Hive: A Complete Beginner's Guide (With Fun Doodles) Pt. 1

in Loving HIVE ❤last month (edited)

(Harry's Happy Hive Journey)

DISCLAIMER

You can join Hive in about 5 minutes...

…but you’ll probably feel lost & confused. This guide answers the questions you may have as you take your first steps into the world of Hive. You can jump to a section using the Table Of Contents above*, but reading the guide fully is worth it.

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I had a rough time learning Hive, so I made this to help others. (Also, it explains deep things in a friendly way, so there’s probably value in here for Hive veterans as well.)

Ready? Let’s go!

*This guide in an easier to read format here: jryze.me/hive


Do you like doodles, Harry?

“Um…”

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“Weird question, I know. But I’m asking for a reason. Because my crypto guide showed how a blockchain is like an account-book tracking any (digital) transaction. Sure, most of us use it to track only ‘crypto’ transactions…

But what if we had an ‘account book’ that tracked all social transactions?”

“Yo… you high bro?” Harry's eyes widened.

“No, man, think about it…

Every like, comment, & post you make is a 'digital transaction.'

It’s you investing your time & attention in a ‘product’ (someone’s post, for example.)”

“I guess. It’s mostly just me clicking around.”

“Exactly. Your ‘clicking’ around is consumerism. It’s you, consuming a product. When you consume something online, that is a transaction. Straight up.”

“So?”

“So for years, nobody really respected you for it. You didn’t get sh-t for investing your attention. Only the social platforms got rich from it. Same thing goes for content-creation. A post you make on most social platforms can go unnoticed and unrewarded. These social transactions can feel like a waste of your energy, right?”

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“Oh, for sure. I’ve wasted energy posting, and I’ve wasted energy swiping.”

“Right. But what if a social platform rewarded you for every like, comment, & share?

What if they rewarded every consumer & creator on the platform in crypto? How great would it be if you were valued for every social transaction you made?”

“Sounds like a dream, homes. Never gonna happen. It’s not like Reddit will pay you to click that upvote button. Or Instagram will pay you to click that heart. Or WordPress will pay you to post a blog. These platforms simply won’t do it.”

“I know. But Hive will.”

"Why Hive?" Harry asked.

“Because social’s got everyone by the balls.

Traditional social platforms know your attention is their product. So they all fight to keep you addicted to their apps. They do this because whoever has the most data is the ‘sexiest’ to advertisers. And whichever social is sexiest to advertisers, becomes the richest. These social giants ‘steal’ people’s attention and sell it. But this has gone on for years, and people are getting fed up.”

“True say. And don’t get me started on their algorithms. They used to give me good recommendations, now they just decide what news I see.”

“And don’t get it twisted, I love all these social platforms, and use them. I don’t judge them or wish them any harm.

I’m just outlining how people are feeling about social in general lately.”

“Man, I hear that. I’ve actually felt all those things. I’m pretty pissed at social lately.” I could hear an edge creep into Harry’s voice. Time to change the topic to something brighter.

"Let's talk on Hive's benefits", I said.

“Well it sounds like I get financially rewarded just to click around and do what I’m doing all day?”

“Yes, you do. But there’s more.

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Freedom:

Because Hive has no CEO, there’s no ‘god’ deciding what you can and can’t post. No one’s out there randomly shadow-banning people they don’t like.

Ownership:

Because every ounce of your data is stored on a blockchain, encrypted by your un-hackable key, only you own your data. Only you can delete it. Only you can edit it. Only you can sell your data to advertisers, or whoever. It’s yours.

Cryptocurrency:

Because the Hive blockchain tracks every social interaction, it is possible to reward every interaction. (Well, in crypto.)

You can read more about this stuff in my ‘Hive’s Invisible, Just Like Me’ post.

The takeaway here is that Hive solves most of the pain-points people are feeling from traditional social media.

That’s why all the Hive-hype, Harry.”

I relaxed my jaw and shoulders. Apparently I was more fired up than I thought. I laughed at myself internally. I just wanted to get my friend on Hive, lol.

"Alright, I'm psyched, how do I start?"

“That’s kind of a loaded question bro.”

“How come?”

“Because a noob like you doesn’t just ‘start’ with Hive.”

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“I don’t?”

“I mean, you can I guess, but anyone I’ve seen try it just gets frustrated and bounces.”

“Why?”

“It’s Hive’s fault, to be honest. No new platform is perfect, and for all it’s amazing traits, a big issue with Hive is that it’s not user-friendly.”

“Ah, I see.”

“I’m serious, it’s brutal. Like, not easy… at all.”

“So Hive’s user-unfriendly?

“Yeah, but it’s worth learning. In fact, it’s not just ‘unfriendly’, it’s user-enemy, or anti-user, at least for the average person. Which is a shame, because it really is revolutionary. I want people to benefit from it. I know it can help them. I know it can send a message to Facebook, Twitter, and the rest. But only if people can actually use it. And to be honest, I don’t see the average person being able to use it. It feels like a chemical engineering test or performing brain-surgery just to sign up.”

“Can’t I just Google it?”

“Hahah, I wish. Googling it will turn up a few decent guides. And I’ve read some great materials that help beginners get started on Hive, and they’re great. But none of them have covered it simply enough for you, trust me. Or they do, but there’s always some stumbling block that’s unaddressed, or key info left out. This means you try to join, encounter a ‘seemingly unbeatable’ obstacle in your Hive journey, and give up. So until the devs make it easier, I’ll walk you through it myself.”

“Wow, this feels like personal tutoring.”

“It is! It’s your lucky day, I’m giving you a total beginner’s A-to-Z guide to Hive…

…You’ll go from Hive sign-up to Hive superstar!”


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1. SIGNING UP

"Isn't it like joining any site?

Like I’m asking, isn’t it just like every other social platform? I just sign-up with my email and password, add a photo, and voila, right?”

“Not exactly.” I say, “Because Hive isn’t ‘one thing.’ Hive is, um… at least two things.

Using Hive means using:

  1. The Hive.io blockchain, and
  2. Also an app to access Hive’s social media (such as PeakD or Ecency).

Just like using the internet is two things:

  1. Your internet service provider and
  2. A web-browser (such as Chrome or Explorer)

“OK, I get it. Just like I need AT&T before I use Chrome, I join Hive.io before choosing an app to browse their social media platform, right?”

“Yes! But unlike AT&T, Hive is free! So head over to signup.hive.io, let’s go!”

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“OK, I’m there. I found the sign-up button. Er, buttons. There’s another one. Wait… there’s one more. And another. WTF?”

“Oh, yeah, I should’ve mentioned.

Turns out Hive has like 9 different ways to sign-up. It’s cray.”

“Why?” Harry squinted.

“Sigh. It’ll all make sense, soon. Just get your Hive.io account and bear with me on this, ok? “

“Fine. But which button do I press? There’s Ecency Signup, 3Speak Signup, HiveOnBoard Signup–“

“That one! That one’s fine. HiveOnBoard. It’s fast and they’ll verify you by phone. Click it.”

“K, I clicked it and it’s warning me that I need to install the ‘Hive Keychain Browser Extension’ first. Uh, dude…

...why do I need a Hive Keychain extension?"

“Because signing up for the Hive.io blockchain isn’t just an operating system.

It’s also like getting a bank account at the same time.

If you want to earn by scrolling your Hive feed, you’ll need an account, which Hive calls a ‘wallet.’ And just like a bank doesn’t give you a wallet in real life, Hive doesn’t give you one either. You create your own using a free ‘wallet service.’ The ‘Hive Keychain Browser Extension’ is my favorite Hive wallet service, because it also keeps track of your Hive usernames, passwords, etc., which makes logging in and earning crypto on Hive easy.”

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“So you’re telling me I’ve got to open a new browser window, install this Hive Keychain thing, set it up properly, then come back and reload the HiveOnBoard sign-up page, which is really just a service helping me get my Hive.io account?”

“Exactly…

Although now that you say it out loud, it sounds pretty silly for a sign-up process.

And, uh, there’s a few apps that refuse Keychain, and require another sign-in app, HiveSigner.com instead. But don’t worry about that, you can cross that bridge later, the Keychain Extension does most of what you need.”

“Sheesh. Whatever… it’s just a chrome extension, I got this.”

Harry Googled it and clicked the first result, then clicked “Add To Chrome” and voila, Keychain installed. He made sure to setup his usual easy-to-remember password on it. It was nice. It gave me a breather to stop explaining. Eventually he made it back to HiveOnBoard.com and refreshed the page.

"Now I choose a username and password?"

“Sort of. You choose a username, and Hive.io will create your account. It will also give you a master hive.io account password. This password will be ridiculously long and unreadable.”

