What Can We Learn From the Fall of Bubblews?

Bubblews is Dead

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On Bubblews, Every Voice Was Supposed to Be Important

This post is now historical, since Bubblews shut down its site in mid-November, 2015. We could just heave a sigh of relief that the months of agony of waiting for it to die are now over. Or we can reflect on what we might have observed earlier that might have prevented the loss of data and money earned that many experienced when the site closed.

I was a very active member of the site from February, 2013, until it showed signs of its approaching failure in December, 2014. I thought of just deleting this hub when I heard that the site had closed. But it seems better to let you see how it looked to me during my Bubblews experience. I have left some sections in the present tense as I first wrote them. Consider that an eye witness account of why many of us joined and stayed as long as we did. As you read, consider whether you would have stayed as long as some of us did. Which signs of the failure to come were visible months before the site died? What mistakes did many make that resulted in much wasted time and effort and the loss of their posts.

It's not all just water under the bridge now. We can take some of the lessons to be learned with us as we evaluated where we will continue to spend our time.

Are You a Bubbler Yet?

Do you consider yourself an active part of the Bubblews community yet?

  • 45% Yes. I've been active there for at least three months.
  • 16% Yes, but I'm still new and been a member less than three months.
  • 16% Yes, but I've been there for a month or less.
  • 20% No, I'm still thinking about joining.
  • 2% No, and I'm not inclined to join after all I've heard so far.
44 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Update: MyLot is Back

MyLotis now back and paying its members again. You can connect with me as bagarad there. They no longer have an affiliate program. Those who left to join Bubblews are now coming back and they are bringing new friends from Bubblews with them. MyLot was good enough to leave all the content of members like me who had not closed their accounts intact. It was really easy to come back and be active again without skipping a beat. Payment is low, but better than other social networking sites. most of which don't pay anything. It is now one of the best places to connect with friends from many closed content writing sites.

My Journey to Bubblews

I heard about Bubblews from a friend at Gather. I suppose Gather is another site considered inferior by many writers, though a lot of real writers were hanging out there. It was a social networking site for those who liked to write. Just as on Bubblews, the quality of the posts varied. I was there because some Squidoo friends had mentioned it. While there, I made many new friends.

One or more of those friends mentioned a site called myLot, so I decided to check it out. It was a pay to post site and I guess there was more attached to it than its forum, but I never checked out the other parts of the site. It was a site that paid pennies for posting and commenting, and I enjoyed it more than Facebook because conversations tended to have more substance. It was also filled with people from places like the Philippines who desperately needed the pennies myLot was paying them.

I didn’t visit myLot much after I had attained the highest commenter score and also had posted enough to have all the privileges possible. But I had formed relationships and went there now and then to socialize. I discovered that many people I knew at myLot were also on Gather, even though the names were different.

It was about this time that Squidoo started making drastic changes that brought me back to it almost fulltime to try to prevent having any lenses locked. As it turned out, I never even had them flagged, but I was so busy editing and backing up lenses, just in case, that I neglected all other sites. I had stopped in at Gather for some conversation and a break when a friend mentioned Bubblews. Shortly after that, Gather seemed to go off line almost without notice.

Those who were also at myLot started spending more time there. But it seemed within days that myLot announced they were coming out with a revised and better interface for the site, and they were down for a bit. They also then announced they would no longer pay for participation. This started a furor, especially from those who really needed that $10 a week or so they worked so hard to earn. There was suddenly a mass exodus of refugees from Gather and myLot to Bubblews.

Why Bubblews? As one person put it, the money is good while it lasts. None of the writers I knew expected it to last. But my own earnings at Squidoo and HubPages were down to almost nothing. I decided to check Bubblews out. I was not expecting the next best writing site. I really had no expectations except a new adventure and staying in touch with friends I had already made at other sites. The money to be made seemed too good to be true, but I confess to wanting my share of it while it lasted. Gradually, disillusioned squids whose lenses had been locked and Hubbers who had too many sleeping hubs began to appear.


The Bubblews Bubble has Finally Burst

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Bubblews as a Social Network

Note: This section was left as I wrote it when Bubblews was still active and it remains in the present tense, along with most of the next sections.

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Most of the people I know who have migrated to Bubblews from other sites, came for social networking and blogging instead of to publish articles. Judging from the words of the CEO, the real purpose of the site is to be a global voice, reflecting the mood, spirit, and thoughts of those from all over the world. From that perspective, maybe posts on what happened on the way to work or what people had for dinner, are not as unworthy as some writers think they are.

As far as I can tell, Bubblews is not another content site as such. It is a vast social network for anyone who can write in English and wants to be read. So if you are a writer expecting a site on which to publish your content, you might be disappointed that your work is appearing next to work you consider quite inferior to your own. If you compare the quality of work you see on Bubblews to that on HubPages, Wizzley, or Zujava or some of the freelance sites, you will be disappointed. I suggest you compare it, instead, to Facebook or Google+, and now, tsu.

