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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 153

Updated on June 5, 2017

A Bag Full of Questions

The new month has opened the flood gates for questions, many of them about NIUME and the state of affairs regarding pay-for-write sites. I guess we better get right to it and see if we can gain any clarity.

IS NIUME THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG

From ?????: “A good Monday morning to you and a Happy Memorial Day too. I was pretty surprised about the Niume thing as I started writing for them about 10 days ago. Just like me to come to the party a little late! Oh well. I have a feeling there will be other sites hit as well. Have you advice on where to turn next since HP isn't really bringing in revenue to speak of? Maybe this is a question for next week.”

First, my apologies: I somehow managed to forget who asked this question, so I’m sorry in advance.

Do I have any advice on where to turn to? No, I don’t. I suspect this is a trend which will grow in stature. Sites like HP and NIUME were begun to make money. Revenue sharing was an afterthought, and will continue to be an afterthought and marketing ploy. The HP revenue is down, NIUME no longer pays for articles, and I suspect we will see more of these sites drop by the wayside or stop payments completely. Hopefully one of our readers will have a suggestion about a great site which actually pays writers what they are worth, but don’t hold your breath on that happening.

Welcome to the Mail Room!
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Setting Limits

From Ann: “Do you find that you have to set yourself rules as to how much or how many hubbers you read per day, week, or whatever? I'm finding it increasingly difficult and often wonder if I should just start again with 'today's' and skip the catch-up. Trouble is, as I say, I don't want to miss out on some great stories or poems. Use that as a mailbag question if you like but it just popped into my head!”

It has finally happened to me too, Ann, and it actually bothers me. For years I was always so good about reading countless hubs from hubbers on HP, but now, due to business overload, I have to limit myself to only articles written by people who reciprocate and comment on my articles. That may not be fair, but it had to be done. I simply could not work my business and support countless other writers.

GENERIC TOWN

From Lori: “The setting was a generic town. I didn't put one in there because most of the story took place in a hospital. There were some instances where I described outdoor settings because it's important for the scene but it's still an unnamed. How important is it to make the setting a specific town or place and when, if at all, is it okay to keep it generic?”

Lori, I see I cut off part of your question. My apologies. About the only nice thing about being 68 is I can use it as an excuse for mistakes like that one. Anyway, I don’t see it as all that important, quick frankly, and I don’t see the use of a generic, fictional town as a big deal at all. I think familiarity is nice for readers, especially if they have visited the real city you mention, but I will always believe that first, and foremost, the story is the most important thing to concentrate on. Write a great story and people won’t care where it takes place.

My opinion on NIUME and other "write for money" sites.
My opinion on NIUME and other "write for money" sites. | Source

More on Niume

From Rasma: “Another interesting mailbag. Some things I would like to clear up. With NIUME not able to pay should I continue to write on the site or should I get out? So as far as I know there is one site that still does pay however little and that is myLot. However it is more of a discussion kind of site but there are people who do write interesting articles on there. Perhaps I should start writing more there and write stories about my dad over there now. I have a number of followers and I can share on all of the social networks. What do you think? Are there any other paying sites out there I haven't discovered yet? Should I get into some serious writing here on HP? I left mostly my poems here and my music hubs. The one problem for me is that even when I was writing different hubs here I never made a cent. So please give me your wise and always worthy opinion.”

Rasma, honestly, I didn’t even bother to do research on this question, so strong is my belief in what I’m about to say: if you truly need residual income from your articles, sites like NIUME and HubPages are a whole lot of work for very little money. The longer I write for a living, the less I believe in HubPages and other sites like it. I think the trend is to pay out less money to writers, not more, and I don’t think that trend will end.

If it were me, I would concentrate on building your following, and maybe monetize your own website…or concentrate on writing books and promoting them….or becoming a freelancer and making money writing blogs for other companies…but this whole HP thing is far too much work for the returns. And I don’t see spreading your work over three or four websites as beneficial either. Concentrate on one site, or possibly two, and be done with it. Bouncing around too much is a good way to lose followers, not gain them.

