We’re approaching our first month anniversary and I thought I’d say a few words on how the site is going. We’ve been very excited to see the RSS subscriber-base for the site pass 4000 freelancers and in April the site received no less than 200,000 visits! That’s almost a quarter of a million freelancers! Holy Moly!
Jobs, jobs and more jobs
A week on since we launched the FSw Jobboard and it looks like its going to be a smashing success. There are already 200 people subscribed to the job feeds, loads more visiting the site, we’ve had about 20 jobs go through the board already and quite a few successfully filled!
A Growing Team
In the last week or so we’ve also started having our first new writers contributing, including the fabulously talented Robert Janelle hailing from fair Canada, and UK-born but US-based Scott Wills. We have plenty more contributors and articles lined up for the month of May, most just waiting for me to finish building the new column sections to the site (no rest for the wicked!)
Additionally we’re working on a system of occasional and continuous contributors to help systematize it all up. This will mean that at some point soon we’ll be opening up the site for one-off contributions to get a greater variety of voice on the site. As always Jack will be editing everything into super readable freelanceswitch goodness, Cyan running the show and me slaving over hot HTML code making the site pretty.
What can you expect in May?
First and foremost you’ll be seeing plenty more of the same great articles, lists and posts. But also our resource directory is coming to town, we’ve got a new wallpaper section, a cartoonist to make you laugh and forums so you can chat about whatever your heart desires, not just the latest blog post. Last but not least, as soon as we hit the 10,000 subscribers mark and feel confident that we’ll get a massive response then we’ll be launching the global freelancer survey.
Of course this site doesn’t run on thin air and its with great pleasure that we’ll be introducing some sponsors to the site to pay all those bills and help expand things out. In the meantime I thought a little word of thanks is in order to FlashDen.net (our sister site) and ColourLovers who have both done a lot to help get FSw off the ground!
So in short, thank you all for your support and the many emails we’ve received – if we haven’t written back to them all yet, it’s only because we’ve been overwhelmed by the response, but you can be sure we appreciate all the kind words, thoughts and suggestions and will write back as soon as we can.
And in the meantime enjoy your weekends freelancers!