Inserting A Little Business Perspective
PersonaPaper is a social media blogging site essentially that says it will pay those who contribute to the site. There, now that that is on the table, let's just say that while sites this are fun to contribute to, and it certainly is fun to interact within , it is still a business. And one that says it will pay it's contributors.
So I only put that into italics to emphasize that this makes this a little bit more than just a social media site that is designed to be fun. And don't get me wrong. It is fun.
But it also about making money.
Many of the posts I read around here emphasize that there isn't much money to be made, and therefore they have a tendency to limit their activities here, opting to spend more of their time in more lucrative places. That makes perfect sense to me when you do have money being a factor to consider with all the fun.
It will get better. I have said this before, and I am repeating it here. I have also written that even we are making a little investment into the site by contributing our time with nominal monetary gain for now, and that is a good thing.
But do I think the pay structure should be better? Would I spend more time here if it was? Yes, and yes.
Taking things into an entirely business perspective every business , in order to be successful must lose money to make money. That is just the natural order of things. Most of the time. And that might mean that in order for the site to see better participation rates, it might want to consider making a stronger investment in its contributors to get to a better position overall.
And by the way I am not suggesting they may not already be doing this. I just don't know.
But let's say I want to open up Porwest's Burger Stand. I will have to pay money to get the building built and equipped. I will also have to hire people to be trained before the doors are ever opened and the first burger cooked. Before I have made a dime I potentially could have spent tens of thousands to get the ball rolling...
And not a single employee coming through my doors looking for a job would expect me to tell them to be hopeful. To hang in there. To wait until I make money before they can get paid. Not a single employee would be expected to buy into the future of the burger stand, the potential of the future job prospects there, or the fun they would have as an employee working there.
They would expect to be paid upfront regardless of whether a single burger was ever sold until the doors closed and they didn't have to show up for work anymore.
This site is really not all that different that that burger stand. And it is only the same based on the concept that money is involved in the equation.
Just something to think about, both for those who contribute, or those who justify the fun over the money, or even the site itself which may promote the same.
What are your thoughts?
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