Technical Communications Poll: Engaging with Your Professional Community

The mental image so many people seem to have of technical writers as loners chained to their keyboards and their style manuals has been around for quite awhile. And indeed, enough of us serve as lone writers that STC even has a special interest group devoted to it, and it was the impetus behind Eric Ray’s efforts to set up the original Techwr-l list serve back in 1993.  Nowadays, even the “alonest” of  lone technical writers can reach out to the global technical communications community, via a whole array of channels and tools.

During April and May, TechWhirl continues to look at “re-framing the community” from a number of perspectives. We want to start with the technical communications community itself. Not only the content of our conversations is shifting–how our roles are changing–but also how we carry out those conversations, and why. So this week’s poll asks what circumstances prompt you to reach out, to engage in the technical communications community.  Perhaps by understanding the hows and whys of engaging our own community, we can get a better handle on how we manage the communities around our employers–end users, suppliers, partners, employees, management–and ultimately help build communities equipped for success.

Take a few minutes to vote, you can choose as many answers as apply, and if we missed something, please post a comment and let us know. And don’t forget to take the opportunity to engage in the TechWhirl community by starting or participating in a thread on the email discussion list.

What circumstances prompt you to reach out to your professional community?

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