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Why MyLot is My Favorite Social Network

MyLot is a very Social Network

MyLot exists for discussions. Yes, people share photos, too, but only with some personal words and only one per discussion. People join MyLot to make friends or to talk to those on the network who are already friends. Some of those friends may also be friends in the real world, but most are  only virtual friends.

Why Would I Want to Talk to People I Don’t Know?

First, you can speak freely about things you might not want to talk to family and friends about. Many myLot members discuss family problems or other problems they might not want the people they see outside of the internet to be aware of.

For the first years I was on myLot my user name was unlike any other I used online and my real name did not show. I wanted to talk about things on my mind I did not necessarily want customers to see if they googled my name. After I retired from the business I started using my real name. It wouldn’t matter anymore if I had opinions my customers might not have agreed with.

There are many interesting people living where I’d never meet them except on myLot.  There I communicate with people from several different countries I’ve never visited. I learn a lot about their countries from them I’d never learn  from newscasts or online articles. I learn what their lives are really like and how they compare to mine. We see how much we have in common in spite of geographical and cultural differences.

What Do You Talk to Strangers About?

Whatever is on your mind. Maybe it’s the weather or your social life or your family. People talk about their travels, their gardens, their jobs, the anecdotes that reveal what their lives are like.  People vent when they are frustrated and celebrate when they accomplish something. In other words, they  talk to each other as friends  do in the real world.

Many people live alone or don’t have an active social life anymore. They know that there is always someone at myLot they can talk to. MyLot friends live in every time zone. MyLot friends don’t remain strangers long. You soon find you know many of them better than those Facebook friends you haven’t seen since high school.

Why MyLot is My Favorite Social Network

MyLot Friends Really Do Begin to Care about Each Other

On myLot many people have been friends for years. They have developed many friendships in common. So if someone seems to have disappeared, many people do care and try to find out what happened any way they can.

We have a popular person in her nineties who lives in a retirement home. She recently was suddenly MIA.  MyLot is her bridge to the outside world. She normally posted several times a day, so her absence was obvious. Naturally we were concerned. But one person is in touch with her son and lets us know anything she learns. We all care.

I have never met a troll or a mean person on myLot. If one shows up, it gets reported and the troll is gone. Spammers also disappear fast.

When someone  goes through a tough time or has a problem to solve, they can feel  free to share it and be sure they will get support from their friends. Some  continue conversations privately through the private messaging provided.

How Does myLot Work?

Sign Up

 MyLot is free. All all you have to do is sign up and make a simple profile. Choose a username and a display name.  Upload your avatar. To help people who may want to follow you, include your country or city and state. Your age will also show. If you wish,  add a slogan or statement that tells something about you. You may also add a link to your website or other social profile.  When finished, you are ready to participate. Here’s my profile.

Why MyLot is My Favorite Social Network
My MyLot Profile

 

Post Your First Discussion

This should be an introduction that lets people know where you’re from, what you’re interested in, and any facts about yourself that would help people to see what they may have in common with you. This will also give them an idea of your writing style.

Let your personality show.  Do not post any referral or promotional links because they are against the guidelines. MyLot is for discussion, not promotion. Word count doesn’t matter in either discussions or comments. Write as you would talk to friends.

This first discussion will help you make friends. If you comment on other discussions and people like your comments, they will check your profile. They will probably go right to your posts to see what you’ve written and which discussions you have commented on. If they like what they see they will follow you. People are very friendly and always want more people to interact with.

Tip: When you post to myLot, remember your post is for stimulating discussion  rather than just conveying information as you might in a blog post. I try to end every post with at least one question that will encourage commenting. Answer every comment as quickly as you can.

Why MyLot is My Favorite Social Network
Meet People and Start Talking

How Do I Meet People and Get Talking?

First, go to the top of the page and let your mouse  hover over EXPLORE.  (See profile photo above.) You will see a drop down menu. Click any option that looks interesting and dive in wherever you wish.

The best way to meet people is to find a discussion that looks interesting and join in. Don’t be shy! Members expect and welcome people they haven’t met yet who join in. It increases their income when people participate in their discussions. (Yes, you can earn money on myLot. Keep reading.)

When you are commenting on a discussion, be sure to read it carefully and also read the other comments. Then make a relevant and intelligent comment yourself.  Those who don’t know you yet will check your profile if they like your comment and then they will be likely to follow you.

It’s OK to also comment on the comments others make, just as you would in a group conversation. Every MyLot discussion is meant to be a group conversation. The threaded commenting format makes such conversations easy.

