What I Learned In 2021

What I Learned In 2021

WTF Is A BlockChain?!?!

When all of your friends are talking about building their fortunes on the blockchain the pressure of FOMO just builds to an unacceptable point. I have heard of blogging on BlockChain since December of 2020 but did not join Hive until February of 2021. Fast-acting like a turtle. I am not really an early adopter which is why I was so surprised to find that it is still early to be on the Hive BlockChain.

Missing out on opportunities is the worst, as it gives us a lot of “What Could Have Been” that kind of thinking will make a person crazy. The word Blockchain was being thrown around like people were getting paid to talk about it, later I find they were and are, me included and anyone reading this as well.

I am sure everyone reading this knows what a blockchain is, and does not need my basic, and I mean basic definition of a blockchain. Keep in mind the Hive Blockchain is the only one that I have experience with. I am not a person that has branched out to other blockchains as my hands have been pretty full with Hive.

It Pays To Be Active Daily

This is crazy, back in October I tried my hand at the CTP 30 Day Content Challenge. The challenge was to blog on Hive once daily for 30 days straight. This had me rework my entire workday, oh did I mention I am self-employed and work from home?

Blain Jones really challenged me with this concept. Write at least 1 article a day every day. IT sounds so super easy, I mean as affiliate marketers content is king so we should be publishing daily to sell daily. I need to add I am a crap affiliate marketer but have a nice living because I am an awesome reseller. Reselling feeds us, pays the rent, and the bills, everything else is pretty much at the “it needs more work level.”

This being said I really had to work at publishing something once daily. Blain was not asking for any great literary or journalistic work. Just a few paragraphs about our daily business-building journey. I overthought the heck out of it. The challenge did teach me that if I publish daily I will get paid daily. Not pennies but Dollars and some of those posts yielded almost $20(to be fair this was not normal just a few posts like 3 or 4 had a reward like that)

The story does not end with daily publishing as my Hive activities became more complicated as I added more things to it, among them seriously curating and commenting over 100 posts a week. As I write this I have been a bit behind because of the holidays. That being said doing that many comments weekly has resulted in some nice Hive, HBD, CTP, 1UP tokens just to name a few as there are a lot of different tokens that just sprinkle into my HE Wallet as rewards for commenting and curating.

When You Retire Your Wife…

Due to the reselling business doing so well, my wife and I looked over our finances and decided it was time for her to end a 26-year career with Walmart. For the first time in her adult life, my wife Anmarie has her whole day ahead of her to do with as she wills for the rest of her life.

I am lucky she takes a portion of her day and helps me out. Anmarie also scheduled the heck out of our Holiday Season as far out as January 13th. That is the last of the holiday celebrations and going off with a bang at Disneyland for 3 days. Being the type of entrepreneur that is accustomed to working from before the sunrises into the night 6 to 7 days a week, this makes me uneasy.

The good news is that I have been experimenting with different types of automation and working remotely. You may not even see an interruption in my activities if I can just get everything to work together. Lately, I can’t even get images to appear when using Hive-Engine Dapps on any of my browsers, this happened once before for about a week and then the problem just went away.

To Be Continued…

This article is much bigger in scope than I had first imagined. The more I write the more that needs to be said. I know when watching a show or movie we hate to see to be continued. Sorry, but I learned so much last year.

Decreased Income by 22%

Decreased Income by 22%

Even though I removed all of my excuses. Even though I weeded out non-income producing activities. Even though I worked my schedule down to a mean lean machine. Profits for 4th quarter are down. Sales are down. Everything is down. This has led me to ask what in the world am I doing wrong.

It Is So Confusing

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This is the mistake that I am making. Reselling makes up about 70% of my total income. Logically I should prioritize this type of activity as most important. I did not. Things that are new and have a learning curve tend to take priority. I come to find this is normal behavior. They call it “Shiny Object Syndrome” Reselling is something I have done for years. It has become comfortable. When something new comes along it is always more interesting than the same old thing.

First, it was affiliate marketing, learned some new skills, made some new relationships, made some money. Of course, there was a schedule to follow, and it is a pretty full schedule. That is going okay, but a lot more labor-intensive than I could ever imagine. Also ever notice how everyone is screaming about passion but hardly anyone is following their passion. This is the great hypocrisy of affiliate marketing.

Now it is the Hive BlockChain. There is a lot to learn. An investment strategy and a daily schedule that demands consistency. Then again all industries demand consistency. The Hive BlockChain with all of its different activities, even gaming. All of the activities generate income.

