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Eight Reasons I Love Writing at Persona Paper

  1. The Editor . I have been writing for another site that pays fairly well, but its editor is funky and makes its writers look incompetent. The Persona Paper editor not only lets us put our book titles in italics, but it also gives us a lot of other bells and whistles that many of the other sites I write for don't. No coding is necessary to do simple formatting. Another really neat feature of this editor is that is saves what you write. If your submission doesn't go through because of a captcha error and you have to try again, when you get back into the editor, you can click the blue Restore Cache button at the bottom and all your text and photos come back. It's like magic.

  2. Notifications . I absolutely love the notification system at Persona Paper. Notifications are called your Activity Stream . It can be accessed from your account drop down menu at the top. You can immediately see how many followers you have and who they are. You can see who posted what by title, who commented on which posts, and who responded to your comments on your own posts or the posts of others. Everything you want to see or do can be accessed from that one account menu. Best of all, it doesn't disappear the next time you click. The new notifications go to the top. I don't know at which point the ones at the bottom disappear, but I’m not there yet after two days.

  3. Great Conversations . I haven't been on any site since the old MyLot where it was so easy to have real conversations. The comments are threaded. When you comment on a post, the post owner is notified almost immediately. If the writer comments back, that comment will appear under yours and the commenter will be immediately notified that you replied. No tagging is necessary for the person to see that you have responded. If you want to go off topic, you can continue the conversation or even change its direction on the profile page comments. And profile comments show up – not just avatars beside an empty space.

    One thing that's been hard for me to adjust to in commenting is the placement of the button to post the comment – in the middle of the space under the comment box. I spend a lot of time on another site where the submit comment button is on the right side under the box. On Persona Paper, that's where you close the box instead of submitting. I can't tell you how many times I've closed the box instead of submitting the comment. But guess what! If you hit the reply arrow again, the box that appears will still have your comment there and you can use the correct button to submit it.

  4. Multiple Photos . Yes, you can use up to seven photos in your posts. I just hope the powers that be on Persona Paper will commit to keeping them there, even if they later make a rule that you can't have that many in newer posts. Destroying an author's hard work with one format change destroys trust. Better to never add a great feature if later you take it away with no warning and remove most of a post – or several hundred posts. I love this feature that lets us make photo essays. I am happily doing them again.

  5. Good Communication with Site Owners . They actually read and respond quickly to email questions. And they actually answer the questions you ask in a way that makes sense. I did not get automated replies telling me someone would get back to me with a real email later. Not every site does that. As the site grows, they may not be able to keep up with that pace, but they are doing very well now.

  6. No Spam . Writers are carefully screened to make sure they can actually communicate in written English before they can start posting. Yes, you will have to submit your first post for approval by a real human – even if you are a Giant Squid or have won a contest on HubPages. If you dare to leave a spam comment, the writer will flag and delete it. Writers don't get paid for the comments left on their posts. The people who make the thoughtful comments do. So writers don't hesitate to flag.

  7. Useful Categories . Yes, the people that gave us the categories we can choose from think like real people – not tech nerds. There are categories like animals , art , family , gardening – not just the subjects young students who are technically inclined like. Yes, you will find still find gaming , music , entertainment and technology , too, but there is also books . That's just a sample. You won't have to go through contortions trying to find a category that fits what you want to write. At least not often.

  8. Good Company . They say we are known by the company we keep. People who are serious about like to hang out with others who are also serious about it and want to grow as writers. They like to read what such people write. They like to follow others who are at or above their own level of writing competence. At Persona Paper will find themselves in good company and have lots of interesting writing to read. The hope is that visitors to the site will also discover that they enjoy the content feast these writers have prepared and come back again and again, knowing they will always find something to interest them. I am delighted to have found a site where writers are respected and encouraged to help each other be at their best.

I can hear some readers asking, “But how well do they pay?” Not much yet. If all you care about is the pay, this is not the site for you. Right now it's pennies a day. But I don't get much more than that from Squidoo. I believe as more good writers discover this site and post their content, the site's reputation and number of visitors will grow and the earnings will increase. I believe something phenomenal is happening here, and I want to be part of it. I'm going to put my heart into helping to make this site successful and trust the money will follow.

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cm_ang83 wrote on July 30, 2014, 3:35 AM

Honestly, i post here because of money but i have different thought, where i want to grow with the site and i want to be pioneer.

bestwriter wrote on July 30, 2014, 4:11 AM

One more. There are no groups here. Everyone is treated equally.

