Tech Writer This Week for December 20, 2012


Tech Writer This Week – December 20, 2012 – TechWhirl

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

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Sick of holiday shopping? Then read our tech comm news and commentary! Start in Technical Communication with Rene Shimada Siegel (inc.com), who tells us why writing shorter is sweeter. Then, Kelsey Brannon (sites.jmu.edu) discusses staying connected in the world of technical communication. And Ellis Pratt (cherryleaf.com) wonders if it is time for a new writing style in tech comm. 

Time to switch gears and check in on Content Strategy & Curation. Nawja Smith (imediaconnection.com) attempts to define content strategy in a way that resonates with those that practice it. we find Maan (downgraf.com) sharing five tips on becoming a better content curator. And Jayson Demers (huffingtonpost.com) believes content strategy will usher in a new era of search engine optimization.

In User Experience, Luke Chambers (uxmastery.com) discusses five UX traps and how to avoid them. Nick Cawthon (uxmag.com) talks about improving the hiring for UX from the interviewer’s perspective. And Marcin Treder (speckyboy.com) brings up the dark side of user experience.

Let’s finish our tour in Career and Life, where Keith Soltys (soltys.ca) talks about how editing can save you money. Guy Kawasaki (lifehacker.com) discusses the most common grammar mistakes writers make. And just for fun, we offer a video from Cherry Leaf on the ”History of Technical Communication in 7 Minutes.”

Technical Communication

Why Shorter Is Sweetereuropean_parliament/Flickr Today I spent considerable time helping my VP craft two very important emails: one for a client and one for ou…
Staying Connected in the World of Technical CommunicationIf you are the only technical communicator at your job or perhaps self-employed, how do you stay connected in the growing world of commun…
Is it time for a new writing style in technical communication? | Cherryleaf Technical Authors BlogWhile there have been huge leaps in the technology used to create and publish user documentation, it’s been quite a while since there wer…
Technical Writing – 1761"Let every word stand in such a place and connection, as that its meaning shall be in no danger of being mistaken" Joseph Priestley (Marc…

Content Strategy & Curation

About Content Strategy " iMediaConnection BlogPosted by Najwa Smith on December 11th, 2012 at 12:50 pm As one of the newbies in the midst of a growing organization, we’re as scarce as…
What Is Content Curation? How to Over Come It?You must have heard the term "Content Curation" and you must be thinking that what in the world Content Curation is all about? What If I …
The New Era of SEO: Content StrategyWell-known industry players are starting to say that content strategy is the new SEO. Some argue that traditional link building strategie…

User Experience

5 UX Traps and How To Avoid Them | UX MasteryMost of us haven’t studied an interaction design course-we’ve learned on the job, from attending conferences and reading books and blogs….
Improving Hiring for User Experience | UX MagazineAs I mentioned in my previous article on improving the hiring process for UX (two words: scented resumes), the rapid expansion of our fie…
The Dark Side of User Experience DesignUser Experience Design became a huge trend in the Interactive Industry. Working as a UX designer, UX manager and finally creating UXPin -…

Career and Life

How editing can save you money " Core Dump 2.0At CyberText Newsletter, Rhonda Bracey makes a good point about the value of editing. As well as making it easier for your users to under…
The Most Common Grammar Gaffes Writers Make (and How To Avoid Them)In 2011, the publisher of my book Enchantment could not fill an order for 500 e-book copies. Because of this experience, I self-published…
History of technical communication in 7 minutescherryleafltd
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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