💝前言 Introduction 💝
This weekend we held our first major Taipei Steemit meetup, attended by 10 Steemians. Steemit has developed into a close-knit community linking people from all walks of life around the world. We know a lot about one another through our posts, but meeting in person is not always easy. Despite that, quite a few locations around the world have already met up, and in Asia alone, there have been meet-ups in places such as at Hong Kong, Shanghai, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia etc.
The planning for our meetup started a few weeks ago when our resident designer @catwomanteresa designed our Steemit t-shirts. When the t-shirts were delivered, we were all very excited as it was finally time for our meetup.
💝神秘嘉賓 Mystery Guest💝
To mark this special occasion, we wanted to give you guys a surprise, so invited a mystery guest to join us. Can you guess who that is? Drum roll please ….. please give a big round of applause and welcome the lovely @sweetsssj !!!
Although this was supposed to be a surprise, a certain W member had leaked the news to some other Steemians, now we know why he is so popular on Steemit!
Look at the guys in the photo, they all look so cool and calm now, but you should have seen them when @sweetsssj arrived.
This meet-up was a first for everyone including our mystery guest, but it felt like we had all known each other for ages and hit off immediately. Since you couldn’t be here with us, let me introduce you to everyone and share some special moments with you.
💝台灣區第一美女The legendary Dean Beauty💝
Those who read about our last mini Taiwan meetup would have noticed that our legendary Dean Beauty @deanliu wasn’t there and want to meet him/her this time. In the past, many have asked is Dean a he? Or is it short for Deanie, a her? Ok, let me reveal Dean Beauty’s true identity now, another round of drum roll please …..
No, I’m not kidding you guys!
When we were organizing our t-shirts, Dean Beauty ordered a child’s size t-shirt. We were all a bit confused as to how come a child could write so many great posts and offer profound advice to us newbies on Steemit. Dean Beauty really liked to keep us in suspense with his/her real identity!
So Dean Beauty’s real identity still remains a mystery to everyone!
And don’t blame me. Our legendary Dean Beauty isn’t called a legend for no reason, he/she doesn’t easily grace everyone with an audience!
💝實況轉播 Live Broadcast💝
Now I’ve introduced you to our two master Steemians, let’s move onto our actual meetup.
Our meetup venue was at Le Ble D’Or at Eslite Xinyi Store in Taipei. This restaurant is famous for brewing its own beer, and I think it had quite a German/Alps feel inside. The waiters were dressed in traditional costumes from the region, or at least that’s what I think they looked like. It’s a fantastic place for gatherings like ours, and nobody seemed to mind when we got a bit over excited and rowdy.
Our group has a couple of gourmet experts, so I’m not going to share a lot of food photos with you here, but here’s a taster.
啤酒是金色三麥的特色，當然要來上一杯。嗯….. 這也….. 太大杯了吧？
And cheers!!! Hurry up and take the photos please, the glass is really heavy!!!
💝甜心專訪 Interview with Sweetsssj💝
💝台北社群聚會的成員 Introducing our attendees💝
All of us come from a diverse and cosmopolitan background, and many of us post bilingual in Chinese and English, helping to bridge the CN community with the rest of the non-Chinese speaking Steemit community.
Furthermore, out of the 10 of us, 3 have a reputation of over 70. That’s quite something on Steemit, so thanks guys for looking after us minnows.
@ygern is from Malaysia, he came here to study his Masters, then decided he liked it here so much that he didn’t want to go home. He used to work in publishing and is currently freelancing as a translator (aka Watching The Games of Thrones when he’s supposed to be working). Ygern has great insight into a wide range of topics, and this is reflected in the quality of his posts.
@Wilkinshui 他來自香港，根據他的說法，他是全公司最自由的人。通常公司除了老闆之外，還有誰有這樣的特別待遇呢？難道是…… 老闆的小三？難怪要千里迢迢離開香港留在異鄉工作，辛苦哂你～
@wilkinshui is from Hong Kong. If you know him already, you probably know what he is (really) like, and if you don’t know him, well … don’t is my advice! Just kidding, he offers some great advice and insight into cryptocurrency and great eateries around Taipei, so do check him out.
During our self-introduction icebreaker round, he was the only person who shamelessly gave himself a round of applause, and we all naturally followed suit, you should have seen the smug on his face when he succeeded in getting a round of applause from everyone.
@azazqwe created his Steemit ID because he said it was easy to type with one hand on the keyboard (now you’re all checking your keyboard aren’t you?). Honestly? How lazy can one get?
Pettren currently works in his family owned art gallery, check out his post if you are an art lover.
@shieha is Aaron and is our third master Steemians with over 70 reputation.
He grew up in Canada and came back to Taiwan after graduating from university.
To say photography is Aaron’s hobby is a bit of an understatement, his works on Steemit is definitely at a professional level. If you haven’t seen his works, I urge to go there now
(not now now, but after you finished reading this post).
@livinguktaiwan that’s me, Pauline. I’m a BBC (British Born Chinese) and come from England. I have previously worked in Hong Kong for a period of time, as well as a long time in London. Last year I decided to take a career break and moved to Taiwan, hence my site name living-uk-taiwan. I blog about my travels, and snippets of my life in both UK and Taiwan. (Advert time) Please visit @livinguktaiwan. Please visit @livinguktaiwan. Please visit @livinguktaiwan.
Lydia自稱是個平凡的上班族，不過我們發現她跟 @wilkinshui 一樣，上班非常輕鬆自在，他們兩個的公司大概是台灣最有人性的兩間公司了。
@lydiachan is the girl from next door who everybody adores, everyone who has met her (physically or virtually) immediately warms to her. Her posts take you around Taiwan, so if you’re looking to eat and play in Taiwan, you know whose site to go to now. Lydia likes to compete in different Steemit challenges, but since her specialty is in procrastination so sometimes its a bit of a hit and miss.
@catwomanteresa is Teresa, you’ve probably figured out by now she’s a cat lover. Teresa is a computer animator and studied her Masters in computer animation in the States. She designed our Steemit t-shirt and all the amazing graphics in this post. Also, do check out her award-winning graphics on her site.
(Did I mention Teresa and I volunteered to write-up this post so we could get more airtime to promote our site? Please visit @livinguktaiwan )
Apart from blogging about her foodies and travel journeys, Teresa often posts great tips on how to make simple graphics that you can use on your site.
Last and not the least is @honeybee, Alvin. He is from the States and is currently living in Taipei. He normally posts in English but said now he’s going to hang around the CN community more.
Alvin is a bit of an expert on cryptocurrency and investment, seems like @wilkinshui has a new buddy.
💝未來的展望 Future outlook 💝
Our meetup lasted throughout the whole afternoon as we had so much to talk about including ideas on how to help develop Steemit. The UK team led by @stephenkendal are doing a great job in promoting Steemit at universities and around the UK, maybe the CN community can do the same very soon.
Another thing that we could look to do is to help upvote Steemians from the developing countries, as a couple of $ for their post would mean a lot to them and help out their families.
Compared to Steemians from the more developed countries, they may not think much of say 50 Steem for a post. So if we could focus on quality posts from Steemians in developing countries we could hopefully help to grow Steemit exponentially, making this a better community for everyone.
Teresa said starting today she’s going to Africa to spread the love. Hey guys, can you see the halo above her?
We also discussed the possibilities of co-operative postings, how the experienced Steemians can help newbies find their feet in this complex world, and basically growing Steemit. There are technical issues that need to be resolved first, but I think we’re on a good start here. Watch this space.