LEO Authors Are the Most Rewarded Users on Hive | November Author Reward Leaderboard

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The power of second layer tokenization on Hive has been documented throughout these monthly leaderboard posts. As we track the top 25 authors on LeoFinance and see how their rewards stack up as LEO vs. HIVE, we've seen a very clear trend:

LEO author rewards flipped HIVE author rewards long ago. Since then, the depth of this gap (where LEO is more valuable and rewarding than HIVE) has only grown more significant with time.

Authors who post consistently and build their brand on the Hive blockchain through https://leofinance.io are the most rewarded users on the entire chain. Not only do they earn their normal HIVE rewards, they're actually earning LEO rewards that are - in many cases - more than 3x as valuable as the HIVE they're getting.

Last Month, the top 25 authors earned 30,842 LEO and 30,768 HIVE in author rewards only.

It was interesting to see that these authors actually earned almost the same amount of LEO tokens as they earned HIVE tokens. The key difference though is in the value of those payouts. At the time, the value of total LEO earned and total HIVE earned was 5,891 USD for the LEO rewards and $4,492 USD for the HIVE rewards.

This Month, the top 25 authors earned 26,160 LEO and 33,101 HIVE as LEO rewards have widened out to a larger pool of users.

Over the course of October to November, the LEO token price increased while HIVE's token price decreased. The value of 26,160 LEO was $6,801.54 versus the value of 33,101 HIVE at $4,303.16 USD.

So authors are earning less actual LEO tokens (as the rewards have been distributed more widely) and their earning more actual HIVE tokens. Yet the U.S. Dollar value of rewards they're earning from LEO have increased compared to the HIVE rewards.

The Trend Will Only Continue

It's been clear to us from the beginning that this trend will only continue. The rewards that users earn from creating content (and curating, but curation isn't factored into this Author Rewards Only post) on https://leofinance.io is outpacing HIVE at an incredible rate.

Is this bad for HIVE?

Absolutely not. It's been funny to see some HIVE purists come out against posts like this and say that we're talking down about HIVE. Every user on LeoFinance.io is also a Hive user.

We've been signing up dozens of new accounts every single day and creating more new Hive users than any other Hive blockchain application. With LeoInfra V2 going live just 2 weeks ago, we've seen a surge in daily accounts being created and overall activity on https://leofinance.io.

We're bringing the users to Hive but we're not leading them down the black hole of trying to get noticed and rewarded in the Hive ecosystem. Instead, we're teaching our users to focus on the second layer and the ease of use that comes from being a LeoFinance user.

Buy More LEO?

If you check the latest @leo.stats weekly stats posts, then you'll notice that there is a continuation of the trend to stake as many LEOs as you can get. Staking increases your LEO POWER which of course, increases your LEO curation rewards (in the very same way that HIVE works). LEO curation yields anywhere from a 22-30% APY. More than double what most people earn with HIVE POWER.

Second-Layer Tokenization is the future of HIVE. We'll just wait here and keep buidling while everyone else catches up to this idea. Meanwhile, our users continue to be the highest rewarded community in the entire Hive ecosystem.

The time to post, curate, earn and stake LEO is now.

Top 25 LEO Authors

The following is a chart ranking the top 25 LeoFinance authors by the amount of LEO tokens they earned throughout the month (from author rewards only).

Many of our top authors are now earning hundreds of USD per month solely from content creation on https://leofinance.io. If you check the wallets of these users, they also stake almost all the LEO they're earning. This has led to us having more than 76% of the entire LEO token supply staked at all times.

It also increases their monthly rewards from curation. If you combine this post with our monthly Curator Leaderboard posts, you'll find that many users on this list are actually earning $1,000+ from LEO rewards per month when you add both author/curator rewards together.

RankAuthorLEO $HIVE $

To calculate the $ value of the LEO and HIVE received, we used the average value of LEO/HIVE throughout the month:

  • LEO: $0.26 USD
  • HIVE: $0.13 USD

Top 25 LEO Authors by % of Total Rewards

The following is the same list of the top 25 authors but ranked using the percentage share of their total rewards denominated in LEO. This simply takes the total USD rewards they earn each month (LEO + HIVE rewards) and then displays the LEO % of those total USD rewards.

In this chart, you'll see that the % of LEO rewards has only continued to trend higher. This means that the top authors on https://leofinance.io are earning more of their total rewards on the Hive blockchain from LEO than HIVE. Second-Layer tokenized rewards at its finest.