I find Facebook rather disappointing in actually communicating important thoughts to friends and family. The best I normally get is shared photos, and most of those aren’t really personal. Some people even have nasty arguments and insult so-called friends and family. Occasionally someone actually shares something that’s important to them, but those posts are few and far between. I find Google+ more professional, since many in one’s circles are relationships that exist only in the virtual world. Both appear to be sites where people feel free to drop their links to affiliate products and work on writing sites. Sometimes I feel I’m looking at a huge bulletin board.

The best things about Facebook, as far as I’m concerned, are that it helps me find friends I’ve been out of touch with and gives me the illusion that I’m staying in touch with a lot of people who have been or still are important in my life. I use it most for networking with other writers in closed groups about various writing sites and Zazzle, and how others are handling the latest changes or glitches on those sites.

What's Your Favorite Social Network?

Where on line do you most like to spend your networking time?

  • 24% Squidoo, HubPages, or another such writing site
  • 32% Facebook
  • 41% Bubblews
  • 0% Google+
  • 3% Some other site
37 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

I think Bubblews is Competitive as a social network.

True, it’s not easy to get real world friends and family to join Bubblews if they are currently active on Facebook and freak out at the idea of actually having to come up with 400 characters of something to say. But if most of your friends are in the virtual world, it’s one of the best social networking sites there is.

Bubblews is trying to take the pulse of the world’s people who are literate in English. You personally will see only a fraction of that world on Bubblews but I envision that researchers will someday soon be able to see what ordinary people all over the planet are thinking and talking about. Advertisers will have a giant audience of people who wouldn’t willingly miss a day on Bubblews. Chances are Bubblews may not have to rely on Goggle ads forever.

On Bubblews, you will find the refugees of Gather and myLot -- people who are used to being paid to talk to each other. They have come in search of friends to stay in touch with. They already know a great deal about those friends – maybe more than they know about their own family members. They speak from their hearts about the things that are really important to them, and also about the little everyday parts of life. They reflect on what’s happening in their countries, their communities, and their families. They share interesting things they learn about the natural world. They review books and movies and other forms of entertainment. They talk about sports. They don’t just share their photos, but they also say something meaningful about them.

Bubblews writers can make you laugh and cry. They can also make you care about them and their pets, family members, and causes. They ask for advice. They don’t drop affiliate links. They aren’t posting for back links. Many people would remain on Bubblews even if it did not pay – just for the friendship and communication. If you drop your expectations of Bubblews as a writing site to compare with HubPages or Squidoo, and see it instead as the social network it is, you will, perhaps, be kinder in evaluating it.

Another thing I appreciate about Bubblews is that people can have only one user name. If they want to insult someone or drop spam, they will suffer the consequences. Since there is no personal messaging (at least not yet) everything is said and done in public. Unless they have your contact information from another source, they cannot harass you privately.

Interview with the Co-Founders of Bubblews

So Where Does a Network Like Bubblews Fit into Your Life as a Writer?

I used to feel Bubblews was a great place to go when you were discouraged at the other sites after a round of changes has kept you on a merry-go-round of updating just to stay even. You could write what you care about and just be yourself. You could share what you were feeling about those other sites and their changes and get a bit of sympathy or some suggestions as you learn how others dealt with them.

You could try a new genre under a different pen name. You could get ideas as you read other posts and comments, and you use those ideas in your other writing. You could continue to earn good money while resting from writing longer articles with more stringent specifications. You could forget maps, polls, affiliate links, videos, etc. and just write. (As I'm revising this in December, 2014, embedded videos have just been introduced with great fanfare as a new Bubblews improvement.)

It was a great in-between site. Some days I don’t have a hub inside me wanting to be written. But I still want to write and earn something. So I used to bubble. Sometimes I’ve had an experience in life I just want to vent about. I knew if I posted it on Bubblews someone would care enough to read it. So what if they hoped I’ll read something they wrote, too? I chose most of them as connections because I enjoyed reading what they wrote.

Bubblews was a great place for a blog – a web log or journal. I kept my gardening record on it, complete with my photos and what has worked and what hasn’t. I found a lot of other gardeners were interested in it. Your entire world or any part of it you want to share could fit on Bubblews, and you would get paid if people read and commented on it. ( My garden journals are among the unlucky bubbles the July 15, 2014 Bubblews update butchered. The update deleted everything that was in the extra content boxes -- the photos and their descriptions -- that were vital parts of the bubbles. I think that's why I'm now disillusioned about putting quality work on Bubblews.)

You will notice this update is mostly in the past tense. I stopped recommending Bubblews in December, 2014. It was wonderful for the first 16 months, and then things started to go downhill. As I write this sentence on November 19. 2015, Bubblews has just gone out of business.

Bubblews Was a Cash Cow Many Milked

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But Did People Really Get Paid?

It all depends. Most people who follow the very easy-to-comply-with rules got paid regularly. I was one of them. I joined on February 15. It took me 17 days and 53 posts to reach my first cash out of a little over $25.00. In my first six months redeemed 20 more times, and during that period, I was paid through PayPal and the e-checks cleared. I made $517.58 on Bubblews in those first six months. Although it took me 53 posts to get to my first redemption, it took less time to reach redemption after as I increased the number of my posts.

On Squidoo during this same time period, with 159 featured lenses, I made less than one fifth of that, and on HubPages, with 75 of 90 hubs still featured, I have made just about one fifth of what I made on Bubblews. As you can see, I’ve found Bubblews a profitable place to relax while I’m deciding what to write next on some other site.

At the present time (December 9, 2014) I have I have started deleting the posts Bubblews mutilated. I now post once in an average week. I am not sure the site is worth my time now. The time of easy earning is over. Bubblews has changed its payment policies finally to be more sustainable. Now the redemption threshold is $50, not $25. Once you redeem, you have to wait 60 days for payment -- if you are one of the lucky ones who still gets paid. So far, except for one redemption missing a year ago, I have been paid. But like many at Bubblews, I feel almost like redeeming is playing a lottery. You never know if you will win or not.

As far as residual income goes, it's pretty much gone. I use to make on average one or two dollars a day if I didn't post, but still did some interacting. On one day I had not posted for 36 hours, I made $3.32. That was more than I made in that whole month on HubPages. I realize that most Hubbers make much more than I do, since I really don’t do much with affiliate sales and have to depend on traffic. I also don’t research the keywords before writing. I write what I care about.

Because I had a large body of work at Bubblews, I could get by with staying away for a few days and still collect residual income. That income went down if my connections thought I was no longer active in helping them earn money by reading and interacting with their posts. So were I to disappear for a week, my friends would wonder where I was. Were I to disappear for a month without warning, many would stop checking my profile to see if I'm still there, and just disconnect.

Now I only drop by to interact now and then and rarely post. I'm deciding whether to stay. Some people still say they are making more at Bubblews than on other sites, and that's fine. I'm not. I am no longer willing to put in the time there when I can still connect with most of those same people at tsu, the new social network that pays you for interactions on your content. (If you're not a tsu member yet, you can sign up with this invitation. Membership is currently by invitation only.

I know you’ve heard about all the people who have not been paid and say Bubblews is a scam. I cannot speak for them. They all say they have followed the rules but many of them are lying. Many have since been kicked off the site for plagiarism, participating in like exchange groups, or manipulating views. Violating only one rule on one post can keep you from getting paid for an entire redemption. So one post that’s too short in your redemption batch or one affiliate link can keep you from getting paid.

On the other hand, many of the people who have not been paid a redemption are people I know from other sites to be those who would not knowingly break a rule. I am hoping that in spite of the delay, they will be paid. Bubblews completed a major upgrade on July 15 and claimed to be planning more "improvements." They still seem to be behind with payments and there is a still a backlog, since they do check each post for violations. The new version of Bubblews has more automation and better filters, keeping some violators from being able to upload posts and comments that don’t meet the minimum or that are plagiarized. But the payments are slower than ever.

Bubblews Was a Gamble and Many Lost

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Who Earns the Most on Bubblews?

When I joined Bubblews, I had the advantage of having a network of friends there when I joined because I knew them from other sites. It was simply a matter of our finding each other under new names and connecting. The way you make money on Bubblews is to have connections who read and comment on what you write and to keep writing posts they want to keep reading. It’s that simple. If you also want to optimize them for Google with keywords, etc., that may or may not give you a larger audience. Those outside the community can give you likes and views. They cannot comment.

When you first join Bubblews, you choose your connections and some will choose you. Those who know and like you will probably connect back. You should connect with those you know and like or whose writing you have sampled and liked. You should not connect to everyone who connects to you, just to be polite – especially if they have asked you to connect back . You will be notified of every post someone you have connected to makes. Unless that’s what you want, don’t connect.

If you are the sort of person who wants to post and run, don’t bother joining Bubblews. Remember, it’s first and foremost a social place. If you are not reading and commenting regularly on the work of others, you are not only missing an important part of the experience, you are also not going to earn as much as people who enjoy the networking part. If you write thoughtful comments, people will notice and see you as a desirable connection.

November, 2015 Update: Was the Wild Ride at Bubblews Worth It?

What Was Good About Bubblews

Bubblews was about writing and interacting with others who like to earn money for writing. Some used English that may not be as proper as yours. Some wrote articles you may consider inferior. Others were already published authors and members of many content writing sites with high standards.

For those who enjoyed getting to know new people and were open to making and communicating with new friends from other parts of the world, Bubblews was more play than work. If you wanted to leave your niche topics now and then and do something different, like write a poem or short story, Bubblews made that possible. If you just wanted to relax and enjoy writing for a few minutes a day without meeting strict quality standards, and still earn a few pennies,Bubblews was a welcome diversion.

If, on the other hand you prefer a more structured writing experience, and only associate yourself with sites who demand strict standards, Bubblews might have been a bit too casual for you. If you weren't a bit of a gambler and didn't want to chance missing a payment, Bubblews was a bad risk, since some good people were never paid one or more payments owed. If you would not have enjoyed Bubblews for its own sake and would have rather spent uncompensated free time at Facebook or Google+ sharing pictures and playing games, maybe those were better social networks for you. At least they did not make promises they couldn't keep and you knew you would get nothing for your time except pleasure.

Personally, I did enjoy the interaction and genuine sharing, I loved the freedom to write what I pleased when I pleased in any genre. I liked earning money for doing what I love. Bubblews was a very good fit for my world. Unfortunately, Bubblews changed so much in the last month of 2014 I could no longer enjoy it.

