Yes! I couldn’t believe it. I was not expecting us to mint a block so soon. After months of research, investment, setup and maintenance, we are finally going to see some rewards! It was a busy work day that I only discovered it a few hours later when I saw all the messages congratulating me from F2LB members. You guys rock!
I quickly logged in to a pool explorer and true enough there it was! I couldn’t stop literally jumping for joy. So why am I so happy with just one block when bigger pools can make 20 in one epoch? Let me count the ways:
1. I am happy for our delegators
Each person who delegated to WISH Pool gave their trust in us. Without this trust, we will not have been able to get enough ADA staked to our pool to be a slot leader. Being able to produce a block allows us to give back to our delegators and keep their trust.
2. I am happy that our node is working
We have minted more than 600 blocks in our test servers so we are sure those are working correctly. However, since we have not yet minted a single block in our mainnet servers, we can never be sure that everything is working correctly. This block is a tangible proof that all is working well despite the two updates that were done in the past week.
3. I am happy that the hard work is paying off
My last blog was actually about the recent two updates I applied to both the testnet and mainnet servers. I briefly shared how maintaining WISH Pool was taking a lot of time and I was hopeful that all this hard work would be worth it in the end. It is not yet the end but getting this block truly made the hard work worth it.
4. I am happy for receiving a symbol of hope
One block is nothing to established pools. But for small, new pools like us, this block gives a lot of hope and validation that we are on the right track and at least technically, everything is working. After a long period of self-doubt, there is a glimmer of hope. Praying that we keep producing blocks in the epochs to come.
Thanks again to everyone for making this happen. We promise to work even harder to keep WISH Pool running and to add more innovation in the future.
If you like this article, please consider delegating your ADA to WISH Pool. You will be earning interest rewards while indirectly helping the lives of disadvantaged children. This is because at WISH Pool, we pledge to give at least 10% of our own profit to educational charities so that successful students can help get their families out of poverty.