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And Still More on Niume

From Brian: “I saw that Niume announcement. It said in part, "Due to ... decreasing revenues in the advertising industry, we ... will stop paying Niume creators for views after the end of this month.... In the coming months we will work on offering alternative sources of revenue.... Niume will continue operating exactly as it has until now...." Alternative sources of revenue such as what? And meantime, what's the motivation for writers to self-publish on Niume? Most writers, I've heard, don't get paid on Medium either. Are Niume and Medium comparable?”

Brian, sorry about that, we already covered this one earlier. I know nothing about Medium and yet I know everything about it. If it is a corporation then their goal is to make money, and paying writers quality pay for articles is not the way to make money. I just don’t see it happening with any of these companies. I hope I’m wrong!

PROPER LINKING TO HP

From Bill: “I have been having a conversation with another travel writer here on HP's discussing travel blog's and she (Janda Raker) is asking questions that I can't really answer effectively. She is wondering how a blog would be different from what we are already doing here on HubPages? And as far as monetizing the blog how does one go about doing that? I assume that we can't just copy our HP's articles and place them in a blog but can we have links in a blog that would take readers to HubPages? I always envisioned having a short article in a blog about some destination and then placing a link to the full article that would remain on HubPages? Anyway, hopefully you can shed some light on the topic? Perhaps in the weekly mailbag.”

Hey, Bill, thanks for a question not about NIUME. LOL First, let’s get this point straight: you cannot publish an article on your bog AND on HP. That’s flagged as duplicate material and/or plagiarism, and it won’t fly with HP. Yes, post on HP, and link to HP article on the blog.

Next, how to monetize your blog? I’m going to give you my opinion, so keep in mind it’s just my opinion. I think putting ads on your blog is a fool’s errand. The money made from those ads is equal to peanuts and just not worth the effort to set it all up….and a personal opinion, I think it makes your blog look cheap.

You could, however, and this is something I would strongly consider with a travel blog, become part of an affiliate program with a company like Travelocity or some other popular travel host. That way you are only advertising for one company on your blog, and the money is better that way.

Other thoughts: if you really want to get serious about monetizing on a blog, then monetize your own talents. Write travel books and then market them on your blog. It takes time to build up a loyal following, but once you do, the profits are much greater.

There are numerous other ways to monetize a blog, and I’m sure some of our readers will mention some, but those are my first thoughts about it. Hope that helps!

This is what writing does for me...gives me tranquility.
This is what writing does for me...gives me tranquility. | Source

Writing as a Release

From Eric: “On a lighter note. I wanted to know if you, as a busy pro, still get the release of pent up stuff by slinking into writing. I do but maybe it is escapism, like my religious stuff and my boy. Can you still use it as a wonderful release? Or is that reserved for your farm?”

Eric, I don’t know if this is the answer to that specific question or not, but it’s the answer you’re going to get, so there! LOL Writing is my release, period! This is how I communicate with the world. I’m a quiet, reserved, shy human being, and writing is my way of sharing my thoughts, my emotions, my concerns, all of it. The written word allows me to reach out to all of you and scream “I AM ALIVE AND I MATTER!” When I am happy I write. When I am sad or angry I write. When I’m in love I write, and when I’m lonely I write. If it were not for writing, I would probably be in a straight-jacket, and that ain’t hyperbole, my friend.

BOOK SIGNINGS

From DREAM ON: “Have you done any of your own book signings ? If you have do you feel they increased your sales?”

Dream On, I’ve done exactly one book signing. Why don’t I do more? A variety of reasons. Time is a big reason, but it can also be an excuse, because if book signings were a priority, I would find the time. I simply have quite a few other things I need to do before I get around to book signings.

Here’s the thing about me and writing books: increasing my sales isn’t that important to me. I don’t really need the money. I’m not sure I would want fame anyway, because with fame comes more responsibility. I’m a purist, I guess. I love writing, and I gain infinite joy from the act of writing. If people read my stuff, and enjoy it, great, and if they don’t, that’s also great.