Here's why I Stopped Posting to Bubblews before it Died

Many of us who were there almost two years or longer could see the site going downhill. The administrators didn't provide anyplace on the site where all the rules were clear for everyone to see. Bubblews stopped paying people from certain countries. Those still earning had to wait twice as long to redeem as before, and even then those redemptions didn't always come as soon as promised. The common belief was that the site was running out of money.

I was going to stay until I made enough to redeem once more, but I wasn't even halfway there yet. I wasn't even sure sticking it out would get me paid unless I kept posting. Rumors were flying that only active posters would be paid. So it appears one couldn't just reach redemption and then go inactive until one's payment arrived. Staff started leaving Bubblews. No one was sure why.

I never deleted my account. I thought they might delete it for me after I published this, because this is part of our world we weren't really supposed to write. I forfeited the $19 in my bank, but I also didn't want to invest the time to maybe keep it when there were no guarantees. I don't know if the owners of the site planned for this to happen. I don't think they deliberately misled people back then. I think they just got in over their heads and didn't know how to get out of their financial mess. So now the site is dead, and as I write this the URL only leads to an announcement that they are gone.

What Can Be Learned from the Bubblews Experience

  • Believe your head, not your heart. If the pay seems unrealistically high, the site probably won't be able to sustain their pay rates.
  • Write posts in your own word-processing program and paste your post into the form the site provides. Save it on your own computer. If you use a lot of photos and extras that won't convert to text, save your post as a complete webpage with your browser tools. Then you can later see exactly how it looked if you need to reproduce it later when a site disappears. I wish I'd done that with my Garden Journals and other photo essays.
  • When you start to see the signs that a site is in trouble, make the hard decision about whether to continue investing time into it. Make sure you have backed up everything you might want.
  • Don't delete your account just because you are unhappy. That closes future options if the site comes back or unexpectedly turns around. If staying doesn't hurt you, leave your account open to make it easier to come back. I'm very happy now I did not delete my myLot account.

I don't regret my experience with Bubblews. I really did enjoy it, and I'm sorry the experiment failed . I met some new friends there I now see at tsu and Persona Paper, both of which are now better social experiences. Maybe I'll see you there, or at the resurrected myLot.




Did Bubblews Take You for a Ride?

If you could go back in time, knowing what you do now, would you still join Bubblews or just say no.

  • I'd still join and milk the cash cow while it lasted.
  • I'd still join, but I'd not keep writing if payments weren't made as promised.
  • I'd join because I was never in it for the money and I had a good time while it lasted.
  • If I knew then what I know now I never would have joined.
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C.V.Rajan 3 years ago from Kerala, India

Though too elaborate, you have made a clear and honest analysis.


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radhikasree 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

Nice review of Bubblews. I too wanted to join it because of the drop in earnings here. Your review was of great help for me in taking a decision.

Thanks for sharing this great information.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

What an excellent appraisal of Bubblews - and from someone who is a comparative veteran. I am three weeks in and it has completely changed my approach to writing. Instead of trying to please HubPages and Google I can at last return to the bloggy fun style posts that is why I started writing in the first place.

Thanks - it was a pleasure reading this hub / post.


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Les Trois Chenes 3 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

I've heard about Bubblews and I've had a look and found it rather dry after the lively HubPages and Squidoo lenses full of pictures, links and all the other 'stuff'. I didn't realise that it was a social networking site so I'll have to go back and take another look.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I have never heard of this site before but I may look it over. Much of my time right now is actually spent doing freelance writing. I am glad you explained this site so thoroughly as I feel I know what to expect. I don't interact on Facebook much either. Interesting hub.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I'm so glad you wrote this! It's so thorough. It does bother me that people don't get their entire redemption for violating just one rule? Did you indicate, though, that Bubblews might respond to and fix that if it was done inadvertently? I have accidentally liked my own comments when trying to click on others. Will that hurt me? Anyway, I love how you compare yet don't compare Bubblews to other sites. It's just different. It's fun and refreshing. It's relaxing. It's a nice place to hang out. And I feel I'm getting more creative since I've been there.

Thanks again. It's good to hear from someone who has been there as long as you have. :-)


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

The nice thing is, radhikasree, you don't have to choose between the two sites. Bubblews is a great place to write as you're waiting for your next great hub idea to strike. It's an idea I had planned to write out on Bubblews that became my last hub. As I was writing it suddenly said to me, "I want to be a hub."


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Mark, I see you around on Bubblews, writing and commenting, so I expect you will do very well. It's so much easier when your heart is in it.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Les Trois Chenes , I find it's one of the best places to write photo essays, as long as you can keep it under ten photos. You have better control over where picture and text go than on HubPages. It does not offer a travel writer all the goodies found at HubPages, though, such as maps and the inclusion of imbedded videos. But if you haven't seen photos, you haven't been following the right people. People use photos where they are appropriate.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Pamela, It's a great place to relax after you finish a taxing piece of work that took a lot of effort. It's great for slices of life you'd like to share but really couldn't stand alone as a hub. People there love reading about animals, for example, or acts of kindness that have been observed. It's a place where you can write "fillers" that are worth reading but too short to be a real article.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Victoria, I haven't heard that they will change the non-payment policy for breaking rules on just one Bubble. I think they want people to be very careful not to break rules -- not to be tempted to see how close to the line they can get before seeing consequences. There is a whole group of rule breakers there you may never come in contact with unless you automatically connect back to people you don't know. You will only see them when they are indignantly broadcasting that Bubblews is a scam and that they haven't been paid.

I think just about everyone has accidentally liked their own comments. I've done it. I think it's poor form to do it deliberately, but it's very easy to to accidentally. It's not against the rules, as long as you don't like something more than once. And if you try, you get an error message, in case you didn't remember liking something the first time. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.


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aethelthryth 3 years ago from American Southwest

I appreciate your reviews of other sites, since I don't have time to follow much more than HubPages, and at the moment am not doing much of even that. It is really useful to get a balanced perspective from a writer I respect. I will consider Bubblws if I ever do get more time again! Also, I love the picture of the burst bubble!


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

aethelthryth Thank you for your kind words. I like that picture, too. It helps me remember what a fun and happy child my son was. He was about eleven then.


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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

I've been over at Bubblews now for a few months. I've never had a problem with payment either. I think we are probably connected on there. I think the quality of posts has improved over the months and people are sticking to the rules more. There is still some utter drivel on there but generally it's a lot better than it was. To be honest I never think of it as a social networking site. There is no facility for private messaging unless I am missing something and some things I wouldn't want to share on the comments section at the end of a post or on my profile page. Good review and voted up. I hope you get some referrals from your link.


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NornsMercy 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

I've heard lots about this site lately, most of it negative. It's great to read a new perspective! I think it's awesome you've earned so much there....... I'm not sure it's for me (since I suck at being social), but I might just give it a try! Voted up/useful/interesting :)


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Sue, we are connected there. Maybe my view of it as a social network is because many of those who migrated to it saw it as the replacement for Gather or myLot, which were essentially social sites. They paid a little for participation, but they were also the only social outlet some people had. As they migrated, they did so in groups as they encouraged their friends to join them so they could stay in touch. These became ready-to-be-made connections on Bubblews.

As for the private messaging, sometimes I do miss it, but I can see why they don't have it. I have been spammed through private messaging on both HubPages and Squidoo. I know others who have been harassed this way, as well as through messaging on Facebook, which now charges a dollar a message if you try to message someone you aren't connected to.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

NornsMercy, it's not for everyone. For many people there, the primary reason to post (besides money) is to start a conversation that goes back and forth. Those who come from the major content writing sites also find each other and post to be read or get more exposure. I have met Hubbers there I hadn't met here yet and began to follow them here. Socializing on Bubblews just gives you more exposure to people who don't know you yet.


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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India

Well written and well researched Hub. Thank you for sharing this detailed information.

I joined Bubblews at the end of last month. I love it because I can express my views before a better audience than that of other social networks.

Shared this Hub with my Hub followers.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi WannaBWriter,

Just connected with you on Bubblews! I joined end of May but have not been active that much with other commitments and writing here, i have to say. The income earning potential on Bubblews seems a big draw for many. Like any site there are pros and cons and I do intend from now on to be posting regularly there to really see how it flies for me and get to grips with it. I have posted 9 articles and have nearly 1000 views, nothing similar when I had 9 here. Nicely written view on the site and how it compares!


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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil

I have recently joined and it is very fast paced. Some of the writing on there is awful, a lot is plagiarized. I have reported several for this although I am not sure if anything was done with regards to that.

I am pleased to know you are doing so well over there.

I'm not sure if we are connected yet, if not, I am Blonde Logic over there, look me up.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

This is a great article about Bubblews. I'm glad you are doing well there. You have changed my expectations for them. I have not written there yet. I am still waiting to see if they survive much longer. I still enjoy writing on HP, although for personal reasons, I have not written a Hub lately.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I just joined Bubblews a few days ago and am making my first post today. I enjoy writing here at HubPages, but I think Bubblews is going to be a more relaxed place to write where I don't have to worry about pleasing Google. I enjoy writing and sharing interesting and useful information with others and would like to make a little money at the same time. I look forward to finding you as well as other hubbers on Bubblews. I appreciate your candid opinions on the site. Voting this up and interesting. :)


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mecheshier 3 years ago

Fabulous article... informative, honest and well articulated. Bubblews sounds ideal for all types of writers. Your Hub inspired me to check them out. Thank you.... voted up for interesting and useful.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Thank you for giving a 6 month perspective on Bubblews. Every other article I've seen about it is from people who've been using it for just days or possibly weeks. I signed up last week and I agree with you it is more of a social site than an article site. For now, my preference is still HubPages, but it is an interesting experiment for me at this time. It reminds me of the early days of MySpace with people connecting and blogging, except of course, you get paid to do this and there is no cool music player. :-)


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

Good summary. I just joined the other day. It's definitely different than Hubpages but a refreshing change.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

jainismus Thank you for sharing this. The opportunity Bubblews gives writers is unique.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

If you have at least nine articles, it's time to get active in the community. I made six dollars yesterday without a single new post. I was shocked myself. I wasn't feeling good, and all I did was read and comment on what others wrote. Do that, and your connections will grow without too much effort. Then connect back to the ones you enjoy reading.


