Photo by Martin Brosy on Unsplash I was quick to put my technical writing experience and skills to work after I got my Thyroid removed. My goal was to become my #1 patient advocate. My first big culture shock was the differences in how the IT and medical community about how they troubleshoot issues. Having been… Continue reading Does a technical writer make for the worst patient?
Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash I’ve become sort of a student of remote working because of my freelancing and consulting work. A special area of interest is the changes (both good and bad) in dynamics and project management that sometimes occur when a remote technical writer joins the team. While this post speaks more about… Continue reading 3 remote technical writer lessons
Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash I was talking to a recruiter during my last job hunt who asked me how I felt about taking meeting minutes. The first thing that popped out of my mouth was “I think meeting minutes are overrated because I’ve rarely if ever seen them consulted again by meeting participants. When is… Continue reading Meeting Minutes: Why I say no
Photo by Aaron Mello on Unsplash I’ve had the great fortune in my career to work on some very tough projects — in what I like to call documentation unfriendly environments — and won some and lost others but learned so much about technology and how to work independently as a technical writer. Before I accepted my current position, I… Continue reading Avoiding Mission Impossible technical writing projects
I’ve been out of full-time contracting for almost two years and recently thought back to some of the stranger things I saw during the contract technical writer chapter of my life: A fellow contractor was posting nude pictures of his wife on Usenet from his client account. He was busted and walked offsite by armed… Continue reading Weird things I saw when I was a contract technical writer
I was once asked in a job interview: “Why do I stay a technical writer when it must be such a dull and boring profession?” After the meeting when I was peeling rubber out of the parking lot, I took a few moments when I was decelerating to think about some of the more interesting… Continue reading Reflections on my technical writing career
Much of my technical writing career has been spent working in the trenches directly with technical teams. Unfortunately, this means I don’t know any junior technical writers anymore. I’ve seen a lot in my time as a technical writer, and if I did advise new or junior technical writers, it would be the following: