Will the steep learning curve and onramp complexity with Hive blockchain stifle the sale of NFTs at the showroom?

in HiveDevs6 months ago

I love the Hive blockchain and social media blog site, as well as the NFT Showroom. In fact I am earning a living by blogging daily and getting paid in Hive coin for my efforts at creating original written content there. Hive is my most frequently used cryptocurrency as a result. However, the ability for newcomers to buy my NFTs on the Hive blockchain is proving to be quite a major hurdle. The onboarding of newcomers to using Hive blockchain and particularly the NFT Showroom is a big leap and may stifle growth in the long term.

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It’s just a major learning curve and multiple hurdles or channels or exchanges need to be utilized to buy a NFT on the Hive blockchain. The concept is legendary and fantastic but the process is more complicated than the simple Metamask wallet used for all Ethereum transactions. I noticed this today when trying to explain to a seasoned crypto enthusiast how to buy my NFT artworks.

By friend saw my art when I promoted it on Twitter, and he wanted to buy a tokenized piece as the first NFT in his collection. This was a great leap forward, but he has no Hive blog account. He went directly to the nftshowroom.com platform and opened an account there so that he could buy my work. He even bought some Hive coin on Binance exchange. But that’s where the complexity started.

How does one use your Hive coin to buy a NFT at the Showroom? It seems you can’t unless you also open a Hive blog account. Then you have a Hive wallet. From Binance you can transfer your Hive coin to your Hive blog wallet. Now my friend is crypto savvy and so he will work it out easily, but I can imagine how difficult it will be for the average non-crypto literate person to enter the space to buy some art.

Once you move your Hive coin to your blog site wallet, you then need to further move it to the secondary Hive-engine or Tribal dex exchange, where you change in for swap.hive. And only then can you use that swap.hive coin on the NFT showroom platform to buy your NFT. It seems so much easier using other platforms like OpenSea or rarible.com or even atomichub.com, where your wallet (Metamask for ETH or cloud wallet for WAP) can be linked up without the Hive blog platform and its wallet requirements. And then there’s the middle layer of still another Hive-engine exchange and the shift to swap.hive.

I have been using Hive for a three years so learned the process slowly in a step by step fashion. But for me to sell my NFT art to a novice will require a major education program in multiple exchanges, plus the blog site, and the keychain. Even now, the NFT Showroom on the Hive blockchain only has just over 600 members. That’s not a very big audience with which to trade or sell art. As a result I am concerned that the growth of the Hive NFT platform will be hampered by the massive learning curve and onboarding complexity.

Nevertheless, I love the Hive platform as a whole for its functionality and fast three second transaction speed as well as the minimal gas fees, compared to ETH for example, where other NFTs are sold. However, despite those massive gas fees, the ETH blockchain and NFT platform is hugely popular and thousands of NFT artworks or collectible cards are sold there daily, by the looks of the stats on OpenSea or rarible.com. It leaves me feeling left out of the main flow of the NFT industry. On those platforms works are sold for hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of ETH at a time. It boggles my small currency brain to see the business done there, while on the Hive NFT platform we sell our work to a small handful of artists or collectors for mere pennies in comparison.

Something needs to be done to improve the onboarding of new interested users regarding the Hive blockchain, otherwise all our massive potential will remain hidden, while the ETH platforms grow from strength to strength. I could be wrong, and also I personally don’t think the system can be improved any further on Hive. It is the way it is and that’s all there is to the design.
In the long run I may have to simply move to the ETH platforms to show and sell my NFT artworks, or get a greater exposure to a wider audience. I could be wrong though so am hoping you can enlighten me on any details I may have missed, or how we expect Hive to do as well as ETH particularly regarding the NFT space, which is going viral right now.

The time is right and the NFT meme is hot. We can’t miss out simply because our system on the Hive blockchain is so complex. Extra steps in the process will put newcomers off I believe. Imagine having to go through a blog site and yet another exchange to get your Hive coins from Binance to the NFT site, when with ETH all of that is unnecessary. I personally don’t mind since I am already here on the Hive blog site, but newcomers will have to learn about and open their Hive blog site account to have a Hive wallet, etc.

