Hah - just when I was about to return.
It's really sad to see that sites like persona paper, bubblews, Squidoo and quite a few other writing sites have succumbed to the fact that there simply isn't enough ad revenue to go around, and that google and that writing sites are nothing more than content farms that continue to spew out garbage content - nothing could be further from the truth.
Over he years I have met many great writers on these sites and am sad that in many cases I will lose touch with the amazing people - sites like persona paper are not just about the money yo can earn, they are also about the people you can meet and form bonds with - I will miss that.
There are still a couple of sites to write on:
Hubpages continues to be the top writing site and you can still earn a couple of dollars (or more) over there - they are also transitioning because of the changing market, bringing out some niche websites, but I feel they are probably the most likely writing site to succeed over time.
tsu is another site where you can earn money for your content. It is more of a social website than a writing site, but there are some amazing artists and content creators over there - so it's worth a look just to link up with people you may have known on one of the dead writing sites. Some users do earn a lot of money on tsu, but they are great networkers who have lots of people join through their referral link - the average user like me who I more interested in sharing content and meeting some great people can earn up to 50c a day - but you do have to be very active.
There are a couple of other niche writing sites, but I suspect these will also end up failing as the revenue to these will slowly die out - it's a shame that sites like persona paper cannot earn enough to stay alive - I'd write here even if there was no money coming in!
Anyway - I want to thank elitecodex for creating this site and working hard to maintain and improve it. I hope to see you all over at hubpages or tsu.