Sure, I'm all for supporting courses in technical writing in high school. There are some potential issues that high school technical writing courses could create: If a high school student takes several technical writing courses in high school, will this become the new normal for...

) 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,...

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...

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...

can view the slides in PDF here: If you'd like more, you can also watch a similar presentation Andrew gave to the Write the Docs San Francisco meetup here. Get new posts delivered straight to your inbox. Powered by ZipRecruiter I'm a technical writer based in the California San...

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...

(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...

 

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