I'm attending three conferences this year: Confab, the STC Summit, and Lavacon. Why did I pick these conferences, over others? Ben Minson and me at a previous STC Summit I attended Confab's inaugural conference last year and felt it was a good fit for my web publishing role at work....

The recording is available in a variety of formats: I recently gave a presentation at the STC Summit in Sacramento titled "Organizing Help Content: Breaking Out of Topic-based Hierarchies." I would have recorded my presentation, but recording is not allowed. I did, however, record a practice...

At the last STC Summit, Andrea Ames gave a presentation on progressive information disclosure. If you follow progressive information disclosure, you avoid giving the reader all the information up front. Instead, you present a little bit of information to the reader and then let reader choose...

Here are the slides for my STC Summit 2016 talk on "Writing tech docs like a hacker with Jekyll " presentation. In this presentation, I introduce the tech comm conference attendees to Jekyll and how it can be used for authoring technical documentation. I'll try to demo a few of the tasks I...

Last week while attending the STC Summit, I learned that MindTouch named my blog, I'd Rather Be Writing, the most innovative blog in technical communication. In their post, 2011 Technical Communication Innovation Award Winners, they write, This honor is bestowed upon long-time technical...

in workshop will need the following: In addition to covering technical strategies for documenting REST APIs, we'll also talk generally about the job market for developer documentation, the skills in demand, and challenges in working in developer environments. I'll be giving this REST API...

If you're planning to go to the STC Summit this year, or you're looking to get more information on API documentation, check out my pre-conference Summit workshop. I'm teaching a half-day workshop on REST API documentation. This will take place Sunday, May 15 from 8:30am to noon. During this...

I attended the 2016 STC Summit in Anaheim, California this year. This is a brief, rambling post that recaps some of my thoughts and experiences. Overall, I think the Summit was a good conference (as usual) – it was well-organized and executed, with top speakers and a wide variety of topics....

I'm planning to attend the STC Summit in Atlanta this year, where I'll be presenting the following: In agile environments, video tutorials often have a short shelf-life — remaining current only until the next release. When you create videos, therefore, you have to create them inexpensively...

Here are my slides for the Documenting REST APIs workshop I'm giving at the 2016 STC Summit in Anaheim, California. The workshop lasts 3.5 hours. These slides cover a host of topics, including how to use APIs, how to document APIs, how to publish APIs, and more. There are lots of hands-on...

 

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