“Do I have to type it in?”

“Not if you setup the Hive Keychain properly.

“I thought I did!”

“Well, you got it installed and ‘ready-for-import’, but once your Hive.io account is finally created, you’ll have to…

Import your username and password into Hive Keychain, once.

Then you probably won’t need to type them often again.”

“Sounds good.”

“Yeah, but there’s more. Hive.io gives you more than a username & password.”

"What else does Hive give me?"

“You get 4 ‘Private Keys,’ which are kind of like keys in real life. The right key lets people get into the right room, or operate the right vehicle.”

“Wait, there’s rooms and vehicles on Hive? I thought it was social media.”

“Haha, no I just mean that your 4 keys can be used to access different ‘tools’ of your account. This way if someone steals one of your keys, they may only have posting privileges. If they steal another key, they may get wallet privileges.”

“So it’s like my own social media ‘house.’ I have many keys on my Hive keychain, & lend keys to who I want.”

“Yes, great metaphor! As the ‘owner’ of all the keys, you’ll probably hold onto the important ones like the vault-key where you keep your last will & testament. But you may let your kids borrow the car keys sometimes. Because you have separate keys, you feel secure knowing that people can only use the parts of your data that you allow them too. Imagine if you just carried one ‘skeleton key’ around, you couldn’t lend it to anyone to do stuff for you without worrying. Because they could just steal that and take your whole online identity.”

“Hmm… so it’s a security thing?”

“Yeah, most of this stuff is. Hive and the crypto world in general are obsessed with security. I guess it’s good, but it does make teaching crypto tricky.”

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"What are these 4 keys exactly?"

“They’re the owner key, active key, posting key, and memo key. They’ll look something like this:

Owner Key: 5KA3mcNgaHrtabqRjjZJ7uiet67vgPhVvNNYMRmh3B3ccojTEg5
Active Key: 5KJsx5CzBzAwbpFjoNzWN4FBSeTy6X3GRkp19GG3de7deo6fNko
Posting Key: 5Jp1f6pf5Y1Q1AuFstK86NkBZkhK5ViAmUaM65ZeAjfwAYqynfx
Memo Key: 5KWg94DPBXSWiVVMpj9VM7tAjYeLLGh6GWYCnoCwpFhbnSBGwCt

NOTE: THESE ARE NOT REAL KEYS. NEVER SHARE YOUR PRIVATE KEYS IN A PUBLIC POST.

(And remember that you have a Hive.io master password too, that looks like this: YvwBqeGEH6yuChjxLaJLXtY9Heat6kav, and gives you access to all your other keys. )

I know you’ll ask what each key does, so I’ll explain:

Owner Key: It’s like the key to a house-safe, where you keep all identity documents and bank-codes. It lets anyone who has it change your password, recover your account, even alter your keys. (Top Tier Access)

Active Key: This is like your house-key. It lets anyone who has it get in a do a bunch of stuff in the house. In Hive it lets you transfer funds, buy influence-points, even vote on the future of Hive, since as soon as you sign-up, you’re now a part-owner. (Second Tier Access)

Posting Key: This is like the key to your media-room, or living-room. It lets anyone who has it post, comment, vote, share, follow, manage profile, etc. (Third Tier Access)

Memo Key: This is like the key to your mailbox. It lets anyone who has it send/read/receive encrypted messages as if they were you. (Fourth Tier Access)

“Cool, so on Hive, I use different keys for different levels of security. And if I’m getting it right…

I don’t want to give out anything higher than the posting key, right?”

“For the most part yes. There are some apps (like ‘HiveSigner’) where you’ll want to give them your Active Key, but mainly you’ll give the Posting Key so apps and plugins can do cool stuff for you, without giving them access to your wallet.”

“Whew, aight. Got it. So I signed up as ‘@HarryDresdenIsTheBest, what do I do with my keys?

"You backup your 4 Keys & Hive.io main password!"

“Wait, you mean write all five of those crazy-long codes down?”

“Basically, yes. Store them however you want, I’m gonna trust you know how to back something up safely. Whatever you do, a backup is the main thing. And extra important is that your backup is very safe.

Because no one on earth can recover your account if you lose your keys.
It’s like owning the worlds most secure safe, no one’s getting in if the sole owner forgets the code. And you might have a lot of money in there. So treat your backup with respect. Besides, these keys are also how you operate any app on the Hive.io blockchain, including it’s social media apps.”

“Ugh. Fine, if it’s to keep my cash safe, I guess it’s worth. But can’t I just use my normal password, ‘Har0ldDresd3n’?“

“That’s what the keychain extension is for.

You set that up with your normal password, right?”

“For sure.”

“Ok, so once you’re done with this HiveOnBoard sign-up service, and you have a proper Hive.io account, complete with your 4 keys plus long Master Password… you go back to your Chrome extension (hiding in the little ‘puzzle piece’ icon in the top-right of Chrome), and ‘import’ your keys. That way, from now on, all you need to do is unlock your Keychain with your normal, easy-to-remember password, and…

Your keychain will automatically enter those keys for you wherever they’re needed on Hive.”

“I get it. But I still have to backup my keys in case I move to other devices, other browsers, or Hive Keychain stops working or something, right?”

“Yes! Your keys are insanely important, back ’em up! The cliche ‘Not your keys? Not your crypto!’ is true. Once that’s done, click ‘Create Hive Account’ and you’re part of Hive!”

Harry clicks the fuchsia-colored button with glee.

"Note: keychain can pop up asking for 'authorization', Harry."

“It totally did!”

“Don’t worry, the keychain just wants permission to start ‘opening locks’ for you. It wants to automatically sign you in to Hive.io and perform digital transactions for you like ‘commenting’ and ‘posting’. It just needs permission first.”

“So I should grant it authority?”

“Yeah, but to do that you have to:

  • Enter the (‘easy-to-remember’) password you chose when you first installed Keychain.
  • Then you have to click Keychain’s ‘Import’ button.
  • Enter your Hive username and Posting Key. Once done, it will import your keys, and Keychain will have them from now on.”

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"Woo! So now I can post?"

“Unfortunately not. You now have an account on the Hive blockchain, Hive.io. Remember, it’s like signing up to an internet service provider like AT&T. You also have your very own Hive Wallet for storing crypto-currency. That’s like having an account at a bank. But just having internet and a bank account isn’t enough. Now, you have to actually ‘go’ to the social platform that’s running on Hive.”

“Let me guess, it’s another seven-thousand steps, right?”

“Naw, it’s way easy.

Just go to peakD.com & let your keychain sign you in.

You may have to click ‘confirm’ or something.”

Harry did so. “I’m there!”

“See? Now that everything is setup, you can use any Hive.io app, such as PeakD’s Hive Browser app, and your Hive Keychain will sign you into it.”

“Oh wow, I’m in! Did it auto-select dark mode? This looks cool!”

“Yeah, I knew you’d like it.”


2. PREPARATIONS

"So what do I do first?"

“Whatever you want. Some people like to explore, vibe out the platform, see what people are up to first. They might lurk for a while, or test out small actions like voting, re-blogging, or commenting. Others love to create first. They don’t care about all that other stuff, they just want to make an ‘introduction’ post and make themselves known on the platform. Some do a combination of both.”

“Hmm, I want to do both.”

“Sure, but choose one to start with, you can’t do two things at once bro.”

“OK, I choose create. Let’s post!”

“Sounds good. And don’t worry, I’ll teach you all the ‘content consumption’ stuff later. We’ll explore how to earn with your clicks.”

Harry flicked his mouse over to the little ‘pencil’ icon, and I knew he was about to start writing, but I realized I hadn’t explained ‘resource credits’ to him. Dammit, that’s pretty important. I don’t want to crush his excitement with yet another explanation, but he’s gonna have a rough time if I don’t.

"Wait! Let me explain 'resource credits!'"

“Chill homes, we good. What are resource credits?”

“Well, you know how the Hive.io blockchain tracks every digital transaction made, down to the shortest comment, or tiniest upvote?”

“Yeah…”

“Well, tracking all that stuff takes a lot of computing power. And like everything in the world, all those computing resources and electricity cost money. So, there has to be some way to stop a spam-bot from jumping on the platform, upvoting everything, and eating up all the resources. It would crash Hive and there’d be no computing power left for anyone else.”

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“Makes sense. Smart way to handle abusers!”

“Yes, it is!”

"So Hive invented resource credits?"

“Yeah, Hivians (or Hivers?) call them ‘RC’, and every account has a certain amount of them to spend. When they do any kind of action (posts, likes, comments… the only thing that doesn’t cost resource credits viewing/reading stuff), it automatically spends their RC. When their RC hits zero, they have no more actions until it recharges. This way people take proper actions and don’t spam.”

