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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, 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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morilla wrote on February 9, 2016, 4:35 PM

Thee and Me were posting at about the same average overall; I just joined later. Yep. Epinions still carries over in terms of the desire to post something of... 'substance' and/or 'of use.' The sad (not to mention... frustrating?... irritating?...) part is that they're still using the material. While it's gratifying and satisfying to know it's still perceived as 'useful' by and for readers, it's just a tad irking that they stopped paying for it. Then again, the parent companies never, truly understood the site or the concept.

MyLot doesn't look particularly enticing for me either. I don't do Facebook and never have. Like you, I'm not all that excited by what I see among the current crop of sites; primarily for the same reasons, Views and Earnings. So, maybe I'll pick up on your Examiner pieces again or look for a certain point of view sometime.

MegL wrote on February 9, 2016, 5:01 PM

Great article and sound common sense! Hope your work of fiction goes well.

msiduri wrote on February 9, 2016, 5:22 PM

Well said. Epinions spoiled a lot of us, I guess. I'll continue at Examiner and at Facebook. I'm at myLot and plugging away with Siegfried. I might finish that work in this lifetime. I'm still struggling with his older sister's wedding. She visited me at Starbucks not too long ago to tell to get the show on the road. It was quite odd.

Best to you. Will have to check out your blog.

CoralLevang wrote on February 9, 2016, 7:36 PM

Please get in touch with me. And I would like to stay in touch and continue to hear about your life. As far as where your writing where you're getting paid for blogging, I hope you'll share that with me because I'm looking for ways to do such a thing. I don't care for mylot either. Anyway, the best to you and hopefully pass along the same path again soon

lookatdesktop wrote on February 9, 2016, 7:41 PM

I came, I read, I cry.

alexdg1 wrote on February 9, 2016, 8:18 PM

I left you a comment on your "Merry Christmas to All" post in your blog. I think you can find my email address there when you moderate the comment.

As for the blog that pays, that's a project that I'm being paid for by a website creator who works for personal injury law firms. It's not a blog project that's open for all writers.

alexdg1 wrote on February 9, 2016, 8:34 PM

I will not be on MyLot at all. I tried it once when it was new and hated it. So nuts to that.

I'll be reading your Examiner book reviews and keeping in touch with you on Facebook.

The Force will be with you, always.

alexdg1 wrote on February 9, 2016, 8:43 PM

Some of my Epinions reviews are easy to find because eBay has not killed the links yet. Others have gone the way of the passenger pigeon, if you catch my meaning.

I miss Epinions. Two years later, and I still miss that damn site.

It was good seeing you here, morilla . Maybe our paths will cross again someday.

alexdg1 wrote on February 9, 2016, 8:54 PM

Thanks, MegL . I'm sorry that Persona Paper is closing and that our interactions will end. Your posts were well-written and interesting. Hopefully you'll buy my novel/novella when I publish it.

msiduri wrote on February 9, 2016, 9:06 PM

Examiner and Facebook. And your blog. Best to you and Loreley, of course.

It's has for me not to say: And also with you.

alexdg1 wrote on February 9, 2016, 9:10 PM

I came. I wrote. I cried.

Sad to see Persona Paper ending this way.

VinceSummers wrote on February 9, 2016, 9:12 PM

Demand Studios paid best. At least $25 per for me. But then they went trivial + format-crazy. It was time to dump them, which I did.

alexdg1 wrote on February 9, 2016, 9:47 PM

I wrote for Demand Studios for a bit. I did several eHow articles for them. Hated how they went "format-crazy" and uber-picky. Plus I couldn't write reviews!

alexdg1 wrote on February 9, 2016, 10:24 PM

Good luck, Denise, with your Siegfried novel. May it be a successful literary project.

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 9, 2016, 11:36 PM

Hmmm....I believe you and I have interacted on Facebook via AliCanary....I'll look you up there!

MegL wrote on February 10, 2016, 2:55 AM

I have a LOT of books in my house and on my Kindle, so one more is always welcome!

AliCanary wrote on February 10, 2016, 7:43 AM

Well, I am sure I will be seeing you on Facebook as always, but I'm sad to hear you won't be joining us at MyLot. This was a very thoughtful and well-written post. I wish I could stand to read anything at Examiner, but the preponderance of ads on that site is beyond annoying.

CalmGemini wrote on February 10, 2016, 11:47 AM

Best wishes for your fiction writing project .Glad to know you will continue to write in the ''Examiner''. I see that your blog needs updating.Now may be you will be devoting more time for your blog.Well,see you around,Alex.

alexdg1 wrote on February 10, 2016, 5:01 PM

We are now friends on Facebook. emoticon :smile:

msiduri wrote on February 10, 2016, 5:04 PM

Thanks, alexdg1 . The first step to a successful literary project is completing a literary project.

Best of luck in all your writing endeavors. emoticon :smile:

alexdg1 wrote on February 11, 2016, 12:19 AM

I once tried the MyLot experience and found it wanting. I'm sure you'll understand.

I'd be stripped of my writing credentials if this post had been written poorly. If it was thought-provoking, I'm glad. It's my honest take on the situation. It's also my last commentary about Arvind Dixit and his band of, what, scumbags?

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 12, 2016, 8:05 AM

Yes, we are! emoticon :smile:

AliCanary wrote on February 12, 2016, 11:29 PM

Gem's secret identity has been entrusted to another!!!

AliCanary wrote on February 12, 2016, 11:30 PM

That's one of the nicer things I've heard them called.

alexdg1 wrote on February 13, 2016, 3:09 PM

This is, of course, a family-friendly, SFW site. I had to be "nice." emoticon :tongue:

alexdg1 wrote on February 13, 2016, 3:13 PM

Happy trails to you. Hope to see you around somewhere on the Internet.