bit of EOS to USDT. It managed to find the top and bought just as it started to drop
It was a success ! It managed to buy USDT at about $4.0076 for me it was sweet as I got those EOS at about $2.5 per token. Clean profit of $1.5 per token sitting in USDT
Then I wanted to try the “intelligent trade” to find the bottom and buy a little bit up.
Another SUCCESSFUL trade ! However it was flawed slightly as the real bottom was actually $3.3 however it didn’t really matter as I knew it was going to go up “fingers crossed” . I accepted that it works and i had to make sure profits were obtained from buying this round of EOS.
Then I wanted to try another option which was in DAYBIT which was this. GREATER THEN xxx AND SELL at maximum of xxx .
I must say it was a slightly longer wait this time as price didn’t hit its target for 4 days … it almost hit then it pulled back .. and almost again then pulled back. Unfortunately there wasn’t a lot of trade volume on DAYBIT so even if coingecko showed other exchanges hitting the price , on DAYBIT it was still relatively not there yet.
But it happened while i was sleeping ! The trade sold all the EOS back to USDT !
So my here is my trade history. From my tests over the past 2 weeks on DAYBIT Exchange. Taken into fact that the EOS transferred here was bought at $2.5 .. DAYBIT helped me increase the volume of EOS tokens which I had without much effort except login in and waiting to see if the price had sold.
Oh by the way I also earned some DAY tokens from every single trade that happened.
My opinions about DAYBIT, its pretty cool however the trade volumes per day is not on the high side. Do try out DAYBIT exchange if you have the time as once they get more active you will surely see its volume go up. You can use this link to try it out.
I will still continue to to use the other exchanges, however DAYBIT is starting to grow on me. And hopefully they will list STEEM / SBD soon. Thanks to @project7 from @steemhunt to introduce DAYBIT exchange to us.