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Goodbye Bubblews

So, after a long time, and a lot of revenue, I have decided to call it a day at bubblews. I'll be leaving a lot of very popular content behind me but I guess that I'll be writing new stuff as I move forward.

The reasons for leaving are many and varied but the main ones are echoed by the larger bubblews community. The first reason I'm quitting is that they no longer pay for the content that we provide. The basic, fundamental reason for being there in the first place has gone. It is all well and good suggesting that people will stay for the community aspect but that isn't the reason we joined in the first place. We've got Facebook for that right?

The second reason that I'm hanging up my bubblews boots is that they don't communicate with their employees, because that's what we are in essence, and that's a big failure. If they'd come to us and said that they were going through some issues, then we could have maybe given them some leeway, but they didn't. We've all had the silent treatment and people are still contributing without knowing their future.

A further reason for the exit is that they stopped being transparent. Granted, they did this a good while ago, but when added to the other issues, the straw that broke the camel's back got enormous. We used to be able to track all our stats from views, to likes, to earnings, and we knew exactly which articles were working and which weren't. They took all the analytics from us, and in hindsight, it looks as though they were planning to reduce or remove eranings from that point. Why shield us from knowing how our articles were performing if it wasn't for that reason?

As I said at the start, there are many more reasons why the love affair has ended. Suffice to say, I would go back if they suddenly went back to the model that they started with but the trust wouldn't be there. That's all gone. It was good while it lasted but it is over now.


Image Credit » http://pixabay.com/en/bubbles-bubble-water-macro-drop-51675/ by werner22brigitte

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Firecracker wrote on May 18, 2015, 4:49 PM

Can't say that I blame you for leaving. Although I haven't left, I'm certainly not on there like I used to be.

msiduri wrote on May 18, 2015, 4:56 PM

Welcome to Persona Paper. I hope you like is here, and yes, this is a place for more than one Bubblews refugee. I am one. I still stick my nose into the Site Whose Name Shall Not Be Spoken, but I will not post there again.

LindaCPearson wrote on May 18, 2015, 4:58 PM

I also don't write there any longer. I think the reason they raised the redemption to $50 was that they knew most people would eventually leave, having never reached the $50. I've got almost $24 in my bank but unless their crooked CEO leaves and someone honest and reputable takes over, I'm outta there!

morilla wrote on May 19, 2015, 12:24 AM

We all do this to be read and most have at least one eye on the money. When they took away the View counter as 'counter-intuitive,' it was clear things would end up going downhill. If you take away the two, largest incentives (Views and Earnings) and don't restore or replace them with something, what reason do you leave for people to participate? As I've stated, the lack of communication (particularly coupled with the lack of transparency) creates a vacuum which will be filled with speculation, guess work, and partial (often incorrect) information. One can only endure such so long before it starts to wear thin.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on May 19, 2015, 5:35 AM

I tried to hang in there after the new years episode, but then left for these self same reasons. Someone suggested they are using ad revenue from bubblews to fund the new Sweeble, it´s only a superstition, but nothing would surprise me and I think a lot of those loyal supporters who have continued to hang in there will be in for another nasty shock very soon.
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sockii wrote on May 19, 2015, 7:46 AM

I left them behind last year with no regrets (although I did take many of my longer, better posts with me to rework for elsewhere.) I had a lot of issues with them after one of my posts when viral and I never got the payment I was due for it. But as you say lack of communication can be a huge problem and it does not bode well for site members. This was one of the issues going on with Zujava as well - a near absent site admin and sure enough, now the site is closing down.

WritingLover wrote on May 19, 2015, 2:55 PM

I'm giving Bubblews a break for a few months, I might return. However I don't hold my hopes high, instead I want to concentrate on writing for other sites and some new fiction.

MelissaE wrote on May 21, 2015, 8:55 PM

I check in to BUBBLEWS and write short posts there. I still read and comment there also.

arthurchappell wrote on May 26, 2015, 4:00 AM

I look in from time to time but I see little progress or development there at all

hailey wrote on June 18, 2015, 8:55 AM

wow! how long does it take you to make hundreds of dollars there? I heard of bubblews also but never try that site.

apcarl wrote on June 21, 2015, 5:40 PM

I am sorry you had a hard time with this company. In order for a company to have a solid foundation it takes trust. It takes for hem to listen.

I hope for a brighter future for you

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 13, 2015, 8:15 PM

I am sure by now , you have heard that Bubblews died and no longer exists. It is sad that a site that had so much potential had to die due to rotten ownership and leading.