So long, Persona Paper: Musings for Tuesday, February 9, 2015
Good afternoon, Dear Reader and fellow Persona Paper writers. It's 1:41 p.m. EST here in Miami, Florida and the current temperature is 64 degrees Fahrenheit under sunny skies. The humidity level is tolerable; it's only at 49%, so it feels cool and dry outside. I'm not a big fan of humid heat, so this is my favorite time of year weather-wise. The forecast looks good as well; no rain is expected in our area in the near future. (It is the dry season in South Florida, don't you know?)
I'm sorry to say that unless I have something terribly earthshaking to share before the lights go out here, this is my last "musing" at Persona Paper. Not by choice, natch. The site is closing down soon due to, as they say in hoary military-themed novels, "the fortunes of war" (or, rather, the weird economics of the Digital Age). The owners, unlike the craven idiots that ran Bubblews so ineptly and unethically, tried hard to create a good site where we could write about anything (within reason, mind you) and get paid for our efforts. Everyone who read the "sorry, we're closing down" post a few weeks ago knows the sad narrative of how Google Adsense's misgivings about the validity of hits when many ex-Bubblers arrived here had a negative effect on the site's bottom line (and ours). elitecodex and his lovely wife tried hard to find alternative advertising revenue to keep PP up and running. Through no fault of their own, this did not work out and so, here we are.
I wish I had been able to contribute 10 or more posts a day like some members did; as it is, I only scraped up 271 posts (including this sad little valedictory) since September 30, 2014. Maybe I should have stopped posting at Bubblews when I joined PP; I probably would have had over 500 posts by now (and maybe even cashed out once; I have only 5077 coins and $7.62 in my Bank). But I foolishly attempted to soldier on in Arvind's Cloud Cuckoo Land in a vain effort to earn one last $50 cash out. So, no. I didn't even post once a day every day like so many of you did. If my lack of consistency hurt the site even in a small way, I take full responsibility for that.
Another factor in my rather anemic performance was that I also have other literary dragons to slay. Some, like Examiner and client-based gigs, are more stable and pay better than Bubblews and PP could. Even when I don't write too many reviews at Examiner, I get paid at least a PIDDLING amount without having to wait until I have $X.00 in my account. And clients usually pay well if you find the right ones. Yesterday, for instance, I earned $22.40 for a 560-word blog entry about coping with a minor health issue as a disabled person. (That's 4 cents a word, ladies and gentlemen.) I've written longer posts here and with more frequency, and I still only have $7.62 in my PP Bank.)
You might, of course, also factor in that I am now writing my first Big Work of Fiction and dealing with the complexities of a long-distance relationship with Loreley. Both of these endeavors are important, and they require time, energy, and effort so they can flourish. Since these resources are finite, I have to parcel them out wisely. Something has to fall by the wayside; in this case, posting at a lovely (but low-paying) writing site was the "low man on the totem pole," so to speak.
Then, of course, there was always the "who reads these posts - besides us - anyway?" cloud hanging over my head. I love blogging (which is, let's face it, what most of us do here..blog), and I have my own, badly neglected Blogger effort (A Certain Point of View, I call it.) And blogs CAN make money for their creators if they reach an audience. But I have always had this nagging thought (first at the B-site, then here) that goes like this: "Who in his or her right mind cares about what we had for breakfast? Or about our cute puppy or kitten's latest cute tricks?" When I wrote reviews for Epinions, I knew I was writing something useful (if rather subjective and opinion-based). These musings, though. Who reads them? And why would advertisers pay money for such humdrum content?
So, yes. There was that skepticism about Persona Paper and other blog-for-pay sites. It's hard to get fired up and productive when you're not sure if anyone is going to read your stuff. And it's even less attractive for a writer-type like me when the pay is so low and the exposure is so limited.
Still. I liked Persona Paper a lot. It gave me a place where I could write "sweet little nothings" and share bits about my life with others. I have friends here. And I like the owners. They're not shady characters out to make a buck without thinking about their contributors. I appreciate their honesty and their attempts to make Persona Paper a viable online writing community. If those attempts failed, it wasn't their fault.
Well, I think that's all I have to say on the topic of Persona Paper's closure. I will probably focus on my Fiction Project and Examiner. MyLot was and is not my cup of tea, and I don't think I'll be looking for any more write-for-pay sites either. They're either run by Arvind Dixit-like scam artists or want content that I am not interested in providing. So if you want to stay in touch with me, you might want to friend me on Facebook, read my Examiner stories, or look for my A Certain Point of View blog. Just Google "Alex Diaz-Granados." I'm sure you'll find me easily.
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