Lightning Network convinced me to run a full node.

Ive been here since a long time and I've never really had a compelling reason to run a full node other than to verify my own transactions. But since the inception of the lightning network and all the funny / cool / silly apps that are cropping up, I decided to fire up my own to explore the programmability of layer 2. I feel like L2 has the potential to attract more web devs and js script kids like myself to this space.

Has there been a significant increase in nodes since the inception of LN?

Edit: Would also like to mention that im running on a pi3b+ i found for $ 30 with a 1tb external hard drive that cost me like $ 50. Im using the memory card to boot from an usb stick because my mmc kept getting corrupted. Syncing took pretty long like 5 weeks, dont know if that is normal, but might have to do with my setup.

Edit 2: I followed this excellent guide

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In uncertain times, show support for BTC. Run a full node.

The easiest way to demonstrate support for BTC is to run a full node, even if you don't have any BTC.

Network value is a function of the sum and interconnected-ness of it's nodes. Bitcoin is such a network.

All you have to do is download the Bitcoin Core software, available for any major platform, install it, and let it do it's thing.

You need about 190GB of storage space – cheap.

Take the extra step to ensure you can accept incoming connections to ensure you're announcing to the network; you'll need to either forward those ports and/or enable them in your computer firewall as well.

Verify you're online here:

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