“I guess not. OK, so how much resource credits do I have?”

“Basically none. For all Hive knows, you might be a bot that signed up. You might be looking to spam. If you try to do anything right now, with zero credits on your account, Hive Keychain will just popup and give you a weird error. Hive ain’t handing out resource credits to bots, right?”

“Yeah, but, hold up. If I need RC to do stuff, and I start with zero RC… how do I ever do anything? You know this is dumb right? Other socials make sign-up easy, & let me post freely.”

“Yes, but those places don’t pay you. Money is involved here.

Things have to be a little more secure, and handled a bit differently. And don’t worry, RC is easy to get. Stay with me.”

“OK, but I’m sayin’, most people would bounce if –after all this– they can’t even post. I would’ve been gone without you explaining this stuff.”

“I know, I know. So let’s get you some RC so you can start crushing this platform. But I’m gonna throw yet another new term at you, OK?”

“Sigh. What is it this time?”

“Hive power.”

"Why do I need to know about Hive Power?"

“For so many reasons which I’ll explain later. For now you just need to know because Hive Power helps you get resource credits.”

Harry rolled his eyes. “Seriously? Fine, I’ll bite. What’s Hive Power?”

“Well, Hive Power and resource credits are tied together.”

“Great, but I didn’t ask ‘why,’ I want to know what it is!”

“My bad. Hive Power is basically clout, or influence. The more Hive Power you have, the more influence you have on the platform. Your votes & comments ‘mean more’ and your shares ‘reach more.’ And most importantly for you, dear Harry, you can physically ‘do more’ because…

Your resource credits are proportional to your HP.

And before you ask, yes, Hivians abbreviate everything.”

“So what you’re telling me is, that since I’m new, I have no Hive Power (or influence) yet. Which means I have no resource credits. Which means I can’t do sh-t.

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How do I get Hive Power?”

“The easiest way is to be gifted some Hive Power, so that’s the method I’ll teach you.”

“Hmm, but I’ll need Hive Power all through my Hive journey right? Shouldn’t I know the other ways?”

“Fine, I’ll list them real quick. To get Hive Power…

  • You can earn HP by interacting. Posting, commenting, voting, and re-blogging all earn resource credits (but new users can’t do this.)
  • You can wait for HP. Resource credits recharge daily. It takes about 5 days to fully charge.
  • You can be delegated (loaned) or gifted HP. We’ll talk about this later.
  • You can earn HP through dApps. We’ll talk on this later as well.
  • You can buy HIVE (from exchanges) into your wallet, then convert it into Hive Power, which gives you resource credits.”

“Holy, nevermind, lol, can you just ‘gift’ me some?”

“I could delegate you some, but it’s basically money, in crypto form. I can’t go around giving everyone new Hiver my money to fool around with, you know?”

“But I’m your amigo!”

“Yes, so I probably will delegate you some eventually. But this guide should teach you to be self-sufficient. If I hook you up, then you’ll be relying on me for more.

I’d rather teach you how to get your own Hive Power and/or resource credits. It’s easy.”

“Ok, how?”

"Use this site to be gifted Hive Power & resource credits."

My phone had giftgiver.site loaded up, and I was waving it in Harry’s face, but he just stared at me, confused.

“I’ll explain. You can gift yourself resource credits instantly. Just…

  • Go to giftgiver.site/faucet
  • Enter your Hive.io username
  • Verify with the ‘captcha’
  • Click submit, and there you go.

You'll then have a tiny bit of resource credits to get you started.”

“Sweet.”

I waited patiently for Harry to visit the site and submit.

“So now I have HP & RC, can I finally use this platform?”

“Yes. And if you comment and post reasonably well, you’ll get rewarded for that with even more RC. But even if your posts suck, you can always head back to that giftgiver.site when you run out to get a bit more.”

“Psssh, please bro, my posts are god-tier.” Harry stuck his tongue out. “Anyway, thanks. So now can I click that little pencil icon and start writing?”

“Yes, please do.”

Harry clicked and was met with the editing page. It had a text editor on the left, (complete with bold, italics, and ‘upload image’ buttons.) On the right, it had a preview pane and a ‘publish’ button.


3. CREATING A POST

Harry wrote a witty intro post.

Harry wrote up a witty little intro and tagged it as #introduceyourself, but still had more questions.

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“How do I resize this image I added?”

“Unfortunately, this isn’t beginner friendly. I’d skip it.”

"But I want to resize my image, it's way too big."

“Seriously, it’s too hard, I’m not explaining it.

You need to be comfortable with URLs, HTML code, pixel-dimensions, etc. If you know HTML, maybe you can figure it out from this example of a re-sized Hive Image.”

<img src="https://images.hive.blog/100x50/https://files.peakd.com/file/peakd-hive/bashadow/jdaoftGk-DSC_9461macroresizedupload.jpg" />"

Harry shot me a smug look and said “It looks like you just add ‘images.hive.blog/WidthxHeight/’ to the beginning of your image URL.”

“Oh, so now you’re teaching me? Seriously, good luck. Until Hive makes it more noob-friendly, I’m not touching this subject. People will have to suffer with big images in their posts.”

"Fine, show me how to quote someone in my post?"

“Type a ‘greater-than’ (>) symbol at the start of the line, in front of your quote.”

> "this will be a quote because of the greater-than symbol." - J-Ryze.

"What are these weird symbols in my post?"

“You’ll see symbols like , #, and _ being added to your posts, because that is how Hive detects bolds, headings, italics, and so on. If you highlight a sentence click the ‘bold’ button, for example, Hive’s editor will put an asterisk () at either end of the sentence.”

*italics* , **bold** , ## heading2 , etc.

“Can’t I just use HTML? We learned it in school.”

“I noticed, show off. Yes, you can use HTML as well, Hive does support it.”

"Can I create a link to other sites?"

“Yeah, use square-brackets around your link text [], and parentheses for your link address ().

[Display Text](https://linkaddress.com)

The above will create a link displaying the words 'Display Text', that takes a user to linkaddress.com.

"How about add bullet points?"

“Yes, use a hyphen (-), followed by a space, then your text.

- Bullet one
- Bullet two
- Bullet three
- Etc.

There’s plenty more you can do, columns, numbered-lists, and so on, but I’ll link you a guide to all of that by @brutalisti here: Make Your Post Easier To Read.”

“Thanks, now my post looks sweet. I’m launching it!”

"Fine, just don't plagiarize even a single part of it!"

“I wasn’t! Why are you yelling at me?”

“Because, Hivers are batsh-t insane about plagiarism.”

“Will they harm me for it?”

“I wouldn’t put it past some of them.”

“Yikes.”

“Point is…

Hiver’s will downvote you into oblivion for plagiarism or spam, and they are very active about discovering it, so don’t even try getting away with it. Just post normally, like a decent human. And credit anyone and anything you use or borrow from.”

“Got it.”

"What actually happens when I click publish?"

“What do you mean?”

“Well, Hive is different–“
“(ahem,) ‘better’–“
“–different in so many ways. I assume this part is different too, right?”

“You’re right. Smart man, Harry. Let me ask you, what do you think you just did when you clicked ‘Publish?'”

“Um, I posted on PeakD, which is Hive’s social media?”

“No you didn’t.”

“I didn’t?”

"You posted on Hive.io, using PeakD as a front-end."

“A front-end?”

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“Yes. Remember that Hive.io is a giant account-book (or operating system.) You have an account on it, and that’s where everything happens. PeakD is just a pretty interface used to access it.

You use PeakD to make a post, but you’re not posting on PeakD.

PeakD doesn’t store any of your data (nor does Hive.Blog, or Ecency) because it’s just a front-end too.

They’re like browsers you use to surf Hive. Or like skins or plugins in other apps. You can use many decentralized apps (dapps) to browse Hive’s social media. Hive.Blog is the original app, but PeakD has overtaken it in popularity. Whichever one you use, it’s still just storing your social interactions on the Hive.io blockchain. Since we started talking, what you’ve actually done is:

Created an account on Hive.io (‘blockchain’), then logged into it using your Keychain, and finally posted on Hive.io. Only, instead of using the Hive.Blog ‘browser’ to do it, you used the sweet dark-mode interface of PeakD.”

“¡Pinche! amigo, ok, ok, I think I get it. I could’ve used the default Hive.Blog skin to post instead, right?”

“Bingo! The same way Windows has themes and plugins that make it look and feel different, Hive.io does too.

Just know that Hive calls these things… dApps."

