The write stuff

Just over a week ago I finished up a five-month contract job, writing for a large company’s new intranet site. It was a longer corporate project that I am normally hired for, and a rewarding one (except for the killer commute!). It was great to learn new software (slowly – I could never be accused of being overly tech-savvy) and practise the art of writing for a different medium, targeted to a different audience.

As well as the corporate web work, I’ve been exercising different writing muscles with cafe reviews for the annual Good Cafe Guide, travel articles for the BBC Travel website, and essays on the food culture of the Scandinavian countries for a forthcoming Lonely Planet pictorial. Each type of content has required a different flavour and spin, and I’ve enjoyed exploring that and pushing myself to learn more.

I’m also dipping my toe into Twitter – god knows, I’ve managed to lose quite a few hours on that site in recent months, tracking events big and small, following tangents and oddball hashtags, and feeling pangs of envy at travel and foodie pics. I’ve marvelled at the wit and the knowledge-sharing, and despaired at the trolling and the abuse that seems so easily flung (recent events in Australian politics have me despairing).

And so, having finished up at my corporate job, I’ve now got more time to kill on Twitter, and time to spend pitching travel stories and dreaming of my next trip. Five months working in an office in the outer burbs has given me a severe case of itchy feet. A couple of weekends away will hopefully assuage the itch a little for now, but what to do next, where to go…?

In the meantime, I’ll spend a good deal of time reliving my Iceland trip last year, especially thanks to my latest article for the BBC Travel site, published today. It covers Iceland’s second city (I use the term ‘city’ lightly): Akureyri, a gorgeously sited spot with a grand population of around 18,000. I spent lots of time there on my research trip – surprising, given its size, but it had loads of new accommodation options to research, and some cool little cafes and bars to investigate. Northern Iceland was incredible – it has flown under the tourist radar, but I think that’s all about to change…

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