Communities and Cross Posting Made Ridiculously Simple for Everyone!

When I first joined steemit, I found it pretty difficult like every new user to get going, to get curation, to earn anything significant. I kept posting original content kept reading blogs of more established users and learning what steem, steem power, sbd etc etc were. Yes, even these were extremely confusing for me at the start. When I first joined steemit back in mid 2017, I knew no one. There were no communities trying to help and curate new comers or give them a boost. I had no idea discord existed!

So you understand how lonely and how lost in the sea I was! I had to learn everything by myself. And after I solved some of the mysteries of the steem blockchain, I thought, well there will be many others like me who will have no one to teach them. I decided to make a post explaining all the complicated stuff in a very easily readable way for beginners. I think the post was titled Steem, SBD and Steem Power Made Ridiculously Simple for Beginners. And this was in fact the post that lifted my steemit career! I got some nice upvotes, made like $17-18 (might not seem much, but at that point when I was about to quit steemit, that was Jackpot!). It actually became a series of posts! Yeah, I have a habit of making series-es, as you have seen in my blog!

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Why the Long introduction?

Well with so many new features and so much confusion even among regular steemians, it seems like a good idea to reach back to my roots for once! Why not bring back the Ridiculously Simple series! A reboot if you may!

So let's dive in then!

Where the hell did my posts go? Not to your blog!

First things first. Now there are a lot of front-ends to the steem blockchain, not just steemit.com What are front-ends - basically anything and every other platform you are using, @esteem, neoxiancity.io, steemstem.io, steempeak.com, beta.steempeak.com, busy.org, dtube, 3speak, you name it! They're all different front-ends on the steem blockchain.

Up until now, anything you posted on any of these front-ends would show up on you steemit.com blog. But from today on wards it won't. As simple as that. Why?

Because steemit.com has separated your blog and posts. Anything you post on any front-end will be in the posts section. Only what you post/do from steemit.com website will appear in your blog. If you want the other posts to show up on you blog too, you have to resteem that post from the steemit.com website. Remember? Only what you do from steemit.com will show up on your blog.

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Communities

This I guess a lot of people are already familiar, with thanks to the beta testing on the steemit beta site prior to the launch. Communities are basically like your facebook groups. Instead of posting something to your wall on facebook, if you post it directly to the group, it makes it much easier for people in that group to come across your post. And now we have communities that focus on curating good content posted to their communities, hence the urge to post directly to the community. To make thing even clearer, say for example a community of science, like @steemstem, will only be curating good science content. So if you have good science content, post it to the steemstem community where people are looking to read science contents and you'll have much higher chances of getting an audience for your content. So for your science, you won't be posting in a community that appreciates art, right!

That's basically the concept of communities. Posting content for like-minded people! Your photography, post it to a photography community and so on. You have some original good content and can't figure out which niche it fits, post to the OCD Community where they're looking for a diverse range of original content. You get the idea.

How to post to a community

  • You directly go to the community feature on the steemit website, find your community of interest and subscribe. If you click on My Communities you'll see the communities you've already subscribed to.

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Click on new post and post directly to the community.

  • You go to your blog and write a post as usual, just add the community hive tag (you can find this from anyone in the respective communities' discord) as your FIRST TAG. Whatever is the first tag, that's the only community you're posting to.

  • Some communities have their own front-end. The two I'm aware of and have used are Neoxian City and SteemStem. If you're using such front-ends, your first tag will automatically be the tag of these communities. So for example you love posting using these interfaces, but for this specific post you wanna post in another community, what do you do! Up until now, there wasn't much you could do. You had choose either one of these communities because the First Tag is what mattered and you can have only one first tag.

This is where Cross Posting comes to the rescue!

Cross Posting

Now this is getting everyone go nuts! Some out of excitement, some out of confusion!

First thing, This feature is available only on the Steempeak Beta website.

Now what exactly is cross posting? This in simplest of terms, allows you to post to Two different communities. How do you do it, I'll get to that in a bit. Stick with me for a while!

So say for example you posted something to one of the front-ends that you enjoy or have a lot of friends. But your content is also suitable and like to get you more readers and maybe curation from another community as well, who appreciates content like the one you have posted.

Now you login to the Steempeak beta website and go to your profile and find the post you wanna cross post.

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Click this and select Cross Post.

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Select the community you wanna cross post this in. Then Write something about the post or why you wanna share it to this other community or anything meaningful. Keep it very short. Then Click confirm. You're done!

  • You need to understand that after you have cross posted, the post are going to appear in two differrent communities and you upvotes and curation value in one community is not going to show up in the post in the other community.

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This is one of my posts shared in the neoxian community.

Here's the post cross posted to the OCD Community.

