TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for January 3, 2014

technical communication recap for July 5Welcome to 2014… I, for one, am more than happy to leave 2013 behind. Seeing as how the holidays fell in the middle of the week this time around, today’s recap is pretty light… not necessarily a bad thing if you’re working your way back up to full-throttle work mode. In fact it wouldn’t take much to get used to this two days on/two days off schedule.

The community forums/email discussion list barely took any PTO (Personal or Paid Time Off, depending on your employment status), with some really good discussions on hiring ESL tech writers, decision trees, and a nice summary of tech writing books from Laura Lemay.

Our obligatory-of-year recaps of our top articles and top poll questions help prove what an extraordinary year we had on TechWhirl. Great content on all kinds of topics that matter to technical communicators and content developers, written by a great group of folks we call the Special Writers Unit (SWU). And there’s so much more to come in 2014.

What do you think? If you have ideas for topics we should be covering, or a hankering to cover some of them, drop me a note, I can always finagle a great article into the schedule. We’ll initiate you journalist wannabes into the SWU toot sweet (the secret decoder ring comes after we publish your first article, and as soon as we get that 3D printer up and running).

Have a great weekend and a brilliant New Year!

-Connie and the gang at TechWhirl

 Tech Writer This Week

Tech Writer This Week for January 2, 2013

Tech Writer This Week is kicking off 2014 in style by finding the best of the technical communication, CXM and content management on the Internet.

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Content Professionals’ Resolutions for 2014 (poll)

Are you procrastinating about making your 2014 resolutions? I am. I think one of them will be to stop procrastinating, but we’ll have to see about that. From the professional standpoint, it’s important to think about SMART resolutions, that take into account what motivates you, how those resolutions could benefit your career and your organization.

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Top 10 TechWhirl Articles of 2013

TechWhirl’s Special Writers’ Unit produced the kind of content in 2013 that kept our community informed and educated on the trends, products and foundational knowledge members need to support their employers’ and clients’ technical communication and content goals. Product reviews, useful templates, expertise, opinion and even some humor made it to the top 10 articles we published this year. All of them are worth a second look. Enjoy!

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Top 10 Poll Questions of 2013

TechWhirl publishes a wide variety of poll questions throughout the year, with a couple of goals in mind: starting some conversations around topics and emerging trends, and learning a bit more about our community.

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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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