Tech Writer This Week For November 22, 2012


Tech Writer This Week – November 22, 2012 – TechWhirl

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

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We know most American tech writers will be focused on holiday feasting and watching football tomorrow, so our weekly curation coming to you a day early (even though it’s dated for tomorrow). 
As visions of Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing extravaganzas drift more urgently through our minds, the Technical Communications pot simmers with good things. The blog at writingassist.com discusses the right ways to explain complicated ideas. Danielle M. Villegas, (AKA “techcommgeekmom”), wonders whether being a specialist or a generalist is better for a technical communicator. Daniel Beck (hackwriting.com) tells us five reasons you need an editor. And we hear a forecast about the tech writer career outlook and salary, courtesy of newenglandcollegeonline.com.

This week in User Experience, Steve Tengler (uxmag.com) shares five user experience from Tom Hanks, (yes, that Tom Hanks). Simon Pan (uxbooth.com) takes us from heartache to mastery in UX design.

Meanwhile, in Content Strategy, Robert Andrews (paidcontent.org) tells us that branded content may be the money maker, and why Bill Gates might still be right. Kris Mausser (discontentedcompany.com) explains why content strategy is a process not a deliverable. And Scott Scanlon (youbrandinc.com) gives us a comprehensive list of content curation tools and platforms.

Taking a peek at Career and Life, we find TechRepublic offering five free FTP clients. Facebook launches a job board to compete with LinkedIn, and speaking of LinkedIn, Dougles Chan (dougleschan.com) shares smart ways to use LinkedIn to find jobs (tech writer or otherwise).

We wrap this special Turkey edition with a special “Happy Thanksgiving” to our readers. And thank you for reading.

Technical Communications

Tips for Writing About Complicated Ideas | Writing Assistance, Inc.At some point, you’re going to be assigned a complicated piece. You’ll need to explain something challenging to an audience that may not …
Being a specialist or a generalist? Which is better for a technical communicator?I feel like I’ve stepped into quite the conundrum by entering the technical communications field. As I continue to search for full-time w…
Five reasons you need an editorA few months ago, I received an email from a respected company about a security problem relating to their service. I wrote out a long tak…
Technical Writer Career Outlook and Salary | Liberal Arts CareersIn many industries, there is a need to clearly communicate to customers and staff through instructional manuals and other publications. T…

User Experience

Five User Experience Lessons from Tom Hanks | UX MagazineSome of you might work for companies that have not figured it out. They might still be pondering, "Why should we care about user experien…
From Heartache to Mastery: 5 Lessons for the UX Designer Seeking Agency Experience – UX Booth | UX BoothBy Simon Pan Category Social Tags agency Working for a digital agency presents unique challenges for the aspiring User Experience Designe…

Content Strategy

‘Content is king’ again: why Bill Gates may be right after allphoto: OnInnovation For many of us working in the content industries, the last few years have been challenging, with layoffs in old compa…
Content Strategy Is A Process Not A Deliverable"All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved." ~ Sun Tzu Buzzw…
The Ultimate List of Content Curation Tools and PlatformsContent curation is a highly effective inbound marketing strategy and because of this there has been a rise of content curation tools and…

Career and Life

Five free FTP clients | TechRepublicThis gallery is also available as a post in the TechRepublic Five Apps Blog. No matter how embedded into our lives cloud computing become…
Facebook’s New Job Board Puts LinkedIn on NoticeWatch out, LinkedIn. Facebook launched a new Social Jobs application on Wednesday in partnership with the Department of Labor and several…
Smart Ways to Find Jobs Using LinkedIn | Explosive Author | Business Mentor and Advisor | Master HeadhunterAn article by The Recruitment Guru – Dougles Chan Today jobs are limited and we have to face cut-throat competition to find reasonable jo…
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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