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So much for that!

I tried, I really did, several times today. I hate flaking out on a site when I haven't been using it long enough to have a healthy perspective on it, so I have been giving Bubblews the benefit of the doubt that it will work better, eventually. But, it has been not working smoothly enough for me to post my next music playlist post since Tuesday. I had a series going on that site of 15-20 song playlist segments, going through the 1600+ songs I have featured on weekly playlists on my blog, and I was posting one or two each day. I hope my regular readers haven't started fearing the worst about me, because I haven't posted ANYTHING on that site since Tuesday, because the site keeps freezing my browser, making it impossible to post. So, while I like that there are more people on that site, I may be shifting my post series over to this site after all. I already have stopped posting directly on my blog as much because I am instead directing traffic to my 'paid' posts. It is not a perfect arrangement, because most of the readers I had built up over 2 years of intensive music blogging are not members of Bubblews OR this site, so they can't like or comment on my posts when I write them on here, the biggest reason I could see for abandoning these pay-to-post sites as a failed experiment.

But, as I have told my readers repeatedly, unless I make some money from my work, I won't be working, and I have already had to move home because writing about and working in a music scene is so non-lucrative. Everyone wants everthing for free, of course, and the musicians are no different. They love the attention, and I am happy to support them, but they can go out on street corners and play an instrument with their instrument case open to make extra cash or rent money. I have yet to figure out how to adapt that model to blogging. I guess maybe these sites are a blogger's street corner?

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Gina145 wrote on June 13, 2014, 6:16 PM

Hopefully the problems at Bubblews are just temporary. It's always good to have more than one site to post to though. Good luck. I hope moving your series here is a big success.

Ravenmount wrote on June 13, 2014, 6:30 PM

Thanks Gina! I just hope people are getting something out of my posting them, wherever they wind up!

Ruby3881 wrote on June 15, 2014, 8:22 PM

If you have a good following, you should look for other sites that will pay you. Look for sites that allow non-members to view, like, rate, etc. an that pay by the page view or ad click. You might be quite successful on sites like Squidoo, HubPages, or InfoBarrel.

You can also monetize your blog with your own AdSense and Amazon accounts. If you write about music, listing great music CDs and other music-related products is only natural. Also look at branching out into other areas that might allow you to sell things that people want to buy. So if you want to sell cooking equipment or bakeware, try a sideline of favourite recipes of the stars or something like that.

Ravenmount wrote on June 15, 2014, 10:51 PM

Great advice, Thanks!