If You’d Like to Write for a Bit of Extra Cash, You Might Like Persona Paper

Ordinary People Can Earn Extra Cash At Persona Paper

Persona Paper is a writing site where writers of all kinds can meet and read each other and have conversations about their posts. Some members are published authors, while others may be writing their posts in English as a second language . What they all have in common is a love of writing, a desire to earn a few pennies for their efforts, and a love of immediate feedback and a chance to develop a new audience.

Persona Paper is one of the newer content writing sites. I joined it at the end of July, 2014.  I got my first payment of $20 on February of 2015. On the average I made one post a day.  But I did not have to spend a long time writing those posts. The minimum post size is only 500 characters, excluding punctuation and spaces. There is no maximum post size.

What do people write for Persona Paper? Some write stories or poems, some post a special photo and talk  about it, and some even write a short photo essay on something that interests them. Some talk  about daily life, their families, share a recipe, or write a factual essay about a plant, animal, health issue, or other interest. People write about trips they’ve taken and what they saw. Some people even offer their opinions on politics or religion. In other words, people write about what they know, what they believe and anything else that interests them.

What’s Involved in Joining and Writing for Persona Paper

Persona Paper is what might be considered a social blogging site. You choose what to write about within their terms of service. You write a first post that answers three questions they give you (mostly biographical) as part of your application. This is to make sure you can write in coherent English and that you aren’t spinning your articles.

While you are waiting for your application to be approved, you can begin earning right away by making thoughtful comments of 30 characters or more on the posts of others. This also helps you get to know people and begin following them, as well as providing models  for what kinds of writing people enjoy there. After two-three days, you will find out if your application was accepted, allowing you to begin posting. What you wrote for your application becomes your first post. If you like,  you can go back to edit it, to add a photo, and maybe break it into paragraphs, if that will improve it.

Once your post shows up, you can expect some members to greet you with some comments. It’s good policy for making friends to answer those comments by clicking to reply to them. This opens a comment box that will put your comment right under theirs so it is obvious it’s a reply. All comments are threaded like this to make conversations easier.

One really neat thing about Persona Paper is that if you are commenting and accidentally close the box instead of clicking to submit the comment, you can retrieve  what you wrote by immediately  clicking the reply button again. What you wrote will still be there. Then be sure to click the button to submit, which is under the box.

After an article is posted, friends are notified and your post also appears in the category you put it in. When your friends get their notification about the new posts by their friends, they pick  what they want to read and stop by to read and comment. You get paid two coins for the views you get from them and also for qualified views from non-members who found you through a link or a search. Coins are currently worth 0.0015. You get one coin for each qualifying comment you make on someone’s post. When the value of your coins totals $20, you can apply  for payment.

Are There Other Revenue Sharing Sites that Pay Writers More?

Content writing sites that may offer higher earnings are also out there. Some I’m still experimenting with to see if they are a good fit for me. Seekyt is one of those. I won’t recommend them until I have made up my mind and see if they really will pay much more than Persona Paper for the extra effort it takes to meet their requirements.

I also belong to Wizzley,and Zujava,  but haven’t made much at either yet with the few articles I have posted.  Some allow affiliate links, and some don’t. To earn at some of them you have to have your own Google Adsense and /or other affiliate accounts.  To earn at Persona Paper, you don’t need and can’t use any affiliate or Adsense accounts.

One HubPages, for example, is for content writers who enjoy creating content-heavy articles of over 500 words packed with photos, videos, maps, diagrams, charts, etc., and they have the tools to help you add those. You can see what I’ve written from my profile page there and decide if that’s the sort of thing you’d like to do. If so, you can sign up to write on the site. You may use limited affiliate links in HubPages articles, but you do need an Adsense account to earn.

Try Persona Paper as a First Revenue Sharing Writing Site

Persona Paper is a great place to start writing short articles on the internet. If you are thinking about starting a blog, you might want to start at Persona Paper first so you won’t feel so lonely. New blogs don’t get many views or comments at first, so their authors don’t get much feedback. You might want to read my post, Should You Start a Blog? to see why I recommend Persona Paper first.

