5 things every technical writer needs to experience at least once

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

Do organizations need technical documentation style guides?

Photo by Oliver Thomas Klein on Unsplash Do organizations need technical documentation style guides? It’s a question that rises on online forums every so often. Today’s ever-tightening workplace budgets should also put the role of the technical documentation style guide under the spotlight. My answer to the style guide question is “Yes, organizations do need a… Continue reading Do organizations need technical documentation style guides?

10 ways to template the s**t out of your writing life

Progressively, over my writing career, I’ve come to rely on checklists and templates as part of my writing and editing workflow. These days, I’m primarily a solo writer, so templates, boilerplates, and checklists help me remain on task and productive when I’m writing. Here are ten ways to template that s**t out of your writing… Continue reading 10 ways to template the s**t out of your writing life

5 tips for outsourcing your technical writing

Even as so much of the software development and cloud industries move to agile development and DevOps, they can’t escape technical documentation. Having product and operations documentation in place can also help foster your corporate knowledge base taking technical information out of oral history and making it available to your entire technical staff and partners.… Continue reading 5 tips for outsourcing your technical writing

5 things your technical writer isn’t telling you

You can learn a lot about an organization when you develop their project documentation. In my time, I’ve had the benefit of working with a lot of smart people and even more people who thought they were the smartest person in the room. When you dig into project features, then the fun begins as the… Continue reading 5 things your technical writer isn’t telling you