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Let's Be Real and Give Bubblews Its Due

I vaguely recall hearing about a new writing site I'd figured was too good to be real. Its name? BUBBLEWS.

Bubblews was basically a site that was willing to post just about everything and anything. They weren't fussy. AND, they offered great pay.

Farewell image from the Bubblews Homepage

Well, it was too much for me to resist indefinitely. I just plain HAD to join. So, join I did.

And write I did. And paid, I was. The main problem was payment was somewhat inconsistent. But at 50% of the intake, who should I be to complain too vehemently?

The "owner" of the website had a foreign-sounding name, even though he was located in the U.S. Oh, he'd make great boasts. Boasting is never a good idea. But (and let's be real) it is not the property of an obscure minority. It is more common than all that. In fact, it's prevalent.

Well, as the image associated with the article suggests (a snapshot of the statement posted with the website), Bubblews went belly up. And detractors began to assault it even more vigorously than they had while it still existed. But, for all that,

BUBBLEWS was a unique and fascinating "experiment" that lasted far longer than might have been anticipated. I'm pleased to have been associated with it.

Image Credit » Printscreen of Bubblews by Vincent Summers

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Kasman wrote on July 30, 2017, 4:01 PM

I did well out of Bubble Ooze being paid consistently and fairly for a year until things started to go wrong and payments were missed. By that time it was obvious the site was going under so I stopped writing there and moved on elsewhere. I was eventually paid the missing payments. Bubble Ooze was the first site of its type I had used and I was happy there while it lasted and it gave me a great group of contacts many of whom I still connect with elsewhere - including on Persona Paper.

MegL wrote on July 30, 2017, 6:44 PM

They probably did their best. No one WANTS a business to go belly up, well most people don't anyway.

kyntoxicity wrote on July 30, 2017, 9:42 PM

That site is great. Sadly I joined the site few months before the breakdown and unfortunately I didn't cashout my earnings because they made the minimum cashout higher and then they went down. :(

VinceSummers wrote on July 30, 2017, 9:59 PM

Ah, a bummer. They should have given partial closeout payments.

inertia4 wrote on July 31, 2017, 11:53 AM

Honestly, the owners of Bubblews lied to its members. They kept telling us things were going to get better. And they jumped ship and never said another word about the site. Now they are onto Sweeble. That was their goal all along. Not us users.

VinceSummers wrote on July 31, 2017, 12:55 PM

I hear your frustration. But "that was their goal all along"? I highly doubt it.

Kasman wrote on July 31, 2017, 2:26 PM

I think what inertia4 means is that they were in it for the money and didn't really care about their members.

VinceSummers wrote on July 31, 2017, 2:50 PM

I think that is true for pretty nearly every business out there. Their goal is to make money -- even at all costs.

Last Edited: July 31, 2017, 2:51 PM

AliCanary wrote on August 4, 2017, 2:35 AM

I can't say I'm all that pleased to have been associated with it, but I did meet some nice people, and I got paid most of what they were supposed to pay, so I guess that's a win. The best site I've written for as far as page views and income has been Associated Content/Yahoo Voices, by far, but I've made a decent amount writing content for private clients, so it's all in the mix.

VinceSummers wrote on August 4, 2017, 8:01 AM

That was the 2nd best for me, AC or YCN. Certainly it was the most consistent. When it paid and didn't go nuts (which it did at the end) Demand Studios was top dollar at $25 per article. But as I said... NUTS.