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Closing in on the Halfway Mark

Having reached my first Persona Paper payout level toward the end of July, and redeeming once I reached the 15K coin level about 10 days later, I felt that it was easier to see progress by watching the coin level, rather then the value of the coins.

I started here in June 2014, but had not been active until January, after the fiasco at another site. I decided to put it into higher gear several months later. By setting goals for myself, I have found it makes it easier.

Here it is, 37 days after I redeemed on August 10th, and I am currently (as I write) sitting on 6279 coins, 47 percent toward my second redemption. I expect that I can be at the halfway level by Sunday (41 days).

If that is the case and I keep up my average pace, there is no reason that I could not be at the payout level by the first week of November, or my stretch goal of 15K by the end of November (original goal set for Christmas).

I want to also say that this is not because I am a prolific writer. Since I started actively tracking my progress here since August 15th, I have written 2.43 articles per day--five days I only wrote one; two days, there were none written. I suppose that I would have more articles, if I did not regularly write 1500+ -character articles.

Nor is it that I have a big social media following. I do not use Facebook, and I only occasionally promote my articles on Twitter and Google+. I imagine that, between my lack of social media involvement and that my articles are quite long compared to what the average attention span of most readers is today, I may be hurting myself in the number of daily views received.

Yet, I see my daily coin average for the last half of August was 141.21; first half of September, 99.4. (The second week of September suffered because my spirit was dragged down by some "drama" that I will no longer allow.)

So my message now is specifically directed to those who are willing to look forward, and to go beyond:

There IS success here at Persona Paper, if you want it. It all depends on you, and your definition of success. It requires you to work, not wait for it to come to you. It means that you will have to read and comment, not rely on a few 500-character submissions a day.

  • Figure out what works for you.
  • Set your standards based on what you want.
  • Compare yourself to no one .
  • Seek out encouraging and supportive writing relationships.
  • Compete only if it is healthy, fun competition.
  • Look for solutions through challenges, not around them.
  • Focus on what you CAN do.
  • Use your influence wisely.
  • And, most of all, HAVE FUN!

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He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money. ~~ Benjamin Franklin

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Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang

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Coins: 6279, $9.42, 47%

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missfortune wrote on September 16, 2015, 8:13 PM

There seems to be a lot less pressure to write and what to write about. I have been posting more and honestly - my bank at the moment ($1.11) is more than what I have made all year at another site.

markgraham wrote on September 16, 2015, 9:07 PM

Good for you and I am learning. I can usually get two articles and sometimes three or four. One time I did get five and I have now been reading and commenting on others articles as well. When I start writing some lesson plans for whomever these posts are going to be a lot longer. Still working on these.

Feisty56 wrote on September 16, 2015, 9:17 PM

I know there are some people who are put off by "longer" posts, but I'm not one of them. If what I am reading is interesting to me, I don't care about the length of the material. Again, there's no right or wrong way to do things, but I do agree that some ways work better than others.

Congratulations on being at nearly 50 percent of redemption -- it seems as if you just redeemed not that long ago. Oh, wait a minute -- you did! : )

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 16, 2015, 9:51 PM

You are making great progress. I will keep trudging along and hope to make my first redemption before I retire from teaching.

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 10:03 PM

missfortune I am probably my own worst stressor. emoticon :smile: I think that "posting...honestly" is what I said I would do years ago when I started to write online. That does not mean that I "tell all" or that it gives me free rein to be an ass. It does mean that I have found my voice and live true to it, as valiantly and vulnerably as I can, in every situation. I appreciate you and your honest writing. Thank you.

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 10:05 PM

markgraham One thing I have learned is that I write for me, and I read for others. If that is the example I set, then I have nothing else about which to worry.

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 10:07 PM

Feisty56 .... Thank you, Deb. You are one who I find consistently encouraging. Even when you and I may disagree, I find the discussion uplifting. emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 10:08 PM

DWDavisRSL Thank you. I nearly called it quits last week. I don't mind a trudge now and again, and I will do what I can to assist you pre-retirement! emoticon :winking:

lexiconlover wrote on September 16, 2015, 10:33 PM

I don't think I've ever promoted my PP articles on social media, and when I try I average 125 coins a day, so I agree that it's doable without social media.

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 10:38 PM

I have not seen much come from either of the two that I (seldom) use. It's simply just staying focused on what I want and what I can do to attain it, with some help from my friends. emoticon :winking:

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 16, 2015, 11:05 PM

Congrats and I am sure you will make it there in record time.

Paulie wrote on September 16, 2015, 11:41 PM

Congratulations on kicking your interaction here on PP to another gear! I am sure that you will be very successful and cash out again very soon!

valmnz wrote on September 17, 2015, 1:03 AM

I like your statement, compare yourself to no one. That applies to everything in life. It took me a long time to learn that.

morilla wrote on September 17, 2015, 1:12 AM

I'd rather read a 1,500 word post that says something than a 500 character post that says someone got up this morning and ate breakfast. Everyone has to come up with their own definition of 'success;' i.e., how much they put in vs. how much they get from it. Certainly, compared to a couple of years ago, the monetary rewards would be difficult to justify. However, that doesn't mean one compromises in terms of quality. If you can't put an honest effort into it, you just don't do it; i.e., don't expect 'big money' for, basically, nothing. That's why I don't do Facebook/Twitter sharing. I figure if a reader feels I had something worthwhile to say, they will share it. If they don't, it probably wouldn't draw much traffic no matter who shares it.

Rufuszen wrote on September 17, 2015, 4:58 AM

I had started checking the totals everyday, but I thnk I shall break that habit. Never liked checking progress if I don't need to.

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 6:02 AM

Thank you, Eva. It's funny, but I'm not really "trying" too hard. It's just stay focused on forward.

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 6:03 AM

Thank you, Paulie . We are right about even. Thank you for your motivation. You help me stay on track. emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 6:05 AM

valmnz Thanks. It's difficult sometimes, and I know it's easy to fall back into that familiar pattern, if not dedicated to remaining aware. Thank you so much for dropping in to read. *hugs*

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 6:07 AM

morilla I have done my share of waking up and eating breakfast, but usually I don't wake up. I just stay up all night, and rarely do I eat in the morning. emoticon :winking: Thank you so much for your share. emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 6:09 AM

I like to keep a running record, each time I post. Rufuszen I only record on an Excel sheet once a day. Since I am usually up around midnight, then I check bank at the beginning of the new day. That's it.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 17, 2015, 9:33 AM

You have passed me but you do more interacting than I do also. I am happy with the speed mine is moving compared to how long the first time took me also. You are right staying focused is the key and I am sometimes moving in 20 directions at once this time of year lol

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 10:53 AM

I interact, because that is why I can control. LOL Not the other way around. emoticon :winking:

You do a lot, E...

AliCanary wrote on September 18, 2015, 12:28 PM

Yay for you! Technically I'm ahead in coins at the moment (when I last checked, anyway), but you cashed out much more recently than i did, so you'll be running circles around me soon enough. You go, girl!