I’m back from having a shattered tooth filled in and ready to resume my posting from earlier, as there’s a lot more thoughts I want to share.
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One of the major issues that could restrict adoption is perception. I speak to a lot of people about crypto, because I’ma bit of a nerd. Of those few that have heard of it only a handful have actually heard anything about it. of those, many still immediately think “silk road”.
This is a major problem. We need to change the overall public perception for the better. Of course, I’m not just saying “we need to” and not doing anything about it. In the coming weeks a small charity, local to me, will begin accepting Bitcoin donations. I hope when that deal is finalised I might be able to sweet talk a few of you into throwing a bit of dust into their wallet.
Beyond that, and as per a discussion I had last night and over the last few days, from now on, all local charities will be approached and if willing, educated about the benefits and signed up to start receiving donations that way, at no cost to them.
I’ll reap my rewards from the publicity and good will, because ity’ll sure make the job of onboarding local merchants a lot easier.
Why would ordinary Joe buy bitcoin? I’m not talking about someone who might want to use remittance services which are quicker and cheaper. I’m not talking about tech savvy computer geeks that want validation for their quirky new currency. I’m not talking about people who want to stick one to the government. I’m talking about ordinary Joe. because it’s ordinary joe who is “mainstream adoption”. Not the little quirky side groups that we already know can benefit from this tech.
In the end, the only reason I could find for ordinary Joe to have bitcoin is because they’ve been given it. As a gift, a tip, or, and here’s the kicker, as thanks for their creative effort. I’m working on ways to get bitcoin into the hands of ordinary local people. That way, when they’ve got it, they’ll look for ways to spend it.
There’s also the novelty factor, which a well placed BTM makes easier to indulge in. If someone has heard of but never actually used BTC and they happen to find there’s a BTM near them which is easy to use and gets the job done in minutes it may actually encourage the curious. And of course, what better place to put it than somewhere that accepts it as payment. Or donations.
There’s more to write, so I may edit this post with some more thoughts in a bit, but if the discussion has moved on I’ll just create another endless post further down