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5 Years of Something Beautiful
Today a Facebook notification popped up, "Your Memories on Facebook", dated June 28, 2012: "Tomorrow is my last day working in book publishing, after eight wonderful years. Thanks to all of those who shared it with me: it was never well paid, often absurd but always fun - you guys were awesome".  I often wonder what it is about me that didn't work in a corporate space and why I never progressed much. I suppose I chopped and changed roles and companies many times, learning as I went, meeting amazing people, but there was something about my career that always made me feel stifled and frustrated. Like I was just swimming the race, never really excelling.
Retainers vs Projects: The Pros and Cons
Any entrepreneur will tell you that consistent cash flow is the life blood of a successful business. And when we first started Black Mountain we naturally thought that this meant securing as many retainer clients as possible, in order to have a predictable income and workload in the future (as well as to plan better too).
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10 Terms You Don’t Use in Real Life (and shouldn’t use online)
The biggest mistake we see when editing copy for use online is when people are overly formal in their writing style. Sure, there are certain situations where lengthy descriptions and certain words may be necessary, such as in legal documents for example, but the easiest way to distance your readers from what you are trying to say (or sell) is to use words that you wouldn't use in real life.
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Escaping the Hourly Rate
As digital content providers, our business model is one where we essentially charge for our time. Whether it's SEO consulting, usability advice or doing the actual copywriting, one of our biggest challenges with Black Mountain is how to get around the fact that if we're not putting in the time, we're not making the money.
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How to Make a Multi-City Office Work
Sorry that it's been a bit quiet around here lately. The reason? End of year rush. Projects that needed to be completed. The small matter of moving two kids, two dogs, a husband and a houseful of objects from the City of Gold to The Mother City. Oh, not to mention trying to make a business work in two different cities as well.
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Writing On Something You Know Nothing About
As an agency, we've written about a lot of different stuff in Black Mountain's short life. From serious corporates to small, cheeky startups, we've written content about office space. Logistics. Pizza. Electrical compliance. Perfume that goes in your pocket. Educational outreach programmes. Online car auctions. Hedge funds. Jewellery. Haircare products. Seafood.
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Majestic and magnificent
In my first job as a junior copywriter, my boss kept a shared spreadsheet of words that our team was forbidden to use in any piece of writing. The no-go list was made up mostly of adjectives, and it went something like this: