Where are all the Steem peeps at?

in hive-114105 •  2 months ago 

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HAPPY FRIDAY PEEPS!

Oh my heavens - what a week it has been! It has been "go go go" since Monday and my body and mind are feeling it! lol... So happy that the weekend has landed, but I still feel like I am drowning in my "to do" list! I have not even been able to get to my regular daily posts and I missed the "track of the week" post yesterday... (don't worry... I will be putting that one out later today, for those that entered!) - it has just really been completely manic!

Life sure can be crazy sometimes! I think I also over did mt treadmill missions this week as the body is feeling a little worn out haha... so today I shall take a breather and give my weary bones a chance to recover before they have to prance around in stilettos for twelve hours tomorrow lol!

Aside from the chaos though... it has been a good week and now that I have (almost) survived it... I am looking forward to some party time at a friends wedding tomorrow - but before that - I need to make some time today to play a little bit of catch up... hopefully - but first, I need to get my hands on some heel stoppers!!!!!!!!! Who the heck would have thought that those damn things would be so bloody hard to find locally....

A STEEM SIDE NOTE

Completely off the topic of chaos, stiletto's and heel stoppers - the one conversation I have had with more than a handful of people this week is how quiet Steem has been of late - not only from a post perspective, but also in terms of engagement.... I do a lot of curation from multiple accounts including this one and the one thing that has been glaringly obvious is the lack of engagement on peoples posts! A good portion of the comments seem to be made up of automated curation replies and bots and then let's not forget "church of god" LOL! - but the "real live HUMAN" engagement seriously sees to be lacking. In fact, on MANY of the posts I have engaged on this week - at the time of commenting, I was the only one who had. This is really sad to see. Why are people not putting in the effort to "mingle"?

I have also noticed that many regular bloggers have not been seen for ages. It is like they just disappeared from the platform and then others that are only posting like once every ten days or something like that.

Are people feeling despondent, or what?

Would be interesting to see what some of your thoughts are on this, if anyone actually comments on this haha! - but until then... here's wishing you all a fantabulous Friday and weekend ahead!

LOVE YOU ALL LONG TIME!!!

❤❤❤

Until next time...
Much Love from Cape Town, South Africa xxx
Jaynielea

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Yes, engagement down alas.

I recently did another compilation of all the contests running on Steem. There are at least 3 dozen going at any one time.

Many get very few entries - so the chance of winning is high.

Join in and #winwithsteem....

That is a great point and an awesome post to have done. Going to share that one with my PHC community!

Thank you. I will be doing a new edition soon if you spot any new contests that aren't already on the list.

Awesome! I have it on my "to do" list for today so will shout if needs be :D

Thanks for sharing this comment on the numerous contests running on Steem @pennsif. I will take a look at them. I try to enter as many as I can to grow my account since I just leveled to Minnow. It was really nice of you to post these. And I have found also that with as many contests as I've stumbled upon myself, only a few entrants. How odd when it only takes a small of time to read the rules and post your entry. I do realize that people are busy also with out aspect of their lives.

If you take a look at the wallet of those older “regular bloggers” you’ll see they didn’t leave Steemit at all. And perhaps those bloggers who have spent a huge amount of their time behind a screen to create blogposts ar now living the real life with real social interactions instead of interacting virtually from behind their safe computerdesk. It is all a matter of perspective. Real life interactions is still more valuable than constantly creating blogposts and interacting on Steemit with people from all over the world. Also most people came to this platform to blog because they could earn something with it. Now that everything is in the low it does not pay enough for those people to keep putting all the effort in blogging. If you take away the earning component I think most people think Steemit isn’t just as straghtforward to use as a lot of other social established platforms. Which are most of the time much easier to use. Also no one on other platforms are talking as much about the platform they are using themselves like the people on Steemit do. I always found it weird to read posts about why it is so calm on steemit, why it isn’t all fair on Steemit and so on. Never read things like that on Facebook,, Twitter, Reddit and so on. It is just something I notice on this platform only. People also tend to overly post blogpost several times a day. How is that considered quality??? Just a thought.