RankAuthorTotal Rewards USDLEO %

How Far We've Come

5 months ago, we posted the first ever HIVE vs. LEO Author Reward Leaderboard. We already knew back then that we were on to something big.

Author rewards from LEO would one day become more valuable than author rewards from HIVE.

I highly recommend giving that first report a quick read after you've read today's report. The perspective you will walk away with is incredible.

Here are a few key snippets:

"The conversion rates for LEO and HIVE are the average price for June 2020, $0.245 for HIVE and $0.047 for LEO."

Yeah, you're reading that right. The price of LEO back then was $0.047 per LEO and the price of HIVE was $0.245. Today, the price of LEO is over $0.23 and the price of HIVE is $0.115.

"Two fun examples from this data set are @tarazkp and @rollandthomas. Taraz is one of the highest paid authors on Hive and LEO is still able to represent over 5% of his author rewards. Not a bad chunk when you compare the rewards pool sizing of LEO vs. Hive. Rolland is an underappreciated HIVE author, so sitting on the other side of the spectrum, his LEO earnings represent a massive 79% chunk of his total earnings on Hive."

@tarazkp is probably my favorite example throughout these leaderboard charts. He is one of the highest paid authors in terms of HIVE (I believe @dalz has posted a chart in the past on the HIVE top authors).

5 months ago, we talked about how his LEO rewards accounted for only 5% of his total author rewards. Here's how the breakdown looked for Tarazkp back then:

  • LEO Author Rank: #10
  • HIVE Rewards earned: $944 USD
  • LEO Rewards Earned: $57 USD
  • LEO % of Total Rewards: 5.69%

Compared to the data in today's report:

  • LEO Author Rank: #20
  • HIVE Rewards earned: $605 USD
  • LEO Rewards Earned: $149 USD
  • LEO % of Total Rewards: 19.72%

One of the main reasons why I think Tarazkp is an interesting example to follow is because he is the edge case scenario. Most authors on Hive would only dream of earning the amount that he earns from his content. He earns that amount through consistency, being around the Hive ecosystem for a long time, engaging, etc.

The trend of his LEO % of Total Rewards increasing will only continue as he continues to be a great author and the value of LEO rises against the value of HIVE.

If you want to look at other examples, I highly recommend it. It's especially fun to see authors who went from making 25% of their total rewards in LEO to making over 75% of their total rewards from LEO. Their total USD reward values are also showing off the charts level growth.

For example, @forexbrokr earned only $66 per month from content creation 5 months ago (total rewards from HIVE + LEO). The total % of his LEO rewards back then was already 59.09%. He was (and still is) a very underappreciated author on the Hive blockchain - in terms of HIVE rewards.

Today, he's earning over $198 per month from content creation. LEO now accounts for 77.06% of his total author rewards.

This is only over the course of 5 months. I can't wait to see what the data reveals in 7 months when we can see the 12 month results of this flippening.

Other Developments

I've been a bit quiet lately on Discord and posting here. We've been head down on developing a number of different projects.

LEO Lightning DB is about to enter the testing phase. This is an entirely new server which creates a layered content management system that will run a significant portion of the LeoFinance.io backend. We call it Lightning because it brings the speed of Web2 but maintains the principles of Web3. I can't wait to push this into production. The speed will absolutely blow your mind.

The Lightning layer also decreases our reliance on Hive-Engine/Scotbot (as content will be served through this layer as opposed to pulling all of it from their APIs). This is just the first in a series of rollouts to replace Hive-Engine/Scotbot entirely as we move LEO onto it's own second layer throughout 2021. More updates on our long-term plans will drop with the 2021 roadmap in a few weeks.

LeoFi is about to enter early development stages. I just finished the design work for LeoFi and I am so excited about it. I'll leave my explanation of it here and let you imagine what it will look like: imagine a love child between Uniswap, Curve.fi and DLease on the front end.

Now take the back end as being a beautiful synchronization of the Ethereum blockchain and the Hive blockchain. Bridging the gap for DeFi on Ethereum to DeFi on Hive. Here, you'll be able to manage your Liquidity Pool positions (for WLEO), instantly swap WLEO for any other cryptocurrency, lease or request LEO POWER delegations and in a later version, request collateralized loans using LEO/WLEO/WLEO UNI-V2 LP tokens.

LeoFi is coming and it is going to be one of our biggest projects yet. More details are coming in the 2021 roadmap.

