The United Kingdom of Steem : almost 100 steemians – Steem UK Virtual Meetup

My last couple of posts have been exploring steem activity in the UK.

It ain’t big, and it ain’t pretty.

For many it has been downright shocking. For a few it’s an opportunity…

We have now found almost 100 active steemians in the United Kingdom.

That is just over one active steemian per 1 million population.

That’s not critical mass. That’s not on the edge of a breakthrough.

That’s virgin territory and we’ve work to do.

We’ve got to be smart. We’ve got to be clever.

We’ve got to be resourceful, committed, brimful of new ideas, chomping at the bit.

We’ve got to take to the streets, shout from the rooftops, look for opportunities in every nook and granny.

We want mushy steem with our fish and chips, we want Big Ben to go boing, boing, steem.

We want the BBC to announce “Here is the Nine O’Clock Steem”, we want the Queen to say “Arise Sir Steem”.

We want Steem to be great in Britain.

Bring on the United Kingdom of Steem…

UK Steem Virtual Meetup – Thursday 1 November, 8pm – 11pm

Do you want to join the fight?  Will you sign up with the Steemship Troopers?

I’m all in. Steem is too important, too vital, too special to let it wither away and die.

We need to organise, we need to brainstorm, we need to coordinate, we need to make a plan.

It’s up to us. The cavalry is not coming over the hill. And the reinforcements from head office never got the memo.

So let’s get the balls rolling, and talk.

Kick off is 8pm this coming Thursday 1 November. A UK Steem Virtual Meetup on my radio show on MSP Waves.

Will you be there…?

Comment below, or message me on Discord (Pennsif#9921).

Come along, put on your game face, and let’s party.

If you want a bit of homework, there’s plenty swirling around the steemisphere, but @surfermarly’s caught my eye today. Take a read and see what sparks…


List of Active Steemians in the UK

Here is the current list of active steemian’s in the UK – 92 in total.

London & the South East  (31)

@adetorrent, @allasyummyfood, @andabout, @basilmarples, @breadcentric, @buttpacker, @charitycurator, @donatello, @ezzy, @gillianpearce, @hockney, @justyy, @lloyddavis, @lolzwithlisa, @maneco64, @marczanto, @molometer, @nakedverse, @nanzo-scoop, @pjau, @rea, @redrica, @scalextrix, @sergiomendes, @shazza, @simonjay, @stav, @steevc, @stimp1024, @teodora, @ultravioletmag

The Midlands  (17)

@article61, @atomcollector, @c0ff33a, @dickturpin, @gmuxx, @honeybee11, @howardblott, @ictman1076, @kryptoe, @martaesperanza, @neopch, @revisesociology, @rimicane, @shanibeer, @skaarl, @starkerz, @ura-soul

Wales & the South West  (18)

@cryptocariad, @francesleader, @happysmileyman, @jen0revision, @jimbobbill, @owenwat, @p-props, @pennsif, @perceptualflaws, @stevejhuggett, @stevelivingston, @sunsethunter, @theadmiral0, @theturtleproject, @tinygalaxy, @ukbitcoinmaster, @wales, @welshstacker

The North  (16)

@anarcotech, @ashtv, @beautifulbullies, @cryptocurator, @darrenclaxton, @gdwcoins, @geordieprepper, @mckeever, @mikefromtheuk, @raj808, @russellbury, @slobberchops, @steemonkey, @stephenkendal, @teamhumble, @vibeof100monkeys

Scotland  (5)

@barge, @camuel, @johnkingwriter, @meesterboom, @natubat

Northern Ireland  (1)


And also…  (4)

@atomcollector, @mynewlife, @someguy123, @tremendospercy

If you know anyone that should be on the list let me know in a comment below or via Discord (Pennsif#9921).

The United Kingdom of Steem : how do we grow the numbers?

Yesterday I put up a post to build a list of all active steemians in Britain.

The result was not great – but also not too surprising.

