Tech Writer This Week for August 23, 2012

Tech Writer This Week for August 23, 2012 – TechWhirl

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

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This week’s roundup opens with Technical Communication commentary on core skills for technical writers from Vinish Garg, Director of Operations in Technical Documentation at vhite systems. Sarah O’Keefe (scriptorium.com) offers a webcast on the business case for better tech comm. Paula Stern (writepoint.com) writes about how contemporary tech writers need to do so much more than we used to.

Content Strategy offers two outstanding posts: first Stoney deGeyterwe (searchengineguide.com) describes the need for an actual strategy to develop a good content strategy. Then Kriss Mausser delves into the key ingredients for effective content strategy–governance and workflow. In User Experience, Tom Rau (uxbooth.com)  talks about debunking UX myths. Then Laurence McCahill identifies and shows how to avoid the 10 common UX mistakes startups make. Darren Northcott (uxbooth.com) goes into the differences between information architecture and UX. Finally, Dave Jones (UXMagazine via mashable.com) takes a look at the developing UX ecosystem, concepts that should be familiar to technical communicators who follow TechWhirl.

Speaking of following TechWhirl, here’s your chance to join us for live (and recorded) video chats with the leaders in our industry. First up is Jack Molisani, director of the LavaCon Conference. Quickly followed by the Adobe Technical Communications Suite (TCS) team discussing the recent product launch To register for TechWhirl’s upcoming Fast Five discussions on Google+, point your browser to https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cgu6b9uer3usk1h85864binjog8/103754021966257477744 and to https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c27kl7brq86aoinlgrj4vjb80g0/103754021966257477744.Having trouble with Google+? Sign-up here:http://news.techwhirl.com/fast-five-event-sign-up/ (only one is necessary).

We wrap up this week with a humorous look at a Medieval Help Desk (courtesy of YouTube). This is a MUST-SEE video, people.

Technical Communications

Guest Post: Core Skills for Technical Writers Often Overlooked | I'd …1 day ago … Guest Post: Core Skills for Technical Writers Often Overlooked ….. http:// idratherbewriting.com/2012/08/16/core-skillse…
Webcast: The business case for better tech comm | Scriptorium …2 days ago … This webcast recording is a preview of our new Content Strategy 101 book, which will be released in September. Here, Sar…
Today's Technical Writer | WritePoint Blog4 days ago … Today's technical writer needs to be so much more than he or she once was. When I first started on the path to becom…

Content Strategy

Every Good Content Strategy Starts With Having an Actual Strategy3 days ago … As an SEO, I talk a lot about developing great websites that earn top rankings, as opposed to manipulating search engine…
Enterprise Content Strategy Comes Down To Governance and WorkflowContent Strategy governance Content strategy. It’s all well and good that many of the outputs we talk about in the industry are related t…

User Experience

Journey to The Heart of UX Design: Debunking Myths – UX Booth | UX BoothWhat makes a truly great car? Beauty? If that were the case, then every millionaire in the world would drive a gaudy, two-hundred-thousan…
10 common UX mistakes startups make … and how to avoid them …10 common UX mistakes startups make… and how to avoid them! By Laurence McCahill on August 20, 2012 | 1 comment …
InfoDesign: Understanding by Design – News | August 2012August 2012 Sigh. "Information Architects work to create usable content structures out of complex sets of information. They do this using…
Design for a Thriving UX EcosystemAs social media technologies and computer-supported, collaborative activities become more ubiquitous in people’s work and everyday lives,…
Wrap Up
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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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