Frieday night ramblings!

5 months ago

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Memes are great and all, but...

Many people have come to the #smoke-network and have gotten discouraged, I feel for them. Mostly it's about the money they can earn. It's not their fault. Greed tends to rule the world. I think when people come over to smoke they expect it to be a bunch of stoners who have no sense so the #memes we've all known and loved get dropped off here once again to be recycled and stuck forever on the block. It's like an old house that won't crumble. Strong and sturdy. The paint is peeling, and the roof is sagging. It's been there for a lifetime. Sure, the old house has character. The structure is sound, but damn you want it to go up in smoke; not up on #SMOKE! ;)

Education is key!

Here's to a new scenery; give the old eyes a break from the dilapidated MEMES. Encourage our fellow smokers to share a bit of their original content. Now I am not saying I don't share memes, some of them are great and need sharing. But I am thinking to encourage the growth of the smoke-network, we need to come up with more #educational "MEMES." Informational images that show it's not all about the stoner in the corner who is smoking out of a dildo. Yeah, see how ridiculous that would look. Yes, smoke.io is a social media, but I think the purpose of smoke.io was to encourage the world to understand cannabis better. Many of us have created #promotional pieces for smoke.io so if any of you #designers want to join me in sharing some more educational themes, go ahead and create something great! I know you must be tired of seeing the goofy stoner memes, as funny as some can be; there can be more people brought into the #smokecommunity by education than there can be with comedy. Both school and comedy are high, but of course, there is a time for both. JMO

The marijuana community is growing!

The topic of marijuana is trending everywhere you go anymore. That's an excellent thing for smoke.io and every smoker who is already here. It seems we are gathering some traction on the legalization across the world. I am so grateful to be able to witness the beauty of cannabis. I feel it brings people together in a way that none of us has seen until now. The smoke.io community can develop itself into a community of #knowledge, which is what I believe the creators set out to do — giving people a glimpse into the life of a patient, even the lives of the recreational user. We all can educate someone on something when it comes to smoking or ingesting #THC. If you don't smoke and are here, I commend you for learning about the benefits of #marijuana

Create your best post!

There are going to be people who still think it's ok for a meme, and that's great. I love a good meme now and then, but I believe it is time for smokers to show the world there is more to a person that smokes than the traditional "like, wow, man, types!" There comes a time one must ask, why am I here on smoke.io? Am I here to help educate or am I here to make money? Am I here to make new friends? Why are we here? I think this is what it means when we see those words...Create your best post before we start typing words on a screen. I am not saying all of them need to be educational. Sure, let us get to know one another; it is still a social media platform after all.

Don't be afraid; it's "Just a Plant."

I am here to help educate myself as well as others. I am not only here to make money. I wanted to find a community where I could freely be me, without hiding the fact that I enjoy a toke now and then. ;D Sure I am still a bit anonymous, but that's because the state of confusion I live in still wants to stay back in the times of being afraid of a plant....when written out it looks kind of silly — being fearful of a plant that has countless uses.

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Thanks for reading. Hope you all enjoy your evenings! Smoke on!



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I would totally upsmoke that dildo bong. No, not the one shaped as...

But ya... I’m totally on your side here. Also, midterm memes mostly don’t help in token value creation or search engine traffic for that matter.

Most memes platforms do struggle to ad business model to their (highly funded) platforms and why anyone would think it would be different because crypto is beyond me.

People also often seem to suffer from an imaginary obligation to post at least daily, despite having nothing to post about.

Clearly we should send them the memo that there is NO obligation whatsoever to vie for rewards with arguably no quality content every darn day. But maybe that’s too Utopian a thinking.

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What can I say, I like a little humor. I agree with you on them not helping create value. I try not to just post anything. I have been guilty of posting what some may say is a lesser valued content. Which is why I have taken the time to really look at what I would like this platform to be for myself. As I said before, nothing wrong with a good meme, but I don't see the reasoning of posting what most of us have seen a hundred times before. I know there are going to be daily posters, i enjoy learning of the personalities behind them. Some have valuable content and I want to see this platform strive on quality, not quantity.

