Is It Time To Leave Bubblews?
When I first considered joining Bubblews , an online friend told me that the high pay was not sustainable and that he was joining while it was good, would milk it while the money was good, and then leave when it wasn't. I joined with the same thoughts. Bubblews definitely helped my bottom line at first. The first year I made over a thousand dollars in eight months. In the first three quarters of 2014 those earnings went down to about $50-$75 a month. After September, 2014, everything went downhill. I received my last payment in October, 2014.
After that, a few things happened. I had more medical appointments, and I had to do a lot of work offline to prepare for my surgery in early December. My posts went down to less than one a day, and in November they went down to once or twice a week, just to keep my foot in the door.
The lower payments , were, of course, not the only changes. The major update in July ruined a lot of my posts, mutilating my intro photos and deleting all images and text after the introduction, on any posts with multple images. When I had barely started trying to salvage these posts, the powers that be took away the ability to edit posts, and then returned the ability to edit limited to 24 hours from posting time. Finally they started allowing us to delete these mutilated posts, and I thought maybe I'd keep working at weeding out the bad posts.
Recently the rumors are flying that older posts are no longer earning their authors anything for views or comments or likes but I'm not sure just how long the earning period for a post is. Basically, this means to me that any real residual income is gone. That's one reason that whereas I used to earn a dollar a day even if I hadn't posted that day, I now am lucky to earn fifty cents if I have posted.
Now more rumors are flying. These are neither confirmed nor denied in the Learning Center or on any other page easily accessed. In one of the Facebook groups, what I suspected is happening seems to be confirmed. Only active posters will be getting paid. So those of us planning to keep posting once a week or so until we reach redemption again and then waiting for payment before deleting our accounts, probably won't get paid unless we keep posting, thus adding more to our banks that we may not be paid. Since so many folks no longer being paid are leaving, there are fewer people left to like and comment, so earnngs don't accumulate as quickly.
I'm not even halfway to my next redemption. Yes, I have enough money in the bank to make me think twice about deleting my account now, but I'm pretty sure the site will soon not have the money to pay what they owe people anyway. To keep writing there is gambling with my time and energy to win an unsure jackpot when it's all over. I know some are still making good money, better than anyplace else. But it's looking more and more like a pyramid scheme where the writers who earn most will keep being paid to keep advertising money flowing in to pay the lucky ones so that the rest will stick around, too, because people are still being paid.
I am a writer, not a gambler. I'd rather put my time in where at least I expect my writing to last and where I have confidence I will be paid, even if the money isn't big right now. I hope the rest of my friends at Bubblews will see the light soon and establish a base here, and that those who stopped posting here or opened accounts and never posted will return, even it it's just to post once a week. It's always good to have a backup plan.
I know many of you have already left, and none of this is news to you. What about those of you still there? Planning to stay? Don't want to go on record for fear of not being paid?
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