Online Writing sites are Disappearing in Droves

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 17th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Online writing sites are disappearing everyday, please save your work so that you don't lose anything.

I am disappointed

I am once again disappointed with the volatile nature of online blogs and writing sites. Has the day for making extra money online by writing come to an end? The atmosphere of writing online has changed drastically over recent years, well established writing venues such and Yahoo Voices have gone down the toilet. Others have changed management, and in so doing, has made the writing criteria much harder, hoping to get a competitive edge in what appears to be a dying market. Still others have chosen to remain open; but, reduced compensation for writing drastically.

Is writing a sweatshop industry?

Has writing online once again turned into a sweatshop industry? It seems we have very little control over our own work, regardless of what site we are on. At least with sights that allow us to own our work are out there. Nevertheless, are we living in a fool’s paradise? We have very little pay for the work we do and even owning the copyright is not secure anymore.

I have written for many sites over the last 20 years. Many of them have folded as well. For years one my main writing sites, Associated Content worked well. Then, it was taken over by Yahoo. It still was okay, a bit harder to write for; but it generated much needed income. Then it too folded.

I do appreciate the fact they Yahoo Voices gave us ample notice and I was able to retrieve all of my work. Yahoo Voices no longer could provide me with the the revenue I was accustomed to, but it was fair in the way they closed their operation.

All my work is lost

When Yahoo voices closed down I went to other sites, namely Bubblews and Examiner. Examiner is still up and running but Bubblews closed it’s doors yesterday.

Bubblews were not honest nor did they show any integrity. I had stopped posting in January because they did not fulfil their obligation to pay the writers. I was owed 200 dollars; many other writers were owed much more. There was a mass exodus of writers from the site when that happened. I remained connected only to retrieve the articles I had posted there. I was putting the articles, here on Wikinut. I had over 5,000 articles up on Bubblews.

Yesterday while I was working on Bubblews getting some articles to post to Wikinut when the site closed right in the middle of my session. They gave no forewarning, they just closed down. They did not have the courtesy that Yahoo Voices did to let us know a month in advance so that we could secure our work elsewhere. They did not care. We were no longer useful as writers to them anymore. We were thrown away like an old shoe.

What hurts me is that I still had many articles to save elsewhere. I had several short stories that I wanted to save. One the short stories, I was even planning to turn into a book.

I had started in the beginning to save all my work as I wrote each article, but it got overwhelming with over 5,000 posts so I stopped. I just wished I had gotten all the short stories back before this happened. I know there are places like the wayback machine which can retrieve articles from google in the past, but you need a url and I of course do not have a url for all these articles. I also went to Facebook, but all my articles from Bubblews are gone. I guess my work is gone forever.


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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar brendamarie
17th Nov 2015 (#)

I know, what you mean. Sometime I wish, I would have just posted all of my stuff here. Over the years, I have lost much of my work.

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author avatar spirited
17th Nov 2015 (#)

Very frustrating Carol.

Helium was not too bad when they closed, they gave us time to save our articles. I managed to save all of mine.

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author avatar spirited
17th Nov 2015 (#)

It was lucky I could save them this way, as I lost them all off my hard-disk to through computer problems, 2432 articles.

That's a terrible loss all those years of inspirational writing.

On thing though all that writing came out of you so is still in you somewhere too, the benefits are still with you from the writing. You can't lose that!

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author avatar spirited
17th Nov 2015 (#)

It was lucky I could save them this way, as I lost them all off my hard-disk too, through computer problems, 2432 articles.

That's a terrible loss for you Carol, of all those years of inspirational writing.

One thing though, all that writing came out of you so is still in you somewhere too, the benefits are still with you from the writing. You can't lose that!

sorry, I corrected some typos.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
17th Nov 2015 (#)

It seems that, short of posting your work on your own webpage, there is no guarantee that any work will be saved if the publisher chooses to fold the tent.

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author avatar onenow
17th Nov 2015 (#)

I am sure these sites have trouble staying profitable. I would hope that everyone would keep a separate copy of their work. That said, I have been scouring old hard drives for a piece I wrote some 15 years ago and cannot find it. Unfortunately, the site I had posted it to no longer exists and I should have a copy, but I have not always done a great job of keeping everything backed-up and have lost more documents than I would care to admit. I hope that someday online backup storage will become affordable. I keep multiple external hard drives but still have crashes where I have not saved the last week or two of writings, so I can feel your pain.

Thanks for reminding me the importance of backing up my writings.

- Elliott

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
17th Nov 2015 (#)

I have seen Bubblews demise coming...like you Carol or as almost everybody who has more integrity that Arvind, they owed us more than the dough but the pain (angst) they cause to legit writers they cancalled the account when chaos reign in their bile. Incidentally one forthcoming writing site I personally knew would learn from those industry debacle. Dailypostcript will be headed by one real person with decent background in the art of writing. Watchout for it. ;-)

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author avatar Retired
17th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks for the info...I was with bubblews and made a fair bit of money with them. What is examiner and how do I find it?

