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Feeling miserable . . .

NO, I'M NOT ILL I'm just feeling well and truly cheesed off with the whole world of blogging. Why? Because yet another blogging site has p*ss*d me about! Not that I'm the only one mind you - a whole raft of bloggers have found themselves in the same position on many sites in the past. With me it was Squidoo, which I loved, who sold out and moved all our content over to Hubpages, which I didn't like, and left after only a few weeks.

Then it was Bubble Ooze, a site which treated me fairly and, except for one incident near the end, paid me promptly but when they started to mess their members about I deleted my account (I won't stay where I'm not happy) and moved to Persona Paper - a young and promising site for which I (and many others) had high hopes.

Unfortunately, that wasn't to be so it was on to Blogjob, another relatively new site which looked really good and was a good site to write for but which suspended its rewards program several weeks ago. Now, don't get me wrong here - I don't write for money but I don't like it when the admin of a site just doesn't keep the members informed as to what is happening and that is what p*ss*d me off about Blogjob - not a word about what's happening, no updates, nothing! Will the rewards program be reinstated or not - we simply don't know!

I had a very promising (if I say so myself) blog there about my tropical fish but I have deleted it and intend to move it to Google Blogger to join my Scotland blog. We shall see how my two blogs progress there but if I'm not happy then I will move on again but where to?

Should I join yet another (possibly unreliable) blogging site (not myLot - I just don't like that site at all) or should I take the plunge and go independent with my own site? What do you think?

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MegL wrote on June 20, 2016, 4:09 PM

Go independent with your own site. My 2cents or 2p. I have a few articles on Hubpages but a couple of them are not featured, not because there is anything wrong with them but because they dropped in the amount of traffic. They'll get a LOT of traffic being unfeatured, NOT! Sites can delete your articles, not pay you, etc, so I prefer to be on my own site. HOWEVER, it can be useful to have a good source of links and writing on a well-known site can be a source of links and traffic for your own site. emoticon :grin:

Feisty56 wrote on June 20, 2016, 4:37 PM

I understand your frustration and wish I could offer advice. I've never had my own site, so I can't speak to that experience, but I can say that if you create your own site you don't have to be concerned about management. : )

bestwriter wrote on June 20, 2016, 6:59 PM

I am at Literacy Base where as they say 'so far so good' Have redeemed once and am ready for the next one. It is a blogging site. No harm in trying it out.

I like that photo. Dogs do show when they are unhappy.

Kasman wrote on June 21, 2016, 1:48 PM

I certainly wouldn't abandon the various social media sites I have a presence with. They are a very useful source of traffic as is the ''quid pro quo'' of interaction with others.

Kasman wrote on June 21, 2016, 1:50 PM

I must admit that I am a little wary of going completely independent. The backup and security of a good blogging site counts for a lot. Know where I can find one? emoticon :winking:

Kasman wrote on June 21, 2016, 1:52 PM

I think that for the time being at least I will stick to Google Blogger. They certainly can't be any worse than some I have been with and they have given me access to an Adsense account. How useful that will be remains to be seen but it's better than nothing.

BarbRad wrote on June 21, 2016, 5:49 PM

If you want to prevent this you need to self-host. You don't know how long it may be before Google decides to pull the plug on free Blogger sites. I just opened a new site to eventually replace my Paso Robles Daily Photos. I imported what I had on my BlogJob All Around California blog to it. I just published my first post on the new site, . I also entered a Blog challenge that begins in July to get that site off to a good start with lots posts. I won't publish more there unless it's a Wordless Wednesday post until July, since I don't have much time and want to get posts written ahead to avoid the pressure I was under during the April challenge when I entered two sites. I will never go third party again.

lookatdesktop wrote on June 22, 2016, 12:05 AM

You could try your own blog. I would like to see you become successful with it. In the meantime I do sometimes go to a site called
I still am a member at Hubpages. I have a few hubs there but the interaction is slow to none and well, I just don't enjoy it there too much.
Also many have used Wordpress as well to create a blog there. There are many successful bloggers using wordpress . com to publish.

I have recently signed up with a new site called https :// storybird . com /

They are different by a long shot. I may or may not try to get a children's book published with them. I will have to do some real time research on that site to see what kind of potential I have there.

One more thing, there is one other site I forgot to mention:

Last Edited: June 22, 2016, 12:11 AM

allen0187 wrote on June 22, 2016, 12:31 AM

I'm with MegL, go on your own and make your own blog! We follow each one on Twitter so be sure to message me your blog so I can read it as well.

By the way, what don't you like about myLot?

Kasman wrote on June 22, 2016, 1:58 PM

BarbRad - provided hosted sites are honest and upfront with their members I have no problem with any of them and whether a site closes or not is a business decision which, again, I have no problem with. What I do have a problem with is those sites which seem to treat their members with contempt and don't keep them fully informed. If a site is in difficulty then its members are bound to be concerned over its future and updates from site admin on the state of the site would be greatly appreciated - even if it's a simple post message of ''no change yet but we're still working on it''. That would let members know that the site admin is at least thinking of them.

Kasman wrote on June 22, 2016, 2:01 PM

lookatdesktop - thank you for your advice but I'm not looking for another site to join. Google Blogger is where I will be for the foreseeable future but if I find I'm not happy there or if that site closes (which I don't think is likely, at least not any time soon) then I will go independent.

Kasman wrote on June 22, 2016, 2:11 PM

allen0187 - I am a little nervous about casting myself adrift in that scary ocean called the web without any backup! The security of a hosted site is attractive and reassuring to me but as you, MegL and BarbRad (and others elsewhere) have said that would seem to be the best long-term course of action for me but not right now - I'll have to work up to it gradually! emoticon :smile:

Kasman wrote on June 22, 2016, 2:14 PM

PS: BarbRad - I can't access your new site. I'm getting an error message when I try.

bestwriter wrote on June 23, 2016, 2:44 AM

Congrats. Not everyone gets approved.

Kasman wrote on June 23, 2016, 4:12 PM

I had to wait six months to show that my site was actually getting a worthwhile amount of traffic.

BarbRad wrote on June 25, 2016, 6:03 AM

That's strange. I clicked on the link above and it took me right to the site. I'm getting comments on it, so most people seem to be finding it.

Kasman wrote on June 25, 2016, 5:23 PM

BarbRad - I'm getting it now. Must have been a temporary thing at my end. Shared it around a bit!

VinceSummers wrote on August 17, 2016, 9:38 PM

I agree with Meg. Go independent. But it takes a lot of skill to do that and run the actual site at maximum efficiency - skill which I don't have. But I have some connections.

Kasman wrote on August 18, 2016, 2:04 PM

One big advantage that host sites such as Google Blogger have is that all the hard work and problems are taken care of by them. OK, you don't 'own' your own blog but not owning it takes a lot of the worry away.

VinceSummers wrote on August 18, 2016, 3:47 PM

I agree, it does. I do think it is a good thing when a site keeps its own identity transparent. Otherwise, the reader may say (within himself), "Oh that's just another WordPress blog. Or some such. Nothing amazing.