Going #CrueltyFree (and a cute beagle video)

A few months ago I made a kind of spur-of-the-moment decision to go #crueltyfree with my toiletries and cosmetics. Now, for me, Cruelty Free means not tested on animals. I am not vegan, I am not even vegetarian, so I don't see the point in going vegan for cosmetics....

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Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good

As a contractor I get to work with a lot of different companies - each with their own opinions and processes (or lack thereof). I have clients that have no QA in place (as they didn't even know that it won't look the same everywhere), to ones that seem to test on...

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Contracting vs Freelancing

For some people the terms 'contracting' and 'freelancing' are interchangeable. For me I have a clear distinction between the two. In the past I have done both, but going forward (from July 2018) I will only be taking on Freelance work. Here are my definitions of the...

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Go, Go 8 Bit!

On Monday a new TV show comes to Dave, Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit. Not only was I in the audience with The Boy for two of the show recordings, I've been a fan of this show for the last couple of years. How? Because it used to be a live show at the Backyard Comedy Club...

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Special Announcement

I am planning on having a career addition, as opposed to a career change. Or a sideline if you like. At the beginning of the year I applied for a training course, and a couple of months back I was interviewed, references were taken and I was subsequently accepted....

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I really hate walking my dog on some days…

And those days are Wednesdays and Saturdays, more specifically; on those mornings. And that's because these are the mornings that our bins are emptied, and (most of) the rubbish is taken away. And it's that 'most of' that is the issue - it;s what's not taken that's...

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Why I’m leaving Women of Email

This is the post I put on the Women of Email Facebook page today: Hey ladies, I think I'm going to have to leave this group, I don't think it's for me any more. I'd love to be a part of something that champions women in the industry, celebrates successes and helps...

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Being ill as a Freelancer

When I decided to go freelance, one of my big fears was getting sick - sick pay is not a luxury you get as a new freelancer, and I seem to have quite a low immune system. However since I've been contracting, I've only lost one day's pay from sickness, and that's quite...

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Why I go to the Litmus Email Design Conference

So, I've just been to my 3rd Litmus Email Design Conference. The big difference for this year though, was that as a Freelancer, I was paying for the ticket myself. At £780 (inc VAT) it's not cheap, and bearing in mind this is the early bird cost, which I had to make a...

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I’ve found a hobby!

I've never really had a hobby, even as a child. There were things I liked to do, and stuff I'd collect, but nothing you could call an actual hobby. I recently decided I'd like one. Despite having a puppy and working freelance, I still find myself wasting too many...

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Why you want an Email Developer to build your emails

Email Development History Once upon a time, email was the black sheep of the marketing family. No one quite knew how to do it, or what was required; they just knew it had to be done. So it was generally palmed off to the Front End Developer (most likely the Junior...

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Video in email? I’m not a fan

Got your attention there? An email developer who doesn't like video? Except, that's not what I said... I'm not a fan of video IN email. Video in email seems to be the big, hot, sexy thing that every client wants at the moment. (Except half the time, they don't...

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The Outlook 2007 / 10 / 13 Spacing Bug

I'm kind of surprised how few people know about this - it always seems to surprise clients when I tell them why their email is breaking in Outlook. To be fair, it makes no goddamn sense, and I can go months without encountering it, and then it'll happen 6 times in a...

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From a Dog Owner to Child Owners (and to normal adults)

When I was a kid, I was taught by my parents to always ask the owner before stroking a stranger's dog. Always. No matter how small or cute or placid it appears. Always, always ask first. Why isn't this being taught anymore? I'm out with Kimber, and adults and children...

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The 2016 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards

I need to start with an apology: This is almost two months overdue! I have had a few distractions with a poorly puppy and finishing my permanent employer to become freelance, and the panic attacks involved with both of those things! And I need to follow that up with a...

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Why Chuggers will never get my money

I hate Chuggers. For those who don't know the term, it's a combination of the two words 'Charity' and 'Muggers'. You know the ones, men and women with their tabard and their clipboard or bucket (or ipads or credit card machines lately). Guilt-tripping people into...

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So, it turns out I’m a F*******!

I have just finished a book that I should have read eons ago! And I didn't, because of the utter slating that it got in the press and on social media - I based my opinion on that, instead of actually reading it and making my own mind up. And no, it's not "50 shades",...

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