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Value is relative and the truth is that every rewards based platform is being “milked” currently. Can’t blame the people who manage to make a living or maybe even a lifestyle out of it. Over at Steemhunt I’m currently tracking someone with 11 spotted alt accounts already, karma will be sweet when eventually they’re all blacklisted (from Steemhunt upvote).

The system [freedom] allows it.

But end of the day we define what is valuable [to us]. We define what content we support.

And on a semi-vain note... I’m rather happy that ditching “get paid” is slowly but surely finding traction. I hesitated posting that when I did and it surely wasn’t “best performing” post I posted to smoke but now it’s sorta becoming my best performing one. 😁

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If that's how they feel they need to survive, I guess. I don't think the quick and in a hurry mindset is what is needed. It takes a little time and serious dedication from those who want to see blockchain technology make some amazing and much-needed changes. I understand it's not something that can be stopped, but I do feel teaching others how to utilize the blockchain is necessary for its growth. Otherwise, we'll definitely be digging a hole. I am no expert in the matter by no means but I do understand that without quality content for curators to curate, it's not going to make it far. Not that I believe smoke is failing, nor do I believe it will. I just would like to see more...
As far as the getting paid part, yes, I don't want to make someone believe they are going to break millions outta smoke just yet. I do however think one day with the right content and community support, there is much to be made.

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Some day, hopefully they will understand that last sentence. Hopefully people like my neighbors (they’re not on Smoke) understand that even more. Because if you earn $2-3/day then the difference between 10 $hitposts and 1 one solid post is one of lifestyle, indeed.

And yes, would love to have more material to curate and share, but we will get there. Every day more, bit by bit. As long as we stay alert and keep educating. And as long as witnesses and high value stakeholders keep their eye on long term rather than immediate ROI, the latter being what killed STEEM because too many not investors started feeling being investors totally not knowing that investors are used to 3-8 years before profit.

There’s a reason why cannaweedness contests are longform focused. But creative approaches are welcome too, of course. Yet, they take even more work.

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I believe in looking at the growth and possibilities for sure. I am not looking at powering down, or selling at all at this point. It would be silly, especially if you are long term. I feel there are plenty of other sites to milk, and this one here, it's unique. I mean, it's been one long ass fight to see the changes we are witnessing in these times. I hope to see smoke become the go-to for any and all cannabis content. I think you are right about being alert and educating those who are out to milk the system. I helped with a longform contest over on steemit last year, it ended up being pretty awesome. We are supposed to start season 2 here soon, I would like to see steem grow as well. There are so many possibilities and I just hope there are enough people who can envision it.

Very well said. I agree completly. I think the problem lies with people thinking that when they arrive here they will make tons of money doing just mainstream stoner stuff and not concentrating on creating original content. They get blinded by the money and lose the reason for why to be here and a part of the Smoke Family. I know because I arrived here with thoughts about money and kept pushing and forcing myselft to trying to make content every single day. After some while when I got to know the people here I fell in love more with the community then the curation. Chilling down and concentrating much more on supporting the community then on forcing myself to post something new every day. I think one of the reasons people think like that before they arrive is because we "bait" them with the slogan Smoke, Get Paid, Repeat. As @skylinebuds once said we should use something else to bring them here. So to not install the possibility of just making money here.

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Definitely! Money can sound amazing to someone who is looking for a quick buck, of course! But there has to come a time when we do need to step back and take a look at what exactly this blockchain can be. Do we clog it with useless information? Or do we set out on what we all know is right and that is to legalize this plant because there is no just cause for it to be illegal. I am guilty, I have taken a step back to see my posting. I want to submit more educational content whether an experience, as you shared today, or my thoughts on the latest news. Some days I do have trouble trying to articulate my thoughts. I haven't gotten too personal, but I do enjoy those who I have had a genuine dialogue with. The community is key in my opinion. It honestly is up to us to either allow memes to clog the system, or ignore them. Most ignore them I suppose. It isn't a matter to me personally, but I do know that just trying to make a quick buck never ends well. I agree that it pulls the personality in. But that is what you want, although there may be a little better way to bring the masses. I think some come on here and see the nice rewards put out by a tiny amount of users and feel let me throw 5-10 memes an hour, then wonder, why me? What's wrong with my post?

