BlogBourne is a new social blogging platform that that shares 50% of its revenue with its community members. You pick a topic to write about, create and publish a post. For each post, you will be awarded coins that you can accumulate in your wallet. These coins can later be exchanged for PayPal cash transfers or other rewards.
BlogBourne is the result of writers watching site after site fail to thrive. Many social bloggers were hurt when writing sites decreased the amount a writer could earn, failed to pay writers as promised, eliminated revenue sharing programs, or failed altogether and shuttered their virtual doors. Over the past several years this has happened to one social blogging site after another, leaving bloggers without a source of revenue – and often without their content, as well!
BlogBourne promises to be different. And already, within just hours of joining the writing site, I have noted several significant differences:
1) BlogBourne’s Unique Payment Model
Unlike most other social blogging platforms where a fixed rate is paid to writers for every time a post is viewed, liked, or commented upon, the BlogBourne payment model is a flexible one. Specific tasks like writing a post or referring a visitor are rewarded according to an Earning Table. But because the currency is a coin whose value fluctuates when the site is doing better, the writers will also earn more money for blogging and other activities. The value of a coin will be fixed monthly; it will reflect both the earnings of the site and the number of coins that have been earned by writers who are active on the site. This approach to revenue sharing reduces the risk for both the site owner and the bloggers who belong to the BlogBourne community.
2) Balancing Security with Respect for Writers
In the past, it’s been fairly common for social writing sites to take an all or nothing approach to security. Some sites have let anyone join and have allowed users to publish hundreds of posts in a week, with almost no editorial oversight or precautions against abuse. At other times the concern for security has become so strong that all user-generated content is held for moderation, and bloggers can neither edit nor delete their own posts.
Most social bloggers have seen sites rife with plagiarism, graphic content, and spam. We have also struggled with sites that insist on moderation but can’t keep up with submissions, or sites that hold our content hostage even after they refuse to pay what they promised us.
While BlogBourne is taking care to keep the site secure, it also respects the intellectual property rights and autonomy of its member bloggers. One of the biggest differences about BlogBourne is that linking to other sites is not a big taboo. If you have an affiliate account with Amazon and you want to link to the sale page for a book you’re reviewing, you can do that on BlogBourne. You can also include links to your content on a personal blog or other social blogging platform, and even add referral links to your posts. As long as a writer exercises moderation and good judgment, BlogBourne will allow for activities that generate revenue in addition to the coins rewarded by the site. That’s pretty uncommon when it comes to social writing sites!
Initial posts are held for moderation, but the site owner has said that trusted writers will be allowed to post directly to the site once he approves it. And on BlogBourne, you can always edit or delete your content. Just beware that if you remove a post from the site, you may lose coins that were associated with that post!
3) Emphasis on Transparency
One of the first things I heard about BlogBourne was that the site owner wanted to be transparent in a way that many social writing sites are not. And so far as I can tell, he does strive to keep things out in the open.
You can check the site forum posts for BlogBourne news. But you can also report a bug in the forum or ask for clarification about the site rules or how payments will work. Everything out in the open for all BlogBourne members to see. And questions or concerns are addressed quite promptly, so users won’t be left hanging for days or weeks without an answer as we have been on other writing sites.
And while other sites are pretty quiet about how much their writers are earning for their activity, everything is out in the open on BlogBourne. You can consult the Public Log to see how many coins other writers are earning, and you can even see the activity history for a specific blogger if you visit his profile. Once we start to see how much the site is earning, this information will help ensure that everyone can see how many coins are in circulation. And of course, that will figure directly into the calculation of what each coin is worth!
Are you ready to take the plunge! Come join BlogBourne and see what sets it apart from other writing sites!
Original content © 2016 Kyla Matton Osborne. Cover photo by Annie Spratt/Magdeleine/CC0.
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