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  • One thing you must be aware of is that, when you cross post to a second community, whatever author reward you get from curation in the cross posted community, 5% will go to the second community by default. Note however that, whatever you earn from curation in the first community will not be affected.

  • You can also cross post for someone else. For example you come across a great post in a community and you feel there's another community out there as well who would appreciate this content, you can cross post that post to a second community and you don't need any permission from the author (I think) but it's nice to let him know that you enjoyed the content and wanna share to another community.

When you do this, whatever comes from the curation reward, 5% goes to the second community by default. You get 5% of the payout and the original author get 90% of the payout. Again, the payout from curation in the first community it was posted to, remains unaffected so it's a win-win for the author! Here you have the option to choose to not accept the 5% that you would be given and select Burn option which will appear when you're cross posting someone else's post.

  • Finally, when you cross post something from steempeak beta, it is NOT going to show up on you steemit.com blog. It will be in the posts section!

I guess that's all I have to explain for the moment! If you enjoyed this and found this helpful, feel free to cross share the post to different communities! Make sure to follow me @simplifylife I'm a doctor and I post a lot of cool day to day medical and health related stuff. If that's something that interests you, go check my blog!

P.S. : This post was posted directly into the BDCommunity and will be Cross Posted to the OCDCommunity. So please do not cross post to any of these communities.

Until Next Time!

Peace!


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    Thank you, great explanation of the new communities

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  • @sayee

    Thanks for explaining it well. I think I will post from steemit now.

  • @r2cornell

    Thank you for this post. It is difficult to find good information on these changes. I have been having friends and family doing test posts for me in my hive community to get a better understanding. I am slowly gaining an understanding (maybe).

    I hope you do more posts like this (a series) to help us all learn more about these changes. I will read this post again and think I may leave a link to it in my weekend post when I discuss my hive-community.

    Your experience when you started on the Steemit platform sounds very familiar. I actually did quit in frustrations for 3 months. I am not sure why I tried it again, but when I came back I decided I wanted to be able to help others. I also found my niche for posting. I try to encourage newcomers and offer guidance. To me that has made all the difference in the world.

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  • @simplifylife

    I just found out about you discord a few days back and I really admire what you have been doing! I do post my links on your discord and I'm so glad that you found this post helpful.

    Yes, if more confusing features are rolled out in the coming days I will continue with this series.

    I did in fact quit for a few months too, out of frustration. Which is why I can fully appreciate the weight of the help You're providing new authors reach an audience, get some curation and an incentive to keep posting, something we didn’t have in our early days. I hope to catch up with you more in the coming days.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • @hafizullah

    Now I am more clear about the cross post system. Thanks for make it easy.

  • @weedcash.rewards

    It was difficult to get started, I agree.

  • @actifit-peter

    Great Post! Thank you so much for explaining how the communities and cross-posting works. I have learned a lot! I have a question: The new steemit.com GUI shows under the nickname on the right a number, like in my case "#1,191" Do you know what that means?

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  • @mobbs

    Nice, this actually did clarify things for lazy old me =)

    Thanks for the steemstem namedrop too =P RESTEEMED

  • @blessed-girl

    Excellent, but I have a question .... In the case of those published by the steempress platform ... In this case, steempress orders the labels alphabetically, that is, I could not place a hive in the first label if I use another label that starts for example with the letter "C" because steempress is going to place as the first label the one with the letter "C "and then place the "hive-" label. So how could I do in that case, because if I don't publish from the steempress platform I would not receive the steempress vote.

  • @nickyhavey

    Thanks for the explanation here. Can't help that this whole not appearing in your own blog thing is going to confuse everyone.

    But here's hoping it's for the best!

  • @deepu7

    Nice learning. Thanks for the effort to share an important writing to the community. Followed you to get such important updates.

  • @cyprianj

    This is a Good post by all means... Really love the simplicity of this.

    You just made it easier for me to understand what this cross posting is all about. Have tried the feature and it's really amazing.

    I would love you to probably still in future shed more light on this SMTs and how one can trade it on steemengine, quite confused.

    Thanks for this post, it really made my day seeing it now.

  • @driptorchpress

    I'm getting a little bit of flak for doing this. It seems cross-posting your own posts is another one of those weird Steem taboos. I just thought of it as a good way to get more eyes on my posts, but now it seems to attract downvotes.

  • @leontressell

    Thanks for the explanation I will give your suggestions a try.

  • @gmcmak

    Thank you for this post, I created an account this week, still I have not found a way to change my profile picture and background picture. I read many blogs on steemit. But all posts are helpless.

    Even I went through the steemit guide document, but it was different from what I got.

    Please check the attached image, you can see there are no options to change profile and background pictures.

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