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Tech Writer This Week for May 16, 2013

In my job as a technical writer, one of the decisions I wrestle with every day concerns topic length. Is the topic short enough to retain readers but long enough to cover the material? If the topic is too short, should I merge it with another? If the topic is too long, should I break it into two topics? This is a lot of what I think about. So does Tom Johnson (I'd Rather Be Writing). Tech Writer This Week gives you other stuff to think about: research, content strategy, taxonomy, customer journey maps, UX, CXM, and cardboard boats... huh? Continue reading ...

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Tech Writer This Week for May 2, 2013

Tech Writer This Week heads into some new territories, with a new topic area, and some controversy in our old standbys. First in the standbys is Technical Communication. I'd venture a guess that most people think of technical writers as the quiet sort (I do my best to fly under the radar). But being quiet doesn't mean we shy away from controversy. Peruse User Experience and then Content Strategy & Curation. Dive into our new area of Customer Experience Management, and finish off with some Career and Life goodies. Continue reading ...

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TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for April 19, 2013

This week’s extraordinary events-especially those in Boston and in Texas--seem to cry for pause in normal activities. It’s hard to concentrate on topic-based writing or CMS trends when carnage is literally occurring before our eyes. But “normalcy” is often the thing that helps steady us and give us perspective. It’s important to get on with work, and play, and living in general, knowing that these events change us, shape us, in ways that demonstrate our common humanity. Continue reading ...

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Tech Writer This Week for April 18, 2013

Along with the cliche that "No one reads the manual," it is also cliche that technical writers are often the last to possess knowledge that is critical to their projects. Tech Writer This Week aims to demolish the cliches, by providing some timely and trending information about stuff that matters to technical communicators. Technical writing as art, going beyond the words in communication, user experience and wearable computers, adding value to content curation, and so much more to explore. Continue reading ...

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Tech Writer This Week for March 7, 2013

Crazy, busy technical communication, user experience and content folks always manage to find time to provide useful, fascinating and even controversial topics to blog about, and Tech Writer This Week likes to curate them to give you other crazy, busy professionals stuff to muse over. Continue reading ...

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Tech Writer This Week for February 28, 2013

Happy last day of February, in which we look forward to better weather, and enjoying all the great commentary we can pull together. Refreshing and useful stuff from awesome bloggers in tech comm, content strategy and curation, user experience, and the ever-present and always necessary career and life. Continue reading ...

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Tech Writer This Week for January 24, 2013

Excessively wintry weather in the northeastern US won't keep us from scouring the internet for commentary that appeals to the discerning readers of Tech Writer This Week. Predictions in tech comm, best practices in content strategy, and new techniques in UX are just the start of the curated content we've put together from around the web. Continue reading ...

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Tech Writer This Week for December 13, 2012

Christmas (and other assorted winter holidays) continues to creep up on us. In between making lists and creating content, we find our stockings are filled to the top with technical communication, user experience, and content strategy and curation commentary from some of the best places on the web. Continue reading ...