Shower thoughts on blogging

in ArtBees23 days ago (edited)

No decent title in mind comes up. I find the most difficult part of publishing a post is making up a title befitting the content. I just ramble a lot that even sticking to a line of thought while writing a post becomes is the challenge within the challenge.

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I finally finished my previous WIP piece and just as any other piece in existence, it just looks crap. But hey, I tried.


I've been blogging for kicks and giggles and once in a while I just ask myself the fuck am I doing with my time? When I started blogging I just had a long term mindset of blog, improve the content over the long term and then expand to multiple platforms. The posting rewards I get is a nice motivator but thinking of the multiverse, somewhere out there is a version of me just cross posting between different social media without ever coming to the cryptosphere (or arriving late to the party).

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There's plenty of interesting things happening on Hive and the general cryptospace if you know where to look. Lately I'm just running out of focus on what I want to achieve with this hobby on a hobby chain. The digits on my wallet and the charts are still surreal to me. As if I'm just treating the whole place as a hobby space.

It's been a struggle trying not to shift my mindset to looking at the blockchain as a lifeline. Not trying to piss people that treat the place with a hand to mouth mindset, I know each person has their own struggles daily. This is just an inner mantra:

The moment I think of the place as a cash cow will be the death of the hobby. It's all just self exploration of what I want to do.

I almost forgot to try this image out:


So for anyone still hooked into reading this stuff like it matters, I just want to say how much this platform has conditioned most users that the rewards they are receiving reflect the value of the content they churn out.

This goes both ways for posts that have dust to fat payout rewards. The rewards a user receives is relative to the value perceived by the community/network they're involved with.

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A crude example that comes into mind is seeing posts earning a lot over content taken from snippets off a Google searches, a post containing short sentences and links off the platform, and decent looking posts get less traction.

Blaming it on the community curators hits several places off the mark. For one thing, when I see an article that caught my interest, I check out the reason why the author isn't getting some support only to find out how justified it is. Last comment was months ago and barely engages with the community and JUST POWER DOWNS.

You think it's a bright idea to support a content dumper? to each their own I suppose. Content may be king for most sites but it's how much one spends doing public relations that gets their names some traction over the community they are in.

If you can't give a fuck about the community, why should the community give a fuck about you?

I said this several times before and it will be the evergreen content on any social blockchain that will guide users. I have to thank this platform for the lesson. I wouldn't have picked it up if I started my blogging hobby on other sites. Even if the old blockchain or Hive didn't exist, I'd be blogging somewhere else.

Going to another point in my shower thought journey:

Why is no one complaining when they get a fat upvote but go reeeee over a downvote?

I mean those $ are nice but how high is one's self opinion about their posts could really go? I'm sure a lot of content published on the platform daily aren't the types that would catch your attention, or compel you to tip the author, or speak quality at a glance in accordance with your personal tastes.

Before blogging for rewards was a thing, it used to be a realistic expectation to be earning cents from ad revenue while building your blog for 3 years. Most bloggers quit on the first year and the real passive income starts after 5 years. The blockchain technology shortened the process by several levels but it also invited a new problem.

Authors conditioned to be entitled to fame when they don't have the skill set or product to match the expectation.

I picked this up on my business seminars and the question imprinted itself for life:

What value are you trying to sell?

This was in response to people that raised their hands on wanting fame, success in business, and the wealth. Quite a simple sentence but it stuck with me on some introspection moments when I just look at my posts and be like... people actually voted this shit?

Just some self reflection on what I churn out of course. I mean I wouldn't exactly pay myself $ for the content I publish here. Those are just my self appraisal for the skill set I got going. But here I got organic comments and views which is nice.

Coming across authors here that think they're entitled to the rewards without some decent skill sets (including public relations) to back it up is the same energy I get when browsing through Instagram looking for artists to follow. There's plenty of thong pics out there without the personality to make them standout from the crowd. Other than generic content where people can just Google for better results, what else do these people got going for them?

Not my place to tell people how to run their blogs but if they're just publishing content that can't rival the search results found on Google, they're less likely going to get traction here.



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I think you just need to tone down the yellow a little unless you were specifically going for an I'm on fire look XD Or if you were aiming for stain glass seeing as you're most of the way there, make some thick dark outlines.

I do actually have a moment if I happen to get massive upvotes on my progblogs XD Like on the one hand is like AAAAAARGH IT'S JUST A PROGBLOG WHY but then on the other hand it's oh this is epic I'm glad people actually think it's worthwhile hey maybe I can live the dream after all and then there's also PRESSURE because I feel the need to bump both the progress speed and the quality (even though that's incredibly difficult as I've plateaud and can't really go any faster as I don't have any more time to sink into this) to be worthy of said upvotes so it's great in more ways than just the obvious XD

Authors conditioned to be entitled to fame when they don't have the skill set or product to match the expectation.

