After a Decade of Writing, This Versatile Teenager Found Hive! || My Introductory Post
Who am I?
“I am a Hiver!!!”
It feels so good to say that.
Meet me- Gates Ogbebor Ibude- @gates-oi 😉 (made with Canva)
My name is Gates Ogbebor. I’ve been writing for a very long time. At age seven, I realized I had this flair after attempting to write a novella, which I successfully did. Since then, I scarcely let any opportunity to write pass me. Here I am with another great privilege, HIVE.
The Hive community! A place that already feels like home.
I’m from Edo state, Nigeria. But, I was born in Lagos state, western Nigeria, where I’ve lived all my life. It is why I speak the Yoruba language better than my mother tongue.
Recently, I worked on a job about language vitality and felt sad when I realized that I was contributing to the extinction of my mother tongue, which is why I’m now making a conscious effort to learn it and become fluent. I hope to share that journey with the Hive community!
I’m the last child of my parents, with three older siblings.
How Far with my Education?
I am presently an undergraduate at the University of Benin (Uniben), studying Physiology [that might change soon]—my course.
A photo from a boring day 🙂
As a science student in secondary school, my grades were exceptional except for a recurring issue. Most people thought I made a costly mistake by choosing the science field. I didn’t flinch.
At some point, it got to me. I took a break from writing and hoped the critics would stop, but they didn’t. Thanks to a teacher who realized I had a talent when she heard me speak at different times. She helped me regain my confidence.
Since then, my reply to such claims became: “I am a talented writer with an undying passion for science.”
What is my Free Time About?
I am a writer (storyteller, poet, and essayist), photographer, blogger, and aspiring model. That’s beside the little things I do to keep my hands busy, like crocheting.
I was occupied with my blog ✍️
What I love about everything I do, every skill I have, and every job I take is that I enjoy them. I have a connection with heaven when I do them. If only we could always do what we want in life, if only.
I acquired photography skills when schools were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. I started blogging sometime in May this year. I blog about friendships with little self-care tips as icing on the cake (I’d include the link below in case you want to check it out).
Furthermore, I’m still an aspiring model because my height restricts me, sigh. A friend said I wouldn’t grow taller anymore. I hope I do.
I attempted a modelling shoot 📸
In addition to these, I love reading, watching movies, and listening to music.
The Hive Experience
Why Hive? Why You??
Many people find it hard to believe that I’m originally introverted because I feel exuberant about public speaking. I hardly spoke. My preferred means of communication was through writing.
Other delegates and I at the Lagos Secondary Schools Model United Nations (LASSMUN), 2021 🎤
Let me blow your mind! I became the Social Prefect in high school. An introvert! Imagine that!! I’d also share this experience subsequently on this platform, Hive.
As I stated in the first paragraph of this post, I seldom miss opportunities to write. Interestingly, the Hive community has a lot more to offer.
I joined this community to share my stories and perspectives and see what others say. Moreover, I’d make connections and impact lives in the world. I can’t wait to meet you and read your content.
We make up Hive, you and I. Together we can grow.
Do I have Goals to Achieve on Hive?
To some degree, this may seem similar to the ‘Why Hive’ subtopic. But it is different.
I was reading at a restaurant 🤦♂
I came on Hive for a purpose, which I stated earlier. Now I want to speak about what my written pieces would offer. I love fiction. I can sit for hours writing fictional stories. I hope to share these stories with you too.
My focus would be on Fiction, Lifestyle, and Reality. I have always wanted to share personal experiences on a platform where I can be frank. Sometimes, we make avoidable mistakes because we never had prior knowledge: I believe sharing my experiences may save lives.
In 3-6 months, I want to boast that I have changed the world through the voice and opportunity Hive would give me. Again, I can’t do it without you.
How did I come on Hive?
This image was for my birthday- 14th May, 2022 🎉
My Hive journey started before this post. I was introduced to an administrator of the @hive-bootcamp by my friend, @lizizoo, who vouched that they rendered a tremendously explanatory service of getting anyone ready for the Hive journey.
Gladly, I can now say the same! Sincerely, I was impressed!!
For six days, the moderators—@starstrings01, @Olujay, and @monioluwa inculcated into me and other participants basic and advanced knowledge to grow on Hive. It was so explanatory that my jotter got filled up.
I learned about numerous Hive terminologies, dos, and don’ts, communities, making unique content, setting up an account, 3Speak, etc. It was a priceless experience.
The Summary and Conclusion
I was intrigued and curious about how the Hive community operates after learning about it. Kudos to @hive-bootcamp once again.
In conclusion, I am happy to be here. I envisage greatness and cannot wait to meet you; I also look forward to learning more from you.
I’d appreciate a tip or two from your experience on Hive. Please feel free to share. Thank you for reading.
If you care to check out my friendship blog=> Gates Hub Blog
Image of my exciting blog- (Gates Hub Blog)😍 (made with canva)
A Glimpse of Family, Friends, and I
An old school-themed valedictory service 🎓
My mother, brother, and I ❤️
Another image of my blog 😎 (made with canva)
My throwback photo 😅
I should be a model already 😄
You are welcome
Thank you so much. I look forward to a great time here on Hive.
Hello @gates-oi! This is @traciyork from the @ocd (Original Content Decentralized) curation team. We noticed you shared your first post here on Hive and introduced yourself to the community - congratulations and welcome!