There are still a few additions coming in – but so far the list has reached 81.

A few of those are on the edge of still being active, so that figure is not far off that magic one in a million finding from my previous cursory inpection of active steem numbers. The population of the UK is currently 66.6 million.

I had very much hoped that we would reach 100, but even with the stragglers still trickling in it doesn’t look too hopeful.

So it is what it is. There are less than one hundred active steemians in Britain.

It cannot stay this way. The numbers must go up.

There will not be some massive marketing campaign swooping in from steemit inc to boost the takeup of steem in the UK.

It is up to us – this happy band of 81 – to make it work, to make it grow, to make it prosper.

So what is the plan?  How do we get one?  Where do we go from here?

We need to talk. We need to work together.

Who’s up for the challenge?  Who’s just here for the ride?

A great big UK meetup would be good. But time, distance, money, logistics… That will need to come later.

Possibly regional meetings first. Luckily we are quite evenly spread. But they will still take time to organise.

That is time we may not have. The next six months are vital.

So let’s go virtual. I have a radio show. Thursday evenings.

With the clocks going back on Sunday, the show will be a good time for Brits … 8pm – 11pm UK time.

Thursday 1 November – The United Kingdom of Steem, Let’s Make It Great Show on MSP Waves.

Who wants to come on the show to brainstorm, thrash out some ideas, make some plans and get ready to rumble…

Here are a few possibles to get our balls rolling…

  • Regional meetups
  • A social media promotion campaign
  • UK steem merchandise
  • UK steem leaflets
  • Targeting specific sectors like independent musicians, film makers, gamers…
  • Working with small charities to fundraise to show benefits of steem
  • Students ??
  • Working to promote specific dApps like @eroche’s Let’s Eat
  • Targeting niche / alternative groups like homeschoolers, vegans, alternative therapists…

Who’s up for it?

This is the list of active steemians in the UK so far…

London & the South East  (24)

@adetorrent, @allasyummyfood, @andabout, @breadcentric, @buttpacker, @ezzy, @gillianpearce, @justyy, @lloyddavis, @lolzwithlisa, @marczanto, @nakedverse, @nanzo-sccop, @pjau, @rea, @redrica, @scalextrix, @shazza, @simonjay, @stav, @steevc, @stimp1024, @teodora, @ultravioletmag

The Midlands  (16)

@article61, @atomcollector, @c0ff33a, @dickturpin, @gmuxx, @honeybee11, @howardblott, @ictman1076, @kryptoe, @neopch, @revisesociology, @rimicane, @shanibeer, @skaarl, @starkerz, @ura-soul

Wales & the South West  (15)

@cryptocariad, @francesleader, @happysmileyman, @jen0revision, @jimbobbill, @owenwat, @pennsif, @perceptualflaws, @stevejhuggett, @sunsethunter, @theturtleproject, @tinygalaxy, @ukbitcoinmaster, @wales, @welshstacker

The North  (15)

@anarcotech, @ashtv, @beautifulbullies, @cryptocurator, @darrenclaxton, @gdwcoins, @mckeever, @mikefromtheuk, @raj808, @russellbury, @slobberchops, @steemonkey, @stephenkendal, @teamhumble, @vibeof100monkeys

Scotland  (4)

@barge, @johnkingwriter, @meesterboom, @natubat

Northern Ireland  (1)


And also…  (5)

@atomcollector, @basilmarples, @mynewlife, @someguy123, @tremendospercy

Seeking the tribe – where are all the active steemians in Britain?

A few days ago I posted about having a steem meetup in Bristol.

I didn’t get any takers 😢

But I wasn’t wholly surprised. I haven’t been looking hard to date, but I can’t recall actually seeing any people on steem from the Bristol area.

So where are all the active steemians in the UK now?

And I wonder how many there are?

On my radio show last week @rea estimated that there are about 25 active steemians left in London.

I am guessing the biggest cluster of active steemians must be in London.

