This month marks a new chapter in the history of WritersinCharge.
WritersinCharge was started on the 2nd of April 2010, so it’s been a little over 2 years since I’ve been running this blog.
It’s been a great ride!
One thing has been consistent through all these, though. I’ve been doing it all alone.
I’ve been writing the majority of the articles, doing all the research, responding to all the emails and working on client projects.
As much as I’d like to pretend that things are perfect, they aren’t.
I try my best to research every article written on this blog, provide as much details as possible and respond to reader questions and problems.
Unfortunately, I can’t do this alone anymore.
There are over 150 emails in my inbox at the moment awaiting my reply, the majority of which are from readers of this blog.
I’d like to attend to these emails immediately but this will involve several hours of work. Once I’ve replied to all of them my inbox will be inundated again almost immediately.
And that’s just one of the problems involved.
Not that I’m complaining about this, since dealing with the umbrella of blog-related tasks is a choice I’ve made.
I enjoy writing new articles on this blog. I also enjoy receiving your responses about the way in which I’ve helped you. I enjoy checking my stats every month to find that tens of thousands of people have visited my blog, and I enjoy getting the occasional client requests that put money into my pocket.
But when everything is considered, I could easily put 12 hours into this blog and still have unfinished tasks at the end of the day.
I’ve been thinking about this for months now and honestly, I’m not satisfied with the way things are.
This has led me to make a decision that will change everything, something that will open a new chapter in the history of WritersinCharge.
I’m no longer doing this alone!
The amount of work I’m doing here is constantly growing and I don’t want to sacrifice this blog for client work or my personal responsibilities. Nor do I want to sacrifice my client work and personal responsibilities for this blog.
I want to keep a balance.
You’ve probably already noticed the erratic posting schedule on this blog. As much as I’d love to admit that this is deliberate, it isn’t.
I just can’t do it alone. Which is why I have decided to take things to the next level here and bring others on board.
Starting this month, the majority of the activities on this blog will involve not only myself – but the WritersinCharge team.
Of course, I’ll be posting tutorials and classic articles based on my experience in various fields of freelance writing and marketing. I’ll be sharing my journey with you regularly but I’ve realized that the best value will be given when I’m constantly releasing practical information on a consistent basis.
This has led to the creation of a new team that work together towards the success of WritersinCharge.
With this in place, it means:
You’ll no longer be hearing from me only, but from all team members.
The credit for the success WritersinCharge is experiencing will no longer be due to just me, but to the entire WritersinCharge team.
The overall value and consistency on this blog will increase tremendously.
What this Means and How it Matters to You
You’ll no longer be reading articles from me that contain a lot of grammatical and structural errors and as a result are difficult to read. I get a lot of emails related to this subject. As much as I’d like to believe that my grammar is perfect, it isn’t!
Of course, I want to improve and I’m working towards that but I also want to make this site read more professionally. As a result I’ve brought in an editor to help ensure each article published on this blog is easy to read no matter where you’re from.
Each article published on this blog starting today will be edited for grammatical accuracy. The archives will also be edited on a gradual basis until everything is “perfect”.
You’ll be reading a lot more quality posts and resource posts on this blog. I’ve also brought researchers on board, and you’ll be seeing a lot more quality resources on the blog soon.
I’ve noticed in the 2 years since I started this blog (and I’m constantly striving to achieve this) that most people don’t want tips, they want resources. People don’t want tips on how to write for money, they want websites that pay them. This is the main reason why one of my most popular articles on this blog is a list of 30+ websites that pay people to write. This post constantly gets 3,000 monthly views.
The article in question took me an entire night to write and I’ve been unable to write something that great and resourceful since – due to the effort involved and the fact that I have to balance other responsibilities. I’ve brought in 2 researchers on board and they’ll be researching and compiling informative resources dedicated to helping you get the best resources as a writer.
If you want a list compiled, just send an email and we’ll attend to it. It might take a few weeks, it might even take months but you can be assured you’ll see it some day.
You’ll No Longer be Listening to One Voice. Every member of the team is experienced and successful in their own field and will be sharing their tips with you on a regular basis.
I’m not turning this into a regular contributor blog where you only read guest posts or contributor posts every day. No. You’ll only read contributor posts every Friday – with each contributor adding a valuable post once a month.
If you want real life experiences from writers who know what they’re saying, you’ll get it here. We’ll have tips on editing, improving your grammar, overcoming your fears or achieving perfection as a writer.
A New and Innovative Approach to Learning. Not only will there be new voices, the approach to content on WritersinCharge will change.
To give you an idea, here’s the new schedule for WritersinCharge starting today:
- Mondays – a “classic” post from me
- Tuesdays – a post from me answering a reader question asked via the comments or by email
- Wednesdays – a funny and interesting writing cartoon (more details about the cartoon contest below)
- Thursdays – a guest post from someone who’s not on the WritersinCharge team
- Fridays – a post from a team member.
- Saturdays – an interview or nothing or multimedia
- Sundays – anything. It could be something funny I see online, a link round-up, or a rant. Anything goes on Sundays, even if it’s off topic. If there’s also a reader story from someone who’s achieved success from following this blog I’ll be happy to run it then.
This gives you – the reader more value from me, from a funny cartoon character, from guest authors and from team members.
This also translates to more content and consistency.
I know this might be too much for some people, especially if you subscribed to this blog via email feed. You don’t want a new blog update in your inbox every day, but you don’t have to worry. You can easily unsubscribe and check the blog on your favorite day.
If you want to take everything in, then you’re welcome to do so!
More Exposure: While this blog is being read by over 30,000 people monthly I still think it can do with more exposure.
