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Goodbye 2018

And there we go. That’s 2018 done. And the fact I’ve only managed one blog post here since last year’s ‘end of year’ missive is quite telling. This year has disappeared in a whirlwind of work that some might describe as chaos (including me on a bad day) but I like to affectionately think of…

Reflecting on two years of freelancing

I realised at the weekend that it’s exactly two years since I started my freelance life. Two whole years. While anniversary day itself sort of passed me by, it seems fitting that this milestone comes as I’m about to take a break and go exploring Europe for a few weeks. It’s a good time to…

Happy New Year!

And so another year has passed – and also a long time since I wrote a blog on my own website which, in itself, is a good thing because 2017 was a busy old year! Going into it, it felt like I’d only taken the plunge to go freelance five minutes before and the learning…

A year of freelancing

Last week marked exactly one year since I said goodbye to employed life and embarked on what I reckon is probably one of the biggest adventures I’ve been on. Being your own boss, going freelance, going self-employed – no matter how you dress it up it’s pretty scary. No holiday pay, no sick pay, no…

Socially Shared’s Women in Business Conference

I don’t really tend to do ‘networking’ much – not the formal type anyway. As a journalist, networking is kind of your job. Meeting people, talking to them, finding out their stories, working with PR people to get results for both of you. All that is networking and it doesn’t really need a formal ‘networking group’…

Judging at the National Fish & Chip Awards

There’s times in a career like mine when you can’t quite believe the opportunities you’ve been given – like interviewing royalty, going to a warzone, covering the Olympics. Or being a judge at one of the biggest competitions of the culinary year – the National Fish & Chip Awards. Before you even start thinking about it, no…

Happy New Year!

Wow, is it 2017 already? I’m sure I’m not the only person to be saying that. It doesn’t seem like all that long ago that we were seeing in 2016 full of joy about what was to come. Of course, 2016 was a bit monumental wasn’t it. Political change on a scale we could never…

Thoughts On Becoming A Freelance Journalist

I wrote this for KettleMag, so thought I’d share it here…. I spent more than 12 years working as a staff reporter at a range of publications – from my local weekly paper to becoming the chief reporter at the Press Association. I had opportunities and experiences that saw me kicking myself to check I wasn’t…