"Can you quickly explain dapps, then?"

“Sure. For example, PeakD is my favorite dApp for beginners, but we’ll get into other ones down the road.”

“Is it pronounced ‘dee-apps’ or ‘dah-apps?'”

“I say ‘dee-apps’, but it’s your choice. I’ve seen it spelled with a small ‘d,’ other times a capital ‘D,’ and sometimes even a capital ‘A.’ It’s another fancy new word the crypto community has coined. We’ll explore them more once you’re familiar with Hive.”

“So couldn’t I have got my ‘bank account’ at Hive.io, then headed right to Hive.Blog to start posting? That’s the ‘official’ skin right? That way I could skip the Keychain, PeakD, and all this dApps stuff, right?”

“Kind of.

You can’t skip the keychain, ’cause to use a social platform that pays for everything you do on it, you have to have a Hive Wallet.

And though technically you could skip PeakD, you’d be mad if we did.

Firstly because it’s a much better experience, and more importantly, because Hive.io is an operating system that runs many powerful dApps. These dApps are essential, so you’ll need to get used to them. I figured we’d make your first dApp PeakD, since it makes posting and browsing Hive’s social media so much nicer.”

HiveBasic_110_Dapps_Example_FIX.png

“Hmm, thanks J. You went the extra mile to teach this and dig deeper, all so I didn’t end up lost and confused out in the crypto-social-world.”

“I think I’m blushing. That’s the nicest Hive-Focused thing anyone’s said to me. Thank you! But let’s keep going. Surely you don’t just want to learn how to post, then bounce, right?”

“Right! I posted. So now I’m thinking ‘show me the money!’ The coolest part of everything you’ve told me is that I get paid for doing ‘normal social media’ things. What do I do to get my hands on that cash?”

“Hold your horses, partner. People are already replying to your post, probably because you added that ‘#introduceyourself’ tag. You sure you wanna ignore ’em to chase money that’s already on it’s way?”

“Good point, let’s tackle commenting then!”

“Good choice, Harry. One thing: I know I said we wouldn’t talk payment yet, but let me explain rewards to you before we get into commenting, ok?

“Sure!”


4. REWARDS (CRYPTO!)

"Understand rewards before consuming, Harry."

“Uh-huh. So enlighten me.”

“OK. In real money, you can’t get smaller than a cent, right?”

“I mean… I could “guinsoo-knife” a penny in half I guess.”

“Sure, and no one would take it.

Crypto is different though. Many rewards are given out as a percent of a coin. Because you’re doing so many clicks and stuff on social, it’d be nuts if they were all worth a cent each.

And since rewards are given in a cryptocurrency, they have to be worth 0.001 of a token, or something.”

“Got it.”

“So it costs others some of their Resource Credits to comment on your post. And it will cost you some RC to reply.”

“I think I understand. And since they each count as ‘posts,’ to Hive.io, they start earning RC/HP back for the people who make them and those who interact with them, right?”

“Exactly! Although it’s ‘potentially’ earning.”

“Wait, I thought you said everything earns? Whatchu mean ‘potentially’, mang?”

“Well, weak-a$$ comments don’t earn. If you say ‘great post’, it’s very unlikely to earn rewards.”

“How come?”

“Because rewards are only paid out once they cross the ‘dust threshold.'”

"What the f--k is the 'dust threshold?'"

“It’s the earnings-bar Hive sets. Your ‘digital interaction’ (post, comment, etc.) has to cross this bar before Hive starts paying out.”

“How high is this earnings bar?”

“Two cents.”

“Hahaha, good one!”

“…”

“Wait, you’re not joking?”

“Nope. It really is two cents. Think about it. If you make a post or a comment, people can vote on it. So they start voting, and your post starts earning. But remember, rewards are earned in tiny pieces, as a percent of a token. So, lame comments like ‘great post’ won’t earn enough ‘pieces of a token’ to even cross a single cent, let alone the $0.02 threshold.”

HiveBasic_120_Dust_Threshold.png

“Hmm. So everyone’s posts, comments, and votes all earn. But only decent content gets engaged with enough to pass the dust-threshold and begin paying out. The rest sit there at less than two cents, paying out nothing.”

“Yep, and those non-earners are called ‘dust votes!’ We’ll explore rewards more when we talk ‘earnings.’ For now, I’ll just say, very good summary, Harry. You learn fast.”

“I mean, dude, you’re teaching this better than every f--king human on the planet.”

“Please, my ego’s already big enough, I don’t wanna go back to my ‘cocky a$$hole’ years.”

“Okay, okay. Heh. So what’s next? Why did I need to know all this before replying to comments?”


5. CONSUMING CONTENT

"Because... look at the comments on your post, my friend."

“OMG, I have 3 comments already! Is this for real?”

“Yeah, Hive’s pretty new. There’s thousands of people using it, but not nearly the same as the hundreds of millions who use Facebook or Instagram. This means you get the benefit of standing out in a world that hasn’t buried you in noise… yet. This also means people can get overly focused on votes and comments. Hivers sometimes seem to all be fighting over the sparse attention available, and since money is involved, they can get a bit carried away. S’all good though. You benefit from 3 comments in 3 minutes now, but it may not stay this way.”

“Aight, so do I reply? Do my replies cost resource credits?”

“They do, you’re really getting this. When I first started posting I used up all my RC replying to comments and then couldn’t do anything for days.”

“So, are you telling me not to reply?”

“Look, it’s like this: Comments are treated as ‘mini-posts’ by Hive.io. It stores them the same way on the blockchain. Imagine if you left a really long comment? You’d want that to count and earn, similar to a post, right?”

“Definitely.”

“Right, so Hive.io rewards people who interact with comments, the same way it rewards people who interact with posts. So by all means, reply to your followers, but understand that this isn’t like other social media where you can just write ‘great post!’ all the time. Each comment matters, and each comment has the potential of getting upvoted or downvoted… which can actually affect people’s cashflow, yours included.”

HiveBasic_130_Comments_Matter.png

“Now I’m scared!”

“Don’t be, man. I’m not telling you this to scare you, I’m telling you this so you understand what people are doing when they comment on your post. Yes, they’re engaging with you. But they’re also contributing their own ‘posts’ in the thread beneath yours, and they may deserve those ‘posts’ (their comments) to be upvoted.”

“Right, so I literally have the power to reward them with my replies.”

“Yes, and it's more that your upvotes reward them, your replies are mini-posts you may earn on.”

“Oh god, please don’t tell me upvotes are some special thing too…”

“They are. And they have to be, because people are earning through them. It can’t just be some random ‘click like’ and hit the explore-page sh-t. It has to make sense (and cents).”

Voting (Votes Are Money!)

"Fine, explain voting before I comment too."

“Ay! What’s with the attitude? Are you not interested in earning crypto by voting? Because it took me insane effort to understand all this, and even more to explain it this simply. I’m happy to stop and go grab a beer, just say the word.”

“No, no, my bad. I just– it’s just a lot to take in at once.”

“Well, no one’s forcing you to digest it all now. We can always stop and pick up our conversation later. You can learn Hive bit by bit.”

“No, it’s fine, please continue. I want to know what I’m doing so I can succeed here.”

“That’s better. Hmph.” I folded my arms in a huff.

Seeing my posture, Harry took a big breath and sighed. “So… uh… voting?”

“Yes, right! Voting. Voting is a pretty big topic with Hivers. It seems everyone has something to say about it. The reason is that every vote is money. Money can be wasted. Money can be abused. Money can be invested poorly, or wisely. Same goes for votes. Three different people told me three different approaches to voting when I first joined Hive. The conflicting views were nuts. It took me way too long to figure it out.”

“Can you give me it in a nutshell?”

"Yes, but first I'll cover 'reputation' score."

“Are. You. Kidding. Me?”

“More terminology. I know. Look, I didn’t make all this stuff. If I was in charge it’d be better, but I’m not. I’m with you. I’m not blind. I can clearly see how over-complicated it is, and we both know I could simplify it.”

“The dream.”

“Anyway, reputation score is one way Hive, and Hivers, can understand your value on the platform. A brand new bot who just spams the platform will have a crappy reputation score. A founder of the platform who’s contributed thousands of quality posts and comments for years… will have a great reputation score.”

“What’s my rep score?”

HiveBasic_140_Reputation_Score.png

“If you’re on PeakD, it’s next to your name. It goes up when people vote on your stuff. Getting downvoted can hurt your rep and make your posts less visible. Every new user starts off with a reputation score of 25, so that’s what yours is at. Maybe a tad higher because you got three upvotes already.”

"Ah, so voting directly affects rep score."

“Exactly. Which is why I had to explain it first.”