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author avatar Carol Roach
17th Nov 2015 (#)

Examiner.com is a site where you write according to a topic that you choose. If you decide to join and you put my name in the referral line, you will get 25.00 and so will I.

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author avatar Retired
19th Nov 2015 (#)

I went to the site but cannot find any way to sign up with them...

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author avatar Carol Roach
19th Nov 2015 (#)

see if you can sign up here, http://apply.examiner.com/write-for-us
remember to use my name in the referral field, thank you
carol

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author avatar Carol Roach
19th Nov 2015 (#)

see if you can sign up here

http://apply.examiner.com/write-for-us

Remember to use me as your referral in the referral field, type in Carol Roach

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author avatar Retired
17th Nov 2015 (#)

I am sorry to hear that you lost your work. My practice has always been to write offline and then copy and paste on to the website in question., I therefore have all the texts I have ever written, going back for years and many of them saved on an external disk drive.

I wonder if people will be forced to run their own blogs and earn from attracting direct advertising? This - I would imagine - is hardly likely to be a lucrative venture!

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author avatar Carol Roach
17th Nov 2015 (#)

Some people claim they make good money doing it but I think that ship might have sailed as well.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
17th Nov 2015 (#)

Too bad for me John laziness in me failed to save my articles n my xternal hardisk.Last week imstruggled on my new windows10 and went back to windows 7 only to be greeted by harddisk terminal two days life. All my articles are on the laptop hardisk now in comatose and advise to be replaced or buried. Itwas a panful admittance of indolence.

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author avatar Jennifer Dombrowski
17th Nov 2015 (#)

Do you use the same username at examiner? I am thinking you do because I have seen you with your name on bubbles. (I USD another name) I would be glad to put your name in theoretical line. You my writer friend are FANTASTIC IN WRITING!
Going over to examiner soon!

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author avatar Carol Roach
17th Nov 2015 (#)

yes i am carol roach, if you plan to write to examiner please put my name in the referral field

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author avatar Carol Roach
17th Nov 2015 (#)

yes I am on Examiner and if you join Examiner please put my name in the referral line.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Nov 2015 (#)

I too started with Associated Content which was taken over by Yahoo for a purported sum of $100 million - ie 2 million posts @$50 each! But such pricing petered out and I thought Bubblews might have had similar intention to find a buyer. I was sad Yahoo did not find one too! For me earnings did not matter as I was ineligible being non-US resident - total would have been $100 !

I had saved my near 400 posts at YCN on my hard disk but when it crashed, off went my efforts with it too!

I will stick now with Wikinut and I save my posts in Word - siva

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author avatar Carol Roach
17th Nov 2015 (#)

so sorry to hear that, that is really rough

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
17th Nov 2015 (#)

Carol, I'm so sorry that you lost so much of your work. When I was with Ehow and they changed their policy I received a letter and they asked if they could buy all my articles. I agreed and they paid me a very good amount of money. I've always felt good about that. They did say I was a very good writer so I hold a soft spot for them. Yahoo did give us warning and I saved all my articles on this little gizmo that I have. It took me a month and a half to copy all my work. After that I decided that I would never put all my heart and soul into my writing sites again. I really do hope there is some way for you to retrieve your work. The most important gift my writing has given to me is all the friends I have made over many years. I love them all dearly. To me that is priceless. I've been writing for what seems forever and a day and I smile at all the friends I have that are writers. I'm thankful for each one of them. I must say I believe they are all brilliant in their own way.

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author avatar Carol Roach
17th Nov 2015 (#)

I tried several way but I can't retrieve

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
17th Nov 2015 (#)

Carol, I'm sorry to hear that.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
17th Nov 2015 (#)

I never put anything on Bubblews that I couldn't afford to lose. I used to use the site as a place to free-write and to express ideas that were simply too short to be expressed any other way.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
18th Nov 2015 (#)

Sorry to hear you have lost your articles Carol.
I write all my poems in books before I put them in print here or anywhere else .
Many blessings to you
Stella ><

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author avatar Carol Roach
18th Nov 2015 (#)

I had well over 5,000 articles

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
18th Nov 2015 (#)

Carol, I woke up this morning thinking about you and your lost work. I hope that you can remember at least the ideas and can recreate some of your work.

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author avatar Retired
19th Nov 2015 (#)

to join examiner you have to live in the USA or Canada..I wish someone would have told me that before I spent all the time it took getting on there...

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author avatar Carol Roach
19th Nov 2015 (#)

I am so sorry that is my fault. I will tell you of other places as I find them, that allow internationals.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
19th Dec 2018 (#)

does it simply ask a US address and pay on paypal? My ebay is on US address when in fact am working in Asia, would it work that way?

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