I do believe book signings eventually increase sales. I think any old time a writer gets out and interacts with the public, it has either a direct or indirect affect on sales. A book signing may not sell one book, but it is still a marketing action which will show results eventually.

Great Week of Questions

Remember, please, that many times, when answering these questions, I’m just giving my opinion. I make no claim to being correct with those opinions, but at least you are getting my honest opinion based on seven years as a freelancer/author. That’s the best I can do for you. I happen to love HubPages, but not because of their money-sharing program, and thus I’m down on them regarding that aspect of the site even though it really doesn’t affect me because the money isn’t important to me.

Anyway, I wish for you a fabulous week ahead, and thank you for keeping this series alive.

2017 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shoot, Sha, considering you work full-time, and actually have a life, I think you're doing well. I, for one,greatly appreciate you no matter when you appear, so thank you dear friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 months ago from Central Florida

      I love Ann's question. I'm in the same boat. I'm so far behind in my HP reading, I don't think I'll ever catch up! I read from the bottom up because I don't want to miss anything, but I do find myself skipping over certain kinds of posts that are either too religious, too political, or annoying because they seem to beat a dead horse, if you know what I mean. Nevertheless, this mailbag was posted on June 5th and I'm just now reading it on July 13th. Lordy Goshen!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great question, Lawrence, and I squeezed it into Monday's mailbag...now I better go answer it so I can get it posted.

      Have a superb Sunday!

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      Lawrence Hebb 3 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      First of all, apologies for being so late getting to this hub, been pretty busy lately.

      The questions and information here were really good, especially about Niume. I've been following the situation there, and the questions here and here's my question, maybe you can use it in the mailbag.

      "If a site offers free marketing for your book, why wouldn't you post?"

      Let me explain.

      I started writing my first novel about 18 months ago, I serialised it here on HP, but it was the 'first draft' out here.

      About six months after it was published I heard about Niume, I wrote a few articles but realised within a week that payouts were a long way off!

      Then I had a crazy idea, why not put a couple of episodes out in Niume as 'appetizers' so I did, I got them in the right categories and now, every few weeks Niume sends out a Twitter message promoting the article, and by extension, the book!

      A quick read of the stuff on HP and Niume will show they aren't totally the same, one's a 'first draft' and one's an excerpt from the finished product, but my question remains, why not use the free marketing offered?

      To me, it's another way these sites can be used where both gain.

      By the way, the first installment on HP got about 150 views over 18 months. On Niume it's at 300 in six months.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Swalia....for any writer, control is very important. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Shaloo Walia 4 months ago

      I agree with your advice regarding writing sites like Niume. The money offered is quite less and you never know when they will stop paying. Since last few months, I have been focusing on my own blog. I don't care if I don't make money through it but at least I have control of my content.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, everything you said is true. Focus on what will benefit you most and then pour your heart into it.

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      Mary Norton 4 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      This instalment is very hopeful about writing your own book. Maybe, I have to look into this more seriously. I have 2 blogs, one contains most of my former hubs but the other is on a very focused topic with not much writing on it. This is doing quite well but not enough to depend on. Given the time you need to spend on maintaining your own sites, you need to have a better reason to keep you going.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, you are giving me much more credit than I deserve, but thank you very much.

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      Graham Lee 4 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Another excellent hub. I voted and the answer could not be more obvious. Always there to help others you deserve success in your book sales. Experience so freely given is rare.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you for hanging in there, Bill, until your comment was accepted. I appreciate the effort and loyalty, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, I'll keep doing it, Mike, as long as people are getting something from it. I like the continuity of it all. Thanks for your opinion on it, and I agree with you.

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      mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill - There was so much here in week 153. The only thing I will address, is if you should continue. On one hand, I am guessing you are tired of this, on the other hand. Researching the answers to the questions, likely helps you in your marketing expertise. I lean toward your continuing, but that might be selfish.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Not sure what's been happening to my comments, this is the third time I've tried to comment here? Anyway, thank you for the reply to my questions about blogging, very interesting. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Fascinating, Brian! Thanks for sharing all that with us. You now have me curious, so I'll check it out. Where I would find the time to add on another site is beyond me, but I am curious, so thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And I really appreciate that, Larry! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Not a problem, Harishprasad. We have many Americans who would have said the same thing.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Vellur! I do enjoy this series!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for sharing that, Cyndi! My main customers were attained through face-to-face meetings in my community. All ya gotta do is ask, right?

