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Show me your flame by tarazkp

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· @tarazkp ·
$45.33
Show me your flame
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@nonameslefttouse (which is ironic on Steem since there are plenty left to use but I had to go with @nonameslefttouse69) posted this morning asking [if what we are posting we think is interesting](https://steemit.com/life/@nonameslefttouse/are-you-posting-because-you-think-your-stuff-is-interesting) and I have to answer honestly:
### No, I do not think my posts are interesting (to everyone).  
&nbsp;
I strongly believe that they are interesting to some people though based on observations and, I definitely am interested in what I am posting because, it would be quite ridiculous in my opinion to posts for no reason other than earning some magic ~~beans~~ coins.

https://i.imgur.com/xoCASVt.jpg

Obviously a lot of my content is Steem related and inward facing, something that might not be great for attracting or keeping newbies to Steem interested in social media. But, if those newbies are interested in social media, and then discover they might *also be interested in* economic development, financial consideration, ownership, freedom of speech, investing, crypto and a number of other things - they might find my content interesting - *eventually.*

People often talk about Steem related content as if it should be tagged NSFW without realizing, that is exactly what i is, *work.* I am an investor here in more ways than one and am looking for a brighter future for a platform that has mammoth potential. Can you imagine people turning up to work at Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft or *any* business on earth and, *not talking about their company, the direction, the model, the potentials, the risk?*

I get paid by my company to think about and act in ways that I believe will improve their model - how long do you think they will employee me if I decided work wasn't the place for those discussions? On Steem, the blockchain *is* the boardroom, it is the shareholder meeting location, it is the place where conversations take place that drive development - even if that development takes place behind the scenes. 

### Learning motherfucker, do you speak it?
&nbsp;
Does everyone have to be interested in these things? No. I would however argue that those who are looking to learn *should be* interested in the way things work here, just as they would be interested in the way things work with any of the things they turn their hand to. If the want to earn is present, even more the reason. 

For those who find a hobby they thoroughly enjoy, it would be ludicrous not to take an interest in all the things that surround it. An enthusiastic salsa dancer will learn about the steps, the music, the lead, follow and all of the little body movements associated. An enthusiastic gamer will learn the ins and outs of a game, the shortcuts, the techniques, the gaming rig specs and all of the things that surround their experience, *to improve their game.* You got game? 

### The artist that can't hang himself
&nbsp;
As I see it, it is hard to take someone seriously when they speak of issues they face that they have not been interested enough in to learn about. I *am* a content creator on Steem and always have been and since I set out to earn *something* for my creation, that means learning how the platform I create on works. It isn't easy, it is always changing and, it often doesn't support me so, I have to adjust. 

If an artist went into a gallery and said *"hang my fucking paintings motherfucker, and pay me for the privilege to view them",* they'd likely not have many paintings in galleries (some would like the ballsiness of the move - the second artist that tries it?). For most artists who are successful *within their lifetime* it is about relationship building, not the art. The relationships give access to the platforms where their work can hang and, the people who will view it. There are a lot of starving artists out there, there are also a lot of introverted, difficult, emotionally unstable and reclusive artists too. 

For me, Steem is a platform I get to express myself in a multitude of ways and most likely because financially things have been what could eloquently stated as "fucked" for a long time, I am *interested* in the economic aspects of Steem and learning how I could potentially use my skills better by increasing my skillset. 

### Steem *is* a skillset. 
&nbsp;
One of the skills is being able to keep an audience reading, a skill that is made more challenging the more text it contains in a world where 140 characters is classed a short novel. The length isn't the problem most of the time though, the style and content is. Write even the most interesting content like a textbook, people will fall asleep just like they did at school. 

What is interesting? Listen to someone speak about something they love and take some notes. You can't do similar with your own content? Are you sure you actually find it interesting at all? Because, you definitely don't love it. 

This is often the difference between what is interesting content and not in my opinion, as it shows when people don't actually give a toss about what they write and it has very little attractive power. this is even more repellent when one *doesn't know* the author as there is no relationship to explain the behavior, the coldness, or the nuance. I have known a few asshole artists that are successful, they still understood people well enough to build relationships where their assholeness is a feature, not a bug. 

### What are your features and what are your bugs?
&nbsp;
I find a lot of people trip over themselves as there is a conflict between what they want, and what they are capable of having given their skills and behaviors. They spend their life tripping over themselves and blame everyone else for not recognizing their brilliance, while other *"lesser"* humans out perform them and accomplish that of which they dream.  

