March 2, 2014 in Dogecoin
Today I tried to think back to when I first discovered Dogecoin, and you know, I can't even remember how it happened, it just did. Someway or another I stumbled across?/r/dogecoin?on a cold winter's afternoon last December. After three months of being involved in the community, I decided it was time to look back and see how it has changed me.
The first thing that comes to mind is the knowledge I have acquired about networks, and crypto-currencies by simply "playing around" with Dogecoin for a while. Like many others, I never had a chance to get into Bitcoin and I missed the opportunity to mine it by a long shot. I remember that the night I discovered Dogecoin, I joined a pool and began mining. Once I saw those first 25.38 Dogecoin roll in from a night of mining on my laptop, I was hooked. The first thing I did when I got back to school was set my desktop up for mining. From the mining experience I have learned more about networks, overclocking, and hardware than I ever imagined.
My mining brings me to my next point. Since my desktop with its graphics card is mining almost 24/7 I have found less and less time to game (MUST KEEP MINING!). When I first started I thought I would be bummed out about this, but in reality it has helped me a ton. Mining dogecoin and getting involved in the community is IMO much more entertaining than pwning noobs on Team Fortress 2. In addition to the knowledge I've gained about cryptos, my break from gaming has encouraged me to keep learning. Since starting to mine, I have learned/taught myself Python, PHP, HTML, and some CSS (which has allowed me to build this webiste!). The skills I have learned will continue to help me throughout college and into my career.
Lastly, I think dogecoin has made me a more generous person. There is nothing more satisfying than being able to tip a friend or fellow redditor for a great comment or contribution over the internet, or with paper wallets. In addition, the community on Reddit has allowed me to help out with things that I never would have been able to. For example, we raised over $30,000 in Dogecoin to send the Jamaican Bobsled team to the Olympics, as well as provide funding to?Doge4Kids?(which trains guide dogs for disabled children). It just feels amazing to be a part of a community that cares and gives back.
I am thoroughly impressed with what our community has pulled off in the mere ~4 months of its existence (espeically with the?Dogecoin Foundation), and I can't wait to see what it has in store. To the moon!