I received the following question from a graduate student doing research in technical writing: Right now I am working on some research with some other students, trying to determine whether technical writing should begin to be integrated more in high school level English classes so that when...

Suppose I decide to go full speed ahead with technical writing. Where do I go from here? If I do decide to stay in this field, I'd probably get involved with some open-source documentation projects (to build a portfolio, since the stuff I'm writing now is owned by my company), create a...

of time writing instructions that many people may never read. 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, authoring and publishing tools, API...

The constant trend in technical writing seems to be for someone to preach about a new solution, write and sell books about the solution, and then sell their monster software solution to companies willing to invest all their time, money, and resources in it.....even though it doesn't solve...

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, authoring and publishing tools, API documentation, tech comm trends, visual communication, technical...

Recently, I was interviewed by Felcia Gopaul for a podcast on technical writing as part of a series by College Funding Source on careers. Felicia has a goal of interviewing 100 professionals in 100 different careers. This interview, as you can guess, is about being a technical writer. You can...

The number of comments on my recent post, Review of Andrew Etter's ebook on Modern Technical Writing showed an overwhelming interest in this topic. The post went viral. In addition to 300+ clicks on Twitter and Linkedin, there were about 1,200 page views and an equal number of clicks on the...

Any good ideas? I realize that I sometimes come across as zealous about technical writing. This is how I've branded my online persona. And sure enough, although I don't participate in Zumba, after reading the tweet I couldn't help but consider the possible parallels between tech comm and...

He jumps straight to the point and writes with such an easy-to-follow, conversational voice that I couldn't help but just like the guy. What does it mean to do "modern" technical writing? From a technical angle, Etter argues that one should embrace lightweight markup languages, use static...

But mostly you have the same potential to write and publish content. With technical writing, I'd like to see help authoring companies move towards similar models: offer a freely hosted solution in the cloud, but also offer a self-installation solution. Let users choose. Now here's the...

 

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