Steem has been good to me – 5 ways I am trying to give back

In the 18 months I have been on the platform steem has given me a lot.

I’ve learnt so many useful skills. I’ve met so many interesting people. I’ve done so many things I never thought I would. I’ve even earnt a tidy pile of steem tokens.

Most of all I have had my mind opened to the whole wide world. And all the people that live there.

The world is wondrous place – particularly when you get to know the residents of steem.

As a hobby, as a business, as a social network, as a place for personal development, or even just as a place to hang out and pass the time of day steem has been a full time giver. And I have been a full time taker of every opportunity that steem has sent my way.

But it cannot be all take and no give.

In these bloodied crypto days steem needs us. It needs us to do some giving not taking.

So I am revisiting, reviewing, re-evaluating what I do for steem.

Can I do what I do better, smarter, harder, faster. Can I do it with more brains than mourn.

This is what I do…

1.  A Dollar A Day @adollaraday

This is a charitable giving project that I got up and running in May. Steemians donate 1 SBD a day and I pool those SBDs to give out larger donations every day to currently 16 carefully vetted projects in 9 countries round the world. A Dollar A Day is on target to give out US$ 5000 by the end of the year.

2.  SteemClub-UK @steemclub-uk

I started this project more recently when I could only find well under 100 active steemians in the UK – barely more than 1 in a million of population. We’ve kicked off with a well attended first virtual meetup, discussions about mini-meetups and regional events are underway, I have set up an auto-voter with 5000 SP so far to give out a little something to every active steemian in the UK. The UK steem community is starting to come together… and there is so much more to come.

3.  MSP Waves @mspwaves

Through various name and format variations I have been hosting shows on MSP Waves since January. I have done The Alternative Lifestyle Show, My Life In 8 Songs, Here Comes The News, Use-Case Radio, The Random Radio Show… All have had a common theme of interviewing the people of steem. That is my radio thing. Now to the tune of around 400 interviewees. That is 400 steemians for whom I have provided a little bit of visibility and promotion for themselves and their projects. And we’re still going strong.

4.  Fundition

I work for Fundition, steem’s very own crowdfunding platform, doing Founder Support. That is I help people with preparing their project proposals and giving them ongoing assistance. So far I have helped several dozen founders with projects which have gone on to raise thouands of dollars. Fundition keeps on working for the good.

5.  And coming next… the Positive Steemians Club

I am always cooking up new ideas to try out. Some work, some don’t. There are still so many areas I would like to help with – improving onboarding and retention, growing the steem community in South America, developing the homesteading and prepping communities, encouraging more young people on to steem… the list is endless. Alas my time and resources are not. So I have to be selective. Last Thursday I threw a new idea up in the air to see if it would stick – the Positive Steemians Club. Giving air time to those great steemians with positive ideas to promote and improve steem. I hope this project has legs.

And one last thing, I buy steem. When I can afford it and when someone is selling. I do all my trades person to person to lessen or avoid fees and exchange costs as much as possible. If you are selling buzz me…

So that is what I am doing to give back to the community, and to help grow steem.

One person. Never enough. Giving it my best shot.


Steem UK : 10 Things Going On with Steem in the UK @ 15 November 2018

SteemFest is over, and the Steem price is on a downward slide.

This seems like a good time to redouble efforts to get moving on promoting Steem in the UK.

I am going to give this my best shot and I hope others in the UK will join me on the journey.

Here’s where I have got to so far. Comments, suggestions, ideas, criticisms welcome.

1. Steem UK Virtual Meetup

The second Steem UK Virtual Meetup is scheduled for 2 weeks from today (29 November). It will be 8pm – 11pm UK time on MSP Waves.

Do please come along and join in with that if you want to make Steem great in Britain.

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

2. SteemClub-UK branding?

This came about rather by chance as the accounts @steemuk and @steem-uk had both been taken. So I grabbed @steemclub-uk instead.

Now the Club idea is growing on me. More on this idea to follow…

3. Auto-Voter account @steemclub-uk

I have set up @steemclub-uk on SteemAuto to auto-vote UK active steemians.

I have delegated 2000SP to the account to get it going and @steevc, @article61 and @livinguktaiwan have already kindly added SP delegations.

This will take some trial and error and discussion and debate, but I am gradually adding everyone that is on the active UK steemians list. Everyone should start to see small votes appear on their posts once a day.

This will be developed further and can be discussed on 29 November.

The account is now up to 2300 SP. It would be great if we can get it to 5000 SP by the next meetup.

4. Curation trail on @steemclub-uk

A curation trail is also set on @steemclub-uk if you can spare a bit of voting power to support UK steemians.

5. Curation project

I am going to start some manual curation for UK steemians. Still working on the details.

Music is first on my list…

6. SteemClub-UK Discord Server

I have just set this up. I primarily see this as being useful for organising events and meetups, but maybe more…

I will start sending out invites over the next few days.

7. Regional Events

We discussed in the first Virtual Meetup the idea of having four regional events each focussing on a different theme.

These are targeted for the first few months of 2019.

These are still subject to change but currently we are considering…

  • in the Midlands – a music related event
  • in London and the South East – a food related event
  • in Wales and the South West – a film related event
  • in the North – a business / crypto related event

Check out this post for more details on each of these…

We will be discussing more on 29 November, and hopefully soon in the Discord server, but if anyone would like to get involved in any of these events please comment below or message me on Discord (Pennsif#9921).

8. Mini-Meetups

I have heard mention of various potential mini-meetups around the country.

If you are organising any gatherings and are open to other steemians joining in let me know and we can share the details.

9. Charity Projects

As many of you might know I am involved in the A Dollar A Day charitable giving project on Steem and with the steem crowdfunding platform. Through both of these I see the power of good that Steem can do.

I would really love to see some charitable projects supported by Steem in the UK.

If you have any ideas contact me…

10. Weekly Update

To keep the ball rolling and to make sure everyone can stay in the loop that wants to be there I will be putting out a weekly update like this of what is going on in the UK Steem world.

If you have any events, meetups, contests etc you would like to be included let me know.


The UK is the home of great projects like @promo-steem, @oracle-d and @adollaraday ( 😃 ).

Steem has great potential in the UK. It will take effort, commitment, community and a fair dash of hard work.

But Steem is special. It presents an opportunity we may never have in our lifetimes again.

We must not let the opportunity slip through our fingers.

Now is the time to start making Steem great in Britain.

Anyone for 1000 active Steemians in the UK by the end of 2019?

Steemians in the UK – currently 133

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).

Ex-Pats are now being included on the list – are you a Brit living abroad that wants to see Steem flourish in the old country…?

London & the South East  (44)

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

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  (23)

@cryptocariad, @eveningart, @father2b, @francesleader, @happysmileyman, @jen0revision, @jimbobbill, @louisthomas, @owenwat, @p-props, @pennsif, @perceptualflaws, @pumpkinsandcats, @stevejhuggett, @stevelivingston, @sunsethunter, @theadmiral0, @theturtleproject, @timothyallen, @tinygalaxy, @ukbitcoinmaster, @wales, @welshstacker

The North  (25)

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

Scotland  (9)

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

Northern Ireland  (1)


Somewhere in the UK…  (11)

@britcoin, @jonathanyoung, @lastravage, @monkazzsa, @mynewlife, @sazzler, @supertraff, @surviveuk, @tremendospercy, @ukprepper, @voxxov

Expats  (1)

@livinguktaiwan (Taiwan)

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