Final Day in Lanzarote Vlog

My last vlog from this beautiful island in The Canaries. I speak about my time reconnecting with the family, getting closer to my other half and enjoying my sea adventures snorkeling.

Back full time on Steem in a few days, I also talk about steemfest in Poland next month and put out a call to help get @Rhondak there too. I will be speaking at Steemfest about @thewritersblock, Steemhouse Publishing, and Wordrow, our forthcoming creator’s focused front end, and would love for Rhonda to share the stage with me.

Apart from my own selfish reasons – I’m not much of a talker – Rhonda is working herself to death at her animal shelter, @tarc here on steem, under extreme circumstances without any help from her openly hostile community. A break in Poland would do her the world of good, and if anybody can help get her there, please get in touch with her.

Thanks for watching. See you on the other side.

Muxxy.

It’s a Small (Steem) World

Last week when I arrived in Lanzarote for my family vacation, I discovered that sea lover and water sports enthusiast @surfermarly lives here, one of the Canary Islands. I got in touch with her via Discord and we organised a mini Steem meetup at my hotel resort. @surfermarly lives an hour north from here and drove down to see me today to chat and share a drink or two.

I have long maintained that the universe has some kind of plan in play. The meetings and coincidences that have occurred during my Steem life continue to amaze me: not only does Marly live on this island, but her home is actually where we spent our vacation last year! We may well have walked past each other and not known.

I saw Marly in Lisbon at last year’s Steemfest, but didn’t get around to chatting with her, unfortunately. At that time I was still new to the platform and a bit starry eyed at all the ‘Steem famous’ personalities there, and I considered Marly a Steem veteran,having joined in 2016.

Today’s mini meetup was an intimate occasion and we talked about our backgrounds and lives over drinks. The subject soon drew to Steem and Steemit. Dodging a ball, as we had inadvertently sat next to the pool while a water polo game was in session, we spoke about the current state of Steem, its direction,and the communities built up around it. We both agreed there is so much potential here but things could be better managed, particularly for newcomers to the platform.

Moving a safe distance away from flying polo balls, we made our way to another bar and sat with another drink as I learned that @surfermarly, water sport fanatic, actually used to be scared of water. Yes, truly.

The two hours flew by and before I knew it, Marly had to return to the family business. We both remarked how weird it is to meet people from Steem, already having a connection with them as though we’d been friends for years. Marly is such a cool and awesome lady, and it was an absolute pleasure to meet and share a few drinks and conversation.

Thank you so much for travelling down south to spend a few hours chatting. Good times.

Muxxy Vlog #2 – Steem’s Greatest Asset

Preparing to leave Canada, where I attended the #steemcreators conference, I reflect on what I believe to be Steem’s greatest asset: the global village and community of awesome Steemians. It’s not until you meet real people face to face, see their passion and understand the time they have invested into this platform, that you realize quite how precious the community is, and why it should be nurtured.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

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I do my best not to be scared of many things. Sure, a recurring nightmare I have is spiders…flying spiders….not just regular old flying spiders, oh no. Flying spiders that spit fire. Yes, I kinda doubt that they will ever become a reality. Unless some mad scientist genetically engineers some, I don’t know. But, I digress…

I mean, regular eight-legged hairy bastard creatures with multiple sets of eyes and pointy teeth are bad enough, but flying fire-breathing ones? Just, nope. Although I really do loathe the little buggers, I still have to play the hero and rescue my little girl from their evil stares, sat up in the corner of the room looking all spidery.

Now, fire? Yup, a recurring nightmare is being trapped in a burning building only to end up engulfed in an inferno. I blame The Towering Inferno and in particular Steve McQueen and Paul Newman for that one. Would the lack of oxygen get me first or the smoke inhalation? Hopefully, either one before the flames got to me. Gee thanks, guys.

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We all have fears, some are even totally rational like the fear of heights. I don’t fear heights. Gravity, yes. THAT’S what kills you in a fall. I admit that the aforementioned aerial arachnids are probably not quite so rational. But the take away is we all have fears. But we shouldn’t let them rule our lives and, ever since arriving on Steem over a year ago, I have tried to push through some of my personal fears and boundaries.

Some might call into question my fear of talking online, considering the many different Discord voice conversations I have taken part in. It was real. Yup, lil’ old Muxxy had a fear of speaking online. I pushed through it and enjoy interacting in the communities now. @mspwaves became a thing on PALnet and DJs were called for. Me, talk on the radio? Before Steem I would have never entertained the notion. However, I pushed through it and appeared on the Shane and Muxxy Show with @swelker101. Was I nervous the first time? God, yes. But it became easier the next time and every time after that.

Before Steemfest 2017, held in Lisbon, I had never traveled so far on my own. A friend was originally going to accompany me, but he had to duck out. I really agonized over if I should cancel the trip. I have my health issues, so could I manage the trip without anybody looking out for me? What if I got lost, or lost my ID and money? Missing my flights was a possibility, anything could have happened. However, I thought to myself ‘NO! This is a great opportunity!` So I did it and really enjoyed not only the event but also the traveling solo across four countries. A few months back I made my way to The States for a Writers’ Block meetup. Today I am in Canada and I have worked out that by the time Steemfest 2018 is over and I have returned home, I’ll have taken fifteen flights. Pre Steem, it would never have been on my radar.

