Is Simily Making a Comeback?
How many lives does a writing platform have?
I had basically forgotten about Simily until last night when I got an email noting I’m “approved” to be a writer in their new system.
Here’s the last Medium piece I wrote about a platform I thought was on the verge of death:
Here’s a summary of where things stood as of late January:
The content available includes stories about how to solve “puzzles” on video games.
The “romance” section is just really, really bad porn writing. No, not erotica — just, well, bad writing about bad sex.
The social channels have long been dead.
It appears they may collect subscription fees until those run out — and keep putting up articles and paying out peanuts.
I was initially drawn to Simily because it promised to be a site like Medium but with a clear focus on creative writing.
I published some fiction there (much of which I republished here).
Then, I watched as the site began to die. Not as a direct result of my fiction (probably).
So, I was surprised to get an email from Simily.
The short update is:
You now have to apply to be a writer, social features of the platform will only be available to paid users, and it appears stories will be reviewed before they are published.
Here’s more from the email they sent:
Simily’s mission has always been to build a place where creative writers and readers can thrive online. As the platform has grown, we…