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nafretiti 3 years ago from South Carolina

Absolutely loved this Hub, I'm a writer on Bubblews known as tanyat :) You may of seen me around. Bubblews has brought more income for me then any other writing place and I love it! I've been there for over three months now and have made some nice cash outs, wonderful job here and I hope people can see through your point of view what it's like and maybe explore the possibility of joining it. Can't lose out either way.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

It's always good to report plagiarism when you see it. So do I. The best way for me to find you there is if you leave a note on my profile there so I can click your name. Be sure to remind me you are from HubPages. I've been besieged with comments on my one of my latest articles there and still don't have them all answered, so I'm more likely to follow through if something is right in front of me.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

I took the opposite chance. I wanted to jump in, as someone suggested to me, and take advantage of the earning while the chance was still there. That was six months ago. I'll ride the wave as long as it lasts, and if it doesn't last, it will have been nice while it did.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Thank you, SGBRown. I wish you well in your Bubblews journey. They are doing some site upgrades again, so be sure to do your work offline and paste it into the submission form to make sure you don't lose it if the site hiccups when you are submitting. I'm also copying my comments before submitting now. If something doesn't work and you get a server error message, hit the back button and try again in a couple of minutes, or if it happens when you are

liking" something, try hitting refresh.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Thank you, mecheshier. I hope you enjoy your time there.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

I apologize to Suzie HQ , Blond Logic, and Mary615 for not attaching your names to my comments to you. I keep forgetting that when I hit reply, it doesn't have your name or attach under your comment. I hope you can tell by the connect which reply is for you.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Jeannie, I thought I would not be able to give a fair review right after joining. That's why I didn't jump on the bandwagon with the early reviewers. HubPages is still the best for some content. Bubblews is appropriate for content that's more relaxed or personal. It's also a good place for poetry and short stories.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Thank you Deborah. It's designed to be different. The CEO just stated yesterday on someone's post that Bubblews is a social blogging network. HubPages is more for those seeking information. I try to put each kind of content where it best fits.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Thank you, nafretiti. I connected to you there long ago, so I'm trying to keep up with reading your work. You're on the connection list I made. I'm barbsbooks there. I'm glad you're enjoying Bubblews and making money there.


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NateB11 2 years ago from California, United States of America

I've been on Bubblews since April and everything you said here is true, including what kind of posts you can you put there; I post there for the miscellaneous and spontaneous, rants and random thoughts; a little philosophy and things I know about. Like you, I take it as a social blogging site, not really a writing site and certainly not a job. I've been paid every time, in a similar pattern to yours. I will say this though: I'm starting to get burned out. I got burned out on Facebook too, so it's likely I'll be slowing down on my Bubblews posts like I've slowed down on Facebook.Ultimately, what Bubblews is is a social site where you get paid.


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jirel 2 years ago from Philippines

I am a bubbler too and I absolutely love it :)


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Say Yes To Life 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

I have just joined Bubblews. I'm wondering if I can lead people to this site by posting links to my hubs there.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

I haven't burned out there yet because there's always something new in my life or thoughts to post about. Of course, I only post once or twice a day there because I do try to publish on Squidoo and HubPages occasionally, as well, and then there's this thing called real life and the day job.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

I sure like it better than Facebook, and there's a much better financial return on it.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Nope. Bubblews doesn't allow any links you can profit from.


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Teresa Schultz 2 years ago from East London, in South Africa

Lovely hub on the topic of Bubblews. I like your mention of it being important to socialize on Bubblews - I didn't get that at first, and just needed extra income. I socialized a bit, but not nearly as much as I do now - and the more I socialize, and enjoy it, the more I earn. I joined Bubblews on 28 July 2013, and love the site.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

I am so glad that you have had a good experience on Bubblews! Maybe I will see you there!


Jane Arden 2 years ago

What I do like about Bubblews is the fact that I can just write as freely as I would in my own blog. I tend to use it as a sounding board. Im not really looking to make money from there, quite happy to view it as a glorified Facebook. I need to blog more often though!


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

I really like that aspect of it, too. Had it been on the scene earlier, I never would have started my own blogs.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

I know there is somewhere else I'm seeing you. New sites seem to be popping out all over, and I can hardly keep up with myself on them.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

It's still my best income earner and social site. It just fits my style like a globe.


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Availiasvision 2 years ago from California

Thank you for writing a Hub on Bubblews. I've been seeing the name pop up on my feed and wasn't sure what it was. It sounds like a great opportunity to write, have fun, and get a little extra cash.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

@Availiasvision I am still very happy there and currently making about $100 a month posting on the average 1-2 posts a day. I like the interaction between members very much.


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mecheshier 2 years ago

Hi WannaB

I decided to reread your Hub and I must admit that it inspired me. I still have not joined Bubblews. When I first read your post I must not have been 'ready' to really write. Like you said " it gives you the freedom to write what you please when you please in any genre'. I love to write and have been writing online for quite a few years now. However, it does get old writing text with certain parameters, deadlines, etc. I am now ready to join and I must thank you so much for this fabulous post that has rekindled the freestyle writer in me. Many blessings :-)


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Good. I hope to be able to find your there. What's your Bubblews name? I usually connect with the people who make thoughtful comments on my posts if I have missed them in my notifications. If you write in my profile, let me know you are you.


