The Upcoming TC Camp Unconference and my morning API workshop


On Saturday, January 24, 2015, there will be a TC Camp unconference held at Mission College in Santa Clara, California. The unconference is a one-day event that draws about 150–200 technical writers in the area to participate in an informal, attendee-led day of events. During the morning of the unconference, there are several workshops available Continue Reading »

Tech comm on a map: See all the tech comm groups, meetups, conferences, events, and consultants on a Google map


Sarah Maddox recently recently launched a project called Tech Comm on a Map. It lists all the tech comm groups, meetups, conferences, events, and consultants on a Google map. You can filter by the type of content you want to see. Check it out here: What’s nifty about this map is how you feed data Continue Reading »

The Evolution of Technical Writing

This post is brought to you by, a website hosting company made up from skilled hosting professionals who offer exceptional customer service and technical support. Note: I don’t often publish guest posts from sponsors, but I think this essay provides a brief yet informative history of the tech comm profession that is worth reading. Continue Reading »

Flat file systems versus database models for help


In Goodbye WordPress: 2014 Will Be the Year of the Flat-File CMS, Jeremiah Shoaf argues for the upcoming dominance of flat-file systems over database-driven sites such as WordPress. I found the post extremely interesting because I’ve been moving back and forth between flat-file systems and database systems with my DITA publishing strategies. There are compelling arguments Continue Reading »

The Author Experience — Interview with Rick Yagodich


Length: 26 min. Download MP3 (right-click and select Save As) While I was at Information Development World, I had a conversation with Rick Yagodich about his new book, Author Experience. This is one of the first books in The Content Strategy series of books. During our conversation, Rick and I talked about the following topics: Why do Continue Reading »