I have freelance writing on my mind today, or rather, the freelance writing niche. For those of you who haven’t been with this blog network from the beginning, Freelance Writing Jobs started out as a single standalone blog posting job leads every day. From there, we branched out to having some advice posts on the weekend, then a mixture of the two during the week. Now we’re a full-fledged network of eight blogs.
Here’s the interesting thing. This blog/network has been around for about four and a half years. We have some regulars who have been with us since day one (thanks, guys!) but for the most part this is a transient niche. It’s an interesting thing about blogging, some niches do very well, others do OK, and some only have a few loyal readers. While the FWJ network does better than I ever expected, I do notice the names and faces change often. This is a different experience than some of my other blogs. Here’s why I feel the freelance writing community is different – a transient community.
- Unlike many writing niches, this niche is freelance writing jobs. We handle everything you need to know about finding and keeping freelance writing work. Because of this, many of the freelance writers who visit FWJ are new. As they advance, they move on.
- Freelance writers either move back to day jobs or they move on to bigger and better clients. As their level of success grows, they don’t exactly need blogs like mine anymore.
- Folks come here to find work. Once they have a decent amount of clients, they’re to busy to spend time at blogs.
- As freelance writers become more successful, they build a word of mouth business.
This isn’t only FWJ. I notice this about many writing forums too. The regulars particpate heavily for a while and move on, I hope because they’re advancing in their careers. Every now and then I’ll bump into someone from here or “the boards” and learn they’re just too busy to socialize as they used to. Transience isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I may lose members of this community as they branch out, but that’s a very good thing.
What are some other transient blog niches you can think of?