Meet the Writer: Allen Taylor, Author: Cryptosocial: How Cryptocurrencies Are Changing Social Media by@allen-taylor

Meet the Writer: Allen Taylor, Author: Cryptosocial: How Cryptocurrencies Are Changing Social Media

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Allen Taylor

Allen Taylor is author of Cryptosocial: How Cryptocurrencies Are Changing Social Media & writes Cryptocracy on Substack.

If you’re seeing this interview draft, it means you’ve recently published on HackerNoon something that the community found interesting and/or valuable.

For this reason, we would like to help the community get to know you better as well as find out some writing tips from you.

While this template is automatic, our interest in the answers below is genuine and our human editors (and some cyborg wannabes) will review it before publishing.

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So let’s start! Tell us a bit about yourself. For example, name, profession, and personal interests.

My name is Allen Taylor. I’ve been writing online content full-time since 2006.

My first website was published in 1997. Since 2013, my focus has been on fintech writing. I took an interest in cryptocurrencies in 2018.

That’s when I began playing around on cryptosocial websites and buying crypto.

I live in a van with my wife and we travel the U.S. shooting videos of small-town walking tours, which we share on our YouTube channel mapped to our website

Interesting! What was your latest HackerNoon Top story about?

What would Facebook look like today if it paid users in cryptocurrency for posting to it?

I came upon this idea while writing my book Cryptosocial: How Cryptocurrencies Are Changing Social Media.

So you have a book published? Tell us about it, and where can readers find it?

Cryptosocial: How Cryptocurrencies Are Changing Social Media is all about the intersection between social media and cryptocurrencies.

A lot of people aren’t aware that there are more than 80 different social media platforms and protocols that pay users in cryptocurrency for posting content and interacting with the content posted by others.

Some of them are social blogging platforms while some focus on videos, music, or niche topics. I write about this up-and-coming phenomenon in the book, discuss the benefits of blockchain technology and cryptosocial media, and highlight the pros and cons of this growing trend.

The book was published by Business Expert Press and is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Waterstones and WH Smith in the UK, and Chapters/Indigo in Canada.

You can also find it at the Apple iStore, through various college bookstores, Cengage in Asia, and CoInfo in Australia. You should be able to order it through any bookstore tied into Ingram book distributors.

Do you usually write on similar topics? If not, what do you usually write about?

I typically write about cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

Great! What is your usual writing routine like (if you have one?)

I wake up at 5 a.m. My first hour is personal time.

I usually pray and read the Bible, then I focus on client work for 2-3 hours. After that, I work on personal writing projects, handle administrative functions for my business, and perform marketing tasks.

Being a writer in tech can be a challenge. It’s not often our main role, but an addition to another one. What is the biggest challenge you have when it comes to writing?

Finding enough time to write about everything I want to write about.

What is the next thing you hope to achieve in your career?

I’ve been freelancing for 16 years. I’m ready to transition into being a full-time author.

Wow, that’s admirable. Now, something more casual: What is your guilty pleasure of choice?

Killing time. After a hard day’s work, I just want to vegetate.

Browsing the web, playing on social media, or playing a game on my phone helps me relax with some brainless activity. Then, of course, there’s napping.

Do you have a non-tech-related hobby? If yes, what is it?

Poetry and travel. Full disclosure: I haven’t written poetry in several years, but it was my main thing for a while. These days, it’s more about travel.

I also write and publish fiction and have edited three multi-author fiction anthologies in the speculative fiction genre. The Biblical Legends Anthology Series is available at Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

What can the HackerNoon community expect to read from you next?

Something about crypto.

Thanks for taking time to join our “Meet the writer” series. It was a pleasure. Do you have any closing words?

I wish I had written more for HackerNoon since writing my first article in 2019. It is one of my favorite tech publications to read.

Now that I’ve written and published my first book through a traditional publisher, Business Expert Press, I plan to write more articles on the cryptosocial scene, which I think has a lot of room for growth and could take over Social Media 2.0 within the next 5-10 years.

Web3 promises to be a decentralized haven for writers and creators of all types. I, for one, am looking forward to exploring it from corner to corner.

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by Allen Taylor @allen-taylor.Allen Taylor is author of Cryptosocial: How Cryptocurrencies Are Changing Social Media & writes Cryptocracy on Substack.
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