By in Persona Paper

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 . 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 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. 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.

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:

  1. Write at least five new articles a week. Ideally I would suggest at least one a day.

  2. 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.

This article was inspired by the one & nbaquero wrote, My Look At Persona Paper's Potential .

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Scorpie wrote on August 6, 2014, 6:26 PM

...and for God's sake submit your best articles to search engines.

indexer wrote on August 6, 2014, 7:33 PM

That's very sound advice. I would also like to see some indication from elitecodex as to when the changes he and maelou proposed will come into effect, or have they abandoned the idea of differentiating between blog-type posts and informational ones? I would be inspired to write more if that change was made.

MaeLou wrote on August 6, 2014, 7:51 PM

No, we haven't abandoned it. We are currently working on the redesign right now. With a full time job, I don't know what elitecodex is looking at for a first release.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 7:54 PM

Can we do that for our posts here?

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 7:55 PM

So is this a blog or an informational post? I tend to mix things up a bit.

indexer wrote on August 6, 2014, 8:11 PM

Going by the criteria that MaeLou suggested some weeks ago, I would say that there is plenty of information in your post - so 'informational' it is!

MaeLou wrote on August 6, 2014, 8:44 PM

I think this would be a tough one to decide. You have information about where writing sites have gone, but then you have your own personal goals for this site and what you think of it, etc. I think with the former, it would be informational, but with the latter part, it would be "blogging."

Feisty56 wrote on August 6, 2014, 8:58 PM

All the writers I know are at Bubblews where, as you know, we can't do referral or affiliate links. I can, however, work toward the goal of at least five new posts per week.

JanetJenson wrote on August 6, 2014, 10:01 PM

I cannot commit to any set number of posts, but I would like to see this site flourish, so I will certainly do what I can.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 10:34 PM

There's always contacts at Facebook you can message if you have an account there. I think personal contact is most effective anyway. Maybe there's even someone you know who's not yet on any writing site and has shown in other ways she can write. Maybe she's a blogger with a small audience thus far. I recruited one such person for Bubblews.

BarbRad wrote on August 6, 2014, 10:35 PM

I know you will.

AliCanary wrote on August 7, 2014, 12:07 AM

I occasionally make a post late at night (because that's when I flourish!), but I have also noticed the dearth of readers at that hour--maybe that's how you and I found each other--we were the only ones up!

vserrao1 wrote on August 7, 2014, 1:18 AM

I am going to put more time and effort into this site and less into bubblews.

BarbRad wrote on August 7, 2014, 2:19 AM

That could be it. I have to go to bed soon though, tonight, because I have to get up earlier than usual to travel tomorrow. Judging from the notifications, though, I think almost everyone else has already gone to bed tonight.

SandraLynn wrote on August 7, 2014, 5:07 AM

You should be doing that for all your best articles; though not insanely. Once is good, to get them to crawl. Most definitely.

SandraLynn wrote on August 7, 2014, 5:11 AM

Another great post. I love your words, the way you put them together. I don't skim, I read. Take that, my dear. It's a gift. Whew. And I will try to take on this challenge, too. Once the site is full on (tomorrow is re-launch day) and I'm not working round the clock on it to purty it up, I should have time for both. Once a day here to post isn't a lot and I do come here daily to visit, anyway. I mentioned what you said, long ago - staying power. There has to be something keeping folks here for longer than an hour or so. Right now there isn't. Oh, I could stretch it, I suppose. But it's too easy to be distracted elsewhere. We have to work on that. And one way to do that (or a couple) is what you mentioned above. Good job :)

bestwriter wrote on August 7, 2014, 7:39 AM

I have no problem with posting. I do that every single day quite a few in fact. But inviting friends I do not have that kind of personality :)

UmiNoor wrote on August 7, 2014, 10:33 PM

I'm with bestwriter . I can post daily; no problem but inviting people to write; not me and I don't have that many friends online anyway and most of my friends are at Bubblews and they're very loyal to the big B.

bestwriter wrote on August 7, 2014, 11:27 PM

When in doubt leave it out should be the rule for you (lol)

BarbRad wrote on August 8, 2014, 2:27 AM

Same here. It's so nice to write where half the posts aren't about resumptions, spammers and scammers.

BarbRad wrote on August 8, 2014, 2:30 AM

As you say, even if one is busy, one post a day should be doable in most cases. The more good writing we have here, the more will come read it. Especially if we pass on the good posts to social media. Thank you for the kind words. I do try to do my best most of the time. Tonight I'm really sleepy.

BarbRad wrote on August 8, 2014, 2:32 AM

It doesn't take a lot of personality, and I know many people don't have friends who write. So just keep posting and maybe sharing some good posts you read here on social media.

BarbRad wrote on August 8, 2014, 2:34 AM

Writing is probably the most important. I think a lot of people aren't as loyal to Big B as they seem. They just say what they think they should to stay in the good graces of admin.

UmiNoor wrote on August 8, 2014, 2:57 AM

I know right? I think that everyone at Bubblews is walking on thin ice. They're so afraid of saying or posting something that may violate one rule or another unknowingly. I feel that is not the way to have a free community. That is why sometimes I find the people in Bubblews are quite pretentious. I try not to be. I say what I feel and I think I'm getting punished for this.

