Why no one stopped by my technical writing booth at career fair day
I hosted a technical writing booth at my 8th-grade daughter's career fair day, but almost no one stopped by. Deflated, I tried to analyze why. I realized that in becoming an adult and family provider, my world-view shifted to a focus on survival and profit, which is far from the world-view of students.
Moved my blog from WordPress to Jekyll
I moved my blog from WordPress to Jekyll because I want to use the same publishing paradigms for both tech comm and the web. Jekyll also loads more quickly.
Integrating Documentation into engineering code and workflows
If you want to encourage engineers to write documentation, integrate your writing tools and process into their toolchain and workflow.
API technical writing course on Udemy from Peter Gruenbaum, and some thoughts on documenting JSON
Peter Gruenbaum's API technical writing course on Udemy is an excellent starting point for learning API documentation. He explores one of the more difficult parts of API documentation, which is describing JSON and XML data structures (usually in responses).
Switched commenting systems to Disqus
Introduction to technical writing -- slides and audio recording
API Documentation presentation to East Bay STC chapter -- slides and recording
The other week I gave a introductory presentation on API documentation to the East Bay STC chapter in Silicon Valley. Here are the slides and recording.
How to design documentation for non-linear reading behavior
Recording and slides from "Jekyll vs. DITA: Bridging the Gap Between Tech Comm and the Web" presentation
User-centered documentation slides