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mecheshier 2 years ago

I must admit. I tried it for a day and the started reading reviews. I am still unsure about the site. It is 50/50 on people get paid. I also got swamped with other writing work. My bubble name is changes. TY


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Crystal Tatum 2 years ago from Georgia

Thank you for this perspective. I am one of those that joined but bailed because I just didn't like the site and thought it was of little value. But I am glad that it is lucrative and enjoyable for some.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Right now the site is experiencing growing pains that cause delays and error messages, but I still just redeemed another $50 today within 25 days of my last $50 redemption. It's one of my main online income sources.


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

This is one of the best reviews of Bubblews that I've read. Your views are very accurate in my opinion. I never had trouble getting paid on Bubblews and I do appreciate the fact that it offers a different type of venue for writing.

Sometimes I just have an idea for something important to share and I don't have the time to compose a lengthy article for HubPages. So I find Bubblews the perfect place for that.

Lately I've leveled off, however. Basically because the site seems to be down so often. I am discouraged that after all this time they haven't found the need, or the desire, to fix those important problems. That one single issue makes me wonder if we will find the day when Bubblews suddenly is gone.

Other than that, I continue to check out other bubbles from time to time. I have connected with just a few people, those who write useful bubbles that I enjoy reading. And even though I'm not adding too many bubbles of my own, I find that I get paid - indirectly - for reading and commenting too. That's because some people who see my comments come to read my bubbles. So it works both ways. I, too, have found many great Bubblers by reading their comments in other bubbles.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Those glitches are a royal pain. I will have to bring any serious photo essays back to HubPages, since the extra content boxes next to the additional photos don't seem to be working now on Bubblews. Of course, that means I don't have to worry about using possessives and contractions anymore in those boxes. Bubblews will never be a place for serious writers to showcase work as long as they can't use italics. But the truth remains that for the time being, it's still one of the easiest places to make daily dollars writing.


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B. Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

After reading this hub, my curiosity is renewed to take another look at Bubblews. I tried it briefly a few months ago, but figured it would require a lot of social networking time, which for me is a less interesting use of time than is writing. I already fritter a lot of time on Facebook, aside from staying in touch with family and friends. Also, the complaints about Bubblews not paying money owed was not reassuring. I'm not a fast reader or a fast writer, and I am way behind in hubs writing and in fiction writing. Can I get caught up on those and write lots of Bubblews posts and devote a lot of time to social networking on Bubblews and get the dishes washed? I might give it a try.

The above paragraph is 692 characters. I dictated it using Dragon NaturallySpeaking in a short time. Maybe posting on Bubblews is feasible for me.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Think of it as Facebook time put to more profitable use. You will often have better discussions on Bubblews than on Facebook, and pretty soon fellow Bubblers will seem like friends, and some of them will already be people you know from HubPages. The hardest thing about Bubblews right now is dealing with the glitches.I have learned now that getting a 504 message does not always mean a post or comment was not submitted. Often if I wait a few seconds the 504 will disappear and the proper page will appear after all. Before I resubmit anything, i check my profile or the Bubble I commented on to make sure my work isn't already there before I resubmit it. Most of the time it's where it should be.

When I joined Bubblews it was an experiment. I had been warned by others that it was too good to be true and it couldn't last and keep paying so well. I am well aware that it could disappear, but so have other sites I've written for. I back up every post on my own computer and if the site should go down, I can still republish my evergreen titles somewhere else. With all that said, why not give Bubblews another try? It's a nice place to relax -- when the site works properly. The socializing aspect of it can be very enjoyable if you follow the right people.


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colorfulone 2 years ago from Minnesota

I love Bubblews, it's a great site to earn $25 a day, or $25 a month, whatever pace a member want to go at it.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Very true. I don't know anywhere else where so little effort turns into so much pay. I just wonder how long it can last.


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Scarlettohairy 2 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

I really enjoy writing short pieces on Bubblews. The format is fast and fun and I earn between $100 and 150 there a month on average.


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Craftypicks 2 years ago from Las Vegas

I have made a lot of money on Bubblews, but it seems they are now paying as they feel like it and not as they owe. Sad. I have redeemed over 100 times. I have 2 missing payments. They actually wrote me back and took responsibility for the missing payment, then didn't pay me.


mumsgather 2 years ago

Thank you for sharing your insight on Bubblews. I've always wondered about it and you've answered many of my questions.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Scarlettohairy , it is incredible how fast one can earn there. I still wonder how long it can continue.

Craftypicks I'm still missing one from year ago, but haven't missed one since - YET. There's always that bit of doubt when you click the redeem button.

mumsgather I really need to update this, but things have been happening so fast since the big update a month ago followed by the Squidoo sellout rush I just haven't had time yet.


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colorfulone 2 years ago from Minnesota

Its too bad Facebook decided to chop Bubblews off their site as of today. Members on Arvind's post about it seem to think FB sees Bubblews as a threat. It is puzzling.


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Say Yes To Life 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Ok, now it's happened to me. I was supposed to get a payout by August 30th, and I haven't gotten it yet. What steps do I take? Who do I email, and what is the address? Do I bombard them for a month, then delete all my bubbles? Please help - thanks!