It doesn't matter how smart you are, but if you want people to listen to you - you have to *present for them.* If you don't know your audience, you are just speaking to yourself. Of course, that satisfies some people's desires too because they can sit in their personal echo chamber and listen to the reverberation of their own voice always being "right".

I like to write (now) but I also know that this is a bug, not a feature for most people who like to consume soundbites of information and feel that they know enough to act on. But, I also tend to include enough "valuable content" that people will be annoyed, but continue reading through to see if there is something that they can use. 

### Generate more than extract
&nbsp;
@taskmaster4450 asked a question the other day in a post about being [a generative or extractive Steemian](https://steemit.com/busy/@taskmaster4450/are-you-a-generative-or-extractive-steemain) and I would say that I am far more generative than extractive on Steem and have contributed to many people having a better understanding of the platform to the point that they are willing to spiral out and become generators of value themselves in many ways. 

The more generators of value Steem has, the more valuable Steem becomes and when it comes to what has value on a social network, it is the network itself; the connections, the conversations, the engagement, the shares, the help, advice and willingness to put in, not just take out. The network is the energy. But, putting *anything* in doesn't have value even if it has energy, just like putting sugar into a car tank instead of fuel doesn't make it run better. 

### Can you generate value on you?
&nbsp;
Game theory surrounds people acting in "self-interest" yet, when it comes to actually knowing the self, knowing the bugs, the features and the conditions that influence personal behavior - *most people aren't interested enough to learn what works for them, and what doesn't. Most just take the lazy path and do what they want and blame everything else on why they don't get to where they want to be. 

Even with all of the problems on the platform with bots and distribution, economics and behavior - people still need to understand there is an audience they must cater for and if that audience isn't interested, it isn't up to the audience to change because, *they are obviously interested in something else.*

I like thinking, talking, writing and engaging in Steem. 
You think it shows? 

Taraz
[ a Steem original ] 

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@newageinv ·
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I think it also provides us a way to learn about ourselves and reflect on what we would like to do in the future.  Finding relationships that foster these types of thoughts is great in creating value in itself as most places do not welcome it whereas communities continue to be built to think freely and offer feedback.  Whether it be the interest of few or many is bot the point; instead, the potential is more valubale I believe.

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@tarazkp ·
>Finding relationships that foster these types of thoughts is great in creating value in itself as most places do not welcome it whereas communities continue to be built to think freely and offer feedback. 

I think so too. If we are meant to be building a different model for the future, we better make sure we change our habits learned in the past.
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@mistakili ·
It shows like crazy...damn I see your new posts in the middle of the night sometimes,..

>I would say that I am far more generative than extractive on Steem and have contributed to many people having a better understanding of the platform to the point that they are willing to spiral out and become generators of value themselves in many ways.

Yup, I can testify to this,...I'm glad to be one of those who learned from your insights and even your writing style. Value
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@tarazkp ·
Hopefully it has helped more than harmed ;)
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@cryptoandcoffee ·
I may be boring , but I enjoy your posts as there is a lot of thought covering different ideas and looking st things from different perspectives.
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@tarazkp ·
You *are* boring ;P 
Sharing lives is more important than the finance as it gives the potential to build relationships that matter. Combine it with the economy and it becomes an economy where people put in and take out tempered by the relationships that they care about. Too much of investing is to maximize the individual no matter the cost to relationships, the difference on steem is that it is more visible.
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@hf20 ·
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I always take the lazy way out...
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@tarazkp ·
does it work for you?
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@hf20 ·
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Everyone is still talking about me six months later...
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@owasco ·
Yeah, it shows! 
This post is inspiring to me today, just when this hard fork business, which I barely understand, is starting to get me down. I have to remember that, even if I begin to make even less money than I do now, steem will still be a place I can go to amuse and interest myself, and hope some others (who don't care about the fact that their stake in my 13 cents will be negligible) will be amused or interested as well. 
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@tarazkp ·
If you remember that, you will find that the path leads to earning more, not less when people come here to be amused and find interesting things to do rather than be fed what someone has been monetized to feed them.
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@owasco ·
Earning more what? Precious few people ever read my stuff, and each time someone does it's a lovely feeling I get (sorry about that passive voice writers). I'm already keeping an eye out for those I follow whose posts make a goodly sum (and it's not necessarily better content, it's folks who have figured out how to play the numbers), and will spend more of my time courting them, which leaves me less time to support the little interesting folk like me. The fork is leading me away from myself. 