At least they're confident I guess?

I should've just gone thick dark outlines. I had no endpoint imagined for this piece anyway so I ended up botching whatever potential direction it can go to without knowing it. I'll note those suggestions when I'm intending some end result (stained glass look specifically).

At least they're confident I guess?

It's cringe and sad.

You can still go thick dark outlines if you wanted. It might make the purples and yellows balance out a bit more.

Well yes but I'm sure we do things that look cringe and sad to other people as well and there's only so many things you can tell people XD

Just enjoy it as a hobby, you are still earning anyway. I can't complain much about the rewards because it's so much fairer then it was 3 years ago and even though there is some trash, I would rather spend my energy focusing on the awesome stuff I find.

Like your art! This is so awesome!

People take for granted the opportunities get got going now and want the quicker cash grab. Thanks for stopping by. I had a bit of a downer season when it comes to creativity, had a lot to do with irl workloads taxing me. Hope you got a better roll for life right now.

I hope you make more art, this style is soooo cool!

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It is declared on the internet, so it must be so!

But yes, I have had that thought process as well. Doing some content creation as a side gig.

The problem with a lot of people's mindset is that somewhere, they've convinced themselves that they are artists, content creators, of the utmost seriousness. When reality, they are just personal thoughts and scribbles.

I think it's nice people can be compensated for their thoughts. However, it is somewhat disturbing to me that some people's full time job is "get paid to shitpost". You can blame their economic situation, etc. if you want. At the end of the day, it's not improving the foundation of their lives.

It's only a lifeline that can disappear on them at any time. And the time they spent putting themselves in carnal security? Well, I won't go too deep into that.

The problem with a lot of people's mindset is that somewhere, they've convinced themselves that they are artists, content creators, of the utmost seriousness. When reality, they are just personal thoughts and scribbles.

It's cringe on some levels that they get the posting rewards get into their heads. Some of these people haven't seen the bigger ocean out these where their works get barely any notice at the current skill set. Even pros need to rack up some public relations to get anywhere and these are the types that would dominate the art content scene here.

If the newcomers that have an established artstation profiles put in some work on their network, they'd starve the amateurs out for attention.

However, it is somewhat disturbing to me that some people's full time job is "get paid to shitpost". You can blame their economic situation, etc. if you want. At the end of the day, it's not improving the foundation of their lives.

True, more money doesn't solve money problems if it's caused by their own financial mismanagement. Not like being paid to shitpost is going to teach someone finance lessons.

It's only a lifeline that can disappear on them at any time. And the time they spent putting themselves in carnal security?

That type of content has an expiration date when their skin gets pruny. They'll realize getting respect is more important during the old age and when life review comes, they'd start pondering what they could've done different. Taking care of the old age at some nursing home makes you hear stories from make believe. When dementia sets in, they come up with fantastic stories of what their lives could have been if they pursued what they want. But that's way off from your comment, I ramble again.

I must be comatose when I wrote that paragraph in your first quote. I really didn't think I wrote it, but dang, I did...

But yeah, the unrealistic expectation is so high, it's ridiculous. They think it's the whales', etc. they went unnoticed when it's much harsher out in the non-crypto world.

One of the things @someguy123 told me when I started on this chain was that it's many times easier to get noticed than the mainstream. It makes you wonder if it's the complainers' first time on the internet, or social media, in general.

I really didn't think I wrote it, but dang, I did...

I'm as surprised as you. I thought I was more likely to make such statements first like it's a norm. It's not far from the truth.

It makes you wonder if it's the complainers' first time on the internet, or social media, in general.

We're in a social bubble and anyone who is anybody can know everybody if they stay long enough and browse multiple communities, get involved and lurk. I haven't been exploring other languages but from the authors that use English as their main language, it's not hard to run into the same names frequently.

I knew self marketing was a steep climb but Hive and the old blockchain made the hobby worthwhile with some monetary incentives. I tried dipping into other social media with the current skill set, not a surprise and was within expectation, I get little to no notice from strangers.

May have to put in more work like being vested on the communities within those platforms but it's a long term project to even reach levels where an artstyle can be so signature enough that it markets for you.

It doesn't look like crap!

Thanks, but when I said it was crap that's just my inner demons making friends with a perfectionist that won't die. I don't have high opinions about my works anyway.

That was poetic!

Es una gran verdad amigo, lo creativo sin cometer plagio, bueno el contenido personal y original es poco creible, pero es real, gracias por compartir. te dejo mi voto y te sigo.

I google translated your comment and I appreciate the effort of communicating the words. Thank you.

Espero leer muchos de tus post, saludos.

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