WWD Reader Profile: Sharon Hurley Hall, Location Independent Web Content Writer


WebWorkerDaily readers are a diverse bunch. Every week, I profile a different reader and ask them to share what they do, how they do it, and some of their favorite hints and tips.

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Sharon Hurley Hall and I’m a location-independent web content writer and blogger. I’ve worked from a number of places, but am currently based in Barbados.

What’s a typical day like for you?

I’m usually up by 6:15 in the morning so I can do a quick email check before breakfast. Then I work pretty steadily till about 3 p.m., with a half-hour break for lunch. On a given day I might be working on writing blog posts, putting together a newsletter, crafting articles — any form of writing, really. I mostly do creative work in the morning, as that’s when my brain works best, and leave other tasks, such as proofreading, for the afternoons. One of the ways I motivate myself is by posting my goals for the day on Twitter. I know lots of other people who do this, too, and we help to keep each other motivated.

What gear and software do you use, and why?

I couldn’t live without Google Apps (s goog). I like to keep things in the cloud so that I have access wherever I go, so I run my email and calendar through Google Apps, keep an iGoogle home page with tabs and links for essential sites and back up essential documents into Google Docs. I also use Syncplicity to automate my backups. I love that tool because I can access the files on my desktop from anywhere in the world. I also keep a portable hard drive to which I back up everything once a week, because I’m paranoid about losing data and client files. My other must-have tool is Remember the Milk, for my to-do list. And of course I use Twitter to connect with other writers and bloggers. Skype is essential for doing interviews, though I tend to use Google Talk for IM chats. I also love my Samsung N110 netbook for when I travel, and have been using Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software to boost my productivity.

What’s your favorite web working tip?

The best way to be productive is to play to your strengths. Do creative work when you are creative and you will achieve twice as much as when you work through a slump.

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Prof. Dr. Stanley Collymore

Hi Sharon,

Congratulations all round. I came across your site etc purely by accident and was quite impressed but I can’t say I’m that surprised. Saw your mum when I was last in Barbados 7 years ago, she doesn’t seem to age at all and looks the same as she did in 1990.

There’s an alliterative sound about the Hurley Hall thing, wonder what your mum thinks as she wasn’t too keen on the Hurley Prescod move. Remember?

You don’t have to respond to any of this but I found it irresistible not to respond when I saw your face looking back at me from the computer screen.

All the best, oder Alles Gute wie man auf Deutsch sagt; not that you need it, it seems.



Wow! Sharon now I see how you stay so organized. I’m starting to look into using Google Apps and you’re motivating me to get started. Nice to see you being profiled here. I’ll be sure to share your tips. Thanks!

Sharon Hurley Hall

Andy, Syncplicity has saved my life more than once and proved extraordinarily useful when I changed computers – just one click to transfer all my essential files from my old PC to my new one.

Andy Shackcloth

“I use Syncplicity to automate my backups”, that one tip might just save someones life.

OK, well maybe life is a bit of an exaggeration, but gosh it’s so darn valuable.

Oh, and speaking of value, it might be worth mentioning that the personal edition is free and gives 2GB storage.

No, Andy isn’t affiliated with them.

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