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Brite-Ideas 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Your description of Bubblews, imo, is bang on. It's exactly the way you describe it in my eyes - and also the way you use it as a break between posting elsewhere, to gather your thoughts, etc..I've done that too. I haven't been over to Bubblews very often in the last many months, only posting about once a month, although I don't think I posted in August (have to check) - But I'm still redeeming the minimum $50 (usually every month right now - I have about 183 articles there. I've not had problems with redemptions either (knock on wood).


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

@colorfulone I just heard it was some malicious code that has now been dealt with and that links to Bubblews are allowed again.


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colorfulone 2 years ago from Minnesota

I wonder how a "malicious code" could have gotten on Facebook like that. It is puzzling.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

@Say Yes To Life My August 23 payment was late, too, and then someone told me it appeared they weren't paying on weekends. So I'd wait until Sept. 3 before worrying. I did get my payment within a day or two after the weekend was over. Long weekends like this one may take longer. I suggest you be patient. The information you need about the addresses is on their site. I don't have it handy right now.

2Brite-Ideas I'm glad you've never had a problem. Most people who follow the rules don't have problems, but they often do have to learn patience and refrain from panic if payments don't come the exact day promised.


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Pawpawwrites 2 years ago from Kansas

I think it is great for those times when you want to sound off on something. Rather than do it on a forum, you can go there, and get paid.


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colorfulone 2 years ago from Minnesota

My last comment did not appear.


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Say Yes To Life 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

WannaBWriter - thanks! I just got my notice, and will receive my payout next week.


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Say Yes To Life 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

P.S. Is Bubblews better about paying people, now that they have their new format?


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

@Pawpawwrites Yes, I often do that.

@Say Yes To Life They are much slower. Payments take at least 30 days. They are sometimes delayed by weekends.

@colorfulone Sorry. I got behind in approving.


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Jerzimom 2 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

Good article! I recently joined Bubblews. I like the lightheartedness of the site. I don't know why I didn't join before. I'm a socialite so it just fun to write about your thoughts for the day. It's a bit different the Facebook too. Hey...why not make a few pennies here and there.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

@Jerzimom Bubblews is fun and they pay well most of the time if you stay within their terms. I love the communication with others there and the freedom to write short pieces. I just don't trust them with any quality work anymore, since they have demonstrated they don't respect it.


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Linda BookLady 2 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

Hi Barbara... I joined Bubblews in July '13 but wrote only two articles and then ... I put my energy into another project. Because of your article I will try Bubblews again. I appreciate the video you posted.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Linda, Bubblews pays well when it pays, but there's always that little doubt. That being said, I just had an eCheck clear yesterday again. I miss you at PP.


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Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

Thanks for the info. I have been thinking about Bubblews, but I did not know a lot about it. I am going to try it, even though payment seems to be a problem at the moment. I am not that good a writer, so maybe?


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Bubblews is for anyone who can write in English. You obviously can, and I can see from your comment you do it better than about half of Bubblews members. You will find lots of Hubbers there.


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Linda BookLady 2 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

Barbara... where is your Bubblews profile link? I can't find you there...


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Linda, just look for "barbsbooks" in the search box and it should come up under users. I don't think I can put the link here. It's also on my Google + profile on the about page. I was wondering how I would find you there. I've been active today.


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Wednesday-Elf 23 months ago from Savannah, Georgia

Bubblews fits into my writing 'world' like it does yours, Barbara. I've been on the site about a year now and while I don't write often, I DO interact daily. Love reading thoughts and things from my social online friends this way, and Bubblews is perfect for the short pieces I enjoy writing that don't fit anywhere else. I seldom interact on Facebook (only belong because all my grown kids are on there and I get to read their daily updates and see pictures of my grandchildren who live far away!). :) You've put together a good overall review of Bubblews and how it fits into the online writing world.


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Glenn Stok 9 months ago from Long Island, NY

Well done with the way you updated the introduction to keep this hub alive. And keeping the original content that you wrote back in the days Bubblews was young, was very interesting to read.

You brought back memories and reminded me why I fell for it in the beginning. I do remember how good it was and how they seemed to be doing all the right things.

I became alert to the coming demise when they originally reneged on payments a year ago, and I quickly removed all my posts back then. I'm still saving them for future use, possibly combining them into several larger articles someday.

I'm sure many of us had some useful content there. Hopefully others saved their work and removed it before Bubblews changed the policy to claim rights to our posts.


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WannaB Writer 9 months ago from Templeton, CA Author

Glenn, I've kept anything worth hanging onto, and I'm only sorry that I put some of my photo essays there that could have been hubs. I write everything offline now and paste it into the templates on the sites where I want to put it. I guess we've all learned that what comes easily goes easily.


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csmiravite-blogs 8 months ago from Philippines

I only came to know about its demise yesterday. The site was on a downward spiral these last two years, that it was bound to go under sooner or later. What a learning experience for many of us!


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WannaB Writer 5 months ago from Templeton, CA Author

csmiravite-blogs, I'll bet you weren't too surprised to find it gone. The handwriting was definitely on the wall.

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