Monday, January 20, 2014

Interview with Bubblews Co-Creator, Arvind (Avi) Dixit, a Man Whose Vision Makes Cents!

If you've read any of my previous posts, you'll know I'm very enamored with Bubblews. This site has given me an opportunity to make money – writing! Who doesn't love that? But, like everyone, I wanted to know more about Bubblews and the vision Arvind (Avi) Dixit, had about his new baby before she was born (I have given myself the liberty of assigning a sex to her, because, after all, when Bubblews announces, "Write Your World," in my world, I'm a woman; therefore my Bubblews experience is female. Anyway, here is my interview:

 When you first came up with the idea for Bubblews, what was your original reason for wanting to create this flourishing community of writers?

We wanted to create a brand that allowed people to share meaningful things with people from all over the world. The philosophy of the brand was built on the basis that we felt people’s thoughts, activities and socializing was building up these incredible large businesses. These conglomerates, however, were neglecting those who make or break their business.  We wanted to create a brand that put people first and utilized innovation, compassion and compensation to help spread our brand-awareness.

How did you initially envision Bubblews?

We envisioned pretty much what you see right now. Bubblews is still a very young company when you compare it to what we want to accomplish. There are a few things that I wish I could have gone back and done a little differently, but we are well aware of our weaknesses right now. We are taking drastic steps to enhance our platform in 2014, which will turn our weaknesses into our strengths.

Had you come up with other names before you settled upon Bubblews? And what does the "ws" at the end of Bubble stand for, by the way?

The name actually helped create the whole entire brand, not the other way around. We felt that thoughts are a lot like bubbles, some are big, some are small, they shrink, grow and merge with each other, but most importantly they are free flowing and unanimously known around the world. The word ‘news’ helps make up the ‘ws’ part of the name because news to us is what is new in your life, not the traditional sense of news that you see/hear a journalist report. The name is fun and we like to see people have fun trying to pronounce it. This really demonstrates our brands laid back atmosphere.

You stress community over writing at Bubblews. Why was "community" more important to Bubblews?

I think we equally stress writing meaningful things as well as social engagement. You really need both in order to have a proper community, or ecosystem. We stress community because we want people to feel comfortable enough to share their honest viewpoints on our platform. People tend to smell the real from the fake, so we prefer to have our members speak freely.

We all want to be successful, and we all imagine how success might feel. When you noticed how quickly the Bubblews community was growing, were you adequately prepared for the growth or were you surprised?

We were prepared for growth, but certainly not this fast. When you start a business you start it because you feel you have something different, but you can never judge how fast that idea will catch on. I think we are a long ways away from being called a success because there is a lot of things I want us to improve on and that we will improve on. Our brand has only begun to scratch the surface and we will really establish ourselves as innovative leaders in 2014.

Writers on Bubblews used to be able to cash out at the $25 level, and you were inundated with payout requests. Did changing from a $25 payout to a $50 payout lessen the load for Bubblews staff?

This has greatly helped the staff be able to cope with the increased growth of Bubblews without us having to adjust how long you have to wait for your redemption or the amount we are able to pay out. We think it was one of the best moves we could have possibly made. 2014 will be a lot smoother for us in the sense of communication with our community. 

Did your vision of a thriving world-wide writing community match the actual results you have obtained (so far) with Bubblews? 

In 2013 we proved that we are doing something different. In order to innovate you have to be willing to be misunderstood. Some people have misunderstood us since we launched, but many people are starting to catch on to what we are doing and really love the platform we currently have. To see the passion that some of our bubblers write with is very inspiring and motivating for us.

For the better half of 2013 we woke up in the mornings and thought about how we can improve. The blueprint is ready and throughout 2014 we will start the execution.

Your writers get paid 1 penny for every view, 1 penny for every like, and 1 penny for every comment. That's more than most other writing sites pay. How was Bubblews able to afford to pay its writers when Bubblews first started?

I cannot disclose all that type of information but I can tell you that the company was founded with some seriously passionate people and will continue to be built by passionate people. Passion enables ambition and ambition enables you to fulfill goals that you have for yourself through utilizing patience and persistence. There are no scams or smoking mirrors here, just desire, dedication and discipline.

The Bubblews slogan is, "Write Your World," and Bubblews certainly has an enormous community from around the world. As a "Bubbler" myself, I've noticed writers from Bangladesh, the Philippines, the United States, and Canada. Were you surprised by how quickly word of Bubblews spread?

We knew that we would grow rather quickly in the U.S.A. and maybe Canada, but we had no idea that we would grow around the world literally in 3 months. It really taught us so much about our business and people in general. This type of experience cannot be taught and will definitely help us release better products, services and features.

How did the term, Bubbler, come about? Did you create it, or did the community begin calling itself that name?

We let the community decide what to call themselves. I remember in the early days of the website people used to call themselves ‘bubblewsers’ then people created the verb ‘bubbling.’ From there, I guess it branched off into people referring to themselves as bubblers writing bubbles. We love it. It is always great to witness a community unanimously adopt a name, this shows unity.

Can anyone "bubble" or does Bubblews set an age limit? What if a 14-year-old wanted to write, for instance?

We prefer everyone be over the age of 18, but if you are 16 you can write on the website, but will need to input your parents/guardians information because you will be receiving payment.

For potential Bubblers reading this post who decide to join Bubblews, can you tell them how Bubblews can benefit them and why they might want to join?

We look forward to seeing you join. We want you to have fun with our platform. We want you to be able to write about the things that mean something to you, whether it is 1,000 words or 400 characters.  Through open-ended writing and the writing of things that mean something to you, often times you will find the answers you seek. I hope to see you all there.

I want to thank Avi for giving me the opportunity to interview him. And I'd like to give you an opportunity to sign up so you, too, can WRITE FOR PAY! Just click the link, Enter the site (or watch the video first, hit the Submit button, located near the top of your screen, and MAKE CENTS

Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year Ramblings on Death & Dying

Because my father has been sick, I've been a little preoccupied with death lately, so I've written a few posts about different aspects of death and dying and I would like to share them with you. The first two articles deal with grief; the last article reminds you that your loved ones may have left behind social media sites, like Facebook. What should you do with them?

The Many Layers of Grief

How Long is Too Long to Grieve?

Your Loved One Dies – Their Facebook Page Lives – What Should You Do About It?

I hope you find something in those articles worth reading, and, as always, thank you for visiting. 


Have you ever thought about writing for money, but you don't want to commit to writing a blog? Submit HERE. Just click the Submit button! You'll make a penny for everyone who reads your post, another penny for everyone who likes your post, and still another penny when somebody comments on your post. Think those pennies don't add up? What have you got to lose? Give it a try!

Friday, November 8, 2013

How I Made $100 Last Month Just By Expressing My Opinion – How You Can Too!

Earlier this year, I saw comments on my Facebook page from people who were making money just by expressing their thoughts and opinions by writing only 400 characters! I was intrigued. I'm usually quite lengthy in my posts so I knew I would never have to worry about reaching 400 characters (notice I said characters and not words), and I decided to give it a try. If even one person read what I wrote

– I would get a penny. If somebody commented on my post, I would make another penny. And for every like I received, I would get another penny. 

You may be curious about why I split that paragraph in two. The reason is because I wanted to show you what 400 characters looked like and if I had posted only that first paragraph on the site I'm about to mention, I would have fulfilled the requirements of the site that paid me $100 last month JUST by posting my thoughts, opinions, and ANYTHING else I wanted to post. I don't post as often as other Bubblers (that's what we call ourselves) do, but I know of some Bubblers who are making $25 a day – could YOU use an extra $750 a month? I'm hoping to build to that level too, but even the extra $100 I made last month is going to help me buy gifts this year for my 17 grandkids!

Want to make $100 posting YOUR opinions AND get paid for doing so? CLICK THIS LINK to join!

If you don't want to join but you want to read some of the things I've posted there, please click MY BubbleWS POSTS

Thank you for visiting.

(This post also appears on my Wordpress blog.)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Sad Face :(

So rarely do I get to post anything that when I do, I feel as if I've accomplished so much, I almost want to congratulate myself. So imagine my chagrin when I posted several articles yesterday, went on a social media frenzy sharing everything, and then discovered that the site shut down. And worse, I had just posted the little Thank You you see above. Oh, woe is me.

Anyway, I'd like to post links to those articles (and a couple of blogs) in case anyone wants to read them or tried to read them yesterday, and discovered they couldn't read them because the site was down. 

BubbleWS is very precarious as it is experiencing some growing pains, but with an Alexa ranking of 2,872 (out of a possible 1 billion) and because BubbleWS is only about 1 and a half years old, I have to be forgiving.

Here they are with a small explanation about each post.

Started My Day With a Laugh is a post I wrote after reading a hilarious comment made by one of my Facebook friends.

Attention Deficit Disaster is a blog I wrote about my ongoing problem with paying attention.

Do I Look LIke I Need a Date? is a Facebook-related post, written after receiving a questionable email from one of my Facebook "friends."

Prisoner to Netflix's Orange is the New Black is a short review about the new Netflix original.

Bipolar? Might Be From the Flu! is a blog written after discovering a link between Bipolar disorder and the flu.

How to Make Sense Out of Nonsense Can YOU make sense out of nonsense? Read the post to see what I think about it.

WHERE IS MY CUP? I could spend hours trying to find it before giving up.

Rescued Dog Needs Continued Care is the story of a precious rescue dog who needs ongoing treatment and loving care.

Creative Kids – Try Finger Knitting is a blog I intended on writing a year and a half ago, but forgot I had it in my file. If you've never heard of finger knitting and you want to introduce your children to a new skill, please read the blog.

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Happy Face :)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Legitimate Writing Site Pays You To Write!

Did you ever find yourself mentioning something so many times, you realized you must really like it? That's how I feel about BubbleWS. If you haven't heard of this writing site that PAYS writers to write, allow me to tell you.

Yes, as you may have guessed, I sincerely enjoy writing for this site. I wish it had been around years ago. If you have ever WANTED to write, but you felt you weren't good enough, or if you have opinions you want to share and you KNOW your friends and family would read you, why not make money from BubbleWS

If you don't think you're a spectacular writer, write anyway. I've seen that more than writing skills today, passion matters. Feel passionate about what you're writing, and you'll gather followers.

BubbleWS is going through some growing pains. This BubbleWS baby is kind of new. So be patient, write, and post. Then watch your bank grow!

Please read the Rules and Terms of Service before you write, because if you break the rules or ignore the TOS, you will not be able to take advantage of this generous site.

Want to join? Click any of the BubbleWS links in this blog!

And if you would like to read more from this author, please see the sidebar or click HERE! Thank you for visiting!

Friday, June 14, 2013

All-In-One Word Count and Keyword Density Tool

For those of you interested in generating blogs or articles with the accepted percentage of keywords, I'd like to introduce you to a tool that will not only count your words for you, but also generate keyword density percentages.

The minute you copy and paste your words into the box provided, word count, character count, and keyword percentage shows. It's like getting three writing tools in one.

Another perk? This word counter tool is available in the App Store! Click Word Counter to access it!

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Waiting For Trains

Growing up in the Midwest, specifically in Dolton, Illinois (home to Jane Lynch's high school), I have become an expert train waiter. You have to be when you live in train-track towns like Dolton. Trains never move and you either learn to be patient or you get out of your car and draw graffiti all over the train. I'm betting one train is probably still sitting on the tracks from when I was 20 years old.

When my oldest daughter was young, I drove her to her babysitter who sat in a home on the other side of the tracks. So when I got off work, I would take the bus to my bus stop, walk about a block to my car, and drive to the babysitter's home to pick up my daughter.

On the day I'm about to mention, the weather was freezing, though the puddle the bus driver hilariously dropped me into, due to traffic, had not yet frozen.

I should probably give you a little background here. I was a young woman who had just gained newly-acquired adult status and who knew nothing about paying bills. I stupidly took a job where my income did not quite meet my expenses (by several hundred dollars), so I drove the only car I could afford. 

Not particularly fond of shopping and because I didn't have money to shop, I wore whatever clothes and shoes I had, never dreaming that the hole in my boot combined with no heat in my car, and factoring into the equation an evil bus driver who, after driving from Chicago to the far south suburbs, dropped me into the only puddle on the entire street, and, well, you can probably understand the gravity of the situation. When I walked to my unheated car in freezing wintry weather I already felt wet and cold.

Key in ignition cranked to start, I drove to the babysitter's home where a train sat on the tracks (typical). I remember trying to use my psychic abilities to get the train to move as frostbite kicked in. I remember cursing the car for not having heat. I remember cursing my job for not paying me enough money to live. I remember praying for the train to move. It didn't.

For more than 25 minutes I sat less than 2 houses away from my destination, willing that train to move before I died in my own unheated car – of frostbite. I imagined magic bridges forming over the stationary train. I imagined electric saws separating the car that sat in front of me and huge cranes pulling that car off the track. I imagined my own helicopter flying over the train and landing me in the front yard of the babysitter. I imagined jumping in the engine, removing the driver and moving the train myself. But none of these fantasies transpired.

Finally – finally I heard a chug and probably 15 minutes later, after the 2,000 car train (I may be exaggerating) passed the gates, I drove over the tracks and parked in front of the house.

Now I want you to imagine getting out of your car with no legs beneath you. If you knew you didn't have legs, you probably wouldn't have gotten out of your car. I didn't know that I wouldn't be able to feel my legs until I fell against my car. As a matter of fact, I felt nothing but movement in my hips as I willed one leg and then the other to move. 

With each excruciating step, I hobbled to the steps, held onto the sides of the stairs, pulled myself up the steps, and rang the bell. When my daughter's babysitter saw me, she invited me inside to the fireplace. My foot had frozen inside the boot though, so I couldn't remove it – the boot; not my foot.

I really just wanted to get home, but I ended up sitting by her fire for nearly an hour – thawing. And then I did the only thing a reasonable human could do – I found another babysitter and another job, which, by the way, still didn't meet my bills, but I was getting closer.

Fast forward 40 years. I have never made enough to live on, but now I can do what I love to do – write, crochet, and take care of my grandkids!

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