The following is a guest post by Arnold Burian, founder of the new social network Technical Writing World.
When it comes to knowledge sharing, we technical writers have it pretty darn good. There are active mailing lists (HATT, TECHRL-W), many informative blogs (I'd Rather Be Writing, The Content Wrangler), a vibrant notification system (#techcomm on Twitter), and professional organizations (STC, TWIN) rich with content.
We have thought leaders like Tom Johnson, Craig Haiss, Gordon Meyer, Sarah Maddox, Aaron Davis, Scott Nesbitt, RJ Jacqez, Gordon McLean, Ugur Akinci, Scott Abel, Ivan Walsh, and many more. If you are dedicated to the craft of technical communication, you have access to an endless supply of resources.
After consuming so much from so many, I wanted to give something back – to share the little knowledge I learned with others. This was my motivation to start a blog, where I began to collect my thoughts and share them. While posting, I came to realize that I was much more interested in the dialog between visitors than in my own posts. This ultimately led to Technical Writing World, a social networking site.
So, what do I want Technical Writing World to be? I want TWW to be useful. And I want it to complement the many resources already available to us. I also know what I do not want it to be. I do not want to compete with HATT or TECHRL-W. I do not want to be an organization, group, or club. I do not want TWW to have an agenda or divide the community. And I also do not want to restrict what it can become.
There are many online articles about what it takes to build a successful community, but I have some of my own ideas for TWW:
So with this, the journey begins. I hope you will join us for at least a few steps...and then decide to stay a while. :)
Arnold Burian spent a decade as a team lead writing hardware documentation for the telecommunications industry, and the last seven years as a documentation manager for a global software company. He has an undergraduate degree in computer science and a graduate degree in technical communication and information design from the Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduating, he taught graduate and undergraduate classes in technical communication. See more information about Arnold
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