It is with great sadness and tears in my eyes that I write this, my final post on this website.
I’ve been a member here since April of 2018. I enjoyed writing poems, haikus, and short stories. I also shared my thoughts and feelings on my physical and mental illnesses. I did well, was happy with my monthly earnings, and felt the payment structure was fair.
Late last year, the payment method changed and my monthly earnings were greatly reduced, yet I was publishing the same number of stories and poems as usual and receiving around the same number of claps.
I then read a few articles written by other members who were kind enough to explain in detail the change in the payment method. I’m grateful to those brave enough to express their opinion, with which I fully agree. I believe it’s rude to change a procedure that affects paying members without notifying them beforehand. It was a very unfair and unpleasant surprise indeed.
Months ago, another change was implemented; again without us paying members being notified. Now, I don’t always earn back my monthly membership fee. Sustaining a loss is certainly not worth my time and effort. I have more important uses for my monthly membership fee. I’m sure I’m not the only member in this situation.
So where are our combined membership fees going? I strongly suspect greed has crept in and taken over this website. For all my carefully thought out writing, I feel robbed. We writers are not being properly compensated for our hard work.
What change will they implement next to further reduce writer earnings? I’m not waiting around to find out. I refuse to tolerate this injustice any longer. In conclusion, I am packing up and will be ending my membership soon.
Before I go, I sincerely thank everyone who has followed me, clapped loudly, and read and supported my writing. Your attention to and comments on my stories contributed to my earnings, which I also truly appreciate.
My plan for the new year is to return my attention to my goal of becoming a self-published author, at which many of you have been successful. I’ve learned much from your advice columns and can only hope to follow your shining example.
Unfortunately, I realize ending my membership here means I will no longer be able to read your posted items and reciprocate your kind and generous support. Please, I offer my deepest apology and ask for your understanding and forgiveness.
I will be ending my membership next month before it renews. Until then, I will continue to follow, read, and applaud whatever you write.
It has been a great pleasure interacting with all of you and I will miss being part of this group. I wish you all the very best of happiness, health, and success in your future in whatever you do and wherever you go!
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Hugs to all! Thank you for reading!
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Over 20 years ago, my husband and I began rescuing, fostering, and re-homing dogs in dire need. They are our furry family and we do everything we can to help fill their lives with love, health, and happiness. We rescue the old, sick, unwanted, damaged, and on death row. Each special soul we save changes us and remains in our hearts long after they’re gone. We have a fundraising account in my profile above to raise money for their veterinarian care. Please visit our Go Fund Me website: https://www.gofundme.com/tr796d-dog-haven?member=1560512 if you would like to help us help them. Thank you.