I’m happy to see 2017 come to a close. It was a good year for me by and large but certainly ran into my fair share of hassles during the past few months.
Photo by J. Kelly Brito on Unsplash I’ve written about hiring technical writers two or three times in the past with some interesting results. In fact, my initial article garnered me some not very nice emails from technical writers. It’s a timeless topic, so I wanted to go back and see if any of my initial… Continue reading 5 tips for hiring technical writers
Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash I had a job interview a while back where the company took issue that I pursue side writing projects. It got me thinking since it had been a while since I heard an objection to that facet of my professional career. It has been a part of my professional life… Continue reading 5 reasons technical writers should be pursuing side projects
Photo by Feliphe Schiarolli on Unsplash I got my start as a technical writer before any formal technical writing degree programs got their start. While college gave me a solid foundation, much of what I know today, I learned by actually doing the work. Regardless of what professors say, there is no substitute for actually being… Continue reading Things they don’t teach in technical writer school
Working as a contract technical writer like I did earlier in my career can teach a lot of life lessons and illuminate a lot of truths into human nature. I’ve seen a lot working with commercial, Federal, non-profit, and non-governmental organizations.
Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash A few years back I took a screenwriting course through Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. It was a challenging course. The professor had a bit of an ego so I didn’t get as much out of it as I had hoped. Recently, I came back to some of the lessons… Continue reading 3 things technical writers can learn from screenwriters
Image from Microsoft News Center Often Microsoft Office suffers from a lack of credit (and support) despite the fact that it’s at the core of many business processes. It’s easy to brush it off as being Office. It’s important to consider that Microsoft Office as an application suite continues to grow from its humble beginnings as… Continue reading Does Microsoft Office need an evangelist inside your enterprise?