Five ways Steem has changed my life, and what comes next…

In my 50+ years I have been involved in many causes, many organisations, many communities and many new activities. Some for shorter, some for longer.

But of all of these, the past 18 months on Steem has been more intense, more condensed and more all round impactful on my life than any other of my past endeavours.

Steem has taught me, steem has changed me, steem has made a indelible mark on my life…

1. The World of Crypto

Steem has been my entry point to the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchains.

As well as learning about Steem itself it has prompted me to explore other parts of the crypto world. I am seeing clearly that this is a world with many, many, many possibilities.

With every crypto stone I turn over another idea sprouts up before me. Fertile lands are just over the horizon.

2. Justice, Equality & A Dollar A Day

The single most important part of Steem for me is without a doubt A Dollar A Day.

Running this charitable giving organisation on Steem has opened my eyes so, so wide.

Talking directly to the people at the other end of the line, hearing how they live, about the problems they face and the solutions they are trying to implement has changed my outlook on the world big time and a half.

I have connected so directly with the people I work with. It is difficult not to have a heightened sense of responsibility to get involved and do the very, very best I can to help.

And A Dollar A Day has helped, a little at least. Even in these difficult days A Dollar A Day has managed to raise approaching US$ 5000 since the project started in May.

This has clearly demonstrated the potential of the Steem blockchain to do good in the world. I do so hope A Dollar A Day can continue to grow and develop in its present form, in its present place.

3. Radio Shows

Becoming a show host on MSP Waves has been my biggest personal revelation from being involved in Steem.

I had never hosted radio shows before, and I would never have dreamed of doing so if not for Steem.

And it has been such a fascinating and enjoyable part of my steem life. Since starting in January, through the various incarnations, I have put out almost 70 shows.

What’s more, on those shows I have now interviewed around 400 steemians. That has been a joy, a pleasure, a privilege, an honour to get to know so many people on the platform in this way.

4. Vegetarian & Vegan

Back in March I interviewed @teamsteem on my Alternative Lifestyle Show on MSP Waves. We talked at length about his choice to be vegan. Then a few weeks later I brought together 10 steem vegans for a vegan special edition of the show. This covered all the different angles of why people become vegan… health, ethics, environment etc.

I had never been a big meat eater. But since those shows I have not eaten any. I am totally vegetarian.

Going full vegan, particularly having our own chickens, has been a longer, and more windy journey. But the ultimate goal is coming close.

I feel healthier for it.

5. Sleep

The other four have been big positives. But it would be dishonest for me not to include this rather more negative impact of steem.

With a 24 hour round the world community I commonly find myself chatting on Discord into the wee small hours with people in earlier timezones.

And there is always more to do. Posts to write, comments to make, shows to listen to, interviews to arrange, donations to send. I set myself steem targets each day – and I try to get them done before going to sleep.

This is not good. I have written about it before. I know it has got to change.

It will, I am trying harder.


So Steem has changed my life. Mostly for the better.

Whatever comes next these past 18 months have been fruitful.

I will wish for many months more…

 

 

The Blocktrades Contest | The Positive Steemians Club launch party

So here is my entry for The Blocktrades Scholarship Contest.

Rather unconventional as my entry is a recording of one of my ‘radio shows’ on MSP Waves – but creating new and continually evolving radio shows is a big part of what I do on Steem.

I have been making shows since January. They are for me significant creative endeavours.

I have developed several show formats over the 60+ shows I have produced so far including The Alternative Lifestyle Show, My Life In 8 Songs, Here Comes The News, Use Case Radio – as well as one-offs like The Steemfest3 After Party.

Each show takes me between one and two days to put together for the planning, researching and finding guests. Interviewing guests has been the cornerstone of my show format. Partly to provide interesting content, partly to give people visibility for their ideas and projects, and partly because it is a fantastically enjoyable way to get to know the people of Steem – over 400 so far.