SandraLynn wrote on August 8, 2014, 4:12 AM

Well, I worked out my posting schedule for both places for next week, which doesn't make up all that I have to do through the course of the week with running the site; just posting. I'm going to try and post here 3 times per week. I'm here daily anyway. But if I can post alternating days, I think that will be good for me and for friends :)

And you are right, the more good we have, the more will come! YAY :)

Go get some rest, my friend. I've got a post to write and then on to RE-LAUNCH :)

LeslieAdrienne wrote on August 8, 2014, 9:25 AM

See, this is why I love interacting online... I have been writing online for a bunch of years and have never submitted anything to the search engines... DUH! I am so glad that Scorpie said this... I have much submission work to do. [I would insert a emoticon here if I knew how] LOL

LeslieAdrienne wrote on August 8, 2014, 9:28 AM

BarbRad thank you for being the voice of reason and practicality.... we all want the site to flourish, but we all have to work toward that end. If we work consistently as you suggest, I am certain that our optimism will result in a manifestation of our goals... God Bless you!

BarbRad wrote on August 8, 2014, 2:59 PM

Our administrators are busy enough making the site better. The least we can do is help them with more content and promotion.

LeslieAdrienne wrote on August 9, 2014, 7:56 AM

Thanks ... I will take that instructional advice... had it not been said, I would have taken the insane route...truly. So, that being said, I will calm down and slowly but deliberately submit them one at a time.... [imagine an appropriate emoticon inserted here] LOL

SandraLynn wrote on August 9, 2014, 12:52 PM

LOL. Something like this? emoticon :scared: LeslieAdrienne ;) And do be careful. Once search engines get your main addy, that's all they really need to index. Your profile should be enough. Though certain pieces you think will do well can be submitted as well. Especially for sites for which you contribute, not own :)

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 9, 2014, 8:21 PM

Thank you so much for inviting me to Persona Papers. This is fun, the way a certain other site was back in the good old days when I first joined. Just looked at the clock and I've been sitting here exploring for hours. I need to go write a blog post about PP, but I've still got six more profile pages open in other tabs.

BarbRad wrote on August 10, 2014, 12:23 AM

I'd say you're off to a good start. I love the last blog Guiness wrote. I see his fans are finding him.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 10, 2014, 1:41 AM

It was supposed to have two pictures, but the second never quite happened. I still can't edit. I sent an email, but I'm waiting on a reply. I'm thinking it will probably be Monday.

Rhymis wrote on August 10, 2014, 3:27 AM

I specifically love the part about our lives measured in numbers, when we were born and when we died. In the end, though the most important thing is the dash in between the dates. Persona Paper does have good potential. I've been promoting the site in some articles in forums and my blog, so we'll just have to see who checks PP out. Also, we should definitely include lots of longer and informative articles, which search engines love. I'm so glad you mentioned about the time difference. I usually post articles at night 'cause I know it'll be around noon or morning in the other side of the world (I'm a night owl, anyway) :).

BarbRad wrote on August 10, 2014, 3:56 PM

I love that we are having more people outside of North America join now, since that means more posts will be coming in around the clock.

BarbRad wrote on August 10, 2014, 4:47 PM

That's really strange. So you can't edit either post? What happens when you click the edit button?

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 12, 2014, 12:59 PM

Nothing happens. I finally got a reply, and it's being looked into. (I waited until I heard back to reply to you.) I'll let you know something when I do.

iRun wrote on January 2, 2015, 11:58 PM

I am one of those who dislikes change, and it seems every time a site undergoes big changes, phrased as something 'wonderful new and improved' - it just plain sucks. Sometimes it ends up making the user interface LESS user friendly, or it reduces or removes compensation potential, or reduces or removes the potential of viewers for your posts or amount of content you can create, add, or comment to. Every online user has limited time, whether we believe it or not. We all want to get the most benefit, bang for our buck I suppose. I would be lying if I stated any different. I was really sad when I heard about the changes at MyLot, but I was able to keep up with SOME friends there via facebook. I REALLY hope that this site remains active and fun and DOESN'T CHANGE.

BarbRad wrote on January 3, 2015, 8:31 PM

I don't know. This last change, the raise in pay, was welcomed by everyone I know here.

iRun wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:13 PM

I hope that you don't have to decide to use one or the other option for your post, some of mine are both, and I don't really want to be forced into a box - OR to have any issues if someone ELSE doesn't think my post is a blog, or informational lol.

iRun wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:15 PM

Ok well THAT part is good. What I have disliked in the past are admins who ignore users, ignore complaints, who change things to become WORSE for users while pretending it's something better.

iRun wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:16 PM

Anything that benefits the users is welcomed, increase in pay, other ways to earn, easier to earn, easier to interact with others, fewer restrictions, etc. I just don't want to see another great site fall into ruin, so to speak. I'm giddy, almost, to have found this, and keep looking around in case the ceiling falls in on me.

BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2015, 4:23 AM

Just relax. You'll see it will be OK. The administrators tell us what their plans are. There is a change they have been thinking of for some time. Check their profiles to read about those plans. Then you will know what to expect.

MaeLou wrote on January 4, 2015, 11:16 AM

We do have some changes coming into play, but we don't ever promise that they will be "new and improved, or wonderful" because everyone's views are different on what they deem as wonderful or improved.

That said, I'm very big on user friendly layouts and if I can't easily get around it, then I can't get down with it. We're hoping our changes will improve how the site functions. I have a post called "A Glimpse Into The Future" or something along those lines that explain where we are headed.