Lastly, I'll just give a quick mention about Microblogging - many of you are already publishing posts and speculating about what Microblogging will look like/mean for LeoFinance. It's fun to see these posts and I encourage you to keep speculating. Similar to pretty much any other launch, this will be unlike anything you've ever seen on Hive.

There we go. I hit my 2,000 word quota. Have a great day 🦁



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Over $400 in one month from blogging was beyond my imagination a few months ago, but Leofinance made it possible, and we haven't seen a $1 LEO yet.

It's life changing you know, and hopefully sooner than later I will be able to finally make a living out of blogging. Maybe 2021 will make that a reality.

That would mean the world to me and the perfect way of making myself a living without the need of a regular job and by simply doing what I like.

I don't know how you guys feel, but I am thrilled to see myself among the top 25 content creators on Leofinance and also motivated to keep on going.

It's challenging, as I try everyday to post two times a day and stay as far away as possible from shitposting, but also fulfilling and exciting. Thanks @leofinance and @khaleelkazi for this opportunity and promise to not disappoint for the future.

Congratulations to all of the top 25 content creators and good luck to everybody in scoring as many rewards as possible making leofinance a true and worthy crypto and finance community.

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Congratulations! I hope that you will soon be able to make a living exclusively from blogging. It's so good when you get rewards for doing what you like.

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Thank you. It feels amazing to even think of that.

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Is that normal that the leaderboard is the SAME week after week, to the same authors?

A better distribution would be staggered users no?

Ever browse top ten artists.. say like in the music world? They often remain the same as well. Success breeds success and everyone else has to work harder to compete. It's a natural law.

Promotion and name recognition is everything in the world of attention.

As with anything, there are always going to be some users consistently on top. We've done other reports that show the continual widening of tokens (unlike that of Hive).

I believe it was our last curator leaderboard report from the @leofinance account from a few weeks back. It showed the width of votes from the whales. @dalz or @taskmaster4450le may have more data on these activities as well.

I think the key difference between our distribution and other systems is that these authors aren't being unduly rewarded. They're on the leaderboard for a reason and a few spots have changed over the past few months. Hopefully we see this trend continue and some authors rotate in and out.

This is a good question though. I hope some LEO curators read this and maybe seek to distribute some of their votes differently if they feel it has merit.

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Many of the same names are showing up but their LEO payouts, for most, are going down.

This is true across all aspects of the leo system. With more people involved, the rewards get diluted, providing payouts to more people.

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Very cool to see the analysis of the earnings and between the earnings and the trend is clear. That Rolland is not as known on hive is for me a surprise, as I see a lot of his posts (might be that I check leofinance.io a lot more lately).

Now that I see the top25 I need to make myself a new target and his this top in the year to come.

Thanks for the report!

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LOL you are getting a lot of targets it appears.

How do you keep them all straight?

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Pen&paper :) And now, some excel sheets as technique evolved.
This is one of my strengths at my job, setting targets, priorities and achieving them. Of course, if a target is not sustainable or does not have the wished impact, it is dropped after it is analysed. The split of the target in big chunks and then in small chunks is the most challenging part of the process.

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Another one with spreadsheets.

They are rather popular on here. LOL

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Well, it gives up the figures that I need. Beside the actual speaking with people, numbers are my guide as I spent hours with them, like in a love&hate relationship :)

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Great to see you keep teasing the community and keep us on our toes until everything is revealed. LeoFi looks like a big step within this community and exchanging LEO for any other cryptocurrency out there will make everybody get here like crazy. I simply cannot believe how much was accomplished since Condenser times and also where we are heading... just great work!

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Khal is a major tease.

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Couldn't describe in a better way how I feel since I discovered Leofinance haha

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My name will be on those lists one day! 🦁

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I presume that comment payouts are also included in the author rewards since they are tallied as such on Hive?

As for the Hive versus Leo, it is stupid. For years I wrote exactly what you are saying: there will come a point where people care more about other tokens and HIVE will be thought of as a bonus.

My belief was that the transition would come from those who signed up directly through an application. Thus, the app becomes their "world" with Hive in the background.

Obviously, the pace was quickened by the fact that LEO became popular in terms of people staking. This growth, something that most overlook in crypto, is what is separating Leofinance from most other projects.

No monkeying around with tokenomics. Just develop a solid system, make adjustments as needed and focus upon sound business principles for growth.

