2022 Will Be a Year of Change for MG Mason Creative

Happy New Year! Wasn’t 2021 yet another weird one? In many ways it seems to have flown by. In other ways it seems to have dragged. I saw that picture of Bernie Sanders again the other day with the caption. “Think this year has been a long one? This image of Bernie is less than a year old.”

Eek!

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Writers, Authors, Designers: Where to Get Free Fonts Online

Do you use Windows supplied fonts? If so, stop right there because you don’t have to. These fonts are – and have always been – pretty basic and uninspiring. They’re supposed to be as they’re designed for general use like writing emails, word processor packages and so on. But if you want something a bit more punchy, sexy, or eyecatching, you’re going to have to do some digging around.

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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.

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It’s OK for Freelancers to Say “No” At Difficult Times

How often do you say “no” to a client or work for reasons other than:

  • The pay is too low
  • You’re too busy
  • The deadline is too short
  • You’re going on holiday
  • They’re a p*ss taker

My guess is the answer to that is “rarely.”

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International Men’s Health Week: Pandemic, and My Mental Health

I was planning to write this article in November for International Men’s Day. After learning that this week is International Men’s Health Week, I decided to bring it forward. If you know anything about mental health, you’ll know men commit suicide at three times the rate of women. Men are more likely to turn to drugs and alcohol; you’ll also know that 85% (ish) of rough sleepers are men, and many of them are mentally ill and vulnerable before they become rough sleepers.

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On Being a Child-Free Man

I’ve been thinking about doing this article for several months. I’ve never been sure what to include. How do you write an article about not wanting to do something? It wasn’t easy coming up with ideas. So I did some research on social media, articles from child free people, attitudes towards us and much more.

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The Cult of Productivity & “Do Nothing” Guilt

As awful as the pandemic has been, a lot of people have used the time to do stuff they’d never previously done. The running joke is that we’re all now banana bread master chefs and massively overweight from all the cakes and biscuits we’ve made and eaten.

It’s great some have taken the time to slow down, but it seems to have made a pre-pandemic problem far worse.

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Exploring Class and Society in Carnival Row and Snowpiercer

NB: I know Snowpiercer season 2 is currently going up on Netflix so I’m going to limit discussion of it to season 1 alone.

Carnival Row on Amazon Prime and Snowpiercer on Netflix are two vastly different TV shows. True, they have some big name actors (Jennifer Connolly and Sean Bean in Snowpiercer, and Orlando Bloom, Indira Varma, and Cara Delevingne in Carnival Row) with high product values and slick effects. They’re grand in scope and set design. Yet they have so much in common, particularly in how they explore social privilege.

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How To Digital Detox as a Freelancer / Small Business

Digital detox – you might have heard the term. Essentially it means to disconnect from some or all social media accounts. Although the science behind a dietary detox is pretty shoddy, there are good reasons to take a break from social media. When done well, you can come back refreshed and with a better focus.

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This World Mental Health Day, Give Yourself Permission to be Creative

It’s 10th October and that means one thing – World Mental Health Day. Last year, I essentially “came out” to my family about my own struggles with depression. It took me a long time to come to terms with the mood swings, the inexplicable low periods, the periods of anxiety and especially the SAD. Now I’ve fully embraced and acknowledged it,

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