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A Message to Persona Paper Newbies

It looks like Persona Paper is off to a good start for 2015. I noticed we have an influx of new members over the past few days. I'm not sure it's a Bubblews migration, but certainly some of our new members are from that other site. What's wonderful, though, is that when I've stopped in to pay visits to profiles and get acquainted, I've seen that these new members are putting me to shame with their volume of posting. What a great infusion of new blood! I hope you keep it up. You could not have joined at a better time.

Since most of you probably found us through a friend, you may already have heard some of what I'm about to say, but it's my turn. I joined on July 31, and normally averaged about one post a day, since I also was busy with other sites and a business and off-line activities. When I went to bed last night, my bank was $9.18. When I woke up this morning, I thought Santa had been a week late. My bank was at $13.90. I could have cashed out at $5, the old payment threshold, but waited, in hopes the exchange rate would go up.

When I got to $5, I wondered if I should cash out while I could. But I had confidence in our site owners and could see this site had everything I had hoped Bubblews would get. I can still use multiple , and I believe the promise that even if later on the ability to keep writing those photo essays disappears, they won't mutilate what's already been posted.

We also have a great text editor. We don't have to look like idiots who don't know that book titles should be in italics, like we did at another site I could mention. We have all kinds of text formatting options.

So because everything I've seen here has given me confidence in our site administrators and owners, & elitecodex and MaeLou , I had faith that if I waited to redeem, I'd have more to redeem when the exchange rate went up. Now that is happening. I so glad I trusted and waited.

At Persona Paper we get very few comments, and they are easy to deal with. We are in good company because no one writes in gibberish here. They had to prove they can write in English before they are accepted as writers here. Best of all, the payment plan encourages making good on people's posts. Yes, if you make comments of thirty characters or more (not counting spaces and punctuation), you will earn a coin. That means you can start earning here even before you can start posting. So use that time to get acquainted and make some friends. When they view your posts you will get two coins, to make up for likes not earning anything here. People won't like your posts unless they really like them.

So now that you are here, enjoy. When you make friends here there is usually a lot of back and forth and you will soon really get to know them. You will get to know your group of friends so well you will notice when they are missing in action. Because we do have a way to comment on profiles, we can then go tell those friends how much we miss them and try to make sure they are OK. Because we really do care about our regulars here.

I hope you will soon be committed to being a regular here. If you do, you might want to join Friends of Persona Paper. You may notice the hashtag on a lot of posts. It shows that post was written by one of our Friends of Persona Paper members. Here's where you can find out more about this group of Persona Paper members who are committed to making this site as successful as it can be. Please think about joining us. There is a place you can leave a comment there if you want to join. It's very informal. If you make the commitment, you can start using the hashtag. You don't have to wait to get your name on a list or be notified.

One last hint. Be sure to read the FAQ to understand the blue 'restore cache" button. If for some reason your post doesn't go through when you submit, do not use the back button . Instead go back up to the top and select "New Article" from the drop down menu under your name. Then click the blue "restore cache" button and your content will most likely magically reappear. Most of us old hands never use the first captcha given anymore, but hit refresh first and use the new one. This usually keeps you from losing your work. Never trust the first captcha .

Now you can go back to posting and getting acquainted.

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maxeen wrote on January 1, 2015, 9:29 PM

If I wasn't already here I think your post would entice me to join or stay ! Well done.

Madcanman wrote on January 1, 2015, 9:32 PM

Hey Barb, what a wonderfully informative article! I'm sure many will benefit from this, and I even learned a thing or two from you. Thanks for posting this, and Happy New Year to you.

Brenda wrote on January 1, 2015, 9:44 PM

Oh good I want to join FOPP. I see we won't have to wait to be notified that was going to be a question from me but you answered it here.

bestwriter wrote on January 1, 2015, 10:11 PM

I think all veterans must post something for newbies. You have done a splendid job. Off I go now (lol)

MaeLou wrote on January 1, 2015, 10:12 PM

You should still be able to use the back button and hit restore cache. That's how I do it anyway. Thanks for a great post!

LilyDay wrote on January 1, 2015, 10:27 PM

I didn't understand the "restore cache" thing earlier and ended up hitting the back button. I think that it is going to be a little bit before I am fully settled in here. However, I am liking the site so far.

Oceanblue wrote on January 1, 2015, 10:39 PM

Hi, Day two for me and I am already enjoying this wonderful site. I love writing but never use to feel confident enough to publish anything until the beginning of this year and now I just love the environment.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 1, 2015, 11:20 PM

I use the back button, too, and it's always worked well. I don't have to restore cache often, but it's so nice not to have to start all over if something goes wrong.

AliCanary wrote on January 1, 2015, 11:24 PM

Yep, I learned to never trust the first Captcha pretty quickly, even though that's usually the easy one. "Sigh" Welcome, noobs! :)

momathome wrote on January 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

Those are all great points for newbies, especially the one about the captcha. I learned that one a long time ago and its a habit for me now to the point that even on other sites I automatically refresh the captcha. I caught myself doing it today on Swagbucks, even though there was no reason to do it, lol!

