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UK Jelly Work From Home Group Falmouth and Penryn!

Are you self-employed, work from home or other remote worker based in west Cornwall (specifically Falmouth and Penryn area)? Are you fed up with working alone with only your four walls for company? Why not come along to Cornwall's newest Jelly event? What is a Jelly? The digital economy and remote working have led to… Continue reading UK Jelly Work From Home Group Falmouth and Penryn!

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My Favourite Cornish Photography Spots (So Far!)

While I've only lived in this stunning county for two years, three years short of neighbour and tourism rival Devon, I'm already hooked on the stunning landscapes and green spaces. It was a fatal attraction, really, for somebody with a master's in landscape archaeology largely unable to separate the concept of green space from environmentally-engineered-over-thousands-of-years-space.… Continue reading My Favourite Cornish Photography Spots (So Far!)

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Start-Ups: Don’t Neglect Your Blog!

Ah, going into business - it's as much an exciting time as one full of fears and anxieties. You have so much to think about regardless of what services or products you expect to eventually sell to customers. Are you B2B or B2C? Should you have a website (the answer to that should nearly always… Continue reading Start-Ups: Don’t Neglect Your Blog!

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A Writer’s Guide to Identifying Facebook Bots

If you use or have used Facebook in the past, you have no doubt come across Facebook bots. They come in two forms: The most common the random friend request from a beautiful stranger using stolen or stock images The second appear on political pages The first are perhaps a lot less dangerous although we… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Identifying Facebook Bots

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How to Keep Your Freelance Blog Fresh

This blog has undergone many changes over the last year - arguably more than in the previous seven years together. I daresay that process is over, but it's now at a place where I feel happy with it for 2018. 2019 is another matter, however. Like our freelance business in general, it pays to keep… Continue reading How to Keep Your Freelance Blog Fresh

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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… Continue reading Some 21st Century Character Archetypes

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The Importance of Good Lighting in Your Home Office

Entering the final month of summer here in Cornwall has been cloudy this year but certainly not cold. We have higher than average humidity which is why when you travel about this gorgeous county, you'll see a wealth of happy tropical plants. Cloud reduces light and that can mean the light levels get too low… Continue reading The Importance of Good Lighting in Your Home Office

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First Impressions of GIMP Photo Editor

When I got my new DSLR earlier this year, it gave me the opportunity not just to learn how to take high quality photographs, but also develop some basic photo editing and manipulation skills. I learnt early on that modern photographers edit images as a matter of routine. In fact, those who refuse to do… Continue reading First Impressions of GIMP Photo Editor

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10 Books with the Best Closing Lines

(UPDATED AND RESCHEDULED POST) The opening line of a book is vitally important for grabbing the reader by the throat and making them not want to let go. But what about the final line? Regardless of whether there is a sequel in the works, the final sentence - although not as important, still requires some… Continue reading 10 Books with the Best Closing Lines

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How to Effectively Work on Long-Form Client Articles

I've now been working for the environmentalscience.org website about four years now. The site owner is a valued client (and hope continues to be so for many more years to come!) but the work in itself has as been as much of a challenge as a pleasure. I love writing about environmental science as it's… Continue reading How to Effectively Work on Long-Form Client Articles

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Never Work with Children or Animals (Photography)

Or so the saying goes, but who says? As I develop my photography skills through this year, I'm quite adamant that I'm not particularly interested in photography that involves people - promotional events, weddings,  etc. But animals are a different story. The weekend before last, I went to Newquay Zoo for the first time. It's… Continue reading Never Work with Children or Animals (Photography)