Exactly a year ago, we came with the idea of creating an organized effort with a consistent message to promote Steem in a way that anyone from any and every corner of the world could be able to explain what is the Steem Ecosystem to their grandma.
The project was received very well by 99% of the community (probably 100% of it) and we had an amazing response in comments, votes and overall support in communication with the top witnesses, the dapps and the specific communities. We started to work fully pro-bono, generating scripts that would be made into videos, getting a website going and working directly with the developing team to bring out a working product, providin proof of work.
We launched our Fundition campaign and at the beginning we got some support, things were going smoothly and realistically speaking we didn't have a business case, yet. We depended completely on the team of translators and video creators, our founders' work and part of the dev side, all without any significant rewards or payment. But that wasn't important, we knew we were getting somewhere, it was clear this was needed for the Steem ecosystem and that what we were doing meant a lot for everyone who cares about Steem.
But then the markets crashed and with that, the Steem price went from a not ideal but still healthy 80 cents to the low we've been experiencing for months now. We stopped getting any Fundition donations and we just didn't feel right to keep making menaningless updates every day to keep mining votes to fund the project, after all, before the SPS it didn't feel right to use the reward pool like that to fund a project like this one.
We made a few contests which didn't go so well although they could've gone down much much worse. We stepped aside and analyzed what were we doing right and what we could be doing better.
With the state of SMTs and Communities being an incognita, and just a few months until Steem Fest happened, based on the conversations we read on different discord channels and the Steemit Inc dev chat, we deemed that the best move was to wait.
Wait until SMTs, Communities and the overall perception of the community - meaning, we need hype from the community and for everyone to actually get involved in onboarding - after Steem Fest and then decide what we should do.
As @anomadsoul mentions in a recent post, we are completely convinced that now we DO have a selling point, an MVP that it's already being tested, and we (Steem) are much more than promises and shills, we actually have something amazing to offer other than just the ideals and the ideas of things to come.
Don't get us wrong, we've always believed on Steem, but we had to wait for the right moment to try and bring this project to the next phase, once we deemed the timing is right. Every member of the team is involved with other Steem projects, so we focused in those other projects until the time to relaunch Steemonboarding was correct.
The timing is now. Now that Steemit Inc took Steem to the next level after announcing SMTs and Communities, us the community need to get to work and leverage each other, and we want to contirbute to this leverage and make the most out of the overall positive state of mind 99% of the Steemians have at the moment.
We already have a working product. It's not the best product but you have to keep in mind we made this all probono - a few payments were made and the Steem Power we had was allocated, but it's all accounted for and once we have some liquid that is locked in another project, we'll re-power up this account).
Our proposal is something concrete, graspable and you can actually see what we have achieved so far with virtually little to no budget, so now we want to deliver something with a real budget funded by the SPS.
Steemonboarding is a non-profit project (for the founders) that is only aiming to provide an extra tool for steemians and projects to succesfully onboard people, but we still want to reward our team, especially after the whole effort they made over the past months to get this project going with little to no remuneration.
This budget will serve to pay for:
Video creators: Ten content creators who already proved they are good in front of the camera, are established, committed steemians and most importantly, love this project and the Steem Blockchain. All of them are native speakers (of their language videos) and will be our biggest - but obviously not the only one - expense.
Translations: the @davinci team - the team that handles most of the translations Utopian left unattended when they closed business - will help us with their trustworthy translators to get this job done. This is to let our team of video creators to focus on creating content and not worry about tranlsating it. A normal translation rate is 8 cents per word, we will be getting a better rate from the @davinci team.
Script writers: We have a small team doing the scripts. They have experience creating didactic and dynamic university lessons as well as incredible writing skills.
Web developer and research developer: The first one handles the website on his spare time. The second one is developing slowly a more dynamic backend and part of out next step which will be an online academy for anyone to sell their education material.
Video editor: Our video creators just need to worry about having the best video out there for people to relate to, feel welcomed and hyped about the topic. We will have a video editor who will handle edition, rendering and uploading.
If we don't deliver, it will be very easy to hold us accountable with the SPS process.
This proposal is not for marketing, social media presence or anything else other than having what we already have working and ready for you to use, but on a much bigger, much more attractive way.
Thank you so much for reading, we hope that you like this idea, hopefully we can get your support!
Good to see you guys are still out there & alive! Also, I dig the website. Good place to point some NOOBs as I've been doing that a lot.
Now with steempeak having guest accounts too I think it’s time to get the momentum going and start reaching out!
Good to see this update. :)
A question springs to mind:
What videos will you be making - covering what content? I think it will be helpful to get a list of planned videos which you think will be beneficial for the onboarding, and get feedback from the community about them.
I’d like to support this sps once it’s up. For the sake of steem’s mass adoption!!
I'm just a little bit concerned about how you guys managed to powerdown almost all of @steemonboarding's stake in the last couple of months despite no updates from the community. It also seemed to be a dead project before.
Where did you guys put the money? It's thousands of Steem out there and it seems like before this project received its funding again, the accumulated SP has been pulled out.
Hey guys. I think it's an awesome initiative to build educational content around Steem. It should definitely help.
With regards to a website, I'm not really sure you have to build everything from scratch. There are awesome tools that will allow you to have an online academy and sets of videos on 15 languages, including checkout, optin and landing pages. The tool is called Kajabi, it's super simply and super awesome. I think it can be a lot more scalable for your business needs because eventually we can create dedicated marketing campaigns to truly reach masses.
Of course not everybody will agreed to use an external tool but sometimes it's a smarter idea to use what already out there.
Actually, in the beginning I wouldn't even build a website, instead I would have a YouTube + 3Speak channels and spend all of the budget on influencers that can help you to teach the fresh and new audience.
In any case, this sounds like an awesome thing and I would like to see it happen. Quick tips:
Maybe Guest Posting may be useful? https://steempeak.com/programming/@cadawg/new-dapp-guest-posting-on-steem-2-dapps-1-week
I feel personally it is a great initiative! I too face a lot of questions as to how legitimate steemit is or in general how the blockchain works in terms of rearding! So if there is a website that is made for the sole purpose of helping 'The Average Joe' understand the basics, i feel we are going in the right direction! Major update smay take time, and that is okay; but education from the basics should be our priority and that should not be postponed at any costs..
Hopefully you will get funded. Good proposal!
Very good go to up steemboarding
I want to participate whit you in your project like lawyer in tax about criptos, if you have this theme in mind for your project!! I feel that is time that lawyers make a compromise about philosophicar an content of world regulations over cryptos.
Thanks for the update! Onboarding should continue to be the focused and I think Steemit Inc has realized it as well. It will only become more important as development continues with Communities and SMTs so a project like this continues be needed. Still has my support!
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I have been linking steemonboarding at the bottom of my posts under this, just in case it adds a tiny bit of traffic occasionally.
Hopefully it can become a go to link for anyone wanting to help people get onto Steem. I have sent it to a few people over the last months.
Thanks for the post.