The devil is in the brevity.

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What is microcopy?

You find microcopy in every app you use. Each time you make an online purchase, you are reading microcopy.

Microcopy is the text designed to help users complete actions on sites or applications.

If done well, it makes the user's journey smooth, establishes the brand's voice, and builds trust.

How to write great microcopy?

You need to know one important thing when writing microcopy: if it's not helping the user, it doesn't need to be there.

Here are some things to keep in mind when coming up with tiny bits of copy:

  1. Aim for conciseness and…

UX writers craft copy that makes a user's journey simple

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What is UX writing to begin with?

UX writing is about creating copy that guides the user while interacting with a product or service.

Sounds simple enough, right? Coming up with creative, concise, and practical copy is not that easy.

How many times have you left an app or site because you weren't sure about the next step?

UX writers study and analyze how a user behaves while navigating software. They craft microcopy that improves their overall experience.

Furthermore, UX writers contribute to establishing the style and tone of the…

A skill worth cultivating

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Active listening can positively impact your relationships at work, and it could help you achieve several short and long-term goals.

Since becoming a mom, I've been reading about positive discipline and the importance of being present. Many experts encourage parents to practice active listening to deal with difficult situations positively and constructively.

Active listening is about connecting, paying attention, being present, and empathizing.

I began to think about how active listening is an essential life skill worth cultivating and practicing in all relationships and environments.

Learning to listen actively can lead to:

  • a productive exchange of ideas
  • finding creative solutions

Both wonderful and exhausting

Father and son. Photo by: Andrea Huls

I knew parenting would be difficult. However, I had no idea just how difficult until I became a mom in December 2019.

If you’re thinking about having kids, I’m here to share the good and the bad of parenting in the first year.

Let’s get the bad out of the way first.

Yes, postpartum is tough.

After giving birth, all women go through postpartum. It’s a challenging period.

I was glad everything went well during labor and that my baby boy was healthy. Yet, my body hurt. My hormones were all over the place. I cried a lot during my early weeks as a mom.

It took a while…

How can a broken person be a parent?

My son has fallen asleep at last. It’s 22:37, and I’ve been up since six o’clock in the morning. He has a ton of energy and curiosity, which keeps me busy. I watch as his chest rises and falls and am mesmerized at the sight of him. I’m exhausted, but my heart feels full. A few years ago, however, I didn’t think I was capable of being a mother. I was afraid to be one.

Where to start?

I was worried I would pass on my issues.

I was afraid I would reproduce destructive patterns.

I was concerned that I…

Hi Anne-Sophie, thank you so much for sharing your story. It's so important for mothers (and fathers) to share their experiences.

I live in Spain, and I joined a postpartum mom group set up by my local healthcare provider. I thought I would make new friends, find my tribe so to speak. However, I quickly realized that just because I was in a group with other women who had become mothers, that didn't automatically make us friends. It didn't mean we were experiencing the same things.

There are, of course, things about motherhood that are universal. Most of us face…

and other thoughts I have about him and us.

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Most of my social media feed has been filled with stories about Jeff Bezos’ grand “accomplishment”. He was in space for a whole 11 minutes.

Many people, like me, reacted disgusted. Appalled. Dozens of comments suggested that his money could have been spent more wisely, on earth.

It’s beautiful but a lot harder than I had imagined.

Women who choose to breastfeed need a lot more support in today’s society.

In my heart, I felt it was the best thing I could do for my child.

While getting ready to welcome my firstborn, I read as much as I could on the subject. It became even clearer that breastfeeding would be highly beneficial to both my child and me.

I’ve been successfully breastfeeding for a year and a half. It has not always been easy, but I’m genuinely happy with my decision.

With support, most women can successfully breastfeed. (Unless there are exceptional circumstances involved: health issues, premature birth, etc.)

Your “compliments” are harassment.

Young women in Barcelona on March 8th (2019). Signs read: I choose how I dress and who undresses me; On my way home I want to feel free, not brave. Photo by Andrea Huls

I was 14 the first time a man groped me. F-o-u-r-t-e-e-n years old. I was a child.

My mom and I were walking in a crowded market in Managua, Nicaragua. I was a few steps behind her when a stranger grabbed my vagina and then went on about his day. It happened fast, and I froze for a few seconds. Then, blood rushed to my face.

I felt deep shame even though it wasn't my fault.

It was the first but not the last time that a man would grab my body without my consent.

On a different occasion, my…

How I learned to change my toxic behaviors

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Looking back to my mid-twenties and early thirties, I can now see that I behaved in unhealthy ways. I hated my body and myself.

By sharing my experience, I hope it helps you identify some of these behaviors in others or yourself.

Why did I behave in unhealthy ways?

After so many years, I have finally identified why. I grew up in a toxic household. Although I know my father loved me, his discipline methods made me question my worth.

I attribute my toxic habits to low self-esteem and a strong desire to be perfect, all rooted in childhood…

Andrea Huls

Writer. Creative artist. Photographer. Feminist.

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