Niume Has Stopped Paying
When Persona Paper had to discontinue offering payment due to falling advertising revenue, writers were forced to look into other avenues to try to eke out a bit of pay for their work. I developed my blogs a little bit, but that is a very solitary pursuit. I really enjoy the sense of community that can be found on a site that features other writers. I make and maintain friendships, and I also feel a LOT less like I'm shouting into the void than when I'm writing for my own blog.
Although I didn't close my Persona Paper account, I went to two other sites in search of revenue: MyLot and Niume. Niume is a site that is based in the UK, so there are a lot of British writers as well as writers from many other countries. There's no language barrier, as everything is written in English (there are some minor spelling differences, but American writers do not need to adhere to British spelling conventions--we all understand each other just fine).
Niume has a strong emphasis on images, and the site is beautiful, with large, colorful images. Unfortunately, beauty doesn't pay the bills, and Niume, as well, found that advertising revenue wasn't sufficient to pay their writers. Like Persona Paper, they were very honorable, letting us know exactly what the deal was, giving us easy access to our body of work, and paying everyone who was owed money (provided they had met the minimum payout--I had not). They didn't pack up and disappear in the middle of the night like those cretins at Bubblews and at some other sites.
Niume is now in a bit of a holding pattern, like Persona Paper. They remain open, attempting to simply meet operating expenses, and hope to be able to monetize at some point again, in order to pay writers. I am hopeful that they will, and that Persona Paper will. MyLot did manage to do it again, after a period of not being able to, so it's apparently not impossible. In the meantime, both Persona Paper and Niume offer their writers a platform to publish, get exposure, and to promote their other endeavors (Niume is fine with backlinks to one's blog or other articles).
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