Agreed! "real life" trumps our virtual worlds every single time without question! I too, also take time away from this space to "recharge" and "detox". I think we all need it! As for the decline in interaction and activity because of price... well, as much as I wish people were not so easily swayed by the price drops, the reality is... they are.

And I agree with you regarding people who post several times a day... especially when it is just a picture with no real substance. It comes off really spammy in my opinion...

I also see this problem that people do not interact much, and many are leaving this platform.

Maybe it's because they are not getting the support that they needed, and that they feel that their effort is not compensated. I understand them because I sometimes feel that way. But the friends I have met here are the reason why I am staying. 😊

Have a beautiful day, @jaynie.

Yes, I suppose you are right but I think people need to shift their thought process regarding Steem... ie. that they are not solely looking at it from an earning perspective, then the price drops would affect their attitude towards it as a whole.

Yes, it's the attitude and outlook of people that would make a difference @jaynie. I even think that the people who stays now are really those that do not think much of the money, but they are those valuing friendships here on Steem. 😍❤😍 That's why I kinda value this people more. Hahaha! 😂

Yes!!! I agree wholeheartedly! and that, is a very good thing too!

Yes, I couldn't agree more. 😊

Thank you for taking the time to chat. Have a beautiful week ahead @jaynie. 😍

And on cue the church visits 😂

hah.. at least it is one of the most active ones :D

🙃

hahahaha yip!

I dunno @jaynie... seems like a number of possible things. But yes, I've noticed that engagement is down, and if you look at Asher's weekly compilation for the Engagement Leagues — even compared to a year ago — it's not a pretty picture.

I think a lot of people simply fizzled out when they realized that the time they were spending here couldn't even be justified as a part time income gig, so they went to flip burgers or walk dogs instead. Life happens. So now we're pretty much left with only actual bloggers and content creators...

Even though there seem to be signs of life, the long slow downward slide in the price of Steem also hasn't helped much.

With the last hardfork changing the "sweet spot" for curation/voting to +/- 5 minutes, automation became more attractive than manual content discovery, as a result of which people still get voted but comments are fewer. Sometimes I feel like a total alien/Luddite because all the votes I make are manual.

In some ways, the advent of SCOT tribes and now hives/communities has been good for raising interest, but the greater implication is that a lot of people move, read, curate and comment in narrower circles than they did before... I know I tend to look at things from within the confines of either "hive-114105" OR the Creativecoin community... as a result of which I'm sure there's a lot of worthy content I don't see...

Yesterday, I started working on Dan's "People you follow" challenge... and after an hour or so of poking around, I came to the sad realization that I was almost building more of a "tribute post" to people who've left, than a celebration of people who are still here. And that was pretty sad... so I'm feeling the need to expand the post to include both, now...

I'm sure there are further nuances, but I haven't had enough coffee yet to discern them!

xo

Hello Hello :)

I caught wind of Dan's initiative this morning and was considering doing a post on it as well - but I fear that mine would probably be similar to yours in that respect.

I also saw your comment on Asher's curation post yesterday and it is disappointing to see. I guess, yes - the reasons are pretty much as you have outlined and that too is unfortunate.

As for the communities and tribes etc. I personally NEVER browse for content via those avenues for that specific reason - I don't want that sort of niche limitation... and it makes me wonder about all the newbies here... they must be feeling seriously "lonely" if people like ourselves who have been here for years and are a part of solid communities are noticing the tumbleweed blowing around lol.

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LOL at the Jehovah witness on Steem, they sure got faith and a faithful bot.

You know, I blame it on automation. Auto-vote that friend instead of checking out what they actually did. I imagine you have your own fair share of auto-voters.

As a Japanese friend said who isn't on Steem but knows how it works "退屈な" = Taikutsuna ( Boring)

truthful words my friend :)

Don’t get me wrong though, auto votes have their place.

agreed.

