This is a must-read for every new user. When I started I remember that I got a little disappointed when a post did not have good votes, but I stayed and I followed some of the recommendations that you mention.
I made comments, I engaged, I also made new friends on the platform and on Discord servers, I participated in contests, I even won one by minnowbooster back in the day and I earned like 90 in votes just before STEEM went below a dollar.
Hive is definitely not to make money fast and run, if someone has those intentions the community will notice and it will not have that effect.
Yes, Hive is very complicated but in the end, I think it's worth it. For me, every post I read, and every hour I spent here has paid off.
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