Tech Writer This Week for March 7, 2013

Tech Writer This Week – March 7, 2013 – TechWhirl

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

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Crazy, busy technical communication, user experience and content folks always manage to find time to provide useful, fascinating and even controversial topics to blog about, and Tech Writer This Week likes to curate them to give you other crazy, busy professionals stuff to muse over. To help get things going in Technical Communication, Tom Johnson (idratherbewriting.com) shares what he learned in searching for his new job. Thanks, Tom for the handy tips! I bookmarked this one. Juergen Lumera (tcworld.info) defines augmented reality and why it matters to technical documentation. And Susan Wu (shanghaitechwrter.com) discusses the collaborative nature of technical writing, and advises on who you should be talking to, other than just the engineers.
Never a dull moment in Content Strategy and Curation.  Darcy Schuller (business2community.com) follows up with seven rules for content strategy. Rule Number One is to focus on your customer. No surprise there. Read Darcy’s post for the other six rules. Bill Ross (linchpinseo.com) explains why even high-quality content must match customer expectations. And if you’re wrestling with how to incorporate user-generated content in your strategy, Jameson Brown (socialmediatoday.com) provides three common-sense rules to prevent things from going sideways or upside down.
Crossing the hallway into User Experience, we find Jay Vidarthi (techvibes.com) discussing four ways to bring UX into a very young startup. And Ryan Boudreaux (techrepublic.com) talks about creating a better user experience with superior online forms. Expect Labs posted an interesting graphic depicting wide range of disciplines related to user experience and ubiquitous computing in a Venn diagram. Take a look, and let us know your thoughts about where writing fits into the picture.
Career and Life starts with Brien Posey (techrepublic.com) offering five alternatives to Microsoft Office. Given all the recent fuss caused by Yahoo revoking all telecommuting privileges, it’s a good thing we have Ann Washenko (technori.com) to share her six tips for being ultra-productive while working remotely (if you’re still allowed to telecommute). And Life Scoop (mylifescoop.com) gets us up to speed on smartphone security.

Technical Communication

What I Learned in Searching for a JobThe most common questions I get on my blog are questions about finding jobs in technical writing. While looking for jobs the other month,…
tcworld.info – RSSBefore we start discussing in greater detail the possibilities of Augmented Reality in the context of technical documentation, it is nece…
Technical Writing: An Ongoing Collaboration | Shanghai Tech WriterThe views expressed on this website/weblog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer. As a technical writer,…

Content Strategy and Curation

Digital Content Strategy: 7 Rules To Live By | Business 2 CommunityHow to ensure your digital content strategy sets you up for success When it comes to crafting a digital content strategy for your busines…
Content Methodology: Creating Unique & Quality Content Isn’t Enough Anymore | LinchpinSEO ChicagoAs online marketing evolves and earned media (Social and SEO) becomes a driving force for businesses, it is important that our SEO and co…
When User-Generated Content Goes Too Far | Social Media TodayJameson Brown Ok, so a Community Manager walks into a bar… no, just kidding. But a Community Manager really does walk into his or her o…

User Experience

Four Ways to Bring UX into an Early-Stage Startup – Techvibes.comPeople will only really experience your brilliant new product for a few minutes (and that’s if you’re lucky). You must
Tips for online forms that create better user experience | TechRepublicDoes this sound like a typical online interaction you’ve had in the past? I start filling out a payment form to submit my monthly bill, w…
Ubiquitous Computing & The Disciplines of User Experience DesignThe Venn diagram above was created by Dan Saffer and Thomas Gläser, and shows the relationships between the various disciplines of UX, or…

Career and Life

Five alternatives to Microsoft Office | TechRepublicAlthough Microsoft Office is one of the most popular productivity suites available, it is far from being the only choice available. Here …
The 6 Best Tips for Being Super Productive While Working RemotelyWorking from home has become a major trend among businesses that value flexibility. Startups have long understood the value of turning th…
Smartphone Security: What You Need to Know – My Life ScoopIn 2011 alarming reports surfaced that Ralf-Philipp Weinmann, a researcher at the Luxembourg University Laboratory of Cryptology and Secu…

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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