My Experiences Writing Online with Bubblews
The Prodigal Son Returns
I feel like the prodigal son after posting this hub following a 13-month hiatus from Hubpages. For about a year in 2014, I was not an active hubber because I was busy chasing pennies on Bubblews.com. This social media blogging site rewarded me with faster earnings for a while until things started turning sour there in October of 2014.
This post relates my experiences writing and earning online with Bubblews. After detailing the nature of Bubblews, bubblers, and types of writing found on this site, I will sum up the advantages and disadvantages of writing on Bubblews.
What was Bubblews?
Bubblews.com was a blogging platform for any English language writer to create media-rich articles and express opinions on almost any conceivable subject. It was also a social media site where users met and interacted with like-minded people. Bubblews members were compensated for views of their posts by available generated advertising income and received a penny a piece for each like and comment other Bubblews members gave their posts.
Who Were Bubblews' Bubbling Members?
Bubbling members or bubblers were those persons who had joined and had formal accounts with Bubblews. I believe anyone over the age of 16 could join. You didn't have to pass a writing test or submit a sample of writing for review. Therefore, Bubblews attracted members and users from all over the world, and especially in countries where English was not used as a native language. Many of my followers or connections on Bubblews were from countries like the Philippines, India, Indonesia, and Kenya. They were mostly students, housewives, retired persons, and a few professional writers who were all trying to earn a part-time income.
What Types of Articles or Bubbles Were Published?
As a blogging platform, each submitted article or post which was known as a bubble needed only be 400 characters long. Bubblews encouraged its members to write their world; therefore, you would see a lot of short bubbles about members' everyday activities such as eating, doing housework, babysitting, and feelings. There were also some more serious articles like what you would find on Hubpages, but they weren't as popular as inspirational, entertaining, and other feel-good posts.
Advantages of Writing on Bubblews
The advantages of writing on Bubblews were too tempting to resist. For that reason, I wrote and was active on Bubblews from August 2013 until December 2014. These advantages included:
1. Fast and Easy Way to Earn Money
Up until October of 2014, it was very easy for a lot of people to make a great deal of money in a short time bubbling. Everyone was getting a penny for every view of their posted articles, and an additional cent for each like or comment they received on their posts. It was amazing to read about a number of bubblers earning $10-15 a day just by writing short blogs about topics such as having a dream, taking a nap, washing clothes, and eating dinner. This easy money also attracted many cheaters who got a lot of money by manipulating the system until they got caught in a crackdown by Bubblews in October of 2014. Many of the cheaters were getting $7-10 for each 400 character of nonsense they were writing and publishing.
2. Posts Were Easy to Write
It was so much easier blogging on Bubblews than writing articles on Hubpages. This was because you were just basically writing down your thoughts on mundane topics which didn't need any research before publishing. I wrote mostly about my past experiences and summarized them into articles of between 500 and 1,000 characters. Usually, I could compose a bubble in 15-20 minutes.
3. Allowed to Write Up to 10 Posts a Day
The people who were earning a lot of money on Bubblews were consistently writing 10 short blogs per day. With each post earning about $1.50, a top-notch earner could get around $15 a day, and put in a redemption claim for payment of $50 about every 3-4 days. Over one month, some bubblers were earning $400.
4. No Quality Control of Writing
Unlike many other online writing sites, Bubblews had no quality control of submitted articles. If you go through some Bubblews posts, you will find a lot of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization errors. There are even some posts with sentence structure so awkward that I couldn't even understand the meaning. This, of course, attracted a lot of people who couldn't write very well whom you would seldom see on Hubpages.
Disadvantages of Writing on Bubblews
Writing on Bubblews also had its disadvantages which had made me think seriously of devoting more of my time to Hubpages. These disadvantages were:
1. The Uncertainty of Getting Paid
After I joined Bubblews in August of 2013, I was not paid for my first $25 redemption or money that I earned from writing. Following this, I consistently received payments for my redemptions until September of 2014. As of now, I have outstanding redemptions totaling around $270 for the months of September, October, and November of 2014. Since Bubblews folded during the end of 2015, I will never get paid the money owed to me.
2. You Couldn't Really Write for Yourself
If I wanted to earn more than pennies on Bubblews, I had to write for the interests of my viewers and not myself. Posts written in my niche of teaching and learning and languages had not earned nearly as much money as my blogs on dreams, feelings, food, and restaurants.
3. Bubblews Was Not a Place for a Serious Writer.
It was amazing to see the amount of garbage on Bubblews in the past which had out-earned some really great serious writing you see on Hubpages. Viewers on Bubblews were more interested in trending sensational news, articles about personal lives and entertainment, as well as motivational and inspirational blogs.
Writing on Bubblews was an interesting experience which I now regret.. If you are interested in doing mostly serious writing and creating articles in your niche, Hubpages is the place to be. However, if all you were interested in was selling your soul to the devil and sacrificing your writing interests in chasing uncertain money and popularity, Bubblews had a good place for you.
© 2014 Paul Richard Kuehn