MegL wrote on July 30, 2014, 6:26 AM

Yes, I love the "Activity Stream" too. It's so useful, it's the first item I go to, even before the latest posts.

SandraLynn wrote on July 30, 2014, 7:07 AM

Oh Barb! This is stunning. I really do adore your writing and am so thrilled to have met you here! I'm absolutely putting this on "Your Top 8" this morning. I'll blurb here about it to let folks know. 8 Absolutely fabulous reasons to contribute with Persona Paper. Thank you for sharing. :)

cyndycy wrote on July 30, 2014, 8:41 AM

I also love the fact that people here are mature and sensible, and the fact that the Admin is in constant communication with the members makes me love this place even more.

LoudMan wrote on July 30, 2014, 8:54 AM

Eight good reasons. I hope they'll never remove the multi-pic feature either. After what arvind and jason did to me in regards to my children's pictures, I'm clearer and more resolute on my feelings about them than ever before. And, I'll never trust another with anything so precious to me ever again.

I actually want justice.

LoudMan wrote on July 30, 2014, 8:55 AM

cyndycy YOU might be mature and sensible. Me, sometimes, not as much. Haha. :)

tinamarie wrote on July 30, 2014, 9:04 AM

You hit the top 8 reasons right on the nose! This is a wonderful write up.

cyndycy wrote on July 30, 2014, 9:56 AM

ha ha ha that's an honest opinion you just made my evening

SandraLynn wrote on July 30, 2014, 10:15 AM

OMG - Don. I hadn't considered that. I'm most pissed about the multi-pic thing over there too. It was the final straw for me and I'm still deciding what to do with it all. But wow - given what I imagine you've been through the last year... :( I'm sorry. Truly. Deeply. I hope they fix it. Most of all for you. emoticon :heart:

inertia4 wrote on July 30, 2014, 11:09 AM

BarbRad You are excellent at explaining things. And this post proves that. You picked up real quick and pointed out all 8 great reasons why Persona Paper is a great site. Now this is what I am talking about when I speak of coherent content. I know the other site is good and we earn well there, but lots of the members are not coherent at all. But even there, people like you make all the difference. Again, I am real happy you are part of this site.

LoudMan wrote on July 30, 2014, 12:06 PM

Oh, I don't need any feelings of concern. I'm just weighing my options on what I'll be doing about it.

SandraLynn wrote on July 30, 2014, 12:15 PM

Well, keep me posted, if you mind doing so. Especially if you figure a way to get those images and text back :(

BarbRad wrote on July 30, 2014, 12:33 PM

I think we all hope that earnings will increase. But when we plant seeds, it takes time until we are able to harvest them.

BarbRad wrote on July 30, 2014, 12:37 PM

I was trying to keep myself to eight things to give something to SandraLynn for her project. She likes the number eight. But I agree with you. I have never liked the tier system. I think the readers should be the judges of what we do.

BarbRad wrote on July 30, 2014, 12:41 PM

Most of us who write really want to be read and know how people respond to what we write. Persona Paper makes this easy, and for some of us this feedback is almost as important as the higher pay we currently make at that other site. Persona Paper is doing a much better job at fulfilling the vision stated by the founders of that other site than it is.

BarbRad wrote on July 30, 2014, 12:43 PM

I'm thankful you gave me the idea to write this. Writing this has helped me crystallize my thoughts before I write my promotion posts elsewhere. Thank you for helping me get the word out.

BarbRad wrote on July 30, 2014, 12:48 PM

You are so right. I also like that the administrators treat members with respect. When I'm seeing what's happening at that other site, I sometimes feel like I'm back in a class in grade school where the teacher would punish the whole class for the misbehavior of the few and because some cheated, no one was trusted. It is also hard there to know where you stand because the rules are fuzzy in places and you have to hold your breath every time you try to cash in.

BarbRad wrote on July 30, 2014, 12:50 PM

LoudMan , I should have tagged cyndycy in my other comment so you'd know it wasn't aimed at you. I didn't realize it would should up right under yours.

BarbRad wrote on July 30, 2014, 1:40 PM

LoudMan Exactly. Now a friend I'm trying to convince to move over here with me says they've changed the TOS there again -- something about changing the Compensation Plan and "functions of the revenue system." If they lower the pay, I will be out of there. It's the only reason I stay. I made $11 over there in the three days I've mostly been here. I had only published one new post and edited about six posts. But they cut off my husband's head. And I don't want to devote all my writing time to fixing what they broke -- especially what can't be fixed. I'm sure they must have thousands of articles that no longer make sense that cannot be helping their site, but they won't let us delete them without giving us a negative balance in exchange.

