Dynamics of Academic Writing

A few months ago, academic writing was highlighted as an income source for most Kenyan graduates residing in various suburbs in the country’s major cities. This expose led to a major uproar from different affected parties. Education officers condemned this as an unethical practice and a violation of education policies. Parents also condemned this practice and probably vowed to monitor their children’s academic life. But what did this expose do to the freelance academic writers whose safely guarded secret had been exposed? What happened when the millet was spilt amid the hungry birds? I know or rather have an idea of what happened and it wasn’t pleasant. Let’s indulge now, shall we?

Freelance academic writing is one of the most lucrative careers for professionals all over the world. Over the years, it has remained a guarded secret. Most academic writers are secretive which had justified its reference as a ‘cult’. When the cat was let out of the bag, the cult might have lost its superiority. The expose presented a problem but each key player worked so hard to find a solution. Here’s my take:

Students have probably gone back to doing their assignments. Parents have become strict and are now stricter than ever. They’re probably inspecting their youth’s academic progress each evening after arriving home from work. Lecturers and educational institutions on the other hand are probably trying everything possible to ensure students do not violate the set rules. All these aspects have been there before yet the academic writing profession has continued to thrive over the years. Probably you’re wondering, what is this guy’s deal?

My major focus is on the new players in the industry and the changing dynamics. The new players who have joined the industry. The new players have diluted the concentration and complexity of the academic writing ‘cult’. Let’s break this down.

In my informed opinion, I think that academic writing professionals had the most to lose after the expose. It introduced unprecedented circumstances that most players had now accounted for. If any academic writer is reading this article, you’re probably thinking that I’m a clown chasing an audience. But I’m not! I have been an academic writer for close to ten years now and I asked my friend, an administrator running this blog, whether I can publish another anonymous article about the same. You might have read my previous article, if not check it out here. In this article, I will share some trends that have compelled me to raise awareness about academic writing.

Fall is here and things aren’t great. The future is no longer luminous, not for academic writing professionals anyway. My most regular client did not return this semester. This is unusual because we have worked together for the last three years. He should be graduating next year, with my help, so something must be wrong. He doesn’t have covid-19 because he took the vaccine a few months ago.

My paranoia drove me to ask around among my colleagues. It appears that the fall semester is starting off slow. Fewer students are enrolling with the help of professional academic writers.  My colleagues are complaining about few jobs and this is just the beginning. I’m barely getting any assignments myself and this is worrying me. I’m thinking of jumping ship and I have valid reasons for these thoughts.

“Hey man, how are you. I tried bidding for these academic writing gigs but got nothing. My account is assigned the number 5786 on the bidding list. I mean, 5785 bidders are seeking to get assigned the same task as me. I thought this industry was easy bro?” my friend said on the other side through the earpiece of my phone. That is a large number, or not! That’s not the issue, the following is.

My friend on the other end of the phone is a military officer. He has been in the army for close to one and a half decades. After the expose, he thought it wise to invest in this gold mine. He purchased a freelance academic writing account at 180,000 Kenya shillings and employed a manager to bid and assign orders. To him, this was an easy source of passive income. A few bucks a month like these financial strategists’ online advice.

“Sorry man. The industry is rapidly evolving and not for the better. About your investment, I’d suggest cutting your losses. Call it quits and venture into something better. This was an ill-advised investment. The dynamics of this industry have been rigid for more than a decade. At the moment, nothing is certain anymore.” That was my answer on my end. But he had this to say, “The problem is that several of my friends have done the same. We have all invested in the industry but it seems our money is going down the drain.”

The expose has affected academic writing experts by introducing a large number of inexperienced individuals who are rapidly diluting the industry. I mean, it has been turned into an investment opportunity by anybody seeking to create passive income. This is a reputable career that requires professionals ready to burn the midnight oil to deliver high-quality papers. It is a job like any other but people are taking it for granted.

The gradual deuteriation in the academic writing industry is a fair warning to professionals in this field. Over the years, we have believed that the dust will settle but I believe this time it’s not going to this time around. The whirlwind is too strong.

My suggestion is to jump ship. Smart people have several alternatives. Find an alternative and run. It is time to hang your boots and pursue something else. The industry is slowly crumbling. I am a certified human resource officer so I decided to find a job and give it everything I got. I suggest you do the same.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comment section or on our social media. Until next time, Adios.

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