In Wales I know there are only half a dozen or so.

So for the UK as a whole… maybe around a hundred?

That’s not a lot so we’d better stick together.

Many moons ago, when I was still a baby steemian, I scratched a mark in the sacred ground of steem when I initiated the list of Homesteaders and Preppers on steem.

It proved to be fantastically worthwhile and useful. I got to know every homesteader and prepper on steem and the seed of that community aggregation was born.

Maybe I need to make another list. This time of active steemians in Britain.

For networking, for meetups and just generally for getting to know each other.

I think I might segregate the list into broadbrush geographical regions. Maybe starting with :

  • London & the South East
  • The Midlands
  • Wales & the South West
  • The North
  • Scotland & Northern Ireland

All loose and laxy but that will do for a starting point.

So I will throw a few together from memory for starters and see where this takes us.

If you would like to be on this list comment below or message me on Discord (@Pennsif#9921). If you don’t want to be on the list let me know likewise.

I’m guessing some of the regional placements – let me know if I have put you in the wrong region. Active I’m loosely defining as posting regularly – at least weekly?

London & the South East  (8)

@adetorrent, @allasyummyfood, @ezzy, @lloyddavis, @rea, @redrica, @steevc, @ultravioletmag

The Midlands  (9)

@article61, @atomcollector, @gmuxx, @kryptoe, @revisesociology, @rimicane, @shanibeer, @starkerz, @ura-soul

Wales & the South West  (7)

@cryptocariad, @happysmileyman, @pennsif, @stevejhuggett, @theturtleproject, @wales, @welshstacker

The North  (10)

@anarcotech, @ashtv, @beautifulbullies, @darrenclaxton, @gillianpearce, @mckeever, @slobberchops, @stephenkendal, @teamhumble, @vibeof100monkeys

Scotland  (0)

That’s all the active steemians in the UK I can think of – 34 !.  I am sure there are a good few more.

Let’s see how big a list we can build…



I feel inspired – anyone for a meetup in Bristol?

I feel inspired. By the Netcoins vote. By my radio shows. By A Dollar A Day.

I hope I will still feel so inspired 5 hours from now when the Netcoins vote is over. Steem is in first place, let us stay there…


I am not going to Steemfest but I would like to meet more steemians… in Britain.

It’s a numbers game. And we need to get more numbers.

I wrote the other day about being One in a Million. That won’t cut the mustard. We need more. We need more of everyone.

Talking on the Food & Steem radio show on Thursday there are great ideas afoot – but they need numbers, they need people, they need critical mass.

We need to get together, to work together, to stick together. To get out on the streets and tell people about steem.

Way back when @starkerz and @anarcotech and @stephenkendal kicked off Promo-UK, and thence Promo-Steem, with a tour of UK universities. They went out and told people about steem.

Now I think we can refine the message. Blog, vote, earn is not the message anymore.

We need to tell people about everything else on steem.

We can tell them about DTube without censorship, about Fundition to raise funds without fees, about Steemmonsters for card games on the chain, about Actifit, about DLike, about Steemhunt, about Tasteem, about A Dollar A Day…

We have a heck of a lot going on this steem blockchain to tell people about.

A meetup in Bristol?

So to a meetup. The UK is rather lacking. Wales is spread too, too, too thinly now.

Over the border I must go. Bristol looks ripe for the picking. It is an alternative leaning city. It has a local currency, the Bristol Pound, and it is a green city with Green Party councillors and bike lanes aplenty.

Maybe the UK needs three meetups – London, Bristol and somewhere up north, or at least in the Midlands. And Scotland?

I don’t think Britain could sustain more than three meetups at present. So let’s start there.

I am willing to make a move on Bristol. Anyone game for organising one up north? London is the easy one.

Who would come to a meetup in Bristol?

Anyone know any active steemians around Bristol and the south west?

It’s time to rally the troops, to step up to the plate, to get out on the streets, to the fight the good fight.