Be sure to follow the author of a post you like and the people who make interesting comments on that post. You are sure to find people who share some of your interests. The more active you are, the faster you will make friends — as long as you follow the myLot guidelines.

Did You Say I Can Earn Money at MyLot?

 

Why MyLot is My Favorite Social Network
How to Earn Money at MyLot

Yes, you can earn a few pennies on myLot. As you participate regularly pennies will collect in your account and when you’ve collected $5, you will get paid before the 15th of  the next month.  Learn how to earn money on myLot.

Unlike many online sites, such as Virily,  that pay its members to participate, myLot doesn’t list specific actions they pay for.  You don’t get paid a set amount for each post or comment you make. But the more active you are and the more you inspire others to comment on your posts, the more pennies you will collect. The more you enjoy interacting and the less you  think about how much you may be earning, the more you will probably earn. The amount you have earned always shows at the top of your profile.

Many sites that have disappeared, such as Bubblews,  have specified how much they would pay for each member action. They could not earn enough to pay what they promised, so they stopped paying completely and then disappeared shortly after that. Read how myLot compares to some of those now dead sites.

Will MyLot Help a Writer or Blogger?

It will indirectly help a writer or blogger to participate on myLot. Though you can’t directly promote your work, you can meet many more people who may also want to follow you on other social networks where you do promote your work.  You will gain some name recognition if you are an author or blogger. You can also put a link to your blog or your Facebook page in your myLot profile.

I find myLot most useful for finding ideas, researching what people think about various topics, and just relaxing. Many members have also helped me with technical issues or just provided a listening ear when I needed it.  You will meet students in other countries who are practicing their English. You will meet writers, musicians, artists, young mothers, widowed folk, the rich and the poor. You’ll meet gamers and people who would rather read. You will meet people from all walks of life and from many religions and with many different political views.

I regularly interact with friends from China, India, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, the Philippines, and many other countries. But I also communicate with those Americans who live in my own city, the rest of California, and in other states. Being an active member of myLot enables me to keep my finger on the pulse of ordinary people in the international community and in my own country.

Have you joined myLot yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Meet me at myLot.

Review: Will These Social Blogging Sites Survive?

A Selective History of Social Blogging Sites

The first social blogging site I joined was Bubblews. It lasted for almost three years. It was very popular and established writers from well-known sites like HubPages devoted less time to writing for them because they were making more on Bubblews. This left HubPages weaker, and many people, including me, found it hard to just jump back in at HubPages after Bubblews stopped paying.

Social blogging was easy, fun, and struck a chord for those of us who wanted to connect as people rather than just share information. Since the fall of Bubblews, people began looking for another social blogging site. Many went back to myLot, which had changed ownership and gone back to paying members. It is a simple forum, but its new format also makes it ideal for social blogging.  This got friends connected again, but social bloggers wanted something a bit different.

Many of those looking discovered BlogJob. BlogJob seemed to combine the best features of Bubblews and myLot. I have reviewed the state of BlogJob in Transition here.  Some people are still hanging on, but few are very active anymore. Once again the search is on for a new site. This week I’ve joined two new sites very similar to BlogJob.

Review: Two New Social Blogging Sites
Photo in Public Domain Courtesy of Pixabay.com

UPDATE, November 30, 2017

I was able to log into BlogBourne, but it’s obvious that it’s on its way out. It might as well be gone. I also checked into my account at Literacy Base.  I think it’s on its last legs, as well.  If you aren’t already a member of these sites, I recommend you not join them. If you are, it’s time to back up any work you have left on them and save it.

UPDATE, July 15, 2017

Blogbourne will be closing when its hosting expires in October, 2017. Literacy Base has improved since I first posted this review.  Keep that in mind when you read the rest of this post.

Literacy Base and BlogBourne — What They Have in Common

  • They are both a lot like BlogJob. They offer free hosting for social bloggers and they provide groups and forums for member interaction outside the blogs. Unlike BlogJob, though, one cannot have an independent WordPress Blog on either site such as BlogJob members have.
  • They are owned or administrated by people whose first language is not English. This means some of the site documentation has errors in standard English.
  • They both offer some form of compensation to those active on the sites
  • Both will pay members through PayPal. Literacy Base also  pays through Payoneer.
  • Both provide members with referral links to share their articles and to recruit new members.
  • Both sites are currently experiencing growing pains and may go offline from time to time as they work out bugs. BlogBourne officially launched August 1, 2016.

