My dear and beautiful friends,
It has been about 13 months since I began this somewhat focused journey into the realm of social media, and there’s just no way for me to tell you how pleased I am with how well it has gone. I say that it is a “somewhat” focused journey, as that focus is hampered by the all too real limitations of the box that my imagination is forced to live in.
Our imaginations are shaped by the past, and often what lies ahead has nothing to with what came before; this means that my focus is shaped by the unknown. I can know that I’m going to stay focused each day, and I can have an idea of what I’ll want to say and how I want to say it, but that idea is limited by every topic and platform that didn’t exist before.
When I began focusing on this outreach, I had no idea that I would be writing about many of the topics that I now write about–and get paid to write about–things like blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, and I had never heard of a platform called Steemit. I now have, and where the blockchain world has replaced much of what I wrote about prior to last year, Steemit now replaces WordPress (paulelmo.com) as the focal point of my social media realm.
I feel as if this is somewhat of a betrayal to those of you who have stuck by me through this year at paulelmo.com, but those of you who know anything about building a business based largely on social media–which is partly what I’m doing here–know that the platforms often change as the audience is defined.
I won’t go into it too much, but that is what is happening here. I would love it if it weren’t necessary–because I really love this website and would love to keep its audience the target of my main focus–but the business of my writing is best served by Steemit. Steemit has the potential to be cryptocurrency as well as a social media platform. What is more, Steemit is essentially a social media platform for people who have similar goals for their writing and/or art and photography as mine.
This won’t mean that I will be publishing less here on the website; rather, it means that a lot of what will be published here will be the repackaging of things that have been published on here previously. The unwritten requirements of a Steemit post are somewhat different from those of a WordPress post, so these things will be repackaged; some pieces will be grouped with others, and historical content will be added.
Those who access the posts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn will be routed to my Steemit page, rather than to paulelmo.com. There, you’ll be able to read and view them, but won’t be able to upvote or comment on them without being members of that platform.
I am not asking anyone to do that. I know few people who would have interest in, or use of, this platform. If you like to post writings and/or art or photographs, and you are interested in earning some beginner’s value of cryptocurrency–without actually buying some–then the platform might hold something for you. I don’t think that’s many of you.
So, that’s where I am. Things are going so well with this little experiment, and, as always, I can’t thank you enough for the role you’ve played in its success. I hope you like what’s to come as much as you have what has come before. I, myself, am quite excited to see what the next year holds. Just knowing the posts that are coming this next week makes me hopeful to see what all this new focus is going to bring forth.
I hope you find value in it, and I hope you continue to check in with me every now and then. Good things are certainly happening, and I always like to share them with you.
Much love from here; you are all in the prayers of my heart.