We had a good year at the Freelance Writing Jobs network. We made many new friends, kept the conversation going with old friends and received some very honorable mentions.
I’d like to share with you some of the highlights of this year. Mind you, this isn’t a “best of” post as we already did that. These are things that made my year as a freelance writer and professional blogger.
I was walking on air in 2009 because:
FWJ is Mentioned by Mashable for the Second Time: In 2008, we were thrilled when Mashable listed us as one of the top places to find work on the web. We were equally as excited to be listed among their 30+ Websites to Visit When You’re Laid Off. We continue to receive traffic every day thanks to these valuable links.
Guy Kawasaki linked to FWJ and it crashed our server: In the beginning of November 2009, I wrote a very well-received guest post at ProBlogger about treating blogs as a business. A couple of days later, Guy Kawasaki linked to that post and this network and totally crashed our server. We were down for a day to upgrade.
FWJ partnered with Demand Studios: Also known as the shot that was heard round the freelance writing world. I was thrilled with my partnership but not everyone shared my joy. We lost many members of this community and received a lot of flack from the web world. Love it or hate it, partnering with Demand Studios is one of the highlights of the year and we stand firm in our commitment.
A major Media website inquired about acquiring FWJ: We’ve had requests from people who were interested in buying FWJ in the past, but this was a serious website ready to make a serious offer. Though we weren’t selling, their wanting to acquire us was validation that we’re doing a good thing here.
FWJ launched a new blog: FWJ launched the Grammar Guide this year. Now I’m even more paranoid about my writing.
Our procrastination post went viral: Of all the blog posts to go viral, you wouldn’t expect it to be one listing places to procrastinate, but that’s what happened. It didn’t get a lot of retweets or comments but the Stumble and link power keep giving. In fact, we still receive hundreds of visitors daily to our Procrastination Break post.
FWJ made the Top 10 Blogs for Writers four years in a row: FWJ has placed a top 5 finish in the Top 10 Blogs for Writers every year since its inception. That’s why we’re bowing out gracefully for 2010. Because we want other blogs to get a chance for this prestigious honor, we’re respectfully requesting our community nominiate blogs which wouldn’t ordinarily have a chance for the 2010 offering. It’s time to give someone else a turn.
What were the highlights of your 2009?