4 ways I use Google Sites

G Suite powers the email behind willkelly.com. I’ve also written about Google Apps off and on for a while.
Along the way, I’ve started using Google Sites to capture professional information that I want to keep in the cloud but Evernote didn’t seem like the right tool.

1. Style guide

After a brush with health problems a few years ago, I started documenting elements of my technical writing style and use a Google Site to publish that style guide. It’s been a work in progress and I would never open it up to a client at this stage. However, capturing my various stylistic decisions has been helpful especially as a way of double checking my work when I don’t feel so hot.

2. Track job hunt activities

After a layoff in 2012, I started using a Google Site to track my applications and cover letters that I am sending out. Google Sites served the same role every job and contract hunt after that one

3. Template library

I’m a collector of technical documentation templates from way back. A Google Site serves as my private template library.

4. Project wikis

Sure there are better more fully featured wikis available (Hi, MediaWiki and Confluence!). Yet, I like to use Google Sites for project wikis especially for personal projects because of its ease of use.

Keeping it in the cloud

So yeah, I guess you can say I was happy when Google finally gave Google Sites a long overdue update.
How do you use Google Sites?
An earlier version of this post ran on my old personal blog.

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Will Kelly

Will Kelly is a technical writer living and working in the Washington, DC area. After years of contracting, he returned to full-time corporate job in 2016. He writes thought leadership content around cloud, enterprise mobility, and cybersecurity topics. Will's has written for Samsung Business Insights, Tom's IT Pro, TechBeacon, CNET TechRepublic, and other sites. Earlier in his career, he wrote technical documentation for end users, developers, and operations teams. His current areas of interest include multi-cloud solutions, mobile security, and managed services. Follow Will on Twitter: @willkelly.

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