I’ve written and edited a lot of stuff over the years, so here’s a quick run-down of places where you can find and read other articles, stuff I’ve published online or projects I’ve been involved in.
I worked for 6 years as an editor and writer at SeeTheWorld.com (a bunch of 26 online destination guides). This involved me running a team of freelancers (writers, videographers and photographers) and working with a small but awesome office team. I wrote and edited thousands of articles, including reporting on the news (more on this below) writing about events, writing travel guides, sharing snow conditions, editing videos and publishing a bazillion things on 26 groups of social media channels.
Here’s where you’ll find links to everything I published per destination if you fancy taking a peek – Les Deux Alpes | Alpe d’Huez | Avoriaz | Chamonix | Courchevel | La Plagne | Les Arcs | Meribel | Morzine | Tignes | Val d’Isere | Val Thorens | Verbier | Antibes | Bordeaux | Cannes | Dordogne | Monaco | Nice | Provence | St Tropez | Ibiza | Mallorca
One of the maddest things that I was involved in whilst working this job happened in Chamonix in July 2012. A massive avalanche up in the high mountain, on a route to the summit of Mont Blanc killed nine mountaineers. My colleague Robin published the first update and then left the office to meet a client, so it was over to me to keep the updates going. The tragedy quickly gained international interest and since ours was the only English language version of events at the time, news outlets like CNN, ITV and the BBC picked up on it and contacted us.
I did two live updates on the phone, one with CNN (here’s some of their coverage) and BBC Radio 5 live (here’ some of the BBC coverage). The CNN broadcast was heard by my best friend who was travelling in Borneo at the time. My aunt and uncle got in touch to say they’d heard me on the radio on the BBC. Very surreal. ITV sent a TV crew over to Chamonix and I became their fixer for a few days, organising interviews, taking them to the helicopter base where the dead had been brought back to, and to hear an announcement from the UK ambassador who had also flown in. I sat with the news team in their hotel room while they uploaded their report back to the UK for broadcast. Here’s some of the ITV coverage.
It was one of the most emotionally exhausting but also the most memorable event (for good and bad reasons) that I’ve been caught up in in my life so far.
I was travelling all over the Alps in this job and doing a lot of mountain biking along the way (a lot of times with a mountain biking-photographer friend). I got an introduction from a freelance writer who worked with us for a short while, and this gave me an in to working with Maloja UK. I was a brand ambassador with them for a number of years, so I got lots of free bike clothes and gear, in return for sharing photos, articles and dropping their brand name in wherever I could.. Sweet 🙂
Sportsister online magazine were kind enough to publish my ~3000 word article about my solo mountain bike trip to Peru. It was unpaid, but great to see my words out there in a female-focused magazine.
iThinkSport is an online Sport Psychology education platform run by my actual sister. She published an article about my trip to Peru and I’m proud to say I also feature in the graphics on her company car!
Hiiker is a brilliant app which guides you around long distance hiking trails, like the Tour du Mont Blanc which passes through Chamonix (where I used to live). This was a cool project and involved me writing about points of interest along the route, like mountain huts, flora and fauna and famous mountaineers. When you reach a point of interest on the trail, instead of having your nose glued to your phone to read what it’s about, a recording of a voice (using my words and spoken by someone in a local accent) talks you through it. You can carry on enjoying the scenery whilst listening to the audio. Genius idea!
Process Street is where I work and I love it! If you’re looking for software to sort your recurring processes out, go sign up for a trial or a plan… I get to write lots of knowledge base articles as well as being part of the Customer Success team.