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Table of Contents

· Table of Contents
· Bio
· Work with me
· Contact me
· Current News, updated November 23rd, 2020
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· Tools I use
· Featured Content
· Top Articles
· Anything else?


Hello there! I’m Zulie Rane, a content creator and cat mom. I’m a full-time freelance writer, editor, ghostwriter, and YouTuber. The purpose of this article is to give you a better sense of who I am and what I can do for you.

You can find more of my content on:

I tried it. Here’s what I learned.

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Photo illustration; source: Tim Robberts/Getty Images

I recently started posting regularly on my Instagram account, and I have about 1,200 followers. But I wouldn’t call myself an influencer, unless I’m influencing people to write more and drink coffee, which is pretty much all I post about.

My main goal, as anyone who checks out my account would be able to see in an instant, is to have a nice place to post selfies and share a bit more of my real life. It’s not to sell anything — I don’t have a single sponsored or branded post on my feed.

Nevertheless, brand after brand after brand leaves eerily similar comments on my feed, asking that I DM them to “collab.” …

Here’s exactly how I set it up and what happened.

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GIF made by author in Canva

As a successful blogger, one of my most frequently asked questions is how to promote a blog post on social media. And until recently, my answer was “I literally have no idea,” because I’d never done it.

Sure, I used to link recent blog posts in Facebook comments. Yes, I talk about them on Instagram. But I’d never gone through the full process of actually promoting a blog post on social media.

Well, I got pretty tired of not having a decent answer for people, so I decided it was time to find out. What does happen if you buy an ad to promote your blog post on social media? …

Why does the internet continue to hate on teen girls who want to succeed?

Image of Charli D’Amelio explaining why the D’Amelio’s getting canceled was a massive overreaction
Image of Charli D’Amelio explaining why the D’Amelio’s getting canceled was a massive overreaction
Image source: Charli D’Amelio on YouTube

For anyone who hasn’t yet graced TikTok with their presence, I’ll give you a quick synopsis about why this is such a hot-button issue:

It’s the difference between learning to code and learning computer science

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Code on a laptop
Photo by Emile Perron on Unsplash.

Imagine, like so many folks, that you decide what you want to study when you’re just 18. You go to college, finish a four-year degree in Mechanical Engineering, and then realize what you actually want to do is get a job in coding. There are tons of benefits — pay, flexibility, personal satisfaction. It’s a no-brainer.

There’s just one problem: The last thing you want to do is go back to school for another two or four very expensive years. After reading a bit online, you see that a possible route for you is getting a job after a coding bootcamp. …

Psychologists say these traits point to self-destructive behavior.

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Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels

You may think you have no self-destructive tendencies until you take a look at your life and realize all your dreams, relationships, and accomplishments have been carefully and thoroughly sabotaged by nobody other than yourself.

Nobody’s doing it on purpose, and most people don’t even realize they’re doing it. The truth is that many of us have well-established habits of self-destruction that we’re completely blind to. We have all the trimmings of a successful life — the right interests, the high ambitions, the willingness to keep trying. But we keep failing. And we don’t know why.

Here are the 6 most common traits of truly self-destructive people. If you spot yourself exhibiting any of these, it may be time to examine what your actual goals are, and take the time to understand why you’re stopping yourself from accomplishing them. …

Secret societies, fancy outfits, crying in libraries and more.

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From left to right: author’s own image of Zulie and her partner attending Brasenose Ball; The Radcam (credit to Diliff — Own work under the CC license) and Zulie in the quad of her college after having been trashed post-exams.

When I got my letter of acceptance to study at the University of Oxford, I had just finished a physics test and was trying to sneakily check my email.

As soon I saw the words, “We are pleased to inform you,” I actually dropped my phone. “Mrs. Peterson,” I whisper-yelled quietly as I could because other kids were still taking the test, “can I please call my mom in your closet? I just found out I got into Oxford!”

“Sure,” she said, a little nonplussed. “…Oxford, Mississippi?”

I went to a fairly suburban high school in Georgia, where not that many people knew it was a Big Deal to get into Oxford. I knew it was a big deal, but even I didn’t know the weirdness I was about to get myself into. Throughout my three years there, I fell in love, fell into a British accent, and fell into the river. It was an amazing, exciting, terrifying and very strange time in my life — all the more so because I had no idea what to expect. …

A comprehensive guide of where you can find these jobs, what kind of freelancer they’re best for, and the benefits of each one.

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Photo: Karolina Grabowska/Pexels

When you think about freelance writing gigs, the concept can seem vague. What types of writing gigs are out there? How do you find them?

Before I started, my idea of freelance writing was Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. I was a little disappointed to find out most freelance writers do not muse thoughtfully over their MacBook pros, wearing fine silks and dishing on their many love interests to legions of enthralled followers. The reality was much more mundane — but much more accessible, too.

Although we can all aspire to be Carrie Bradshaw, this guide is intended to walk you through 6 common types of freelance writing gigs, as well as where you might find them. These are all great opportunities that will help any freelance writer find their feet in this industry. …

Psychologists find positive language stimulates the frontal lobe.

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Photo by Anastasiya Gepp from Pexels

Imagine if you knew exactly how to introduce yourself in a way that would leave an amazing first impression. It’s the kind of minor change that could have serious ramifications on the rest of your life — after all, first impressions count more than any future impressions you’ll make in a relationship.

“First impressions…are tightly connected with the enduring biases subjects bring along,” write Schiller et al in their 2009 study on a neural mechanism of first impressions.

It’s possible to change a mind later on — but it’s easier to make a good first impression right at the start.

The problem, as a lot of us will recognize, is that when humans get put under any kind of pressure conversationally, we don’t tend to make good impressions. …

Make a plan to figure out the answer that works for you.

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woman coding with beginner coding books next to her on the couch
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There are so many obvious reasons to learn to code: freelancing opportunities, career advancement, salary increase, and personal satisfaction among others. The advantages are so many that it’s worth the investment, no matter how many obstacles you might encounter.

One such obstacle is the common misunderstanding about how long it takes to learn to code. When I first started thinking about learning to code, my main concern was that I wouldn’t have time, or that it would take several years just to learn the coding language I’d chosen, R. …


Zulie Rane

Full-time writer & cat mom. She/her.

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