It was a year ago today when the Blurt blockchain first breathed life, I use the word "life" because a blockchain, especially a social one, embodies and sustains the spirit of community, it is the ecological tether between each one of us.
Blockchains connect us all in ways we don't even realise; through the Blurt blockchain, each member of our community is bound to the same risks and the same successes as each other, journies intertwined in a beautiful tapestry.
I would codename last year "Adversity" because that's what we faced together, we as a community, withstood both social and technical attacks designed to cause us to fail and hinder our prosperity, growth was not possible in this time, but we came out stronger, honed and resilient.
We as a community have overcome a lot and we have rebuilt what was lost, this year will be one of prosperity as we rise up from the fire stronger than ever.
It is often easy to focus on what went wrong and so we lose sight of the blessings we did receive and the wins we achieved. I this spirit I will give thanks for the gifts we did receive in the last year.
I am thankful...
That people came from all over the world to help launch Blurt one year ago today; when we thought we wouldn't have enough witnesses, more than enough came.
For having a stable wallet where users always have access to their funds, when we launched we didn't have one but within a week we did.
That the Blurt blockchain is light-weight enough to run on Raspberry pi's making it one of the most resillient edge-of-network blockchain social networks, free from dependency on centralised datacenters.
For the wonderful and motivated people I have met in our community since we launched, you cannot put a value on human connections, those relationships will continue giving long into the future.
That the official https://blurt.blog is back up and running, allowing us to continue to enhance the user experience.
For the fantastic and highly responsive group of witnesses (validators) who upgrade their nodes timeously and provide troubleshooting support for every hark fork.
That Blurt is a place of zero judgment, where we can express ourselves and our ideas without being shot down, persecuted or downvoted because of differences of opinion.
If I have forgotten anything please remind me so I can add it to the list of things to be thankful for. I am thankful to each and every one of you who have embarked on this Blurt journey with us and contributed to the community.
Let's make the year ahead one to remember, a year of prosperity, growth, peace, unity, passion, perseverance and teamwork.
I end off this post with a new hope of things to come.