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

Two women having a conversation at work
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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…

It doesn't feel like the right place for my writing at this time.

Maybe I arrived at the Medium party late. All I know is that it doesn't feel like…

I rewatched SATC in 2018 and found myself annoyed at Carrie on most episodes. I saw a self-absorbed character that wasn't always the best of friends or the most honest or loyal partner.

Your article is focused on her relationship with Mr. Big, which I agree, is an unhealthy relationship. However, Carrie knew Big was married to Natasha and did not care. We can't blame everything on Mr. Big. She's an adult who made conscious decisions too.

I do understand that it's hard to break from toxic relationships, and at times, a person might not even realize they are in…

What an incredibly scary time for parents everywhere. However, what I do find most terrifying at times is how some parents are behaving in the U.S..

I've watched some horrifying videos of parents threatening teachers and parents who support mask wearing mandates. They are getting violent. Furthermore, besides endangering the lives of their children, they're also setting a terrible example.

I have a toddler and fortunately I haven't had to deal with some of the challenges parents of older children have faced. I also don't live in the U.S., and my kid's day-care in Spain has taken several measures to…

Be mindful of what you post and how you react on this platform.

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LinkedIn is a social network, it is. However, it is also a platform many people use to recruit talent or to find career opportunities.

I share the occasional post on LinkedIn, but it's always related to career growth, content creation, or a cause that impacts women or minorities in the workplace.

I make sure I keep my writing professional, check my spelling and grammar, and fact-check the information I'm sharing.

I'm shocked at the things some people share on LinkedIn. …

Losing my father to depression and toxic masculinity

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I often wish my father would die. I often wish he had died a long time ago. I often wish I didn’t have these feelings, and yet, I have them.

In a way, a part of him has died already. He lives in a body that slightly resembles who he was, except, in absolute decay.

But even now, as he spends his days in bed, watching empty TV shows, only opening his mouth to boss my mother around, I fear him.

He has power over me.

We live in opposite sites of…

Andrea Huls

Writer. Creative artist. Photographer. Feminist.

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