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What story do your images tell?

What story do your images tell?

I've been involved lately in a fascinating program for creative entrepreneurs, and so far we've heard from a couple of speakers at some big-name technology companies about building values and culture in a start up environment. As you'd expect, their talks were...

Podcasts for lonely freelance writers

Podcasts for lonely freelance writers

I started podcasting in 2007 or 2008, long before the boom of professional podcasting but long after the early adopters, interviewing Canadian television creatives for the then-nascent TV, eh? website. At first I went it alone, recording with Skype and editing with...

Stretching the comfort zone

Stretching the comfort zone

Sometimes my dream assignments are the ones I know I enjoy: creating a juicy communications strategy, writing about something I find fascinating, getting sent on an all-expenses-paid trip to the Atacama Desert. (Maybe one of those has never happened.) But sometimes...

What inspires creativity?

What inspires creativity?

I've been participating in the #31DaysOfCreativity challenge this month, having fun with the short daily assignments that have also introduced me to tools like Adobe's creative types test, making words out of spaghetti, and creating my own newspaper clipping. One of...

Last call for resolutions

Last call for resolutions

My new year's resolution is generally to not make resolutions, and now this is my second post on what I resolve to do over the coming year. Last week I wrote about my business resolutions, about who I want to be as a freelancer. Now, inspired by a Twitter...

My business resolutions

My business resolutions

Here we are at a new year – a new decade if, like me and 99% of the planet, you prefer to celebrate when the odometer ticks over and not when math says you should. I don’t generally make new year’s resolutions, but I’ve been thinking over the last few months about...

Why social media scheduling is evil

Why social media scheduling is evil

But yes, often a necessary evil I know, I know, we're all busy, juggling multiple priorities, and if you run a business, social media is likely not your number one priority. Even if you outsource the task, you're likely hiring someone with multiple clients and their...

Confessions of an accessibility numpty

Confessions of an accessibility numpty

Social media sites could do better, but they do let us be more inclusive One of the great side effects of moving to Scotland is learning new words like "dreich" (the general state of winter weather in Vancouver and Edinburgh), blether (what a Chatty Cathy does), and...

Plain language is a lifesaver

Plain language is a lifesaver

I’ve consumed a lot of professional development opportunities in my life, some meaty, some empty calories. One that stuck to my ribs was a workshop with Dr. Vincent Covello, organized by my boss at the health care organization I worked for at the time (thanks Helen!)....

Blogging is dead. Long live blogging.

Blogging is dead. Long live blogging.

The golden age of blogging might be over, overshadowed by other forms of social media as well as the rise of enewsletters, but rumours of its death have been greatly exaggerated. It can be harder to find an audience who will eagerly visit your site and read every post...

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