About me, and some of my most popular stories on Medium

Hello and thank you for showing an interest in my writing.

My name is Mark Campbell and I have been a professional writer for more than 30 years.

I was a journalist for 25 of those years and have blogged and written website and media articles ever since.

I am UK-based but have written for websites and clients across the world.

I write on a wide range of subjects — as a journalist you build up a knowledge of many things and develop strong opinions on some of them!

As a self-employed writer with a successful career behind me, I…

Medium‘s changes might target affiliates but affect everyone

Why isn’t my Medium story on Google?
Why isn’t my Medium story on Google?

If you’re using Medium because of its awesome domain authority and powerful SEO to get your work ranked highly on Google… think again…

It’s long been known — among those in the know — that publishing on Medium gives you a great chance of ranking on the first page of Google, if you use keywords carefully.

Medium has a domain authority of 95/100, which means an article posted here is far more likely to rank highly on Google and other search engines, than if it is published elsewhere — including on your own website.

This has led to many marketers…

A warning to those who complained after Prince Philip’s death

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died at the age of 99 on April 9, 2021.

His death was marked in the United Kingdom by state-funded broadcaster BBC taking ALL its television and radio channels off schedule to pump out a steady stream of tributes to the Duke instead.

This soon became the most complained-about programming decision in the history of British television.

More than 110,000 people contacted the BBC to criticise the fact that every one of the broadcaster’s many outlets, from regional radio stations, to music-only channels, to prime TV platforms, shut up shop…

Finally, the world is waking up to reality

There is no bigger story than the future of life itself, and the health of the planet we live on. Finally, mainstream journalists are realising they have a responsibility to report on the alarming crisis developing around us.

I myself reported in January 2021 that most of the world’s media were not taking environmental matters anywhere near as seriously as they should have been doing:

Since then, I have been pleased to notice some progress, especially from the standpoint of a journalist who has been trying to highlight issues facing our natural world for the past 30 years.

In the…

And the ONE secret weapon on Medium you OWN

So you want to be a better writer? Then STOP reading all those ‘How To Be A Better Writer’ posts here on Medium!

Allow me to qualify that statement. It is true, there is some good advice to be found out there, but there is also a growing number of self-help Medium blogs from newbie writers which, quite frankly, often don’t give the best guidance.

You can spend too long procrastinating, reading articles on how to write instead of just getting on with the job.

I know this from teaching myself how to do Wordpress websites and monetise them with…

Going green is not so difficult when you do it gradually

There’s a high chance you’re here because you want to play your part in saving the planet and protecting our environment, and you’re wondering, ‘what can I do to make a difference?

Welcome to the crowd. Small individual actions, repeated across the world, can make a big difference.

For example, the more people demand their energy supplier to use renewable power sources, the more choice will be provided. That has already happened. The move away from fossil fuels is accelerating across the world.

The more people who switch to a vegan diet, the more stores will meet the demand…

One store’s ban on children’s magazines is a good start

If you’ve got kids, or care for any, and are forced to sit through their favourite TV programmes on the likes of Nick Jr, Cartoon Network or Boomerang, you’ll have witnessed them being bombarded with plastic crap during every ad break.

Get them off the screen, go buy them a magazine in your nearest store and they’ll be spoilt for choice at all the free plastic gifts stuck on the front of the various publications.

These magazines are expensive, they’re just not worth it, but the child’s cry of “but these toys come with it!” …

And no need to buy a book — they’ve dished it up for free

Veganism is mainstream. Veganism is here to stay. And the world will be better for it.

With any movement or education campaign, it always helps if there are some famous faces to support and encourage.

Not a problem with this one — there are stacks of celebs who have adopted a plant-based diet. Some have been at it for decades.

Why? For many, the simple belief that no living creature should have to suffer in order to put food on our tables.

For others, and no doubt for many image-conscious celebs, the health benefits of going vegan can include improved…

Medical breakthrough predicts when seizures will happen

Epilepsy is more common than you probably think. But it still carries a stigma that for many people, myself included, has left lasting scars.

Events like Purple Day (March 26) and various national awareness months do their best to educate people about an illness that can, I admit, be frightening to encounter.

One in 50 of us will develop epilepsy at some stage of our life. More than 65 million people across the world suffer from the neurological condition today.

For those of us who live with epilepsy, the news of a new medical breakthrough, revealed on February 26, 2021

Saving the planet doesn’t have to be hard work

Most of us recognise that the human race is destroying the natural world and heating our climate to dangerous levels. Thankfully, many of us are keen to do our little bit to make the situation better.

But there’s a lot of apathy out there. Saving the planet sounds a very noble cause, but it takes effort, doesn’t it? Well, not always.

It’s become a trendy marketing tool for eco-conscious brands to ‘buy one, get one tree.’ You buy something of theirs, they’ll promise to plant a tree to contribute towards the fight against global warming.

But there are other ways…

Mark Campbell

Editor of green green green, journalist for 30 years. On a mission to inform, educate and entertain.

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