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What Not to Do to Succeed at Persona Paper -- Or Any Other Social/Content Site

If it's true that failure is merely another opportunity to succeed, then I should soon be one successful person. I've made my share of mistakes and missteps in content writing, social media and earning online in general.

In an effort to move you swiftly through the learning curve, I offer these tips to certain failure:

Merely copy and paste someone else's words or images and use them as your own

If you do this, it is plagiarizing. Plagiarizing was a no-no throughout your school years

and it is detested on any reputable website.

In Persona Paper, plagiarizing results in an instant loss of your account -- no second

chances, no oops.

Plagiarizing is a one-way ticket to failure.

Using someone else's content but changing the wording

This, too, is plagiarizing. The term for it is "spinning." It is as

equally unacceptable as copying and pasting someone else's material as your own.

Write Your Post or Article, Then Leave the Site

In order for Persona Paper or any other social site to thrive requires interaction

on the part of its members. It's equal to spamming on sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Writing as if you exist in a vacuum is exactly where you will find yourself -- few viewers

and even fewer friends and connections.

Connect to Everyone

You may think that connecting to many, many members on a site is your key to success.

In part, this is true -- but only if you can maintain some interaction with each of your connections

on a regular basis. Connecting to someone is only the first step in establishing your

presence on Persona Paper or any other similar site.

Connect to People You Know

Connecting to people you know is a great idea, but don't stop there. Check out the profiles and posts

of people new or unfamiliar to you and connect where you have an interest.

This will widen your circle of connections, interests and ideas.

Being a newcomer to online writing or even just to the site can be intimidating for some people.

Be willing to reach a hand out from time to time to help bring others forward.

Write Content That Is Only "Me" Centered

"What? I thought I was supposed to share myself and my world here," you might be thinking.

It is true -- if you feel comfortable sharing your world, this is the place to do so. Just don't limit yourself to

that and that alone. Round out your posts with information, observations, perceptions.

Think about what it is that you enjoy reading when you come to the site -- and work to incorporate

those topics in your posts.

There are many more ways to fail in online writing, but these are the ones that stand out in my mind. What would you add?

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melody23 wrote on October 25, 2014, 3:30 PM

Another mistake I see, not so much here mind you, is with commenting. You should comment if you have something to add to a discussion or a question or even to point out if something is not quite right in the person's post, but its how you do it that's important. All to often people are really confrontational in comments and that's never a good thing.

alexdg1 wrote on October 25, 2014, 3:48 PM

Plagiarism and spinning are a huge problem at Bubblews. That's one of the reasons why that site is so bad, at least in my opinion.

Kasman wrote on October 25, 2014, 4:05 PM

You should also write interesting content which people actually want to read. I don't want to know what you had for breakfast!

melody23 wrote on October 25, 2014, 4:34 PM

But I had a Greggs sausage roll! is that not interesting? lol

Kasman wrote on October 25, 2014, 4:42 PM

Only if you tell us which branch of Greggs you bought it from, was there a queue, how much it cost and what kind of sauce you put on it! :)

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 4:43 PM

Tactfulness goes a long way online or elsewhere, but here because we only have the words in black and white to comprehend, I think it is especially valuable.

I've tried -- and failed miserably -- with subtle humor at times, but it gets lost in the translation and can leave a less than favorable impression in the person who reads it. This is a reminder I give to myself often.

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 4:45 PM

The difficulty with a site who has a reputation for tolerance of plagiarism and spinning, IMO, is that the stain of the problem in outsiders' eyes covers everyone connected to the site. Of course, it is a minority of the members at such sites that do the cheating, but their shadows loom large.

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 4:47 PM

Not even if it's Haggis and/or haggis? : ) are absolutely right. Or the good morning or good afternoon posts, one after another. An interesting topic added in makes all the difference.

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 4:49 PM

I was thinking along these lines too. Or why did you choose Greggs over other brands, what's the nutritional info...there is really no limit to what can be added for interest.

melody23 wrote on October 25, 2014, 5:02 PM

The one across from central station, no queue to speak of and the guy that served me actually made conversation! I chose Greggs because I had precisely 8 minutes to get from one train to another and that's the only place close by where you can guarantee that something will be ready and you can make your train in 8 minutes or less. No sauce. Hey maybe I could make a post out of this lol

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 5:11 PM

Lol, now look, you've wasted a perfectly good post in a comment.

Scorpie wrote on October 25, 2014, 5:17 PM

String together a bunch of English words that make no sense whatsoever.
Hoist your radical political, religious or anti-ethnic opinions on everyone.

Scorpie wrote on October 25, 2014, 5:19 PM

Hey, as long as I amuse myself then it's mission accomplished!

