Welcome to Geeq Thoughts

By: Stephanie So

Welcome to our brand-new blog space, Geeq Thoughts!

We want our blog to be an honest, constructive, engaging and sometimes funny place for people to express their opinions, ask questions, make suggestions or simply think out loud about any topic that intersects with blockchain.

We welcome people at all stages of understanding, curiosity and skepticism – because blockchain is still new, and it’s kind of complicated.

Some of you may know a lot about blockchain, others may know a little, and many of you may not get it at all. That’s ok. We get it. We’ve been there.

So, let’s start with the first question. Why have a blog about blockchain at all? In the past year, even insiders have started to complain that the word “blockchain” has been used so frequently, and with such little specificity, that the term has practically lost all meaning in mainstream media.

It’s a fair criticism about semantics, and I have a special fondness for the kind of person who wants to inject more precision and rigor to a discussion. Without clear definitions, problems emerge and important distinctions are lost. If someone expects a technology to mean one thing and ends up getting another (due to lack of clarity), the consequences are real. Absolutely right.

The answer, some say, is to use more accurate technical terms when writing for the public. For instance, say “distributed ledger technology” instead of blockchain. Or talk about public versus permissioned blockchains. Those are real things. We could do that.

Except there’s a Catch-22 here that is familiar to anyone who has tried to teach a complicated topic. First, people have to think the topic or these distinctions are worth learning. Then, they have to want to learn about it with you. Only then, once you have their attention, do you get a chance to try to explain it in a way that makes sense to them. If you really want to be careful, you have to check – by listening – to make sure you’re all on the same page. The more complex the topic, the more times you have to repeat that cycle.

Well, we’re geeqs here. We’re up to the task, and we want that to happen here—on this blog, with you. We want to share our fascination with how blockchain works, when it can be used appropriately, when and why it doesn’t make sense or when the industry needs more work. We want to explain why we care so much about decentralization and privacy, and help people understand what the tradeoffs might be if you give some up.

Of course, we’d also like to tell you what distinguishes the Geeq platform from others and why we think we’re awesome. Spoiler Alert: It’s because our protocols put people in control of their own data. But, we want you to understand what that means (and why that’s so cool) on your own.

Be a Geeq.

Are you ready to join us? We want you to share your Geeq Thoughts. After all, this is our community; and community is built upon collaboration. If you share our passion for the great potential of reality-based, no-B.S. blockchain, we’d love to hear from you! Have you stumbled upon some brilliant blockchain resources? Email them to us! Is there a particular expert you’d like to see write a guest piece for Geeq Thoughts? Send us their name!

Don’t let language be a barrier. While we publish in English, as long as you are ok with allowing us to use a translation program, send us your submissions written in your home language! We will do our best to provide a link to your post in its original language as well.

We invite you to explore, contribute and invent alongside us as we go.

Our most recent blog posts will always be posted on the Community Page at geeq.io. If you’d like to see our archive, please use the blog button in the header for access to all. Enjoy!

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