My Love of Dartmoor – a Photographic Journey

It's Easter 2019 and we're presently having the hottest weekend of the year so far. It's been fabulous. Yesterday (Good Friday) we went up to Dartmoor - always a favourite place of mine - and I took my DSLR. This was not only the first time I'd taken my "new" camera, I also went up [...]

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How Clients Can Help Freelancers Grow Their Business

Learning to effectively market one's freelance business is a matter of trial and error. It's one of the most difficult (and thankless) aspects of the job, but a necessary one. I love writing but I can't afford to neglect reaching out to other businesses to ensure a stream of clients. There is no guarantee of [...]

Announcing: Profile at Createxplore

Photography skillz are developing quite nicely; slowly, but surely. Finally, I have the exposure triangle figured out and I'm regularly producing images about which I'm really happy rather than a load of "meh" images and some really nice shots. I have a tripod now courtesy of birthday money and later this month I'm starting a [...]

Are You Being the Best Upwork Client You Could Possibly Be?

I turn down work for many reasons through Upwork. Leaving aside those of too low a budget and jobs for which I have no experience (I get invited to translation and PPC advertising roles for which I have no experience let alone interest), sometimes I reject them purely because of the client. If I get [...]

Don’t Ignore Fonts in Your Promotional Material

Learning how to use my DSLR properly and aiming to make some small income from it means I'm going to have to learn some skills I never previously thought I would need. Granted, I could have spent more time on marketing in the past, something I am now trying to remedy. But photography is a [...]

Subscribing to Photoshop

I finally bit that little bullet that had been nagging away at the back of my brain for weeks. It was inevitable, really. I felt there was no point trying to develop photography skills with a camera and kit that cost me the best part of £500 if i wasn't going to bother learning photo [...]

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 [...]

Importance of a Good Blog Theme

It's all moving a bit fast, isn't it? The more blogs I read, the more I see how website aesthetics have changed with mobile internet and touch screen technology. The most noticeable change is the move toward touchscreen functionality which is no longer limited to mobile devices but now common on laptops too. So I've [...]

Yeah, I’m GenX and I’m Smashing Freelancing…

I hate labels and I hate stereotypes. As a GenXer, I'm apparently supposed to loath the Baby Boomer "Generation Greed" as much as I'm supposed to hate Millennial "Generation Snowflake". In a recent amusing news piece on CNBC and featured on HuffPo UK, it was demonstrated that GenX really is the forgotten generation (as we'd [...]

Free Things to Do in Cornwall in Winter to Inspire Writers and Photographers

Our lovely little corner of the country attracts millions of visitors every year. Coastal resorts such as St Ives become choc-a-bloc with tourist from the spring through to early autumn. Land's End and Sennen Cove and the striking coast of West Penwith are amazing and inspiring for creatives. If it isn't the coast, there's the [...]