I write these articles to help people get unstuck in their jobs or careers — to dispel that drowsiness — and my October column struck a chord with Victoria Sawtell, the Community Manager of Uptowork.com. Sawtell invited me to look through one of her site’s articles and review it for one of my columns.
Gender issues have always been a big deal, but the recent dam-busting torrent has me asking: Does gender play a role in technical communication? If your users are trying to identify themselves in your content, why would you make your content gendered?
We must recognize that our readers are often distracted, stressed, fatigued, sick, or otherwise unable to focus their full attention on our manuscripts. This increases the risk of error. We can’t fix that problem. What we can do, whether writer or editor, is look for ways to eliminate certain common problems and minimize the likelihood of reader errors.
NAU Senior Lecturer Erika Konrad and alumna Karen Field Carroll joined TechWhirl for a Fast 5 introduction on Plain Language and Simplified Technical English, and how these trends impact technical communications and content creation.
If you thought becoming a beach bum was a more exciting career move than stepping back into your office, maybe it’s time to reevaluate your job. Maybe it’s time to start looking for a NEW job.
Documentation is a beauty pageant. Unless your doc is attractive and approachable, your users will not use it. A 418-page PDF of concepts and procedures is neither. No sparkly tiara and armful of roses for you.
I was talking with my team about how I was graduating with my degree in professional technical writing and a co-worker asked if I could give her some training. Then others on the team asked for training too.
Some people prefer to let their professional and personal lives blend together, and some don’t. And neither choice is bad or good by itself.