At first, Steemit is not really for everyone to begin with. There was a time when contents are only limited / are preferred to be crypto-related. Until things change and others started to popularize other types of contents like: photography, travel, food, and the normal social media contents.
When I joined this platform, I honestly think that it's intimidating. A full-length article and a community that scrutinize contents based on quality and relevance is somewhat intimidating to me. It's good that we had this kind of culture, however we can't remove the fact that it could also deter prospective users to join the platform knowing that they don't have the sufficient skill set to produce the kind of high quality contents that the community would want to reward.
Other or conventional media platforms are almost boundless or limitless when it comes to quality, plagiarism, and so on so forth. User on-boarding is also as easy as creating an email. On top of that, there were no expectations that the community will impose to you. Basically, it's easy and hassle free.
If there is one thing that I think would help the Steemit platform when it comes to User base, it has to be the on-boarding of new users and if I may add ~ a good interface that will offer a good experience to the users.
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