So, where am I going with this, and why the title of this post? I am currently in Toronto attending the Steem Creators and SMT conference, organized by the awesome @steemcafe. The venue is the YWCA on Elm Street. An apt address to face a fear. Not only am I here promoting @thewritersblock, our direction, and forthcoming new front end, but I was honored to be able to represent @fredrikka and @howo’s project, the WordPress plugin called @steempress.io.

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Ok, so where is the nightmare? I’m getting to that. One of my biggest lifelong fears is standing up in front of other people and public speaking. I lack the confidence and am not that sociable in real life. To actually be in front of a crowd, the center of attention and give a presentation was – to me – the Sum of All Fears (thanks Mr. Freeman and the Affleck guy, one of your better ones Ben). This was to occur just after lunch, or so I learned just yesterday. EEK!

The nerves kicked in. My lunch consisted of a smoothy, I couldn’t stomach anything to eat. As I slurped and worried, I went over my notes and slideshow. Was it good enough? Would I do justice to the Steempress project? Would I completely freeze and make an ass out of myself? Would I just explode into a shower of nerves and worry?

@rhondak, me and Jaime. Thanks @shadowspub for the photo.

My time in the spotlight came all too quickly. Thankfully @rhondak joined me to lend moral support and @thehoneys Jaime kept things ticking over by asking me relevant questions about Steempress and its benefits. Time stretched but as it went on I realized that I could do this! I may have stuttered, held the mic a little too far from my mouth until Jaime pushed it closer, but I did it! I then handed off to @fredrikka who joined via video conference on the screen behind me to fill in the crowd with further technical details and some announcements.

Although sweat was dripping down my back, I felt good. I had pushed through and overcome my worst fear – yes, so much worse than fictional eight-legged freaks. The empowerment this gives is electrifying when you realize that your preconceived ideas of how much you are actually capable of are just plain wrong. I got awesome feedback from the attendees who were now excited by the idea of using Steempress. Job done.

Today I joined Rhonda and @Jasonbu to present The Writers’ Block and our witness team @noblewitness – the team is comprised of me, Rhonda, @anarcho-andrei, and @sircork. Witness votes appreciated, thanks. Yesterday’s nerves were now little flutters and, although I wasn’t giving the presentation, I felt comfortable chipping in where I could.

Jaime kindly imparted these words of advice to me on my arrival back at the venue this morning. The crowd wants you to do well. They are not out to murder you. They are there to listen to whatever it is you have to say. They are on your side, they are not the enemy. Jaime and his wife Amy of @thehoneys are professionals at this and I am grateful for how I was put at ease and for the wisdom shared.

So, to conclude, don’t doubt yourself and let fear cripple your potential. Face your fears. Be the best you that you can be. It could be worse. Flying fire-breathing spiders are not real. Not yet, anyway.

 

What, no $10 Steem? I Give Up! Or What Not To Do

A quick glance at the current state of the crypto markets is enough to induce depression. Steem is down to $1.33 and SBD is $1.10. That’s a far cry from Steem’s $7.31 in January and SBD’s incredible pump to $13.81 in December.

It reflects badly on the value of all our Steem wallets and has, in my opinion, been a major reason why activity on the blockchain has dropped significantly in recent months, with seemingly fewer posts appearing on my feed. I can understand why some people may have become disillusioned with the platform. Yes, the value of the coins plays a major part, but so does the drama and low retention rate.

Don’t Bail Out, Capitalize!

Now is a great time to carve out your section of the community. Why? Just think, although the dollar value of the currencies is low, with fewer active members, you get a bigger slice of the pie. The slice may not currently be worth all that much, but imagine if in a few months time Steem or SBD rise significantly in value. How about a year from now, or two? Let’s say that this week you earn $5 USD from a post. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Steem could reach $10. That $5 you earned is then worth $50. What if Steem shoots for the moon and is suddenly worth $100? That lowly $5 doesn’t look too bad now, does it?

I still have great faith in this platform. As a co-founder and admin of @thewritersblock, I see a great future for content providers here. Our community is actively working on attracting more readers, writers and potential investors from the mainstream onto the platform, with our planned new front-end. Think of it as a platform for showing off the very best that this community has to offer by way of creativity while taking the focus away from the daily dramas and bit-botted shitposts. We want to make it an attractive and inviting place, introducing readers, writers and potential investors to the crazy world of crypto and the Steem blockchain.

If you are fairly new to Steem, it’s quite possible that you are not earning that much anyway, with $5 being a pipedream. Take this opportunity to hone your craft and develop a following from those still serious about this platform. Polish your posts to perfection, carve out your niche and get noticed. With fewer active members, you will begin to stand out from the crowd, which will position your account favorably when prices rise once more. I am not going to pretend to be a cryptoanalyst – as far as I can see it’s mostly guesswork anyway – but prices rise and they fall, it’s the nature of the beast. Ride those waves and focus on interactions here, not the dollar value. Steem has been in worse positions than this, February last year it was priced at just $0.10. Stay positive, engaged, and above all have faith.

Steem on!

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