Happy First Birthday, Persona Paper!
This month marks Persona Paper's first anniversary of becoming an operating writing site. A peep at the Members list reveals that Ashley, the founder, created the site last April, but MaeLou and elitecodex , the current admins joined in early May, and the first non-admin member joined soon after. (I joined in June, so if Will and Heather are as old as dirt, then I am almost as old as dirt!)
This site has had trials and tribulations--the loss of Google AdSense resulted in a lower pay rate and the subsequent departure of a lot of writers who had come to make easy money, but many of us remained to support the site because we appreciated the honesty and integrity of the admins and enjoyed the sense of community. Now that it is pretty obvious that there's no "easy money" anywhere , Persona Paper continues to be a great site for writing about a variety of topics and for making like-minded friends. I love that the membership is international, allowing me to learn about people in other countries and what daily life is like there.
Persona Paper is still a fairly new site by some standards, but it is now old enough to be considered established, in my opinion. It has grown to over 1400 members currently, although that number would be much higher if their standards were low--several accounts have been deleted for plagiarism or spinning, and many many more were never approved because the writing was not up to standard. So for all of you who have made it in, you can be assured that you are writers of quality and that you will meet similarly talented folks here. As it is, the members who are here have produced well over 30,000 articles. That's incredible!
Here's hoping that Persona Paper will enjoy many more birthdays to come!
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