I am glad to be a part of this project.

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We're glad that you're part of the project as well. Sunny days ahead for Leofinance.

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Thank you @acesontop.

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Honestly I'm earning more on leo than on hive

I post every day about precious metal! I get a fraction of the rewards. For this I am grateful!
More power to you!

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Leo is definitely a great project, tho my regret is I joined late, I'm just about a week old here. And I'm learning so much from it. I hope to attain a great height. Still tryna understand the whole delegation and curation concept. Anyways, I'm glad I'm here.
All the best y'all

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Leo is definitely a great project, tho my regret is I joined late...

Still the very early stages.

We are going to see a lot more in the next 24 months. You are in at just the right time.

Get active, get involved, and be consistent. This will allow you to leverage all that is going to be developed on here.

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If only you could see what's coming in 2021 👀

Things are just getting interesting.

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I did see the 2021 Roadmap. I'm 100% impressed and I honestly believe LEO doesn't have the fraction of the hype it should have.

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Thanks alot for your words of encouragement
I really needed to hear this, I so so appreciate.

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No great secrets to success on here.

We are still within the first 1,000 users which is nothing in the Internet world. By the same token, people can stand out through their activity and engagement.

Keep active with the long-term focus and you should do well.

Everything keeps adding and building.

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Well, with my 0.003 vote reward I’m still very far away of any reward but I will keep working hard.

Also, I feel very excited because of LeoFi and microblogging.

Love to read this report.

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Actually you earning off each vote. It is small at the moment but keep consistent and staking and it will grow.

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This is all good news nd shows how quickly Leo fixes problems by developing their own solutions. 2021 is looking like a great year already and can't wait to see these things live on the blockchain. I am just not used to having things happen so quickly as these are big items that will benefit everyone.

Those are some pretty awesome stats. Also some very exciting things in the works. I am really excited about the future of this project. Hopefully one day I see my name on one of these lists!

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You are starting to appear on many Leofinance lists.

Why not add one more to the pile?

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I think for this list it is partially based on the number of posts. More quality posts equals more earning. I try not to post multiple times a day usually. I know a lot of people do, but I feel like I would just be milking the system if I did. Plus it would monopolize most of my time. I already got some sideways looks from my wife when I told her I needed to do blockchain work today :).

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I already got some sideways looks from my wife when I told her I needed to do blockchain work today :).

That is why I dont have one of them. lol

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well yeah but there's also the fun side you're missing out on. 😆

I hang out on d.buzz a bit and while they have the microblogging, they are still tied just to Hive and linear curation. I think microblogging here will see much more curation and engagement. It is an exciting time!

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The microblogging on Leofinance will be tied to Hive also. It is not separate. The difference is that it will show up as comments.

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But you will still earn Leo too right? I was getting at I think microblogging here could really do well with the linear curation.

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Well done, guys!

Let's keep moving.

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LEO rewards have come a long way for me as well, growing from just a nice bonus to making up the majority of my author rewards in a matter of months. At the same time, interaction with my articles is higher than it ever was before LeoFinance. I'm really happy about the way this is going for all of us!

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LEO rewards have come a long way for me as well, growing from just a nice bonus to making up the majority of my author rewards in a matter of months.

It is interesting how that took place.

Many people are going to realize that is how it works for most people going forward.

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So many dollars counting, damn I wish to have that in my bag $_$

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Stay active, stay consistent and you bags will grow.

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Thank you sir, I will take your advice.

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It will happen soon enough, your introduction post seems to be doing well :)

@metzli Yeah, I sure hope so and thanks for the delegation :)

The Leo Finance community is definitely a great community in my feed. I get a huge variety of topics and its also the place that generally gets me the news the fastest in my feed. Keep up the good work.

There are great nuggets of information in the post. I've suspected that Leo is pulling away from hive. The votes are better and the community is tighter. It's good for hive but those purists just might feel a little insulted that's all.

It's a good habit to publish these rankings, they have a very great mobilizing effect. Even for me who I'm an inexperienced writer.

It is comforting to see how much is expected to happen next year with Leo Finance. Thank you!

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I am far from the top 25 authors but I am very happy with my results. Staking all the LEOs I earn is the only right thing to do

I really want to grow my stake to offer more support to Leofinance users!

And I can't wait to find out all the details for 2021! :)

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And I can't wait to find out all the details for 2021! :)

I cant wait for the updates to start rolling out in 2021.

