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Advice by nmcdougal94

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· @nmcdougal94 · (edited)
$6.46
Advice
Hello friends :)

So I have not been super active the past, oh, month or so. I'm sorry if I've missed any comments, I am going to be trying to to back through over the next week and reply to them.

I have amassed a decent amount of Steem and SBD. I was thinking I might buy SteemMonsters, but I don't know if I would have the time to play in it, or if that would be a decent enough investment to warrant doing so.

I've also considered hosting my own giveaway contest. I've entered so many on here, it would be nice to be able to give back now that I have more resources. I'm not sure what I would do though. I particularly like [@bengy](https://steemit.com/@bengy)'s Unsplash photo contest, so some kind of game could be fun to do. Or to make it easier on myself I could just do a dPoll contest, but that doesn't seem like the best option to me.

I could also just invest the currencies into SP, and then delegate that to some other account. I know a lot of accounts give some kind of return, so I could do that for the financial benefit. But if I was going to do that, I'd like to use it to help out newer Steemians like I was assisted. I just don't know how best to find people who need that sort of assistance, so I could do a post to find people I guess. Or a delegation contest of sorts for people who are eligible (ie below a certain SP with regular content)

I'm tagging you all here because I'd greatly appreciate your advice on the matter, and you have all shown that you are passionate about steem and would likely give me advice that would be good for both me and the platform.

[@bengy](https://steemit.com/@bengy), [@freedomshift](https://steemit.com/@freedomshift), [@apolymask](https://steemit.com/@apolymask), [@marblely](https://steemit.com/@marblely), [@stever82](https://steemit.com/@stever82), [@amico](https://steemit.com/@amico), [@fraenk](https://steemit.com/@fraenk), [@mariannewest](https://steemit.com/@mariannewest), [@coinsandchains](https://steemit.com/@coinsandchains), [@fitinfun](https://steemit.com/@fitinfun), [@bashadow](https://steemit.com/@bashadow), [@kiokizz](https://steemit.com/@kiokizz), [@paulag](https://steemit.com/@paulag), [@macoolette](https://steemit.com/@macoolette), [@pundito](https://steemit.com/@pundito), [@kaelci](https://steemit.com/@kaelci), [@nathanmars](https://steemit.com/@nathanmars)

I'm sure I've missed some people, but I apologize that I cannot remember your username.

I look forward to hearing advice from some of you about this. I hope you don't mind my random tagging.

Oh, I'm also planning on adding banners to my posts for both manna currency and ShiftDemand. Does anyone have any that they use for those two? Or any other groups/organizations that you think I should add?

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@partiko-promoter ·
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Thank you so much for being an awesome Partiko user! You have received a 16.44% upvote from us for your 3507 Partiko Points! Together, let's change the world!
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@fraenk ·
I'd suggest powering up at least until you have ~500SP and keep voting for decent content whenever you have the chance.

If you really just don't have the time to keep engaging with the platform you could consider following some curation trail you trust.

Selling your vote for ROI is always an option, too, but I think that would make me feel weird not knowing what kind of crap I'm voting just to keep the ROI wheel rolling... I don't think the returns would be worth it.
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@bengy ·
I only just checked your wallet... So I would agree with this! Power up... If you are on @ocdb, use that to indirectly power up via bids. 
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@nmcdougal94 ·
Huh. So two votes for power up haha. How would I check if I'm on there?

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@nmcdougal94 ·
Really? Is that so my vote can actually have some impact or another reason?

Which would you suggest, if you use any?

How does one go about selling their vote? I've only seen that from minnowbooster, but I've never sold any votes on their platform.

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@amico ·
I suggest you to buy STEEM with the SBD you have, now that the price is low, and PowerUp.
I experienced selling votes and I found it not convenient. It is much more convenient upvoting @steembasicincome (and it’s other 10 accounts) posts and comment: you’ll receive back more value than you give to them.

Hosting contests it’s cool: let’s start with something that interest you! 😜

Cheers πŸ₯‚ 

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@nmcdougal94 ·
Thanks, I just put in a buy order with all but 1.00 SBD. I never follow that closely enough. 

I actually have all of the SBI accounts set to autovote haha, so already doing that.

I'm really not sure what I could do for a regular contest unfortunately.

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@bengy ·
You can always find new Steemians from @steemterminal (not sure I spelt that right, @brittandjosie) or @pifc (@thedarkhorse). Just browse through who they featured and you can delegate to someone you like the look of. This has no return, other than normal SP inflation.

Or delegate to a curation project, like @ocdb, which does pay a return and has an author whitelist so you know it is being used well. 

Of delegate to a small curation team where the difference will be felt... Plug for @classical-radio, but no investment return.... But there are many, depending on your tastes. 

@steemmonsters is a fun game, but don't expect a return or even that they will hold value... Especially now, as their prices are denominated in fiat,, and you are paying with steem/SBD, which are currently low in value.

Personally, I delegate some for selfish means (with some sort of return) , and some part to altruistic (with no return) . I think, finding the right balance for you is quite a personal choice.

Contests are also fun, it is a way to soak some engagement and hopefully a bit of advertisement for you blog... See, part selfish and part altruistic! 
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@kiokizz ·
$0.06
Hello. Hard to make a decision between investment in financial gain or into the community - or just waiting to see what happens..

I've been fairly inactive myself recently being busy offline. Recently I reached my goal of 1000 SP, though I do have some of it delegated (Some to @actifit + @steembasicincome for bonus units).

As for my future post earnings, I'm hoping to continue running the giveaways on my blog when I get to taking and editing some more photos. I've spent more than I planned on Steam Monsters - not sure of it's a good investment for short term gains, but who know what the future holds :)

Hope this helps somewhat.

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@nmcdougal94 ·
Well, I'm not treating this as financial gain, more I would just like an ROI that will help me power up faster in the long run. I guess that is sort of financially though haha.

Hmmm. I forgot I can delegate to SBI, that may be one to consider when I build up enough SP.

Nice, that sounds good. I'll make sure to keep an eye out. I wish you luck with Steem Monsters.

Thank you, it did. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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@mariannewest ·
Looks like you already got a lot of good advice. I think a lot depends on how active you think you will be on the platform. 
I am a bad person to ask for biggest gain on your investments since that is not my driving force. 
But I suggest to give SBI as prizes instead of Steem or SBD. That way, you also benefit and grow and can give away more in the long run...

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@nmcdougal94 ·
Yeah, that's sort of what I was unsure on. I'm still trying to figure that out, but hopefully I'll be active enough to warrant powering up.

Well I appreciate your perspective as well, what you've been doing on the Steem community is incredibly impressive.

That was indeed my plan :)

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@freedomshift ·
$0.33
> I have amassed a decent amount of Steem and SBD. 

How much is a decent amount?

> I was thinking I might buy SteemMonsters, 

SteemMonsters has just finished crowdfunding round and you have missed a great opportunity to invest, rather than just buy, but would have ended up with more than just buying. There might be a future round although less incentive.

> but I don't know if I would have the time to play in it, or if that would be a decent enough investment to warrant doing so.

I have set up @team-ccc-monster as the community account for #ccc members to play without first spending any $. @cicisaja has been playing with it. I have invested in the crowdfunding and am waiting to receive the steemmonsters - rebranded to splinterlands - packs and cards. Besides the community account that you may use to play, I'll lease or delegate cards at low or no cost to #ccc members.

#ccc is set up to help new members and it has grown and flourished.

The #ccc code is to invite them here to receive all the benefits which is also growing.

BTW, I was expecting you to become active in all #ccc contests and then host one that I'll sponsor - a great way to grow here for both you and #ccc members.
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@nmcdougal94 ·
Nearly $9 of SBD, and I had 30+ Steem. I guess in the scheme of things it's not much, but it is way more than I have ever had before. 

Well darn. I guess that's my loss then.

Oh, well that is awesome. What would the process be to try that out? 

Yeah, I know. I apologize. Things have been busy for me lately and I've had to pull back from Steem more than I had wanted to. I'm trying to engage more, so shall be looking to become active in those contests. I'll write up a post for the contest I'll host soon.

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@freedomshift ·
> Well darn. I guess that's my loss then.
Oh, well that is awesome. What would the process be to try that out?

I think you were referring to steemmosters?

Check with @cicisaja in discord for details - she is in charge of all things steemmonaters AKA Splinterlands. I'll help #ccc members through her and @team-ccc-monster.
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@pundito ·
$0.03
Thanks for tagging me and asking for my opinion.
I 100% agree with what @bengy wrote in the comments. Power up is what everybody helps here - also you.
Powering up indirectly via OCDB helps even more because it helps you grow and gives you some liquid SBD or STEEM back to reinvest.

Regarding delegation for passive income: a good idea maybe if you got 1000+ SP. 
Why? Delegating less than 500SP makes not much sense IMHO and having less than 500SP make your votes less interesting for others.

So I also would say: use your liquid steem to grow and reinvest.

That's just my personal opinion and no financial advice ;)

_STEEM ON!!!_
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@nmcdougal94 ·
I appreciate you taking the time to respond :)

I do think that OCDB will be an excellent choice to power up with, it seems they do have quite good returns. I'm thinking I'll use them on daily freewrites when I get back to those, to make sure each one is over a dollar. Or do you think I should just get a much larger upvote on a singular post? I don't know what would be better.

