About

My story, from Cambridge University graduate to freelance web content writer.

About

My story, from Cambridge University graduate to freelance web content writer.

Hello from Helen

Hi! I’m Helen Reynolds, a freelance web content writer and copywriter. I live in the beautiful city of York, working with clients across the UK.

Making the web understandable

Carrier pigeon, papyrus scroll, the internet – they’re all just ways to communicate. However people can feel overwhelmed and confused by online opportunities. I’m on a mission to help organisations and businesses see the wood for the trees.

A shedload of tools

I’ve worked on the web since 1997. I love how in one day I can switch from being a web content writer to a project manager to a social media sower. I might also need to code some HTML or carry out some light graphic design.

Public sector copywriting

For 11 years I was the sole manager of the Lake District National Park‘s websites, including two commercial sites. So the complexities of the public sector don’t faze me. I also founded the National Park’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, taking them from zero to thousands of followers.

Writing to gain profits

Before that I was responsible for First Choice Holidays e-commerce web content, based at Gatwick. Summer jobs have provided insights into the hospitality, retail and food production sectors. I also worked in New Zealand for a legal publishing firm.

A life-long love of words

Coming from a comprehensive school, studying English at Cambridge University was a challenge. With 24 hours to read a novel before an essay deadline, I learnt how to assess information quickly and cut to the chase.

For fun, I’m writing an historical action adventure series. I’m also a Top Contributor for TripAdvisor.

Corporate responsibility

Ethical working is important to me. I’m not here to ‘trick’ people into buying a product or service that isn’t right for them. I love to work with businesses who are genuine, give the best service and are passionate about what they do.

Organisations I volunteer for:

Freelance web content writer Helen Reynolds

Why ‘Ink Gardener’?

“A website is like a garden” is a bit of a career catchphrase. It means you need to mow the lawn and do the odd spot of weeding to keep it looking good. Also I talk about nurturing or pruning words to maximise influence or profits. Find out more in SEO web content.

As heard at events

I love to spread the word about clear communication. I’ve given talks on social media and web content to:

If you’d like me to talk to your business network, please get in contact.

Copywriter and professional organisation membership

How to get in touch

As your freelance web content writer, I can create enticing messages for your business. For a free no-obligation chat, just contact me on 07929 948 743 or helen@inkgardener.co.uk

Full video transcript

“Hi! I’m Helen Reynolds. I’m a freelance writer based in York. I help businesses across the UK boost their profits through fresh words. Gardeners work with plants to bring in a harvest and I use words to attract customers for my clients. I’ve always loved to write. My degree was in English from Cambridge University and I’ve just finished my first novel. I started writing websites in 1997 so I’ve got a pretty good idea how they work.

I write Google-friendly web content. I can write this from scratch having talked to a business or I can hack back and prune existing content to show off products and services. I’m also a social media… consultant’s not the right word, more therapist for people who’ve set up their Facebook Business Pages and their Twitter feeds but they don’t know what to do next. I’ve coached inventors, florists, animal behaviourists… I do this through one-to-one coaching and also through workshops.

A website can look stunning but if it’s too wordy or it’s not helpful, people will go elsewhere. I write friendly, pithy content that keeps Google happy as well. I really enjoy getting feedback from my clients. I love how their websites are now earning their keep. They act like mini-auditions, 24/7 across the world.

My hothouse social media programme is also working really well. For one client, we got Twitter followers up by 78% in two months. For Facebook more than 9,000 people were reached in a month and that was without paying for ads.

Maths isn’t my strong point so I have an accountant for my business accounts. And I really think businesses, if they want to present their best face, should really get a professional copywriter involved. People can contact me on helen@inkgardener.co.uk or call 07929 948 743. I’ve also lots of free advice on my website www.inkgardener.co.uk I really look forward to hearing from you!”