TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for May 2, 2014

technical communication recapSpring in the Southeastern US is unique in its karmic balance—the worst pollen allergies ever coupled with an absolutely gorgeous array of greenery and color. The flurry of road construction projects, accompanied by extraordinary (at least for the Southeast) traffic issues that won’t ease up for another six months.

In the content and tech comm world there’s a bit of karmic balance too. The initial rush of  new job postings and contracts subsides long enough to allow our colleagues time to get oriented before trotting off for the new season of conferences and workshops.  It makes up for a long dreary winter and battles with SMEs and assorted managers.

Meanwhile back here at TechWhirl, we’re reviewing new (and not quite new) books that can help in tackling the latest content challenges, providing tips and tricks for using the tools of the trade, and looking for votes and commentary in our latest poll.  And oh yeah, planning for next week’s Fast 5 chat with the good folks of Doc-to-Help on Creating Great Content for the Web (sign up for a reminder and feel free to send questions in advance).

TechWhirlers are back from spring break and debating all things tech comm in our communities: Register for the forum or subscribe to the email list to take part in the conversations. And don’t forget to check out the archives to get a feel for some of those past debates.

Have a great, allergy-free weekend!

-Connie and the gang at TechWhirl

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Connie Giordano

Connie Giordano is a partner in INKtopia Limited and editor of TechWhirl's Tech Writer Today online magazine. She has been a list member and contributor since the days when 14,400 baud was high speed communications, and Windows 95 was state-of-the-art.

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