Vive la révolution … steem est arrivé.

Floody hell – and mine is only 4 inches

We are currently experiencing our first ever house flood.

About 2.30am on Friday night I went to the kitchen and discovered that it was flooded and just starting to enter the living room.

First off I thought a pipe had burst or something was wrong with the washing machine (as has happened before) but after a quick survey of the situation and a peek in the dark outside the back of house I realised we were being flooded.

With very heavy continual rain for the past few days the massive amount of water pouring off the mountain side behind the house had just overwhelmed our protective drainage system and was then coming through our old farmhouse walls.

And it was rising fast.

I woke my wife and we kicked into action. By now most of the living room was already flooded and it was moving to the hallway. From there it was heading to the office.

The office is the centre of operations where all the computers were located and where I am writing ths post.

We rushed to grab old towels and blankets and anything absorbent we could find to try to stem the flow from kitchen to living room.

We failed – it was rising too fast so we moved our efforts to barricading the door to the hallway. The dog’s spare bed was even called into action.

We had more success there and managed to stop more ingress into the hallway and office.

The situation was just about under control. The flooding was contained in the kitchen and living room. My wife went back to bed. I stayed on watch until my wife came back on duty before 7am.

With daylight we were able to make a better assessment of the situation.

Being preppers, although flooding of the house was never on our risk radar, we were partially prepared.

We had an old submersible pump that was called into action to try to at least stabilise the still rising water level. The pump only had a capacity of 7000 litres per hour but it did seem to make some impact holding the kitchen to just around 4 inches.

We also had a builders dumpy bag of sand on hand, and a pile of hessian style sacks. Our youngest daughter joined in making sandbags. They reinforced much more effectively the barrier to the office in particular.

By now we were getting reports from friends of the situation around the area. The nearby town was more or less all flooded including the supermarket, many shops, the local college and many houses.

Indeed one friend’s house was under 4 foot of water and the fire brigade was trying to pump him out. We were lucky with our meagre 4 inches.

This is all the fault of Callum – Storm Callum in fact…

* Storm Callum : One killed as Wales suffers ‘worst flooding for 30 years’

Next we turned our attention to the back of the house. I was clear that we could not do anything about the existing drainage – it was just overwhelmed by the volume of water coming off the mountainside.

We started digging a secondary drainage ditch. My trusty mattock was definitely the tool for the job.

An hour or so later we had a working drainage ditch with a good flow of water away from the house. It still needs deepening further but it started to do its job.

With the extra drainage in place and the pump running full tilt, after a couple of hours the water level in the kitchen began to go down even though it was still raining heavily.

I stayed on duty through the night to monitor the pump. By the early hours of the morning – just over 24 hours after the flooding started the water was down to just over an inch and the submersible pump shut off. It had done it’s job as best it could. It is now over to us to do some bailing…

The very annoying side effect of the flooding is that it got into the electrics of the fridge and central heating boiler. I am very much hoping that they will just come back on when the water has gone…

So this was, and still is, a real life prepping situation for a real life prepper.

We haven’t done too badly. A bigger pump and having sandbags more immediately to hand could have been very useful. And a secondary drainage ditch looks like it will be a necessity.

But house flooding was never a risk on our preppers radar. Now it is.

Keep on prepping…


Steem is my hobby, my job, my passion, my obsession, my addiction, my life – tick as applicable

I spend quite a bit of time on steem.

I spend a lot of time on steem.

I spend too much time on steem?

It is worth it. I am sure.

Every day I connect. I read. I write. I connect. I talk. I learn. I improve.

I improve me. I improve my place on earth. I improve the earth just a tiny little bit. I hope.

That is all that matters. Surely.

If we leave the earth in a slightly better state than how it was when we entered is that job done? Mission accomplished?

Is that the quest for everyone?  Some succeed. Some fail.

Or do some just not care?

I am not sure I can accept that. Deep down I do believe everyone wants to do good, really.  At least at the start?

Maybe my life is too sheltered. Too cozy and cosseted. Too innocent and naive.

But I want to do good. I am sure everyone prefers to do good than to do bad if they can.

It must be better to make someone smile than to make someone cry.

Even at 5am I would like to make someone happy if I can.

So after posting this I will go send some donations from A Dollar A Day.

Then I must go back to trying to stop the floodwater that has already reached 4 inches in the kitchen.

Good night, and have a smile on me.


Pennsif’s Progress – Can Steem save the world?

As I mentioned in a recent post I am a utilitarian.

I have to find a use in everything I do.

Steem is no exception.

I have never been a social media person so that potential use of steem doesn’t really cut the mustard for me.

When I arrived on steem I thought I would just be writing about prepping and homesteading. And I did. And it worked. But the audience was small.

As a platform to disseminate ideas and spread the word it is very limited. The audience is just too small.

There had to be another use for steem to keep me steeming on.

Was it as a means to earn money, a secondary income steam?  Well maybe, but even after 16 months, and now earning moderately good post rewards, for the hours I put in I am earning less than a third of the national minimum wage in Britain.

So there had to be something more…

For me I have found that something with A Dollar A Day.

This has given me my purpose on steem. Through running this project and so far raising over $3000 I can help make the world in some modest way a better place.

Students are learning, children are being fed, women are learning skills, trees are being planted.

It is only small, but it is a million times bigger than nothing.

Now I want to go further. The power of steem is becoming clearer.

We have in our hands a tool that has never existed before in the history of humankind – the ability to send money anywhere, anytime, instantly and for free.

Steem is an equaliser, an amplifier, and potentially a powerful agent for change.

What more can we do with it?

How can we use it to make the world a better place?

We can provide good jobs at good rates of pay around the world like @oracle-d, we can fund projects that make lives better like @fundition, we can disseminate real news and spread the truth like @informationwar, we can clear rubbish and pollution like @cleanplanet.

I am pretty sure that most people on steem will agree. The world is far from perfect and it is a world that needs saving.

How can steem play a part in that?


Pennsif’s Progress – I’m one in a million & you might be too

Today I was chatting with @leotrap from Uruguay.

The subject came up of how many active steemians there are in Uruguay.

He reckoned there are about 10 – but only 4 of them really active.

Uruguay has a population of about 3.5 million.

That makes around 1 active steemian for every million population.

Uruguay is just one country. But the reason that caught my eye is that I live in Wales. The numbers are very similar.

The population of Wales is 3.1 million. And I am struggling to think of more than 2 or 3 very active steemians in Wales.

And if we jump up a notch or two, let’s take Nigeria with a population 197 million. It is only second hand info but a leading steemian in Nigeria thought there is only 100 or so active steemians there.

It depends of course on how you define ‘active steemian’, but I am guessing whatever way you cut it the figures are going to be roughly the same any time, any place, any which way.

So if you are an active steemian you are pretty special. You are part of an elite force, an advance guard, a pioneering pioneer.

This might seem scary, or worrying, or lonely, or overwhelming.

Or it might just be exciting, a privilege, a badge to wear with honour. To be out in front, breaking new ground, discovering new worlds.

That’s where I sit on this flight of fancy.

I’m still working up to my full pilot’s licence but I’ve already found some amazing things, and met some fantastic new peoples. In this wondrous new world of steem.

And the best thing…

We’ve only just stepped ashore. There are whole continents still to explore.

Buckle up, put on your Sunday best and lets go discover what comes next.

Pennsif’s Progress – It is good to be on the other side of the mic sometimes…

I love making radio shows. I love interviewing guests.

I had done neither before I came to steem.

Since I joined MSP Waves Radio, and since I started broadcasting in January I have hosted around 70 shows and interviewed well over 300 steemians.

