I had originally planned to write up some thoughts on the soft-fork, but everything I had to say has been voiced and so this one is more about some more personal Steem news that took place today.
Although not really a matter to joke about, I feel an opportunity has been missed to write about the happenings that brought about the soft-fork, something along the lines of......
Hey Ned, it's me Justin, we met at the club last week....
Oh hi Justin, how's things?
Well, I was thinking about what you were saying about Steemy, and its highly decentralized nature...
It's Steem - the blockchain, STEEM, the currency, and Steemit Inc, the company I own. No 'Steemy', save that for the club, but carry on..
I like Steemy, and I'd like to by your company, including all the stake you mined.
You wan't the mined stake? They won't let you use it and threatened to freeze it while I was powering some down last year - what do you want to do this for? I mean, I'll happily sell, i'm bored of Steem and have some other plans for world domination.
Well Ned, what I'm going to do is test the network. I'm going to put out some news regarding shipping Steem to Tron, I'm going to vote some witnesses in on Tron with my majority stake, and just generally do some shit that will see what these Steem witnesses are all about.
Then I will truly know if this chain is solid, and one I can invest into.
Well crazy horse, that's a brave approach, good luck, 10 mill?
Yeah so that probably didn't happen... just a thought :)
Anyway, onto the main business of this post. Guess who just bought some more STEEM to reach 50,000 vested earlier this evening?
Brave, stupid, or buying when others are fearful at the beginning of a bull market? We shall see.
There are so many ways to gamify Steem, even in a bear market. Like this one ....
It's called drain your RCs by claiming accounts and see how low you can go. Myself and Taraz have been taking part for a while now, and this is the top score so far.
During the past couple of years I've degated SP to quite a lot of accounts, and all but a couple (curangel, misterengagement) have been without direct financial reward.
adollaraday, amariespeaks, arteem, asapers, barge, bashadow, beerlover, beeyou, binkyprod, blazing, brittandjosie, buckaroo, c-cubed, chireerocks, cicisaja, coinsandchains, comedyopenmic, creyestxsa94, cryptkeeper17, crypto-econom1st, c-squared, curangel, curie, davemccoy, delega, downthehabithole, drugwars-dealer, dustbunny, dustsweeper, enjar, eveningart, foxyspirit, friendsofgondor, fullcoverbetting, gillianpearce, glenalbrethsen, halcyondaze, headchange, helpie, ivoted, janton, johndoer123, leeart, lpessin, lynncoyle1, markangeltrueman, maverickinvictus, melinda010100, melvadg, minnowbuilder, minnowsupport, mirrors, misterengagement, mitneb, moneyinfant, mountainjewel, mrday, naditinkoff, newageinv, ofildutemps, openmic, osm0sis, ourfreesociety, pifc, pruebas, reazuliqbal, rentmoney, spaminator, steemflagrewards, steemitworldmap, stevenwood, themanwithnoname, themobilewriter, thewritersblock, utopian-io, veryspider, yogajill, youarehope.
There are a reasonable amount of the above accounts still active, and considering most of the delegations were made a year or two ago, I think the SP boost early on has helped with retention. Thanks for sticking around!
I've also managed to vote for quite a lot of accounts with my main account and the tribe related alts - 11498 so far, and I hope that number rises in the coming months.
My vote weight history (excluding downvotes) looks reasonable, but I'm not sure without other charts to compare (fancy a pie-chart anyone?). I do think my own account being 3rd in the list isn't particularly awesome, but at least it's not the biggest slice - 'everyone else' taking that by a distance.
The tribes have helped build my SP, and I'm about 5000 STEEM 'up' from Steem-Engine as well as holding a reasonable number of tokens like STEM and SPORTS. I'm looking forward to SMT and hope that some tribes choose to migrate so's to take advantage of things like the steempress plugin, and be able to market directly to sites in which their niche token would sit best.
I want to say thank you to everyone who's still around, those who support my content, those who secure the chain, and those that make me laugh each day.