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What I love about Persona Paper

I've said it before and no doubt I'll say it again, what I love most about Persona Paper is the meaningful interaction that takes place in the comments on our articles.

I grew accustomed to the spam comments that were often left on my posts at , many of which were a clear indication that the commenters hadn't bothered to read the post, and in some cases hadn't even looked at the title. Even when Bubblews started sifting out the spam, some of the comments still didn't make much sense.

Now the same sort of thing is happening at , and I'm really finding it annoying. I admit that I sometimes leave comments there just for the sake of commenting, but I at least try to say something that makes sense.

I just wrote a post at CGP in which I explained our electricity situation in at present. We've been going through periods of what is known as "load shedding" on and off for a while now, and after a break for the Christmas and New Year period, load shedding is back with us. This means that we can expect scheduled power cuts for periods of about four hours at a time. For some this is a mere annoyance, for others it could have serious consequences. The power to our area is scheduled to remain on until early next week, but I'm dreading the night that we're scheduled to be left in the dark from 6 pm until 10:30 pm.

But back to the point of this article. The first comment I received on my CGP post compared our load shedding to earth hour, which is a period of one hour during which people go without power. But earth hour only happens once a year, and whether we observe it is optional. Our power cuts can happen several times a week and we have no say in the matter.

Based on the comment system at CGP, the only way I could explain the difference to her would be by writing another post, and there are no guarantees that she'd see it, so why bother.

Thankfully that kind of thing isn't likely to happen at Persona Paper.

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self-raisinglazarus wrote on January 9, 2015, 6:43 AM

totally agree with the social aspect of this site. It is why I originally enjoyed Bubs and then the reason I left as it became obvious many "writers" there were just hopping across articles as fast as they could to leave the briefest of comment or to make a connection without actually taking the time to enjoy the content and really interact.

Gina145 wrote on January 9, 2015, 6:54 AM

At least at Bubblews there was some social interaction mixed in with the spam, but without a notification system at CGP, that's not possible. And as far as I know any money earned commenting on our own posts will be deducted when we cash out, so few people do it.

Dawnwriter wrote on January 9, 2015, 6:56 AM

I totally agree. PP is unique in this way that you will hardly ever find a spam or silly comment. People here read the posts and then reply which is gratifying as a writer.

Gina145 wrote on January 9, 2015, 7:03 AM

Somebody did misunderstand one of my posts recently, but when I answered her comment she did come back and apologise. That kind of thing would never happen at some of the other sites.

bestwriter wrote on January 9, 2015, 7:21 AM

Load shedding is common where I live. But I have a home UPS that takes care of our fans, computer and tv. The fridge however can withstand load shedding for up to 12 hours.

Gina145 wrote on January 9, 2015, 7:37 AM

I have a small UPS for my computer, but about all that gives me time for is to save everything I'm doing and shut down safely. I've seen adverts for inverters, but they're big and heavy and I don't think we could cope with one here. Maybe I'll find something that works eventually, because I'm finding this really frustrating.

The trouble is that when we went through a previous round of load shedding in 2008, everyone went out and spent money on everything they needed to cope with the problem, and then the load shedding was stopped without warning. I'd hate to spend a lot of money and have that happen again.

scheng1 wrote on January 9, 2015, 8:35 AM

If they follow Bubblews business model, they can expect the same behavior from the users.

self-raisinglazarus wrote on January 9, 2015, 8:54 AM

a bit self defeating from a social aspect

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 9, 2015, 9:17 AM

I have not found a spam comment here yet. I love that and it is also very east to do a conversation in the comment section here. I have not tried CGP

ison1 wrote on January 9, 2015, 11:13 AM

Hello Gina. I agree, that is a really great aspect of persona paper. Real dialogue happens. I'm really struggling with CGP. I try, but it seems a bit soul less

GedWrites wrote on January 9, 2015, 12:27 PM

It is still early days for PP but I do hope that spammers if they do get on will be banished immediately .. and hello again Gina!

Gina145 wrote on January 9, 2015, 12:34 PM

I think you're right. But the lack of notifications encourages spam comments even more, because you know you're never going to get a reply to any meaningful comments you leave.

