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Much Ado About Bubblews
A World of Exploration
Since 2010, I had begun on a long and rewarding journey of writing and self-publishing my own books. To date, I've written six books about dogs, four thrillers and a book of motivational and inspirational quotes. Another thriller is on the way.
It wasn't until May of 2013 that I began to delve a little more deeply into the heart of opportunity, delightfully discovering online writing sights that actually pay you for your submissions. A concept that was new to me. Up until then, I had steered clear of online writing sites, not knowing much about them. I decided it was time to change a little.
The first site that I ventured onto was one that I had discovered in an ad on Monster.com. I didn't think it was a legitimate site at the time, but yet, I had to check it out.
After reading a few articles from the talented authors, my opinion had been formed.
The community astounded me with the knowledge and professionalism. The ease-of-use for the website was another quick selling point. With the busy on-the-go lifestyle that many of us have, there's little time to figure out confusing sites. Ease of use is key.
In addition, I immediately met some amazing people and in days, valued "seeing" them visit my hubs and offering their incredible and encouraging comments. Friendships were formed as was a tight camaraderie-a word I absolutely never spell correctly.
Reading hubs on hubpages was something I began to look forward to.
So Many Opportunities...
As I look back at my first few hubs, I will be honest here and say that I cringe a bit at the formatting and can already sense improvement. I won't change them, as I believe it's all a learning experience, but I am happy to say I've learned to navigate the site much better.
In addition, the want to write is now greater than before and has developed into a need, except for now, I look forward to not only writing, but reading hubs posted by other talented authors. It's become a daily ritual, albeit somewhat addicting as I had stated in a previous hub, but a pleasant addiction and one that is for the benefit of the greater good.
The hubs that are posted are done so with great precision, edits, thought, time and are as professional as any newspaper or magazine article. Dare I say, they might even be more so.
A few months into writing on hubpages, I read a post by a fellow hubber regarding bubblews. As I had previously stated, I'm quite new to the world of online articles. The process for writing books, I have become familiar with. Books I know. Articles I'm still learning.
So What is it?
Do You Remember Weebles Wobbles?
Bubbling? What is That?
Bubblews. With a name like that, was this for real? Was this a true opportunity? My first impression of any online site that advertises anything at all, whether it is social networking, shopping or making money doing something that I love is pure skepticism.
My reaction, however, was sheer curiosity. I had to see what this was about. So, like many before and many after me, I signed up.
I wrote a bubble and I got a like on it. Easy Enough. I then wrote a couple more, got a few more likes and a bunch of people connected with me immediately. Too easy. That's right. It was too easy so I left.
A month later, after reading a few more articles singing the praises of bubblews, my curiosity was piqued again, so I returned. I clicked on the bank button and I noticed there was $8.00 sitting in there for me. Not enough to buy a villa in France but hey, $8 for writing a few articles? So, I wrote a few more.
Now, as I read other articles on the site, the consensus was that the writing on there was a different caliber than on hubpages. It was only required to write 400 characters, so how much can be said with 400 characters? There are no editing procedures in place and basically you can write what you want how you want it.
At first, my posts were more general. More like Facebook posts but longer. I then had a battle of wits myself. If I am a writer, I can't just post senseless dribble. Not that there's anything wrong with that. For me, however, I wanted to post substance. I wanted to post articles that have something interesting about them. Something helpful, useful or even funny. But not nonsense. At least not intentional nonsense.
So that's what I began doing. I created a goal of writing ten bubbles per day, which is the maximum amount of bubbles that a 'bubbler" can submit in twenty four hours.
I made more connections, read more bubbles.
It All Depends What You are Looking For!
So, Is it Worth It?
Do I like each bubble that I do read? Not necessarily. I was raised to be nice, however, and if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything. So, with the bubbles for which I have no interest, or I don't like, I don't just "like" them. To me, a like is earned. I won't dislike them though. I simply move on. I don't want to put a red X on anyone's profile just because it was a topic that didn't interest me. And I've vowed that if there was anything "abusive" or not appropriate, I would report it, but thousands of posts later and I haven't read one that could be deemed inappropriate, except for spam.
Is there a Paycheck?
There sure is. The more connections that are made, the faster that check can be cashed. You can't redeem until you hit $50 and then once you do, the bank roll resets to zero. After writing ten posts per day, connecting, commenting and liking the bank roll adds up quickly.
I've heard people comment that they haven't gotten paid. I don't know why that is, and I'm sure that I'm not special or exempt from this, but I haven't had any issues thus far after seven months of continuous writing on that site. I hope that continues to be the case.
Though I haven't done this yet, I believe that it is entirely possible to make a few hundred per month, providing that you keep up with ten posts per day and keep connecting.
Is It Worth It?
Everyone writes for their own reasons. Some for the fun of it, some to improve, some to vent and some to make money. If you're looking to make a little extra money inclusive of residual income, bubblews might be a good site for you.
Remember, your writing will be public, so write in the fashion for which you'd like the public to see you write.
This hub is a review of what I've seen so far. To date, I enjoy the site and my answer would be for me, yes, it's worth it.
How About You?
Have you tried Bubblews yet?
© 2014 Elizabeth Parker