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My Journey With Devcoin: Introduction to my Story

This is my first entry in a log of my journey with Devcoin. You can find it here:

My Journey with Devcoin

Introduction

I signed up for devtome before summer started, with the intention of getting more bitcoins to hoard until I die. I had investigated in many cryptocurrencies before, but at the start of this year I start using bitcoin. Although I had a huge hunger for acquiring bitcoins, I didn’t have any use for them. It was just a number on a screen that signified that I had something, but I didn’t have anywhere to spend it.

After looking around on some subreddits, website indexes, and random web sources, I found a few places where I could spend my treasured bitcoins. However, these sites didn’t really have anything I wanted, and I still remain in that spot today. Although I treasure bitcoins, do everything I can to acquire them, and am constantly investigating the currency and watching prices, the coins don’t really have much of a use for me and I’m waiting to finally find a purpose for my coins when I have a lot of the currency saved up.

My First Bitcoins

During my look-around for places that accept or pay bitcoin, I came across MinecraftCC, a minecraft server that paid a few satoshis per block mined or placed in the game. This stuck out for two reasons. The first being that I already play minecraft, so if I could earn this highly esteemed coin by doing something I already do, this must be a miracle. The second being that it was something accessible to me, since I don’t want to sit around doing pointless surveys, give out my phone number, sign up for netflix on a points site that may or may not be a scam, or mine them myself. After I submitted my address and placed a few blocks and made a house, I logged off the server and waited until the payout date of each week. Much to my surprise, I had actually gotten a deposit into my wallet.

Finding this server was probably the best and worst thing that could’ve happened to my gaming career. In the past, I had always been a gamer, both on console and PC. But before I found this server, I loved playing minecraft for its purpose, surviving, building, and all that comes between. Once I knew that every block I mined or placed earned me a few satoshis, I knew that I needed to place a ton of blocks to make any real money. In one week, I placed over 200,000 blocks and earned around 0.2 bitcoin, but I had no fun doing it. During the game, I would sit on their voice chat server and talk to other players who I have become very good friends with, while mining away virtual blocks on mental auto-pilot. I wasn’t having any fun.

The thing about money is that people get so worked up over pay that they forget the reasons why they do what they do. I played the game to have fun before, and after mining so much, the game felt like work. The pay per block was halved and then halved again shortly after, so I was barely earning anything for the extremely tedious work that I was doing. After realizing that I hadn’t been having any fun, I took a break from the game. I’m still on that break.

How I Found DevToMe

On the minecraft server that I played on, a user advertised DevToMe after seeing it on bitcointalk, and posted a link saying that we should check it out. I don’t know if he is even active anymore, but because of that advertisement I’m still using bitcoins, I’m using devcoins, and I still have a hunger for the currency.

The Start of My Journey on DevToMe

I wrote an article about minecraft, the game which started this all, and a mechanic behind it. This was sort of a test article, since I didn’t know if DevToMe was legit or just another service that someone said I needed to sign up for that was advertised on bitcointalk. After looking into both the site and devcoin a bit further, I waited. After 2 weeks, I checked in on my devcoin wallet application, which I partially forgot about, and saw that I had 130,000 devcoins, which translated to around 0.05 bitcoins. I was very impressed. Even though I saw that DevToMe was legitimate and thought that I should write more articles, the summer escaped me because of my music and gaming addictions, work, and plenty of other real life events. I didn’t write anything, and I had no inspiration to write anything.

At the end of September 2013, I logged in to DevToMe and was greeted with a message saying my password was wrong. After double checking with Chrome’s saved password list, 1Password, and manually trying anything I could’ve changed it to, I was confused. A day later, the site was down, and 1,000 thoughts rushed through my head. What if it was a scam? What if devcoin isn’t real or something was breached? I found out that the whole database was deleted or something along the lines of that and sent in a message to the user suggested on the homepage with a request to re-setup my account. Just my luck, bitcointalk was hacked and shut down for a week a day after, before I was able to check my inbox for a message containing my new password/login info.

Shortly after, a user who administered the site set up a comment thread on his own website that allowed users to request their accounts to be restored, and I was one of the first. Now that I knew I would actually earn money from DevToMe, it wasn’t a scam, and the price of Devcoin was higher than ever at almost 100 satoshis per coin, I started writing. I started off with an article on Longboarding, an activity that I love to do, and then wrote an article on the effect the shutdown of the Silk Road (an enormous drug marketplace that operated entirely off of bitcoin) on bitcoin.

Conclusion

So that brings us to today. Currently, I’m starting this log for a few reasons.

The first being that I want to increase my writing skills. The best way to do this is by writing, and I want to try to write daily (if not on DevToMe, in some way, shape, or form) to increase my writing abilities. Writing is a very important life because of its necessity in our culture, and can improve the experience of living plenty.

The second being that I like seeing progressions. Just a few months ago, I bought a Nike+ Fuelband, a bracelet that monitors physical activity. I’m not too much of a sports guy, but I liked to see how well I did every day and look back on the past in a broad perspective. With this log, I can go back and read about my thoughts on devcoin, cryptocurrencies, and writing, and also see how I’ve improved.

Finally, I’d like to keep this log on DevToMe because I believe that devcoin is a budding currency that will become the next Litecoin, and I want to be on that journey.

I missed out on buying bitcoins at <$10 when I had the opportunity, and I don’t want to make that mistake again. Devcoin is going places.


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