Photo by Christian Holzinger on Unsplash The anniversary of my father’s death and his birthday have passed again for another year. He was a good father, a good man, and he was my best friend, trusted advisor, and confidant until he passed away in January 2000. There were many times I wished he was still around… Continue reading Wisdom from my father
Photo by Carl Heyerdahl on Unsplash During the course of my annual end of the year home office clean, I came across some meeting notes from my last job hunt in 2016. It got me thinking about the current state of the technical writer profession. Many senior technical writers are driven into contracting. Yet, there is… Continue reading 5 things every technical writer needs to experience at least once
I’ve come to realize the importance of working in environments where continuous technical education is imperative to the success of projects and overall company health. We live in a world that harps on the value of work/life balance. I have no arguments with balance but technical learning needs to be an integral part of that balance.… Continue reading The center of continuous technical education must be you
I’ve had some cause to think about the importance of knowing one’s audience as of late due to a sequence of unrelated but very telling events.
With some clear expectations and a little planning upfront, running remote writing and document review projects can go smoothly. Here are some lessons I learned when I was a freelancer about running remote writing and editing projects: Set expectations for review comments. When I was freelancing in computer book publishing, each publisher had in-house reviewing… Continue reading Running technical document reviews using remote team members
With some clear expectations and a little planning upfront, running remote writing and document review projects can go smoothly. Here are some lessons I learned when I was a freelancer about running remote writing and editing projects:
Photo by Avi Richards on Unsplash It’s rare when I don’t hear complaints about the technical editing and reviewing of documents and the QA cycle in general. It’s unfortunate because building a document QA process that’s supportable and replicable Here are some considerations to keep in mind when building a technical editing and QA cycle for… Continue reading Building the better technical editing and QA cycle