How to Create Create Effective, SEO-Friendly Alt Text: A Writer’s Guide
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by Debra Anazonwu
5h ago
My experience writing alt text for science textbooks also applies to Medium — sort of Alt text allows visually impaired readers access to information in photos and other images. Photo by Joachim Schnürle on Unsplash Last year, I did a brief stint as an alt-text writer for science textbooks. It recently dawned on me that I needed to apply that knowledge to my Medium and freelance articles. And since most people are confused about alt text, I decided to share that knowledge with the Medium community. What is alt text? Alternative text (alt text) describes an image. It’s an accessi ..read more
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This is How Writers Can Survive the End of Their Creative Marathon
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by Fatunla Samuel
21h ago
Improvise with new speech-to-text tools like Apple dictation. Photo by Andreas Wagner on Unsplash If you’ve been writing online for a while and feel you're running a race, then you don’t know what you're into. According to the Writers Digest, “writing is a marathon.” Also, if you feel alive every time you write, know that, just like life, it could be taken at any time. Not that you will stop living, but that your creative marathon can suddenly end. Creatives are alike in thoughts, life, and realities I’m an overthinker, just like my cousin, who works as a designer. Maybe that’s one t ..read more
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Breathing in Creativity: Redefine Inspiration for a More Creative Life
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by Cara J. Stevens
1d ago
Writegeist Energy in doesn’t always equal energy out when it comes to creative flow. Or so it may seem. Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash In a world filled with endless distractions and demands, maintaining a sense of creativity can feel like we’re constantly trying to refill a leaky tub. We creative folk often find ourselves searching for inspiration, hoping it will strike like lightning, igniting our creative spark. But what if we shifted our perspective on inspiration? What if, instead of waiting for it to come to us, we embraced it as something we can actively cultivate w ..read more
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Coauthoring a Book: Two Keyboards Are Mightier than One
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by Karl Wiegers
1d ago
The synergy of working with a coauthor might not save time but it can lead to a far better product, as this experience report describes. Image by freepik Several years ago I did something I had never done before: I coauthored a book. It worked out remarkably well. I had another successful coauthoring experience more recently. If you’ve ever thought about writing something collaboratively — or even working together long-distance on a different type of project — you might find the way we approached this project informative. In August of 2012, Joy Beatty, vice president of research and devel ..read more
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What Is Your Freelance Writing Rate
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by Justin Cox
1d ago
What Is Your Freelance Writing Rate? Writing jobs are evaporating for many reasons, but freelance rates were really bad long before AI came around. Photo by Richard Hedrick on Unsplash When I celebrated a decade of writing on Medium, many people reached out to share their stories of writing success. Reading about how The Writing Cooperative inspired confidence and helped people achieve their writing goals was so cool! A few people who have been around since the early days even recounted getting paid by The Writing Cooperative. Our early payment model launched before Medium ..read more
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On Not Choosing A Niche And Creating Like Beyoncé
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by Tara Nicole Szkutnik
2d ago
Confessions of a Former ‘Niche Pubs’ Department Head Photo by Igor Rand on Unsplash In a former life, I was the head of the “Niche Publications” department at my local newspaper. Scorned journalists may have referred to my work as “advertorial,” but I can assure you they were just jealous of my autonomy and creative license. Even still, there were lengths I couldn’t go — personal essays and columns, nonfiction narrative, God forbid poetry! As I regurgitated my third writeup on an annual event in Red Lodge, Montana, the creative juices turned sour — or was it too sweet? My job as ..read more
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Don’t Believe the 2 Biggest Lies about Freelance Writing
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by Kathy Widenhouse
2d ago
Word Wise: Practical Writing Tips for Freelancers and Solopreneurs Embrace the truth and get the gigs Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash Paid freelance writers: if you’re among them, you are an increasingly rare breed. If you want to join their ranks, you can. But first, a few facts. It’s not that freelance writing jobs aren’t out there. Rather, pandemics and downsizing, and side hustles mean more people are looking for ways to make extra money and do it from home. Freelancing fits the bill. In the U.S. alone, about a third of all workers are classified as independent contractors.x ..read more
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The Critical Lesson I Learned From Covering a Rock Concert in Peru
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by Walter Rhein
2d ago
THE RECKLESS WRITER When celebrities are gracious, the least you can do is come prepared Image by Walter Rhein I was working as a journalist in Peru when a legislative change led to a dramatic reduction in the tax burden on concert revenue. As a result, the floodgates opened and the rock gods descended upon us. The whole country ignited with rumors and excitement about upcoming shows. Who would be coming? When would they arrive? How long would they stay? The clickbait headlines wrote themselves. The listening tastes of Peru always struck me as delightfully quirky. The radio ..read more
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What Happened When We Ghosted Substack and the Platform Era
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by Sam Chavez @ Roots of Change
3d ago
Evaluating our first months on Beehiiv & Ghost Photo by Mulyadi / Unsplash Back in December, my friend Sharon Hurley Hall and I began discussing our plans to leave Substack and where we wanted to go. We had both built strong followings in Substack and enjoyed the many social features that helped us reach more folks interested in growing their digital communications and social justice work. Sharon’s Anti-Racism newsletter had reached over 5,000 subscribers and the roots of change newsletter had just expanded to include podcasting and videos with digital comms tips. It was not ..read more
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How Writing Is Wildly Different From Your 9-to-5 Job
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by Steven Toews, JD, MBA
3d ago
An Untethered Life Thinking of changing from your current career to writing? Here are just a few ways it’s different. Photo by Mark Broadhead on Unsplash I used to share in the “laptop on the beach” fantasy. You know the one. You quit your 9-to-5 job to move to an island and bring your laptop to the beach every day to work. But have you ever brought anything with a keyboard to the beach? Or a screen that isn’t attached to a Kindle? It just doesn’t work. You can’t see a damn thing, what with all the glare from the sun, and sand gets absolutely everywhere. Plus, if there are any kids n ..read more
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