I wanted to stay consistent with my Friday updates so I am doing this Christmas Eve edition of my Friday update. Hive is on an uptrend again so my $12.50 didn’t go as far this week but I was able to sell some other tokens to get a bit more Hive to spend.
I had 1.025 Hive in my wallet already because I commented on this weeks CTPchat post with a question for the Crypto Maniacs podcast this week. That was a 1 Hive reward. The 0.25 was from a conversion of HBD to Hive. So I got one Hive token just for commenting with a question. Pretty easy money, in my humble opinion.
There is Still Time to Get a Hive Token for a Comment/Question
I am still working toward the next Index holdings goal of 1500 HE-Index tokens so I used my pegged Hive to buy 7 more Index.
My new HE-Index holdings total is 1253 and a little more as you can see from the screenshot above. I am loving the passive income I keep getting from holding these tokens. And I get a little more each time I increase my holdings which is why I keep buying them.
Dolphin Goal Status
Right now my Hive Power is sitting at 4,393.453 HP which is 606.547 away from the 5000 I need to reach my goal. Or about 88% there.
The 5th CTP Staking Challenge from CTPSB or the CTP Swarm Booster Just Ended!
I came in 9th place. I managed to stay in the top 10 for the whole time. At number 9 all the way but it was just fun to participate. I also won a Silver Swarm Booster NFT. So I am the proud owner of two Silver Swarm Booster NFTs now. I won both of them.
After January 1st
I am going to power down some of the CTP token holdings to get ready for the launch that is taking place on January 13th. Jon and Blain talked about it on the Thursday Night Live Webinar last night. It is definitely going to be a disruptor for Viral Mailers and how they work. Looking forward to that launch.
So that is my update for this week as promised. I will be back next week for the last update of 2021. And next week will be New Years Eve. Have a Merry Christmas!
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and our gathering will be pretty small but we are going to have some of the dishes we are used to having. One of them isn’t really a dish. It is a doughnut that is a southern Italian tradition. It is made with a potato dough. Sometimes they are filled and other times they are just shaped like a ring and dipped in sugar when they are hot. I actually prefer them plain. They are a real project to make. For many years, including last year, we would buy the dough from a local bakery and do the frying at home. Not this year.
This year I decided that I was going to make them from scratch myself using a recipe from my great aunt. There aren’t many ingredients but they do take some time to come together. I wanted to get the dough made today and then fry them tomorrow instead of trying to do it all in one day. One of the reasons being I wouldn’t want to wait to eat them.
Now the Dough is in the Refrigerator in a Bigger Bowl
And tomorrow I will take it out to make and fry the doughnuts. We are also having pasta with a white seafood sauce as the main dish. Part of tomorrow will also be spent getting ready for Christmas Day.
With Some Caution We are Having a Small Gathering in the Morning
Some of my cousins on my Mom’s side of the family are coming to have appetizers and drinks before they go and have their dinner in the afternoon. We didn’t do it last year because of COVID and no vaccinations available. They won’t be here a long time. So the exposure will be minimal and we are all vaccinated. Then in the afternoon it will just be us to have dinner together. Oh yeah and my youngest sister and her son, my nephew, are going to a basketball game for the afternoon. It is my nephew’s Christmas present from his Mom. He is a Boston Celtics fan and they are playing the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee on Christmas Day.
Then they will come back and watch the rest of the Green Bay Packer football game. I’m so excited. LOL I will get to see my other nephew and his wife and two sons as well. Looking forward to a couple of nice days.
There will be a Christmas Day edition of my Friday Buy Day update tomorrow. I will work on that tonight and early tomorrow. Have a great night and see you again soon. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!
Last week when I did my usual buy I thought I had set it up to do a weekly buy for the same amount. It looks like a buy went through on the 13th but I don’t see where it is in Coinbase. In any case I cancelled it now because I like more control. I did make another purchase today and ended up with around 7 Hive to use. I may be out $12.50 if I can’t find out what happened to that purchase. If that’s the worst of it, no big deal. I have lost way more than that buying shiny objects in the past.
Next I Went to Hive Engine
I sold some other tokens because I wanted to increase the total of pegged Hive to buy more Index. That is my focus right now. I found some Voucher I could sell in my wallet. There was a little more in Bee Swap to send to my Hive Engine wallet. I ended up with 10.9 to buy my Index this week.
