Is there a thought leadership double standard for writers?

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?

In defense of kindness in the editorial review cycle

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

Ambiguity should signal ownership for technical writers

Too many technical writers live in style guides, single sourcing, FrameMaker, processes, and methodologies. They can sometimes escape from the business of software development. This monk like college advanced composition teacher existence can separate the technical writer from the realities of today’s dysfunctional workplace.When facing down ambiguity, technical writers have two choices: Wallow in the… Continue reading Ambiguity should signal ownership for technical writers

5 things I believe about enterprise collaboration

Photo by Kaleidico on Unsplash I follow enterprise collaboration both as a long time technical writer in the IT industry and as somebody who has written about collaboration platforms over the years for online publications. It can be too easy to wreck collaboration in my mind. I’ve seen it many times happen during my career, giving… Continue reading 5 things I believe about enterprise collaboration

Why I left contract technical writing

I spent a large part of my technical writing career working as a contractor. It was a formative part of my career where I got to focus on doing the work and got experience working in such industries as telecommunications, financial services, and even worked in an NGO. I’d work on a 1099 or W2… Continue reading Why I left contract technical writing

Some of my content development goals for 2019

As 2018 comes to a close, I’ve begun to start thinking about some content goals for the next year. My intent has always been to have the right mix of personal and professional writing projects to keep me busy. While my day job has been quite demanding the past few months, my freelance writing projects… Continue reading Some of my content development goals for 2019