If reading this makes you want to get your feet wet with internet writing for the public and you want to apply  to Persona Paper, here’s how. Register here. Fill out the form, and you are on your way. You should know in a couple of days if your application has been approved, but you can start earning immediately with your comments. (I think Persona Paper is the only site that pays you to make   comments on the posts of others. ) Read the Frequently Asked Questions and Rules right away, too, to get off to a good start. You’ll find links to them at the top of every page.

At Persona Paper you will meet people who write at many different revenue sharing writing sites and get a feel for which other sites you might want to try next. As your new friends read your writing at Persona Paper and enjoy it, they will probably follow you on any other site you  both wind up on . You will gain experience, confidence, and a bit of cash.

I hope to see you on Persona Paper soon.

TSŪ: Where Social Networking Meets MLM

   Invitation to join tsu
Tsu is the new social networking site that shares its earnings with members.

I wasn’t the last to hear about tsū, but I may be one of the last to have joined since the site opened. Several of my friends have beaten a path to the website ahead of me while I’ve been mulling over why I might want to join a social networking network which shares its earnings with its members .

My hesitation was only because it is a bit like multi-level marketing, except that you don’t have to buy anything to join. The earnings come from advertisers and giving you a downline is to encourage you to help the site grow by giving you a stake in having it grow through you.

Many content sites offer an upfront bonus for each member you recruit, and the site gets stiffed because the new members often don’t stay or they violate rules and get kicked off the site. It makes sense that paying according to what a member actually helps produce in income makes more sense than paying members upfront for something that may not be valuable in the long run.

One can earn doing just what one might already be doing on Facebook. The only problem is the same one I faced on the now defunct Zurker network. People on Facebook are pretty happy there and most of them don’t care about earning a few pennies a day to chat and share their pictures. At least not enough to try to convince their real world friends to follow them somewhere else to interact.

But I decided to join anyway. Why not? I have made a lot of virtual friends who are already there. It’s one more site where we can interact in a way we can’t on our other common sites.  You can post longer messages than on Twitter and you have a better chance of people actually seeing them. Since you can find friends from other networks who are already there, you will soon have plenty of people to communicate with. And you can share photos to your heart’s content. Hashtags can help you find people with common interests you might not have met otherwise. What’s not to love?

Should you join? It is one more network where you can  share information that you care about. If every penny counts when it comes to paying your bills, if you love social networking and would like to be able to rationalize the time you spend doing it, tsū just may be for you. (That rhymes, since tsū is pronounced “Sue.” ) If you are only on Facebook to keep in touch with real world family and friends, and aren’t really into social networking, tsū may not be your cup of tea unless you can get enough friends to join to have a tea party.

If you like making new friends and / or think you can convince some of your real friends to join with you, why not join and then invite them to come along. Unlike the other MLM type programs, you don’t have to convince your friends to buy anything. You’ve nothing to lose, since the site is free to use. Your downline is only important in that what it earns is shared with you. The only investment is time you might be wasting on Facebook anyway.

If you have a bit of pioneering spirit in you, please join with my invitation and help me build a downline. Then invite all your friends and build yours. You should earn a share of what your friends in your downline earn from their interactions – posts, comments, photos, etc. It costs nothing to take tsū for a spin. And it just might put some extra pennies in your piggy bank — more than your savings account is giving you in interest.

Your golden invitation is below.

Tsu invitation
Why not join today?

(28) Reading: Why do people who love reading love it so much? – Quora

Why People Read?

(28) Reading: Why do people who love reading love it so much? – Quora.

How would you answer this question? Those who responded on Quora have eloquently described what drives people to their books for a world view and an imaginative view of the world. Please go read the answers. I could never be this eloquent trying to summarize them. Don’t miss the answer by Ojas Patil. What’s in the image is only a fraction of what he wrote. His is just one of the many imaginative answers you will find when you click the link above..