“OK, so should I like… upvote the people who commented on my post? Or should I reply to them? Or should I do both?”

“Good questions. And the answer is: it depends. Remember, everything you do spends your resource credits. Which means, everything you do better be ‘worth it’ to you. Let’s say you read a comment. You like it, but not enough to reply. You could upvote it, right?”

“Yeah, I do that all the time on reddit. I be spamming votes like crazy yo.”

“Yeah, but on Hive, upvotes are money. You have to be a bit smarter about it.

Make sure it’s really worth it if you’re going to upvote.

Same for commenting. Same for replying. Make sure it’s worth spending your resource credits.”

“How do I know if voting, commenting, or replying is worth it? I don’t want to waste my resource credits…”

“Yeah, that was a big question for me when I first started. Still might be. A good rule of thumb is: if you’re a newbie, don’t upvote comments. Period. As a newbie with little Hive Power / Resource Credits , it isn’t worth it.”

“Why not?”

“Well, it has to do with ‘vote mana’, ‘voting power’, and ‘voting weight.'” I knew Harry was going to spaz out because I was introducing even more new terms. “Please don’t get pissed, I’ll explain these terms too.”

Harry ground his teeth as if they were crushed glass. “Dude. I am seriously trying here. I’ve taken SATs with less to remember.”

“Bear with me, man. I’ma do my best.”

“Fine, shoot.”

"What are Vote Mana & Vote Power?"

“No one has unlimited votes on Hive. Your votes will run out. Which means that every vote matters. Which means you’ll want to put some actual thought into your voting.”

“Sounds fair. How do I know how much votes I have?”

HiveBasic_150_Vote_Mana.png

“You check your ‘Voting Mana.’ It’s like an ‘energy-meter’ in a video-game. You start out with 100% voting mana, but it drops a bit for each vote you make.”

“What happens when my voting ‘mana bar’ reaches zero?”

“Then you can’t vote, but don’t worry, Hive recharges your voting mana by a good chunk (20%) daily.”

“Cool! I wanna see my current bar, it should be 100% full since I haven’t voted yet, right?”

“Yep! Only thing is, your voting mana can only be seen on external sites. Check out

hiveblocks.com/@HarryDresdenIsTheBest

See?”

“I love it! Hey, there’s a downvote bar too!”

“Yeah, it’s pretty similar, slight differences. Oh, and sometimes this Voting Mana is also referred to as your ‘voting power’, don’t let it confuse you.”

“OK, so mana, power, whatever… when people talk about it, they really just mean how many votes I have available, yes?”

“Basically. They call it ‘power’ because as your voting mana decreases, your votes have less ‘impact’ and ‘influence.’ They pretty much earn you less money if you burn them all up and drop your mana bar low.”

“Hmm. K. You said they recharge though, so I should be able to use like 10 votes a day and just have my voting mana refilled the next day, right?”

“Yep, this is what many users do, so they don’t drop their mana low, and they don’t really lose voting power.”

"Cool, I get it. So what's Vote Weight?"

“Ah, you remembered that eh? Vote weight decides how much ‘money’ you’ll invest in your vote.”

HiveBasic_160_Vote_Weight.png

“Do I control it?”

“Yes, if you’re using PeakD as your social dApp (skin), you do. When you press the ‘vote’ button, PeakD will display a ‘slider’ that goes from 0% to 100%. Wherever you set that slide decides how much ‘weight’ your vote on that post (or comment) will have. It also decides how much money that vote will earn or be worth. Slide it to 100% and that vote is worth a good amount. Slide it to 0% and the vote is worth no money.”

“So at zero, it becomes a ‘like’ on Instagram… worthless.”

“Haha, you joke, but that’s basically what happens, yes. The vote earns you (and the person you vote on) zero cryptocurrency. A 0% vote-weighted vote earns no HIVE tokens at all. But at the same time, it also doesn’t hit your mana bar very hard.”

“So if I make my votes a lower vote-weight, they’ll be worth a bit less, but I’ll be able to get more votes out of my mana bar, am I summarizing this correctly?”

“You are. And I’m glad, because explaining voting on Hive has been, um, tricky, at best.”

Harry and I high-fived with a resounding ‘smack!’ It seemed like he was really getting it, and maybe his introduction to Hive wouldn’t be the chaotic nightmare mine was. Still we had more to go. And I still hadn’t told him whether or not to reply to his comments or upvote them.

“Okay, but you still haven’t told me whether to reply or upvote or what here. I’m staring at my post with 3 people who commented. I could be engaging with them by now! I could’ve given them an instant reply on another platform.”

“You can reply instantly here too, I just wanted to make sure you understood what you were doing with your resource credits.”

“My Hive Privileges, you mean.”

“Heh, pretty much.”

“Well, thank you then. But please… for the love of god… can I reply?”

“You tell me. Did you understand how posts, comments, replies, upvotes, and resource credits affect everything on Hive? Did you understand how your choices with them affect your reputation score, your Hive Power, and your influence? Because if you did, you’ll know how to proceed in a way that suits you.”

“C’mon man. Maybe I forgot some of the stuff. It’s too much to take in. Aren’t there people who join Hive and don’t learn all this stuff?”

“Yep, and they have a rough time of things. In fact, they often create an account, post once, and leave.”

“Why?”

"Because their ignorance of Hive Etiquette attracts haters."

“I haven’t seen any so far.”

“Well, maybe not, but their ignorance results in less success on Hive, a less comfortable experience, and yes, maybe even some ‘haters.'”

“Haters, please. So dramatic.”

“Well I mean, they obviously don’t see themselves as haters. They're often doing a good thing, defending Hive and making sure people ‘vote properly’, etc. I just call them 'haters' for ease of explaining.

I mean you may have unpleasant interactions with other Hivians.”

“So you’re telling me if I joined without learning all this I would’ve had unpleasant interactions?”

“Someone likely would’ve, yes. Or at the very least you’d be ‘firmly corrected’ for not knowing. Users on Hive can get… overly passionate…about improper voting etiquette. They see it as an attack on Hive and the community, even themselves.”

“Gimme an example?”

“Sure. I joined Hive and in my first few posts, I was told to only use 10% weighted votes on comments. I was also told not to vote on comments at all because I’m new. It was also suggested I be a good Hivian and ‘always upvote’ comments that I find sincere. I literally clicked vote, and somehow people noticed what I was doing…

…and all three had a ‘correction’ to make.

And I’m grateful they took the time to correct me. I thanked each of them. But in my head I was like… ‘I was new, and had already learned more than any other new Hiver in less time, and getting multiple correction still didn’t feel good enough.'”

“Interesting.”

“Yep. And here’s another…

...Apparently you're 'forced' to vote."

“Wait, that sounds terrible! Who’s forcing who to do what now?”

“Well, not exactly, and it's quite minor. But the idea is that since your voting mana recharges daily, you basically have about 10 ‘free’ votes to use each day, because they’ll just be restocked for you. So if you don’t use these 10 ‘free votes’, you’re wasting a chance to put ‘free money’ into Hive, by voting on the content of others. So others may see you as ‘hurting’ their content by your unused ‘free’ daily voting power.”

“So they see it like being miserly with your votes, locking them up in a vault, when they could be flowing to others.”

“Yeah, remember, your votes can earn… for everyone. Just as you like to get upvotes, others do too. And since you have ‘free votes’ daily, you’re kind of ‘forced’ to use them by social pressure.”

“But nothing will happen to me if I don’t, right?”

“Well, nothing from the Hive system, but you know cancel-culture. Who’s to say people won’t start mass downvoting you, killing your reputation score, and making your posts invisible on Hive?”

“Dude! That’s dark AF. That’s like a crypto-based cancel-culture mob! I’m bouncing from this platform!”

“Wait wait wait! Chill. I was just joking around.

I mean, technically that’s possible, but you’d have to be a giant jerk for everyone to hate you like that.

Nothing major’s gonna happen if you don’t use your daily votes.”

“Swear?”

“Swear. But my point is, your life on Hive will go easy if you understand the culture.”

“Yeah, same goes for any new ‘world.’ Try moving to Colombia without knowing the culture, right?

“You said it. If someone is new to Reddit, and they aren’t aware of how anti-self-promotion Reddit is, they may just share a link like they do on any other platform and be banned from a sub on their first day on Reddit. If someone is new to IG, and they’re unaware of how conservative Instagram is about nudity, they may post an implied nude and be instantly banned on their first day.”

“Got it. So if a newbie like me is unaware of Hive’s focus on voting, I may get banned on my first day?”

“Nope! That’s the beauty of Hive… your stuff is yours. There’s no governing body who can ban you, as far as I know. But there can still be negative results from ignorance. That was my whole point.