Hello @dmilliz. It's not a Jehovah's Witness bot, it's from "Church of God" something, and they are different. 😊

Have a nice day! 😊

Yes I know forgive me. But the approach is like Jehovah’s witness ( knock on the door with the message ) in this case auto comment on your post. Both approaches are annoying and get ignored. There must be a better way.

either way... they are annoying LOL

But arguing about whether something is a ponzi scheme or not is so much fun? 🙄🤗

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Not at all. I try to stay out of that crap. I don't even like talking about steem that much on the platform. But that is what always happens on Steem LOL

Yep

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Well yes, I do - but I cannot point fingers at them because they all still take the time to engage with me and my posts most of the time anyway and I actually do the same. Whilst I spend a good portion of time manually curating, I also have certain people on auto vote too - for when I am not around... but again, I regularly visit their blogs anyway. It is simply a means of being practical... I cannot always be around at the time of their post being published, but because I know they put out consistently good content, I want to support them regardless of whether I find the time to comment on that specific post or not. :)

I know, life's hard. I hope you're better now

HAHAHAHA!!!! Made me think of that Billie Ocean song now... LOL

I decided to start welcoming some of the more promising new steemians again and I saw my engagement shoot up! It's good to mix the old blood and the new blood. I'm also trying to bring back old users who left :-D

Oh yes!!!! I could not agree more. If I can find the time, I try every single day to find at least two new Steemians. We need to keep some level of growth and expansion going otherwise things become a little stagnant!

In such situations, the pessimistic part of me becomes dominant.
As we all know, people are very different, some prefer to interact, be as social as possible ... others prefer to dedicate themselves to passions: blogging, photography, drawing ... It would seem that now the first the category is less numerous than the others.
I think this will change, probably now we are all more tired.

I suppose everyone needs "time out" to re-group themselves and their passions. Let's hope it improves with time.

Of course! I think the weather is to blame, at least for me ... a continuous mix of winter and spring

Could be hehe :)

To us this is called spring asthenia ... but it's a little early for it.

Hmmm... did not realise there was an official term.

Yes, it is manifested by a lack of appetite for everything.

interesting indeed....

As someone who has been on this platform for almost 3 years now, I can say that I went from everyday, all day interaction, engagement and posting to not even visiting Steemit for a long time at all. Last year I only made few posts and I had absolutely no inspiration and desire to write and interact.

I'm not sure why or how, my inspiration is back! I really enjoy my time here and that makes me so happy! Of course, I still need to catch up and I feel like I could engage better with other Steemians. Unfortunately, I see some of my favorite people don't post anymore which makes me sad but I still have hope they will be active again. :)

Well whatever the reason, I am very glad to hear that you have found a new enthusiasm for posting here and being active :)

Thank you! :)

Everyone has given up, I think.

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Well I certainly hope not!

Noooooooooooooo

I do not want to give up...
but life outside of steem is tough...
I even skipped posting my actifit reports...
Actually my inspiration is all time low... by now :[

I’ve for the most part given up. The blockchain was raped by the whales who then jumped ship and the rest of us lost everything we put in.

The one thing that was left was steemmonsters and now they’ve pretty much bled it dry and they killed the reward pool by awarding potions for the daily quests, which get used on the next quest to get...wait for it...more potions.

We’ve been ripped off to no end. I’m not surprised it’s dying so fast.

Yes there have been many unfortunate "happenings" - but I do still believe that there is enormous potential for positive change on the Steem blockchain. I am certainly not ready to wave any white flags.

I don't think anyone WANTS to give up... but we do need to strike a balance where we manage our real lives and virtual lives... and remaining inspired is key.

Yes, this is the profound truth...
and virtual life can never lead us, maybe some inspiration here and there...
And in this very moment, I am unable to give further perspectives...
Needing nature reconnection...

Well, perhaps once you have done that... then things will look a little brighter :)

Happy Friday! @jaynie 📣TGIF!
Glad to hear I'm not the only one having one of those weeks. Good plan to rest your legs and feet after the intense treadmill workout.🏋️‍♀️

How fun to have a friend's wedding to look forward to Saturday!👰💍🤵
Have you known the person getting married a long time?

I don't know if you have any "dollar stores" near you; however, the stores in my area carry a bunch of clear gel thingies for heels and shoes, including the heel stoppers you're in need of. "Tiebda 1" was the only dollar store that came back when I Googled your area. Call ahead to check and good luck!

