Bringing Community Back: FWJ is Giving Away $150


Once upon a time there was a blog. This blog had several thousand visitors each day. They shared. They chatted. They commiserated. It was all good. Soon some mean people came by and began scaring away the happy chatters. The vibe changed from warm and fuzzy to not so much fun anymore. The owner did her best to build up community, but she was so busy with her projects and her job it wasn’t happening. She put a comment policy into place but the damage was already done. She had a reputation for having a community that liked to bicker.

She wants to change that.

If you remember the days when FWJ was a huge, lively community of writers helping writers, you may miss the golden days as well. Let’s try and get it all back. Several years ago, we built this community with a contest – a comments contest. We offered a $25 gift certficate to the person with the most comments. People came and never left. It was good.

We’re doing it again, except we’re upping the ante.

Beginning today, October 1st, we’re giving away $150 to the people who help to bring back this wonderful community. We’re giving away three $50 prizes.

  • The person with the most comments between now and October 31st, on the homepage Freelance Writing Jobs blog, will receive $50.
  • The person with the most comments across the whole FWJ network by the end of the month, that’s all of the blogs, will receive $50.
  • The FWJ blogger who does the most to build community and join the conversation will win $50 at the end of the month.

Just a few notes:

  • Comments that only say ” I agree” or add nothing to the conversation won’t count.
  • Comments not adhering to our comment policy will be deleted and won’t count.
  • Spammy comments or comment dropping links – unless they’re truly offering something to the conversation – won’t count.

I know you’re here. I see the numbers. Thousand of people visit each day and even more subscribe. Come join the conversation. Let’s bring community back!


  1. says

    This is a great way to get the blogs on rail. It is really sad that there are as many destructive people out there as there are constructive ones. I would say that the best method to keep these people out would be to ensure that all bloggers register with your blog and the ones that spoil the atmosphere should be booted out and blacklisted by the moderator. Yes, that is too much work. But it will keep your blog healthy!


  2. says

    Hypothesis: a blog gains an extra boost into a community through twitter followers.

    There are so many advantages to this connection; the main one is gaining word of mouth “recruitment” to a blog, website, facebook page, etc. One word of caution: twitter is not about blatent self-promotion. Before you can advertise or attract friends, you must “establish” yourself in the twitter verse. You can do this with top-content tweets. My top recommendation for becoming an expert tweeter in a short amount of time is Joel Comm’s book, twitter power. It’s available at Amazon.

    Try being active in twitter: you’ll love the results.

  3. LC Merlini says

    What a fun idea! And what a great way to meet fellow writers! As someone who is drumming up the courage to turn days of looking for work into days of producing work, I can use all the advice and friendship a writing community can bring. And the $150 would be nice, too. :)

  4. LC Merlini says

    Here’s a question for the community: Does anyone have any advice on what to charge for editing a manuscript (pre-publication, obviously)? Thanks!

  5. says

    This is my first time to this site, and I am looking forward to the information I can gain. I majored in mass communication, broadcast journalism/major and print/minor. Now I am a teacher. I have written a little freelance here and there, but I would enjoy pursuing it more. I love writing. I have gotten some bites to queries, so I guess I need to schedule the time to write. See you around the site.


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