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 months ago from Georgia

      Great responses to the questions. I agree with you regarding the way to make money as a writer. There are so many out there who are looking for someone to lift that writing burden from them. The trick is to find these people or companies and then for them to truly value what you do. I live in an area where there are lots of face-to-face networking opportunities. Other writers may have to depend on promoting through their website. It takes some work, but it can be well worth it.

      As always, I get a lot of information from reading your comments in Writer's Mailbag. Take care.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 months ago from Dubai

      Another great informative writer's mailbag installment. Thank you for sharing and I hope this keeps on going.

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      Brian Leekley 4 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Thanks, Bill, for your reply to my question about Niume and Medium. Yes, Medium is run by a corporation. The Wikipedia article "Medium (website)" says that it was started by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams and that it is owned by A Medium Corporation, of which Williams is CEO.

      The article says in part, "Medium is an online publishing platform.... The platform is an example of social journalism, having a hybrid collection of amateur and professional people and publications.... Medium is regularly regarded as a blog host.... In 2016, Medium introduced advertising, and gained several publishers as customers to host their content on the platform.... In March 2017, Medium announced a membership program for $5/month offering access to "well-researched explainers, insightful perspectives, and useful knowledge with a longer shelf life", with authors being paid a flat amount per article.... Once an entry is posted, it can be recommended and shared by other people, in a similar manner to Twitter. Posts can be upvoted in a similar manner to Reddit, and content can be assigned a specific theme, in the same way as Tumblr...."

      There seem to be 3 ways to make money publishing writings on Medium: a) be a professional writer of articles for big-name magazines, in which case Medium might ask you to write an article for them for big bucks; b) get in on that new flat rate deal; or c) get known on Media for quality writing,thereby gaining a following for your books, ebooks, blogs, etc.

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      Harish Mamgain 4 months ago from India

      Hi Bill, I just read my comment again and found a mistake. I used a word 'secondary' for the English language, which should be " second " instead. I'm really sorry. You being so generous didn't point it out.

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      Larry Rankin 4 months ago from Oklahoma

      I always look forward to Mailbag!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Harishprasad, that is a lovely thing for you to say. Thank you so very much. One of the reasons I love the Mailbag is because it helps writers in so many ways. You gave one example, one I don't think of often, the fact that many readers have English as a second language....so thank you. You brought a smile to my face.

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      Harish Mamgain 4 months ago from India

      Bill, one thing that I like most about these mailbags , whenever I come to read them, is that you so beautifully stress on the craft of writing. Though we hear guys speaking in beautiful tongues, but the taste of written word is always special, and the great thing about written word is that it never dies down. Once it occupies its place, it becomes immortal.

      I love and admire your writing, and your craze for writing is just fabulous ! Coming from a background where the English language has been taught to us as a secondary language, it is sometime hard to write perfect English, but fantastic writers like you here on hubpages are like a great boon to guys like us. I too visaulize myself writing like you one day ..lol.. joking dear Sir. Bill, it has been always a pleasant experience to read any of your wonderful hubs. You should continue with this great mailbag series.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No doubt, Flourish, HP is trying new things and scrambling to make it all work. Still, I don't think they will. I give them a year tops.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm hoping too, Dora, but I have serious doubts about it. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      High praise, Manatita, and I thank you for it. I'll always try to be cool like ice cream. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great thoughts, Heidi! In fact, I'm going to use one of your responses for a question next week if you don't mind. Thanks so much for the free professional advice. You are a valuable asset and a good friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Here's to the next three years, John! It's been a great ride so far, my friend, and shy or not shy, I appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Call me Energizer, Clive! I kind of like it. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, it's something that was mentioned yesterday in a comment, and yes it is possible, and more in the next Mailbag. Thanks for the question.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you very much Bill. From what I understand I guess I will keep my articles in NIUME for now and perhaps add a bit something new each week in case things change. So I will concentrate more on myLot simply because for now it is interesting to interact with people, they enjoy what I write and at least some money trickles in as well as the chance to post on all social networks and of course I will continue posting my poetry on HP. We will then see what the future holds once I have my book of poems ready to go.