I have chosen The Positive Steemians Club launch party episode both because it is one of the two shows that fall in the contest period and because it illustrates the essence of what I am so keen to do on the show – to accentuate the positives of Steem. Positive people, positive projects, positive wins.

  • https://steemit.com/mspwaves/@pennsif/rd87qgok

Twenty lines, oh boy!  What else do I do.

I founded and run the A Dollar A Day charitable giving project. It is what I am most proud of. It has added a whole massive new dimension to Steem for me. It has given me a perspective on the world I would never have had without Steem. Almost US$ 5000 raised and donated to 20 projects around the world since I started the project in May this year. It is a true witness to the power of Steem.

More recently I have established SteemClub-UK to give Steem a much needed boost in the UK. There are barely 100 active steemians in the UK. Targeting 1000 by the end of 2019 through events, meetups, talks, promotions.

I do, and I have done, quite a bit else but I can’t fit that in 20 lines or thereabouts.

Do I meet the entry criteria. Tick on all counts. Posting daily between my three accounts – @pennsif, @adollaraday, @steemclub-uk. Comment regularly. Never used a bidbot.

That’s it. That’s me. That’s what I have to offer.

And the penguin? I used to be a penguin catcher. But that’s another story…

[ penguin photo from pixabay.com ]

UK Steem : UK musicians on Steem, DSound & DTube

As part of promoting Steem in the UK an idea has been mooted of having some sort of Steem musicians event.

I wondered therefore how many UK based musicians there are on the Steem blockchain.

Here are all the ones I have found so far. Anyone know of any others?

  • AnarcoTech (North – Huddersfield)
    https://steemit.com/@anarcotech
  • Armchair Spaceman (Scotland)
    https://steemit.com/@tom-orrow
  • AtomCollectorRecords & Juxta
    https://steemit.com/@atomcollector
    https://dsound.audio/#!/@atomcollector
  • Basil Marples (South East – Norfolk)
    https://steemit.com/@basilmarples
    https://dsound.audio/#!/@basilmarples
  • Cams (Scotland)
    https://steemit.com/@camuel
    https://dsound.audio/#!/@acousticguitar
  • Darren Claxton (North – Derbyshire)
    https://steemit.com/@darrenclaxton
    https://dsound.audio/#!/@darrenclaxton
  • Deon – Kryptoe (Midlands – Warwickshire)
    https://steemit.com/@kryptoe
    https://dsound.audio/#!/@kryptoe
  • Donatello (London)
    https://steemit.com/@donatello
    https://dsound.audio/#!/@donatello
  • Last Ravage Opinion
    https://steemit.com/@lastravage
    https://dsound.audio/#!/@lastravage
  • nakedverse (South East – Kent)
    https://steemit.com/@nakedverse
    https://dsound.audio/#!/@nakedverse
  • Nicky Havey (South East – High Wycombe)
    https://steemit.com/@nickyhavey
    https://dsound.audio/#!/@nickyhavey
  • Sazzler J
    https://steemit.com/@sazzler
  • Skaarl (Midlands – Nottinghamshire)
    https://steemit.com/@skaarl
    https://dsound.audio/#!/@skaarl
  • Steve Clark (South East – Bedfordshire)
    https://steemit.com/@steevc
  • The Turtle Project (Wales)
    https://steemit.com/@theturtleproject
    https://dsound.audio/#!/@theturtleproject
  • VoX
    https://steemit.com/@voxxov
    https://dsound.audio/#!/@voxxov

If you know of any other active UK based steem musicians please comment below or message me on Discord (Pennsif#9921).

@atomcollector – it will be good to connect on this…

@article61 & @darrenclaxton – it might be worth connected with all these UK steem musicians as you are interested in a potential steem music event in the Midlands.


Just a reminder the next Steem UK Virtual Meetup will be on Thursday 29 November, 8pm – 11pm UK time. Hope you can come along…

* Steem UK – latest list of active steemians & the next Virtual Meetup – Thursday 29 November

Steem UK Virtual Meetup #1 – what comes next – 4 regional events? Copy

That was really, really, really great.

I am happy, I am inspired, I am believing we can make steem great in Britain.

Thank you everyone who came along to the first Steem UK Virtual Meetup on MSP Waves last night.

Thank you everyone who came on to talk, thank you everyone who joined in the audience and pitched in on the chat.

And thank you everyone who couldn’t attend but sent messages of support – including Matt @starkerz and Dylan @anarcotech of @oracle-d who are doing great work for steem in Indonesia at the moment.

The goal of the meetup, as well as getting to know each other and networking, was to come up with concrete ideas and plans to start promoting steem in the UK.

And we did.

The seeds of 4 events and activities across the country started to germinate in the meetup.

There is still a way to go but if we could move forward with 4 regional events around the country – in the North, in the Midlands, in Wales & the South West, and in London & the South East – we could achieve maximum impact and maximum participation.

Could anything happen in Scotland as well?

The Midlands – Music

In the Midlands Dan @article61 and Darren @darrenclaxton are interested in developing a musical event ideally based around the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham.

Nick @nickyhavey has been developing a Bluffer’s Guide to Cryptocurrency for Musicians that could be molded into a package for onboarding new bands and musicians as part of the event.

A suggestion was made that this could be involved into a program to help new young musicians – maybe a Steem Youth Music Project…?

Unfortunately @atomcollector was not able to make it to the meeting but I had spoken to him earlier and he is interested in this too.

@ashtv is also interested in the project. He is a professional videographer and makes music videos.

Is there anyone else in the Midlands, or beyond, who would like to get involved in a music project to promote steem?

The North – Crypto & Business

For an event in the north @cryptocurator put forward the suggestion of holding some sort of crypto / business meeting or conference – possibly at Manchester University.

Is there anyone in the north region who would be interested in working with @cryptocurator on this sort of event?

London & the South East – Food ?

There are already fairly regular social meetups in London as the numbers are sufficient to sustain these.

The idea was put forward that some sort of food related event might be doable in the London & South East region.

Professional food vlogger @allasyummyfood is based there as well as keen food vloggers like @rea.

@redrica is going to be meeting a number of steemians from the London area at SteemFest next week. She offered to discuss ideas with them and see what interest there is.

Wales & the South West – Film ?

One idea for this region is to hold an event connecting film and steem – probably in Bristol, ideally tying in with the Film Department at the University of Bristol.

I picked up on this idea after the Film & Steem special show last week. @basilmarples and @ashtv are involved in film in the UK. I am hoping @brian-rhodes, @dougkarr, @ericvancewalton, @juliakponsford and @lifesacircus might be able to pitch in ideas from across the Atlantic…

@basilmarples and I are also bouncing around the idea of a short, humorous steem promotion film for the UK.

Anyone interested in getting involved in a film event or project?

I am wondering about broadening it out to vlogging and DTube? @camuel, @slayerkm, @louisthomas – any thoughts on this?


Targeting niche communities

An idea for targeting specific communities was put forward by @raj808.

He is interesting in working with creative writing groups and courses in universities.

Niche community targeting has a lot of merit. It is an idea that could be developed in a number of areas – maybe homeschoolers, or vegans, or homesteaders…


A buddy system

A suggestion was made that we should develop a ‘Buddy System’ or mentoring to help onboarding and improve retention.  I think it was @teamhumble that mentioned this.

@ura-soul is also working on improving the signup and onboarding process.


Ambitious or what?

This might all seem rather ambitious with our limited numbers.

My feeling, at this stage of the game, is that steem needs to go for hitting sixes out of the park. Just grabbing the odd single each over isn’t going to win the match.

Or if you don’t like cricket, we need to think big… or go home.

We have in the UK a bit over 100 active steemians. We are just a little more than one in a million, but not much.

We are unique and we have something really quite special in steem.

Do we want to let it slip through our fingers?

I don’t.


Meetup Recording

The full recording of the meetup is available if you missed it…

  • https://steemit.com/promo-steem/@pennsif/3pd21095

Steemians in the UK – currently 119

These are all the active steemians currently identified in the UK. If you know anyone else that should be added please post in the comments or message me on Discord (@Pennsif#9921).

London & the South East  (41)

@adetorrent, @allasyummyfood, @andabout, @atomcollector, @basilmarples, @blackrussian, @bleepcoin, @breadcentric, @buttpacker, @charitycurator, @cryptogee, @donatello, @donnadavisart, @ezzy, @gillianpearce, @hockney, @hopehuggs, @jameshsmitharts, @justyy, @kabir88, @lloyddavis, @lolzwithlisa, @maneco64, @marczanto, @markangeltrueman, @molometer, @nakedverse, @nanzo-scoop, @nickyhavey, @pjau, @rea, @redrica, @scalextrix, @sergiomendes, @shazza, @simonjay, @stav, @steevc, @stimp1024, @teodora, @ultravioletmag

The Midlands  (20)

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

Wales & the South West  (21)

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

The North  (23)

@anarcotech, @artonmysleeve, @ashtv, @beautifulbullies, @calluna, @c0ff33a, @cryptocurator, @darrenclaxton, @gaby-crb, @gdwcoins, @geordieprepper, @mckeever, @mikefromtheuk, @pcste, @raj808, @russellbury, @slobberchops, @someguy123, @steemonkey, @stephenkendal, @teamhumble, @techmojo, @vibeof100monkeys

Scotland  (8)

@barge, @camuel, @fiftysixnorth, @johnkingwriter, @meesterboom, @natubat, @tom-orrow, @wisbeech

Northern Ireland  (1)

@silverstackeruk

And also…  (5)

@britcoin, @jonathanyoung, @mynewlife, @slayerkm, @tremendospercy

Steem UK Virtual Meetup #1 – what comes next – 4 regional events?

That was really, really, really great.

I am happy, I am inspired, I am believing we can make steem great in Britain.

Thank you everyone who came along to the first Steem UK Virtual Meetup on MSP Waves last night.

Thank you everyone who came on to talk, thank you everyone who joined in the audience and pitched in on the chat.

And thank you everyone who couldn’t attend but sent messages of support – including Matt @starkerz and Dylan @anarcotech of @oracle-d who are doing great work for steem in Indonesia at the moment.

The goal of the meetup, as well as getting to know each other and networking, was to come up with concrete ideas and plans to start promoting steem in the UK.

And we did.

The seeds of 4 events and activities across the country started to germinate in the meetup.

There is still a way to go but if we could move forward with 4 regional events around the country – in the North, in the Midlands, in Wales & the South West, and in London & the South East – we could achieve maximum impact and maximum participation.

Could anything happen in Scotland as well?

The Midlands – Music

In the Midlands Dan @article61 and Darren @darrenclaxton are interested in developing a musical event ideally based around the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham.

Nick @nickyhavey has been developing a Bluffer’s Guide to Cryptocurrency for Musicians that could be molded into a package for onboarding new bands and musicians as part of the event.

A suggestion was made that this could be involved into a program to help new young musicians – maybe a Steem Youth Music Project…?

Unfortunately @atomcollector was not able to make it to the meeting but I had spoken to him earlier and he is interested in this too.

@ashtv is also interested in the project. He is a professional videographer and makes music videos.

Is there anyone else in the Midlands, or beyond, who would like to get involved in a music project to promote steem?

The North – Crypto & Business

For an event in the north @cryptocurator put forward the suggestion of holding some sort of crypto / business meeting or conference – possibly at Manchester University.

Is there anyone in the north region who would be interested in working with @cryptocurator on this sort of event?

London & the South East – Food ?

There are already fairly regular social meetups in London as the numbers are sufficient to sustain these.

The idea was put forward that some sort of food related event might be doable in the London & South East region.

Professional food vlogger @allasyummyfood is based there as well as keen food vloggers like @rea.

