An Honest and Raw Assessment of my 2022 as a Freelancer
There are several things I set out to achieve in 2022 that never came to be. I had goals and targets, and I was going to smash them all and shout about them all over social media. But I didn’t. I had a content plan for the whole year. Despite coming up with some great…
I’ve Decided to Stop Writing About Freelancing on Medium
I’ve been on Medium since August 2021 and spent most of those first few months finding my feet. I always wanted Medium to be somewhere to write for pleasure, and I’ve certainly succeeded in that during my first 16 months there. But the idea of monetising writing about my freelancing experiences was just too tempting…
How Do Freelancers Listen to Music While Working?
I simply can’t - but I do listen to something else Playlist recommendations for freelancers — I’ve seen a few blog posts over the years from other freelancers listing their “essential” soundtrack to get through a workday. But no matter how hard I try, I’ve never been able to focus on writing and listen to songs at the…
Things You Can Do Right Now to Improve Your Blog Hits
How do you go about improving your web hits? Frustration with low outreach is one of the main reasons people stop blogging. But you can streamline your blog and improve what you already have without just adding more content.
How I Fell Out of Love With Laptops and Returned to Desktops
In my last blog post, I wrote about the changes I expect to make through the course of 2022. I’ve been laying out some of these changes since 2020 when the pandemic first allowed and then forced me to review my freelance services.
Your Business Blog Needs Valuable Content, Not Just Good SEO
Do you focus on SEO? Have you heard that it’s the be all and end all? Stop what you’re doing and read this because you’ve been given some dodgy advice. That might have been true as recently as five years ago but so much has changed.
I Made Inauthentic Roman Honey Cake – My Excuse is “Research”
Anyone who knows me will know I am a big dessert person. Since 2015, I have made a Christmas Pudding every year without fail. I also occasionally feel the need to make a Spotted Dick or Jam Roly Poly. After watching the Fantastic Beasts Harry Potter prequel I made my most ambitious yet – Apple…
Cornwall and the Linguistic Diaspora
You can sometimes find acquaintance and commonality in the most unusual places. I first found Alexis Chateau’s blog around two years ago. I can’t quite remember how, maybe it was the chronicles of her travels around the southern US states. Yet it ended up being her posts on Jamaican culture that I found the most…
Some 21st Century Character Archetypes
This first appeared in 2012. New version edited and updated. I read a lot of books and I watch a lot of films and TV series, typically in the evening to wind down from spending all day on the laptop working. I’ve identified several tropes of the modern age. I don’t know if any appear…