I'm not an economic neophyte of a currency noob, I just know that back in the days of 20 cent bit coins all the talk by the anarchocapitalists I know was that crypto was better because It's not a government backed, politically enmeshed, note of fiat currency. It wasn't linked to petro dollars and not bound to any physical thing that more would be mined from the earth or moon or whatever. The talkwas always about how pure cryptos were because there boundries of supply were pre determined and known up frontand thus the factor for value was demand. The more who wanted it the more valuble it would be, and the more it could be used by people as a means of exchange (IE the more people who wanted it and would trade/sell things in exchange for it) the more valuble it was.
Early on I saw it as pseudo fiat currency in that it's value depended heavily on percieved value. But it also is similar to commodities in it being a finite resource with potential to have much more demand for it than supplies of it.
Frankly it's the Kardacians of money, famous for being famous. And it's trade is little more than gambling in most ways.
Block chain does intrest me a bit because I can see it as a sort of napster of the currency systems in a gloablized economy. I don't think I forsee Bitcoin going all the way to take the title as the winner of the foundation of a cryptocurrency future, but it is the public and loud signal that started the exploration that will lead to the several imatators from which the title holder(s) will emerge. (I actually feel like there will be a few title holders, at least for most of our lifetimes, and not just a single master currency)
I think I will invest in some options in the near term anyway. But my interest isn't restricted to it's current forms and functions. I've been talking for a long time, well before cryptocurrencies emerged (heck before 2005) about scrips and things like Ithica Hours. I'd had this fanciful idea back in the dawning days of the new millenium of a currency based in the arts and crafts. Shares of a painting of a master, or some such thing. A cultural currency derived from the value of skilled cultural products not simply scarcity based mineral resources.
Trust me I would love to see some way of anchoring a cryptocurrency to something like art works. but I'm not sure the current formats are conducive to that.