It is the beginning of another month and that means another #SPUD opportunity. This is a Steem Power Up Day instigated by @streetstyle. There are prizes to be won for taking part, but I am inelligible for those due to my SP and rep. I will power up anyway as it increases the influence I can have on Steem.
This is not a huge one, but it takes me over 25,000 SP. I believe that takes me almost half-way to orca. I say almost as I think it is based on 'vests'. I have 49 million of those and orca is at 100 million. I do not anticipate being an orca any time soon. I am not totally sure what my vote is worth. Steem Now says 9c (for 80% VP) and Steempeak says 16c. Should Steem rocket in price then it will be more significant, but so will everyone else. It would be more if I did not have SP delegated to things like @tenkminnows for which I take no rewards, but they help the community.
This extra Steem came from using the Stellar Lumens I got in the Keybase airdrop. I already used some previously and have a little more in my wallet. To convert that to Steem I sent it to my Wirex debit card, converted to Litecoin and used Blocktrades to turn that into Steem. It is a little convoluted, but I do not think I lose too much along the way and it only took a few minutes.
I manage to earn a few hundred Steem each month from posts and curation, so I may add a few thousand over this year which I plan to power up. I may add another couple of thousand in other SPUD events depending on my personal finances. I have no desperate need to withdraw Steem, but I appreciate others need it to get by. I you can spare the money then powering up some Steem spreads the reward voting. You can also use that power to downvote some of the blatant abuse to free up more rewards for deserving people.
Do what you can to make Steem great!