Failing Publicly

Rachael Davies
Let's celebrate the fails of freelancing in an overly filtered world
Created 09 Dec 2020
  • Summer holidays are over 🏖️
    25 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    I’m back from my impromptu summer vacation! I know it’s been a hot second, but it’s been one hell of a summer. I’ve developed a bit of an unhappy relationship with social media - shocking for a journa...
  • Guest Feature: Lily Canter
    16 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Today, I’m excited to welcome Lily Canter, a money, health and lifestyle journalist and co-director of Freelancing for Journalists to Failing Publicly. She is discussing a series of consecutive fails ...
  • The lifecycle of an article
    09 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    The reason I started this newsletter was because I was sick of only seeing the highlight reels, the personal news klaxons, the big wins of freelancing on social media. I love sharing my wins, but they...
  • When everything is content, nothing is
    19 May 2021 • 2 min read • 4 0
    When I was working on my English Lit degree, I found it hard to read a book - any book - without looking for a deeper meaning. There’s that joke people make about literature students making too much o...
  • Have I joined a dying industry?
    12 May 2021 • 2 min read • 4 0
    I don’t know any young journalist who hasn’t, at some point in the last few years, heard the words ‘ha! Good luck!’, or ‘there’s no future in that, try something else’, or words to that effect. This u...
  • False perfection of YouTube tutorials
    28 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Like most people my age, my first port of call when I don’t know something is to turn to Google and YouTube. Within seconds, you can find polished tutorials for anything you can imagine and it makes l...
  • I don't have to be a one-woman team
    21 Apr 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    I was never one for group projects at school. I dreaded having to partner up and divvy up the workload with someone else. To this day, while I love brainstorming and bouncing ideas off of someone else...
  • When personal branding became a performance
    14 Apr 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    Before diving in, a quick thank you for bearing with me the last couple of weeks. I moved house last weekend and am coming to you from in between several large stacks of boxes that I’ve carved a littl...
  • Coming to you live from a dense brain fog
    01 Apr 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Every day this week, I sat down to write the week’s newsletter, despite not feeling that inspired. My tactic when faced with writers’s block is usually to write something, anything, and then edit what...
  • Range but make it writing
    24 Mar 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    “So, what do you do?” The dreaded question posed to any freelancer. How do you sum up the criss-crossing projects, unpaid labour, and ever-changing roles that go into freelancing? I was always told wh...
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