Let us know in the comments if you can shed any further light on the subject. Only 600 members with accounts at the NFT showroom is extremely small. At least my friend is keen enough and crypto savvy already to make the effort of opening his Hive blog account too, and going through the steps, just to buy a NFT from me in support. This could be my first referral to come on board, he is the one person in my part of the world that I know who is a crypto enthusiast here on the south coast of Africa. They are already few and far between. Let’s see if we can make the process easier. These NFTs want to get sold.

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I also see this as an issue, for now. As more people come to Hive, for all that it offers maybe this will change. For now, it might be an option to have different ways of paying for an NFT using a different type of crypto and the transaction being converted to Hive in the background including a new Hive account that they can claim. The feeless transactions could still happen if they pay Hive which would be another incentive for them to get involved with the blockchain. These are just a few of my thoughts.

Interesting thoughts indeed. The whole fee thing was one of the main things that set this apart from NFT's on the Eth blockchain but I also totally agree that it's hard to get people to buy your art, unless they're already on Hive. And yeah, let's be honest, Hive still has a pretty small 'active' user base.

I do think Hive will grow but as an artist, I don't really believe one's work should be restricted to just one audience. I am really still just trying to get my head around what the true value is to artists, I mean apart from the money.
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Good points you mention. In my post today I mention a solution presented by Enjin blockchain - a crosschain layer 2 solution. I wonder if we can implement it to include Hive. Enjin will be a fully NFT friendly, being a gaming-related token.
https://leofinance.io/@julianhorack/eth-gas-fees-too-steep-problem-solved-with-enjin-s-efinity-and-jumpnet-cross-chain-bridge-launching-in-april

Sorry for delayed response. Eth fees are crazy and coming from Hive where it is not a worry it really seems unreasonable. All this NFT Hype seems to really be reaching fever pitch with so many options coming out. I worry that when it does collapse that there will be so much art locked into technologies that failed to be sustainable and crashed. Enijin does sound interesting but again it is just one of so many options. To place your NFT on any one chain will lock it there and if it dies, then what.
Maybe cross-chain NFTs are the answer.
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Yes I agree that NFT market is packed with options and it's hard to chose where to mint our art. Hive prevails due to the cheaper fees of course, though Eth gas fees may be reducing with the new side chains etc. They will also allow cross-chain operability I presume.

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May stifle growth..lol

The incomprehensible geek layer has been stifling steemit and hive for nearly 5 years

90% of the people I know who have tried to get started have just given up and gone back to Fakebook

I've been around since Aug 2016 and don't use nft showroom because i don't understand it...

I totally agree. Inspiring people to join Hive is such a mission. If it's not user friendly from the start, people will fall for the lowest branches or simpler legacy platforms - to our loss.

This has definitely been on my mind lately, albeit mainly the fact that I got back on Twitter to promote my NFT art, recently, to soon discover that it doesn't really make sense. As it's mainly ETH NFT's that are being shilled and sold there and that - if I would manage to find someone interested - it would possibly be a struggle to get them to buy from me.

Thanks for bringing this up. I hope Julia notices it.

Hey there Vincent, we really need to address this as a Hive collective, though I'm sure the devs know all about it. In today's post I mention a solution I came across from Enjin, who are becoming full NFT friendly, as a gaming-related blockchain. Their layer 2 cross-chain solutions are arriving. Check it out here and maybe we can utilize it, or Hive will also be bridged with it, and we can sell our NFTs more easily to a bigger audience.
https://leofinance.io/@julianhorack/eth-gas-fees-too-steep-problem-solved-with-enjin-s-efinity-and-jumpnet-cross-chain-bridge-launching-in-april

I recently saw a discussion in the discord channel about implementing an option to buy artworks on NFT-Showroom with Eth. So the development team of NFT-Showroom knows about the problem and tries to find solutions for it. I'm pretty confident :-)

Hey there @anafae, yes @juliakponsford is obviously also keen to open up the NFT Showroom to a wider audience. Check out my post today regarding some possible solutions launching this month via Enjin coin blockchain, who are fully NFT friendly. It does away with gas fees even on the ETH platforms, which will perhaps benefit our NFT market hugely.
https://leofinance.io/@julianhorack/eth-gas-fees-too-steep-problem-solved-with-enjin-s-efinity-and-jumpnet-cross-chain-bridge-launching-in-april