Seventy Five — A Moment of Reflection

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I'm not generally much for self-congratulatory milestone posts... but earlier this morning, I noticed that the little number next to my username had ticked over to "75."

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Seventy Five is a nice round number.

I realize these numbers don't really mean much, because it's possible to more or less buy your way to them through a variety of services, guilds, bots and what have you... but it still felt like an accomplishment because I know that I came by that number "honestly," simply by writing and engaging.

Quite a lot, I suppose.

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And it has taken just three months shy of five years to get there.

For me, the greatest part of the accomplishment is perhaps that I managed to stick to a thing for that long! I'm pretty notorious for my short little span of attention!

That said, the other highly noteworthy thing is that there actually is a Hive, five years later.

Too be honest, my experience with content creation sites that reward their contributors has been piss-poor. The vast majority of them don't make it past the second year, typically victims of the greed of those trying to "game" or "scam" the system.

Even in my introductory post here, I expressed reservations about this community's likelihood of surviving on the longer term... I'm glad to say that I was wrong!

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What's at the end of the rainbow?

There's a bit of a personal paradox for me, right there.

I always have liked the idea of taking the long-term perspective and staying with things for the duration, but so many things in our world seem more structured for "flash-in-the-pan glory" than long term stability.

Another Five Years?

I don't expect to make another of these posts till I either make it to "Orca" status here, or the little number makes it all the way to 80.

At the general snail's pace I move, I expect that'll take another five years or so... but you never know, right?

Maybe it's a good start that I am here and actually thinking and planning as if Hive will still be here, in 2026.

I hope it is! I hope I am still part of the show, then...

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

How about YOU? Reached any personal milestones, lately? Or do you not pay attention to such things? Comments, feedback and other interaction is invited and welcomed! Because — after all — SOCIAL content is about interacting, right? Leave a comment — share your experiences — be part of the conversation!

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Congratulations! Seventy-five is my dream! I am Seventy-four point something, but, it took me over four years to get there. Once you get beyond a certain number, it takes you longer to roll over to the next. I was enamored with the number eighty! Eighty is so much! At the time four years ago, how many eighties did we have? None?

Well, I hope to still be hanging when (if?) I reach eighty. You will get there. You are a prolific writer and you keep on going! Good luck! You are awesome! Everyone needs flowers for their special day!

Hive on!

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A 75 rep is an achievement indeed. Well done.

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It seems your rep climbed a bit higher and a bit faster than mine. Good job! I, too, was sure Steemit/Hive1.0 was a flash in the pan when I joined, and am glad to see it has grown, although I am starting to see signs of whales abusing their stakes to attack people (Says the self-aware dolphin who tries to downvote people into oblivion for spam).

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