Michael O'Dwyer

Kowloon, Hong Kong

I’m an Irish freelance journalist, blogger and business consultant. I specialise in technology and its relevance to business, society and popular culture. If you got anything from this piece, apart from annoyed, feel free to share it. You can show your support by following me on Twitter or LinkedIn and by subscribing via my RSS feed, Substack or on Medium. I curate my personal writing on Flipboard and all is reader-supported. Donations are very much appreciated via  Ko-fi , Paypal and Bitcoin/Ethereum. Bitcoin Donations: bc1qlpvmulxjf6ehft6qdk7vgca44v0jg97zvpc68s Ethereum Donations: 0xd7d48f52B5aa80D7d8547EB9EEf850A016744884

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Writing for Peanuts? Stop it!

Are You Being Paid Peanuts for Writing? As some you may get defensive, be advised, I know what it’s like. I’ve been there too, receiving a pittance for my writing efforts. As a full-time writing professional, I’ve often seen the phrase ‘paying peanuts’ used in forums, blogs, discussion groups and on social media. It’s not …

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Hire a Writer using Job Boards?

Why Bother Trying to Hire a Writer? As writers, regardless of experience level, we check out job boards. We seek suitable clients who will hire  a writer for future projects. It makes sense to do so, right? In an ideal world, certainly. Unfortunately, prospective clients seeking to hire a writer often wax lyrical about the …

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Writing IS a Business

Writing is a Business Service (in many cases) In my mind, writing is a business if you have company or business clients. The only exception to this applies to those fortunate enough to write only for the pleasure of writing. Those lucky bastards lack deadlines and can write on any topic they choose. In some …

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Comment Spam – a Guide for Site Owners

Comment Spam – not just Annoying As early as 2009, the Google Webmaster blog has indicated that comment spam is of no benefit for increasing search engine rankings and can in fact penalize both the spammer and the website unfortunate enough to receive these ‘comments’. Surprising to learn that many years later, comment spam is …

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The Fiery Freelancer : Welcome

The Fiery Freelancer This blog contains my opinions, insights and recommendations for those involved in the freelance writing industry. As the blog name The Fiery Freelancer (and photo) indicates, I have no tolerance for bullshit, time vampires and other annoyances. Therefore, If you’re of a sensitive disposition or easily offended, prepare for something special… Seriously, …

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Is Freelance Writing an Option?

Why did you Choose Freelance Writing? My transition to freelance writing began in 2009.  Savings were running out, a baby on the way and a global recession, which meant that fat expatriate contracts in Asia didn’t exist for anyone but senior executives. Therefore, a change was necessary. On the plus side, I liked writing and …

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