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There is plenty of blame to go around!

The death of the writing site Niume taught me two critical. The first is always to be able to generate my views. That can be done very easily, but you have to pay attention to the rules. The first way is to bu8ild, join or participate in a group of writers that are site independent. There are several groups on Facebook that focus on helping writers share their works. I would argue they have varied levels of success. It is a great place to make and maintain non-blogging relationships.  The other thing being able to drive your viewers is you can quickly determine which of the influencers on a site can help you. That brings the second lesson from Niume and the one that scares me as I see it again here on Virily.

Virily is a writer at will site; you are not contractually bound to the site. You are not obligated to read, post or share anything from the site. If, and there are some writers this doesn’t apply to, you’ve been paid at Virily you owe a level of loyalty. If you, as an author get 30, 40 or more views the site owes you a level of loyalty as well. Virily has for the past 18 months, paid writers. The number of sites on the internet that pay writers is small. Virily has paid (geez look at all the I got paid posts). As a former leader in the Technology and Travel sections of Niume I can tell you that no matter the site notified people, they didn’t like the way they were notified. Roughly two or three months before the end of paying writers, the nature of posts on Niume and public comments became more about complaining and less about writing.

That happened here on Virily with a couple of writers who left the site (one has returned). Their negative posts are kind of created a hyper-negative atmosphere. When they left the atmosphere got a little more positive. Between them leaving and today the site also improved. Here is the hard-won learning I gathered from Niume and now see playing at Virily.

  1. 50% of the blame goes to the writers.
  2. 50% goes to the admin team

It isn’t a question that the negative posts, to quote Kim “You beat a dog enough times, it won’t come back.” There is no high road for any of us to take. I think it is time for all of us to ask ourselves, do we want Virily to be here tomorrow? I stayed on Niume well past the time that payment ended. I will stay with Vrily as well, I like the templates, and I post here. I am, however, no longer going to stand by as people beat the dog.

A writer sent me a private message on Virily and said I should post the negative comments made by Virily writers. The “negative” influencers list. I won’t do that. Everyone has the right to complain. Everyone has the right be frustrated. Nobody is asking anybody to stop complaining, on one condition. If something works, make sure you share that with your complaint. Don’t confuse the issue. Post a positive thing after or before you tear down the admin team. It doesn’t matter their failings or our failings; there are human beings on both sides of this problem. Let’s learn from our mistakes!

  • Did you write on Niume?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you written for “paying sites” that are closed now?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you ever heard “There is precious little glory and oh so much blame.”

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you agree that we, as the writers community are responsible for 1/2 the blame on Virily?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.


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  1. Human nature…My dad always used to say it takes two to tango…You see it everywhere now..not just on writing sites but many FB groups, in fact, I have left a few for such negativity and often just downright nastiness…I loved Nuime and hung on until the bitter end and have come away with some positives and friends…Virily just wasn’t for me…simples…I am sad for the people who have worked hard and love it here though and as my dearest pixie friend said it is like losing a part of you…Where to next I ask? Maybe we should start our own??? As always Scott an honest, thoughtful post which doesn’t apportion blame but accepts that there are two sides to every coin 🙂

  2. I was on Nium and on Flibby … but it took me too much time so I’m just on Virily. I totally agree that we must also take part of the blame. We have the saying that two are always necessary for the strife.

  3. You take the high road when you said no to negative influencers’s list.

    Back in Niume, we (I remember the most you and Carol) tried hard to keep it alive eventhough the admins themselves already abandoned the ship. I hope that will not happen here, too. Losing a site is like losing a part of you. Goodluck, Doc!

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