Yeah I gave my legs another rest today lol... I think they needed it after all the dancing on Saturday night lol. The wedding was super, thank you for asking and as for the couple - the groom is a very good friend of my partner. They have been friends since they were in pre-school. I have known him since Dave and I have been together... which will be 8 years this year :)

As for the heel stoppers - I eventually found them at a local shoe store. I will guard them with my life because they were NOT easy to locate lol!

I have noticed the same.I will speak for myself and the group closer to me. Tech limitations and low price of steem can be blamed for the shrinking number of publications and comments.
Usually my daily phone bill is higher than any of my posts' rewards. I do not have internet at home, i depend on my phone, and lately we are having all kinds of issues with the signals.
Then, we have daily life getting in the middle. For better or worse we have to take care of those business too.
I do my best to continue posting and I highly value interaction in the comments section, but sometimes it is hard to even make a comment on a beautiful photography or food post when you are being drown in domestic problems that obscure your vision and press you heart.
I kep rooting for better days

Personally, I think you are fabulously active @hafizullah... and considering the troubles and limitations that you specifically are faced with - I think that is really commendable! There are members of this platform who have much easier access to it all as well as the time availability and yet they do a lot less! So... hats off to you!

Full plate of life stuff for me but I've thought things were eerily silent for many moons now on the steem..

I know I used to rank quite high in the engagement tables weekly but it's been months since I've cracked the top 100..

Much of that has to do with still preferring partiko which doesn't have notifications.. I'm just not into the other options so unless I physically go back to check my comments I generally don't see if I'm included in a comment chat. Plus I'm not interested in discussing steem stuff so I'm filtering 90% of the content..

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Plus I'm not interested in discussing steem stuff

blasphemer!

lol!

Yeah I think we can all relate to the whole "full plate of life" aspect.

We do think alike , resteem relay babe 😉 hugs ftom the snow

yes I need to put a fire cracker in that channel LOL

People have dropped a little, most who always interact and comment still do.

Hopefully new people will arrive, have the drive to stay long enough to realize this is not a place to take things for granted but go in for a long haul.

Not having time to post every day, time is spent sharing posts to other Social Media platforms trying to entice new people, reading and commenting on as many people I am able.

Sounds like a good balance @joanstewart.

As for new people - agreed! That would be great to see...

I just started to be more active on Steemit and don't mind if it's quiet. I keep reading interesting developments like NFT's and tribes, so it looks like people are active and in it for the long haul. Looking forward yo "Track of the Week"
here's a !BEER for you to enjoy at the wedding!

hahaha!!! Thanks for the beer :) (Not that I needed any more on Sat night)!

Yes I suppose you are right, the one thing that is apparent is that (aside from automated comments)... the one's on posts these days are at least 99% genuine.


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I agree with you, and have noticed a decline of interaction in general. Sometimes I get these weird random thoughts after or when I am reading something.. So I am reading you post and this Confucius quote is bouncing around in my head.

“The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”

I think, I am thinking it (that sounds funny) because searching around Steemit is sometimes like looking for that 'black cat'. I am always on the hunt for a new under valued blogger but never can quite find them. I waste more time clicking on a post with one picture and 5 words. I hate to just browse the PHC tag or OCD tags or what not, but its less frustrating.

Just stopping by to let you know I am here and I care! Every day I try to do a little more than yesterday :-) But I am not the best at it :-/ Best of luck finding those heal stoppers. I saw some lady once that had self stick chair leg slider things attached to her heals. You know what I am talking about? They protect your floor and let the chair slide smoothly.

Have FUN on Saturday!!!!!! P A R T Y!!!!!

hahaha thanks! The party was super and yes I found the heel stoppers :D

As for the engagement - I think that you are probably one of the more active engagers around at the moment... so don't be too hard on yourself lol.

I also love to scour for "fresh meat" - and yes, it can get frustrating not finding anything worthwhile, but hey... at least we are trying!

There are indeed a lot of people missing in action. But with the current rise in value of steem, they could be back before you know it :)

hahaha yeah.... moths to a flame!