I Was Going to Buy Some More CHAOS Packs
Instead I chose to focus on increasing my HE-Index holdings. First of all I need to buy potions to open the 20 packs I already have. To do that I need to figure out how many potions I need to buy of each type to open the 20 packs. I only want to buy what I need since I am doing this on a budget.
With the Hive that I purchased and traded for today I was able to buy 13 more Index tokens.
My Dolphin Dream for Hive Power Progress
With only 2 more Fridays left of this year I know I will not reach Dolphin Status. I knew that weeks ago.
As of today I have chosen to take all of my payouts for curation and content creation in Hive Power. I am converting my HBD to Hive and powering it up anyway. So might as well just skip the time that it takes for the conversion and just get the Hive Power. I am at 0.876063 or around 88% of my way to Dolphin.
I Have Been Participating in the Latest CTP Power Up Challenge
That will end on the 22nd of this month. I just want to see how much I can increase my CTP stake. After the contest I will be powering some of that down to liquid CTP. Because on the 13th of January, Jon and Blain are launching something big that will require having liquid CTP tokens. They are calling it Project Bowtie. It is not a new program but they are redoing a program they already own. So, I won’t be selling CTP tokens. Not a chance. I am going to be investing in the new project.
Next Week is Christmas Eve
I will do my best to get an update posted anyway. In order to get that done I will most likely have to work on it next Thursday. So now I have said it and it has to happen. Anyway, have a great weekend. See you again soon.
I boxed up some books that I knew I had no use for anymore and sent them into Amazon. It didn’t cost me much to send them in and they were just going to take up space. So I figured I might as well see what I could get for them using Amazon’s Fulfilled by Amazon program. As you know I have been investing $12.50 each week to grow my holdings of Hive Engine tokens. That includes staking Hive to reach my goal of Dolphin Status and increase my passive income from HE-Index.
Amazon sent $11.96 to my checking account this week. So my out of pocket is close to covered from selling a book or two that I had already sent to Amazon. Amazon fulfilled the order and sent me money. I still have books sitting there in an Amazon warehouse somewhere. It doesn’t sound like much but it’s a start. And I didn’t have to go out and find the books. They were already sitting on my shelves. I just had to get off my butt and get them labeled and boxed up. Then I took them to the UPS store in town. Yeah, they take a chunk of money for that. But I look at it as outsourcing some of the work I would have to do here. Like customer service. They take care of that. It’s worth it to me. And if it funds my little operation here that’s another win.
My Out of Pocket Investment Went a Little Further This Week
I logged in to Coinbase to make my weekly buy of Litecoin. Every time I do this transaction I see that there is an option automate the buy to occur every week. I had been opting out of it. However, this time I didn’t opt out. While I was in Coinbase I noticed that there were more videos to watch and earn some other cryptos.
What I earned from viewing the videos and the FIAT I put in bought me just over 10 Hive this week.
I used the Swap Hive feature in Hivepay to send the Hive to my Hive Engine Wallet. Then I started looking for other coins to sell and see how much more Hive I could get. As it turned out I had some Voucher in my Hive Engine Wallet. The Voucher airdrops from Splinterlands restarted this week. The Voucher in my wallet was a dividend from my HE-Index holdings.
David Armstrong, @darmst5339, is a friend I have made in the Click Track Profit Community. He created a post a few days ago about finding Voucher that he didn’t know he had.
That is two of the reasons to be engaging on Hive. Making friends and learning from them. I went to my BeeSwap account and logged in with my Hive Keychain. At that point I had just over half of a Voucher. I let it sit there and this week there was 0.658 Voucher for me to sell for Hive. I had just sold the 0.769 Voucher from Index right before that. All told I ended up with around 18 Hive and used it to buy 22 more HE-Index tokens.
The CTP Token Staking Contest Is Still Going
Today I staked 143.065 more CTP tokens. I am just doing it because it’s fun to see how much I can increase my stake of CTP. After the contest is over on the 22nd of this month I will probably power a bunch of that down. Jon and Blain from CTP are launching a new project on January 13th 2022. You can listen to last night’s Thursday Night Live to learn why having liquid CTP will be important.
That is it for my update this week. Have a great Friday and see you again soon!
