Let’s face it, being a Bitcoiner can be lonely at times.
Once you’ve taken the ‘orange pill’ you can’t take off the glasses.
Everything you once viewed a certain way now looks completely different, from finance, to work, education, and even the food you put in your body (shout-out to everyone with cast iron pans).
You use a different measuring stick to determine the real value and take more care to investigate the incentives behind everything.
It can make you insufferable in the early days.
I speak from experience 🙃
Many of us eventually find ourselves on #Bitcoin Twitter, where fellow anons come together in cyberspace to share enlightened thoughts and sh*tpost.
Still, there’s something missing in the online experience. I’m into Bitcoin, but I won’t be seeing you in the ‘metaverse’ any time soon… this is where meetups and conferences come into play, and more recently, I attended the Bitcoin Amsterdam Conference with the FastBitcoins team.
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There were a ton of great panels and workshops… but I’m not here to talk about them – if you’re into Bitcoin you’ve probably seen all the live-streamed talks and watched all the juicy highlights on Twitter. That’s not why you go to the conference and that’s not the best part.
Although you should definitely watch our CEO, Danny Brewster’s talk:
The best part is the ‘frens’ you make along the way.
Here are some takeaways from Bitcoin Amsterdam and why you should consider getting out and meeting Bitcoiners in the meatspace…
Meet, drink, and discover the weird things people have for breakfast
You’ll likely pick a few of the most anticipated panels or workshops to attend, but you’ll get the most out of the conference and a real feel for what’s happening when you’re in the meeting/food areas and afterparties.
Join interesting conversations and say “hi!” to people you’ve interacted with or followed on Twitter – it’s a small community and everyone is approachable and happy to talk.
Bull, Bull, Bull
Being bullish can be hard during bearish times, but meeting Bitcoiners en masse will quickly change your point of view.
You’ll meet people working on a whole variety of Bitcoin-backed projects all over the world, from technical innovations to content creators and artists who bring their own ‘proof of work’. The price is rarely discussed.
Everyone has low time preference, yet everyone is moving extremely fast within their chosen field.
Intentions can be lost in translation on socials. At a Bitcoin conference you’re still surrounded by Bitcoiners, but it’s not an echo chamber.
Getting the full picture behind someone’s ideas can make you see their point in an entirely different light.
Bitcoiners will challenge your views and make you aware of the real problems within Bitcoin while making you more optimistic about the future.
Make the most of meetups
People in Bitcoin do cool stuff.
Hang out with these people!
One meeting is all it takes to change the course of your life. Maybe it’s a new friend, connection, collaboration, or job – that being said, don’t go there with an agenda, just go because you’re interested.
We’re all making history.
When in Amsterdam…
Get high on Bitcoin.
— FastBitcoins.com (@fastbitcoins) October 13, 2022