What If More People Started Posting Content Without Minding the 7 Day Payout
This shitpost was inspired from noticing the trend of content I consume from YouTube. Some of the creators I recently discovered and was really interested in are no longer with us. And yet their stuff was still available online still providing entertainment years after.
We have refined the art of record keeping and this benefits the next generation. Future generations don't need to interpret symbols on a stone tablet or wall just to fill in the gaps. We can store records of our lives up in the cloud. Whether you believe it or not, everything can be content and be monetized including our lives as there will always be a market for people getting interested in people and the stuff they put out.
If a video on YouTube talks about their technical analysis for the week, that sets a reasonable time period where their content is expected to be relevant before being tossed into the void of forgotten content. But if one creates content with the idea that this stuff will hook a potential follower / subscriber in the future from serendipity, then there’s a good chance it will remain relevant even years after publishing.
I don’t think I’m the only one who comes back to some bookmarked links to content I like months or even years after I liked them. You know those cover songs, reviews, travel blogs, and product reviews can still generate more eyes on your page if you thought:
What if someone stumbles on your content made years back and this is going to be their first impression of you?
It’s hard to imagine that on Hive because we don’t have any automated algorithms that can lead users to discover other related content on the frontends. A prevailing pattern I noticed when it comes to content creators here are too few users know the value of consistency when it comes to their content. It’s not just curators evaluating your stuff but also prospective followers.
Once you published your content on the blockchain, it’s there until the last frontend and witness stops their operations. You only need to produce something good once and the potential returns from that single piece of content can compound returns in ways you may not have foreseen. You just need to upload a video on Youtube once then let it sit there for ad revenue and earn for an indefinite amount for years if ever it blows up. This is a comforting thought for shitposters that it's not a 0% chance their shitposts can blow up mainstream.
Imagine you published X content months ago, if that content exhibits a well thought out piece of entertainment for your target audience then you’re likely going to earn a patron. Sometimes the right audience just comes past the 7 day payout or just can’t give you those phat votes for validation at the time. But winners understand this and still do their best to be consistent and improve their craft anyway.
The past is a void where nothing was published and the red line represents the present where most content has less than 7 days expiration. The blue dots are potential followers that may come across your stuff and subscribe or not. Given that content here can last for indefinite years, it's possible that more people can still find your stuff interesting despite decades of it being old.
But it's difficult to appreciate that stuff when our limited vision and attention is focused on the now and less about the past and future consequences. While we have the luxury to appreciate the creators that came before us, if we're really serious about publishing content that's meant to entertain others, we may as well end up being on the spotlight to a future generation we never get to meet. And I see that as something amazing.
I'm still writing a shitpost btw, in case people are wondering where this post is heading, it's a random scribble.
It’s losers that get discouraged if they don’t get their votes for validation and those that post for quota daily that don’t really get it. Let’s be real here, some creators that are active aren’t really into what they post and it’s easy to tell which ones are really passionate about their interests.
I avoid posts that start off with titles like “My battle report for x date x game” or something along those themes because those give me red flags that what I’m about to read is content that is specifically meant to be short lived, waste a few minutes of my time reading notes with little variation from the previous day, and probably going to expect the same stuff from the author if they’ve been doing the same type of post for the past weeks. Exceptions to this include getting a well thought out analysis on the report exhibiting some novelty from the new experience and some side story telling.
If the author doesn’t seem like they would revisit their post in the future because of the intended time limit for their content to be appreciated (<7 days on average Hive post lifespan), then it’s less likely they would create content intended to be revisited by anyone else. I know that some of the views I generate aren’t from Hive but from random searches made possible by Google’s crawlers from people off the platform.
If you like to spend time watching some clips on YouTube, pay attention to the dates the content was published. Even if was years before you came across the content, if you enjoyed it, then that creator did something right, probably?
But you don’t have to pay attention to these silly observations and just post the hell you want. Good content gets you noticed and gives curators a rational reason to upvote when they see something they like but it’s really personality that makes people support you long term.
If you made it this far reading, thank you for your time.