I used to do all the marketing myself and I gained a reputation for guest blogging by marketing this blog, but I can’t effectively do this anymore due to writing content, responding to emails and working with clients.
I’m not doing this because of the traffic and money involved. It’s progress that motivates me.
Who wouldn’t be happy getting an extra 10k visitors in a month? I know I will!
For this reason I’m also bringing in a marketer to be a part of the WritersinCharge team, who’ll be doing most of the marketing tasks I used to do.
This will help the blog grow and increase in reach and exposure. It will lead to more user feedback and motivation for me and as a result increase the overall results you get from this blog.
Overall Improvement: I’ll no longer be making all the changes, which means you get the best results.
Of course, I’ll be making all the decisions but the team members will indirectly serve as advisers who will point out what they think should be improved. I’ll also be asking them for feedback when making important decisions about the site.
This means things won’t come only from my perspective. I’ll be able to see things from the perspective of the WritersinCharge team members and make my decisions accordingly. The good news is that every member of the team has been a WritersinCharge reader even before joining the team, so advice and suggestions will be given from a perspective that can help the overall WritersinCharge audience.
Meet the New Team Members
Here are the new team members and what they do. You’ve probably seen some of them on this blog in the comments section, but here are details about them if you want to know more.
This list is in no particular order:
1. June Whittle – Researching and compiling resources posts. June will be one of the brains behind the epic and comprehensive posts published on this blog and you’ll be seeing a lot more of those very soon.
Here’s June’s bio: June Whittle is a blogger and writer. She has two personal blogs that she manages and writes for. She also enjoys writing poems and short stories. She is working on her first fiction novel and eBook. She has edited two books and transcribed sermons from audio CDs for a local church.
June devotes her time between attending church, raising her teenage daughter, writing and teaching 14 – 16 year old learners in a Further Education College. She’s passionate about sharing and uses her blogs as a platform to inspire others.
June can be reached via the contact page at MiraculousLadies.com
2. Lanre Solarin – Lanre is also one of the brains behind researching and compiling resources posts on this blog. Lanre will also be a brain behind the epic and comprehensive posts you’ll be seeing on this blog.
Here’s Lanre’s bio: Lanre Solarin is the co-author of a personal development book, “The Ideal Youth” and is involved in youth development initiatives. He is a freelance writer and blogger. He writes for and manages his self help blog. He also writes for different offline publications and is presently working on his new book.
Lanre is actively involved in renewable energy and information technology. When he’s not writing, Lanre helps speakers, churches and entrepreneurs with multimedia design and implementation. He considers himself a scientist by profession, a writer by calling and a change agent by purpose. You can connect with Lanre via LinkedIn or contact him here
3. Anne Lyken-Garner – Anne will be in charge of editing here at WritersinCharge.
Anne will be editing every article published on this blog; both mine, guest posts and that of other contributors. The next grammatically and structurally perfect article you read on this blog has probably been edited by Anne.
Here’s Anne’s bio: Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author. Her latest book, the inspirational ‘Sunday’s Child’ was published by American urban publishers, Pulse. Anne is also a freelance writer, blogger and editor. She writes for, and manages 4 blogs and edited The Writers Bureau online student magazine for 2 years. Anne specialises in writing, relationships and confidence building. Her other passions include DIY and home improvement. Anne’s now working on her 5th book.
Apart from writing, Anne works in TV in the UK, and is dedicated to raising her 3 young kids. You can make contact with Anne here
4. Karol Krol – Karol will be in charge of marketing at WritersinCharge. He’ll start by publishing guest posts on other authoritative blogs as a WritersinCharge team member but will assume more marketing tasks as time goes on.
Here’s Karol’s bio: Karol K. is a freelance writer and blogger, passionate about entrepreneurship and using the internet as a business tool.
He publishes his articles all over the web, on sites like: Quick Sprout, ProBlogger, Six Revisions, Hongkiat.com, Web Design Ledger, Daily Blog Tips, Lifehack.org, Freelance Switch, and others.
He’s all about sharing various online business advice and learning along the way to create his own business. He’s not an expert, but he’s trying various stuff and failing his way to success.
To find out what he’s up to, feel free to visit him at NewInternetOrder.com
I’ve also created a page where you can find out more about every team member; if you want to check out their blogs, possibly contact them for more information or even hire them to do your writing you can get in touch with them via the links to their blog in this article or on the Team page
Update on the WritersinCharge Freelance Writing Cartoon Contest
I started a contest a few weeks ago to help determine the character for the new WritersinCharge writing cartoon series I’ll be starting.
The contest ended up being a massive success, which brought me some ‘good’ problems. I received a lot of entries (50+) so it’s very difficult deciding on the winner. I still haven’t!
There were ideas that supported going with a writing professor; there were ideas supporting having a male and female counterpart; there were ideas “strictly” suggesting I make the character myself, and others suggesting I make the character a young, struggling freelance writer.
I talked with my cartoonist a few days ago about going for two characters – or possibly testing up to 4 different characters to decide the ultimate winner (of course, all 4 winners would have to receive a prize). However, my designer suggested going for just one character and giving some valid reasons for it.
I think I already know who the character will be and the possible winner but you’ll have to visit the blog on Thursday to find out. The character won’t be me or have anything to do with me. You’ll have to visit the blog on Thursday to learn more!
Besides, different variations of the winning character will be put up for you to vote in order to determine who the winner will be. As much as I’d like to have more than one winners – considering the quality and magnitude of the entries submitted – it seems there’ll only be one winner announced on Wednesday.
If you don’t win please don’t take it personal. I probably considered using your idea since I got a lot of great entries but there are lots of things I can’t do even if I wanted to.
Remember, this is all about ensuring you and the entire WritersinCharge community get the best value from this blog and I promise to be committed to make this a possibility.