Scorpie wrote on October 25, 2014, 5:21 PM

How does a breakfast posting evolve from a bad comment to a good post?

Ellis wrote on October 25, 2014, 5:30 PM

I prefer not to share personal information with people...I find it boring...

chatombreux wrote on October 25, 2014, 6:28 PM

I have a tough time with the regular interacting. Not because I don't want to, but because I get so tied up in other pursuits I don't get to it. Or, as on 'another' site, there are so many posts coming in so often, it's almost impossible to hit all of them every day. But, I love all of it, even if I'm bad at it.

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 6:33 PM

Because it could be an interesting post if it was more than hi, i ate a sausage for breakfast...don't you think?

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 6:34 PM

Yes, these actions are a direct path to least at most sites.

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 6:36 PM

If I can find a way to make something I've experienced myself interesting and something I think others may be able to relate to, I share it. Most of the time I prefer to write about non-personal topics.

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 6:38 PM

I used to feel overwhelmed myself when the posts were many. Now I take a few deep breaths, wade in when and where I can and try not to sweat what I may have missed. That is what tomorrow is for, IMHO.

Scorpie wrote on October 25, 2014, 8:08 PM

Hi, I had five sausages for breakfast while the steak and eggs were cooking. And coffee.

PattyTherre wrote on October 25, 2014, 8:25 PM

Wonderful tips. I am just getting the feel of the types of posts I want to write here. I like personal ones but I am really more of an informational/opinion writer and will probably start doing more of that again. I miss it. I also review products and had a wonderful following. I may start that as well and see if people from out there come here to read what they cannot read anywhere else from me because Epinions where I wrote thousand sof reviews is now....closed. :(

bestwriter wrote on October 25, 2014, 8:58 PM

Great post as usual.
It may not be a violation but bossing around is what I hate in some. I had that experience in myLot and I have read posts at Bubblews where some behave as though they own that site and are also rude about correcting others. I do see a bit of that here too but not that much.

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 9:24 PM

Lol, not like that, silly. But now a question...were the sausages cooked or uncooked since you ate them while waiting for breakfast to cook?

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 9:26 PM

I think your reviews would be well-received here. It must take a bite out of your earnings to have had Epinions close with all those reviews there. Were you able to salvage them before the site shut down?

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 9:29 PM

I haven't encountered what I would consider to be "bossy" members or posts. There are some folks who are passionate in what they write, but I've not felt as if I were being ordered to do anything.

Aggressiveness is not a good trait to demonstrate toward other members, I agree with you there.

Scorpie wrote on October 25, 2014, 10:01 PM

Microwaved sausages, heated really because they are pre-cooked.

AliCanary wrote on October 25, 2014, 10:38 PM

Oh shoot, I thought everyone wanted to read about me, me, me!!

bestwriter wrote on October 25, 2014, 10:51 PM

We have Admin to take care of members not knowing rules, etc. Pointing out politely is welcome but rudeness should never be encouraged.

bestwriter wrote on October 25, 2014, 11:41 PM

How can anyone create a post having 500 characters talking about what there was for breakfast? May be that could be a challenge emoticon :tongue:

Ruby3881 wrote on October 25, 2014, 11:44 PM

I agree on every point! The issue of spinning or rewriting is all too common. Most people don't realize this is plagiarism.

Writing mostly self-centered content (especially if it's mostly complaints) is also really annoying. It's likely to earn the person a reputation as a whiner.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 26, 2014, 12:05 AM

When people speak of confrontation as if it's a terrible thing, I like to remind them of what Stephen Biko said on the subject. If you've seen the movie Cry Freedom, the line is: "You and I are now in confrontation, but I see no Violence."

We can easily substitute "rudeness" or "aggression" or some other word here. Confronting another person - especially in a debate - is something that can be done respectfully and without any excess of emotion or rudeness. But there's no reason not to confront another user if we disagree with her stance or if we see that he has broken a rule.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 26, 2014, 1:10 AM

Can I add spam comments and inappropriate comments? No "Haha, nice post, have a nice day" on a post about a personal tragedy, please.

Kasman wrote on October 26, 2014, 8:21 AM

Just wondering how for to the right of the page these comments can go! LOL

Scorpie wrote on October 26, 2014, 8:28 AM

I hope the virtual world is not flat as I'm living on the edge.

Scorpie wrote on October 26, 2014, 8:30 AM

I hope the world is not flat because I'm on the edge here!

Kasman wrote on October 26, 2014, 8:31 AM

I think most decent people/writers will know instinctively what is acceptable and what isn't - those with any amount of experience with online writing should certainly know - so why do they keep doing it? Beats me. Maybe it's the 'anything for a fast buck' mentality.

Scorpie wrote on October 26, 2014, 8:31 AM

Kasman I tried to post again on the edge of the world comment but it did not show.