We already came so far yet have so far to go. It is amazing the road map that is being followed.

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I admit that I would like to do a daltot ahead in exactly one year and be able to tell all the progress!😜

I look forward to reading all or details on the roadmap which already looks very very interesting! ❤️

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for all that you have said above, I will continue staking every LEO I earn as long as I can. I'm sure LEO will reach 1$ value very soon.

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I encourage you to keep speculating. Similar to pretty much any other launch, this will be unlike anything you've ever seen on Hive.

When will the wait end? HIVE developers should take a look at @leofiannce and seriously try to learn some good lessons. I was expecting these results to happen when SMTs were announced. I expected to see community tokens bringing more rewards than HIVE. We never had SMTs. Thanks for @aggroed we had HIVE-Engine and my theory was proven right by few communities. @leofinance was the one I believed the most in and I'm very happy to see you guys exceed what I initially expected of the project.

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If it proves effective, the DLUX project should take things to another level completely.

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I remember you promoting them since they started out. Virtual Reality is going to be a big part of social media in the future. There is a limited number of projects working on this. I can see the potential, but it is a tough job to pull off.

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this is actually awesome i was thinking that with a little pump in the prices even europeans like me can live by actually blogging on here! it's awesome!

also can we somehow see below the top 25 authors?

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After looking raodmap in 2021 and upcoming projects from @leofinance i believe that this community become greatest community ASAP

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It already is.

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Already knowing and become to biggest community on hive 🤩

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So cool to see this! It's like the gift that keeps on giving....Even if we're fashionably late to the party lol

Completely off topic, but I really enjoy the latest podcast too! Went on quite the little adventure this afternoon and subscribed to the pod on Apple Podcasts.

Looking forward to a massive 2021 on LEO!

Continued success man, you are absolutely crushing it!

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The impressive growth of $LEO and I think that its very good for Hive as you mentioned that every Leo user is a Hive user too. Great going Leo.

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Yeah not sure how that fact is overlooked by some people.

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Got back in the top 10! Yeah baby yeah!

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Im so glad I found about leofinance, me and leo are growing together!

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Wow, these are some serious numbers and I'm really excited and happy for everyone on the leaderboards putting in a shift and getting just rewards for it.

I agree with the sentiment about Hive and Leo/2nd layer tokens. It took me a while to get my head around it all but having spent about 2.5 months here now, I am understanding and experiencing the paradigm shift on the way "tokenising communities" is supposed to work.

I joined when there was only one app and that was steem 3ish years ago but a little bit of exploring and with Hive engine, 2nd layer and then seeing how LeoFinance team is showing the way, well, the pin dropped!

I'm glad to be a tiny part of it!

Keep up the great work

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Yeah it is a tough for people to understand. However, it is a basic concept that we are going to see going forward.

Trillions are going to be build upon the activities of people. The layering of tokens is going to be commonplace in the future.

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I'm sure it will be more common and an easier notion to understand. I guess when you are used to one way of things for such a long time, it can take a while to wrap your head around a really new concept! Looking forward to seeing how this adventure pans out!

Merry Christmas mate!

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There's a lot of competition for Leo right now and I think that's good for the ecosystem. I'm looking forward to more great authors making content in this community


Thank you for creating this community.
I am very grateful to be listed with the above hardworking and very productive authors and content creators. I enjoy writing about Finance and Cryptocurrency as I learn about it, and the opportunity to read and learn, as well as earn here is amazing.


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There's a lot of competition for Leo right now and I think that's good for the ecosystem. I'm looking forward to more great authors making content in this community

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This is crazy, fun, weird and really cool at the same time.

Here's basically how it looks:

  • 4+ years on the chain.
  • 2 months on LEO.
  • $426 in month.
  • $311 in LEO.
  • $115 in Hive.

This means that I earn almost three times more from LeoFinance, while being an active user for 2 months.. I was also able to squeeze my a$$ into the top author list and I'm sitting comfortably on the 9th place.

The overwhelming and amazing support, the outstanding engagement and the incredible leadership is what brings us to these things and I am very grateful. LeoFinance paves the way for others. I just hope that others will realize that..

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Congrats to all of the people on the top 25 list. I would be intersting to see what percentage of those people are staking their rewards back to the chain with their account. I think there is a difference between dedication and commitment and knowing those figures might show the gaps or convergence of the two.

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@ jrcornel it's great to see you are third in the ranking! You deserve it, I really like your profile