Featured Blogger: Nick Darlington
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It’s my great pleasure to feature Nick Darlington of Write WorldWide. Nick is an awesome, successful, supportive multipotentialite blogger and freelance writer.
I’ve had several interactions with Nick, both via email and via video conferencing. He knows his stuff, and it’s clear that one of his main goals in life is to help others achieve theirs.
In addition to freelancing for several publications and clients in diverse niches, Nick also helps English as a Second Language writers to find their voice and grow their freelance careers. Read on to find out more.
1. What is your name and where are you located?
Nick Darlington, South Africa
2. What is the name of your blog(s)? What subjects does it cover?
We cover all topics related to writing—from niche selection (and why you don’t necessarily have to pick one), building a writer’s website, establishing social proof and landing clients to more specific issues that only writers who use English as a second language experience (such as feeling they’re not worthy and can’t compete—this, of course, isn’t true).
3. Why do you choose to write in multiple niches?
I’m a scanner, which means that I have a broad array of interests and can (and do) get bored easily. I like to alternate between different industries and topics so that I’m always learning new things.
4. Do you blog and write as a hobby, as a part-time job, or do you do it for full-time income?
I write full-time while studying (I’m doing a copywriting course), trading shares, and co-managing the WriteWorldwide blog.
5. Do you blog on your own platform, for companies, for publications, or for a mixture of these?
I blog for online publications and magazines, as well as our platform—WriteWorldwide.
6. Where have you been published?
Multiple sites, including Huffington Post and Lifehack. For my entire portfolio visit nickdarlington.com
7. Why do you believe multi-niche writing is beneficial?
It’s beneficial for those of us who don’t like specializing and enjoy moving from one topic and interest to the next. It also helps create new ideas. Often the best ideas come at the intersection of two overlapping disciplines.
8. Is there anything you would like to add?
There is so much I could add, but I’d like to give (what I believe to be) the two most important pieces of advice to aspiring writers:
You need strategy
I started freelance writing just over a year ago by following a proven strategy provided by the professional blogger Bamidele Onibalusi. This strategy helped me and others build lucrative writing businesses (to put it in perspective, I went from $15 an article to over $400, and now comfortably make $2500 per month, with my highest month being $3600).
I’m not showing you these stats to brag; I’m showing you that it’s more than possible to build a writing business in a short space of time, as long as you have a strategy. Your strategy will be your road map. It will be your guide as you navigate the world of freelance writing. It will show you what to do as you move along the path.
Of course, you don’t have to follow Bamidele’s strategy; find what works for you. But ultimately it boils down to this: find other successful writers and use the strategy they’ve used to build their writing careers. There’s no point in reinventing the wheel.
But, a strategy on its own isn’t enough.
You need to take action
The success of the strategy depends on you following it and putting in the hard work. If you don’t put in the work, you won’t get the results.
Admittedly, you’ll experience stumbling blocks along the way, such as feelings of inadequacy, despondency because you may not achieve results fast enough, difficulties deciding on your niche (hint: you don’t have to choose one) and so on. The important thing is to take one small step at a time. Those little steps add up.
If you’re still thinking, “I’m not ready,” let me ask you this: Will you ever be ready?
Just get going; you’ll learn along the way.
Thanks Nick for sharing your insights with MultiTalented Writers. Did you enjoy Nick’s advice? What action will you take today to grow your writing career? Let us know in the comments!