Freelance Writing in the Age of ChatGPT

Over the past year, I’ve found it particularly difficult to land new freelance writing gigs. It’s been discouraging. I’ve experienced blips and quiet periods like this before, but work would eventually pick up, and I’d have regular assignments to do every week, from multiple clients. This ‘feast and famine’ cycle is common among freelancers of…

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How Psychedelics Can Affect People’s Career Choices and Attitudes Towards Work

An underexplored effect of psychedelics is how their use can affect both the career choices someone makes and the attitudes they have towards work in general. The LSD guru Timothy Leary famously told a countercultural audience – 30,000 hippies who gathered at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco in 1967 – to “turn on, tune…

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Giving Writers Creative Freedom is an Effective SEO Strategy

Having been a content writer for around seven years now, I am very familiar with writing in line with SEO-driven briefs. Sometimes, these briefs can be highly structured and detailed, which is often a relief – especially compared to more basic briefs – because it makes sitting down to write and the writing process itself a…

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The Conflict Between SEO and Authentic Writing

It can be difficult to strike a balance between search engine optimisation (SEO) and writing authentically. On the one hand, writing with SEO in mind increases the likelihood that what you write will generate organic traffic – views that you might otherwise miss out without paying attention to SEO. But these views aren’t just validating and…

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The Fine Line Between Self-Promotion and Bragging: A Freelancing Conundrum

Self-promotion is a task that I presume I need to do as a freelancer. When cycles of little to no work become the norm – sometimes, unfortunately, lasting for weeks on end – I have two options, as all freelancers do: wait for work to come to me or find ways to take on more…

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