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PersonaPaper, One Year Later

I am no soothsayer, that's for sure. That said, I think that PersonaPaper has some good things going for it. The owners seem to be fairly active and interested in making the site successful. But like anything, that will be a work in progress, and considering that the site is still in it's early stages, it could take some time to really make a dent in the world of social media blogging—but it can get there.

I think it is safe to say that a similar site had similar beginnings.

It takes time to get the word out, and moreover to build a solid group of members who believe there is intrinsic , rather than immediate value in what they are doing here. Patience may be another appropriate word to bring into the mix. Those members who can see the forest for the trees, and therefore can see the future of PersonaPaper will be the ones one year from today who will be glad they came along for the ride. And moreover, that they stuck with it.

I am new here. I don't know what the improvement curve has been since the first post hit the 'Net from this site. But I think that based on what I see here that the improvement curve going forward can only get better. Views, likes, comments, and posting will all have more value individually and collectively. You never know, PersonaPaper could even become the "go-to" when it comes to social media blogging. But one thing is for sure. None of us will experience that unless we spend the time, take on some of the short-term pain and risk as the owners must, and do our part to make this site the "go-to."

Just my two cents which admittedly right now is probably only worth a very small fraction of that.

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JanetHunt wrote on July 13, 2014, 11:27 AM

Porwest I think this site has great potential, so I am going to stick around to find out! :)

Porwest wrote on July 13, 2014, 11:31 AM

As am I. I don't think there is any harm in at least giving it a fair shot even if the earnings right now are quite low. As I tend to think about most things, you get out of it what you put into it, and the only people who can make this site great are people like you and I who are willing to suffer a little short term pain for a longer term gain.

poddys wrote on July 13, 2014, 11:45 AM

Ditto here, the owners are ticking all the right boxes in my opinion, I am very confident.

poddys wrote on July 13, 2014, 11:58 AM

You can't go back and change the course of history, but I sometimes wonder how many people came here when that other site was having problems, and returned when PP lost it's Adsense account because they could earn more there. If PP still had it's Adsense account and we as a result were all earning a lot more, would most of them have stayed here and driven lots more people to the site with their content I wonder.

The owners here are also taking things at a fairly slow pace as regards new members, which is also limiting the volume of posts. I wonder what would happen if the site was opened up to more new members (maybe it still is)? Would the number of posts suddenly increase dramatically?

I think slowly does it is the best approach, because instead of having a site that keeps going down (like that other one), we have one that is fast and reliable. Not only that, changes and improvements are constantly being made to the site, and when it's time for new people I am sure the site and servers will be ready to handle what is thrown at them.

Many people have also said about that other site that they don't know how they can afford to pay out at the rates they do. Indeed with the large volume of payments not being received, a lot of people there are unhappy. The exchange rate here is flexible and we know that. It's set that way because the owners need to ensure that there is enough money to cover the operating costs of the site, before any of us get paid. If that doesn't happen, guess what... (cue sound of water going down a plug-hole).

Looking forward a year from now I would expect to see PP as a highly successful social blogging site. Whether it's too soon to think it will be as big as that other one I don't know, but if the other one keeps suffering from reliability issues, and the payment rate increases here, I can see people coming across here in droves.

In so many ways the two sites are similar, as well as being different in many others. But basically they are places to write and earn money from quick and easy posts and interacting with others. I think that while it's not necessarily survival of the fittest, it's definitely going to be a duel where the best managed site ought to take the edge.

Anja wrote on July 13, 2014, 12:22 PM

I am investing some time here in order to stay active and be prepared for the future. But I can't give up all my other ventures to concentrate on PP. I think everyone's investment here will one day pay off.

LoudMan wrote on July 13, 2014, 12:25 PM

I'm guessing you're already well on your way to success here. Considering this is only your ninth post, I think I need to re-double my efforts to keep you in the rear. Haha. :)

LoudMan wrote on July 13, 2014, 12:28 PM

Fantastic analysis. When PP lost its adsense account we got a real good glimpse of who's only here for a quick buck. Let's just say, they weren't all who I thought they'd be. :D

Porwest wrote on July 13, 2014, 12:34 PM

Very well put. Speaking in terms of just your question about "how the other site can afford to pay at the rates they do?" there has always been one other question I have had. In the bank it says that payouts are based on how much revenue the site takes in. But as I have determined that has always been a penny per like, a penny per comment, and a penny per comment. Never more. Never less. So that becomes a question mark for me based on just the wording of "how you get paid" at the other site.

