Freelancer, what it's like to freelance, freelance writer, barista, cafe

A Week in the Life: After Tuesday Is W T F

When I say I’m a freelance writer/content marketer/SEO/anything I can get my hands on, people ask me questions like “What do you actually do?” or “What are your days like?” I’m writing this so people can get an idea of what I do – emphasis on the I. By the end of the week, you’ll have…

Countdown to My Favourite City in Morocco, Part II

On Saturday night I was out watching the Six Nations finals and a friend-of-a-friend asked me: What was the best experience you had in Morocco? It’s a tough question! I had so many different experiences in those six weeks of solo travelling around Morocco that it’s really hard to say. I met fabulous people, ate great food,…

Walking along Esplanade Ben Gourion, Paris

One Reason Travelling as a Couple Sucks

Dear, oh dear. I haven’t been publishing as regularly as I wanted to. I’m not mad, though. It’s because I’ve been swamped with freelance work! Just to show that I haven’t forgot about you, here’s a new post. It’s a topic I’ve been thinking about for awhile and I hope it gets you thinking too.…

High Quality Content Word Cloud

Using Data to Create High Quality Content

In the second post of my three-part series on newsworthy and high quality content, I’m going to write about using data. In case you’ve gotten ahead of yourself, go back to my post on coming up with newsworthy blog post ideas. Why does data help with high quality content? Most people have a love-hate relationship…

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Sometimes in the winds of change…

There have been a lot of changes around here. I don’t quite know what happened – well, I do but you get I’m saying… Over the past couple months, it just seemed like nothing was changing until everything was different. It’s Friday afternoon and I’m writing this from the plaza of the British Library. Funnily…

4 Steps to Hiring The Right Content Marketing Writer For You

If you need help creating and distributing valuable, relevant and consistent content that attracts visitors and converts them into customers, you need a content marketing writer. But I might not be the right content marketing writer for you. Why? Because I don’t write keyword-stuffed SEO content for $25. I can’t promise your website will make…

Alyssa writes, travel blogger, black travel blogger, travel inspiration, alyssa james, freelance writer

Welcome to Alyssa Writes!

So pleased to have you here. I hope you find some light-hearted entertainment and inspiration as you read on. Travel for me is about staying in one place and getting to know it as well as I can. I’m not checking countries off a list, I’m building experiences and knowledge of different cultures and people.…

Genius Flight, travel app

Travel Inspiration: GeniusFlight App Review

I mentioned before that I have a problem – I often feel like the grass is greener on the other side. Even though I’m not a “nomadic lifestyle” person, I’m prone to a case of itchy feet. Contrary to my expectations, London hasn’t tamed me. By that I mean: this city, huge and diverse as…

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Gaudi, Spanish History

On Spain: An Unfinished Country

I sat quietly among the flurry of languages on L2 on the Barcelona metro. We were heading west towards La Pau, but few would go that far. At 2:30 in the afternoon, it was unlikely that these were commuters. I looked around and tried to guess who would be getting off at the same stop…

Daffodils in Horsham, England, Couple's travel

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Travel Tips

There are two celebrations I’ve developed especially low expectations for: Valentine’s Day and my birthday. Coincidentally, they fall within two days of each other. I’m not bitter because of bad experiences or anything, it’s just that one thing I’ve learned in my (almost) 25 years, it’s that you really can’t force fun or romance on…