Three Excellent Podcasts on Networking, Outsourcing, and DITA

Recommended PodcastsI listened to several excellent podcasts this week that I want to recommend to others.

Networking for Freelancers, Work-at-Homers, and Other Professionals

In this podcast on networking by the STC Washington D.C. chapter, Carolyn Kelley Klinger interviews two experts on the value of networking. Although I’ve never been aggressive in my networking, this podcast made me realize that my blog and podcast are infinitely valuable networking tools. What better way to connect and build relationships with others than through the mediums of Web 2.0. 

Outsourcing Technical Communications to India

This podcast by DMN Communications explores the positive implications of outsourcing technical writing to India. Outsourcing some of the lower-level tech writing tasks frees up non-outsourced technical writers to perform more of the higher-level information design and content development tasks that we want to do. Scott and Aaron also assert that outsourcing to India will force tech writers in more first-world countries to expand their skill sets beyond writing. We’ll have to become more technical, more savvy about content re-use and delivery, and eventually grow out of the “basic writer” role.

Things to Consider When Moving to DITA

In this podcast from Just Systems, Amber Swope gives a perfect introduction to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA). DITA is a popular XML architecture that provides technical writers with the capability of single sourcing and re-use. Swope explains DITA basics, including the meaning of the name, topic-based authoring, the three topic types (reference, task, and concept), the DITA Open Source Toolkit, output formats, specialization, and other details. It’s a great introduction to the topic without any heavy product slant from the sponsor.

Tip for Listening to Podcasts

If you struggle to find good podcasts, subscribe to my recommended podcast feed. If you haven’t gotten into podcasts yet, be sure you’re not trying to listen to them while sitting passively at your computer. Load them up onto your MP3 player and listen to them while you’re at the gym or driving to or from work.

To enable the audio in your car, get a wireless FM transmitter from your local electronics store. You’ll find that once you start listening to podcasts, you’ll realize how much more informative and entertaining they are in contrast to whatever happens to be on the radio.

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I'm a technical writer working for The 41st Parameter in San Jose, California. I'm primarily interested in topics related to technical writing, such as visual communication (video tutorials, illustrations), findability (organization, information architecture), API documentation (code examples, programming), and web publishing (web platforms, interactivity) -- pretty much everything related to technical writing. If you're trying to keep up to date about the field of technical communication, subscribe to my blog either by RSS or by email. To learn more about me, see my About page. You can also contact me if you have questions.

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  8. Bart

    [...]If you haven’t gotten into podcasts yet, be sure you’re not trying to listen to them while sitting passively at your computer. Load them up onto your MP3 player and listen to them while you’re at the gym or driving to or from work.[...] Thanks for the hint. I will give it a try and will come back to this blog to write about my experience.

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  10. TryBPO

    I like podcasts, but it’s hard for me to listen if it’s over 5 minutes long. My attention span has shortened over the years due to the internet, Twitter, etc. and I can only stand to pay attention so long, lol.

    1. Tom

      Try listening to podcasts while driving or exercising. It’s an entirely different experience than listening while sitting at your computer.

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