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.

My Recent Oops With A Community Leader

My Recent Oops With A Community Leader

We All Make Mistakes But…

This one was completely avoidable. I am not talking about hindsight being 20/20. This mistake was avoidable because all I had to do was keep up with replies to my comments. Three days ago, last Sunday, I made a comment on @jongolson post The Sunday Night SportsNerd Show in the Sports Talk Social community. I asked an innocent question “Do you guys cover Hockey?” Not a strange question if taken at face value.

When you factor in I asked Jon the exact same question the week before.

You Did What?!

That is correct I asked the same question the week prior. There are a lot of reasons why this happened, but at CTP we practice the fine art of no excuses #noexcuses I say this because no matter how crazy things get if I just extended the courtesy of answering the replies to my comments in a timely fashion just as I do with the comments on my posts.

Yes, there are things that happened but I let them become an obstacle, rather than prevent them from being an obstacle. Do not worry I am not talking about any new-age hokum. I am just saying that on any given day nothing stops me from packing my orders on time. Nothing stops me from getting my items posted, or doing daily inventory to prevent overselling.

Nothing Stops Me From Reselling

Isn’t that an interesting little fact? Nothing becomes an obstacle in my reselling business, because reselling is what I do every day. My reselling daily mode of operation will not allow anything to take priority over listing items, and then fulfilling the orders.

As I write that it occurs to me that my shortcomings on Hive Engine and in the area of affiliate marketing fall completely on my shoulders. Everything worth doing will have a learning curve.

All I have to do is assign the same level of urgency to both my affiliate marketing and Hive-based businesses. This will have to happen before I experience the same level of success.

Jon Is A Real Good Guy, No Need To Panic

Nobody likes embarrassing situations but it helps when the person involved knows you well enough to give you the benefit of the doubt. Of course, Jon was real cool about it, because I have been telling anyone that would listen how busy I was with the San Diego Comic-Con.

Please do not make the same mistake that I have made and be sure to answer your comments and replies daily.

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I Am Not Distracted By Hive Swells

I Am Not Distracted By Hive Swells

All of the excitement over the recent bumps in price that Hive Token has been experiencing is not going to distract me from my original goals. For the sake of this discussion let’s say that the current price of Hive is $3. For a lot of people that have been here for the last few years, I understand the excitement. For the rest of us, we have a long way to go before these numbers should have us saying woohoo. 

I say this is just the beginning because as more Dapps are developed on this blockchain the more value it will be worth. The more Hive I have powered up, the more things I can do on hive. Also the more Hive I have powered up the more my votes will be worth. The more my votes are worth, not only will people want my votes, but I will also be paid more for curation activities. 

Goal #1 Become A Hive Dolphin

Above we spoke about the more Hive my account has powered up the better.  My First goal is to reach 5,000 Hive Power. I know this is a big goal especially if Hive is at $3 a token that is $1,500. My plan has the goal broken into 500HP increments to make the goal more achievable. Both of my accounts have a way to go before reaching that first 10th of the goal. 

Hive Engine Tokens Compete With Hive Tokens

This is an interesting phenomenon because we get rewarded in Hive, and Hive Engine tokens like CTP and 1UP for our activities on this amazing blockchain. If you are like me and play a game on Hive like Splinterlands, then you have yet another thing to spend your hard-earned Hive on. The different Hive Communities have their power-up challenges for their tokens as well.

How Will I Ever Make My Goal

It is all too easy to become overwhelmed and panic. Do not panic. There is a lot of opportunities to earn here on Hive. @taskmaster4450 has advised me through the podcast CryptoManiacs, to build a base of Hive before trying to accumulate the Hive engine tokens. That is sound advice. Hive is the governing token for the entire blockchain. This is where I made my mistake.

I Was Not Consistent

I was all over the place. Instead of accumulating 5,000 Hive Power, I accumulated a bit of Hive and then tried accumulating all of the other Hive Engine tokens. Every time someone suggested we buy and hold a token I jumped on it. Then I became frustrated, depressed, and I dropped off for a few months.

I have learned that Hive and all of its communities are not different from the real world. Success demands consistent daily action. Going forward I will concentrate my effort on accumulating, and powering up #Hive #CTP #oneup tokens to be more successful on Hive.

Again I can not be distracted by the fluctuating prices of Hive and Hive Engine Tokens. When Hive goes up I can buy more CTP and 1UP, when Hive goes down I can buy more Hive. Trying to leverage the price fluctuations in my favor is beneficial financially, but is not the focus because I am not buying for today or tomorrow, but five years from now.