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 12:22 AM

Thanks. I just want everyone to feel at home here.

Feisty56 wrote on January 2, 2015, 1:12 AM

Please, too, all newcomers, don't be afraid to ask questions or join right in on discussions in the "Comment" section. I often enjoy the comments after a post as much or more than I do a post itself, whether it's one I've written or that of someone else's.

Louemham wrote on January 2, 2015, 1:53 AM

It's great to see the sense of trust here, as a newbie from the site which we all know about, ours was lost. I am thoroughly enjoying my time here. By the way Is it $20 payment threshold here?

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 3:43 AM

Glad it was useful. Happy New Year.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 3:49 AM

Another neat feature I forgot to mention is that if you accidentally close he comment box insead of clicking "Add New Comment" and you open it again right away, the comment will still be there. It's easy for people coming from the other site to be used to clicking the bottom right corner instead of the middle. I can't tell you how many times I've done that. So this feature is really handy.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 3:50 AM

I'm glad you are starting to feel at home. You will soon be thriving here.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 3:51 AM

You noticed that, huh?

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 3:53 AM

It's more a way to express support. The FOPP members are hardcore supporters of the site who really want to see it succeed. They are a spirited group.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 3:53 AM

I do hate the captcha, no matter where I am.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 3:54 AM

Good point. That interaction is one reason we enjoy this site so much.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 3:57 AM

It is now, but I think it still said $5 today in the FAQ. I don't think it's been updated yet. Those who had already made payout at the $5 level can still cash out at $5 until the end of the month, I believe.

motrojam wrote on January 2, 2015, 4:07 AM

Hi . Thanks for this informative article. I still have not gotten used to that first captcha not working and the restore cache button but have been able to post a few. Will commit to submitting more content this year.

Shadi wrote on January 2, 2015, 4:11 AM

I've been here for some time now but I never heard that there is a 30 characters rule for comments. So glad you brought that up. I hope I didn't violate that one before.

Jaffy wrote on January 2, 2015, 5:01 AM

This is just a great article for all the newbies. Yeah and two of your points that I really like 1. Nobody writes in Gibberish unlike on the other website. Also people actually have conversations I really love sharing my experiences I find it better than "Nice post" or "Great post" comments. Its really enjoyable.

Carmelanirel wrote on January 2, 2015, 8:49 AM

I did read what the "restore cache" was and I can't wait to use this site for more than commenting. I hope I am accepted soon, because when classes start Monday, I don't know what my free-time will be like. Of course it doesn't hurt that I have a built-in study buddy for two of my weakest courses, my daughter is taking the same math and science class, so I feel pretty good about making it through this semester.

bleekley wrote on January 2, 2015, 10:19 AM

I am a Hubber and a Bubblewser and now am a Personapaperer, too. I'll see in coming days if I have the time for all three.

catsholiday wrote on January 2, 2015, 1:20 PM

I am finding the site very welcoming and easy to use too. I only joined yesterday. I have noticed that there are no spammers which is great and all articles I have read have been well written too - a lovely change

cmarvel wrote on January 2, 2015, 5:57 PM

Thanks for the information it is quite helpful. I have used the back button though and I still have my post. Of course every time I do, I wait with baited breath to see if it will actually re-appear, thankfully it does.

Sheilamarie78 wrote on January 2, 2015, 7:56 PM

Hi BarbRad ! I am happy to see you here -- another familiar face! Thank you for your helpful newbie advice. I joined yesterday and am happy with the site so far. It's especially nice to try a new site and find old friends like you here.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 8:09 PM

Glad to hear you plan to keep submitting here. That's not only financially smart, but those who post and interact regularly really do get to know each other.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 8:19 PM

You can post less than 30 characters when you comment on someone's post. You just won't get paid for shorter comments. The idea is to keep the comments relevant so we don't see a string of comments like "Nice Post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" That's why punctuation doesn't go into the character count.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 8:22 PM

The conversations are what make the site so much fun. You soon see the personalities coming in play.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 8:25 PM

Study buddies help. You've already been accepted. I had to wait a whole weekend. I can't believe how fast new members are being accepted now and getting to post on the first day. MaeLou must be on her school vacation, as well.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 8:30 PM

If you want to make sure your time counts, I'd concentrate on HubPages and Persona Paper. Neither will make you rich anytime soon, but at least you know you'll get paid what you earned. Just my opinion, of course. I sure wish i could combine my Squidoo transfer Hubpages account with my Squidoo transfer account so my pay would build faster. One good thing about HubPages and PP is that your posts continue to make residual income and will still earn for you as long as anyone is still reading them. So it pays to keep promoting them.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 9:31 PM

It will be interesting to see what you have to say.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 9:32 PM

That's one of the best features you've built into this site.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 9:33 PM

It is a real change, and a happy one. Those who comment have something to say.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 9:34 PM

I guess it does work. I seem to remember being told not to do hat at the beginning when I joined, but maybe things have changed since then or I don't remember correctly.

