By in Persona Paper

It's been 4 months and 21 minutes.

This is just a blog/self-indulgent-love-letter from a 3-year-long-persona-paper-writer. I finally logged backed in, and I can't wait to see what's new.

I remember when I discovered Personapaper.com:

It was a new year, winter: I was a naive-24-year-old-writer living in a tiny studio apartment in downtown Asheville. I went to school full-time, studying literature (post-bacc) at the local University and worked part-time at the school bookstore.

One night (while I was reading William Faulkner, Flannery O'Conner or some other classic American writer), I got the urge to...join a writer's platform online.

However, I was well aware the internet was saturated with unregulated blogs and forums with zero humanity in terms of content and language. I wanted to find a writers forum where I could be in safe environment. By safe, I mean-not just trying to be "family friendly" in a polite way. I wanted something "family friendly"--in a genuine way. I also wanted to make sure that it was okay to be a young, honest (and female) writer (*if you know what I mean*).

I was also interested in money. Mostly because I had figured out at the tender age of 24 that I needed money for food, rent and everything that keeps me alive in this economic system.

So, I believe (from my imperfect-memory) I googled some search term like "paid writer's blogs", "writers earn money blogs", etc. and through that I discovered PersonaPaper.

First off, I loved the name "Persona-Paper": I projected this whole meaning onto it, at the time I vaguely remember thinking something to this effect:

"Oh, 'persona' like--'internet-persona'--like a personality online but writers and paper, and..."

It was 3 years ago so at least give me credit for partially remembering this thought.

After I clicked on the link I started reading through the website; I combed through it from the privacy-policy to the mission statement to the blogs that were already posted. I loved the idea of being "approved" not only for my writing but my ability to edit my own writing. I looked at the "bank" too and how it was a start-up; it was good enough for me. I wanted to be a part of this, my intuition was telling me to join.

So I posted and some people read me and replied. I found great insights from replies and other writer's articles.

Then, there was some disgruntlement with the coins or something, but the site remained. I think I missed that time but came back just as the first announcements were made.

Honestly, I was just happy personapaper was still there. I wrote and posted again. This time, in these post, I poured my heart out and got personal:

More people replied and I was touched the day a MegL found my post on PTSD.

[ I need to update those trauma-blogs, because a lot as changed. ]

It is those experiences that keep me coming back, even if it's just a couple times a year.

Thank you all, and I plan to be here for another 3 years at least. Though my stock photos are now gone and there lies the personapaper "P" default image in my old posts, I am grateful to be a part of this. Even if it takes me 4 months to check back in and post something.


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Comments

VinceSummers wrote on July 6, 2018, 11:03 PM

In my case, it was Associated Content. And I tried a bunch of sites. The best paying one was Demand Studios. However, they're pretty much past history as far as making money. Persona paper doesn't pay now, but another blow that has hurt us is the bad Facebook attitude that is declaring our posts spam. They've got a lot of nerve. Like they're the example others need to study?

BarbRad wrote on July 7, 2018, 1:14 AM

Glad you decided to check in. I think the regulars here formed a kind of bond I haven't experienced anywhere else except maybe on Squidoo -- now gone.

MegL wrote on July 7, 2018, 6:44 AM

Hi Emilyspen . Yes, we are still here. Still not paying but PersonaPaper is slowly climbing up the Internet ranks. At least it was until Facebook changed its algorithm a few days ago and now it won't post the pictures! There's always something.