Baited by a Final Payment at Bubblews?
Though I really do not want to give the B-site any of my time and space, I do want to let others, who may be awaiting payment, know of my experience. Any vagueness that you may find here is intentional, as I am targeting those who experienced the situation and continue to wait and watch for some resolution.
The December Fiasco Happened
Just hours before the big announcement was made and many previous pending payments were either deleted or drastically reduced at the site, I submitted my last redemption request of the year. It was December 30th around 11:30 p.m., so according to their time stamp, it was a 31st redemption in the amount of $68.18.
Several hours later, sh%$ hit the fan, and the site found a way to drastically reduce what they still owed people, including changing their payment structure and applying it retroactively to November 11th. I highly anticipated that they would reconfigure what was owed to me based on the new values before paying.
What I Chose to Do
I began to remove most of the nearly 900 posts I had on the site. However, if it were written after my last redemption in October, I left the up there so "the-powers-at-B" would have no justification to use that as their excuse to hold back payment. I began to be much more strategic.
I also began to write very occasional pointed response/opinion pieces aimed at what I have observed and read by the company's CEO and team. I always try to be respectful in my delivery, but will not silence what I believe is truth.
Nor will I refrain from letting others know that it is not the vision nor the mistakes made that are most problematic for me. I am very clear that it is because of our personal interaction that I hold him to a higher standard. He (the CEO) lied specifically to me.
I have also commented on several other posts written by corporate team members, calling attention to the fallacies in their statements. I have noted in one particular post on "inclusiveness of all people" regardless of culture, education, etc., the writer excluded one category--age/young versus old. I have also seen the marketing language for all the new ideas, which are targeted for the younger generations.
Of course, no one on the team, including the CEO, has ever commented or responded directly to me. They have done so through those "writers"/followers who have scolded me for not being supportive or fair.
"Thank you, (follower's name), for your understanding of who we really are and for your continued support of us."
To date, I have not received a response, a quest for clarity, an opportunity for discussion, or any other correspondence from the team, since the CEO and I had our email exchange over a year ago.
On February 2nd, I received notification that an eCheck had been put in my Paypal account for $68.18. It cleared today, minus the fees charged by Paypal.
I have written and submitted 22 pieces since my end-of-year redemption. In nearly six weeks, I have earned $3.50 on the total of nearly 100 articles I have written or left up during this period. I continue to read and interact, but I have lost the drive to do so, not because off the money but because the atmosphere has changed.
Today, I removed all but a dozen things I have written. Each one has a common thread that may or may not be apparent to the readers. Some may say that they are "negative."
Others may think I am a crazy old woman and "need to just die already."
My Next Steps and Final Thoughts
Until I think it prudent for me to sever the relationship for good, I will continue to visit from time-to-time and see what is happening. I expect that I will never see another redemption.
I highly suspect that the site will not survive to the end of the year, but I could be wrong. There are still some good people who believe in the vision and support the corporate team 100 percent. Maybe Arvind, Jason, and their team can pull it out of the hole it seems they have dug for themselves.
Or maybe their newest venture will be the cash cow that they hope it will be. Their target audience is certainly different.
Am I glad to have been paid? Sure, except it feels a bit like "dirty money." I have to question "Why?" I was allowed the full amount, but others were denied so much.
Was I thrown some bait? Was it to entice me? Give them something to use to show how "good" they should I continue to write my truth?
I need to stop now...or I will want to go back, just to start my philosophical rantings.
But then I need to resist feeling the need to go back to writing more things that no one reads and for which I will never be paid.
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