Speaking of community, we have many different ones here on the blockchain, devoted to all kinds of interests. Here's a link so you can check them all out - Hive Communities
Also, as Hive can sometimes be quite confusing, the newly launched Newbies Guide should be helpful to you, as it is a growing repository of useful and easy to understand posts about how the Hive ecosystem works. For instance, there's a post in the collection called 3 things Newbies should do in their first week on Hive that you might find helpful.
Please be aware that Hive is a bit different from other social media platforms since you are monetizing your blog, so it is important not to include content that you don't own without sources (and it shouldn't exceed 50% of the post). For more information, check this post - Why and How People Abuse and Plagiarise by hivewatchers.
I'm sure @lizizoo, @starstrings01, @Olujay, and @monioluwa will continue to help you as you begin your Hive journey, but if you have any questions, feel free to hop into the OCD Discord server and we'll do our best to answer them, and again welcome to Hive!
Hello, @traciyork! I already feel extremely welcomed by this comment. Thank you.
I have begun to explore the communities and I am intrigued. Moreover, I am grateful for the Newbies Guide- It would come in handy and I cannot undermine its usefulness as a newbie that I am.
Again, thank you, @traciyork and the @ocd for this amazing welcome message. My journey has become more soothing, thanks to you.
Hello gates my compliments for your blog and the diversity in the life information
You took the jump and became a Hiver just now, so CONGRATS, be ready for a lot of reading and writing fun.
I just saw your new message in my bot feed! So I came by to say : Hi and Welcome to you new addiction. Your passions, funny or dead serious rants, brain waves and - or thoughts put into writing and a hive blog is a new way of living, but if you have questions let us on hive know. There are many hivers that will help if you ask in comments or in discord! Terminal is the biggest one for new comers.
Discord is a tip aswell. It’s where a lot of hivers talk. There is so much so all topics will have a place on the blockchain. The hivinguniverse is so diverse it’s suitable for all of us. And fun!
If you blog on your phone there is a mobile app for blogging called : Ecency
Or join the lovely Ecency discord : https://discord.gg/QZsFNN6TrX
engagement there is huge.
Good luck to you as the new arrival, may hive become your new life !
We (@ jamerussell and I ) are presenting New comers in Our @Heyhaveyamet blogs almost every day , ( when normal life doesn’t get in the way ) and as I said before there is a Discord called The Terminal for newbies and all the answers to your questions, join in, I am on Hive everyday ! You can always leave a comment.
I hope you get a lot of comments and I hope you enjoy the platform from now on !
Greetings from Brittandjosie from the Netherlands but also many other hiver bees and have fun here!
Theterminal discord invite
Or a vlog to watch
Have fun and happy Hiving!
Hello, @brittandjosie!! Thank you for the warm welcome.
Like I said in my post, Hive already feels like home. But you just made it feel more like home by enlightening me and offering to answer my questions. Thank you, again.
I cannot wait to explore Hive more- I am excited. Tis is a stepping stone to practicing my passion and like you said, new addiction.
Thank you for reading. Furthermore, I felt awesome while reading your comment. Let's have fun on Hive... shall we?!
Gates welcome to Hive! It's good to finally have you here. You should know I am rooting for you to do great here seeing your results through the bootcamp.
If you need help or advice, you sure know how to contact us. Wish you the best Hive has to offer.
Thank you so much, @starstrings01! I am excited to be here, so excited!!
I am grateful to you for your support and for taking me through the pre-Hive phase.
I'd definitely contact you if any issues arise. Thank you again!
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You are welcome, everyone welcome you.
You keep your hands busy with crocheting, but you never crotchet anything give me oo.. issorit
We are looking out for your lovely stories, and post.
I hope you find your way around here, I hope you will also like it here. We are happy to have someone has talented as you are.
Concerning your modeling ‘restriction’ maybe I should make a post on how to grow taller heheh 😂
I'm finally here! Thank you for introducing me to this great platform!!
I appreciate the warm welcome.
Very soon, you'd get a crocheted top from me... be rest assured.
I read your last paragraph as sarcasm because you are the friend who said I may not grow taller😂
Welcome to the Hive community @gates-oi!
We sincerely hope you find everything you are looking for and have found a new home here.
Seven suggestions to consider:
I found you because @brittandjosie and @jamerussell from @heyhaveyamet presented and promoted your publication to get more exposure and help you grow faster.
If you find yourself overwhelmed and need some guidance, or if you have any questions, there are informed Hiveans available who can help you; you can click to go to The Terminal in Discord here:
Have fun and happy Hiving!
OMG! Hi @jamerussell!! You have no idea how glad I am to have your comment under my post.
Thank you for the warm welcome. I also appreciate these suggestions; they are amazing and would come in handy.
Thank you again. It's fun already interacting with you.
Happy to read your really interesting introduction. Welcome to Hive we're all free to express ourselves on just anything. You're already a writer making you unstoppable. I hope you get all you desire in Hive.
You have a beautiful family and I see the special dentition also runs along too, that's cute.
Nice to meet ya.
Thank you for reading, @empressjay. And, thanks for the welcome.
I look forward to a great time on Hive with you and other Hivers.
I appreciate the complement and encouragement. It's amazing to interact with you.
Welcome onboard bro.
Thank you so much, sir.
I look forward to interacting with you and other Hivers.
Anytime and any day. You are welcome