If there is one thing I have learned however, it is that bad things lead to great things, so there's that. 
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@owasco ·
you gave me an idea for my zapfic entry! 
https://steempeak.com/zapfic/@owasco/a-hard-choice
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@midlet ·
$0.03
!dramatoken
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@tarazkp ·
How many do I need to be able to issue them?
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@midlet ·
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@shortsegments ·
Good Morning!
Your post greeted me this morning and I am really feeling it in my mind. 
I like this:
>But, if those newbies are interested in social media, and then discover they might also be interested in economic development, financial consideration, ownership, freedom of speech, investing, crypto and a number of other things - they might find my content interesting - eventually.

And then you said this:
>People often talk about Steem related content as if it should be tagged NSFW without realizing, that is exactly what i is, work. I am an investor here in more ways than one and am looking for a brighter future for a platform that has mammoth potential. Can you imagine people turning up to work at Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft or any business on earth and, not talking about their company, the direction, the model, the potentials, the risk?

And I said “Damn” Taraz is on a roll.  He is talking my language. You then went on to say this is a business. We are here to earn the right to earn. We need to learn how this place works, it’s vocabulary, it’s rules, we need to develop some skills, have good manners and work hard to make ourselves successful here. 

And then you said the dreadful “V-word” 
Yes. You had the audacity to say the V-word.  
What “VALUE” do you bring to the table.  

My Dad always said to me, you will never have to worry about job security, as long as you bring value to your company. ( I later found out it helps if you let your boss have the majority of the credit 😂😂)

But I digress...
What value do you bring to the table. 
I could almost hear you sneering and saying:
“This platform doesn’t owe you anything!”
“Your job is to figure out how to earn Steem and keep Steem”

It was like you reached out and grabbed a few people by their shirt collars and woke them up with... the facts of life. 

This is why I read your posts. 
Some of your posts should be required reading for Newbies. 
My kids call this “adulting”

Apparently inspired by a lifetime of lectures from me. 
They say “adulting” it’s what you need to learn to be successful in life. 

Take Care Taraz,
I may never meet you in person to tell you this,  but you bring value to the platform. 


Shortsegments. 

P.S.
I don’t know if you have a P.S. in your culture.
It stands for “Post Script” it means I remembered one more thing...,
I had an “aha” moment as I read the rest of your post. 
I realized a big part of what I was doing right and a big part of what I was doing wrong: I am trying to present to my audience. But I think I need more work on the engagement part. It needs to be more personalized. It is easy to want to reply to 10-12 comments on a post with generic replies. But I realized suddenly after reading your post that the replies I make like the person is standing before me and they have my complete attention are the ones which result in a genuine connection. It’s like we reached out over the Internet and connected like real people do in person.  This relative distance between us offers us some protection that we can be real personable, real genuine and real human. 
Thanks
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@tarazkp ·
>My Dad always said to me, you will never have to worry about job security, as long as you bring value to your company. ( I later found out it helps if you let your boss have the majority of the credit 😂😂)

:D this makes me laugh. Actually, my boss is one of those people who tries to give credit to others - and because she does this - she gets a lot of credit :)

>My kids call this “adulting”

This reminds me of a post I read today: https://www.palnet.io/life/@allover/children-adults-chiladults

>I don’t know if you have a P.S. in your culture.

I think Australians talk so much there is more P.S. than S.

>It is easy to want to reply to 10-12 comments on a post with generic replies. 

The first 6 months on the platform I did this, it didn't work and, *it wasn't fun.* I didn't get to actually know people. Now I answer more, have fun, get little details of life, joke around and tease. It is much more friendship than media. 

>It’s like we reached out over the Internet and connected like real people do in person. 

There are people I trust enough here that I haven't yet met, that if I died my wife will contact them for help about Steem matters. 

>This relative distance between us offers us some protection that we can be real personable, real genuine and real human.

Wouldn't it be nice if wherever we are, we can be this?
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@nonameslefttouse ·
$0.02
That's another thing folks have to come to grips with.  Knowing not everyone will find your work, my work, their work; interesting.  It's the same for all of us and to freak people out even more, *there are probably more out there who don't find it interesting than there are who do.*
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@tarazkp ·
I use the same rule of thirds for people who might like me. 1/3 will like, 1/3 will dislike, 1/3 will not care either way. 

Of course, if you are into some serious kink, the percentages might change ;D
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@nonameslefttouse ·
![treeturd.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmccFHomUV18gBLcMUd2bt2qMxtMXV1SKjujf7pyiyhrRx/treeturd.png)
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@organduo ·
I like how you say that Steem is a skillset. We need to learn this new skill, how the platform works. I'm amazed how many Steemians don't even know how to power up or the value of doing so. What is natural and no brainer to us is a unpassable ocean to them...