Know the etiquette of whatever platform you’re joining, right?”

“Understood. Any other culture shock I should avoid?”

“The big players at Hive (aka ‘whales’) are pretty sensitive to community contribution. If you seem like you’re here just looking to get paid or cash out, things may go poorly for you. I was scared to even use the word ‘paid’ in this guide.”

“Good to know, I’m here to contribute, just excited is all. I think I get all the etiquette.”

“Let’s see…


TO BE CONTINUED.

Due to Hive's post-size limits, I'll stop PART 1 of this guide here. You can read the entire thing on this (beautifully formatted) webpage: jryze.me/hive or return here for a link to PART 2 once it's posted. (EDIT: Here's the link to part two!)

Thus ends...

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...for now!

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Wow, that's great, somehow I've missed that while it was fresh and apparently I didn't vote for it. Here's how I'm going to fix that.
This comment is with 100% beneficiary set to @ryzeonline so it can collect rewards for you for few more days.

Wow! That is such a kind gesture, really means a lot man. I get the impression you do a ton of amazing things for Hive and all of us hivers (coding, witnessing, and more I imagine), and I deeply appreciate you swinging by my guide and leaving a beneficiary comment.

I'm truly touched and honored. Thank you so much. 🙏

Thanks so much! It's a 'small' contribution compared to your amazing marketing efforts, but hopefully it synergizes well and makes onboarding newbies at least a bit easier. :)

Go Hive! :)

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You may want to change this to 'got the link from a trusted source', google is hardly that, anymore.
No need in taking chances that the first result hasn't paid google to steal some keys.

lol, oh man... that's a good point, not sure if I want to get into a discussion of Google's reliability near the front of this guide though. HAhaha, oh man, what a world we live in.

Perhaps there's a way I can work it in, or at least a warning. Ty ty.

I've been asking why we seo for google when we could seo for ddg, right?

Very interesting take on question. I wonder, if more people SEO for ddg, will that allow it to surpass / outcompete Google in search?

If google is putting their thumb on the scale we might as well get out from under it sooner rather than later, iyam.

Well, to ddg we go then! :)

That's pretty epic! I like that you admit to the issues with Hive. It's not perfect, but it has potential. Has this post been added to a curated collection? We need a good set of posts to show to newbies.

I keep learning even after years here. I only found out that peakd has voting mana indicators that appear when you put your mouse under your name in the top right.

Did you mention that we only earn for a week? Of course we can tip with various tokens too.

!PIZZA

Glad you like it! Yep, I'm happy to admit issues, even my guide has some, lol, no point denying reality, right?

Good question. I'm not sure if it's been added to a curated collection, or how to get that accomplished. Either way, I do agree that as a newbie, I wished someone sent me to a 'good set of posts' for newbies first thing.

I learned so much writing this guide, and I'm still learning. See, I didn't know about PeakD's indicators either, perhaps I shall amend the guide :)

Yes, the week-long earnings (plus tips) are mentioned in Part 2, but very good detail to mention / double-check, thank you.

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Excellent, not easy to collate the many facets of Hive. This method makes it easier to understand, lots of work as you learn moving forward one day at a time. Seasoned Hiver's will also pick up ideas they may have missed.

Keep going and well done @ryzeonline best way of learning is in teaching, sharing knowledge as you find it.

!LUV

Thanks so much @joanstewart ! It was an interesting task to collate all this, and I'm thrilled if it makes Hive easier to understand. Yes, I keep learning as I go and I'd be honored if seasoned Hivers pick something up from this.

Teaching is my preferred method of learning, so we're on the same page :)

P.S. Thanks for the LUV! 🙏

Keep it up there are so many twists and turns to learn here, every person finds something new, or forgotten 😄

You said it, so true! 😁

@lio.ness & @khing.khong & @mountainman & @awakening.soul, i suggest you all read this (what looks like) an excellent guide to Hive (only glanced through it so far myself.

I appreciate you tagging new Hivers to possibly benefit from the guide. A really kind thing to do, imho.

Thank you! 👍😀🙏

i am here to serve brother. i appreciate your work.

The feelings mutual! 🙏


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Hope that helps! 😁

Awesome, thank you!
First day on the platform and just trying to figure things out you post was very helpful!

My pleasure, glad it was helpful! 😀

OMG This is amazing. You added more doodles, You answered questions for me (hello re-sizing wtf. good thing I know some code but holy!)

GREAT job on this first part (I already know the second half will be amazing too)!

I'm so grateful and happy to see You finished. You've put a lot of love into this and I am thrilled to see the end result.

Voting mana, Dapps, Reward credits....all things I didn't know about. And the rest I learned while editing for You lol.

I've learned a ton with this project. Thank You @ryzeonline ❤️

I did add more doodles and answered more questions.

Thanks for the kind words, help, support, encouragement, proof reads, ideas and more.

I'm glad you learned about voting mana, dapps, and resource credits, they're actually pretty worth knowing about :) <3

This is truly a beginner's guide as I have gained more knowledge reading through it.

I'm so glad you gained something from it, and I believe it will help many beginners to Hive. Thank you! :)

Thank you so, so much for this. I was just thinking if I'd need to onboard new people now I wouldn't even know where to sart. This is an epic and comprehensive guide and most importantly - an honest one.

Thank you for the epic work that you have put into this! Much appreciated.

Hugs&Coffee,
~Josie~

Aw, good vibes, feelin' the love.

I had a similar thought, "how on earth am I going to onboard someone here?" lol, that's why I wrote this thing up.

So glad those qualities shone through, I aimed for epic, comprehensive, and honest! Woooo!

Your beautiful comment, hugs, bitmoji/avatar, and coffee are all very appreciated. Wishing you a great day!

Excellent publication. Since I started reading I laughed because I felt very identified. It is admirable the way you develop the content making it seem like we are face to face and not through a screen/keyboard. I love the simplicity with which you make the explanations and above all I value them because I am relatively new and reading it I just understood some things that I had already seen, but that I had been confused or did not understand. You use comparisons with everyday facts to explain some things about Hive and that makes it even easier to understand. I sincerely thank you for taking the time to make this guide and I am sure that many like me will thank you as well. Congratulations and you deserve not 20 points but 1000!

Thank you very much, @sindetalles !

I'm so happy to hear you got some laughs, felt identified, and received some new understandings. I wanted it to feel friendly, easy, and face-to-face, so I'm glad those traits were felt and that my everyday comparisons resonated with you.

I sincerely thank YOU for your wonderfully thoughtful comment, and I appreciate the kind wishes and good vibes.

😁🙏🙌

This is epic! It has been a long time I have seen such an epic article like this with lots of infographics. Well done.
Following

Thanks so much , @pitboy ! Your guides helped me SO much in understanding Hive, and they inspired me to make this, each one of your is epic too.

I'm very glad you enjoyed the infographics, and I deeply appreciate the follow. Thank you sir :)

Much appreciated!
Just a tip! Maybe you don't know this. Every time you're editing your content, everyone (who was tagged in the post) is getting a notification. So better not edit your post if you're tagging people and do all the corrections before posting.

Oh. My. God.

I had no idea.

Huge apologies to everyone I've tagged (and accidentally spam-mentioned now.)

:/

Thank you for telling me this.

And I should probably include something about this in the guide, but now I'm scared to edit it!

It's totally fine with me. But not everyone likes this, that's why I am telling you. But this is not a big issue as you are new to this platform.
You are an extraordinary blogger, still new to some terms of Hive blog. You'll learn every day! :)

Well, that's a bit reassuring, thank you.

Still, this is very important for me to know, and for other beginners to hive etiquette. I was editing the guide for accuracy and to apply the tips hive veterans were leaving, never my intention to blow up people's notifications. :)

I think a better a question to ask is whether or not these types of notifications should exist if users mostly find them annoying or irrelevant? Alternatively, there should be a filter settings to choose what activities you want to be notified about. Can that be done @jarvie / @asgarth?

We can filter some notifications, but @jarvie is right and this will not work very well if not implemented in Hivemind.

I think it should be done on Hivemind side because most everyone would rather not get notified for as low as a .02 vote. So best to move that up.

Thanks @jarvie & @asgarth for the clarification on this. I'll update the guide one more time to warn newbies that this update-spam behavior may happen until it's updated on the Hivemind side. Much appreciated. 🙏

Excellent point, really appreciate you mentioning this and tagging the wonderful PeakD team :)

Hehe, I'm honored you think so. :)

I totally do! I am loving and hating you at the same time :D Loving is cause you made best post ever and you are great example how effort gets rewarded. Hating is because I thought I am a successful newbie on hive, and after your posts I feel so mediocre :D Keep good work, bro, you are now example for a lot of nebies here.

lol, love & hate haha I'll take it! :D

I just checked out your profile and I love your formatting guide, would you mind if I edited my guide and linked to it? It's much better than my tiny section on post-formatting.

