I just made $1,024.94 writing on the STEEM blockchain. Here’s your beginner’s guide to doing the same.

David Kadavy
18 min readJan 18, 2018

In today’s media climate of collecting and selling eyeballs with “rage porn” and fake news, there aren’t a lot of ways to make a living doing thoughtful writing. Books are the most honest exchange of money-for-words there could be, but in the months or years between releasing my books, I personally have found myself waiting for a payday. Then, I discovered STEEM, the cryptocurrency that powers the Reddit-like social network, Steemit.

I joined Steemit about a year ago, and it has turned into a decent revenue stream in my business as a writer and podcaster. In 2017, I earned a modest $2,000 on Steemit. But, things are picking up. Last week, I cashed in more than $1,000.

I also cashed in nearly $1,000 two weeks ago. So I’ve already come close to surpassing my 2017 STEEM earnings. My account is currently “worth” almost $12,000. (I’ll explain in a bit why these aren’t earnings yet.)

Where does this money come from, and how can you get started making money for your writing on Steemit? I hope to show you the basics in this post.

Before I get started keep the following in mind:

  • It will never be easy to make money writing if you aren’t a good writer. Writing on Steemit will not get you rich quick. I have been working on writing and building my platform for fourteen years now, and I have been writing on Steemit for a year. Maybe you’re more talented than me, or can learn a way to do it faster, but I caution you that if you aren’t willing to put in the work, you will be wasting what time you do put in.
  • The main criticism I hear about STEEM is that it’s f*cking confusing. This is correct, but it doesn’t mean it won’t work. Just watch the video of Good Morning America hosts trying to understand the Internet, and you’ll see that it’s possible for large groups of humans to learn to use and sometimes understand complex things. These are still the early days of this technology. It will get more user-friendly, and people will learn.
  • I’m going to simplify things as much as possible to help you understand the minimum you need to know to start earning money on Steemit. If you’re like me, you’ll learn more by actually…
David Kadavy

Author, ‘Mind Management, Not Time Management’ https://amzn.to/3p5xpcV Former design & productivity advisor to Timeful (Google acq’d).