I think it is safe to say that when most of us arrive here, we pretty much have no fncking clue what is potting and so we enter into the ”you followed me, I’ll follow you” and ”oooh they look interesting” syndromes – but a little time and experience will educate you into the fact that Steemit does not really operate like any other social media platform and the algorithms are not the same either… – but over and above that, it NEVER really pays to click that follow button simply for the sake of Pete ;)
My Steemit PURGE!!! (Damn! that felt GOOD!)
I recently passed my “one year anniversary” here on Steemit and all I can say is SH!T has a lot changed since I became a part of this spectacular space – and that includes the selections of people I wish (or wish NOT) to follow… in fact, SO MUCH has changed between now and then, that I am now officially following less than HALF the amount of people I was 3 hours ago – and all I can say is DAMN!!!! IT FEELS GOOD! - it also LOOKS a darn sight better on my feed too, yes, yes - a LOT easier on the eye ;) lol (just saying)
No, seriously – I just got TOTALLY OVER it! And this is why…
Well, firstly I have to admit that I followed a lot of CRUD initially…
(my badddd! Lol) But secondly….
For those of you that have not woken up to the fact that not only LIFE, but Steemit too – is a give and take game, then – welcome, W.E.L.C.O.M.E!!!
Wonderful to have you join the party!
The fact of the matter is, (and you can slice it how you bloody want to…) NOBODY wants to endlessly put effort into something that shows no reward… NO MATTER HOOOOW MUCH THEY MAY LOVE IT! There will eventually come a point in time, when the efforts will lessen, the enthusiasm will dwindle and left for much long after that, either a complete disregard develops or at worst a relative level of bitterness. And this is applicable in ALL avenues of life. Relationships, jobs, careers, hobbies etc. It is NOT exclusive to this online sphere and I for one, do NOT wish to continue putting time and effort into those that simply (and very plainly put) don’t show me the time of day – no matter HOW hard (or repeatedly) you try!
I want to engage with people who WANT to engage with me!
(not much different from our often distant “3D – real world lives” is it?! ;)
And you can think of me what you will – (people are going to do that regardless of how you conduct yourself or what you voice in terms of opinion… so what the hell, right! ;) )
In general, there seems to be this SERIOUSLY misconstrued perception of being a full time blogger or a ”full time Steemer” - and I would like to add a little clarity to the situation, if I may… smiles sweetly yet again”… - I probably work TEN TIMES harder now than I EVER did in ALL 17 years of being a graphic designer and business owner in the design and print industry. lol…. No REALLY!!! It’s the honest truth…
(And I worked bliksem hard in those 17 years!!! – TRANSLATION: Bliksem is Afrikaans for “VERY/EXCEPTIONALLY” - in this context)
Yes – I have a LOT less stress now, but that does not mean I can afford to “squander” my time… I have a LOT scheduled in my “every day” and I do my utmost to make sure I fulfil not only the obligations, but the aspirations too. As ANY avid Steemit user will know, ”engagement” on any AUTHENTIC level takes a HUGE amount of time – and with all the curation endeavours, and my @steemitbloggers community – I simply DON’T have the time to waste… I mean heck, if it’s ok… I would like to grow here too – because well…. Houses and Food are nice things to have… hahaha ;)
So, having rambled all of that lol – I decided today, that a MASSIVE PURGE was in order!!! It took almost two hours to do it, but it was TOTALLY worth it and when I hit that refresh button on my feed – it was like stepping into a whole new world - one that I am HAPPY to be in!!! Everything I am seeing in my feed now, is everything I WANT to see and that is bloody fantastic!!!
Yes, it took me a year to get there… but the point is, I got there! And now, instead of missing a good portion of the awesome posts from the people I love seeing in my feed I will now SEE all of you!!! YAY!!!! – I will ACTUALLY get to be EXCITED about WHO and WHAT I get to explore ;)
RECIPROCATION... IT IS A SIMPLE CONCEPT LOL!!!
I cut the list of people I am following from almost 700 down to just under 400 – which just goes to show you, that when you REALLY afford it some serious contemplation – there is a LOT of “unnecessary stuff” which we allow to creep into our lives, and we really shouldn’t.
It may be Winter here in SA – but DAMN! – that was a seriously rewarding spring cleaning session! ;)
Looking forward to SEEING and supporting MORE and MORE
of the people that make my days all a little brighter!
Until next time...
Much Love from Cape Town, South Africa xxx
FOUNDER OF THE @STEEMITBLOGGERS
oh... and have you met my little man? @judethedude