Either way, thanks for the thoughtful comments and good vibes! 😁

Of course, I will be flattered if you use it. Thank for the good Vibes too!

Added the link, and tagged you. Thank you!

I wish I had read this guide/tutorial/FAQ/intro a few weeks back when I "helped" a friend get onboard Hive. Would've saved me a lot of time and so much effort. lol.

Looking forward to reading Part - 2. Fantastic blog post, man. This will be re-blogged and given much !LUV and !PIZZA to boot. :)

Haha, I know the feeling, I wish I had written it when I helped a friend onbaord too, and that feeling led me to writing it.

Part 2 covers rewards, payouts, Hive etiquette and more, hope you enjoy!

Many people are reblogging, commenting, and upvoting it and I feel very blessed for that. Thank you for the pizza too!

It's an answer to very real problems we all face when having to explain to friends we wish to onboard. Somebody's bound to write this mini-manual, you beat everyone else to it. haha.

I will surely read Part 2. Yeah, pizza and all these other HE tipping tokens are a great way to show appreciation.

And I get it about not upvoting every comment or reply but I really do it as a small pat on the back for the experience, engagement if you will. I don't really have a big stash of HP so it isn't that much anyway.

Yes! My hope is that anytime someone has to 'explain hive' to a friend, they can just link this guide saving lots of time & energy :)

I'd love to hear what you think of part 2. I added a very small section on Hive Engine and it's tokens. I'm just learning about it myself.

Yeah, it was my mistake teaching people not to do that, so I added a line about "feeling free" to upvote just as a small pat on the back, @meesterboom clarified this for me almost immediately after I posted the guide, and I believe we're all in agreement about this now.

I will be trying out your beginner's guide soon. I think one of my invites will be coming onboard.

We will see about Part 2. I'm a little flustered with schedules and whatnot, but maybe tomorrow. Hive Engine is a cool part of the platform. I really like it.

Thanks again. Keep safe, man.

Yay! I'm glad this guide will get tested on a truly 'brand new' beginner. If they give any feedback, I'd love to hear it, but either way, I really hope it helps them.

Understood, part two covers earnings, payouts, fiat, hive etiquette and more, but there's no rush to read it, it'll be there whenever you're feeling ready and inspired to check it out.

Thanks to you too, keep safe, and thanks for the Pizza! :)

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wow, I just joined Hive yesterday and I've been so confused but this post just summarized everything in a very fun picture explanation. Thanks a lot, this is exactly what I needed. Who else felt this way?

Welcome to Hive! And I'm happy my post was able to clear away some confusion :)

I believe many people have felt this way, myself included :) But specifically @cynshineonline 🙏

Hi @ryzeonline! How are doing?

I have a question, I'm a sort of a teacher in my country, I give classes about programming, basic economics and communication to people in the poor neighbourhoods(I live in there to) in my city(São Paulo - Brasil), and I'm calling some people to use HIVe, but not everybody knows how to read in English, and the apps for translation doesn't work well some times, so they are a bit lost in how to use the platform.

I'm intending to do a series of tutorials in Portuguese, and I stumble in your beautiful work.

And the question is, can I translate it? Or at least use as a inspiration(quoting and mentioning, obviously)?

My writing in English is not so good yet, but I understand well and I worked with translations in the past(I even try to participate to the davinci initiative in the past...).

If not, ok, I will do what I already started to do!

And again, this a beautiful work! Thanks for the attention!!

Hi @paulo.sar ! I'm great, and you?

@katerinaramm has asked to translate it into Greek and I said sure! @jackyvergara & @cynshineonline have already begun translating it into Spanish.

I love teachers (I am one myself), and I'd be honored if you taught this guide to others in Portugese!

P.S. Your English seems great from here, keep #ryzing :) 🙏

Hello @ ryzeonline, thanks for sharing your doodles, very useful

My pleasure, glad you like and thanks for taking the time to comment! 🙏

It is not a pleasure for me too, I identify myself because I have a little problem out there and I think your scribbles will help me, then I check! I wish you a happy night

That's wonderful, the scribbles will be here for anyone who wants them, you included. Wishing you the same! 😁

That's one heck of a write up there, nicely done!

!LUV 1

Thanks so much, glad you appreciate it! :)

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Well this seems pretty cool, thank you!

I'm a newb and was given my hive account by a friend who thought I should have one. Thankyou so much for this tutorial, I've learned not to leave short comments plus a vote (which I was doing). I've learned more from reading this than all the hours I've been scrabbling about on hive. Looking forward to part 2 but my brain needs a rest.

My pleasure, and I'm glad you got something from it!

Really nice of your friend to hook you up with an account, and I'm really glad you're here interacting and contributing good vibes to the Hive community.

Hah, my brain needed a rest while writing it too :D

Small Note: You can leave short comments + a vote, it's just not super-optimal. Ultimately, even an 'empty' vote is still valuable because the thought counts, and it's your HP/RC after all, no one can tell you how to use it.

🙏

Way to put in the work! This will really be helpful for people who are new or unfamiliar with how things function around here. Great job compiling all of this stuff.

Thank you kindly! I'm hoping it reaches the newbies, and with so many people upvoting and reblogging, it seems likely it will!

I appreciate the support and kind words!

You seriously should move your keys off this post what are you doing you need to think they were sampled case somebody else might have them you need to change them or block them out it's supposed to super long and I'm sure there's somebody who can read it I'm sorry I just saw your all those keys and I think you should remove them right now

I appreciate that very much, it's an important point.

The keys in this post are all completely made up, but perhaps I'll edit in a warning to let people know to be careful :)

Am glad you got me I will reblog

Thanks so much!

And I added a big warning about the keys, so hopefully I don't worry anybody else, lol. Thanks again so much for pointing it out.

This is the most comprehensive guide for Hive I have ever seen and it's useful not just for beginners but all users in my opinion. Great job!

I appreciate your kind words, @vikisecrets ! I aimed for it to be the most comprehensive Hive guide ever, and I'm honored if you find it useful for even non-beginners. Thank you! :)

I onboarded some people and l've been answering a whole lot of questions from dozens of newbies for a couple of days.

Seeing this makes me glad because l know that many others would love to read a piece like this and get enlighened about Hive.

Well Done Buddy.
You are making the journey easier for a whole lot of people

Thanks so much for sharing this! I love knowing this guide might make things easier for both sides of the onboarding process (the onboarders and the onboardees) :D

I really appreciate your kind words and thoughtful comment. 🙏

Muddled my way through learning all this on my own, but this post is an invaluable resource for newbies! Definitely got confused the first time I tried to post and had run out of Resource Credits 😅

Huge props to you for muddling through on your own, and I'm glad you feel it'd be valuable to newbies.

And yes, the exact same confusion happened to me, lol. 🤣

This is an amazing post and exactly what being a community member is all about, I been on

Hive since before it was Hive and your guide helped me to better understand how it all

works. I don't think you are aware of how much this is needed, the evidence of that is in

how well this post is doing, one of the main issues hurdles to overcome with Hive is to

keep new users engage, we can see in the data that new users are joining but they are not

very active. My idea to combat this is to create a community that new users will

automatically be added to when they sign up. In this community, we have people like you and

other accounts that want to help new users find their way around the Hive. There are also

accounts on here that will delegate Hive Power to new accounts giving them a boost in

influence on the platform.

Thanks so much for this! I'm honored to hear such a long-time Hive veteran got something from the guide :)

You're right! I could tell it was needed, but I didn't realize to what degree.

I'm not sure where I can see that data, but it doesn't surprise me at all. My partner @cynshineonline randomly had her post say "(Image not shown due to low ratings)", but all her other images show just fine. I was unable to Google a solution, and now she never wants to post again, lol. Instantly dis-engaged :)

I love your idea of a community for beginners, is it already available? /C/LearnHive ? /C/HiveBeginners ? /C/HiveNoobs ?

I'd be happy to join.

I agree about delegation to newbies. I'm lucky that @meesterboom and @intothewild found me and delegated me some HP to get me started, because when I began I had zero RC and couldn't post or contribute at all. I would've left the platform without them, almost certainly.

Thanks again for a lovely comment and good vibes! 🙏

Images were hidden due to low ratings.

Ah! Thank you so much for this. A lot of this I had to figure out in the first month I have been using Hive; I will definitely check out the other part as well! I am still having trouble understanding how to best tag posts, as well as being more mindful of the way I post. I guess that's a good thing! Cheers and thanks again!

