We have not checked the user status statistics in a couple of weeks. There are some changes, but things could be better. In that period:
- Lost 20 minnows.
- Gained 25 dolphins, which explains the loss of minnows, but we should be gaining them anyway.
- 3 more orcas, so we actually gained more dolphins in that time.
- Whales unchanged.
The elephant in the room is the approximate one million inactive accounts. A lot of those will be bots that were mass-created, but there are lots of people who signed up and got disillusioned. In some cases it is down to feeling they were being attacked. Projects like @steemflagrewards go after those who are considered to be mis-using the Steem platform for unearned rewards (and we support them in that), but others do it out of spite or just disagreement over opinion or who you are friends with. The freedom Steem offers makes it possible to do this fairly anonymously. It is a perfect platform for bullies, but they do need to build up some SP to have any impact. A few managed to do this in the early days and have hung around. A little power can be addictive. Luckily others with influence will counter some of this.
If you want to do well on Steem it is best to take the long view and work on building a following. It is work as you have to be commenting and voting carefully. There will probably be others out there who share your interests. We hope the pending communities functionality will make it easier to find them.
This account exists to support small accounts who are working towards being a minnow and beyond. We can only give a few cents per vote, but others follow what we do to increase that. We thank them for their support.