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Simily — The Frustrations

by Colleen Millsteed 13 days ago in social media / product review
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I foolishly joined Simily back in February 2022, paying for an annual membership, before realising the infancy of the site and the frustrations it was going to cause me.

I’ve written of my frustrations in the past, in an endeavour to stop anyone else from experiencing the frustrations and regrets that I have experienced.

Why?

Because the only reason I jumped on board was because of a few Medium writers writing glowing reviews. Funnily enough, it seems those same writers have jumped ship and no longer use the Simily site.

I’ve written of the instability of the site, the number of times there are technical issues and you couldn’t log on, or the times you were unable to publish for days.

But then things began to improve and it all seemed to work a little better.

A welcoming glimpse of hope or a false sense of security?

Unfortunately, that welcoming glimpse of hope has been severely dashed.

Something, over the two months, has gone wrong with the updating of the stats — or is it that Simily doesn’t want to honour its promises and pay each writer for their reads?

Every 24 hours the Earnings tab of each writer would update and you’d see the evidence of your $0.02 per read. All was well.

Then that 24 hourly update became more sporadic. It may update in 48 hours, then 36 hourly, next 72 hours from the last update, until suddenly its updating once a week.

Then it seems to have suddenly stopped updating at all.

Now the cynic in me, started doubting myself, telling myself that no one is reading my work anymore — that maybe my writing wasn't good enough. Self doubt can be destructive.

Currently it has been 15 days since my earnings last updated — can I really have not received a single read in 15 days?

But then why is it I’m receiving comments on my work, telling me its beautiful, or a great read etc, but my earnings and the number of reads have remained unchanged.

On a side note here, it seems I can no longer reply to comments on my work. So for those people on Medium who has read my work and commented, please accept my apology. I am not ignoring your comment, Simily simply will not allow me to respond.

I emailed Simily regarding the issue of the lack of earning updates and was totally ignored. After a week of no response, I sent a message to one of the Founders of Simily. That Founder hasn’t bothered to respond but she did pass on my message to Simily as I finally received a response to my original email.

A response to let me know that they have passed my comments to the technical team but the technical team has not identified any known issues.

Now I know I’m not the only Simily user experiencing this lack of earning and updates. Some are even asking the question or making the comment that it looks like Simily is not paying its writers anymore.

I have to agree with these writers — it certainly is a genuine concern!

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Colleen Millsteed

My first love is poetry — it’s like a desperate need to write, to free up space in my mind, to escape the constant noise in my head. Most of the time the poems write themselves — I’m just the conduit holding the metaphorical pen.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran10 days ago

    I feel so bad that you paid for an annual membership. But it's really so sweet of you to write this to help save other writers from being cheated my Simily

  • Thanks for letting me know, issues with Vocal seem to be dealt with in the same offhand way, but it is still my preferred platform. I never tried simily, but that you for your overview.

  • Well, I definitely won’t be using simily! Hope this site keeps paying!!! Very good article! 🤓😎🙁

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