Last Night on the Crypto Monday webinar @blainjones gave away $1000 dollars worth of Crypto! The prizes went to the 23 people who finished the CTP Content Challenge that started in August and ended last month.
In order to complete the challenge, we had to create content on the blockchain using one account for 30 days in a row. We had to post our content by midnight UTC to count for that day and have #ctpcontent as one of the first tags. Blain took the time to read each of the posts and track where everyone was in the challenge. In my case, UTC was five hours ahead of my time zone which is Central Standard Time.
Crypto Monday Webinar was an Hour Earlier Last Night
Somebody had something else to do at 8 pm EST. It was actually good for people in the later time zones who have to stay up late to be on the live stream.
Jon and Blain started the webinar by talking about the upcoming project that is being launched on January 13th. You can watch the replay here! You’re going to want to stock up on CTP tokens and keep them liquid not staked.
Then the Prize Wheels
Blain talked about the CTP Content Challenge and that he would be spinning three prize wheels for the 23 people who completed the #ctpcontent Challenge. He wanted to give away $1000 and polled the community to ask how we’d like it done. We chose to have four different prizes. The 1000 dollar prize pool was split up into different amounts on the third wheel. Here is a link to Blain’s post with all the prizes and the people who won them : https://peakd.com/hive-119826/@blainjones/ctp-content-challenge-winners
My Turn to Win Came at Just After the 27 Minute Mark!
The next accumulation goal I chose for HE-Index is 1500. And the prize I won pushed me in that direction.
And the amount I won was a huge surprise:
Yeah, $100 worth of HE-Index added to my holdings! Pretty awesome stuff! So now I am up to 1,148 Index tokens. Just 352 tokens away from my next goal. Thanks again Blain and Jon! Congratulations Again to Everyone on the Prize Wheel!
My $12.50 didn’t go that far this week. I am very happy that I got to my 50,000 CTP Power goal last week. CTP tokens have gone up a bit this week and it is a little more difficult to get them right now. I believe that is because next month on January 13th, 2022, Jon and Blain are launching what they call Project Bowtie. There will be an airdrop for people who have Swap.Hive and liquid CTP. Not sure of the rest of the details. I am also participating in the CTP Swarm CTP Staking Contest. My plan is to divide whatever I get from buying CTP tokens and earning them. The Staking contest ends on the 22nd of December. Then I will divide what I buy between staking, liquid CTP and Swap.Hive.
My Other Goals Will Be on the Backburner For Awhile
Yes, even my goal to reach Dolphin in Hive may wait till next year. I am still going to get whatever Hive I can from content creation, upvoting, and curating. Probably won’t get to Dolphin till early next year. And that’s okay! It’s not the end of the world for me. There are so many fun things going on that I want to be able to take part in as much as possible. I want to be flexible for whatever might come along too.
Check Out These Replays From Crypto Monday and Thursday Night Live
To learn more about Project Bowtie and other great things going on in the CTP Community!!
A little background. Many years ago I bought a course called the Proven Amazon Course to learn how to sell items on Amazon. I did learn how to do that. And then decided that it wasn’t for me. I like the idea of selling physical products online but didn’t want the inventory cluttering my space at home.
Recently I sent some books to Amazon using their Fulfilled By Amazon program. That renewed my interest in the eCommerce business model. I never really lost interest but I still don’t want to put my hands on the inventory. That is a sticking point for me.
I belong to a group on Facebook started by the owner of the Proven Amazon Course. His name is Jim Cockrum. He wrote a book many years ago called The Silent Sales Machine. It has since gone through many editions. This year they are having a virtual conference called Ecommerce Opportunity 2022 Conference. It is free to people who have purchased the Proven Amazon Course. They are live streaming presentations today and tomorrow and they will be recorded as well.
One of the speakers I listened to this morning talked about how the voice we hear the loudest in our minds is our own. That means that we have to be really careful about how we talk to ourselves. He also talked about the two paths from which we need to choose. The first path is the one of compromise and giving up on our dreams. The second is one of sacrifice and not making excuses. Either path or choice will get us to the same destination which is what we deserve.
Since my Buy Day update this last Friday I have been spending the last few days investing the Hive I have purchased. I took the 647 Hive that I acquired from the ETH swap last Saturday and powered up about 200 and invested the rest.
