It looks like communities have opened up again to the general public, hurrah! I think communities are going to be a lot of fun and open up new avenues for content discovery, meeting new people and giving the steem eco-system another level of customization.
If you haven't visited yet you can click this link: https://beta.steemit.com/trending/hive-158694 login using your posting key and click JOIN. (note that it says joined for me because I already did ;)
As usual this is in BETA, so things are pretty basic and not in their final form yet.
What content can be posted in Aliens of Steem?
Despite the name the content does not need to be ALIEN related, it is intended for art and music that fall outside of the fine arts and are a little more on the experimental side. I would love to see a beautiful feed full of art and music that is otherworldy, inter-dimensional, unusual or strangely beautiful! This leaves a lot open to interpretation but this is ART and it's meant to be FUN so please use your best judgement when posting :)
People who are interested in seeing/curating this type of content are also invited to subscribe if they would like to see it in their communities feed.
Currently if you post in a community it will also post to your blog but the word on the street is that will change and we will be able to post only to a community and not have it also post to our blog. You will need to resteem it to your blog so the option will be there.
This presents some interesting options as some of us who post about certain topics feel a bit weird about doing a one off and would rather have that separated. I personally can't wait for this feature as I like to keep my blog clean and on topic :p
If you don't want to post from beta.steemit you can use this: hive-158694 as your first tag on any front end and it will go in the Aliens of Steem community feed.
If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments and I'll do my best. I'll also pin this post in the community page so it can be used as a reference.