technical communication recap

TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for December 14, 2012

This is the time of year when many of us focus on how nice traditions are: unwrapping one gift on Christmas Eve, cookie exchanges, Secret Santa, caroling, Black Friday shopping trips, skiing for the holidays… you get the idea. At TechWhirl we've managed to start a couple of soon-to-be traditions (we’re thinking that almost two years of ownership doesn't qualify as tradition, but we’re happy to consider otherwise). One of those nascent traditions publishing our favorite technical writer letters to Santa. Continue reading ...

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Dear Santa, What I REALLY Want for the Holidays this Year…

Admit it, no matter whether or which faith you adhere to, there's something about the end-of-the-year holidays that gets us all into a dreamy list-making mood. But we're technical communicators around here, so not only do our wish lists have to be clear and concise, with intuitive navigation and context-sensitive help for the list averse, they also ought to be clever, useful, and downright guffaw-inspiring. Continue reading ...

LavaCon Conference, October 2012, Portland Oregon

LavaCon Conference 2012 Twitter Hashtags

Unable to join the fun at LavaCon Conference 2012 this year? Follow all five tracks with specialized Twitter hashtags. We're now less than 24 hours away from the official start of LavaCon Conference 2012 and thanks to the nice people at Thoroughly Modern Marketing (TMM) you'll be able to follow the conference as a whole or follow each individual track via more specialized Twitter hashtags. Continue reading ...

Halloween Horrors 2012

Tech Writer Halloween Horror Stories Wanted!

TechWhirl wants your scariest story for Tech Writer Halloween Horror Stories — 2012 We love Halloween here at TechWhirl. Bring on the ghouls, goblins and management consultants.  Their knives, torches and three-hour working “meetings” mean nothing to us. Whether it’s a Google algorithm change or a deadline from hell, we have our big kid Great […] Continue reading ...

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Do You Have 1000 Words on Technical Writing and Visual Communications?

During February (and beyond), TechWhirl and Tech Writer Today are focusing on visual communications as it relates to technical writing. Our wonderful Special Writers Unit members are hard at work on some ideas, but this is a topic with many branches that need exploring. So I'm looking for some equally wonderful members of our technical writing community to contribute a guest article (probably 800-1200 words) on a topic related to technical writing and visual communication. Continue reading ...

Thank you MindTouch for naming TechWhirl as one of the Top 10 Most Emergent

Connie and I didn’t get involved with TechWhirl for awards; we bought it because we wanted fame and fortune. Or, we thought it was a neat opportunity to work together and build a group of online resources for technical communicators and so we could be in the heart of the one space after a period […] Continue reading ...