Partly it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so...

A native of New York, Jamel Shabazz is among only a handful of influential photographers who has played an integral part in the documentation of street culture in the vibrant New York landscape. Recently emerging as the man behind the camera for Umbro's latest campaign, we spoke with Jamel...

This shade might have been part of a QVC Special Value in the past but it will now be part of the standard catalog. Take a look! I'm always terribly happy that Bare Minerals Blush doesn't make me get all itchy like the loose foundations because I really love their blushes. The looser...

We could use more knowledge and training on how to simplify complexity in deeper, more thorough ways. I want to explore this theme in 2018. The topic of simplifying complexity topic fascinates me like no other, and I tried to convey this in Part VI: Deepening documentation's value by...

For the earlier post on deepening value by focusing on complexity, see Part VI: Deepening documentation's value by simplifying complexity. Get new posts delivered straight to your inbox. I'm a technical writer based in the California San Francisco Bay area. Topics I write about on this...

has no value anymore (to us). Value and usage have a direct correlation. It's much easier to argue that documentation is used by a lot of groups, and through this usage, infer that documentation has value. If it didn't have value, why would they use it? So we can build a case for...

dislikes the idea of docs, will we ever rise above our low place on the totem pole of value? Can we move past the idea that technical writers merely contribute documentation? What would our additional forms of value look like? If the only value technical writers provide to an organization...

assets that improve the competitiveness of the enterprise, his or her value persists regardless of whether end users ever even look at the documentation. This makes any detailed effort to measure clicks from users on doc pages a futile and misguided attempt to measure the value of...

In this essay, I explore arguments for the value of documentation and technical writers in an organization. Although metrics usually fall short as a way to measure value, documentation's value can be established in part through usage. Technical writers can also contribute value by enabling...

Note: This is part VII in a seven-part essay. Read the previous section, Part VI: Deepening documentation's value by simplifying complexity before starting here. This essay started out as one post and expanded into seven because I kept searching for what I felt was the right answer. In...

 

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