My pleasure! I had to figure out a lot of it myself, even with some kind people helping me, so I know the feeling, lol.

I didn't mention tags much, but the overall idea is:

"Use tags that people are looking-for / interested-in."

Tags help you stand out and make your post more findable, searchable, and visible. If you use many obscure ones that nobody's paying attention to, it likely won't help you much.

Also, the "first" tag in the list, is the tag that shows up alongside your post thumbnail, so it's the most important one, make sure it's one that really 'clicks' with people if you can.

Hope that helps.

Mindful posting is definitely a good thing.

Thanks for your comment, and I hope you enjoy part two as well! Cheers!

😱😱 This was a really long and most helpful post I have ever read since I joined Hive.

I must commend you for this great work to assist the newbies in understanding what they are getting themselves into.

I have learnt a lot, the long read was worth it and I really appreciate you for it.

I hope all the newbies get to read this and learn also. Let me go and read the next part, I think it's out already.

Hehe, well I tried to explain things clearly & quickly, and keep it short, but this was the best I could manage. Still, I'm glad you rate it as the most helpful since joining Hive!

I aimed to ease newbies in their hive onboarding experience, hopefully it does that.

Now it's mostly up to the community, other hivers, to get it in front of any newbies they encounter, I guess :)

Yes, part two is right here: https://peakd.com/hive-189306/@ryzeonline/hive-a-complete-beginners-guide-with-fun-doodles-pt-2

Thank you so much again for your kind words and thoughtful comment. 🙏

gotta love the doodles and I'm all motivated to leave encouragement and feedback
well for now! really, this is "proof of content" glad to see this one trending for once

I'm glad you like the doodles, and even happier that you're motivated to give encouraging feedback, thank you!

I can barely get my head around proof of work, stake, brain...lol, proof of content is a new one for me, but I like the sound of it :)

I appreciate your kind and thoughtful comment, ty! 🙏

I keep on mixing terms and not that I'm new around, but well why not ;-)
but what I mean is that good content (evergreen valuable content) should be curated in a special way, especially those that are permanently useful for the community.

Ah, yes! Valuable, evergreen content would benefit from a special kind of curation. lol! I love it, let's go! 'Proof Of Content' woooo! 😃 ❤️ 🙏

Mehn actually I had time to digest hive and that is the more reason i have not posted of lately but with this tutorial and lecture,i will get my ball pen rolling again. Thanks brotherly

Wonderful! I'm so glad this helps you digest have and get the ball-pen rolling again. Looking forward to what you create! :)

What a great publication you have made, I congratulate you friend @ryzeonline, it is a very complete article of what life in Hive is.

Thank you so much, @isabelpena , I really appreciate your kind words. I did my best to get a complete understanding of what life in Hive is! :)

Muchas gracias! :D

WOW this post is amazing, your work is so value @ryzeonline

Thanks so much @jackyvergara , I aimed for value! :)

Muchas gracias ;)

Wow it's wonderful. You have share a great knowledge. It helps great for every one.

Thank you so much, I aimed to help! :)

thank you for this tips and guides

My pleasure! And thank you for commenting! :)

Very cool outline of a lot of stuff ;-)

Well done and must have taken some serious time.

Glad you're feeling it, and yes it did, I poured a lot of love into it :)

I just wish it did not have to be so complicated lol

Same, lol 🤣

okey. it will be helpful for most of us. thank u bro. waiting for your next post.

Thanks very much, glad you find it helpful. :)

Very useful post

Thanks, I aimed for it to be useful! :)

No problems 👍🏾 keep up the great work

Hmm, a few inaccuracies on there, however that's a tremendous amount of work there! Unfortunately though, this wealth of info is probably why we'll never have mass uptake, too complex.

Cg

Thanks for recognizing the work! And I'm happy to fix any inaccuracies if they're pointed out to me. :)

Yes, I agree with you. Mass uptake requires simplicity. I was hoping my guide would a) simplify what Hive onboarding currently is, and b) inspire Hive devs to make it simpler in future forks :)

Fingers crossed!

Good thing your doing helping new comers to Hive I even added your blogs to my Discord for my crowd to come in

Glad you appreciate it, I want newcomers to have an easier time than I did. And wow, thanks so much, I hope the guide helps some people in your discord! :)

Thanks man I do appreciate it

😀🙏

This is fucking amazing!

!PIZZA

lol thanks so much, that's what I was going for!

And I love pizza! :)

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This is what we needed all along! Great job!

I'm so glad. I had a lot of questions when I joined, so I imagined others did too. Thanks for the kind words!

This is excellent @ryzeonline! I have read through and your article covers every section of starting out on Hive.

I'll admit it was not easy for me at first but with the support of amazing people, I'm treading through Hive daily and having a good time. Sometimes, I feel like a beginner because the blockchain is quite wide and I don't think any user can say he/she has covered every part of Hive. This is what makes Hive superb!

This is an article I'll recommend for everyone starting here. I'll check out the second part. Thank you! 👏👏👏

Thanks so much for reading it and I appreciate your kind words.

I agree with you. It wasn't easy for me either, that's why I wrote this guide, lol. And yes, Hive is very wide and I'm still learning so much.

I'm touched you feel it's worth recommending to newcomers. The second part covers rewards, payouts, hive etiquette, etc. Hope you enjoy! 🙏

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Thanks so much! :)

Great! It's really complete and cover everything needed to know! 😎

Thank you! I aimed for complete coverage, so I'm glad it worked out. :)

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Thank you so much! :)

The doodles are insane!

Thanks, I think :) Insane eh? As in madness? Genius? Both? lol :)

very detailed i like how you showed the pros and the cons of hive even though its still very early and has a huge potentiol, it was a good read.

Thank you! I aimed for detail and I totally agree with you. (I wouldn't write such a giant guide for something with low potential...) Hive rocks! :)

Glad you enjoyed the read!

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Respect!!!!!!! Btw where can I buy WTF ?

Hahaha, oh man, with doge spiking, it wouldn't surprise me if someone created a token called WTF. It may already be buy-able somewhere, but I'm not sure where :)

Its just part 1,your half post show your hard work. I relate many epic with me.as we don't understand where to start it.its a less friendly platform.

Thank you! Yes, I put a lot of love into part 1, and even more into part 2 :) I'm so glad you relate and I hope it makes this platform a bit friendlier and easier. :)

This is absolutely amazing !

Thank you! :)

This is awesome! This is the most fun and comprehensive document I have seen for new users! Professional work!

Thanks so much! I aimed for it to be fun and comprehensive for new hivers! Glad you like it :)

Absolutely amazing. I have been trying to onboard many a person but fail while trying to explain. This made it 1000 times easier.

Yay! I'm very glad, @sayee , I aimed for it to make things easier on everyone. :)

Excelente.

😁🙏

Oh myy! Thank you so mucho for this. I'm using hive like 2 years ago and with these post finally I get so many things. So good bro! Please more like this!

My pleasure @lizbetcontreras ! I'm glad the guide help you get some things. Whether we've been on Hive for 2 weeks or 2 years, there's definitely lots to learn :)

If you want more like this you can check out my crypto & blockchain guide: https://peakd.com/tutorial/@ryzeonline/crypto--blockchain-guide-for-beginners-w-9-doodles :)

I love this

Thanks, I'm glad you love it! :)

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Reblogging costs rc's and returns nothing.
Voting costs resource credits that may be better spent on posting/commenting.
Dust voting on comments is pointless, newbs should only vote on things that have, or are likely to get, other votes.
Otherwise the rc's are wasted.

Brilliantly explained, thanks. I was unclear on some of those things and will include it in the guide.

Only thing is, @pitboy told me every time I edit the guide, it re-mentions everyone tagged in it, so apparently I've been spamming people's notifications with every edit.

:/

Well, regardless, you've made the most suggestions to improve the guide's accuracy so far. Value appreciated! :)

Sooo many moving parts to the hive.
Looking forward to the repop some time after this one pays out.
You've done well here.

Yes, a ton of moving parts!

I don't know what repop some time after this one pays out means, but I'm sure I'll find out in the future.

I appreciate the kind words and support :)

A repop is when a car maker remakes old parts, in this case, it would be version 2 of this guide.

Ahhhhhhhhh got it, thanks. Yes I guess we'll see down the road :)

That 'beautifully formatted' page needs a dark mode, eh?

Thanks for all the work!

Good point, jury-rigged dark mode added to the website. :)

And thanks for your contributions as well! #teamwork

Oh yeah, that is much better.
Good placement on the icon, too.