The Long and Winding Road...Led me to Hive!

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As a young boy, my son was the typical computer geek with Atari and Commodore 64 being his favourite toys.
Naturally he evolved into Crypto very early on and later joined the good old, bad now! Steemit platform.

In my career, I came from the old school where draughting was done by hand; so when CAD came along, I felt really intimidated and skeptical about this evolvement! How wrong was I as this certainly was life-changing as I had to become computer literate very quickly; going on courses and learning the hard way too!

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But then the inevitable retirement happened.

I was not ready to sit and vegetate just yet, so had started an Airbnb a couple of months prior to retirement and eventually registered it as a business that's now listed on many booking sites.

My son knew mother Hen enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life and as a new retiree in 2016, I missed the daily interaction with work buddies plus having a curious mind, he saw that this blockchain platform would be the perfect fit to fill that void.

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I joined on 13 July 2017; all starry eyed as my son had been telling me that I could also earn Crypto for my blogging efforts!

I knew about his successes with Crypto, but he also warned me that it was not all plain sailing and required much, much, patience!

@deanoza mostly blogged about techno stuff, but not for very long, as Crypto and gaming took him elsewhere.

My first experience with Crypto was buying a tiny amount of Ethereum, but that was it.

I had no more spare cash to invest in Crypto, so blockchain blogging was the perfect opportunity as I could do what I loved, writing; with the added bonus of earning a little Crypto in the process. I was further excited about having the opportunity to meet like-minded people from all over the world.

Hive certainly filled the void left by retirement.

As per usual fashion, I just dived in blindly and started blogging to my heart’s content without first researching what the best strategy would be, so of course bumped my head a couple of times, but fortunately was guided by some really awesome people here!
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Blogging became my passion, and I soon found my niche; initially mostly food, natural medicine, travel and life in general and became a very bizzy little Bee here on Hive.

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Pre-Covid, my Crypto earnings just sat in my wallet and I thought that’s where it would stay till it was worth a tidy sum ONE DAY, but when Covid hit our world and we went into a hard lockdown, our BnB earnings dried up for just on three months, and I was forced to start powering down.

The Hive hardfork amazingly happened at just the right time, as my wallet basically doubled so I started turning my Crypto into rands and cents; helping fill a couple of gaps in our budget.

I now see Hive as a paying hobby, really the best; and love the idea of storing my memories here forever; something I can look back on when my memory bank starts fading, plus my children's children can one day search for this old gal if they want to learn a little more about her!
Hopefully some of my recipes and health blogs has helped some of my Hive friends as well.

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Finally, having always been a competition freak, the Hive contests have become another passion as I thrive on being challenged to get out of my comfort zone, and have learned much here on subjects I knew nothing about in many instances.

So here in my retirement days, Hive certainly helped keep our little BnB afloat during Covid lockdown when we almost succumbed to going the landlord/tenant route.

I love blogging on Hive, meeting people from all over the world, learning new stuff plus I’m earning Crypto which still comes to my rescue now and then, and all this was done without having to invest one cent from my pocket.
Hive is the best blockchain platform with the most amazingly supportive communities!

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I guess I'll be sitting at this desk blogging till the day these fingers stop working!

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This has been my response to the question by @themarkymark, How did you get here and why are you still here? and I quote:

Do you remember how you found your way to Hive?
Was it your first interaction with crypto?
If not, what was?
Why are you here today?

I really hope to hear the response to this question from some of our bizzy bees here on Hive!

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Lovely post my friend, Reminds me when you introduced me to Steemit years ago and now Hive. Thanks for sharing.

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Thank you my friend, glad that you're here as Hive certainly is a much improved platform with all the communities!

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Wonderful post @lizelle. I can't imagine a world of Hive without you in it. I have been very inspired by you in many ways!

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Awe thank you @carolynstahl, this means a heck of a lot to me as I have found you to be a huge inspiration to me as well.
I think the first time I met you was on @jaybird's Sandwich Contest and you'd made this stunning Club Sandwich if I'm not mistaken!
It's good to know there are kindred spirits all over the world:)

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I feel the same way Lizelle! It looks like I came back at the right time! I really hope Hive will not have any set backs anymore and will only grow 😍🤞

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I was so excited to see you back Lena, and really believe that Hive can only grow as there are so many different communities working together now, I truly believe that is the secret to the success of Hive.
Thank you for the reblog and the nice feedback🤗

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You are so sweet Lizelle! I am happy happy to be back and reconnect with you too. Also I like the changes and all the communities here. Everything seems much friendlier than before, so I believe in bright future too! Always a pleasure my Dear 💖😍💖

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Hive is certainly awesome for retirees - maybe we should market it to the Grey Bloggers! Hah, a new term! You could start a Retired Life community bahaha - just teasing. But yeah I'd like to retire so I can do more on HIVE! I love the challenges too, and you're right, it IS a hobby!

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Haha I like that idea but would prefer calling in Silver Bloggers, sounds a bit more lucrative and not so dull LOL 🤣🤣🤣
But seriously, I copied and pasted that step by step post you wrote last year on turning Steem into Hive on Ionomy when that was my lifeline so a big thank you for that which was my first step into turning Crypto into cash. I use Blocktrades now though as their fees are lower but will stay here on Hive till the Silver starts fading, but hopefully I never reach that stage.
You're right though, Hive is perfect for retirees as we have much to offer as far as life experience is concerned 🤩

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Oh really? That feels really good - far out I love helping people here, so that means a lot! How amazing it helped you get through that tricky time last year.

Haha - silver bloggers sounds awesome. A bit of a play on silver stacking and silver haired writers... love it! I think you have a new way to advertise HIVE...I hope you don't mind me being silly and cheeky..

Bored & Retired?

Want to Earn a Little Pocket Money?

Join the Silver Bloggers On HIVE!

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Hahaha that's brilliant @riverflows, you're preparing in advance for retirement😅🤣🤣😍
Yep I love the play on silver.
I'm very tempted now 😆

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Oh wow your journey to hive seems very inspiring. Loved your content. Over a curiosity I am unaware of the fact why is everyone abandoning steemit? I love hive it has given me a lot helped me in my lows and I love blogging here. But I needed a reason without offending anyone regarding that platform. If It's okay with you.
Anyways, Keep flourishing and creating joyful content :)

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