Since August 2011, I have been on Suite101. I worked my way up to Feature Writer, before such titles were scrapped.
It was the first freelance writing platform that I worked on. For that reason, it will always hold a fond place in my heart. I received a lot of early help from its community; and it was on Suite101 where I first heard about Wizzley.
Unfortunately, the site has struggled post-Panda. That affected my traffic and income too. After getting off to a flying start, writing one of the earliest reports on Occupy Wall Street, it all seemed to wither. I was writing a lot of news articles, but Suite101 gave up its Google news accreditation. Good friends immediately jumped ship.
I dithered and dallied, until a fellow writer gave me some good advice. She told me that she understood my loyalty, but in this game we can only have loyalty to ourselves. Nothing else puts bread on the table and pays the bills. I followed Christian Dörr into Wizzley.
Nevertheless, I've still kept a kind of presence over on Suite101. It may have been an occasional article, or an e-mail with friends, but I was still there. Then, in February 2013, came the announcement that Suite101 was changing again. The new model didn't include paying writers for their future articles.
Suddenly a whole community of people were looking for a new home. I had just the place! I spent a whole week over on Suite101, answering questions about Wizzley, as people evaluated their options. Then, to my utter glee, I watched many of them choose to come here.
It was a strange moment. It was like two friends from different parts of your life meeting up; or a couple of extended families gathering at a wedding. I found myself getting anxious - what if this group of friends didn't like that group?
Of course, I needn't have worried. As soon as the influx was obvious, Paul (a Wizzley author) created a forum thread welcoming in the newcomers from Suite101. The Wizzley community flocked to say hello. It was beautiful. I was so glad I was here to witness it.
As for those coming in, my Wizzley inbox was buzzing for days. One by one, the ex-Suite101 writers thanked me for bringing them here. It was better than I'd even made it sound, which is a rare thing indeed in this game!
You're very welcome. I know from starting out (I'm only two years down the line) that I wanted sound and verifiable information. This is my way of providing it for those following in my way.
This is very sound advice and encouraging. It is good to take a long-range perspective and see progress over time. Success with online writing also involves a lot of work and producing plenty of content. Thanks for sharing your success and experience.
I'm glad to hear it. You're welcome and good luck with your Wizzley career. :)
I really enjoyed reading your article and all your helpful tips! Thank you.
My mantra now is to stop when the article is finished. Sometimes that's short and sometimes long. I've not seen any data in my stats which favors one over the other.
These are thoughtful tips and the line between too short and too long an article is always a difficult decision for me.
Whoa! That's awful! I mean, it's great that you were able to eventually find the humour enough to write an article about it, but bad what you actually found. :( I'm glad that you're here to redress the balance now.
Thank you for your help! Yes, I even wrote a humorous article about what I found on the Internet after I was widowed. It was pathetic, but it was so funny. Mostly 'widow porn" and whah whah whah websites, and statistics that you will die early. I was devastated with grief, but trust me, the web was no help.
I add mine in two ways. If you look on the right hand side column, you'll see the previous and next articles there. Then zoom down to the bottom, and I also list them in order.
Sounds like you've found a niche to be filled!
Middle - aged widowhood. I thought there would be gobs of stuff on it on the Internet and there is next to nothing and most is pitiful garbage. Not sure about advertising opportunities though, except books. I am so new - how do you "link" articles? When I read yours, they just flow together, I don't have to click on a "link" to get to the next one. At least I think I didn't have to. Thanks for your help!