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Communities on the Blockchain

The first few episodes have been all about demystifying the blockchain. Showing how creating content on the blockchain isn’t all that different from creating content on traditional social media.

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Diving into Communities

Keeping in that vein of things are somewhat similar, today we’re going to dive into communities.  On the blockchain they are topics of interest which brings folks together to share stories, tips, experiences and be with others who are passionate about that topic as they are. Sounds kind of something we’ve heard of before, right?

For those of us familiar with Facebook groups it’s easy to understand how a community might function.  You can either join an existing community or create your own community if one doesn’t already exist. As the community owner you create a set of guidelines or rules for which community members should abide by in order to keep it healthy, focused, and on topic for the continued benefit of the community.

When joining a community it’s a good idea to take the time to get to know the community first before ever jumping into the conversation.

Read through posts. Get to know the nuances with in the community and folks who are actively posting and commenting. Give yourself the time to get a sense of the overall vibe. I recommend beginning with a few comments to go along with your introduction post when you’re ready to take an active role. Remember yesterday I spoke about not just posting willy nilly? Well this is a reminder that good content begets good engagement, feedback, and more good content.

Lessons Learned

Now I am going to pause a moment and give you one of my“lessons learned” moments to say that not all communities are for you even if you think they might be. I’ll give my own example. I have begun experimenting with my phone photography on the walks around my neighborhood. I even thought a few of my shots were decent, but was looking for some advice  to improve my skills and knowledge base so I posted a few shots inside a photography community and asked for some advice. Can you guess what response I received?

Crickets!

No one was mean, but the reality was no one was interested either. After a few posts I realized this just was not the place for me and that’s okay, because when I shared my experimental phone pics within another group that was not a photography specialized community I received a much warmer reception. We had engaging discussions about how we were each taking photos both with DSLRs and phones. It was fun and much more my speed.

So, again. Not all communities are for you and that’s okay. Find your people. Or create a community for your people.

Thank you for joining me for another episode of Social Media and the Blockchain. On tomorrow’s show we’re going to talk about ownership and what that means on the Blockchain.

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Curation on the Blockchain – Part Two

Welcome to Social Media and the Blockchain. I am your host, Jennifer Navarrete. This episode is the fifth in a 30 part series and the second on the topic of curation.

Goals

Now, the goal of this show is to demystify the Blockchain as a content creation destination, simplify the onboarding process, and encourage you to learn more about Web 3.0. This week has been about demystifying the Blockchain. In episode four, I laid out the basics of being a Curator on the Blockchain. How upvotes, comments, and shares can be rewarding for both Content Creators and Curators. With yesterday’s explanation of curation, I thought today we would give a basic understanding of the value of being a content curator.

Disclaimer

This is the part where I remind you that this is not financial or investment advice. I am sharing my personal experience with creating and curating content on the Blockchain. This show and supporting blog post is strictly for educational purposes. Do your own due diligence before taking any action on something that may have financial ramifications. I am not a financial advisor. Nor, to the best of my knowledge, have I played one on TV.

Same Behaviors Different Results

In previous episodes, I’ve mentioned the same behaviors we do on traditional social media (like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube) are the same behaviors we can do on the Blockchain. But, with the potential for rewards for both Content Creators and Curators.

When I find a post or video or photo that I like, learn from, am inspired by, or entertained by I will either upvote, comment, or share that content. Sometimes I do all three, but that content has to be top tier for me to do that. I am more likely to upvote than comment and I am especially selective of what I reblog. After all, each of these steps is also a reflection of my role as a Curator.

If this sounds serious, it isn’t that much different than going on Twitter and liking a tweet or retweeting or simply replying to a tweet. However, when I do these actions on Twitter. there is not a built-in opportunity for me to be rewarded like there is on the Blockchain. Now, these are only a few examples. This does not mean every time I curate I earn a reward. Not at all. There are plenty of times when I comment on a post and receive no return engagement. Not every post or every comment is found by others to be worthy of their curation.

Explaining Rewards…Simply

So how exactly does curation work as far as rewards go? When a post reward is paid, the value of that reward is split out between the Author and the Curators. How? Well, that depends on many factors. Generally speaking, the Author aka Content Creator receives around half of the value of the reward. And the Curators (all of the people who upvoted or commented or shared the post) will share in the balance dependent on even more factors such as influence, vote value, etc.

As we are only on day five of this series, this is purposefully vague as to not get lost in the weeds. Each episode builds nuggets of knowledge that are building upon one another. This will make more sense as we go. What I want you to take away from today’s episode is that you, as the Curator of content (through your participation either through upvotes, commenting, or sharing) can be rewarded. However, if a post does not receive enough upvotes, comments, or shares to earn value then there will be no reward for either the Content Creator or the Curators. Why doesn’t every single post or comment receive a reward? Well, this is to encourage folks to make good meaningful informational, educational, inspiring, or entertaining content as opposed to just posting to post. What you create should have value, and who gets to determine that value? The Curators do.

In essence, this is a sort of checks and balances between content creators, content curators, and the community at large. And with that, I will bring this episode to a close.

Thank you for joining me for another episode of Social Media and the Blockchain. In the next episode, we’ll take a look at communities on the Blockchain.

