Tech Writer This Week for December 13, 2012

Tech Writer This Week – December 13, 2012 – TechWhirl

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

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Christmas (and other assorted winter holidays) continues to creep up on us. In between making lists and creating content, we find our stockings are filled to the top with tech comm commentary. First, Danielle Villegas (AKA the TechCommGeekMom) discusses how she landed a job in technical writing after a whole year of searching. Then Amy Hellenga (shoap.com) follows up, asking why technical writing is so difficult. Gurpreet Singh (technicalwritingtoolbox.com) gives us the low-down on how much technical writers earn. And Valerie Badame (milengo.com) provides five strategies for managing technical translations.

Eight tiny reindeer lead us over to User Experience, where we catch up with Dmitry Fadeyev (usabilitypost.com) as he watches users struggle too much with user interfaces. Then, Martin Belam (currybet.net) talks about creating a great digital user experience. If you enjoy content from the Harvard Business Review, then take a few moments to peruse Michael Shrage’s post (blogs.hbr.org) on the difference between user engagement and user experience.

No time for Frosty to melt away when we race over to Content Strategy & Curation. Pawan Deshpande (contentmarketinginstitute.com) shares oodles of tips for inspiring content curation. And Sue Neal (writeclever.com) tells us why she is now a content curation convert.

Think of Career and Life as the holiday cookies and milk, and enjoy Juliana Weiss-Roessler’s (lifehack.org) explanation of how to put together a resume fast. Chris Martin (chrismartinwrites.com) asks if technology has made us stupid. Usable Help (hg2meyer.com) declares “DTFM!” (Not RTFM.) And as a special treat, we have a YouTube video from Scribendi.com on the “Life of a Word Warrior.”

Technical Communication

What did you do to get that Tech Comm job?As the news continues to spread that I finally got a full-time job after a year of searching, one of my friends from Adobe suggested that…
Why is Technical Writing so Difficult? | Shoap Technical ServicesTechnical writers are a rare breed. To be successful in this profession, you have to be patient, know how to communicate, and, last but n…
Technical Writer Salaries- How much do Technical Writers earn?In our society, money is the most important reason for which people work. Of course, other factors such as learning and gaining a sense o…
5 Strategies for Technical TranslationsPosted by Valarie Badame November 29th, 2012 Sooner or later, most international companies will need to translate technical documentation…

User Experience

Watching Them Struggle · UsabilityPostYou’ve probably watched somebody who is not technically savvy trying to operate an interface new to them, likely with little success. May…
"The user experience of news" – Martin Belam at news:rewiredAt news:rewired today I spoke as part of a panel talking about the importance of "user experience" for digital publishers. Here is the es…
Don’t Confuse Engagement with User ExperienceMobile designer Luke Wroblewski captures the conundrum perfectly: What explains the great " Android Engagement Mystery"? The numbers don’…

Content Strategy & Curation

Conversation Agent: Why Have a Content Strategy?Content allows you to build an audience, attract customers through opt-in (vs. the old opt-out tactics), and create advocates on behalf o…
Content Curation | Sources of InspirationBy Pawan Deshpande published December 6, 2012 Increasingly, content marketers are employing content curation, the process of finding, org…
Why I’m a Content Curation ConvertBlog post at WriteClever.com : Content Curation – What’s That? What do you think about content curation? I must admit, it took me a while…

Career and Life

How to Put Together a Resume FastIdeally, you want to take time on your resume to make it stand out from the crowd. After all, it can make the difference between landing …
Has Technology Made Us Stupid? (Or is it just me?)I want to begin this post by saying that I am one who absolutely loves technology. I have been a huge fan since the Atari and Commodore 6…
Usable Help – Before you can RTFM, you must DTFMExamining onscreen help systems for software, computers, and consumer products.
Professional Editor: The Life of a Word Warriorscribendidotcom

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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