A few months ago, I wrote a post for Hongkiat.com about the benefits of joining online forums. At the time I wrote that post, I was and had been part of quite a few forums with varying degrees of success. Ultimately though, I gave up on all of them.
I tried free ones and paid ones. Forums that charge you an arm and a leg and ones that ‘only’ charge you a month’s worth of your kid’s lunch money – okay I’m being dramatic here.
Every forum I joined made some big promises – promises of free or discounted stuff, webinars, boot camps etc. And they stuck to it too!
So why didn’t I stick to them if they were delivering on their promises?
Because it got overwhelming.
Some had too many sub forums. Some forums were so large you had to wait for your turn to ask a question from one of the experts.
My first thought was “Whoa… $5?!”
And by such big names as Anne Wayman and Lori Widmer? I’ve paid 5 times that for forums run by less experienced freelancers.
I couldn’t believe I didn’t know about it and went off to sign up for it immediately.
Inside About Writing Squared
Once inside, it took me less than 5 minutes to acquaint myself with the forum. About Writing Squared comes with no bells and whistles attached. It’s a simple forum that focuses on providing support and help to fellow freelancers.
I particularly like the Tip of the Week section where Lori and Anne post a tip you can use that week go grow your freelance writing business. I implemented the most recent tip Lori had posted and it resulted in me contacting an old client who gave me a referral to another client.
Then there’s the Odd & Ends sections which is the virtual water cooler for us freelancers. It’s the perfect place to hang out if you’ve got a few minutes and want to talk to other freelancers.
The forum community is unbelievably helpful and welcoming. They offer the kind of support I wish I had when I started out and got stuck writing for content mills.
In fact, had this forum been there when I was writing for content mills, I’d have gotten free from them much sooner than I did and saved myself tons of misery and insecurity.
Whether you’re a content mill writer trying to make it as a freelancer writer or an established one who just wants a place to hang out with other freelancers, About Writing Squared is the place to be.
At $5 a month, you have absolutely NO reason not to sign up.
Even a content mill writer can shell out $5 for a forum that has enough information and support to help achieve his writing dreams.