BarbRad wrote on July 30, 2014, 1:42 PM

I'm glad you agree. I missed a few trying to keep the list down to eight, but I can fix that in my blogs.

BarbRad wrote on July 30, 2014, 1:45 PM

Thank you, Steve. I am really happy to be here, and we've got to do our best to make sure this site sticks around for the long haul. We need to bring every coherent person who likes to write over here. It will be interesting to see what notifications will be like when we are following hundreds instead of tens of people. I can hardly keep up with them now.

inertia4 wrote on July 30, 2014, 2:06 PM

&BardRad I can only imagine. But the admins here are always making gray changes to the site and keeping us all in the loop. That I think is the best thing I have ever seen in a site. I am glad you're here. And there on the other site as well. I am actually going through my connections there and eliminating some dead wood. I need to stream line my connections there. Here I am fine. I like all my connections.

BarbRad wrote on July 30, 2014, 7:05 PM

I've been too busy editing to do much pruning yet. Later. I'm sure I haven't yet connected to all the good writers there.

LoudMan wrote on July 31, 2014, 12:05 AM

There might not be any official groups but I'm seeing a clique or two forming. And they'll try bullying anyone with a perspective they don't like off of the site. Happens every time.

LoudMan wrote on July 31, 2014, 12:15 AM

With all due respect SandraLynn , I won't be keeping anyone posted on what I'm doing. Never plot out loud.

SandraLynn wrote on July 31, 2014, 3:46 AM

Tis true and understood. I simply meant if you were able to retrieve photos and text without bloodshed??? Carry on...

JanetJenson wrote on July 31, 2014, 5:51 AM

You have made this site seem very inviting and in fact I have been looking for just this sort of thing. What impressed me most right off the bat was the little "writing test" they give to make sure we are all literate. So, yes, I signed up tonight.

BarbRad wrote on July 31, 2014, 1:50 PM

LoudMan I hope that won't happen here. As the site grows people will naturally spend more time reading the posts they enjoy most and communicate more with the people they most enjoy reading, but that doesn't have to lead to driving others off the site.

BarbRad wrote on July 31, 2014, 1:52 PM

And I welcome you. I really appreciate your joining. How do you like these threaded conversations?

AliCanary wrote on July 31, 2014, 6:11 PM

I agree wholeheartedly with every single one of these things. Not many people may know about Persona Paper yet, but we, being writers and all, can certainly help get the word out. It's wonderful!

Brenda wrote on July 31, 2014, 6:45 PM

I have found Persona Paper to have much more likeable qualities than the other site I write for. Especially the writing and submitting format here. I really like the site and I have only been here an hour.

BarbRad wrote on July 31, 2014, 6:52 PM

I agree. I have written on blog post about it and I'm working on getting two writing friends to join. I'm also tweeting the work of others here that's especially good.

BarbRad wrote on July 31, 2014, 6:54 PM

Welcome to Persona Paper. I think more and more of us will be wandering over here. I've only been able to post for three days now, and I'm making the most of it with the time I have.

bridgetidelaney wrote on August 1, 2014, 2:03 AM

I don't have much experience writing here, but i hope things go well and that they can increase pay.

BarbRad wrote on August 1, 2014, 2:30 AM

If you want pay to increase, write a lot and invite some friends who like to write to join.

nbaquero wrote on August 2, 2014, 1:12 PM

BarbRad I was not aware of this post of yours, I posted something similar this morning, so is a nice coincidence that we both think along the same lines. But your is more detailed. In any event, I do agree with your view and I am glad to see that the members of this community are here for reason beyond the earnings. They will come in due time, but the most important aspect of Persona Paper is the sense of community.

BarbRad wrote on August 2, 2014, 1:35 PM

I agree. I think writers crave interaction with their work. One might earn money just throwing one's work out there to the world, but you also want to know if anyone will read it and what they think. Sometimes that's almost as important as higher pay. Almost.

BarbRad wrote on August 2, 2014, 1:38 PM

I agree, of course. That site we don't name just put a major crimp in the ease of responding to comments, so coming here and finding already in place what I had wished the other site would do was wonderful.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 12, 2014, 2:36 PM

These are all eight good reasons that I'm glad you brought me here, Barb. Thanks for the invite. I'm loving it.

BarbRad wrote on August 12, 2014, 10:17 PM

I thought you would.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 13, 2014, 2:37 AM

You do know me well. :)