I use to be a big fan of Dogecoin, so much so that I was on the Dogecoin subreddit as well as had a cheap plastic Dogecoin replica. (I still have that plastic coin).
It was even the first Crypto that I even owned.
Dogecoin was awesome because of its low price and wide acceptability.
But it all change when the Dogecoin went to the moon.
Back in the day I didn't had access to a way to buy Crypto, moreover I didn't had any money. But I still wanted some. I believe at that time BTC was around &7,000 (long time ago)
I thought I couldn't buy it so maybe I can mine it.
I wasn't that well aware of mining either
But still I tried to find some information from the web with no results.
So I turned to faucets, those captcha based annoying websites that promise to give you some crypto if you keep at it but never reached the minimum payout.
Guess what! Since Doge was so low valued the minimum payout was within reach, and I did get a payout of a very small amount of Doge.
With rest of the coins I never reached the minimum.
But I was happy that at least I had some Crypto to call my own, I kept it in a custodial micro wallet.
After a few years when the bull run took the prices up I had the price of my Crypto holding shot up to a whopping $1 worth.
Needless to say I was happy.
I did converted it to and from different different Cryptocurrencies and since in the bull run everyone is a genius the value increased again.
Since I wasn't done with Doge I went and found another faucet that paid directly into the wallet. The ones I used earlier were closed down.
This new faucet was ok, I had a minimum payout of 1 Doge which I could reach in 3 weeks if I kept at it. I could claim Doge every 60 minutes.
Again, it was paying out very little but it was something.
I knew I wasn't going to get rich from all these shenanigans but it was fun.
At first I was happy that the value was increasing due to whatever reason, people were screaming 'To The Moon' everywhere you went online.
There were memes, there were tweets, there are watch parties.
It was like a festival.
But then came the problems, since the Dogecoin was worth a good money now faucets payout went down. But the minimum payout kept at 1 Doge, now the payout required 100-200 days to reach 1 Doge payout.
Moreover since it wasn't cheap anymore, people were holding on to it even more and people who shilled Dogecoin became pariah.
Things went haywire
People we getting serious about it and actually believed (and wanted) it to be bigger than Bitcoin and replace every currency in the world, both Crypto and Fiat.
It became a force of will
It was no longer that fun Crypto that you could acquire from faucets and kept as a small thing to play with.
When the madness went and became too much I converted all my Doge to ADA.
If I had kept my Doge it could have went higher and would have reached at an All-Time-High of $0.68
Well no, at best if I had sold at the ATH I would have had about $50 only
Moreover, the drama was too much to handle and the coin has lost its use case of low value coin that could be easily acquired and transferred as well as widely accepted.
I was never going to overtake the Bitcoin and we all knew it and I just didn't believe in it anymore.
So what is the idea behind this story, well a Cryptocurrency needs its use case and utility to be worth anything. If it artificially inflated it can lose even the utility it had.
Today Dogecoin hover around $0.20 and the faucets are still too difficult to get a payout.
If a kid like me wanted to start in Crypto with nothing, then they will not be starting with Doge anymore.