Feel free to leave your own reason for reading in the comments.

Should Teachers Embrace Every Educational Change?

ImageChange is a constant in our world, and that includes the world of educators. Justin Tarte recently published this post on changes teachers are challenged to make. He makes the case that teachers shouldn’t resist change just because it makes them uncomfortable. He states that doing what’s best for the students often stretches teachers into uncomfortable zones. His epiphany was

“the level of comfort educators experience is directly linked to the learning experiences and learning opportunities that become available for students.”

I think teachers need to carefully analyze why they are uncomfortable with the changes they feel themselves resisting. Not everything new is better than what has been done before. Teachers were uncomfortable with the New Math that was forced on them in the 1960’s. It eventually was discarded. It wasn’t good for the students or teachers. Sometimes the motivation isn’t the good of the students, but whether a school or district gets grant money for making the change. This makes guinea pigs of the children. 

Sometimes curriculum changes are designed to follow a political agenda that is twisting history or data in a way that may upset a teacher who can discern what’s happening and doesn’t want to be part of it. On the other hand, changes in methods and tools are often content neutral and the results depend on how they are utilized.

Computers, for example, are just tools. Their value depends upon how they are used. Some older teachers may resist using them because of the uncomfortable learning curve for themselves. If that is the point Tarte is making, then I agree. Good teachers must first be students who continue to keep learning and stretching themselves as new discoveries are made. But teachers should still think critically about proposed changes. Not every new theory deserves to be tried in the classroom.

One thing thing that is often not considered when change is proposed is how it will affect the relationship between students and teachers and whether or not  a certain teacher has always been an effective teacher. I well remember a master teacher I had when I was student teaching 48 years ago. His gift was humor, and he really knew how and when to use it. It was an effective tool and an important component in the dynamics of his classroom because it made the students listen to everything else he said. The relationship it helped him maintain with his students enhanced their ability to learn.

I’m quite sure this man would have been eager to implement changes in methods if he thought they would make learning easier for his students. He was not one to resist change. But neither would he have adopted any method in which he could not see real value just because it was new or part of the latest trend. It was important for him maintain his teaching style and only use those tools that would  enhance it rather than diminish it.

I’m afraid that many of the changes teachers are being forced to implement today make them less effective because these changes suddenly take them out of an element they have mastered and throw them suddenly into one they have not. It takes time for a teaching style to evolve. Once it does, that teacher shouldn’t be forced to make sudden changes in teaching methods that impact his teaching style and possibly even his relationship to his students. That’s like throwing a fish on land and telling it to keep swimming.

Teachers should see demonstrations of new methods (social media, software) and equipment the school has available (computers, interactive whiteboards,  etc) and have a chance to play with them over a period of time before being asked to add them to their toolbox. Maybe that would encourage more teachers to embrace proposed changes. 

I admit it’s been a long time since I’ve been in a classroom as student or teacher. I’m wondering if the professors in schools of education still use the lecture method almost exclusively, or if they demonstrate the new methods they want teachers to use as they teach them about those methods. Do college professors use interactive whiteboards to teach teachers about how to use them? Do they give the kind of assessments they teach their students are most effective? I remember my Tests and Measurements professor told us that true/false tests were the least effective tests. Yet all the tests he gave us were true-false test.

My own experience has been that those who teach teachers are resistant to changes in their own teaching methods. If they do not stretch themselves out of their comfort zones, why should they expect the teachers to do so? If the methods they want teachers to use are more effective, maybe they should demonstrate them. That would help teachers (and future teachers) see first hand how effective they really are while helping them understand how to use them. 

 

No Wonder Some People Oppose Common Core!

Memorial Plaque Persecution of Jews
Memorial Plaque Persecution of Jews

After my husband directed my attention today to a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by Reuven H. Taff entitled “Turning Holocaust Denial into Homework,” I decided to see what else I could find out about this online. I wanted to find a more accessible site that did not require a paid subscription. I found it in another form on the Yahoo site:” California School District Under Fire for Holocaust-Denial Assignment” by Beth Greenfield.

