Tech Writer This Week for November 1, 2012

Tech Writer This Week – November 1, 2012 – TechWhirl

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

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Despite the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, tech comm opinion and commentary continues swirling about. Ellis Pratt (www.cherryleaf.com) talks about the nine myths of technical writing. Will Kelly (www.techrepublic.com) enumerates 10 things you should know about working with technical writers. Kai Weber (kaiweber.wordpress.com) discusses Sarah O’Keefe’s tekom12 talk on turning tech comm into a business asset. Tom Johnson (idratherbewriting.com) discusses writing in the trenches versus from the sidelines. And Rhonda Bracey (cybertext.wordpress.com) shares her suggestions for tightening your writing.

Over in Content Strategy, we find Gordon McLean (www.onemanwrites.co.uk) saying a content strategy shouldn’t be that tricky to formulate, provided that content isn’t taken for granted or perhaps ignored altogether. Matthew Peneycad (socialmediatoday.com) discusses the five necessities for establishing a culture of content creation.These include providing training and setting clear expectations.

We wrap this week in Career and Life, where Shevonne Polastre (chicwriter.com) shares 10 tips to improve your tech writing. Robert Levy (savethesemicolon.com) tells us how to find and replace text in PDFs.

Technical Communication

Nine myths about technical writing | Cherryleaf Technical Authors Blog"We can design away the need for a user manual and online Help" The idea of a product that totally is intuitive to use, the product that …
10 things you should know about working with technical writers | TechRepublicIntegrating technical writers into your development team can add a valuable new perspective to your team and to your projects. By virtue …
Turning tech comm into a biz asset by Sarah O’KeefeTurning technical communications into a business asset, according to Sarah O’Keefe, is mainly about justifying cost; it is necessary, but…
Writing in the Trenches Versus Writing on the SidelinesOne of the reasons my blog has been successful among technical writers is because I’m in a technical writer in the trenches rather than o…
Tightening your writingBased on a writing tip I wrote recently for my work colleagues. *************** This Writing Tip focuses on ways you can tighten up your …

User Experience

User Experience is Not Just Design, It’s the Key to Innovation and Growth – Brian SolisIt’s not every day you have Jesse James Garrett stop by to talk about the state of user experience (UX) and its role in the future of bus…
homepage – A good ux pattern for search box in the landing page vs. search box in other pages? – User ExperienceI’m designing a website that its starting page contains a header with a navigation menu/sections, featured content and the main feature i…

Content Strategy

Content Strategy is easy | one man writesWhy are we still banging on about Content Strategy? Is it really that hard? A strategy shouldn’t be that tricky to formulate, especially …
5 Necessities for Establishing a Culture of Content Creation | Social Media TodayMatthew Peneycad Does your organization place the onus of content creation on your marketing department? Or is there one lucky individual…

Career and Life

10 Tips to Improve Your Technical WritingI tell my kids all the time that improving your writing, like many other things, is all about practice. You have to keep writing and writ…
Find and Replace Text in PDFs | Save the SemicolonHave you ever needed to replace text in a PDF, but you didn’t have the source files? What about replacing the same bit of text on 50, 100…

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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