Justin seems to be censoring Hive posts by removing them from the Steemit frontend. Let's see if removing 'Hive' from the title is enough to prevent that from happening.
So, the past few weeks we've spoken a lot about Ned selling Steemit, Inc., Justin Sun buying it, then the witnesses deploying a SoftFork, then Justin Sun reacting by installing 20 sock puppets as 'witnesses'.
And much much more happened in between.
I know some have very intense opinions about all of this. Very ideological, very fanatical, very... sure of what is true and what is not.
I've been not sure of anything, but yesterday I noticed I am looking forward to Hive, creating a new Twitter account because I wanted to dive a little deeper into promoting the new chain, and overall thinking 'Let's make this Hive thing booming'.
I'm a very intuitive person so sometimes I have to explicitly stop myself from just following my instincts to put words to my actions: why am I doing this? What makes me feel Hive is going to be the place to be? Why am I ready to leave Steem behind?
Then I wrote a post and read it back and didn't even know if I felt the same way anymore. So I didn't post it.
I don't necessarily care about the whole 'Ninja-Mined Stake' discussion, even though people try to convince me I should. Some people believe it will make all the difference, some people don't. Some people think only removing a few accounts will not be enough to remove the stain of this Ninja-Mined stake: we should do a full replay where we remove all ripple effects this Ninja-Mined Stake has had over the last 4 years.
Think about that.
Our community would look totally different.
I've spoken to quite a few people that are 100% in on Hive personally/IRL and I've been able to look into their eyes, hearts and glass(es) of beer, and I know their loyalty is with the community. So I know I can trust and follow them in a way that some people who haven't been able to interact IRL with (formerly) Steemians can.
I accept that. I also accept that I have very sentimental and not per say ideological reasons to make my 'move to Hive'. I'm just rarely wrong about people.
I know that the biggest part of the community that is moving to Hive will be the ones on the next Hive/SwarmFest, and they are the ones I want to interact with.
Those that are willing to meet up are a special breed and it's a strong motivator for me as I put huge value in having all our interactions mean more than it just being a random digital event.
So here I am. I'm sad. I'm mourning. I'm not sure either chain will have the success it deserves. I do know I don't like the state of Steem as it is now. I really don't think we can trust Justin. I will never know, but I have to go with what I've seen so far. I don't know if Steem might see a resolution someday. I also don't know if I'm ever seeing a Steem that I want to return to. I do know I love writing, I love interacting, and I love an experiment or two.
So although I'm sad, and although the name Steem will always have a deep meaning to me, I'm going to give Hive a go. I will be posting on there for a while and see how it feels.
If I can find there what I was able to find on Steem I might even stay. And although I won't post on Steem for a while at least, I will keep an eye on this place. Some people are still fighting... And I appreciate them as much as I do the ones that are fighting for a new place for our community.
As long as I'm on Hive I won't cross-post to Steem. I'm not going to dilute my experience like that. I also want to give my experiment on Hive a real chance, and if I don't go in full I will never get used to that place.
So that's a goodbye I guess - for now? I really hope to see you on the other side.