Kasman wrote on October 26, 2014, 8:35 AM

That makes it 10 replies to the original comment - obviously admin didn't anticipate what a gabby lot we would turn out to be! LOL

Scorpie wrote on October 26, 2014, 8:39 AM

So it is revealed there are thread limitations. I feel so so censored!

paigea wrote on October 26, 2014, 12:46 PM

My mistake is reading and commenting and then leaving without posting. lol And I'm about to do it again.

paigea wrote on October 26, 2014, 12:50 PM

Yes, this is another one that applies to me!

paigea wrote on October 26, 2014, 3:24 PM

I spent too many beautiful summer days inside. Time to make a little schedule or something I think.

chatombreux wrote on October 26, 2014, 8:14 PM

I know what you mean. I don't want to read everything or I'd be at the computer all day and nothing else I want to do would get done. But, i go through and try to get a wide selection of people read and liked and then go about my other pleasantries.

Feisty56 wrote on October 26, 2014, 8:31 PM

Well, Ali, I could be wrong in assuming folks don't want to read about you. I am certain they would soon grow bored reading about me, me, me.

BarbRad wrote on October 27, 2014, 1:36 AM

What makes a religious or political post radical? An intolerance for the opinions of others? Personal attacks? Curious minds want to know.

AliCanary wrote on October 27, 2014, 7:18 AM

Oh, I was just being silly! I am pretty boring :)

tinamarie wrote on October 27, 2014, 1:50 PM

Great advice Deb! I have started to add different topics to my stuff, as a matter of fact, I think I am going to do Dawnwriter 's challenge and write something in each category and see if I can.

AdGoggleKo wrote on November 4, 2014, 9:52 PM

I can't remember my mistakes. LOL! Oh, I guess it was writing about the payment I received from another site. They took it as commercial ad. And another is commenting when angry. You know when we are angry we better shut up or stay away online for a while. emoticon :grin:

seren3 wrote on November 15, 2014, 5:32 AM

That reminds me of my favorite Scootermac title "I Went To The Toilet". It's a serious post actually, on Bubblews.

Feisty56 wrote on November 15, 2014, 11:40 AM

I am almost always happy to listen to other people's life experiences, the low and high points -- unless nearly all the posts of an individual have a negative vibe. Then I start to dread seeing that person's name in the activity list. I don't need people to always see the world through rose-colored glasses, but neither without hope.

Feisty56 wrote on November 15, 2014, 11:41 AM

Oh yes, I agree with you. Nothing turns me off faster to a member on any social site than spam or insensitive comments.

Feisty56 wrote on November 15, 2014, 11:43 AM

When a person is apparently a rookie, I can look past some of these issues until that person is informed. If they continue to act the same way, then I lose my patience.

Feisty56 wrote on November 15, 2014, 11:46 AM

You're such a rebel, Scorpie! : )

Feisty56 wrote on November 15, 2014, 11:50 AM

Doggone, lady, you are good! I can't say I haven't made any mistakes along the way, but I do believe I've learned from each and every one of them.

Feisty56 wrote on November 15, 2014, 11:55 AM

I so often do the same you suppose it is contagious?

Feisty56 wrote on November 15, 2014, 11:59 AM

I've been intending to do the Category Challenge, too, but have not made much progress so far.

CloudExplorer wrote on December 1, 2014, 10:23 AM

Pretty cool theme you got going out here Deb. It surely takes human intelligible interactions and Zero Spam. Fair sharing, caring commentary, higher and higher quality content to be offered up, and a show of balance when it comes to all interactions on all the platforms one choose to offer up content. That aspect of timing is crucial for success to surface, but some platforms no matter how hard or smartly you work on all those elements the platform owners may either limit your content overall reach, or limit the monetary value of such if it's for earnings purposes. This is the only thing that hurts us all in the end especially if we are truly dedicated to the cause. I'm sure you know where I'm stepping in when it comes to that aspect of things online, and in the social monetized web. It's just a shame that things cannot work much more fairly out here for us all. You know!

Overall awesome article, spot on in every way imaginable!!

Feisty56 wrote on December 1, 2014, 10:45 AM

Thanks, CloudExplorer . I realize I don't have control over anyone but myself, including those who manage the various social media outlets, but I still want to make my experience the best it can be at each site.

CloudExplorer wrote on December 1, 2014, 2:13 PM

That's a good way to look at it all, yeah I hope TSU helps all of the other social avenues to learn a bit more about playing fairly :) we shall see in due time! Bubblews got it started, and now Persona Paper is rolling on in as well. PP got a great concept on the sharing aspect for sure. I wish I had more time to split myself or shall I say multiply myself into many parts :) that would be cool!