Curator Cat Ponders: What Makes Something “Worthwhile?”

in LeoFinance4 months ago

Greetings Felines and Hoomans of Hivelandia! We have reached the middle of the week, and I hope this finds everyone happy and healthy... turbulence in the crypto markets notwithstanding!

As you no doubt are well aware, we cats are notoriously lazy! We like to spend most of our time sleeping and doing as little as possible.

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Busy doing my favorite thing!

Which made me sit up and ponder the greater question of exactly WHAT makes something “worthwhile” to us all? Specifically, worthwhile putting effort into.

Whether it’s posting to LeoFinance or Hive, or interacting with other people in the community, or just investing our coins in some project... it’s almost a given that we’re doing so because we feel that it is WORTHWHILE, in some fashion.

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On my blanket in the living room

Stated a little differently, we wouldn’t BE here if we didn’t think it was worthwhile.

But what IS “worthwhile?”

Not Just About the Money!

I’m certain it means different things to different people... and some of those things might not be as obvious as we might think.

But looking beyond that, is “worthwhile” necessarily a FINANCIAL decision? Doesn’t seem like it.

Let’s be brutally honest here, an awful lot of people spend several hours today looking at posts and writing comments in exchange for... what? Maybe the equivalent of a couple of dollars? Which basically means — if we're only looking at money — we’re saying it’s “worthwhile” to be doing what we do here for maybe $1 an hour; very likely less.

And yet? If I asked you to mow our lawn or do our bookkeeping, you’d probably not even think about doing it for any less than $15 an hour.

So we have completely different metrics for “worthwhile.”

Which begs the question of whether the “opportunity value” of being able to sit in front of the computer clicking buttons rather than going “somewhere” and working hard at something tangible is... let’s say... $14 an hour?

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Perception vs. Reality

What am I REALLY driving at, here?

Perhaps it’s the fact — and maybe a poignant reminder — that the entire notion of “worthwhile” is a highly intangible and slippery beast to try to define.

But one of the things that reveals itself — which becomes really important from a marketing perspective — is that our sense of worthwhileness is often more closely tied to the perception of a thing than to the reality of that thing.

Case in point: We tend to pitch Hive and its community ecosystem to the world on the basis of the "make money blogging" idea ("perception") but most people are actually here because they enjoy creating content and interacting/engaging ("reality").

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Hope Can Be an Important Part of the Picture

Here in the extended Hive ecosystem quite a few of us may not be here directly for the money, but we are partially fueled by the hope that the Hive token, or LEO token, or some other token will go up like a rocket and become worth $10. Or $50.

And we have the hope that we'll any up with many thousands — or even millions — of active users.

In short, "hope" has value.

For me, "having fun" and "hope" are both pretty high up on the list of what makes this all worthwhile!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great rest of your week!

=^..^=

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Love Cats? Get Involved in Hive's Cat Communties!

If you're a cat lover and often/sometimes post pictures or other content that includes your feline friends, why not become an active part of Hive's growing Cat Communities?

These are some of the more active Cat Communities — why not join them ALL? Remember, you can also "cross-post" your cat posts to them!

HiveCats by @curatorcat is a central "gathering place" for cat content on Hive; promoting the use of the #hivecats tag for feline content!

Cat Snaps by @manorvillemike is a place to post pictures of your cats when you don't have a whole lot to say beyond just sharing your cute photos!

Caturday Community by @saboin is a community where we get to celebrate posts relating to Saturday — aka "Caturday" — our own special day!

Cat Photos by @andrarchy is a "mixed use" cat content community; posts can be just photos or longer, as long as the subject is CATS! It has a lot of subscribers but is not very active.

Cats by @captainklaus (and Sissi!) is another "general" cat content community; it's there, but not very active.

Last, but certainly not least, a special shoutout to the recently formed Hive Pets Community which has become quite active and has quite a bit of cat content!

There are a number of other feline communities listed on Hive, but I am not sharing them for now as they have not had any activity (by their Admins OR users) since the Steem/Hive fork. Updates as they become available!

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