Weeknote 12: Networking or not

Two dogs outside a pollling station.

My sister’s dogs doing the #dogsatpollingstations pose.

This week’s been pretty productive as I’m approaching the deadlines for two web content projects I’ve been working on for a while. But I managed to find time to attend the Creative Meetup at Howbery Park near Wallingford. It’s one of my favourite networking groups because it doesn’t feel like networking: it’s small business owners and sole traders who work in creative fields getting together as friends to share ideas, experience and advice. And, interestingly, I heard several people that morning use the phrase ‘I don’t like networking.’ Read more ›

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Weeknote 11: A visit to Twitter

TwitterUK reception
This week I went to Twitter!

I didn’t actually have business with Twitter (although I did enjoy tweeting: ‘I’m ON Twitter and I’m IN Twitter’, which felt a bit meta). But Twitter HQ in London was the venue for a ‘Comedy and Confidence for Creatives’ event run by Funny Women.

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Weeknote 10: How not to be an entrepreneur

Badge on a jacket lapel with the words "Votes for women".

Guess where I was on Thursday.

Two things recently have made me think about how I do my job.

Surprisingly, an article titled How Basecamp Built a $100 Billion Business by Doing Less on Purpose turned out to be useful rather than clickbait.

I liked the subtitle even more: ‘Do not innovate. Do not grow. Do not exit. And do not be a startup.’ Read more ›

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Weeknote 9: Euphemisms and poems

Extract from letter from Honda (text in blog)

I had an interesting letter from Honda this week about a safety recall. Not interesting because of the content but because of the style.

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Weeknote 8: Sleevenotes and subeditors


A computer playing Snap with a human. From an April Fool's Day video by Oxford University.

Things I’ve been doing this week: publishing content on a new website and writing sleevenotes for an LP reissue. I’ve also been learning about Office 365 apps so I can write some web guidance for university users – and putting it into practice, as we’re using Microsoft Teams to collaborate on the project.

The brain fog I got after my mum died has lifted, as have the demands on my time, so it’s starting to feel like business as usual again. Read more ›

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