Last night, I recorded an audio blog post in which I debated my floundering back and forth between Steem and Minds. I have been hopping back and forth, not really committing to one or the other. The result is that I have not really made any progress on either platform.
On Minds, I have not gained many followers nor generated much traffic to my profile. For a while, there were some people with whom I would exchange comments and view. That dried up. It takes time to cultivate relationships, read posts, and interact with others. I have not done much of that at Minds.
Similarly, those are also requirements to develop your account on Steem. These have also not been my strength. There is, however, some distinction. I do enjoy the content of a few people, primarily those who post at D.Tube frequently. In addition, as a frequent Audio Blog poster, I visit DSound.audio and listen to music there. In short, I have favorites here on Steem. There are also some folks who have repeatedly, besides the bots, upvoted my content. There are the inklings of friendships, I suppose.
I wish I could say that this was a deliberate effort. The reality is that it has been a half-hearted effort. With one foot in and one foot out, I have been spectacularly uncommitted to making my Steem experience work. I think Steem has greater long-term potential to be rewarding. Minds, the way it is designed, is best for immediate "gratification" as their tokens are the same value for all users and can only be spent for buying traffic.
Steem, on the other hand, is something that can be built up over time. At first, it seemed like a rush to grab as much Steem as possible. But, I have finally found people who simply enjoy creating posts and enjoy getting rewards of any size.
I do admire the level of commitment some creators have here on Steem. I wish that I had the same patience to sit around and edit things to make them seem more polished and professional. However, my aim is simply to express myself rather than produce a work of art. Who knows? Perhaps someday I will have more time to devote to Steem and will be able to polish up my work.
My immediate goal is to get out of being a redfish. I should like to become a minnow. I can accept that I will be stuck there for some time. I am alright with that so long as I get out of this beginner stage. Towards that end, I intend to make friends, comment, and post more often. I will focus my energies here on Steem.