It's been 4 months and 21 minutes.
This is just a blog/self-indulgent-love-letter from a 3-year-long-persona-paper-writer. I finally logged backed in, and I can't wait to see what's new.
I remember when I discovered Personapaper.com:
It was a new year, winter: I was a naive-24-year-old-writer living in a tiny studio apartment in downtown Asheville. I went to school full-time, studying literature (post-bacc) at the local University and worked part-time at the school bookstore.
One night (while I was reading William Faulkner, Flannery O'Conner or some other classic American writer), I got the urge to...join a writer's platform online.
However, I was well aware the internet was saturated with unregulated blogs and forums with zero humanity in terms of content and language. I wanted to find a writers forum where I could be in safe environment. By safe, I mean-not just trying to be "family friendly" in a polite way. I wanted something "family friendly"--in a genuine way. I also wanted to make sure that it was okay to be a young, honest (and female) writer (*if you know what I mean*).
I was also interested in money. Mostly because I had figured out at the tender age of 24 that I needed money for food, rent and everything that keeps me alive in this economic system.
So, I believe (from my imperfect-memory) I googled some search term like "paid writer's blogs", "writers earn money blogs", etc. and through that I discovered PersonaPaper.
First off, I loved the name "Persona-Paper": I projected this whole meaning onto it, at the time I vaguely remember thinking something to this effect:
"Oh, 'persona' like--'internet-persona'--like a personality online but writers and paper, and..."
It was 3 years ago so at least give me credit for partially remembering this thought.
After I clicked on the link I started reading through the website; I combed through it from the privacy-policy to the mission statement to the blogs that were already posted. I loved the idea of being "approved" not only for my writing but my ability to edit my own writing. I looked at the "bank" too and how it was a start-up; it was good enough for me. I wanted to be a part of this, my intuition was telling me to join.
So I posted and some people read me and replied. I found great insights from replies and other writer's articles.
Then, there was some disgruntlement with the coins or something, but the site remained. I think I missed that time but came back just as the first announcements were made.
Honestly, I was just happy personapaper was still there. I wrote and posted again. This time, in these post, I poured my heart out and got personal:
More people replied and I was touched the day a MegL found my post on PTSD.
[ I need to update those trauma-blogs, because a lot as changed. ]
It is those experiences that keep me coming back, even if it's just a couple times a year.
Thank you all, and I plan to be here for another 3 years at least. Though my stock photos are now gone and there lies the personapaper "P" default image in my old posts, I am grateful to be a part of this. Even if it takes me 4 months to check back in and post something.