The assignment in question was justified as an attempt to satisfy the Common Core standards on critical thinking by helping students to understand and communicate persuasive arguments. This particular assignment to eighth graders in a Rialto middle school required students to complete an essay on whether or not the Holocaust was an actual historical event or just a political scheme. Among the websites listed as legitimate resources for the assignment was one which denied the holocaust happened.

It seems to me that the people responsible for giving this assignment should have demonstrated more critical thinking skills themselves. The Wall Street Journal suggested a number of other topics that legitimately had two sides about which students could write. Among these were climate change, capital punishment, health care, immigration reform, tax policy, energy sources, and many more. You could probably think of many yourself. So why suggest to students with little background in world history that the holocaust might not have been real?

Rialto district officials, including interim Superintendent Mohammed Islam who issued a press release on the subject, said they were aware of the controversy caused by the assignment. Islam stated, ‘The intent of the writing prompt was to exercise the use of critical thinking skills. There was no offensive intent in the crafting of this assignment. We regret that the prompt was misinterpreted.’

It should be noted that Common Core standards were used as an excuse for giving this assignment. I would like to think teachers and curriculum writers would think critically about possible consequences of assignments, and which topics are most likely to be most important to the daily lives of American citizens as they become part of the voting public. Or maybe school officials would rather students didn’t think critically about such issues, since they might come to different conclusions than their teachers.

Barb’s People Builders sells many materials that help teach critical thinking skills to elementary and middle school students.  Television ads, news opinion pieces, and political speeches also offer older students material to analyze critically. Teachers should equip students with critical thinking skills so they can methodically examine what they hear and read to differentiate  facts from spin and propaganda. They should also help students acquire the research skills to find the truth mixed with all the falsehoods they hear and see every day.

Your take on this?

Birth of a Book on Vimeo

Birth of a Book on Vimeo on Vimeo

via Birth of a Book on Vimeo.

An Open BookIn the video  below you will see a book being printed. I hope they hang on to a few of these old presses. You never know when we might need to go back to them. Even though it seems all writing is being done digitally with books able to be printed on demand, we all know that computers and electronics are almost ephemeral.

The Kindle or Nook or iPad you have today may be obsolete tomorrow. What will you read if the power supply is interrupted for more than a week? In a real disaster, books can even be burned to keep you warm.

Of course, preserving the presses isn’t enough. We need to also have a few people who remember how to use them. We’d need the materials for printing and binding. Otherwise, we might find ourselves someday in  world with no books.

 

To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In – NYTimes.com

Too Tired to Study
Too Tired to Study

To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In – NYTimes.com.

I can relate to not wanting to get up early. Now that I’m 70 and work until the wee small hours on my computer, I’m lucky to get six hours of sleep. Because much of my work takes concentration to detail, I usually wait until about 9 PM to start some projects. That gets me in bed sometime between 1 and 3 AM. I try to be up by 9, but it’s an effort, and an early medical appointment or test that means getting up by 6 AM knocks me out for the rest of the day. Even if I try to go to bed early, I lie awake because my brain won’t slow down.

However, when I was in high school I had no problem getting up early, and I also had to be on time for college classes that started at 8. On the other hand, our high school classes started about 8 or 8:30, if my memory serves me well. It certainly wasn’t before 8. Maybe that’s why I and my classmates didn’t have a problem.

It is a sad state of affairs when bus schedules become more important than student alertness. I used to walk to high school, which was probably about a mile away. I never measured, but it took about 45-60 minutes to walk, depending on whether we walked slowly so we could talk longer.

I think maybe some students have bus rides that long. I guess in many places it’s no longer safe to walk back and forth to school. That’s a shame. That walk home from school was a great way to socialize on the way home, get some exercise, and unwind. That exercise is good for fighting depression, another ailment that afflicts way too many teens today. We could have taken the bus, but if we had time, we walked home by choice.  We only took the bus in the morning when time was short.

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