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It’s my great pleasure to feature Walter Akolo on MultiTalented Writers.
Walter is a successful blogger and freelance writer, using his many interests to earn a good living as a full-time freelancer. Like all writers featured on this site, he is also MultiTalented, having several interests (and writing about many as well).
I’ve interacted with Walter a few times in groups on Facebook, and he’s always helpful and polite, engaging in great conversations and offering help whenever he can. Read on to find out more about this MultiTalented Writer.
1. What is your name and where are you located?
Walter Akolo, Kenya
2. What is the name of your blog(s)? What subjects does it cover?
[The name of my blog is] Freelancer Kenya. This is a friendly blog that teaches people how they can make money through online freelancing.
I also co-own Pen Stars (a content assessment service) and have many other sites under construction.
3. Why do you choose to write in multiple niches?
My blog is in one niche. I have other blogs under construction and most will focus on specific niches. I find that blogs do better when focused on a niche. However, I’ll have one blog that will be multi-niched, but with an excellent strategy. When writing for clients, I don’t focus on a specific niche, but rather multiple niches. I do this because I’m not only good at one thing, so I explore my full potential.
One of the reasons I became a freelancer is to really be free to do practically as much as I humanly can without restrictions. For this reason, I’ve started different blogs, websites, Facebook groups and other social initiatives that focus on totally different subjects—spanning from online work to mental health and social entrepreneurship among others.
Most of these have been hugely successful regardless of the fact that they’re on extremely different niches.
5. Do you blog and write as a hobby, as a part-time job, or do you do it for full-time income?
For social impact and full-time income. I still have fun while doing it since I do what I love, so I guess I can call it a profitable hobby that changes people’s lives.
6. Do you blog on your own platform, for companies, for publications, or for a mixture of these?
A mixture of these.
7. Where have you been published?
Multiple places including HuffPost, Paysa, and ChangeCreator.
8. Why do you believe multi-niche writing is beneficial?
I think we’re all blessed differently. There are people who excel in one niche, which is perfectly okay.
For those like me who excel in multiple niches, I believe it’s beneficial since, as stated above, you get to explore your full potential without confining yourself to one subject.
My point is that we should all do what we do best. Writers should know that they can still be immensely successful writing in multiple niches. It is false to think that niching is the only way to earn well as a writer. It is definitely a good way, but not the only way.
9. Is there anything you would like to add?
Sure. I love the fact that we now have so many experts dishing out tons of useful advice on how to succeed in writing. This gives new writers lots of perspective, enabling them to make their own informed decisions.
What I’m against is following experts blindly.
You’ll note that each expert will talk about what works for them. Some excel in Upwork, others do well in cold pitching, others in social media, networking, job boards, blogging etc.
Strangely, some will tell you that only their methods work and that others are pure hogwash. Of course many will tell you to niche while others will keep it open.
Instead of following them blindly, listen to each and chart your own way. That’s exactly what each “guru” did. They learnt from others and created their own paths— which were sometimes totally different from what the “gurus” of their time did.
If you only follow what you’re told, there are chances that you may not live up to your potential.
You are worth way more than you think you are. You just need to open your eyes.
Thank you so much for this interview Mariana. I hope it helps someone out there to focus and make informed choices.
You’re welcome, Walter! And thank you for agreeing to show MultiTalented Writers that success is possible when writing in multiple niches!