The 2018 Year of Cryptocurrency Challenge – Week 20

Happy 20th week of 2018! At the beginning of the year, I wrote an article outlining a New Year’s resolution that I thought could help boost cryptocurrency adoption and awareness in 2018, as long as enough people were doing it. Last week was the nineteenth installment of my challenge. It’s been a slower week than usual, unfortunately, but let’s dive into it anyway.


I didn’t end up going out too much this past week, so my in-person conversations involving cryptocurrency were a bit limited compared to other weeks. However, I still had a few good ones online.

  1. A friend of mine with whom I play a few games online (mainly PUBG) used to be into cryptocurrencies, and began looking into it again. He’s an aspiring streamer, and I suggested to him that he offer multiple ways for his viewers to subscribe and tip him as he plays, but specifically a varied spread of cryptocurrency options. He seemed really into the idea and said he’d consider it. I think it would work well for him, and other streamers in general, to accept crypto since it really opens up the number of people who can tip you. Instead of requiring viewers to purchase your country’s currency or only dealing in fiat like USD, a streamer could just accept crypto – something that many people can purchase and transact regardless of where they live.
  2. Every now and then, there are conversations about crypto on non-crypto subreddits. These are excellent opportunities to educate new individuals and dispel a lot of the FUD going around about cryptocurrencies in general. I had a few of those this week, and only made a few comments, but generally they were well received. Sometimes it can be hard to know exactly where to start in these sorts of conversations, since you don’t want to assume ignorance or knowledge – because either can be uninviting.


I think the coolest thing I learned this week was that I may be able to use my Raspberry Pi to either run a full node or start staking some PoS cryptocurrency. This is something I always kind of figured, but was pleased to start looking at the actual implementation and how exactly I will start going about it.

From what I can gather, it doesn’t appear all that difficult, and I may even write an article to explain to our readership how they can set their own up as well. I say this because I see some entire business models centered around taking a $35 computer (Raspberry Pi), putting it in a $5 case, configuring some software, then charging $180 for it. For something that can be DIY, I find that a bit too much to pay.


I won’t lie: I didn’t get the change to give my coins this week or use them in any way. To atone for this, I’ll probably share some Doge with a friend in the form of a paper wallet I found when cleaning out a desk.


Are you also doing this challenge? How is it going for you? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!