A lingering thought has entered my mind recently, and it's about meeting friends that we have met online. Since the start of the pandemic, we surely have longed for physical human connection. I am an introverted person but even the extreme introverts wants some kind of connection too. Within the year of the pandemic, I've discovered several people online that are great friends that feels like we could be a real-life friends too. Even with the geographical location as a barrier, technology made us connected more than ever.
It All Started With Socials
Way back in the 3rd Quarter of 2020, I was searching for a way to earn some money, and if you have closely followed my income sources journey, you'll see that I joined Tsu/Display social that time. I feel a bit lonely in the beginning because I don't find anyone to interact with. I just post my content there and visit certain people who interests me.
After a month, I saw people visiting me and I try to reply to them. One of them was a very special visitor as she is one of my favorite content creators of the platform, and that is Heather, the queen of owls. She saw one of my works before and encouraged me to keep working on it. It never made me feel so confident and proud as someone from overseas recognized me, even if I was just anonymous without any face there at all.
Then the next months I saw other fellow Filipinos who are great users too. Some of them are present here creating articles and some in noise. I also had a great group of people who we consider ourselves as #AnimeLoversUnite since we all had a common love for anime. And there are some people that I had great connections with are from overseas, from countries like Canada, Italy, Japan, UK, and more. I really want to visit their individual places and have a tour with them, eat some food that is native to that place and have a long talk that's well-fitting after coming from miles away.
Deeply Connecting With Each Other
Ever since the group of #AnimeLoversUnite has formed with the four of us fellow Pinoys being active and forming a chat group together, we decided to have a video call. That was really memorable since it happened the way everyone didn't expect. We were able to see and hear each other while talking about life in general during the lockdowns. It took us like 9pm-1am talking and it's pretty long! Because of having so much fun, time just passed by without us even knowing what happened. Every weekend we try to have a call to have a good time. Meetups are planned in the future and fingers crossed the restrictions and risks will be loosened up as we try to physically see each other soon.
Going Further with the BCH Community
In the middle of this year, I was introduced into the BCH community and ecosystem by a friend who reported to me that my content was stolen from Display and posted it in another earning social platform. That made me curious and prompted me to check the place which was noise. From there I tried to join in due to my curiosity and the thief was apprehended by users.
Now it's almost 6 months from where I started in noise and from there, numerous developments happened. Aside from gaining new connections and BCH, I was able to delve deeper into the BCH ecosystem such as creating articles here, and being able to jump right into SmartBCH with the help of amazing people who are willing to share their knowledge so that even the very beginners can try. We both earn money and new friendships that helps our overall well-being while in confinement during the pandemic. I am still very thankful for those people who helped me reach 2.51 BCH last September, and now it grew to 3 BCH!
AxieBCH: A Community That's Full of Surprises!
And in the middle of October, I stumbled upon into the best Discord community that came from the recommendations of my BCH friends. You can see from my previous article that cattos, froge, and hoomans banded together in this wonderful guild, and I see another batch of them coming in the next few days. Right now there are 400+ players in the guild and 50+ scholars already, and in the end of the year it's expected that there will be 100 scholars. In the end of 2022, 1000 scholars will have a chance! Imagine having a Discord server with that amount of people talking all at once lol.
Every first day of the month, the coaches are giving a $50 monthly raffle for scholars. Ate @bmjc98 won that very first raffle and we all believe that she deserved that kind of luck because of her hardwork, persistence, and willingness to help within the guild. Not to mention her articles about AxieBCH prompted me to join this amazing guild.
We are having our hoodies offered by the amazing gramps of the guild, another generous offer by them! Also, the scholars are given lots of opportunities and care especially if they are struggling, or when they excel. Coaches replace their team for the better, and other scholars are willing to help.
In our case, we often chat in the main room of the Dojo, and in the nighttime we are live in the Community VC for the voicecalls, and the live coaching from other scholars. Aside from the Axie knowledge and skills that we get, it's also fun to communicate and talk together about daily life. And now, look at the main chat, and you'll get lost from the depths of the messages flooding due to the number of active people haha.
I hope that we'll be able to meet up someday guys! Time will only tell when we can finally see each other wherever we are coming from. If not, there's always a chance for us to personally talk in different social platforms like noise, Telegram, Discord, and Messenger. I am looking forward to visit your places too if possible. :)
[#36] November 3, 2021
I felt that, "even extreme introverts wants some kind of connection too". Or maybe we already met some of the users without us knowing. Haha Congrats on achieving your BCH goal!