How Literacy Base and BlogBourne Differ: Payment

Review: Two New Social Blogging Sites
Photo in Public Domain Courtesy of Pixabay.com
  • BlogBourne splits site earnings with members, keeping 50% for site expenses and dividing the rest to to determine the value of a coin. This system is similar to the one Persona Paper was using. Literacy Base pays specific cash amounts for specific tasks like commenting or writing posts. The value of a BlogBourne coin fluctuates and is posted every month.
  • BlogBourne will be paying seven days after a person orders payment, but the payments won’t be issued the first time until two months after the site’s launch. BlogBourne payment amounts range from $5 to $100.  Literacy Base pays on  the tenth day of the month after a person has earned $10.
  • BlogBourne currently offers the same amount of coins for any post. Literacy Base at its own discretion pays more for higher quality interactions and longer posts.
  • Literacy Base currently has placed no limits on how much a member can earn in a day.  BlogBourne has a limit of three posts per day and varying limits for other activities one can earn for.

How Literacy Base and BlogBourne Differ: Editors and Posting

  • On Literacy Base your blog post has to be approved before it will post. That can take up to 24 hours. If more people become active, that might increase the approval time. Moderators also look over what you post on BlogBourne until a member is white-listed for immediate posting. Moderators let members know if changes need to be made and offer help before a post is approved for posting.
  • On Literacy Base your post must be at least 300 words long. On BlogBourne, it has to be 400 words.
  • Evidently on Literacy Base you can’t save drafts(even though it looks like you should be able to). It’s best to write your post in a word processor and paste it in before submitting. You can save your drafts in BlogBourne. You can edit and delete posts there, too, but if you delete a post you will lose any coins associated with it. I always advise writing in a word processor first anyway. It gives you a backup copy and protects you if the site goes offline while you are typing. A screen shot of the BlogBourne editor is below.
Review: Two New Social Blogging Sites
Screen Shot BlogBourne Editor

Notice that you can edit the HTML in the BlogBourne editor (see arrow) and that there are additional fields you can’t see below where the screen shot ends. Now compare with the Literacy Base Editor (below).

Review: Two New Social Blogging Sites
Screen Shot of Literacy Base Editor

You can see that the BlogBourne editor has more options than that of Literacy Base and more closely resembles a WordPress interface. Neither editor has a drop-down menu for header text, but the BlogBourne editor allows you to change the font and text size.

Other Differences between Literacy Base and BlogBourne

  • You may use an affiliate link in a BlogBourne post, but not in a Literacy Base post. Notice I said a link.
  • Literacy Base only allows links to site sources that support the information in your post.
  • It is easier for people to find your work on BlogBourne and your profile looks nicer.
  • Literacy Base has a more cluttered design that distracts from reading the posts.
  • BlogBourne has a very motivating Leaderboard for those of us who are competitive. It lists members by number of coins they’ve earned with highest earners at the top.
  • Literacy Base has been around since some time in 2014. They opened their Facebook Page in November 2014. BlogBourne launched on August 1,  2016.
  • Literacy Base has made improvements in their site. Blogbourne will be closing in October, 2017.

Will These Sites Survive? Should I Join?

I’m afraid only time will tell that. I don’t mind pioneering a bit. I was one of the first on Bubblews and although I didn’t  expect it to last as long as it did, I made some good money there.  I’m glad I decided to risk it.

I do like social blogging, but I believe BlogJob won’t last much longer.  I haven’t left, but I am moving some posts to my own sites.  BlogBourne and Literacy Base are the most similar sites to BlogJob that I’ve joined.  I happen to prefer BlogBourne, but it has already announced it is closing.  You will need to weigh the pros and cons for yourself.

 

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My Advice: Updated November 30, 2017

If you haven’t joined yet, I don’t advise you to. I don’t expect either site to last long enough to pay you.

I’ve been around the social blogging block a few times and gotten burned, just like many of you. My common sense tells me I should really invest the most time into my own blogs. If you do not yet have your own blog, now is the time to start one. Here’s how.

If you think this post will help someone else who is trying to decide, please share it. The image below is just right for Pinterest.

Review: Two New Social Blogging Sites: Literacy Base and BlogBourne

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The Bubblews Bubble Has Finally Burst

Soap Bubbles, CCO, public domain.
Soap Bubbles, CCO, public domain.

After three years, Bubblews has shut down. A visit to the site shows  only a brief announcement that Bubblews  can no longer stay in business with  what they earn from the ads they  show.  I’m not surprised. I expected it. That’s  why I haven’t wasted any more time there since the beginning of the year.

If you  wrote on Bubblews and don’t know how to find your Bubblews friends, I suggest you go to myLot. Many people found their way to Bubblews when  the old version of myLot stopped  paying. Most of them have returned since it came  back under the original ownership and started paying again. I noticed many new people there  from Bubblews today. Connect with me at myLot and you’ll find most of the old timers among my friends. Just click on their profiles to  follow them and get acquainted fast.