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Nope! Got my eye blinkers on and simply continue to do what I have always done. A post every day, answer all of my comments, vote on a few new posts and show kindness to everyone.
Much to complain about such as powercuts, increased charity work, empty votes, scammers and and and, but what's the use?
Happy Friday to you Jaynie.

There is no sense in complaining about anything! That I agree with 100%!!! And you have the best approach. I too try to do this, although I will say that I do struggle to get to it all every day.

I haven't seen the same lower levels of posting and engagement that you have, but then again, my circle is small, really. What I can share, personally, is that I've also been incredibly busy and trying to keep up has been difficult! I'm behind on everything. E.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. I'm barely able to keep a Discord presence other than to say 'hi.' So, maybe, people are just suffering the "Holy-shit-its-Feb-2020-and-I-still-haven't-done-shits" and are finally getting around to having a life! AHAHA.

Or maybe they're just leaving a bigger reward pool for the rest of us.

I like the last consideration... hahahaha!!!

Although, this one seems legit too...

"Holy-shit-its-Feb-2020-and-I-still-haven't-done-shits"

LOL!

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Awesome, Thank you!

You're welcome @jaynie

You're right, it did seem quieter than usual. But I assume that the low incentive and the real life outside the platform made them take a break. I did it couple of times, and came back with more topic ideas.

Yes that is true. I have those times too, where I feel the need to step away from this online space and give my full attention to my "real world".

I find that there is so much to do there seems to be less and less time for proper interaction (I spend almost two hours a day just trying to keep up with curation and my blog posts. Other interaction is after that and sometimes I can't find the time). I think with the prolonged drop in the price of steem people have had to prioritise other things too. Still, nice to see a lot of comments on this post! :) I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! :)

Thank you for the feedback @felt.buzz and you know... you are so right! I hadn't really even considered that aspect... and I should, because I am affected by it daily. I spend a good few hours every single morning doing community stuff, then catching up on the other accounts I manage, like the luvbug etc. Then Steem South Africa and curating those posts... and then I still have to consider what I might want to write for the day and sitting down to reply to comments always ends up being like a full on marathon because I simply cannot get to them every day. I always wonder if people consider it rude that a person does not reply straight away....

I think, with time differences, and other factors people don't expect a rapid reply (and sometimes no reply at all). Happy Monday to you! :)

True! I should probably stop over thinking it haha!!

Happy Monday to you too! xxx

Hi @jaynie I am fairly new to Steem, only account 6 months old. I started here because others in another new Tribe told me I could make money blogging. Well, I found it it's not that easy. All the other things you have to do that goes along with it to be sucessful. Engagement is one of them. And that takes time like anything else. And effort. That nmeans if you want someone to stop what they are doing and take the time to read your blog, you need to reciprocate and do the same, then engage with them. Even more time taken.

I think that some people have offline duties that takes them away from home. And their offline real family or other life. Their time is already limited when they can get to the computer. And you can't accomplish it all in 30 or so minutes.

In my opinion, I feel it's just a combination of things taken together. People always tell me that since I'm retired I should have lots of time. My answer to that is "lots of time to do what I want to do, not what you want me to do."

Yes I think you are right - we have to find the balance between our real world lives and our virtual lives.

You are also right on this:

if you want someone to stop what they are doing and take the time to read your blog, you need to reciprocate and do the same, then engage with them.

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I've given up the idea, that I can become rich here :)
So instead I love the social interaction and the different people I meet virtually...
I'm the typical crypto loser... (one I sold 20 of my BTC for $5 each... and the other 30 spent on scam sites :))))))
BRILLIANT!
at least i boost the smart ppl profits with my panic trades :D
just now i need to power up all of my other coins into HERE for a higher price than before :)

Whammy

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I think it is important NOT to look at the earnings aspect of Steem because that is why half the people walked in the first place. You know what they always say... when your goal is to make money... you never will. When your goal is to do something that you are passionate about and enjoy doing, the rest (including money) will all fall into place.

I think you are right but... I also think that long term this could stand us in very good favour because ultimately what we are left with is a community of individuals worth their salt. So.... quality over quantity at the end of the day - and once that point is reached and the "negative stigma" attached to it all fades... we can move forward. Hopefully lol :D