Hmmm. I guess that makes sense. I was hoping I could find somewhere to delegate 20-30SP, but the gains probably wouldn't be worth it. I'd likely make more just keeping that and upvoting content.

Thank you, and good luck with your next lottery draw :)

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@macoolette · (edited)
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You already got considerable number of good pieces of advice here. I would just like to echo out the part to use all other resources (SBD, Steem) you have to power up first. With your SP now, there are very limited things that you can do. It is also a fact that people will check your SP (which determines your upvote value) to check the possible value that they can get when they join your contest.

I suggest that you work on getting at least 1K SP first. The @ocdb service will help you accelerate this part if you post enough good quality and original content on a regular basis.

You can find newbies using the #introduceyourself tag: https://steemit.com/created/introduceyourself. I check this from time to time and upvote good quality introductions.

As to what kind of contest you should hold, that is your choice of interest. What interests you that will make you consistent to host contest for? When you have the answer, host the contest through #ccc as @freedomshift mentioned. @marblely and @oliviackl are already doing this. This will help you to have bigger upvotes for the participants because of the #ccc members.

Thanks for believing in us for pieces of advice. Good luck!
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@nmcdougal94 ·
Ah, yeah I guess having higher SP would make it more likely to get involvement in things. Though, I can't say I've ever checked that before entering contests myself.

Wow, 1k first? That is gonna be quite a long time. At my current rate of growth that'd be like 5 years.

Oh, yeah I recall you saying that. Unfortunately my upvote isn't enough to really help, but I could consider resteeming or something.

Yeah, I'm not sure on that either. I have an idea, I'll be writing it up soon to share with the #ccc members.

Thank you for validating that belief :)

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@cicisaja ·
Do what you like ..but power up firstπŸ˜‰ hosting a contest is cool too.. but think again about steemmonsters, try it first before you decided to buy the pack and let it covered with dust later, unplayedπŸ˜† ... you are tagging the best people on steemit, so please take their words into your consideration πŸ˜‰ good luck!
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@nmcdougal94 ·
Haha, yeah the general consensus has been that I'm much to low to consider anything else seriously.

I do think a contest will be a good choice moving forward though.

I'll see if I can try out the ccc account :)

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@cicisaja ·
That would be nice @nmcdougal94 πŸ˜‰ just reach me on discord cicisaja#5995 so I can give you the key.. Haven't play the account for a week now😊
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@marblely ·
Yup yup, another vote for power up! Just keep powering up, keep a little of STEEM and SBD, just in case you need it later, either for your own use or for charity or maybe give away as prize for your contest :) Hosting a contest is definitely cool. You will get to grow yourself through post earnings, you will get to know new Steemians and you will also give back to the community by helping them grow too. Having kind sponsors like @freedomshift really helps for sure and he has offered to you, grab it! :)
And participate in contests, like the ones under #ccc, that helps too. You may not win which is fine, the contests give you reasons to post and earn :)
And giving out SBI will help you and the winners. All the best @nmcdougal94!! You can do it!

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@nmcdougal94 ·
That is what I am thinking will be the best course of action, particularly because the SBI prizes would benefit me as well.

I'll hopefully be more active in those in the future. Your contests have always been particularly beneficial :)

Thank you for your words of encouragement :)

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@apolymask ·
I'm not good at suggesting what other people do as I don't feel like it's my place and I don't want anyone to dislike my suggestions if they go with it and don't end up liking the results, lol.. But since you asked I would say what most other peoples here said, power up first. To like at least 1k. And also I think contests are fun! So if you wanna do that I would say that it's a good way to give back and help others and also perhaps bring some more followers to your page as well. If you need any helping thinking of ideas or how to do that feel free to ask. Maybe a contest in regards to veganism or helping to heal the world somehow might be good? Best of luck to you!

PS.. Sorry it's taken me forever to respond to your last messages. I've been overwhelmed with the IFC contest and am really behind on my messages. I plan to get back to them all at some point, but right now I'm just swamped and am really behind on my messages.
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@nmcdougal94 ·
That is a totally understandable viewpoint, but I'd never hold it against you if something went wrong on my end.

Is that just to ensure that my votes will be more worthwhile to others? Or are there more benefits of powering up that I don't know about? 

Oh, those are actually both excellent ideas, thank you. I'll have to write up a list of concepts, maybe I'll run it by the vegan discord for further tips. 

No need to apologize, I totally understand. Plus, even if you had responded, I wouldn't have seen them because I have also been quite busy myself. So feel free to put my messages on a low priority and take care of other things first. I'd hate to feel like a source of stress to you.

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@ocdb ·
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