I should add that I agree that taking a slow, methodical, and steady approach is also a very good business decision on the part of the owners here. Many, many small businesses take exactly that approach, preferring to grow in a way that can be easily digested and managed is always better than allowing yourself to grow too fast, and then not being able to handle that growth, which ultimately can be the death-knell for even a strong business concept.

Porwest wrote on July 13, 2014, 12:36 PM

I would agree that when it comes to PP, you have to determine what you do here, and how much time you spend here based on your personal interests, goals, and whatever other factors you may be taking into consideration. But certainly, I think, the more content and the more activity the site enjoys, the more growth it will also enjoy.

Porwest wrote on July 13, 2014, 12:38 PM

I would only add (hit the button too quickly) that if any of us treats writing anything online for money as a business of sorts, understanding business is key. That is, every business requires an investment of time and money. Nearly all businesses run in the red for some time before they become profitable. We could view our time and experience here the same way. What we invest in time will determine the future of the business overall. And that may mean "losses" in the short term to get to the bigger and better prize at the end of it all.

Porwest wrote on July 13, 2014, 12:39 PM

lol. Look out. I have been called a windbag in other circles. :)

AliCanary wrote on July 13, 2014, 1:51 PM

I think there has definitely been growth, and relatively few growing pains, considering. I' certainly willing to tough out the lean times, and I really do appreciate that Will and Heather are so in touch and concerned, even though I'll bet it drives them half-crazy :)

AdrienneJenkins wrote on July 13, 2014, 3:03 PM

One day. We all hope one day.

suziecat7 wrote on July 13, 2014, 7:05 PM

I'm very new but I kind of like it here. There are many familiar faces too. I'll probably stick around.

bestwriter wrote on July 13, 2014, 9:11 PM

So far so good. Money will come and as far as I am concerned I am happy here because it has features that makes posting smooth sailing. Rome was not built in a day :)

nitsbubb wrote on July 13, 2014, 9:41 PM

I joined this site very recently, but this seems to be much more powerful and active in comparison with the other competition sites (no I am not saying 'B') everything is better off. I think I will surely continue with this site.

Porwest wrote on July 14, 2014, 9:33 AM

Definitely a lot of familiar faces. I suppose in a funny sort of way we could say that it must be that great minds think alike? :)

Porwest wrote on July 14, 2014, 9:34 AM

Very true. And what's the other old saying in life? Good things come to those who wait.

LadyDuck wrote on July 14, 2014, 10:19 AM

I am sure that this site has a good potential because the owner takes personally care of everything. I know that for now the earnings are only a few cents per article, but I am here to stay.

Porwest wrote on July 14, 2014, 10:44 AM

So far I don't have much to complain about here either. I hope for good things to come for this site, and with what seems like the right people at the top, it can accomplish good things. I am really liking the getting paid for comments on other's posts as well simply because I think this will have a strong impact against spam, generic, and copy and paste comments which may not be a huge issue here right now, but may become an issue as the site grows in popularity.

Porwest wrote on July 14, 2014, 10:44 AM

As am I, and very nice to see you on this side of the fence. :)

Ruby3881 wrote on July 14, 2014, 11:34 PM

"I think it is safe to say that a similar site had similar beginnings."
That may very well be true, but the admin here have made very different choices. I think it's safe to say the path to success for Persona Paper will be a steeper one, but the site has an excellent future ahead of it.

"You never know, PersonaPaper could even become the "go-to" when it comes to social media blogging."
I think it has the potential to become one of the top sites, and I'm happy to invest in the site now knowing the payout may take a while :)

cyndycy wrote on July 15, 2014, 7:02 AM

I have just joined this site and am happy I did, I look forward to great stuff and that is why am going to stick around and be a dedicated blogger