My Challenge to You to Help Grow Persona Paper
We all have testified by our presence here that we believe in Persona Paper and want to see it grow and flourish. This reminds me of something else my new literary friend Ashleigh Brilliant said in the book of his I'm reading. He wrote in the chapter “That's Life” in Be a Good Neighbor, and Leave Me Alone, that in print, people's life spans are depicted within a set of parentheses. My mother's life in print would show (1916 - 2005) , for example. If a person is still alive, his lifespan in print would be written like this: (1939 -?) . If we know when someone died, but we aren't sure when they were born, we would put the question mark on the other side of the hyphen.
He points out that this appears to reduce what's important in our lives to birth and death. Sometimes, such in the case of artists we know only by their works, the birth and death dates may be unknown, and we have to put something else between the parentheses. That's when we will find the abbreviation fl ., short for the Italian word floruit . That means he (or she) flourished. So we might see (fl.1347 – 1353) for an artist whose works were known to be created during those years if the birth and death dates were unknown. Brilliant likes that better. He would rather have the dates he flourished on his tombstone than just when he was born and died, because flourishing is more important.
Back to the point. I once had high hopes for a site called Zurker . I know many of you were also involved with it at one time. On March 26, 2014, it died a sudden death when its founder, Nick Oba, was having some legal problems about the site with SEC. His lawyer advised him that it would be easier to defend himself if the site were not operational. So he suspended it. It is off-line, but his parting statement shows he hasn't completely given up. It says near the end, “ I will do my best to put an end to the SEC persecution - my lawyer has advised me this is much easier to do with the project non-operational - so that the community may re-emerge and thrive.” (from all that remains at Zurker.com) So maybe it's too soon to write an obituary for Zurker after all. Were we to write it now it would begin Zurker (2012 – 2014) . Did Zurker ever really flourish? I suppose that's for its members to decide.
Sites come and go. MyLot is still around. I just checked in for the first time in over a year. The interface doesn't seem as cluttered as I remember it being. I did look up some friends there, some of whom are also here. It appears they haven't posted for about a year or more, since they became established at Bubblews. Most of the talk was about Bubblews and the migration. It appears myLot isn't flourishing.
Gather is back again. It also appears not to be flourishing. According to Chuck Larlham, it's been sold and sold once more, with no one really operating it. The motivating points are no longer being given and probably no one will ever be paid again. People come and talk to each other if they wish. The interface looks pretty normal again. I still have seven pages of friends, the most loyal of which still appears to be active.
It's interesting to me that both these sites underwent major changes to their platforms before people migrated away from them. They had both flourished for some time. The changes were supposed to be improvements, but they confused and disturbed people, especially the one about losing the pay incentive to post and interact. The desire to communicate with their friends was the chief thing holding them together. That's one reason they seemed to head for the same place when it was no longer profitable to stay active where they were.
Bubblews would appear to be flourishing now. But since the major change in its platform, there are rumbles about people thinking of leaving. Rumors on payment issues, fueled by new wording in the TOS add to people's confusion. Scouts are out looking for a likely spot when it's time to swarm. Will they swarm here?
I suppose that depends upon what the scouts find here and share with their friends. Will they find a community that is spam-free, supportive of each other, friendly, and welcoming? I think they will. Will they always be able to find a lot of interesting reading material? That is a current weakness. The articles are interesting and most are well-written. There simply aren't enough of them. The membership appears to be mostly in the United States. If one posts something after midnight Pacific Time, as I often do, it may not be read by anyone until the East Coast wakes up the next morning. After midnight there is almost nothing new to read here. I can actually get to most of my notifications during a day and have time left over.
That needs to change, and it's nothing the administrators of this site can do much about. Notifications are just records of what we, the members of the site, have done. We need to do more. To attract advertisers and new readers, we need to provide more solid content.
So here's my challenge for making Persona Paper flourish:
Write at least five new articles a week. Ideally I would suggest at least one a day.
Invite one writer friend you like to read to join this site. Keep inviting until you can get at least one to accept the invitation and start posting.
I have been practicing what I'm preaching here. If we all would, the content on this site would at least double and so would the members. But for that to happen, we all need to take up the challenge. Who will join me in this? I can't pay people to do it. But if we take these actions, income to the site will increase and we all should benefit by that. (Especially if everyone would turn off their ad blockers so that their friends who wrote the posts they are reading could earn what they should from them. If video ads bother you, turn your sound down so you don't hear them.)
Let's work together to make Persona Paper flourish. Let's grow and bloom.
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