MyLot pays a few pennies a day  just for interacting with  other myLotters in the discussions that interest you. You can also  start your own discussions. It’s an easy site to visit and relax with friends while  watching your pennies add up. For more information on using myLot, be sure to read the blog post by @owlwings,  one of the most knowledgeable members. You will   also want to  follow him.

How do you feel about the demise of Bubblews? I think I’m relieved that I no longer have to worry about deleting my posts one my  one. I lost almost  $20 in unpaid earnings, but many lost more than I did. Now I’m wondering which will be the next site to close.

I just revised my Hub that Reviews Bubblews to reflect on what we can learn from what happened there: What Can We Learn from the Fall of Bubblews?

Review Comparing Bubblews, Tsu, and myLot

MyLot Back in the Game

The online writing community is abuzz with conversation about the return of myLot with its former owners in charge again as a revenue sharing site. Back in 2013, myLot was a vibrant community that had a forum to discuss anything and everything that was on members’ minds, as long as it was G-rated. People made friends. People recruited friends. People earned a bit of money as they got to know each other. I found out about myLot through online friends.

Then, in the first part of 2013, myLot’s ownership changed hands and stopped sharing revenues. They also changed the way the forum looked, and changed the rules to allow the sharing of links from which members could profit, and the site became spammy. Some people continued to be active, but many people left or stopped using the site, hoping that the site might someday become what it had been once again.

The Brief Era of Bubblews in Social Blogging

Them, seemingly out of nowhere, Bubblews emerged, inviting people to write their worlds. It sounded wonderful. Arvind Dixit said that the people who created the content, the little people, should profit from their work, and that he would share the ad revenues with those who accepted the invitation to “share your world” in posts of only 400 characters.

Bubblews became known as a social blogging site. People were paid a penny each for the views, comments, and likes they got on their posts – a rate that far exceeded what those who wrote for Squidoo, HubPages, and many other revenue sharing sites paid their members. Word spreads fast. Everyone said no one could afford to keep paying those rates, but many decided to concentrate their efforts on Bubblews for the easy money while it lasted. This is especially true of those who felt homeless after what happened to myLot and Gather, another site which had suddenly closed. People swarmed from myLot to Bubblews and were delighted with the pay rate.

Review Comparing Bubblews, Tsu, and myLot

 

Then, at the end of 2014, Bubblews announced they were not going to pay their writers what they were owed. Some simply were denied payments they had earned and submitted for redemption before a certain date in November. Bubblews administrators announced they were out of money and could no longer pay the same rates. No announcement was made on how pay rates would be determined. Many people just quit. Bubblews closed its site before the end of 2015.

 

Tsu Emerged as a New Social Network

Then, suddenly, tsu made its debut. I never made money there and found it a bit too busy for me. Many were very happy there, but many also left because it wasn’t a good fit. I got less and less active there because I found it overwhelming. In August, 2016, the site went dark, and its founder stated that those who had reached the payment threshold of $100 could email him, and he would pay them.

The Return to MyLot

 

At myLot There is Always Someone to Talk To
There’s no excuse for being lonely at myLot.

Now myLot is back in the hands of the original owners and the site is sharing revenues again. Not only are former members who had migrated to Bubblews returning, but they are bringing new friends they were close to on Bubblews with them. They are bringing people who used to write for Squidoo and who still write for HubPages. The result will be a more diverse membership that in the past.

So how do Bubblews, tsu and myLot compare now? MyLot is the only one of the sites that has survived.

Review Comparing Bubblews, Tsu, and myLot

 

MyLot is full of people excited to be back. They are earning their daily few cents again, and they are happy that they can cash out after earning only $5 as opposed to the $50 on Bubblews or $100 on tsu. Some of the old perks people had to earn (like being able to copy and paste and use emoticons) are now available to all as soon as they join. The old star system that made some people earn more than others is now gone and everyone is equal. One earns with all activity – posting and getting interaction on a post, and commenting on the posts and responses of others.

This is unique in the online world. On myLot people get paid for all their interaction on a post, and this encourages the long discussions that myLotters love. There is no set length a comment has to be, so people don’t say anymore than they need to in order to make a point.

MyLot requires members to write in English. It does not, however require that the English is proficient and many posts and comments can be hard to understand for that reason. It’s a great place for those studying English who want to practice.  You can join myLot here to party with us. MyLot does not currently have a referral program.

 

Review Comparing Bubblews, Tsu, and MyLot over the Long Haul