How To Spread Your Writing Around
Another writer on Persona Paper was saying she likes to find new writing sites, but it's difficult making ends meet unless she spends time at the sites that pay the most. I'm also finding this to be true. One can belong to many sites and pop in sporadically, but you will only earn on the sites you spend quality time with.
Another Persona Paper writer asked if it's not better for a writer to just focus on a couple of sites rather than spreading oneself out over too many sites. I'm somewhere in the middle. I started on Squidoo and pretty much stayed put there until I had fifty lenses up. Then I started my account at HubPages . I wrote a few hubs and didn't make much, but with only a few hubs, I couldn't expect to. Then when HubPages starting having contests and I did pretty well in one, I began to spend much more time over there until I had over fifty hubs and started to make payouts.
Then I joined Wizzley and Zujava . For socializing I joined Gather and myLot , which paid little but were lots of fun. Then Gather sort of disappeared and resurrected as a site that seems to not pay anymore. About the same time, myLot did the same thing. Enter Bubblews . A lot of Gather and myLot people reunited there and contined their friendships and got paid more than they ever believed possible. When word got out about the high pay, even skeptical squids and hubbers decided to test the waters, and most are still there, since they're getting more money for less effort than on HubPages. Squidoo, of course, is gone, so a lot of Squids are very grateful to be established at Bubblews so they won't go broke.
Enter Persona Paper. It has everything we hoped Bubblews would have and doesn't, but the pay is too low to lure most writers over. They are sticking a toe in, but for most that's about all so far.
So what's a writer to do? One certainly wants to have work on more than one site. I believe one should build a body of work on one site, and then start building a second body of work on another site that has possibilities. Meanwhile, go ahead and join other sites that appear to have potential and get some real estate on them. Do the minimum to establish yourself and pop in now and then until you're ready to expand. Bubblews came along just as I was about to expand my posts on Wizzley. There are other sites I've signed up for but not yet posted on. There's only so much of me. I still have my blogs to maintain, as well.
When I find sites I enjoy a lot, I try to get at least fifty posts up fairly quickly and then try to determine where I get the largest financial return for my time. That's why I started ignoring Squidoo and HubPages when Bubblews came to town. Let's face it, I've made 15 posts there since August12 and in that time I've made 42.17. On my standing account on HubPages, with 81 featured hubs, I made only 6.88 last month. But right now almost every minute is going to HubPages so I can get my newly imported Hubs up to snuff. I have 57 that imported. They all need extensive editing. I haven't made a penny there yet on that new account for all that effort. I've actually made more here at Persona Paper.
Why haven't I earned anything much on my old HubPages account lately when I used to get paid almost every month? I haven't posted anything new in ages, I haven't updated, and I've hardly interacted in the community at all. I've been too busy earning money you-know-where. But I think it's time to start paying more attention to HubPages in case my Bubbles burst. I may not make much now, but a little TLC now may be important for the future.
I feel the same way about Persona Paper. It may not be flying high yet, but its wing muscles will keep getting stronger. I want to be ready to take off with it when it begins to soar. How about you?
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