I Created My Own Rat Race

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Reselling by itself is a full-time 10 hours a day, job. Then I added affiliate marketing (very hands-on). Those two things alone are enough to keep anyone busy for 12 hours a day, easy. Then I add the Hive BlockChain because it seemed like a good idea to get into crypto.

I traded in a regular job for a lifestyle of independence and financial freedom. Unfortunately, without focus and dedication, these businesses will eventually die. The reason why my profits are down is that I am taking time away from reselling to give to the other two activities. With the training schedule and the content creation, order packing, sourcing, zoom calls, I am running around like a crazy person chasing a dragon that will never be caught.

Control of My Schedule Must Be Managed

Hive BlockChain is on Greenwich Mean Time GMT, this is the time zone that London England is on. Midnight GMT is 4pm my time Pacific Standard Time PST. This is a huge clue as to when I should start my Hive activities. This 4pm daily deadline has me running around and trying to fuss with my daily schedule to make everything work.

That being said I should work my reselling business from early morning until the afternoon, normally around 1 or 2 pm. Then I will have 2 or 3 hours for affiliate marketing. This will be pretty much standard daily practice. Then when the clock strikes 4pm, I will start with my Hive Blockchain activities. In this manner, I have taken away this crushing deadline.

This is a new schedule change for me so I am working on the implementation today and should have it completely working by tomorrow. I will try it for the next 30 days and measure my results to see if this will be enough to bump up productivity and profits overall.

This should free up most of my weekends so I can focus on content creation for the rest of the following week.

Speaking of Hive Engine I have set up a Witness Server in Japan and would like your support. It is really easy just click the link below and vote for @chris.witness Thank you.

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Giving EXXP Another Shot

Giving EXXP Another Shot

A few weeks ago @blainjones gave me the advice to use EXXP plugin with my WordPress blog for a bit of automation. In case you do not know for a 15% fee on your author rewards, the plug-in will take a newly published article and publish it to your hive account.

Of course, this sounds great almost too good to be true. I had some bad luck just getting the plugin to work. Bad software? No, not yet, I go to the Exxp discord and there have not been any responses for a couple of days. Now I am concerned.

Talk About Bad Luck

Starting out we had some bad luck. Checked the EXXP Discord a few days later, and it turns the person running the program was stuck out of town and was unable to get back to anyone. The problem was fixed and EXXP was up and running again.

You would have thought that I would have been up and running in no time. No, not me I have to overcomplicate things by trying to do them an easier way. I use a WP editing Theme and plugin called Divi. This did not agree with EXXP. I had the fun job of removing Divi from my blog and removing the extra building code placed there by the Divi builder.

This Article Is Posted From WP to Hive Via Exxp

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There is going to be a learning curve. I will have questions along the way. Naturally, I will make some mistakes. For example, I might have two featured images if I do not set the post properly. Not really having a clear idea of how the post will look in HIve can be a bit of a challenge. We all want our posts to look nice.

Overall not a bad experience. The best part is I do not have to deal with MarkDown language. In WP it is just straight CSS and HTML, so that makes it about 50% faster for me to put a post in WordPress than using a Hive Engine front end.

Let me know in the comments if you would like a step-by-step tutorial, on using EXXP with your WordPress Blog.

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It’s All About The Summoners!

It’s All About The Summoners!

Mylor Crowling
My Favorite Summoner

When playing Splinterlands I noticed the summoners have a lot to do with how well the rest of my cards battle against the opponent. In the Earth Splinter Mylor Crowling has the gift of thorns. This is like extra damage being done to enemy monsters.

There are other Summoners that can give you extra life, extra magic damage, extra shield, etc…

The interesting thing about leveling up cards is that if you do not have a leveled up summoner then you will not be able to play your leveled up cards. If you have leveled-up cards you can’t play, fear not because you can always rent them out.

I Prefer Doing Extra Damage

In the Earth Splinter I like using the Nectar Queen out Front whenever Mana limits will allow, Minotaur Warrior in the second position, and a sneak in the third position. The rest depends on mana and what I think I may be up against. I do like to use the Venari Seedsmith as the Scavenge ability can give this card tank-like life.

I do think the speed and success of the thorns depend wildly on your monster’s speed versus your opponent’s monster speed. There are a lot of little things that come into play when pairing your monster’s abilities with your Summoner’s abilities.

Chaos Legion Pack Opening Day Is Almost Here

Currently, I paused all card buying. With the chaos legion pack opening day so close I think my next card purchases or rentals will depend on what I get in the packs. This being said I am still trying to learn all that I can about the cards, and where they play best.