 

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Curation on the Blockchain – Part One

Welcome to Social Media and the Blockchain. I am your host, Jennifer Navarrete and this episode is the fourth in a 30 part series. The goal of this show is to demystify the blockchain as a content creation destination, simplify the onboarding process, and encourage you to learn more about Web 3.0. This week the focus has been on that first part. demystifying the blockchain.

Yesterday I shared some basics of how creating content on the Blockchain can reward content creators. I also mention how engagement such as upvotes, comments, and sharing content can also reward readers of your content. If you recall, the act of engaging with content on the Blockchain is called Curation. This is one of two episodes which will look at the concept of Curation. We’ll begin today and then round out the topic in the next episode.

Now before we dive into the show, I would like to add a disclaimer: please know that this is not financial or investment advice. This is strictly for informational purposes. I am sharing with you what I have learned over the last few months of creating content on the Blockchain. Do your own due diligence before taking any action which may have financial implications. The fact is I am not a financial advisor nor have I played on on TV. So now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s begin.

What is a Curator? According to dictionary.com: “A Curator is a person who selects content for presentation, as on a website” https://www.dictionary.com/browse/curator So as it relates to our focus on curating content on the Blockchain, when you upvote, comment or share content you are a Curator. And by doing so on the Blockchain vs. traditional social media platforms it is possible to earn a reward when engaging with content and creators you like.

On traditional social media aka Web 2.0, I can like your tweet, comment on your Instagram post or share your Facebook post and while I am happy to support your work in this way, there is no opportunity for me to be directly rewarded in return. For that matter unless you are an Influencer with sponsors or have your own product or service, it’s unlikely you as the content creator will be directly rewarded from an individual post either.

Now let’s flip this concept on it’s head by putting these same behaviors of liking aka upvoting, commenting or sharing a post but let’s do that on the Blockchain aka Web 3.0. Remember the Web 3.0 meme I shared in episode two. In Web 1.0 companies made the content. companies made the money. Web 2.0 we create the content and companies make the money. Web 3.0 is we create the content and we can make the money. But not just when we make content. We can also earn because it is possible to never create a single piece of original content and still benefit from the content you curate. Again curation is upvoting, commenting on or sharing other’s content.

Let me pause here to ask if what I’m saying sounds like I’m speaking Klingon or if maybe, just maybe it’s starting to sound a little bit like English. If you are still hearing Klingon, that’s okay. There is a lot to unpack here and it’s easy to get lost. This is why I’m sharing Curation in two parts. The complexity of the Blockchain is also why this is a 30-part series of short bite-sized nuggets of information.

So, I’ll sum part one of Curation like this, its the same behaviors of liking, commenting, sharing that we do right now on traditional social media but when done on the Blockchain can reward you as the Curator of that content. I don’t know about you, but I like the idea of being a Curator.

Thank you for joining me for another episode in the 30 part series of Social media and the Blockchain. On tomorrow’s episode I’ll share specific examples of how curation works.

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Explaining Web 3.0 Starts With A Meme

You know what that sound means? It’s time for Social Media and the Blockchain with me, Jennifer Navarrete. The goal of this show is to demystify your use of the blockchain, simplify the onboarding process, and encourage you to learn more about Web 3.0.

Today, my focus is on that first part. demystifying the blockchain. You may think the blockchain is a difficult and complex topic to discuss and it can be, but remember that all we are here to do is focus in one idea per day. We’re going to baby step our way to understanding. Each show will build upon the previous so that by the time we are done with this 30 day series you will have a confident understanding of social media and the blockchain. So let’s get started.

 

Today I am going to share something I believe will help set the foundation for everything else and it all starts with a meme. A meme? Yes, a meme. It gave a quick comparison of Web 1. 0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 And it went like this:

| Web 1.0 | Companies make the content | Companies make the money

| Web 2.0 | Users make the content | Companies make the money

| Web 3.0 | Users make the content | Users make the money

Users make the content and users make the money? Hmm…What exactly does that mean?

Well we’ll dive further into that this week beginning with episode 3. Thank you for joining me for another episode of Social media and the Blockchain. 

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Introduction to Social Media and the Blockchain

It’s November 1st and you know what that means. It’s time for National Podcast Post Month. I am your host Jennifer Navarrete founder of National Podcast Post Month or as we like to call it NaPodPoMo and I’d like to welcome you to the 30 day podcasting challenge which begins today and ends on November 30th. This is the 14th year of NaPodPoMo and for the first time ever NaPodPoMo is on the Blockchain. That’s right we are diving into #Value4value model of Podcasting 2.0 on Web 3.0.

 

If you have no idea what that means neither did I until a few months ago. So, if this sounds like Klingon to you I encourage you to subscribe to the show. So what can you expect this month from Social Media and the Blockchain? It is my goal to demystify the blockchain, simplify the onboarding process, and encourage you to dip your toe into the Web 3.0 stream. I think you just might find the water is more than fine.

 

If you’ve ever wanted to jump into podcasting then I encourage you to visit www.NaPodPoMo.org to learn how you can join a global community of new and experienced podcasters who are part of this 30-day podcast challenge.