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Personally I haven't encountered a lot of memes since I tend to avoid such members who only spam. I think what people need to understand about this platform that it might be a type of social media but it's not Facebook or Instagram where you can just post se random s*it you found on the internet and expect people to react and reward you for that. They need to understand that to be rewarded you have to put in the effort and work to create great content. For instance since you mentioned my last post. I have been remembering and writing down as I remembered the experience over the course of the day. It took me over 4 H to write it all down, a few to find the suitable pictures and order it up as I liked it. I might have a lot of grammatical errors in it which I guess is a weakens of mine and always has been. But I try to always post a good storie for people and try to get the people to experience it with me. When reccomending this to people I belive we should express ourself in a different manner.

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That’s why I prefer calling this type of platforms “user generated content”. Medium doesn’t call itself “social media” either.

Blogging, in fact the whole of Web 2.0 including social media, revolves around user generated content.

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That is an interesting way to call it. I agree that what we have here is more like a blog site.

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This wiki entry has issues but it does a good job at explaining UGC nevertheless.

If you jump to the history section, you will note that UGC was already part of the internet since before Web 2.0 and even the WWW.

One could say that the Usenet was already UGC, because a lot of the content was shared by not professionals and accessible to anyone (who could connect).

But it truly became a term mid-last decade when Web2.0 gained popularity as a term explaining the shift in “creators” gaining mainstream audiences.

Just before the social media era, whatever social media is. :D

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User-generated_content

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So in that way of thinking this kind of platform is older then platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

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Creating and publishing content is older than “social media”, yes. It’s always been a pillar of the Internet, complete with Q&A.

Even curation is older than what we do. Except that before curating was linking to great content, then the currency became upvotes/thumbsup/stumbles, then a tweet/share, and now we have actual currencies we curate with.

So this type of “platform” (which is actually a collection of protocols anyone can build apps on) is both older and more modern. 😁

Two posts of (possible interest) I wrote “on the other side”:

  1. About decentralization and also vital Internet history to know and understand to fully grasp decentralization and the potential of “Web 3.0” blockchains: https://steemit.com/decentralization/@fknmayhem/misunderstanding-decentralization-and-steemit-inc-
  2. Understanding Steemit and Steem (also check out the “previous post” link in it): https://steemit.com/steemit/@fknmayhem/steemit-s-ux-is-poor-by-design-and-that-s-an-awesome-thing-for-steem

So the SMOKE blockchain is a platform with protocols, protocols guarded by the governance. It’s basically a modern repeat of what became the W3C for the Internet.

But with crypto now.

And a lot more accessible to anyone to join, earn, and even become a node in the network nowadays.

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I haven't seen people who create original quality cannabis content get disgruntled, only those who create heavily off-topic cross-posting non interesting content. Fair enough some people don't post as much these days, but that's natural that they don't stick around forever, like I don't use facebook at all these days & they never offered to pay me.

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I agree completely. But that's because people here who have made this place their home so to speak post quality content and come here every day to have fun and discuss relevant things connected to this platform. I myself don't post everyday anymore. I used to force it too much and it got tiring because I also have my YouTube channel and other hobbies that I do almost every day. I still come every day for hours to check out other people's content and support them. I realized the beauty in supporting others grow.

Mostly it's about the money they can earn. It's not their fault.

If they're getting 0 then it's their fault due to producing content inappropriate for the site. If they're getting decent smoke rewards but are discouraged by the value of smoke then that's a patience problem, the whole crypto market is in a major bear market, I remember creating steemit content thinking I was making a few dollars but months later realizing I was making far more.

Advice I'd give to users is to post content relatable to the smoke network, don't post majorly off topic content, don't get triggered if people complain that you're not following community guidelines.

Memes are alright, but they aught to be original content and of high quality, otherwise don't expect rewards.

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You are absolutely correct! I just want to encourage more engagement and keep it on the track of cannabis, as I said I don't mind a good meme, I agree as long as it's great...There are too many topics we can cover and I only want to see the smoke billow!!! It truly is all about patience.

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Patience is a virtue.