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@tarazkp ·
$0.02
You know all of those early adopters who got into the internet in the early-mid 90s and gamed and chatted on IRC? Most of them never went past that. Some of course went on to build some of the most valuable companies in the world. 

As I see it, this is a new technology and offers possibilities that most who use it are going to miss as they satisfy their immediate needs and don't grow with the changes other than to satisfy more of the same needs. Some of course will pick up the ball, learn all they can and run with it.
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@organduo ·
This is a good analogy with early adopters. I know a man who literally brought internet to our country. But I have rarely heard his name after that.
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@mrnightmare89 ·
yeah it is, we are unique in different ways but tje question is, do they understand it? some people think that we're being absurd of what we wrote or what we posted. We have freedom to express our feelings through writing's but there were people who disagree. Well we couldn't help, each one of us has different liking. If that's the case then we'll just write what we think will be happy on it.

wonderful thoughts, many can relate. have a great day..

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@clixmoney ·
You are very right, but sometimes people don't notice the value you are bringing to them even if you explain that to them. Sometimes they are not willing to understand you at all. I was bringing value all the time by interviewing steemians who are not seen in the platform, but I didn't see a big appriciation from whales for doing that. Thanks to @dtube who always supported all this time and that's what kept me here. I also build @dcooperation , but it's still small to beed seen. I will do the maximum to keep bringing value to the blockchain because I've been here for more than 2 years and I don't think I can ever leave this platform. I start to understand things more here. You are right, learning about the audiance is even more important that learning about how steem works or something else. I already learned what I could about steem and dapps, now it's the time to learn about people and what kind of content they want from me. Thanks for your inspiration, I'm glad I've found you. ☺
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@tarazkp ·
>Thanks to @dtube who always supported all this time and that's what kept me here. 

THis is the job of applications right? to keep their users who add value.

>I already learned what I could about steem and dapps, now it's the time to learn about people and what kind of content they want from me. 

I think if open to it, this would be an interesting journey to take. 

>Thanks for your inspiration, I'm glad I've found you. ☺

You are welcome, hopefully some of the random I speak about helps you :)
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@simplymike ·
I guess it has a lot to do with being passionate. A lot of the posts I publish suck, because they are written  because I feel i need to write. Forced posts are rarely interesting enough to read through to the end.

I found out that my spontaneous posts - the ones I didn't overthink and the ones that are clearly emotionally charged, speak to a lot of people. 
I love it when someone  - or better, something - on here, pisses me off so badly that I can't help to address it in a post. (The spontaneous 'rants' targeting SM, drugwars etc I've posted in the past are among the best posts I've ever written, and such posts speak to many people, simply because they all agree, but don't have the guts to write about it themselves. And because their very passionate posts, written out of pure emotion.)

But no matter what, writing posts that interest everyone is simply impossible. 

It's only recently I developed an interest in your posts. Somehow, I only stumbled upon the ones that were Steem related, and I simply didn't know enough about how things worked here to be able to understand what you were saying. 
Same thing for others who write about the Steem ecosystem and everything that comes with it

> economic development, financial consideration, ownership, freedom of speech

Even now, a lot of those posts are still way over my head; and I've been around for almost 2 years. I'm just not good at technicalities and economics, lol.
I can only imagine what it must be like for  people who are new to all this.

> It doesn't matter how smart you are, but if you want people to listen to you - you have to present for them. If you don't know your audience, you are just speaking to yourself. 

Personally, I think it ain't easy to find the balance between what your audience wants to read, and what you want to write about. Ever since the beginning, I've been putting a lot of effort in helping newcomers & minnows to get started (and stay) in any way possible. I don't mind. I'm a teacher, I love to teach.

As a result, I've built an audience of mostly redfish and minnows (and the people I 'grew up' here with).

But I've noticed that because I grow as a person, and  I learn more about myself and other things every day, the things I write about don't always target my audience anymore.

It's not a problem yet - most of  my posts are still very basic and simple - I'm not as smart or good with words to be able to write posts like yours and the ones from taskmaster4450, just to give 2 examples.

Still, I often find myself wondering which path to follow. 

Having worked in marketing, I know all about giving your audience what they want, but what they want is not always in line with what I want.

Which brings me back to the passion, of which I think it's one of the main factors if you want to write a good post.

The passion to write educational and supportive posts is not completely gone yet, but I feel it's slowly fading away, as I'm growing interest in other things.

I'm pretty sure that at one point in the future, I will be one of those people speaking to himself, because the gap between my own interests and the ones of my audience will simply become too wide...
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