Tech Writer This Week for July 19, 2012

Tech Writer This Week for July 19, 2012 – TechWhirl

TechWhirl’s Weekly Roundup of the best technical communication and technical writing posts on the web.

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The dog days of summer in the northern hemisphere don’t mean any slowdown in relevant, interesting or entertaining posts to ponder and enjoy. In Technical Communication, Matthew Kelley ( describes what he does as a technical writer. Paul Trotter, CEO of Author-it describes the importance of disruptive innovation.Sarah Maddox ( talks about UX Write, new word processor for complex documents designed for iPhone writers. Robert Pudlick ( reflects on what he learned as a technical writer, and a monograph from the National Association of Science Writers compares Science Writing to Technical Writing.

In Content Strategy, we offer commentary that content curation is the new search, a post on how content can generate passive revenue, and a somewhat off-topic piece on how content affects “hyperinterest” journalism.

We wrap up with a few tech comm Twitter posts and offer you (yes, *you*) the opportunity to write for Tech Writer Today Magazine. Contact us to apply.

Technical Communication

What is Technical Writing?"Technical Writing" is a broad term that needs better definition; one of Segue’s Tech Writers takes a moment to reflect on what he does
The Fear of Disruptive Innovation | SandhillTo succeed, business decision makers need to be open to new ideas while at the same time appreciating that standard processes are standar…
UX Write for sophisticated documents on iPad and iPhone « ffeathers22 hours ago … There's a shiny new word processor in town, designed specifically for the iPad, iPhone and other iThingies. It&#39…
See, Technical Writing Is Good for Something by Robert Pudlik …2 days ago … I have little recollection of how I decided to become a technical writer. I'm not even sure how I found out that tec…
Science writing or technical writing? | ScienceWriters ( days ago … "Technical writing sheds truth; science writing breeds understanding," Kristina Bjoran writes on her blog, whe…

Content Strategy/Curation

Google Lost Its Mojo: Content Curation is the New Search | Content Curation WorldRobin Good: Though I had seen and scooped this article before, I must have not done a very good job of really reading it from back to bac…
Rocket Readings: How Content Can Generate Passive Revenue1 day ago … How Content Can Generate Passive Revenue … The stereotype of the blogger in pajamas hasn't left our collective imag…
Hyperinterest journalism offers hope to dying … – NewsCred BlogBlog. Thoughts on the Future of News. 11. July. 2012 … managing editor Jim Schacter told Neiman Lab, producing high-quality hyperloca…

From the Twitterverse

#techcomm I have given a name to my pain, and it is unstructured documentation. Boy, does it suck.Andrew T. Brooke
Thank you Stuart (@Wheelies) for cluing us in that Jacob Kaplan-Moss originated the following quote (
"Auto-generated documentation is almost worthless…it’s easier just to read the source" Writing great technical docs: Wheelwright
Technical writing at midnight. Thats how I’m spending my summer nights. #gigemChris Kellen
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