Skills I Never Thought I’d Need as a Freelance Writer: #1 Graphic Design

Six years I’ve been doing this gig. Six years! At the time I just wanted to write and I signed up for Elance and Odesk thinking I would (eventually) get enough work in perpetuity and by word of mouth when I had a large enough list of clients. I didn’t consider other skills and at […]

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 […]

Why Nosedive is My Favourite Black Mirror

Black Mirror returns soon, though Netflix hasn’t yet given us a release date. Over the last few months, I’ve been going through all of the episodes. Having now watched most of them at least twice, I feel that Nosedive – the third season opener, is my favourite story. This is despite feeling that White Christmas […]

Most People Don’t Read Articles They Share on Social Media

It’s been suspected for many years, but it’s recently been confirmed that most people don’t even read articles they share on social media before they share them. The headline is the all-powerful attention grabber but now they are so attention-grabbing that people just share. Have we become so entrenched in our echo chambers? Do we […]