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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 »

Predictions for Top 10 Technical Writing Trends for 2015

Trends to watch in 2015

Predictions about technical writing trends always abound near the beginning of a new year. In the past, we’ve heard predictions about the ubiquity of mobile, responsive design, cloud authoring, collaborative solutions, content strategy, localization, the “Internet of Things,” augmented reality, video, DIY, and more. Some predictions turn out to be true, others false. This year, Continue Reading »

Authoring tools for startups — Guest post by Vinish Garg

Vinish Garg

The following is a guest post by Vinish Garg, an information architect with a background in technical writing who frequently works with startups.  A discussion on authoring tools invariably leaves the participants with at least one common opinion–they want to see something better in whatever tool they are using. I recall a Wishlist post that Tom wrote Continue Reading »

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 »