      Suddenly a light bulb went on. Here's something to ponder. Is it possible to create my own website to which people must subscribe in order to read anything and why would they want to subscribe? I find this an interesting thought.

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      clivewilliams 4 months ago

      Billy, you are like a round up drum beating bunny that goes on and on with these mailbags. Marvelous work. Oh, that toilet looks like a man yawning.

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      John Hansen 4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      The Mailbag is certainly not dying like Niume and the like, Bill. This was one of the best in awhile and the questions great. I too am finding it so hard to keep up with reading other people's hubs. Like you and Ann I have basically had to cut down to just reciprocating those who comment on mine plus check out any whose titles really appeal to me.

      I am sad so many other sites are closing down or not paying but maybe it will benefit ones like HP by reducing the competition. Like you, I am not here for the money, just the community and a place to write. When I get a payout it is always a surprise bonus.

      As for Eric's question, yes writing is my release to and basically also how I communicate with the world. It seems many of us writer's have something in common that we tend to be shy and reserved :) in real life. Here's to the next 3 years.

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      Heidi Thorne 4 months ago from Chicago Area

      Dang! A filled to the brim Mailbag today.

      Re: NIUME, HP, and the Future of Blogging. Indeed, the business model of advertising revenues from blogging is almost dead and may never be resurrected. It has little to do with the sites themselves, but more with the state of the Internet. Google and its search engine brethren are in a constant state of flux, along with the advertising models that support them. The trend for ad blockers is crushing advertising-supported sites. And if there's no ad revenue, there's no way these sites can pay their writers. Period.

      These trends have advertisers scrambling for the next big thing in Internet advertising. Some are turning to native advertising and influencer marketing models. However, these are not a panacea. In fact, they can raise the risk of FTC ire if not done properly.

      I agree that going your own way with either a monetized website or self publishing are viable alternatives. However, as you noted, if the monetized websites are built on an advertising base, it will suffer the same fate as content sites such as NIUME.

      Some bloggers have taken a stab at "pay to read" subscription monetization models. But I don't see that as viable for the long term since people can find so much information for free on the web. Plus, it's often cheaper for readers to buy books, online courses, etc. than to pay a never-ending subscription fee of say $10 to $20 a month.

      For the meantime, I'm sticking with HP because I love their content creation tools and the amazing community they've built. But should they disappear in the future, I already have decided what I'm going to do with my content. The good news is that HP lets their writers retain the copyrights. That's a huge issue that will allow us to convert our writing assets into something else if needed.

      And to put the exclamation mark on your point, don't republish the same content on HP and your own blog! Duplicate content dings are for real.

      Re: Book Signings. Talk about dated business models! This is one of them. I think some authors STILL harbor the ego-based fantasy of having a long line of people eager to get their books signed. These events can be a nightmare that result in little (I wrote a whole HP post on the issue). I think I'll just keep churning out my writing wares from the comfort of my home.

      Okay, sorry to be a windbag in the Mailbag. Have a delightful week!

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      A straight-from-the-hip- one on Niume and Hub Pages, Bro. Nice!

      No reason why you should not continue past the 200 mark. Your writing is very enjoyable, like my mother's ice-cream in the caribbean, made from the ice-cream can. (chuckle) It was seriously delicious, Bro. Another great mailbag.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      That's sad news about Niume. I'm still hoping that HubPages will find a way to survive. Hoping also that real writers like you and several others including me will find a way to earn while we keep going.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Niume doesn't surprise me. It's unfortunate that there isn't variety but HP does provide the niche sites. I give them credit for all the effort.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I'll let you go. Stay dry and safe, an thanks a bunch for finding the time to have lunch with me. I, too, miss the friends of old from HP...it was a great community five, six years ago.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I like that, Pop! Welcome home!

