Tech Writer This Week for April 11, 2013

Tech Writer This Week – April 11, 2013

TechWhirl’s Weekly Roundup of the best technical communication, content, user experience, and technical writing posts on the web.

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Tech Writer This Week looks at some good, and not-so-good stuff that you might want to ponder, or at least be aware of from around the web. Lisa Hoover (mindtouch.com) lists the top 100 influencers for #techcomm in 2013. But Miriam Lottner (tech-tav.com) isn’t very happy with that list and figures out why she didn’t make the cut. And Sarah O’Keefe (scriptorium.com) says when your workflow is a series of workarounds dealing with bad data, it might be time to think things over.

User Experience offers 42 resources for testing form usability from UserTesting.com. Abhishek Singh (dazeinfo.com) wonders how Facebook Home could enhance user experience. And Ryan Singer (feltpresence.com) says UX means too many things to too many people.

In Content Strategy, Michael Brito (contentmarketinginstitute.com) shares three considerations for upgrading your own content strategy. If you have a developed a strategy, but need to sell it to management, Hilary Marsh (HilaryMarsh.com) has posted a slideshow on SocialFish.org outlining what content strategy is all about. And Christina Walker (business2community.com) describes content creation, content curation, and how to find the right combination of the two.

This week in Career and Life, Scott Nesbitt (scottnesbitt.net) talks about word count and how to write concisely. Jennifer Dunn (allfreelancewriting.com) offers four tools for freelancers that you may not be aware of. And Shanna Mallon (prdaily.com) posts a dozen online resources for writers. I already use Google Alerts, but I’m going to check out Textalyser and the Pomodoro technique.

Technical Communications

2013 Top 100 Influencers in #Techcomm | MindTouchIt’s time once again for the annual MindTouch list of top influencers in techcomm, customer service, customer experience, and knowledge m…
Sour Grapes of #techcomm | Tech-TavSour grapes. This is the story of me and my sour grapes. I didn’t make it to the list. What list, you might ask? It’s MindTouch’s list of…
The truth is out there | Scriptorium Publishingby Sarah O’Keefe | 0 comments One of the most important issues in technical content is to establish a single source of truth for technica…

User Experience

The Form Usability Treasure Trove: 42 Top Resources | UserTesting.comUgly. Frustrating. Confusing. Buggy. These aren’t exactly the terms you want visitors using to describe a key component of your site, but…
How Facebook Home Could Enhance User Experience On Android Devices?Facebook Home, a new app unveiled by Facebook Inc. ( NASDAQ:FB) yesterday, would be launched in the U.S. on April 12th this year. The soc…
What UI really is (and how UX confuses matters) – (Ryan Singer)People mix the terms UI and UX together. UX is tricky because it doesn’t refer to any one thing. Interface design, visual styling, code p…

Content Strategy

Upgrade Your Content Strategy: 3 Brand BuildersBy Michael Brito published April 5, 2013 The term content marketing has been gaining a lot of attention over the last few years, and righ…
SocialFish | How to Sell Content Strategy to ManagementCheck out this awesome slide deck by the wonderful Hilary Marsh on what content strategy is all about. Selling Content Strategy to Manage…
Content Curation vs. Content Creation: Finding the Right Combination | Business 2 CommunityContent marketing is powerful, but with blogging, article marketing, content curation and more, there are tons of options to consider. Ho…

Career & Life

How long or how short?Word count. It’s something that all writers have to deal with. Sometimes, word count is very cut and dry. You’re given a fixed number of …
4 Handy Tools for Freelance Writers (You Might Not Have Heard Of)Being a freelancer is tough enough without having to worry about every single detail in your life. You would think with all the apps avai…
A dozen online resources for writers | Articles | HomePerhaps the most well-known online resource for copywriters, Brian Clark’s Copyblogger is filled with advice and insight into creating va…

Craig Cardimon

Craig Cardimon wears many hats and loves all of them -- technical communicator, content curator, and freelance copywriter. In his not-so-copious spare time, he reads, writes, runs on the local trail, and watches way too much "retro" TV.

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