It's time to unplug
I want to start this off by thanking everyone that has supported me as a witness over the past few months. The decisions to shut my witness down was not an easy one, but as of about an hour ago, I have pulled the plug on my main server and the backup server. I will be offering support in the near future to a team that should be getting their witness online soon along with adding another full node to the blockchain to help the long expansion and stability.
The reason I am shutting down my witness is that I am looking towards the future of 2019 as an opportunity to bring something more to the Whaleshares community than just being a witness. As many of you know, my passion lies in the photography and the art communities. I am wanting to bring an Instagram type of application to Whaleshares where people will be able to easily post pictures on the go from their phones. Without having to worry about the status of the witness I will be free to focus more on the development of dStors and the photography app.
I am going to be doing a lot more traveling this year and traveling while operating a witness is not the most ideal. My server went down on me while I was at Auschwitz, but luckily I was able to contact @lexikon82 and he was able to take care of it for me. @lexiwitness is an amazing team witness of @lexikon82 and @merej99 that have the community at heart and are trying to promote Whaleshares off the blockchain as well. They are a witness that are deserving of a vote.
There are many other great witnesses on the list and as new people are joining the platform with different levels of expertise, I am sure we will see a lot of great additions to the witness rankings. @neoxian just recently became a witness and made is official announcement. I think more experienced people like him will follow suit. @someguy123 joined Whaleshares a little bit ago and I am looking forward to his contributions. The work he has done for witnesses on Steemit has been instrumental to the success of witnesses there on that blockchain.
Why should you vote on witnesses?
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 and fundamental here on the platform, and without witnesses, the platform would cease to exist.
Every member of the platform has 30 witness votes that they are able to use to vote on the different people that have set up witness nodes. You can go to https://whaleshares.io/~witnesses and begin voting for witnesses, which if you have not yet, I would HIGHLY recommend doing. Witnesses are a very important part of the blockchain, and voting for them does not cost you any voting mana or WLS. It is just a show of support for what that witness stands for and is doing for the community.
Now I would ask that if you have been voting for my witness, @deranged-witness, I would ask that you please remove that vote and do some research on the other witnesses on the list and cast your votes. I appreciate all of your support you have shown for me while I was a witness. You are awesome.