Maybe it’s some sort of vestigial genetic memory that makes us want to slow down, snuggle in and nap until springtime. That or the simple desire to avoid the frequent and severe turns of weather that Mother Nature throws at us. Here in North Carolina, we’ve swung wildly between 70 degree (Fahrenheit for our non-US readers) days, thunder-stormy nights, gale force winds, sleet and ice in the last two weeks. I keep changing up between flip-flops, galoshes and snow boots, and I never seem to synch up with the actual weather.
All of which is a long way to say that January is finally done, but the dank and chill of February is upon us. Of course if you’re in more temperate zones, you’re just laughing at me right now while sipping a tropical beverage with the requisite umbrella. I’m trying very hard not to be jealous.
Along with January, our look at trends and education is now behind us, But it should set the stage for our look at how and When Worlds Collide in February. Other professions closely allied with tech comm in terms of skills, disciplines and goals often have their own teams in the organizations. It’s a tricky space-time continuum to navigate, and we’re planning to investigate how technical communicators, and their counterparts in other departments are coping, thriving and moving ahead. We’d love to hear from you about the challenges, successes and pitfalls you encounter in working with folks in the worlds of training, user experience, ecommerce, marketing, customer support and corporate communications. There’s always room for a great guest post or even a new member of the SWU. And you can always start a conversation on the email discussion list. You don’t even have to bother with galoshes to participate.
Have a great weekend!
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