Starting your blog on the Steem blockchain

Steem is the blockchain and the engine on which everything runs.  You can read the Bluepaper (shorter and more to the point) or Whitepaper (longer and into detail) to find out more.
Steemit is a frontend or DApp that allows access to the Steem blockchain and is owned by Steemit Inc which is a company with its own Vision, Mission and Values

A lot of people confuse both but it is really important to make this distinction.

I is also important to remember that everything you write will be stored on the Steem Blockchain.

Steem offers users the unique ability to publish and store content directly and permanently into the immutable ledger of the blockchain as plain text. Once stored in the blockchain, this data becomes available publicly for everyone that knows how to find it.  So even if the comments or post are grayed out the data is still stored with every 3 second block.

The first question is always:  Where does the money come from?

Steem works a bit differently since it is a Delegated Proof of Stake blockchain and not a Proof of Work blockchain like Bitcoin.

Of the 100% new tokens created by the Steem blockchain there is a basic distribution model.

  • 75% of those tokens are the “rewards pool” which are distributed to content creators and content curators.
  • 15% are distributed to vested token holders (Powered up steem or SP)
  • 10% are distributed to Witnesses, the block producers, much like the miners in Proof of Work blockchains like Bitcoin

New tokens are generated at 9.5% per year (starting December 2016), and decrease at a rate of  about 0.5% per year. The inflation will continue decreasing at this rate until it reaches 0.95%. Which is after a period of approximately 20.5 years.

Steem needed far more scale and speed than that offered by PoW (Proof of Work), and so a lesser known algorithm called Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) was leveraged to lay the foundation for a blockchain suited for billions of users. Because of DPoS, the Steem blockchain is able to generate a new block every 3 seconds with minimal computational load. This means that the blockchain can process more transactions and hold more information, including content.  
With Steem, block production is done in rounds. Each round 21 witnesses are selected to create and sign blocks of transactions. The top 20 of these witnesses are selected by approval voting and one is timeshared by every witness that didn’t make it into the top 20 proportional to their total votes. 

One of the better sites to keep track of these witnesses is https://steemian.info/witnesses

Account with an interest in the future value of Steem vote to select individuals responsible for including testimony in the public record. Voting is weighted proportional to each individual’s vested interest (basically more Steem Power is a bigger vote).

I am part of one of the Witnesses that aims to secure the blockchain and if you have a Steem account we would appreciate the vote for @swisswitness. If you are ambivalent to witnesses you can also proxy your vote to me and I will add your vote to mine (@felander) and vote for good witnesses that support Steem long term.

The best (and easiest to understand) description I have found so far was on the site of https://hello.busy.org/ who I guess are related to busy.org and which looks very promising.

best DPOS description

Front ends into the Steem Blockchain

The Steem blockchain is what makes this all possible but there are lots of different ways to view that blockchain and the posts.  This will be a listing of the most popular front ends to steem and what makes each of them special.

Steemit.com

steemit cryptogoodies

The first Steem DApp.  Owned by Steemit Inc and still the biggest onramp onto the steem plaftorm for those who blog and those who like to read and comment

Busy.org

The first blogging alternative with a good design that was smooth to use and with active support from the team. Very easy to use. Shows all posts

Steepshot.io

An Instagram styled app focused on pictures. Upload your photographs straight from your phone or desktop. Like another picture app but paid. (takes 15% as fee)

D.tube

The first Steem DApp focused on Video.  An uncensored platform unlike some well known others. (takes 10% as fee)

dsound

Podcast / Music upload option on Steem.  Any soundfile can be shared and earn rewards. Everything is stored on IPFS (takes 25% as fee)

An app focused on mobile. User friendly app on IOS and Android Upload your blogs straight from your phone or desktop. Like another picture app but paid. (0% fee)

Dapps on the Steem Blockchain

This is one of the first and big successes and is a decentralised, digital collectible trading card game.  The big difference with this is that in blockchain based card games you can provable own the cards and as such can trade them on a market place or sell them if you so choose.

Fundition

A Decentralised peer to peer crowdfunding and collaboration platform on the steem blockchain. Set up so that both founders and backers benefit greatly from all projects

Steemhunt

Home to product early-adopters who have passion for cool new products. Our token economy and apps are rewarding makers and early-adopters.

Actifit

An activity tracker app that rewards you with cryptocurrencies for your daily activity. available on play- and app-store

Games on the Steem Blockchain

Steem monsters

Originally known as Steem Monsters, this is a decentralised, digital collectible trading card game. You provably own your cards and can trade them online. This makes it fun and potentially valuable. Available on Steem and Tron

Nextcolony

Old school empire building game in Space. Become the founder of a new galactic empire and discover epic planets and fight of space pirates. Batlle or explore…

Gambling on the Steem Blockchain

Kryptogamers

Dice game, blackjack and video poker with the best margins on the steem blockchain so far.  Three amazing games on one platform. Playing grants tokens with dividends.

Epic Dice

provably fair dice game with random number genertor.  Any player or third party can verify the integrity and fairness of the game.

Steem Bet

provably fair dice game with random number genertor.  Any player or third party can verify the integrity and fairness of the game.

Leave your suggestion or addition if I missed something... or just leave a link to an amazing Steem post and I will add it to the information listed here.

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. I have realized some important matters through your blog post. One other subject I would like to mention is that there are lots of games on the market designed particularly for toddler age youngsters. They incorporate pattern recognition, colors, pets, and designs. These typically focus on familiarization as opposed to memorization. This keeps a child engaged without having the experience like they are studying. Thanks

    1. very true but these are games built on blockchains and this still a new industry that monetises online activity with cryptocurrencies. Children are not the main target audience (yet)

  2. Hello. I have checked your cryptogoodies.com and i see you’ve got some duplicate content so probably it is
    the reason that you don’t rank hi in google.
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  3. Yet another issue is really that video gaming became one of the all-time greatest forms of fun for people of all ages. Kids have fun with video games, plus adults do, too. Your XBox 360 is amongst the favorite games systems for those who love to have a huge variety of games available to them, as well as who like to experiment with live with some others all over the world. Thank you for sharing your thinking.

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  5. Luke Bryan is my favourite US singer. His strong voice takes me away from all issues of this world and I start enjoy my life and listen songs created by his. Now he is going on a tour this year. The concerts scheduled for this year, up to the mid-October. Tickets are available for everyone. If you love country music as mush as I, then you must visit at least one of his concert. All tour dates are available at the Luke Bryan concert tour. Visit the website and make yourself familiar with all powerful Luke Bryan concerts in 2020!

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