Category Archives: beginner tips & careers

Top 10 posts, podcasts, tweets of 2014 — and what it all means


Here’s a look at the top 10 posts, podcasts, and tweets published in 2014 on I’d Rather Be Writing. After the lists, I explain my takeaways from looking at the metrics. Top 10 posts written in 2014 Based on Google Analytics, these 10 posts written in 2014 received the most traffic: A simple way to Continue Reading »

Do I need to take courses in technical writing? Guest post by Laura Palmer

Laura Palmer SPSU

A reader asks, Is there a technical writing standard certification or course that is renowned as the best and one that touches on the additional skills necessary (technical programming/software etc.) to succeed in the field? Maybe one that addresses the best way to find contracts, projects, and other jobs? I just don’t want to pay Continue Reading »

Professional Technical Writing Careers — Answers to Questions, by Cheryl Landes

Technical communication professors often ask students to interview a professional technical writer to get a better sense of the field. The following responses are from Cheryl Landes, a professional technical and marketing communicator. Cheryl owns her own company, Tabby Cat Communications. The questions come from a student at Missouri State University. What preparation did you have for Continue Reading »

Professional Technical Writing Careers — Questions and Answers, by Steve Goldberg

During the fall and winter semesters, tech comm professors often ask students to interview professional technical writers to get a better sense of the field. Having answered a few student inquiries already, I decided to invite other professionals to respond to student questions, and then to copy me so that I could post their responses Continue Reading »

How Can Newbies Learn Tech Comm Tools Given Their Cost?

I recently received the following question from a reader: Hello. I’ve read some of your blog articles and they’ve been very helpful. I’m interested in changing careers and am hoping to pick your brain with a brief couple of questions. First, how do outsiders learn the software that TechComm folks use? I’ve looked at Adobe’s Continue Reading »