73 today: a review of my 4 years on STEEM

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Two years ago I would have been waiting with baited breath for the moment my rep changed to such an esteemed number, yet today I noticed it by chance and had no idea it was even coming. This tells you how much things have changed and while I could talk about how long the bear market has been and how this has a direct correlation with one's enthusiasm around such things I would like instead to reminisce about how I stumbled upon steem four years ago...

Dec 2015

I moved with my family to Bali where I was working as a drone operator and film producer for a solar company.

Esteban was 7 months old at the time yet we still felt the urge to climb our local volcano upon arriving. You just gotta do these things right?


After a few months we landed a sweet spot in a developing eco community, off the beaten track in the jungles of central Bali, overlooking a sacred river.


It was the perfect place for all of us to evolve both spiritually and physically.


I learned many important things...

Like how to harvest papaya! I'm the skinny vegan without his clothes on.

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I met many advanced minded people here, one of whom told me about bitcoin.

I had head of it before (thanks @kenistyles) but didn't take too much notice untill I fully understood its implications.

My new friend took much time to explain everything clearly for me and I was hooked. I mentioned to him that I had been trying to make money by documenting my unique journey on YouTube.

And he told me about Steemit.

Then everything changed!

August 2016

I started my first account.

It took me a few months to figure everything out but once done I was in my element.

It was a beautiful new world, reminiscent of facebook, yet so much better!

Here I was learning and evolving again. And better still I was earning loads of steem back when it was way under $0.10

I set up a facebook group (aspiring steemit whales & dolphins) and for a while tried very hard to onboard as many people as possible. @kenistyles being one of them ;)


I even onboarded the legendary @dannyshine who I would never have met were it not for steem. Great to see almost 60,000 people have watched the film I made with him!

I started a steem savings account for Esteban & Luna (@esteban-luna)
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I started @steemshop which is still around but very much in need of some love. Ready to discuss with any interested parties how that love might manifest itself in this new decade.
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Last but not least I discovered the @naturalmedicine group where I immediately felt at home with a bunch of incredibly inspiring people. And this motivated me to do things I might never have done.

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I was inspired enough to delegate 50 STEEM (back when it was worth a whole bunch more) and buy around 5000 of their native tokens LOTUS, held on steemengine.

The four year cycle

When I started out on steem (Aug '16) the value dropped consistently for many months before going in a straight line for a whole lot longer.

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Sound familiar?

That's right. The same thing is happening now.

The reason I wanted to reminisce today is because this moment feels a lot like that moment. The cycle is completing.

There was a lull, like a calm before the storm. Steem took a long time to catch up with the rest of the market but once the bulls were confirmed as the long term players, things evolved very quickly. Most of the gains for steem came in just a two month period and my 10,000 steem shot up in value from $1500 to $75,000.
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During that one sweet moment when steem was at $8 I was lucky to sell a bunch it for cash and for a while we lived like kings in Bali.


Little did I know what was to come.

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These days I have stopped thinking about the price of steem.

In part because I have used the earnings from my steem blogging between 2016-2018 (and from my film job in the summer) to invest into other great coins & tokens like the ecoVillage token, also held on steemengine.

In this moment the top ten coins in my Exodus wallet look very pretty indeed.


Could this be the beginning of our long awaited bull run?

Only time will tell.

But I cannot help but feel bullish about the future!

Steem will have its day again and I'm sure I don't need to tell you that patience is a key word for us crypto hodlers.

Looking back over the last four years I feel so much gratitude and the lull in easy earnings was nothing but perfectly timed to permit for the growth of other things.

Like learning to be a food producer!


Thank you one & all for making my time here so enjoyable and fundamentally life changing, not just for me but also for the children who follow in our footsteps.


Who is @samstonehill?

He was a London based filmmaker until he sold everything and set out on a barefoot journey around the world, currently based in the south of France.

He is travelling with his partner & two children and with no bank account he has been living on crypto for over two years.

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Sam supports @naturalmedicine because they are seeking to help us in ways which go far beyond money. Please come and join us on Discord

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Happy "birthday" to you :)
Some days ago I was exactly 2 years on steemit but my journey is by far not as interesting as yours.

It's great to read what you have achieved not only here on steemit but especially in your life with your family :)


Thank you for your birthday wishes. I feel very lucky to have been introduced to all of this back in 2016. No question about it, life has been a whole lot more enlightening since then :)

Steem on my friend!

Thanks @samstonehill, for sharing your journey, creating an Eco-community in Bali, living your dream and raising a great family.......Inspiration to us all

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I can't take any credit for the eco-community as I was only there to learn. But I do certainly feel as if I am living the dream! And the main reason I have crypto investments today is thanks to steem & all I have learned here :)


Thanks buddy. Now that I am looking at rep numbers again I notice you are a 75 these days! Amazing. You must have worked very hard to achieve that.

Congratulations to you :)

Once again, I congratulate you.
But the main thing is that you are able to communicate, are able to share positive thoughts, are friendly and very sociable.

Good and well-being to your entire family and new creative achievements.

And this cake from me in honor of such an event!


Excellent! This is quite a special cake :)

Your words are much appreciated brother.

It isn't always easy to keep up with all the different people on all the different crypto sites these days, but I do my best ;)

@tipu curate

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Thank you for the tip!

You are welcome! It is a great post and congratulations on hitting 73 rep and having a remarkable 4 years :)

That's quite a journey, my friend :>)

I am working towards finding a way where I can use crypto without having to look at the markets. Crypto for payments and long term investments. Spent too much time looking at the markets yesterday and it made me feel unwell.

There's so much potential though and I will probably look back on these years later with a smile on my face. Interesting times for sure.

See you around!

You could always put some on a Ledger Nano and tuck it away somewhere. They support a bunch of different coins these days.

Watching things go up again recently has reminded me of how unhealthy my connection with the screen became during the last bull run. Things will be different this time around. There is no internet connection in the vegetable garden ;)

And there is no question that we will look back on these years with a smile!

Everything is exactly as it is meant to be :)

You could always put some on a Ledger Nano and tuck it away somewhere.

That is exactly what I did, about half a year ago but I still have loads of coins on Exodus and - at times on Coinbase ( to transfer them to my bank account ) to play around with. It's those coins, that I also sell in order to live, that keep me check the markets. I will get there though ;>)

A vegetable garden without Internet sounds amazing.

And yes, I'm smiling already. Such exciting times!

Um grande abraco!

Very interesting read =)
I still remember the days when my account was worth a few thousand bucks. Funny time eventhough I never joined because of the money.

Always best to start without too much attachment to the money. Though I still think we are all going to be blown away by how much steem becomes worth in the future ;)

Well done Sammo!!!