Tech Writer This Week for May 31, 2012

Tech Writer This Week for May 31, 2012 by TechWhirl

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

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We try to put a worthy final touch on the STC Summit 2012 with notes and commentary from Sarah Maddox (,  Ellis Pratt ( and  Val Swisher ( It’s the next best thing to being there yourself.

Moving on to the rest of tech comm, Gurpreet Singh ( talks about 10 LinkedIn groups that technical writers should join. We’re relisting the Summit-related post from Tom Johnson ( who wonders what to do when wikis don’t always work. Read his thoughtful post and take the time to read all the comments–we promise there’s a wealth of information and ideas in theer.
The Content Strategy arena is covering some philosophical territory this week:  why content and writing matter to big players such as Coca Cola, an eternal debate on who is more valuable, authors or curators, and what to do when it’s time to think redesign.
We wrap up this week with advice for job hunters on optimizing your resume for catching an employer’s eye, and the best font to use on your resume so no one has to squint to read it.

We hope our US friends enjoyed the short work week (after the long Memorial Day weekend). Let the summer begin!

STC Summit 2012

Ellis Pratt of Cherry Leaf made the journey over the pond for the STC event, and got rave reviews for his presentation.
There and back again – Notes from the STC Summit 2012 conferenceI have just got back from speaking and attending the Society for Technical Communication’s annual conference in Chicago – STC Summit 12. …
Val Swisher reviewed the good and not-so-good, and started a great discussion on her blog that shows the commitment and energy STC members have.
Random Notes from STC12 in Chicago | Content Rules, Inc.Random Notes from STC12 in Chicago Wow, it is amazing how tired you can get after two days of…well…just sitting around and listening …
Sarah covered the Summit from end-to-end, and we appreciate her comments on our our very first lightning talk
STC Summit day 3 – Lightning talksI’m at the STC 2012, the annual conference of the Society for Technical Communication. One of today’s sessions was devoted to 5-minute li…

Technical Communications

10 Useful LinkedIn Groups for Technical WritersLinkedIn started out in the living room of its co-founder Reid Hoffman in 2002 and now operates the world’s largest professional network …
When Wikis Succeed and Fail — Collaboration Alternatives | I'd …3 days ago … But collaboration and community aren't dead. And here's … Whereas one rarely is presented with edit options to…

Content Strategy

Having a strategy for a redesign is just as important as for a new design.
Content Strategy for a Redesign – content insights blog – Expertise | Content Science™We're living in a crazy but exciting time for digital. Sooner or later, you will face a redesign. When your platforms become outdated…
This could be as big as that “chicken or the egg” thing….
Authors or Curators: Who Will Be More Valuable in the Future?The great debate between original and curated content has been a hot topic in the age of social media. Today, so much content is produced…
Collaborative, adaptive, continuous… creative at Coca-Cola shares a lot with tech comm.
Content doesn’t matter? Don’t tell Coca Cola!If you’re not sure the value of content and writing, take a look at this video from Coca Cola. Jonathan Mildenhall, Vice-President, Globa…

Career and Life

More validation for the Tech Comm mantra “Know Your Audience” — even if it’s a machine audience.
12 Ways to Optimize Your Resume for Applicant Tracking SystemsMona Abdel-Halim is the co-founder of , a job application tool that tailors and optimizes your resume for a specific job. Yo…
We’re trying to find the perfectly readable, easily scannable, stands-out-from the crowd HireME font.  We’ll keep you posted.
What is the best font to use in a resume? | TechRepublicDeep down inside, many qualified job candidates think that their skills and talents should shine right through any external distractions …

Craig Cardimon

Craig Cardimon wears many hats and loves all of them -- technical communicator, content curator, and freelance copywriter. In his not-so-copious spare time, he reads, writes, runs on the local trail, and watches way too much "retro" TV.

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