Interviewing guests on shows has been a most excellent way to get to know people from all around the world and all around steem. I learn so much from this.

This week I was delighted to be invited to be a guest on two other shows.

On Thursday immediately after my show I hopped over to join @fracasgrimm on his Chronic and Coffee show on GreenHouseRadioOnline on the Canna-Curate Discord server. I very much enjoyed that. You can hear the interview here…


Then on Saturday @gregorypatrick invited me on to The Decentralized News Hour run on the Information War Discord server. Along with @nochains1 and Greg we had a great discussion ranging across many subjects including homeschooling, multilingual education and the mainstream media. Greg’s post for the show is here…


Or you can watch directly on YouTube…

As well doing these two interviews my Thursday show was a special one.

It was my first go at an open forum style show. Fifteen people involved in radio shows, podcasting and social broadcasting across the steem ecosystem came together to talk, exchange ideas and discuss ways to grow what we all do.

You can listen to the recording of the show here…

It was great to hear from all these people. I was inspired by the show.

This encouraged me to make this post in case I can help anyone…

I think there is a great future for social broadcasting on the steem ecosystem. With new technologies, new content creators, new show formats, and loads of new ideas coming through I am really looking forward to what comes next…



Pennsif’s Progress – One word that describes me best – Utilitarian

As a little mental exercise I was trying to think of what one word best describes me, myself and I.

A few years back I would probably have chosen the word Perfectionist.

But as time advances, and there is less of it to go round, I am going for Utilitarian.

I am not a great one for doing things that I don’t regard as having utility or purpose.

While that makes me really quite time effective in all I do, it almost certainly does shave off large slices of what many people might regard as essential elements of a fullsome life.

For example I really don’t have any particular need in my life for music. I have no ability to sing or to play any musical instrument. And I never put on any music to listen to. The only time I listen to music is when it is part of a radio show I am making.

The same for TV and films. I haven’t had a TV for years. And I haven’t been to the cinema for a long time. I watched a lot of films when I ran a community cinema for a year – but that was more community service than pleasure.

I don’t go to pubs or bars to chat and drink. I don’t hang out in Discords just to make small talk.

Before steem I never set foot in any social media unless I was doing it for a client.

I don’t buy ornaments, or art, or music, or jewellery, or makeup or fancy clothes.

Everything has to have a purpose for me.

Socialising just for the heck of it has never been my thing.

That is why I have always had a great penchant for organising events – be it festivals or feasts, committees or cinemas.

That has always been my defence for being awkward in social situations. If you are the organiser of an event you don’t have to worry about whether anyone will want to talk to you, or what to say if they do. If you are the organiser people come to you and ask you questions. Sorted!

Although this is a 4am rambling freewrite you might see where this is heading in respect to my place on steem.

I put together radio shows and interview lots of people because I find it easier than hanging out in Discords. And you have to do one or the other to get along on steem.

And it is one of the main reasons I decided against going to SteemFest. I got as far as booking the hotel.

But then I thought about it some more and role played the social scenarios in my mind.

I was going to take MSP Waves to SteemFest and broadcast my radio shows from there but no one was interested. That would have given me a little job to do there. Without that I wouldn’t have had a role to play and would inevitably find it socially very difficult.

I weighed that up with the $1500 the whole trip would cost me and i couldn’t justify it.

Inevitably, and perhaps (or perhaps not) unfortunately doing A Dollar A Day every day I see the opportunity cost of money in a very different light to what I did a year ago.

Should I spend $1500 on just a few days of travelling, eating, drinking, talking, socialising and all that stuff. Or would that be better spent on feeding people in Venezuela, or educating youngsters in the Philippines, or training impoverished women in Bangladesh or saving forests in Cameroon…

I cannot now with true conscious tip that scale in favour of five cold, expensive, wild partying days in Poland.

But I do not begrudge others the experience. I am sure most will find much greater utility than I possibly could in being there.

I am sure it will be awesome, because everything always is on steem.