Features / Articles · Freelancing

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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Freelancing

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

Features / Articles

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

About Writing

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

Freelancing

What to Do After Losing a Big Contract

At the end of April, I was stunned to receive an email from a long-standing client on a Thursday morning announcing that once I'd fulfilled that week's commitment, my services would no longer be required, The speed of its ending was the biggest shock. But soon I was hit with another sobering thought - how… Continue reading What to Do After Losing a Big Contract

Freelancing · General Updates

How Do You Like the New Blog Design? (May 2018)

The spring usually gives me pause for thought about what to do for the rest of the year and this blog is no different. A few posts back, I announced I was looking at offering professional photography as a possible business side venture. Since that blog post, I've thought a great deal about my brand.… Continue reading How Do You Like the New Blog Design? (May 2018)

Freelancing

Five Pieces of Advice from a Five-Year Veteran to a New Freelancer

I realised just the other day that April 2018 is the five year anniversary of going freelance. I've never looked back and at times I did worry about whether I was doing the right thing. But that month was a lot of change for me - personal and workwise, but it stands as a landmark… Continue reading Five Pieces of Advice from a Five-Year Veteran to a New Freelancer

Book Review

Book Review: Lingo (A Language Spotter’s Guide to Europe) by Gaston Dorren

Words: without them we wouldn't have books. Tracing the family tree and evolution of language has proven as complex as the evolution of biological life. But all European languages now have a missing link - one common ancestor language that created English, Spanish, Greek, Finnish, Armenian, Catalan, Cornish, Welsh and every other now spoken in… Continue reading Book Review: Lingo (A Language Spotter’s Guide to Europe) by Gaston Dorren