What Did I Buy?
(nothing in this post is financial advice!)
Welcome back! Today I’m sharing two projects I bought into in recent weeks, one of which needs no introduction because it’s VeeFriends! Series 2, that is. The other is CodeGreenNFT’s Heal Pass, which actually was a free mint and strangely required no gas at all when I minted, so that technically was not a buy. I’m not currently a vigorous buyer/seller/trader of NFTs, but I am a collector who enjoys investing in projects I feel have long-term potential.
VeeFriends Series 2
Welp, this one was a long-time coming, and I’m super-exciting to have joined the #VeeFam!! I would’ve done it sooner, it certainly wasn’t for lack of believing in GaryVee, it was just about finding the right time for me. I picked up Energetic Electric Eel #21235 for .7 ETH about a week and a half ago post-VeeCon. The energy of VeeCon, the experience, the peek-behind-the-curtain into not only GaryVee’s vision for VeeFriends, but the larger web3/NFT community’s vision all played a part in pushing me to pick up a V2.
I started perusing V2s near the floor in the airport on my way home from VeeCon, determined to find something I liked. I like the green characters the most, since it’s my favorite color. Independent Inch-Worm, Capable Caterpillar, Clever Crocodile, and others caught my eye, but the one I kept coming back to was the good ‘ole Energetic Electric Eel. I’ve seen Gary’s advice in Discord more than once saying that if you’re looking to buy one V2 near the floor, just pick one you like, as opposed to agonizing over what the perfect one might be in terms of future potential or value. So, it was easy to pick up the Eel for me; I love the vibe of the Eel itself in the Competing pose, as well as the background of the Retro Hotel.
Almost more than anything, I’m happy to have that token represent me in the VeeFriends community for now. The rule is that you are a member of the VeeFriends community simply by following, showing up, and engaging with others - ownership of a VeeFriend NFT isn’t required. I appreciate the sentiment behind that, and certainly considered myself to sort of be a peripheral community member in the past year (and certainly so simply by following GV for 4-5 years at this point), but there’s also nothing quite like actually buying in. Being able to verify myself in Discord as a Series 2 owner and have that much more connection and understanding of the project feels great.
CodeGreenNFT Heal Pass
So, I’ve been in Code Green’s Discord for months now, following Inna Modja joining World of Women as their Philanthropy Advisor. In the article I just linked, World of Women also announced they are “extending our charitable support to ecological causes, partnering with Code Green NFT to finance verified citizen-powered solutions to the climate crisis, with an emphasis on projects impacting the world’s most vulnerable communities.”
This sounded like a worthwhile direction to follow, so I joined their Discord. Recently, Code Green dropped the Heal Pass, “each one holding the key to the unique CODE GREEN ecosystem. HEAL PASSES secure you a pre-sale spot for our upcoming GENESIS NFT collection. They also open up a host of incredible utilities - empowering each of us to embark on an individual healing journey, whilst taking real-world action in healing the Earth.”
Considering this was a free mint, and sounds like a positive project to be a part of, it was a no-brainer, and I’m just lucky I minted in time. This project is hopefully another example of one of the uses of NFTs beyond speculation and sheer monetary gains. While there’s no doubt an aspect of that that is fun, and people have made life-changing money by being financially invested in the right NFTs, the potential for communities to organize themselves around causes for the betterment of the world and humanity is something I think we’ll also see have long-term impact. I’m excited to see what Code Green’s Genesis Collection entails.
One final note - I’ve just begun checking out Solana. I set-up a Phantom wallet and have started very briefly looking at Magic Eden. I haven’t purchased SOL yet, or really dug in, but I’ve been hearing more talk about Solana lately. Folks are speculating that more money could flow from Ethereum into Solana because of Solana’s low gas prices and speed of transactions, amongst other reasons. I’m also hearing that things work differently to some degree on Solana, that there is money to be made in quick buying and selling. As always, the question is about which projects to buy into and when to sell. Regardless, this is just a note to say that I’m looking at Solana, and might expand my crypto holdings soon.