Hi, you haven't heard much from me directly over the last month or so because I have been insanely busy in the walking world however, I have still been curating along my travels. This is actually a post about some of that curating I have done recently but before that, I would like to send a big shout out congratulations to my lopsided partners in crime and members of the @cannaweedness #witness team, @unnamed and @eonwarped for breaking into the top 20 witness rankings.
I am massively grateful to both of you for pulling my dead weight along for the ride and to @unnamed in particular, who has been incredibly active in so many ways on Smoke. I am sure you have seen the content, comments, advice, moderation and votes fly from this one-man-smokey army. He deserves a great deal of credit for what he is putting into this platform.
I know why he does it too, which brings me to the next point about #curation. No, not the rewards, the content itself. This place has such a massive potential in the future in a niche and quickly growing industry that it is amazing that more people aren't jumping in early. Well, who's fault is that? This is a community after all and it is a digital community that has roots in the real world of personal relationships. It really is time that people start to bring their friends, family and dealers into the mix and help them learn and grow to be part of the community.
It is fantastic to see eager posters but I am hoping that there would be a little more diversity arriving too. I see a lot of the same names posting and getting rewarded but for DPOS to really hit its stride, there needs to be a broad distribution of stake so that many people across a large cross-section of areas are able to both reward and be rewarded. The more it distributes, the further it can grow and empower users.
If there is only a narrow band of staked users, the same problem that happens on certain other platforms will occur here which is, most future users having close to zero chance of being seen or rewarded. If that happens, the same thing that happens on other platforms will occur also and that is disillusioned users who quickly deactivate and go somewhere else. We really should be learning from the past.
There is a strong urge to earn as much as one can here but if that pool is kept too narrow, the value of those earned coins will struggle to increase adequately. We want a lot of people empowered, a lot of spread of users and use cases, a lot of people transacting, a lot of people being able to use Smoke as a way to satisfy their smoking needs, whether through content earning or actually buying of products with smoke. If you think that one day that it might be possible to buy weed using smoke directly, it isn't going to be good enough for dealers to only have 100 customers with smoke available and everyone else waiting for an upvote from them.
The easiest way to grow a user base is through word of mouth and leveraging social circle relationships that already exist, not just marketing material. The reason is that marketing material is much harder to target potential users whereas it is very easy to introduce a friend who smokes onto Smoke. Talking about marketing material, there is likely enough "marketing material for smoke" post content to last for a while.
While I am not criticizing the creators of the material, it would be great to get some more community development projects going, stories shared and engagement evoking content. Stuff that gets more comments and deeper comments that in time become a strong social fabric. This is a social platform and relationships are what is going to make or break it and again, learn from the errors of the past.
So in that vein (remember - injecting marijuana kills), what ideas do you have about growing the #Smoke community user base? What are you trying, what would you like to see? What type of content engages you and what turns you off? Where do you usually feel you comment the best and why? What do you love about Smoke and if you love it, are you encouraging more of it?
A penny for your thoughts.