For the past year or so I’ve been posting articles in a site known as Bubblews. As of today, November 15, 2015, it was officially shut down with the following message.
The writing had been on the wall, so to speak, for awhile now. There hadn’t been much interaction from staff or moderators in months and the traffic was going steeply downward since earlier this year. It’s a shame that it was ultimately a failed experiment because it was a great idea. The concept was to post articles, blogs, or just random thoughts, and earn a little money for your trouble Their earlier business model of earning a penny for every like, comment or view your posts got became quickly unsustainable. They had to renege on a lot of payments and completely rework the payment system to be based on a revenue share percentage from the actual advertising revenue they earned. This caused a mass exodus of the most prolific of writers on the site. They tried to recover and even did a massive redesign of the site, but it was too little too late.
It’s a shame because I loved the community atmosphere that had been built up. I do hope I run into some of those lovely people again somewhere on the Internet.