@derangedvisions is throwing his hat into the witness pool
The short version of who I am
My name is Wes. I am a photographer/videographer. I guess you could just call me a visual artist. I have a wife and two kids. I have two dogs and two cats, and I like long walks along the beach.
I started investing in crypto last December and began riding the all time highs. When the market started to go down, I was able to salvage some of my investments and made some decent trades during that time. I found out about Steemit shortly after and started on there. During that time I was pretty successful and had started a few community initiatives and started my photography contests. I became a witness on Steemit and ran a solo witness for a while, but when the value of Steem dropped, I teamed up my witness efforts with another witness on the platform and have been part of a team witness ever since.
So why witness on Whaleshares?
Since I joined Whaleshares, I have fallen in love with the community here. There is something special about it. Something that is lacking on the other block chains. Witnesses play an extremely important role in keeping a blockchain running, so I wanted to do my part to ensure the longevity and success of this platform.
What is a witness?
A witness is a member of the community that runs a server that produces or "witnesses" blocks for the Whaleshares blockchain. The blocks contain all of the information about posts, comments, votes and any of the transfers done on the chain. As you can see, witnesses play an fundamental here on the platform, and without witnesses, the platform would cease to exist.
My witness Specs
8 GB RAM
60 GB NVMe SSD storage
1 Gbps connection
I am running an 8 GB server so that it is able to handle the any updates made to the platform for a while.
My plans here on Whaleshares for the community
I am community oriented. I believe that a good balance of technical and community witnesses is important for a successful platform. We need technical witnesses like @chronocrypto, @kennybll-witness, @intelliwitness and @black-man. At the same time, we need amazing community witnesses like @powerpicswitness, @krazywitness, @artwhale-witness and @lexiwitness.
I have already started my Deranged Photography Contests as a way of rewarding the amazing photographers on the platform. I am grateful that @krazykrista and @pixel have graciously sponsored them with their WhaleTokens as well. I am planning on releasing my own WhaleToken to support the photography and art community as well.
When I created the Deranged Photography Contest, I wanted to create a photography contest that was fair and rewarded photographers of all skill levels. I realized people all over the world of all skill levels were participating in photo contest and I wanted to be able to give them all an equal chance of being rewarded.
@kaliju and I have some big projects in the works right now. One of them that is in the process of being moved over to Whaleshares as I type is the Review Me project. There is no reputation score system here on Whaleshares, which is good, because the system many of us are used to on another platform can be bought. Review Me is a way for the community to give you a reputation and your reputation has value and can be redeemed for tokens or votes.
We have another big project that will be announced soon that we have been working on for a long time and we are excited to bring it here.
I want to thank you all for the warm welcome I have received here on the platform. I am extremely grateful to everyone on this platform. I am here for the long haul and I am looking forward to what the future holds. There is amazing potential here and I am excited to share this experience with all of you.
If you want to cast a witness vote for @deranged-witness or any of the other witnesses mentioned in this post, go to https://whaleshares.io/~witnesses and vote. Remember that voting for witnesses is an essential part of this platform.
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