@redrica is going to be meeting a number of steemians from the London area at SteemFest next week. She offered to discuss ideas with them and see what interest there is.

Wales & the South West – Film ?

One idea for this region is to hold an event connecting film and steem – probably in Bristol, ideally tying in with the Film Department at the University of Bristol.

I picked up on this idea after the Film & Steem special show last week. @basilmarples and @ashtv are involved in film in the UK. I am hoping @brian-rhodes, @dougkarr, @ericvancewalton, @juliakponsford and @lifesacircus might be able to pitch in ideas from across the Atlantic…

@basilmarples and I are also bouncing around the idea of a short, humorous steem promotion film for the UK.

Anyone interested in getting involved in a film event or project?

I am wondering about broadening it out to vlogging and DTube? @camuel, @slayerkm, @louisthomas – any thoughts on this?


Targeting niche communities

An idea for targeting specific communities was put forward by @raj808.

He is interesting in working with creative writing groups and courses in universities.

Niche community targeting has a lot of merit. It is an idea that could be developed in a number of areas – maybe homeschoolers, or vegans, or homesteaders…


A buddy system

A suggestion was made that we should develop a ‘Buddy System’ or mentoring to help onboarding and improve retention.  I think it was @teamhumble that mentioned this.

@ura-soul is also working on improving the signup and onboarding process.


Ambitious or what?

This might all seem rather ambitious with our limited numbers.

My feeling, at this stage of the game, is that steem needs to go for hitting sixes out of the park. Just grabbing the odd single each over isn’t going to win the match.

Or if you don’t like cricket, we need to think big… or go home.

We have in the UK a bit over 100 active steemians. We are just a little more than one in a million, but not much.

We are unique and we have something really quite special in steem.

Do we want to let it slip through our fingers?

I don’t.


Meetup Recording

The full recording of the meetup is available if you missed it…

  • https://steemit.com/promo-steem/@pennsif/3pd21095

Steemians in the UK – currently 119

These are all the active steemians currently identified in the UK. If you know anyone else that should be added please post in the comments or message me on Discord (@Pennsif#9921).

London & the South East  (41)

@adetorrent, @allasyummyfood, @andabout, @atomcollector, @basilmarples, @blackrussian, @bleepcoin, @breadcentric, @buttpacker, @charitycurator, @cryptogee, @donatello, @donnadavisart, @ezzy, @gillianpearce, @hockney, @hopehuggs, @jameshsmitharts, @justyy, @kabir88, @lloyddavis, @lolzwithlisa, @maneco64, @marczanto, @markangeltrueman, @molometer, @nakedverse, @nanzo-scoop, @nickyhavey, @pjau, @rea, @redrica, @scalextrix, @sergiomendes, @shazza, @simonjay, @stav, @steevc, @stimp1024, @teodora, @ultravioletmag

The Midlands  (20)

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

Wales & the South West  (21)

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

The North  (23)

@anarcotech, @artonmysleeve, @ashtv, @beautifulbullies, @calluna, @c0ff33a, @cryptocurator, @darrenclaxton, @gaby-crb, @gdwcoins, @geordieprepper, @mckeever, @mikefromtheuk, @pcste, @raj808, @russellbury, @slobberchops, @someguy123, @steemonkey, @stephenkendal, @teamhumble, @techmojo, @vibeof100monkeys

Scotland  (8)

@barge, @camuel, @fiftysixnorth, @johnkingwriter, @meesterboom, @natubat, @tom-orrow, @wisbeech

Northern Ireland  (1)

@silverstackeruk

And also…  (5)

@britcoin, @jonathanyoung, @mynewlife, @slayerkm, @tremendospercy

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…

  • https://steemit.com/steem/@surfermarly/ideas-on-how-to-ensure-mainstream-adoption-for-steem-d002da6c8bf99est

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)

@silverstackeruk

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)

@silverstackeruk

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…

* http://contest.gonetcoins.com/

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…

 

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