) Many people see technical writing as a transitional career. There are a lot of related disciplines that tech writers can cross into: content management, XML, usability, information architecture, visual design, interaction design, content strategy, marketing and communications, e-learning,...

I'm a technical writer based in the San Francisco Bay area of California. Topics I write about on this blog include technical writing, authoring and publishing tools, API documentation, tech comm trends, visual communication, technical writing career advice, information architecture and...

That's what drives their page views, not a Nokia model from 10 years ago. The Technical Writing Project is just what it's billed at: an outreach project. Now, this is not to say that iFixit isn't benefiting from the Project. They do get free repair guides and they do get to inform students...

Every so often someone asks me if they should get a graduate degree in technical writing. Penelope Trunk has a controversial post in which she argues that graduate degrees aren't necessarily smart business decisions. Graduate schools can be an environment that removes you from the world of...

(See Technical writing in the Cloud.) Cherryleaf lists some other compelling reasons for moving to the cloud as well: it allows new authors to get integrated quickly, it facilitates collaborative authoring, and allows for third-party groups to log in and make minor edits. I agree that...

It's the combination and constantly rotating roles/hats/functions/dance routines that gives life and enjoyment to the technical writer. Okay, that's about it. Note: I credit Shannon for providing several of these parallels. Before ending this post, I will note a few ways ways that Zumba...

I recently received a comment from a reader who sent me a wish list for technical writing tools. Sam from Canada writes, Hi Tom, I've been enjoying your posts along with Mark Baker's. You both have good points about technical writing trends. I could be totally wrong, but maybe it's not the...

This is an emerging model that will prove disruptive, and with that disruption comes a lot of friction. Get new posts delivered straight to your inbox. I'm a technical writer based in the San Francisco Bay area of California. Topics I write about on this blog include technical writing,...

My 2016 technical writing trends/predictions turned out to be pretty accurate. For 2017 technical writing trends, I'm predicting that more technical writers turn to Github in their documentation workflows. This trend applies mainly to companies where programming technical writers work with...

I'm a technical writer based in the California San Francisco Bay area. In this blog, I write about topics related to technical communication — Swagger, agile, trends, learning, plain language, quick reference guides, tech comm careers, academics, and more. I'm interested in simplifying...

 

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