Originally published on 21 Dec 2019
To provide more interaction within Steem Basic Income (SBI), we are continuing our interviews with prominent members of SBI! We hope to bring a greater sense of community, get to know our members, and gain a better understanding of why Steemians are choosing to be a part of SBI.
@wesphilbin: Continuing to highlight our Steem Basic Income members... I had the pleasure of chatting with @contrabourdon recently, and I must say; this gentleman is the "perfect" example of not only supporting the SBI initiative, but also, providing numerous positive quality content on the Blockchain. Let's get right into it...
@wesphilbin: What an honor to finally meet you, my friend. You are involved in so many things on the Blockchain... would you mind telling our readers, a little about yourself? Get everyone up to speed on who is @contrabourdon?
@contrabourdon: Thanks for picking me for this interview Wes! Well... where do I start? I joined Steem only in February this year because I wanted to participate in an organ playing contest run by @organduo. I have known @organduo for several years off the chain prior to this and we mostly conversed via email and Facebook. Our conversations were only about organ playing until I discovered the possibilities of the Steem Blockchain. So yes, I'm an organist (my passion) and working in IT is my job
I began only posting on Steem for the contest and I won it several times. I was also the recipient of a couple of @curie upvotes so I was on a high! I had dabbled in Bitcoin and other alts in the past, but I ended up dumping them because they didn't "do anything for me". So with this liquid STEEM in my wallet, I decided to do the same... was it worth anything? Well, back then it was about $0.40 and I ended up cashing out around the equivalent of $60 AUD. I was pretty stoked at making this by just entering contests and getting upvoted.
A few weeks more had passed and I started to post things other than my contest entries. I also started upvoting other posts but realised my vote was worth nothing. It was then I decided to invest and power up. If I was to be taken seriously on a platform, I had to show some sort of commitment! To cut a long story short, I got the "STEEM bug" and I was just hungry for more power! I used fiat to invest most of what is in my SP now and I have generated about 2.3k SP through author rewards (according to @steemchiller). With my IT background, I was incredibly fascinated with the idea of a social platform that could be driven by code. I guess this is what kept me here. As for @steembasicincome, I was initially sponsored by @partitura (fellow organist friend) and it was great to get ongoing support on posts—especially for a newbie trying to be noticed.
As @organduo and I had already a common interest, I bugged him a lot with questions about Steem and slowly but surely, I started developing little things on the blockchain. The first project was the @giphy bot. I love GIF's and I wanted to bring it to the Blockchain. I sought permission from the company GIPHY itself to use their name (and to also create a token)! And if we fast forward all the random little projects along the way, @organduo and I decided to become a witness—@untersatz. We are so grateful to all our supporters. It's hard to believe that in our short journey we are already ranked 88 (85 active)! Well... I know you said you wanted to know a little about myself, but I got a little carried away haha!
@wesphilbin: I knew you were involved in several things, but not at this level! You don't need to apologize either... this is all fascinating stuff! Do you have a hard time choosing between Blockchain and your other endeavors?
@contrabourdon: I can't remember all the things I've done myself! I really do need to document everything (and bot commands) so that fellow Steemians can use all my tools if they wish. I do have a hard time choosing between this and my other endeavors. I have a young family of three girls, with @leysa, a full-time job and a passion for music. I'm definitely spinning many plates. I try not to put too much pressure on myself. I do whatever has the priority first and everything else can wait.
@contrabourdon: Yes, oh my goodness! That's one way to put it. My life is busy but I do enjoy the variety of things I get to experience. It's funny how my wife @leysa will tell me to stop the car so she can get out and take a photo for @tobetada's #lovetheclouds contest. I've also actually documented all my activities (finally!) onto a website. Check it out at https://contrabourdon.steem.design/. It was actually good for me to do this because I've been meaning to do a "brain dump". Now that it's all out in the open, I feel I can relax for a bit... In terms of projects, I really just start these things on a whim. I've got a whole list of things I want to develop one day. Most of them probably won't get done, but I like to write it down so I can free up some space in my mind. I've thought about involving SBI into a little project but I can't think of anything right now. I think @josephsavage has got it all covered!
Also... don't forget to check out his "Easy SBI Contest" which is now on it's 98th rotation!
@wesphilbin: You sure have given me a lot of information my friend... our readers will surely enjoy reading your interview! Before I let you go, what are your thoughts for STEEM, SBI, and your projects, moving forward?
@contrabourdon: It was great chatting with you Wes! Much appreciated to take the time to interview me, especially when we are in different timezones and on opposite sides of the world. Can I just say, I'm totally addicted to Steem and I finally have an outlet where I can share my work and potentially get some updoots! Moving forward, I hope that these downvote wars settle down because SBI is here to support the community (and when I mean support, the updoots aren't outrageous enough to dispute the rewards). In regards to my projects, I really think too much about what comes next — today has enough troubles of its own!
Twenty total interviews for the @steembasicincome Group... and my twelfth to date, as a writer for the SBI Group... With each Steemian I interview, I see a similar vibe my friends... sharing the positive effects of promoting community, a greater sense of why these Steemians are choosing to participate in the Steem Basic Income initiative... for not only themselves and their interaction on the block-chain, but also sharing the understanding of engagement, by sponsoring others. I thank you for sticking around, and reading yet another interview highlighting a prominant user involved in the Steem Basic Income initiative. Appreciate your continued support, involvement, and community interaction.
Until then my friends...