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Zulie Rane

Welcome to Zulie Rane’s Medium page! Updated June 14th, 2021

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Bio

Hello there! I’m Zulie Rane, freelance content creator, ghostwriter, YouTuber and cat mom. This bio 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:

  • Write Your Future, a weekly newsletter I write with three other top writers on how to…


These data science projects can be done in any language, in any career

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Imagine if you had all the time in the world and you were also somehow magically funded. That would make it incredibly easy to get a data science job by practicing data science skills with side projects, at your leisure.

But most of us don’t live in this dream world.

When I was looking for a data science job, I read so many articles that told me to simply “do side projects” in my free time to get those tasty data science skills. The reality was that I had a full-time job, a busy social life, a side hustle, and…


From meditation app Calm donating to mental health on behalf of Naomi Osaka to brands flying rainbow flags for pride month, corporations will seize any opportunity for cheap publicity

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Last week, number one tennis player Naomi Osaka refused to attend a post-match press conference. She released a statement on Twitter explaining that she wouldn’t continue to put her mental health at risk to satisfy the press. She was fined $15,000.

In the furor surrounding both sides, she then posted another message to say she was withdrawing from the French Open altogether.

People had thoughts. There were supporters who said mental health should come above some boring post-match interview that nobody really cares about. There were those who said it was simply part of the job to be harangued by…


These are easy to make and hard to fix.

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Writing for a living is hard. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. Your income will be variable. Your days can be lonely. And you’ll fight a pervasive belief from others and from yourself that you should be doing it all for free, purely for the love of writing.

In May 2021, I earned over $8,000 from freelance writing. But in October 2020, when I was just starting, I couldn’t have known all the mistakes I’d make that would nearly end my freelance writing career before it started.

Luckily, I managed to navigate them all. But if I were talking…


Can I be honest? Sometimes I don’t feel like writing for an algorithm.

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Here’s the thing about posting content on platforms for views: it’s killing your creativity,

Typically, getting views mean you’re creating valuable work for your audience, whether it’s articles like this one, videos, or Instagram posts.

But one of the symptoms of writing expressly for views is that you begin to cater not for yourself, or for your audience, but for the middle man — the algorithm.

This is true pretty much anywhere you post online. On Instagram, the algorithm wants solid backgrounds and smiling faces. If you’re blogging, that means you’re listening to Google’s SEO. Personally, I’m guilty of crafting…


Python beats out R, Excel, and Tableau for learning data science.

woman wearing air pods and looking at a laptop on a kitchen table.
woman wearing air pods and looking at a laptop on a kitchen table.
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I learned how to code in Python about a year and a half ago when I wanted to do a common data science task and my favorite language, R, just wasn’t up to the task. I wanted to scrape some websites and predict results from the data I gathered. (For full disclosure, I wanted to know if asking questions in my Instagram cats’ captions generated more comments. It did!)

As I found, you can learn data science with Python very easily because of its comprehensive libraries and packages. It can handle machine learning, big data mining, forecasting, natural language processing…


This language is more than just a synonym for “CoffeeHandwriting.”

a small pomeranian dog wearing glasses sitting at a laptop looking businesslike.
a small pomeranian dog wearing glasses sitting at a laptop looking businesslike.
Photo by Cookie the Pom on Unsplash

“Why learn JavaScript?” I asked my sister when she was in her third year of college and starting to pick up the fundamentals of JavaScript. “Isn’t it ancient? Do people still use it?”

I was surprised to learn that JavaScript was the most used programming language in 2020, but I shouldn’t have been — it’s held that spot for the past eight years, according to StackOverflow’s developer survey. It’s a really popular language for mobile apps and web development especially. You’re looking at a website built with JavaScript right now.

As the no-code movement gains a foothold, beginner programmers might…


Unless you’re one in a million.

Author swings her legs in a white dress outdoors in a pavilion.
Author swings her legs in a white dress outdoors in a pavilion.
GIF created by author. Images of author.

Profitable side hustles should help you achieve the financial freedom to do whatever you want. That can be quitting your job, fulfilling a passion in your time outside work, or just having some extra cash to do stuff you like.

Profitable side hustles should not:

  • Take up so much time that you’re earning less than minimum wage
  • Suck your happiness and energy
  • Require a huge audience to be profitable right away

I’ve tried all of these methods and none of them were worth my time. …


What happens when you outsource erotic writing to robots?

A white, plastic human-looking robot looks up at the camera against a wooden wall backdrop.
A white, plastic human-looking robot looks up at the camera against a wooden wall backdrop.
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When I decided to try my hand at writing a novel this year, I got stuck on writing the sex scenes. I wanted to capture the romance, the passion, the feeling of being swept away by your emotions. Instead, I only managed to write stilted dialogue and awkward positions that somehow defied the laws of physics.

In a fit of despair that I’d never get the scene done, I outsourced the job to an AI bot.

Legions of ads thinly veiled as TikTok videos had recommended a tool called ShortlyAI. …


Why do Americans uniquely believe that we’re only really successful adults if we’re utterly alone?

Image of author, parents, and sister enjoying a glass of celebratory champagne on a random Saturday morning just because we wanted to dress up. Edited in Canva.

In September of 2019, I joined roughly ~50% of other millennials and moved back in to live with my parents at the ripe old age of 24. I didn’t make any social media posts about it, and I hastened to reassure everyone I knew that this was a temporary arrangement, thank you very much!

In other words, I was deeply ashamed. To me, living with my parents constituted a fail state. I had gone out into the wide world as an adult and come crashing home into my safety net.

It didn’t matter, to me, that I was only home…

Zulie Rane

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