Tech Writer This Week for July 12, 2012

Tech Writer This Week for July 12, 2012 – TechWhirl

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

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In technical communications, Tom Johnson (idratherbewriting.com) talks about writing as a calling. Greg Thompson from the South Carolina STC tells us how he got into tech writing. Gurpreet Singh (technicalwritingtoolbox.com) describes his reasons for pursuing a higher tech comm education and wonders if it will pay off.

Writing Assistance fills us in on how to offer more by saying less, and in a topic that keeps coming back from the dead (much like zombies), they discuss why tech writing has gotten a bad rap for being boring. And for the purely practical, Ed Marsh provides some tips on using jQuery and CSS3 in online help.

Content Strategy enthusiasts can dive into some wide-ranging posts this week: A post on mastering content strategy from the STC Technical Editing SIG; Eliot Van Buskirk on the evolution of the global brain; the Content Strategist on getting more bang from your content; and commentary on why user-generated content is here to stay.

In User Experience, we learn how to redo a UI without upsetting users. And Career and Life clues us in on the best Google features you should be using but probably aren’t.

Technical Communication

Writing as a Holy Calling » LDS & Mormon Blogs – Nothing Wavering7 hours ago … Perhaps because of my blog's title, “I'd Rather Be Writing,” many people think this blog deals with creative wr…
Light My Fire: How I Became a Technical Writer : Carolina CommuniquéBy Greg Thompson, Carolina Chapter Member It’s amazing how Jack Daniels and The Doors can influence one’s career choices. My career in te…
Ed Marsh dot com | Successfully merging the technical with the creativeI often get frustrated when people ask in technical communication forums and email lists what are the "current trends in help". Why limit…
Higher Education in Technical Communication- Is it worth it …5 days ago … Higher Education in Technical Communication- Is it worth it? …. He blogs about technical writing at: http://TechnicalW…
Why Technical Writing Shouldn’t Be Cast Off as Boring | Writing Assistance, Inc.Technical writing has gotten a bad reputation for being boring. Many people have found documentation to be dry, uninspired, and textbook-…
Say Less, Offer More in Technical Writing – Writing Assistance, Inc.1 day ago … It's common to find technical documents that are more than a few hundred pages. That alone can cause a reader to step…

Content Strategy

Mastering Content Strategy – STC Technical Editing SIGJun 30, 2012 … Summit Panel Discussion: Why Editors are Still Relevant; Mastering Content Strategy: Technical Editing and the Digital…
Curation: The Evolution Of The Global Brain – hypebot1 day ago … Guest post by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm. “Those who can, do. Those who can't, review. Those who can't revie…
How to Get the Most Punch from Your ContentContent marketers must use words wisely to get messages across to consumers. Solid text-based marketing campaigns should tell a compellin…
User-generated curation is here to stay – Cream Blog5 days ago … Right Brain, Left Brain Blog … User-generated curation helps brands stay authentic in earned … http://www.typepad.co…

User Experience

Overhauling a UI Without Upsetting Current Users | UX Magazine1 day ago … Companies with successful software products often know that their user interfaces could be improved but hesitate to take …

Career and Life

The Best Google Features You're Probably Not Using – LifehackerGoogle is a vast machine with all types of apps, programs, and tools. A lot of these—like Gmail and Google Docs—are clearly useful and …
In closing, a few comments from the Twitter-verse…
Yep. Writing technical documents is hard work.Ayorinde
I love technical editing. I really do. Even when it’s challenging. I love even more that I get to do it instead of having an office job.Kate Atherley

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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