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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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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As in the Streets, So in the Mind: Flânerie as a Way of Thinking and Living

Flânerie refers to the lifestyle practice of walking aimlessly (typically around a city, with Paris being the epitomical city of the flâneur – the street wanderer). I analysed this concept in a previous post, touching on its historical, philosophical, literary, and cultural dimensions. However, flânerie extends well beyond the limits of the city, or I…

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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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Dark Web Virtues: What We Can Learn From White House Market

Darknet markets, where people can browse and buy illicit drugs and forged documents, are not going anywhere. They remain highly popular and involve transactions totalling over a billion dollars. Darknet markets frequently rise and fall, with their closure seeming inevitable. The way that highly popular darknet markets cease to be, however, tends to be abrupt…

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