The gameplay will be my ultimate teacher. There is real money to be made here at Splinterlands. I mean a full-time modern income. No, I have not yet reached that point, in fact, I am a long way off. I do know that the income potential is there. By playing the game I will learn over time, where the real value is at. Currently, I think it is in the accumulation, then the power-up, and finally the renting out of the cards.

Thank you so very much for reading.

I Am Truly My Own Worst Enemy

I Am Truly My Own Worst Enemy

Ever give yourself a break. Allow something to pass you by because you have issues. I sure have. I have a lot of issues and lots of times I allow these to become excuses allowing myself to become less than my best.

We all admire a hero. That person that shows up every day no matter what to tow the line. They are often the first ones to volenteer for a hard job. When thses heroes decide to become self employed the world is their oyster and success is their birth right.

RIGHT?! Nope! Wrong!!

Success is for every one, but it is not our right. Success is our priveledge that we can enjoy once we have completed our goals. I was a Marine for 16 years. One might say success is garanteed to me, but quite the opposite. My military career has left me with some health issues, and some mental health issues. Which is doubled because I was born with a wierd brain abnormality call Bi-polar syndrome. For a nice cherry on top I have Non-Hodkins Lymphomia Stage 2 since 2011 Basically in a nutshell my brain does not produce enough bio-chemicals to even my mood out. I either love something or I hate it. I am either deleriously happy or suicidally depressed. I have no middle roads. With The cancer my white blood cells will some times over produce starving my brain of oxygen.

I can either let this be an excuse as to why I am a big failure or inspite of my short comings I still succeeded. Those are my only two choices. I could very easily by the State of California’s definition collect disability. The State of California has declared me disabled, and is willing to pay me to sit on the sofa all day watching Netflix.

I Would Rather Die

I know those are very extreme words and we really need to be more kind to ourselves. We need to be aware of what excuses we will try, to get out of things we find uncomfortable and maybe even a bit difficult. For myself I need to treat myself a bit better with some understanding that I will try to weasel out of something I find difficult or unpleasant.

Nobody likes going to the Dentist. Just thinking of the sound the drill makes gives me the willies. It is something that we all have to do in our lives sooner or later. The more we procrastinate going the worse the visit will be. Knowing myself and the excuses I will use, requires a bit of firm love.

Firm vs. Tough

We have all heard the cliche, “That Person Needs Some Tough Love” This is easy from the outside in. We see a person that is trying to use our resources for their crutch. Tough love is the refusal of the resources hoping that the sheer need may inspire their success.

When we try this on ourselves we create a pattern of fighting against ourselves. When I wake up completely sore in the morning with my head pounding mercilessly. There are things that need to be down in order to stop the pain and discomfort.

With the Tough Love approach I may feel inclined to berate myself into some semblance of productivity. This will create a hostile work environment, and I quickly become no fun to be around. Yes I will get things done however it won’t be in a friendly helpful manner. Also I am risking working myself into a state of bed rest or even worse hospitalization. I do not want to be my own boss that I hate and yet that is exactly what would happen with this approach.

If I am just Firm with myself understanding that because I do not feel well is not an excuse to get out of the days work. I must manage the headache before it becomes a bed rest situation.

This starts with medication and about 20 ounces of distilled water, some yoga stretches, and a bit of a short walk. Topped off with a hot shower. After all of that I am okay to be productive but I just lost 90 minutes because I woke up a bit ill and distressed.

No Excuses!!

If I am to be completely honest with you, too often I allow excuses to stop my forward progression. In this way I am really my own worst enemy. I would always have excuses like no time, no money, but the big one is I do not feel well. Often people think the I do not feel well would be the easiest excuse to remove but it is really the hardest.

With the no money excuse we can always make more money, it may take a bit more time but making more money is not impossible. The no time excuse is even easier because we all do frivilous activities througout our day that we can weed out and pick up an extra couple of hours per day.

When you have Cancer and Mental Illness now we have a winning combination for a real excuse machine. My Coach “Hey Chris How Are You Today?” Me “Feeling poorly need to take the day and recover.” My Coach “Shake it off there is a lot to do today” Me “Nope got cancer need to rest talk to you tomorrow.” My Coach is speechless and recommends if I feel that bad I should see my doctor.

By playing the cancer card, I gave myself an excuse a reason not to succeed. In this way I have become my own worst enemy. The sad horrible thing about this is, I was unaware of not only what I was doing but of the future that I was creating.

This article has gotten a bit longer than I would have liked.The main points I want to drive home is please do not make my mistake. I let some of my issues become real barriers to my success. What we do and do not do today will determine our tomorrow. Believe it or not your future is completely under your control.

Thank you so very much!!