I describe the ending to my 2019 as a bumpy landing. While everything ended well if even on some high notes, the last few months were stressful for me. Things started to turn around in December, though. Here’s a review of my 2019:
Throughout 2019, there were some applications that became my go-to apps for personal and professional projects. Here’s my shortlist:
It’s common for enterprises to leave the technical writer’s role out of the DevOps discussion. Even the marketing department joins the discussion in some DevOps-first organizations—so why not the writers? Source: Hiring a technical writer in the age of DevOps | Opensource.com
There’s a law of diminishing returns you have to watch out for when you’re developing thought leadership and other content. “Perfect is the enemy of good,” according to Voltaire. It’s possible to work on content for too long. For example, creating a PowerPoint deck that takes for months. Or, the fact sheets and white papers… Continue reading The law of diminishing returns and content development
I wrote a post entitled Confessions of a dyslexic technical writer about how I use my dyslexia as an advantage as a writer. The post still draws some feedback from other adult dyslexics. Here are some other confessions I’d add to the post if I wrote it today:
I work in an industry that’s hungry to have their VPs, directors, and senior technical staff to become thought leaders. Informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality and know and show how to replicate… Continue reading Is there a thought leadership double standard for writers?
I took an interest in editorial reviews early in my career. That interest drove me to become a technical reviewer in the computer book industry for several years. I’m not sure they even have that role anymore. At the least publishers may not pay for that review anymore. Sitting through curt and incomplete document reviews… Continue reading In defense of kindness in the editorial review cycle