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Evolving from a Blog to a Community

Improve-BlogIn this post Deborah Ng from Freelance Writing Jobs gives us and insight into how she improved her blog in 2007.

2007 was a year of changes for Freelance Writing Jobs. Originally, FWJ only offered listing of jobs available to freelance writers. Now it’s a resource for freelance writers and bloggers and features informative tips and articles in addition to gigs.

It’s hard to pinpoint the one thing I did this year to make FWJ such a success, because I made several changes all at once. In 2007 I made the long overdue switch from Blogger to WordPress. I also changed the format from being only job listings to offering informative articles and tips. I moved from sharing a domain with several other writers to hosting FWJ on my own domain and even unveiled a new design. If I had to choose however, I’d say focusing on my community is the one thing I did to make the biggest positive impact in 2007.

Besides featuring a daily listing of freelance writing and blogging jobs, I now post daily “round table” type discussions. I let my readers know I’m not an expert, but I can teach them what I learned and perhaps they can add their two cents to the mix so we could figure it out together. By making it easier for my readers to respond and discuss, Freelance Writing Jobs has evolved from a blog into a community. Instead of receiving a couple of comments a week, I have dozens of comments a day. The members of our community now visit several times a day to participate in the different discussions.

Freelance Writing Jobs is one of the most successful blogs for freelance writers today, not because of me, but because of my community. I owe my success in 2007 to the thousands of people who visit each day.

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Comments

  1. Jason Unger says:

    What is a publication if it isn’t a community? People will always be the most important asset of any Web site, magazine, etc.

    Congrats on your success and here’s to even more growth in 2008.

    PS – the first link in this story is broken.

  2. albaniax says:

    Yeah this was a good year for Freelancer–

  3. Patrick Burt says:

    It’s a huge step and definitely helps in terms of revenue.

  4. Deb Ng says:

    I’m really nothing without the people who visit FWJ. They really do deserve all the accolades.

  5. PlasticPilot says:

    Hi Darren,

    the link to FWJ does not work :-(

    Feel free to remove this comment once you will have fixed it

  6. I have done quite a few things but the one thing that sticks out in my mind and makes me feel the best is establishing that community with other bloggers, podcasters and the like. Not only have I received nice comments from those people but I have gotten involved in their communities more and in turn have received mentions from them as well.

  7. Congratulations to Deborah and seriously: you or Darren need to fix the two links on the top of the post. Maybe you are a little drunk, due to the holiday parties… :-)

  8. Shameel says:

    Well I have just stated my blog. I hope I will work hard and make my blog on of a good addition in internet knowledge base as technology is concern.

  9. Brad K. says:

    So – what is the URL for Freelance Writing Jobs? I tried right-clicking and opening a new tab on the link at the beginning of the article, but ProBlogger brings us a ‘page does not exist’ thing. Same if I just left click on the link.

    Is it the ‘http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com’ embedded in the link? That site seems really slow to load. I guess they cater to broadband visitors only.

  10. I love my Evo too :-)

    And yes, the link is still broken,,

  11. Sangesh says:

    Hello Darren,

    First of all my appologies for posting this SOS in this article. Please help me…

    I have a serious problem with my blog site:

    http://www.sangesh.com.np/blog

    There is this error that appears in the pages:

    “WordPress database error: [Can't find file: './meroweb_wrdp1/wp_posts.frm' (errno: 13)]
    SELECT wp_posts.* FROM wp_posts WHERE 1=1 AND ID = 138 AND (post_type = ‘post’) ORDER BY post_date DESC”

    I’ve tried to look for the solution for this but nothing seems to help.

    Please help.

  12. Debo Hobo says:

    Links don’t work :(

  13. Nick says:

    Totally agree with you deborah, well done on 2007 and hope you have increased success in 2008 :-)

    Think we’ve established the links are currently broken, but it will be a few hours before Darren wakes up from down under, guys. Sure he’ll fix them then.

  14. Christine Gilbert says:

    Your link to http://freelancewritinggigs.com does not work.

  15. Hi, you have bad link in the article. Bye.

  16. vineet says:

    thanks for the informing me about the interesting blog. elance was the main one I knew in this space..
    what does it take to be featured on u r blog like this one got ?

  17. Sangesh says:

    Hello Darren,

    My problem in my blog has been resolved. I’d contacted my web host regarding this problem.

    I think you should also discuss about this and these kind of problems in a blog as well.

    What do you say?

  18. Mohsin says:

    Man cannot survive in todays world without community cooperation! Thanks for placing website url form in comments form. How do you get visitors to your site other than search engines?

  19. Deb Ng says:

    Thanks to all for your comments and for visiting FWJ. @Mohsin – others come to my blog via guest blogging opportunites such as this one and links at other blogs.

  20. Jaypee says:

    Hi, just wanna point out the typo in the title. “Evoloving” :)

  21. Critix says:

    Oh, wonderful!
    We expect more and more interesting and useful posts as same from you! :)
    My compliments!

  22. I know its kind of an old post but still, I digged it and reviewed it. Good one!