Gina145 wrote on January 9, 2015, 12:37 PM

If you haven't tried CGP yet, I don't think it's worth the effort. They're still paying $0.01 for comments but have reduced the pay for views to $0.001 and no longer pay for ratings (their version of liking) at all. Effectively they've come close to levelling the earning potential with what we get here, but without the fun part of PP. I'll probably stop posting there once I'm able to redeem.

Gina145 wrote on January 9, 2015, 12:38 PM

Hi John. I hope you're feeling better today. CGP is definitely soulless and seems to be getting more so every day.

Gina145 wrote on January 9, 2015, 12:39 PM

Hi Ged. I think PP is managing to deal with the cheats well. I don't recall seeing any spam.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 9, 2015, 1:44 PM

Thanks for the info. I have never gotten to my max post here but thought about trying it because of the higher pay rate.

Louemham wrote on January 9, 2015, 1:47 PM

Yes Persona Paper is much more genuine. People actually read the posts, and comment with meaningful words, there is nothing worse than seeing 'Nice post.........' all the time!

maramadalina wrote on January 9, 2015, 3:07 PM

I have no idea about CGP, but on Bubblews there were many spam comments indeed.

Gina145 wrote on January 9, 2015, 5:44 PM

CGP is worse than Bubblews because there's no discussion like there is here. I get really frustrated when I can't respond to some of the comments, but there's no point if the people who wrote those comments will never see my response.

Gina145 wrote on January 9, 2015, 5:48 PM

I haven't seem too many people say "nice post" since Bubblews started requiring longer comments, but people have found really creative ways to say nothing. The worst were those who copied the title into the comment box.

Gina145 wrote on January 10, 2015, 3:35 PM

I take back what I said about CGP not being worthwhile yesterday. According to the latest post by their Support the change in earnings was a glitch.

I'll still keep my more meaningful posts for this site though.

FreyaYuki wrote on January 10, 2015, 3:46 PM

Also liking the interaction here so far. The community is nice and friendly and helpful. And I don't think I'v even seen any spam comment here, which is great. Hearing some negative things about CGP, one of which is how they reduced the payment rate. There was also something about their TOS (or was it another site? Can't recall for sure right now).

Gina145 wrote on January 10, 2015, 4:52 PM

It appears that the change in pay rate was a glitch. Today their Support published a post saying that a technical error with earnings has now been fixed. Trouble is I still lost a lot over the last two days, but that's better than the problems I've had at Bubblews.

Quinbe wrote on January 12, 2015, 3:02 AM

I am glad you love it here - i still prefer my Bubble but i want to keep both my options open.

Gina145 wrote on January 12, 2015, 1:27 PM

I used to love that site too, but I can't forgive being cheated twice.

AliCanary wrote on January 16, 2015, 7:11 AM

I haven't seen the need to go on CGP--it seems way too much like Bubblews. That power-outage thing sounds horrible. Maybe you can find a way to get solar panels installed--some power companies will even let you sell excess power back to the grid! By the way, I found your article on Google Plus, promoted by nbaquero :)

nbaquero wrote on January 16, 2015, 7:33 AM

Gina145 Back in the early 90's in my country, we had to go through extensive outages, they even changed to clocks to take advantage of the daylight. That was a "dark" time in our lives.

Gina145 wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:10 PM

Solar panels are quite expensive and we may be moving soon, so it's not worth the bother. In South Africa we can't sell power back to the grid either.

I prefer this site to CGP, but I'm trying to find a balance between using the two because the money's better there. But you're right that it's too much like Bubblews. I hope they know not to make the same mistakes though.

Gina145 wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:13 PM

It's not good from a social aspect, but may help to save them from running out of money as Bubblews has done. Although the pay structure seems the same, money doesn't come as easily as it did at Bubblews in its prime.

Gina145 wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:17 PM

Some people have suggested they do that with the clocks here too, but it's unlikely to happen. With people so reliant on computers, there's really no good time to be without power anyway.

Gina145 wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:18 PM

nbaquero - Thanks for sharing my post.

nbaquero wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:55 PM

I see, at the time, in my country the computers were just not that popular, so you have a great point, we depend too much on them so power is a must.

Gina145 wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:26 PM

In some ways those were better times. With all this reliance on technology there are terrible fears about what our power problems will do to the economy.