It is with great honor and pride that I create this post... one year on and the dream of a cannabis network free from censorship is slowly taking shape with the help of all of you!
Before we release our official Bday with an update on what we have been up to, some user and Google stats, as well as our upcoming plans in line with our roadmap, I thought I would get ahead of ourselves and recap on my personal favorite moments that have made this all worth it for me and keeps me passionate about the project despite some of the hiccups we have experienced and obstacles in our way.
One of my first posts
Last year I introduced some ideas to the community which received dozens of comments. While some of those users have left to find not so greener pastures many of you are still passionate daily users which I have seen grow on the platform, made friends and swap ideas. You know who you are, but many you can still see making themselves known on the trending page and in comment threads.. Users such as @lordoftruth, @rawpride, @prettynicevideo, @kiefpreston, @davedickeyyall, @indaymers, @oluwastoner, @purpleflowers, @maelstrohmblack, @bbq-iguana @goldendawne, @heaterville, @jessica, @howhigh, @offgrid, @betgames, @murda-ra, @ganja, @subways, @jah.witness, @cannabis, @graylan, @smoketerzai56, @bbq-iguana @psyceratopsb, @maryjane, @enjoyinglife, @princeola, @mrspacely, @trees, @lexsmoke, @edprivat, @powerpics, @smokeasaurusrex, @goldendawne all made my early days smoke days extremely special.
These early interactions validated the need and want for a platform free from centralized control in the cannabis niche and proved our concept. A good day after stressful months coding, working with witnesses to be ready to rock, getting Rudex set up for the gateway, testing, ICO claims, support and more. I was exhausted and found my energy in every single comment and post that came through on that day without the chain crashing. . . Expecting the worst the chain kicked off beautifully and to date has not seen any downtime or chain reorgs. To those witnesses that have made this possible and produced a never-ending stream of blocks, on behalf of the community, I thank you!!
Something that we have all come to love are contests and this community has really spread the love. I am almost sure that almost every active user has received something from the Queen of Smoke, @tecnosgirl... I myself received a Smoke fridge magnet all the way to SA!
Spreading the love is something I really want to focus on this coming year and so we will be planning a beach cleanup soon in Cape Town, whereby I plan to give away Smoke.io joints in exchange for bags of trash. . . I'll buy the weed :D
The community has done a great job creating amazing cannabis related content such as news, strain reviews, guides and stoner content that has been doing well on Google. . . This type of content was expected, but some of the original works here I have not seen mimicked on any other cannabis platform... Stop animations such as @li-arts early works with seeds, @marshalllife's Smoke.io Theme Song as well as more recently @writer43's fictional works.
The Growing Community
To those that came later I thank you for making this place awesome!
Creators that came a little later but have made quite the impression on me and are killing it!! @alibi, @jackdub, @daddydaycare2x, @potspoon, @gallahad, @artisto, @relaylogix, @canada, @hightimes, @unnamed, @potspoon, @smokeykitty, @d00k13 just to name a few... Thank you for putting in the effort and becoming a part of our fam.
To those i have missed out I am truly sorry. Every piece of cannabis content created will always have a place on the Smoke blockchain and be welcomed by our community. . . This is your platform after all.
Without them, what would the trending page look like?
@indica.. Thanks for not having an agenda and being such a solid curator. Not sure this place would be what it is without you mate.
Thanks to @acid, @raz, @elliot, @joesmoke, @arsenal49, @luismy, @offgrid, @lilweezy, @kiefpreston, @vaped, @lordoftruth and others that find and support the very best content on Smoke.io and distribute new Smoke Power in a fair and responsible way.
A special thanks to @unnamed for providing support in discord and alerting me to content that may need a flag or two every known again and @herbncrypto for his current work on the strain editor (coming soon TM*).
To those that have stuck around.. I Salute you!
The chain has been rock solid for a whole year, you should all be extremely proud of the decentralized nature of the Smoke chain. To many more years of smooth, uninterupted blocks.
Last but def not least I would like to thank @baabeetaa for all your work man. You are a rockstar dev.
If I left out anyone that feels like they should be, I am truly sorry... and hope we get to toke one together to make up for it. :)
To another year of Happy Smokin!