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      breakfastpop 4 months ago

      If I was concerned about making money, i would never rely on HP. To me, it is a place I call home.

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      MizBejabbers 4 months ago

      Goodness, Bill, what a big ole mailbag this week, and a very good one. I don't have time to write much for HP, much less explore other writer sites, but I'm sorry every time I hear that a writing site has shut down or lost itself within another one. I wonder what that spells for the future of internet writing? I miss old friends from a few years back who dropped HP or passed away, so I'm glad that you're alive and well and still writing on HP. Well, it's raining cats and dogs here, and I'm having to watch out and not step in a poodle, so see ya soon, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I truly am sorry for your financial difficulties. Online writing has changed so much over the past five years. It once was fairly easy to make an extra $100 per month doing what we do now for pennies, but the laws of supply and demand have changed that forever. Now we all have to scramble to make a buck. Thank goodness, for me, money isn't an issue, and I can just write for the love it and not any necessity.

      Bless you

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope the same thing, Lori! I really do. Thanks for being an active part of this community.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I love this site and I love my friends here. I'm not going anywhere.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oddly, Mary, that is when I produce some of my best work, when I'm feeling low. I'm not sure what that says about me. LOL Thanks my friend and Happy Week to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's nice of you to stop by Alyssa! Thank you! Don't be a stranger, and if I can help you as you start your writing career, feel free to email me at holland1145@yahoo.com

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Honestly, Eric, I don't spend much time wondering what the HP staff thinks. LOL And I know you don't, either. I'm just happy I have a home online where everybody knows my name....like Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I would like that as well, Venkatachari M, and I'll see that it happens as long as I'm able to write. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      HP still works for me, Bill, as long as I don't take it seriously as an income source. LOL Thanks a bunch, my friend, and I'll see you next week.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Melissa. You mentioned the trend of writing for free...I agree, and I think it's going to continue. That's why I don't write for content sites per se, but find my own customers and skip the middle man. Much more lucrative venture. :) Have a great week, my friend, and thank you!

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      Melissa Propp 4 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Wow, that was a LOT of questions you answered this week. I was disappointed by Niume's announcement, only because I agree it is a definite trend...but it doesn't personally impact me monetarily, so I'm only sympathetic to those that it does impact. More important to me is the trend that these sites want all our hard work for free...that's a bad sign.

      Hope you have a great week of writing!

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      William Kovacic 4 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      A pretty heavy mailbag this week, Bill. But you carried it well. I'm not your reason for the poll. You have to know we all want the Mailbag to continue. As for Nuime, I gave up on it a long time ago. Not for the money (or lack thereof), but because it was too hard to follow and be followed. HP still works for those who just want to write. Thanks again for an overloaded mailbag.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Another great mailbag this week. There is much useful information provided through this mailbag about writing for earning and other websites. Linking to HP through short blog articles is a nice suggestion.

      I would like to have the mailbag series continued for ever.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just a note: Our fairly constant June and May morning cloud covers with mist right on the coast are called May Haze and June Gloom. I like fret.

      I hear that HP is stuffy about using "article" for hubs here, but if you are blessed to a niche site it becomes an "article" and not longer a hub.

      I wonder if they get mad at you and I for writing "mailbags" and "sermons". What do they say about a rose by any other name?

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      Alyssa 4 months ago from Ohio

      Great batch of questions and perfect timing.. as I am currently trying to turn writing into a paid profession. Thank you for the advice/opinions/tips. :)

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      Mary Wickison 4 months ago from Brazil

      This was a full mailbag. Regarding Niume, I haven't been there for some time but will be removing my content. Perhaps I will keep those articles as inspiration for new hubs.

      I found it interesting that you said you can write no matter how you're feeling. When I am feeling low, I just can't write anything that anyone would want to read. I tend to become very unproductive and can't stay on task.

      Have a wonderful week.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm glad I love to write. Money is not important to me. I'm happy to know you write because you love it, and money is not the leading factor. When writers write and put items for sale on their hubs, to me it cheapens the hub. This is a busy time for me and I've been absent, but I'm always happy to see you still care enough to help us be better writers. Thank you Bill.

