Steemit has gotten a bad rap during 2018 as the value of the Steem cryptocurrency continued to bottom out. All cryptocurrencies during this time have been dropping hard so it wasn't unexpected for Steem to do so as well. Now, partway through 2019, we are starting to see things picking up again but not for Steem (not really yet anyway). It seems that many have lost confidence and feel that blogging on this platform is not worth it. This may be true still at the moment, especially with the paid bot voting issue, but who knows what the future holds. The heavily cut-back Steemit team are still working on new technologies and ideas which may cause a significant boost to the platform in the future.
Regardless of the woes, I am going to continue blogging here as I still want to support this blockchain technology. Remember that anything you post here will be viewable by anybody with access to the blockchain. It is complete blogging freedom. Even if Steemit decides to censor your content and not display it, it is still there, just hidden. Somebody else can make a Steem blockchain viewer that will have your content easily visible. That's the beauty of it. For example, check out steemdb.com. I'm sure there are others. Also, Steemit is just the flagship blogging app created for Steem, there are many other non-blogging apps out there that live on the Steem blockchain (see steemprojects.com).
Someone developed a neat widget which you can use on your own website to show your blog posts from Steemit. I was using this myself on vidberg.com until I created my own widget. You can try it out by going to mktcode.github.io/steemit-widgets/generator.html and adjusting some customization settings and applying the code snippet they supply on your site.
I barely started blogging here back in 2017 and didn't keep at it. I am going to try again now but I'm noticing how few up-votes I'm getting (as compared to back then). I guess the thing about getting yourself noticed by replying to others posts is still true. And getting hooked up with a Steemit community probably wouldn't hurt either. I'm still a newb but my content is original and genuine. Recommendations are welcomed.