This is an open letter to Arvind and Jason, who rank among the leadership of the San Francisco-based website Bubblews.
I have been a member in good standing at Bubblews since September 2013. I have enjoyed having my pieces read, rated, and critiqued by fellow members, just as I did during the fourteen years I spent doing the same thing for Epinions. However, when you made changes to your site in July 2014, you left me unable to do anything but read pieces. That is the same situation I now find any time I visit the now-closed Epinions. Several communiques to you regarding my ongoing situation have garnered nothing more than automated responses from you. My situation, therefore, remains both unanswered and unresolved. When I click on your sign in button, I get the following message: "Whoops, your login info was incorrect." How would your website know that before I've entered anything? It wouldn't.
For three months now, I been waiting to submit new pieces, as well as rework old Epinions pieces that no longer earn me money from them. I won't wait anymore. I recently started reading the thoughts of HubPages members who once wrote for Bubblews, and some of them left believing Bubblews is a scam, for payments have grown slower, or simply not arrived at all. While I have not had that experience with my payment, I will agree with those who regard Bubblews as unprofessional. To an extent, I sympathize with Bubblews. It seems to me the site, which launched in 2012, has experienced growing pains as its writing ranks have grown. Unfortunately, your growing pains have affected me. I am sad that I can't to anything other than read the works of those that have made my time at Bubblews the most rewarding. I don't like my disconnection to this site, and believe that nobody at Bubblews is making any active effort to restore full access to me.
As for the pieces I've written, I'll start to publish them here on HubPages. I like movies, and hope that if I'm sharing my views on a film that no longer plays in the theaters, I will be able to give readers some ideas for rentals and streaming. I even have some thoughts about music and trading cards, for those who like those kinds of things. If you're one of the Bubblews and Epinions people who enjoyed my work, and whom I've enjoyed reading, I miss interacting with you about your work. For the second time this year, I am moving my primary writing base of operations (Thankfully, I won't need help from Mayflower or U-Haul to make this move). I hope I can be a productive member of HubPages, and I look forward to meeting a few new members, and look forward to catching up to some old contacts. As I do, I hope to find a way to move my articles directly from my WordPad directly to a hub.
If Arvind and Jason read this, I'll keep trying to access my Bubblews account, but I'm tired of being a Bubblews orphan.
(Update March 2015: I did regain access to my Bubblews account, but I will post just my shorter pieces there. I may have had a problem accessing Bubblews, but nobody from the site ever contacted me to help me understand their new design.)
(Update November 15, 2015: Bubblews is now history.)