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      Lori Colbo 4 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Great installment. I hope and pray HP doesn't go under anytime soon. I don't care about the money, just the opportunity to write. Thanks once again.

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      Denise McGill 4 months ago from Fresno CA

      Hey Bill,

      Thanks for answering my question from ?????. I'm not offended that you didn't remember who it was from. I'm just sorry you got barraged by so many with the same question and surprise about the NIUME announcement. Anyway in the meantime, I did find Virily is paying for those who are looking for someplace like Niume. They are fairly new and small for right now so I don't see a lot of traffic but the people seem friendly. But then this goes back to your answer about dividing yourself between several sites. I'm listening. I think I will soon be stretching myself too thin so if Virily doesn't pan out any better I'm done searching for pay and will just have to be content with writing and illustrating. I think I may be like many others that are struggling right now with the cost of things skyrocketing and the income staying the same or decreasing. After paying bills this month my honey and I will have trouble eating. It looks like we will be standing in some free food lines which is so demeaning. If I'm alone in this camp I apologize for bringing it up. I just think there may be many like me who think they should be able to do something to make a little extra when going out and digging ditches or working at McDonalds is no long an option.

      You have a great day!

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well there you go, Ann. Now I know and I shall use it in the future. Sunshine, rain, it's all writing weather for this man. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! Yes, there is that traveling problem if we want to meet fellow writers. LOL There are surprisingly few HP writers in Washington...Lori up north....one in Bremerton that I know of....but if there are others I'm not aware of them. We evidently live in a writing wasteland. :)

      Enjoy that sunshine. I'll join you this afternoon.

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      Linda Lum 4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, this mailbag was pretty hefty--I hope you didn't strain your back in lifting it. It's unfortunate that Niume died such a slow miserable death; I received one payment was was close to a 2nd. Oh well.

      I never felt a "connection" to anyone there as I do with people here on HP. If not for you and a handful of others I would have abandoned ship long ago. And that leads to the point about following other Hubbers.

      I simply can't read as much as I used to. I read and comment for those who return the favor, and still hold onto the hope that I might actually meet these folks some day. (Of course, doing so would mean travelling more than 20 miles from my home LOL).

      The sun is shining so I must get moving along. I hope you have a wonderful day dear friend. Thank you for this mailbag and all the rest.

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      Ann Carr 4 months ago from SW England

      Technically it's a term for the light mist that comes in from the sea and we are close enough for it to be just that. Sadly, we have a load of rain with this one! Enjoy your sunshine and please send a little my way.

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I love that phrase...a sea fret! What a perfect way to describe a misty day. Thanks for that. I might steal it in a future novel.

      Sunny and perfectly pleasant here, my friend. The kind of weather which battles for my affections while writing.

      Have a thoroughly pleasant Monday and thank you for the question.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 4 months ago from SW England

      Thanks for answering my question, bill. That's a good idea of yours and there are quite enough of those who comment and interact to keep me busy every day!Like you, I don't write here for the money. I began to feel guilty about not reading so many hubs but I've told myself that I have to ration my time appropriately.

      I make a little money, about enough to buy the occasional item for birthdays or Christmas, using PayPal, which is great. However, the writing and talking to my valued friends remain the prime reasons.

      It's a rather misty Monday here - a sea fret I believe it's called. Making the most of it to mull over my muse!

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, if I were to draw a portrait of loyalty here on HP, I would draw your face. You never miss my writings, and it's been that way for years. So a big thank you from me. Enjoy the heck out of your Monday.

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      Janine Huldie 4 months ago from New York, New York

      Some many great questions this week and couldn't agree more about that. By the way, I am with you on commenting as I have had to do much of the same in the last year or so myself. I always thought I wouldn't, but with my workload and family obligations this has slowly become my way, as well in all honesty. But I still try my best to get to you and others who have always been truly supportive of me over the years. As I agree that this is something I can't give up and hope to never have to. Happy Monday now to you, too Bill!! :)