Want a quick overview of what I got up to in 2016 as a freelance journalist? It was busy! If 2016 was anything to go by, 2017 will bring more of the same. Here’s what happened:
Somehow, I balanced work as a freelance journalist, travel writer, copywriter and writing coach.
Early in 2016, there was this story in the Guardian Australia, about the bias experienced by part-time workers. Then, continuing the theme of working parents, I wrote this one for SBS life, helping those experiencing the work life juggle. Outside of work, those parents who find themselves friendless might enjoy my story on the art of dating other parents. Or if you just get sick of people asking if you’re pregnant (I did), this little rant co-written with my colleague Ginger Gorman for news.com.au might help!
Over at the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, where I am still wearing my freelance journalist hat in my weekly and monthly columns and features, I explored whether deleting your writing on purpose is a good idea (I know – seems a no brainer, right?). In my weekly column called Meet the Boss I also had a chat with the CEO of Contiki travel, amongst others.
I was pretty active on the airwaves throughout 2016, mostly talking about my new website, Babies Who Travel. Listen to me on ABC radio or Travel Writers radio providing tips and tricks, or chatting with the host of the fabulous ABC Babytalk podcast on this episode here, but also talking about life as a travel writer on podcasts and the airwaves (you can hear me on ABC radio talking about the realities of the profession here – visit my press page for more).
Adding to my now bursting family travel writing portfolio, is my “Toddler Travel” column for Out & About With Kids magazine. I love helping others figure out how to holiday with a wriggly sidekick or two in tow! (It’s just one reason why I also talk travel for fun, via the Facebook community I manage, Kids Who Travel.)
When my feet were back on the ground at home, I stayed busy mentoring freelance writers and helping people improve their writing at work, through one to one coaching (as well as my regular teaching for the Australian Writers’ Centre). Seeing I’m now spending so much time in Canberra, I started sharing that local knowledge in 2016, via stories for Singapore Airlines’ inflight magazine, Time Out, Backpackers Essentials, Flight Centre’s magazine and Tiger Tales (the inflight mag of Tiger Airways). Plenty of reading here!
Plus, I drew on my ten years experience as a communications specialist (yes, that was my former career, prior to my last ten years working as a freelance journalist) and got back into helping companies solve their wordsmithing challenges (aka: copywriting). More on that here.