Wizzley is a relatively new platform in which to select your topics. So many categories, or sub-categories at least, are completely empty of content. Write for it and you're guaranteed a niche front page for a little while to come.
In a similar vein, the opposite can be over-subscribed. When there exists a plethora of excellent articles discussing a certain subject, it is difficult to make your own stand out.
Recently half of Wizzley were writing about love and romance, as Valentine's Day is fast approaching. While the articles came thick and fast, I noticed that only one aspect remained untouched. The Anti-Valentine's Day category was almost empty!
I went against the grain in writing a couple of articles for it. They are now both in my current top five most popular pages. I stepped away from the madding crowd and it was noticed. There is also a reason why I wrote two.
I've started to think in terms of 'support' articles, based on a snippet of information that I've carried with me since high school. That's when my music teacher finally got the class's attention by explaining how the Top 40 worked.
(A note for younger readers. Back in the days when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, we bought vinyl singles from the shops. The most sales led to a ranking in the Top 40 on Radio One. It was the most important thing ever, when I was a teenager.)
Mr Smallwood explained that bands always released their next single, while the first was starting to fall down the charts. That way fans got the publicity in waves and the rock-stars remained famous.
If it's good enough for the Beatles and Duran Duran, it's good enough for Wizzley writers. I tend to look at which of my articles the front page has listed, then write a second article on the same subject. When people finish reading the one with all of the publicity, they might check out others in the same category and get to my brand new entry in at number 47!
With this in mind, I'm trying out a cycle of subjects, with the same ones recurring. You can catch me at it, if you look to see what articles of mine are currently on the Wizzley front page. Visit my profile and it's highly likely that my latest page will be on the same topic.
I've also taken the advice of fellow Wizzley writers, in order to understand and improve my writing as I've gone along. This includes Jimmie's encouragement to write a blog series. I have several on the go, which are all in there in my writing cycle. I co-ordinate the backgrounds on them, so you can tell you're in the same set!