Where Has Winter Gone?

I am one of those strange people who love winter. When the days get shorter, darker and colder I rejoice. While everyone else hibernates, I go for long walks in the cold. And in the summer, when other people throw open their windows and dust off their bikini bottoms, I yank the curtains closed and want to stay in bed.

This year it’s incredibly mild for the middle of February, and I feel like I’m being cheated out of winter. This, coupled with the extra-long, extra-hot summer we had, is making me a bit grumpy.

And then I had to spend an hour on the phone to HMRC this morning, which will never ungrump anyone. So on the whole, it’s been a grumpy week. But there are nice things happening too.  Read More

Learning How To Caffeine Again

If you’re stuck on “How to caffeine” because it’s grammatically incorrect, I recommend Gretchen McCulloch’s upcoming book, Because Internet, which talks about how language changes over time and how the internet has shaped our current modes of communication.

As a proofreader and grammarian I’m happy to follow structural rules when I’m editing texts. As a linguist, however, I’m equally happy to use internetisms (and made-up words) in day-to-day life. Language is fascinating in how it evolves and changes, and all the subtle signals it gives us about in-groups and our own psychology.  Read More

Keeping Warm In The Office

It’s the start of the second month in our new office, and so far we can still afford to keep the heating on. This is good news: a small business isn’t an easy thing to be, and we had to do some financial scraping to rent the office in the first place, but thanks to a nice bank manager we did it and we’re in.

If you’re new here: Hi, I’m Scar, Founder & CEO here at Bohemiacademia. I do a whole bunch of things, including working from our Kensington office three days a week.

Last week we took on a couple of new clients, one for transcription and the other for translation.  Read More

It’s Snowing In London!

…as you will know if you follow anyone who lives here on social media, because we’ve all been posting incessantly about the weather like people can’t just look out their own windows and see it.

If you’re new here: Hi, I’m Scar, Founder & CEO here at Bohemiacademia. I do a whole bunch of things, including working from our Kensington office three days a week.

So, what have we been up to this week?  Read More

New Year, New Office

Eek, it’s January: the month of making & breaking resolutions, and trying to reassure your body that you’re done with all the cheese and chocolate and you will in fact be eating vegetables sometimes now.

January’s a funny month for the team, because traditionally it’s quiet client-wise but it’s been very busy in terms of work peripherals. So while we haven’t had a huge amount to do per se, I have spent excessive amounts of time in the office, setting up.  Read More

Winter Is Coming

Hello everyone, I hope you have had an enjoyable week. I currently have a cold, which is quite annoying, but it is to be expected with the onset of the colder weather. Luckily, working from home means that (a) I won’t be infecting any coworkers and (b) I can make myself as many mugs of Lemsip as I want.

We’ve had a fairly quiet week here at Bohemiacademia. November-December are often quieter months, as clients are winding down for the Christmas period, and then in January there’s the mad rush when everyone goes back to work.

Garreth and Jackie have been transcribing various things this week: some videos of a conference which Michelle put together; Carlie’s podcast episodes for one of our clients; and various webinars which people send to us to transcribe.

Transcription is a great way to make sure more people can access your video and audio content. Not only does it mean that those with hearing problems can enjoy it too, it also works well for SEO, as it ensures keywords are being scanned by search engines’ crawlers.

I’ve been doing a bit of proofreading this week, as usual; I’ve been focusing on proofreading in French while Johanna deals with proofreading in English.

I’ve also been chasing some client accounts – the less glamorous part of freelance life is trying to stay on top of what you’re owed, and by whom. We are lucky in that most of our clients pay on time (or even early!), but sometimes people need a little nudge.

The social media management team are hard at work as always – take a look at what Emma has been doing with a client’s Instagram account:

Kathy has been hard at work on Pinterest; having grown one client’s following by 12,000 subscribers over the course of a year, she’s now looking at ways to increase it even further.

On Facebook, our team of administrators and moderators have been looking after groups and pages, checking in daily to combat spam and make sure our clients’ groups remain useful, interesting places for people to converse.

Although they’re not as popular as other social networks, LinkedIn and GooglePlus are also places where we share our clients’ articles and keep people up to date with news in their industries. LinkedIn groups can be a great place to focus some attention, especially if you run a B2B company or if you’re in a technical industry.

Our writers are hard at work as always, of course, writing articles for clients across several different sectors. We can also source interviewees for clients, looking for people in relevant industries whose expertise and opinions might give a boost to reader numbers.

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Is It Winter Yet?

Things are getting quieter here at Bohemiacademia as the year gradually draws to a close. Winter is my personal favourite time of year – I love how fresh everything feels when the air is cold, especially in the mornings, and the dark evenings make my house feel cozy and cocoon-like. Except that I’m renovating, so currently it’s more like a cocoon of dust.

The French translation team gets by far the most work of all the translation teams – quite why this is, I’m not sure. Over the past week or so they’ve been translating and proofreading documents for clients in the aeronautical engineering sector.

Social media remains a focal point of the business, with freelancers working across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google Plus for several clients. Currently we manage over 200 Facebook presences, including profiles, groups and pages. As you can imagine, this takes a concerted, coordinated effort to keep running each month, but most of our freelancers have several years’ experience in managing social accounts so for them it’s no problem. Often our freelancers have been members of their specialist social network since it was first founded, and have followed the various bugs, features, improvements and user irritations over the years.

But words are our first love, of course. Our writers have been turning over articles in the travel and lifestyle sectors, as well as a few special features for Hallowe’en and fireworks night. Once an article has been written, it gets sent across to the proofreaders and editors for a check before it goes to the client. Some clients prefer us to send articles to them, which they then post; other clients prefer to just give us access to their websites and let us post and share articles ourselves. We strive to be as flexible as possible as we understand that each client’s needs will be different. If there’s one thing freelancers understand, it’s the importance of flexibility!

This week I’ll be focusing on some business admin, especially in the area of finances – I need to chase a couple of late payments and make sure our accounts are all up to date.

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