BarbRad wrote on January 2, 2015, 9:35 PM

I think a lot of us always seem to wind up together whenever there's a major migration from any site.

MaeLou wrote on January 2, 2015, 10:11 PM

Captcha's are a pain in the butt, but it definitely helps, and we earn from the captcha too :)

MaeLou wrote on January 2, 2015, 10:16 PM

Haha, yep! I don't go back to school until the middle of the month so I'm trying to keep up here as much as possible.

bestwriter wrote on January 2, 2015, 10:37 PM

I have already done that. Go search. emoticon :grin:

iRun wrote on January 2, 2015, 10:51 PM

What a great post! I do have a dumb question, as a newbie here - how do you place tags in posts? I have to say this already feels like a home, and people are friendly. Once I get used to navigating a little better, it will be easier to get around here. Thanks for the welcome, there have been other places I've tested out that are confusing and not very user friendly, and not active either. Attitude and environment of a site online is very important!

iRun wrote on January 2, 2015, 10:53 PM

I had this happen on a post today, it was probably my first actual post outside of my intro and a poll. I am thinking it may just be better to save as a draft first and then submit out of my draft folder? I was pretty scared when it rejected the captcha and then acted as if it was gone. I used the back button and it restored and then posted when I clicked submit.

Ruby3881 wrote on January 3, 2015, 4:30 AM

I can honestly say the rich text editing is a huge plus here! We can even use some formatting in our comments! Cool, right?

Ruby3881 wrote on January 3, 2015, 4:33 AM

If you want to tag a person, use the ampersand (& ) with their username. So for example if I wanted to tag you, I'd put & + iRun, to get the live tag iRun emoticon :smile:
If you're wanting to make tags for keywords used in your post, it's a hashtag (#) just like on most social networks. Remember, no spaces!

Ruby3881 wrote on January 3, 2015, 4:34 AM

I've almost never had trouble with a captcha here. First one works almost every time!

Ruby3881 wrote on January 3, 2015, 4:36 AM

Agreed! The discussions in the comments here on PP are often just as interesting as the posts :)

iRun wrote on January 3, 2015, 2:48 PM

That's one of the things I like most! I was excited to make it back over here to see what was new since last night!

iRun wrote on January 3, 2015, 2:50 PM

$10 would be nicer than $20, it's less daunting to have an amount listed that people may actually hit each month. Being new, I have no idea how much time it really takes, plus it depends not only on how much you post but how much others post. At a previous site similar to this one, our payout was $10 and except for a month here and there when I didn't log in much, I hit my $10 or more consistently, every month.

iRun wrote on January 3, 2015, 2:53 PM

Gibberish posts drive me nuts, or someone posting an entire several paragraphs in another language complete with their own punctuation and posting it in a category - but how would we know what it said? So far, what I've read here is pretty good stuff!

BarbRad wrote on January 3, 2015, 7:01 PM

How did you do that? Post it.

BarbRad wrote on January 3, 2015, 7:20 PM

Then I'll try not to complain.

GayleStorm wrote on January 3, 2015, 7:20 PM

Thanks so much for all the great information! Earlier today I had to use the Restore Cache button and I hit the back arrow. If it weren't for you, that's the way I would've kept doing it.

BarbRad wrote on January 3, 2015, 11:36 PM

I just learned that it's still supposed to work even if you hit the back button.

nonersays wrote on January 3, 2015, 11:59 PM

I joined a while back, but have been largely inactive. That means I still consider myself a newbie. This post if full of useful information. I do enjoy writing places where I have a bit more control over what my formatting looks like. I need to make an effort to start posting here and start making some friends. I see a few familiar faces down in the comments on this very post, so I know that shouldn't be too hard.

BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2015, 3:37 AM

Making friends here is very easy. Just don't add more than you can do justice to.

Carmelanirel wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:53 AM

Especially where math is concerned, if you remember my struggle as far back as MyLot when member tried to explain how to "factor cubes" I still hate to think about that and glad I am taking a different path and have someone I can study with.

Carmelanirel wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:55 AM

Hi MaeLou, I understand that completely, how hard it is to keep up as a member, let alone an admin.

seren3 wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:08 AM

This is a very helpful post. Thank you for going over everything and giving helpful tips!

FreyaYuki wrote on January 6, 2015, 12:12 PM

Haven't had to use the "restore cache" button yet. I don't think I've seen any spam comments here so far either, which is great.

arthurchappell wrote on January 7, 2015, 8:32 AM

great advice and the more I read the more impressed I am - love the FOPP idea - requested joining that yesterday

BarbRad wrote on January 7, 2015, 10:02 PM

I want every one here to feel right at home.

BarbRad wrote on January 7, 2015, 10:08 PM

if anyone dares to post spam here, it gets reported quickly and that person is done. Take a screen shot and then report the spam with a link to it.

BarbRad wrote on January 7, 2015, 10:09 PM

Then consider yourself a member and start using the tag.