My Love-Hate Relationship With Steemit.com
Back in 2017, I could not find a job to save my life. I wanted to work towards making YouTube a job. At the time, they updated their monetization requirements to 10K. I was still getting money from an older channel. The channel I currently used at the time was somehow grandfathered and I got money from YT premium users. I heard of Steemit on a site calling Ong.social when a guy made a video about YouTube alternatives he used. I joined and my account was accepted after 24 hours. I thought if I was able to cash out every now and then on Steemit, it’s better than no money at all. At the time I was not getting disability and unemployed.
I started out earning good money on my posts. It decreased overtime. Not sure if I said something that made them leave or not. I saw it as a great way to share my YouTube content.
In 2018, I was subject to down vote abuse. Everytime I posted, I’d get loads of down votes immediately when the post went live. I had no idea what I did wrong. No one would tell me so I can fix the problem if that is the case. One down vote was from a human when I proposed an idea to cut down on people abusing the system. The guy down voted it. Because his reputation (like karma on Reddit) was high enough, his one down vote sent my post to the abyss. Probably because he know if Steemit implemented my criticism he couldn’t flag people for fun. My idea was add an option for why you are flagging the post (spam, stolen content, misleading info, scam). I earned good rewards on that post and it was gone all because some punk figured he couldn’t game the system if that change came to life. One person (a human) downvoted a post when nothing was wrong with it. The down vote abuse I talked about was someone using bots to flag my posts. It was automatic because when the post is like 2 mins old, it has loads of dislikes.
Then in 2019, this guy bullied me because I make money on Steemit. This guy thinks I’m so horrible because I make money on Steem when that is why the site exists. I’m a bad person for making steemit ‘my income stream’ but not the whales (aka the bigger users) who are probably rich because of Steemit? Makes sense. NOT.
He just judges me through his lens without knowing the story on why I make Steemit my ‘income stream.’
Then another guy bullied me because I didn’t understand what witnesses do on the platform. I wish I would have ignored him if I would have known his intentions. This is why I choose to ignore if someone asks me something. They catch on that I am having trouble learning and I get insulted and called retarded. Which is what the guy did when he caught wind that I wasn’t understanding. People’s patience for those with learning disabilities is so low it’s sad. I told him to go away and never come back. This site has no block button (it needs one) or at least add a function to the mute button that won’t let them vote or comment on your posts.
Then a few users would find some way to take me out of context. I made a poll asking people how much have their earnings decrease after an update. This dude leaves me an essay assuming I want rewards handed to me talking about negativity. The reality is the post had nothing to do with negativity or not wanting to work for rewards but the update gave large accounts more and small accounts less. It should be the opposite? Why help someone who is already doing well?
Maybe if they weren’t quick to form their own judgment they would have understood. I did post quote on quote positive stuff like my videos and photography. Of course, they ignored those posts and only make judgments from one post.
Another person would skip over my post and just make comments. For instance, I made a post about how autism doesn’t end at 18. Their response. I need to ‘learn to adapt.’ I called them out on it because it was clear they did not bother to read the article and they get mad. Steemit has a function that lets you share blog posts and videos. It has an app called DLIKE. It provides a link to the website the post is from. You can write a short summary of what the posts are about. They though the preview was the content. I could not write word for word from my blog because the plagiarism filter won’t let the post go through.
Another instance I made a post about what holidays to people do (like Christmas) I added an other option in case people don’t do holidays then they can pick that option. This person, the skip it and get angry with me for talking about Christmas because they aren’t American. First, there are people who don’t live in the US and do Xmas. Christmas is more of a Christian holiday, since it’s about Christ. (I guess I may be wrong)
I am sorry if I sound rude but instead of getting angry they could have picked the ‘other’ option and explained what they celebrate. Why get angry at me? What country did they expect me to talk about? India? Why would I talk about a country I am not native in or never visited?
I just got tired of it all. It’s frustrating when someone tries to find some fault in your posts.
At least it felt that way. That guy felt I deserved to be bullied because I had trouble learning. Like who thinks that way? The other guy convinced I am such a bad person for making money on Steemit. If I was posting stolen content that is one thing. Making money from someone else’s hard work is wrong. It was my content, so why did he care?
Steemit is not the platform I thought it would be.
It’s not the same platform I liked back in 2017. That reminds me. I posted a video on why I hated being autistic and this low-life invalidates me and judges me from his experience. Everyone experiences autism differently. This guy tells me my experiences are wrong because he didn’t struggle as much as I did. Like who does that?! Someone opens up about their hurdles and you tell them their wrong because your hurdles weren’t as high?!