I increased my CHAOS Booster Pack holdings to 20. Still trying to decide if I will open them or sell them all. The temptation is to sell some and open some. When I see all the fun that @jonnycoin has opening his packs it’s hard not to want to open mine too. Maybe on Christmas Morning I will open the digital presents I bought for myself.
As of this afternoon I achieved two of the goals I set out for myself. A few weeks ago I got up to 500 HE-Index and chose 1000 to be my next goal. This afternoon after having to cancel and redo my buy orders a couple of times I managed to get there. My next HE-Index goal is 1500.
The one larger goal I am most happy about achieving is the 50,000 staked CTP tokens. It was close enough that I just went ahead and did it. There is a staking challenge starting up on Wednesday. I am going to participate by staking what I earn from content creation, curation and delegations.
Now I will focus my dollar cost average investments toward reaching my Dolphin Status on Hive. Not sure if I will get there by year’s end but it won’t be from lack of trying. Have a great rest of your Monday! See you next time.
I started the process of swapping my XTM tokens from Torum to ETH using Metamask on the 16th of this month. Today was the day that it finally actually worked and went through. I have to be honest I am pretty excited. And even better, the process to swap the ETH to Hive went really fast today. Of course I had help from @blainjones in the CTP Telegram group. One of the things I need to get better at is calming down and trying harder to focus. I was a little anxious. Okay, a lot anxious!
I Used Blocktrades to Swap the ETH for Some Hive
Hive is still up over 2 dollars right now so I didn’t get as much as I might have. But I am certainly happy with what I got. When I went to the CTP Telegram group with my question about swapping the ETH Blain told me I could just go directly from ETH to Hive. For some reason I thought I would have to have Litecoin in there first. This is where I kind of got a bit confused. I didn’t realize where I needed to put my Hive address to send the ETH.
So I went back to Metamask, clicked on Send and entered the amount of ETH I wanted to send to Hive. I got the wallet address from Blocktrades for them to make the deposit and convert it to Hive.
The Transaction only took Seconds to Complete and I Received My Hive!
I am still about 862.547 Hive away from Dolphin so I probably won’t power it all up. Waiting till Power Up Day for that. It will be here this coming Wednesday, December 1st. Haven’t decided how much I will Power up yet. Made the decision to change my recovery account on Hive as well. Forgot that it would take a month for it to happen. My plan is still to stay the course with my dollar cost average investing. This was just a huge bonus and boost to my efforts. How interesting that it happened on Thanksgiving weekend.
In next week’s Friday Buy Day update I will let you know where I chose to invest large for me chunk of Hive. Bye for now and Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Got a late start on my Buy Day activities today. Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day here in the United States so I was not online most of the day.
During the Brief Time I Spent Online Last Night I Saw the Price of Hive Had Gone Up Over 3 Dollars Each
As a result I knew that I wasn’t going to get as much for my weekly investment but what I already have is worth more. When I logged on to my computer this afternoon I noticed that the Hive price had come down a bit from last night. I logged into Coinbase to start my weekly purchase of Litecoin to transfer over to Hive. On my Coinbase dashboard I noticed that there was an opportunity to earn 3 more dollars watch some videos. That made up for the fees that it was going to cost for the transfer.
The Hive got Sent to My Wallet Really Fast Today
I went in and sold some other tokens and ended up with a little over 20 or so Hive to swap. My purchase today included around 17 HE-Index Tokens and 2 More Chaos Packs. That brings my total holdings of each one to 564.56969567 HE-Index and 6 Chaos Packs. This is pretty exciting stuff for me.
My Other Two Goals: CTP Power and Hive Power are Doing Well Too
My Dolphin dream for Hive is close to 83%. If I can get my XTM to ETH to Hive transfer done I might get to 5000 Hive Power by the end of the year. I am not sure about paying more gas fees to do that. Still thinking about it. Not out of the question.
My CTP Power is at 99% of my 50,000 Goal. There is another CTP Staking Contest starting on December 1st and hosted by the CTP Swarm Booster tribe. Pretty good bet that I can get to my 50K CTP Power goal by the end of that challenge. It goes until December 22nd.
So that is all for this week’s buy day update. Next week we will be into the last month of the year. Hard to believe.