Blurt celebrates being one year old. It hasn't been an easy journey, and in those rough travels the scars are a testimony to the qualities that Blurt has over so many other so called projects.
I can remember my skepticism several years ago regarding crypto when I joined Steem. Watching all of these projects raise vast sums of money in their ICO's for white papers who didn't really offer anything I, nor the masses would really have any reason to get excited over. In fact, I quickly saw that most white papers were so similar one could imagine they all came from a white paper to scam the masses starter kit.
Steem caught my attention during the last major bull run, when it (Bitcoin) reached the insane high of 20k USD. I saw many videos on it, and it seemed like something the average person could get behind. A social platform that rewarded interaction. The math allowing investment to reward others and not only never touch your investment, but watch it actually grow as you rewarded others.
Between that and the fact one didn't even need to figure out maintaining their own wallet, I decided to dabble my foot in the door.
I still researched some projects, and the more I did so the more scams I saw everywhere. ICO's transferring large sums to creators, leaving many investors holding bags. Many who jump on the train afterwards doing so to see if they too can get enriched by dumping bags on the next wave of suckers coming through.
One video I watched back then really made me laugh. The laughter however was born of sadness.
He was a crypto guru, in that he built a following teaching others (I use the word teaching loosely here) how to buy and profit by dumping their overvalued coins on the next bag of suckers.
What made me laugh? He referred to these projects he invested in to scam others as his projects. As though he added any real value to anything he touched.
It left a bitterness in me, watching the sheer greed and disregard so many have for their fellow life use the landscape of crypto to take from others where they could.
Where was the honesty in all of this? The concern for others? The mindset that through caring and focused intent we could all profit honestly by working together?
I started this celebration post mentioning the scars of Blurt. How they were a testimony to the qualities of Blurt. Even now we see so many issues as those scars are ripped open again and again. Front ends having issues, no pictures etc.
All a testament to the honesty of the Blurt foundation. To the concern for others.
To the crazy idea that through caring and focused intent we can all be successful by working together.
There were no ICO schemes giving the foundation crazy profits leaving bag holders.
To this day, the foundation is reaching into their own pocket to keep this afloat. This idea costs them money.
Let that sink in, and the next time you find yourself getting upset that something isn't working remember to check yourself. Remember how not just in the world of crypto, but the world itself folks are around every corner looking to lie to you, to relieve you of your possessions and very soul.
I'm grateful for Blurt, and thank Jacob, Megadrive and the many witnesses and others who work on this, giving freely of their time and money to push a system that would value all of us. In a world of greedy scum, we need more places such as Blurt to give us a shelter against the cruel winds of life.
Thank you Blurt for our first year, and I have hope that a year from now we will see many rewards from such selfless actions as you share by leading with action.