Tag Archives: social media

Writing in the Trenches Versus Writing on the Sidelines

One of the reasons my blog has been successful among technical writers is because I’m in a technical writer in the trenches rather than on the sidelines. In contrast, many other people in the field of tech comm writing blogs are sales engineers, consultants, marketers, or c-level executives. If there’s one truism about writing that Continue Reading »

Participatory Economics: Are Companies Budgeting for Social Media?

A podcast summary by David Armano from Edelman caught my attention yesterday. Armano writes: My theory is that social technologies and the online behaviors they enable leads to more participation from what use to be static audiences and “consumers”. But as a result of this, a demand is generated for participation to be reciprocated from Continue Reading »

When Social Media Becomes Hollow

I attended Podcamp Salt Lake City (Podcampslc.org) on Friday for the third year in a row. The attendees have fluctuated. The first year, about 30 attended. The next year, about 90 attended. This year, the attendees decreased to around 45. Sometimes events just suffer from poor timing. We are all so busy. But I noticed Continue Reading »

An Interview About Technical Writing

Download MP3 Length: 30 min. This is a special podcast for Carly Finseth at Clemson University who is thinking about entering the field of technical writing and wanted to ask me a few questions. After I recorded the podcast, she was kind enough to transcribe it. I polished up the transcription a bit so that Continue Reading »

Clive Thompson on the New Literacy

A scholar conducts a 6 year study of student writing and finds that, despite constant accusations that social media is taking writing downhill, actually “we’re in the midst of a literacy revolution the likes of which we haven’t seen since Greek civilization.” I have to agree — it is a cool effect that the social Continue Reading »

Podcast with Anne Gentle about her Conversation and Community book

[amazon-product align=”right”]0982219113[/amazon-product]Download MP3 Length: 40 min. As a follow-up to my review of Anne Gentle’s book, [amazon-product type=”text” text=”Conversation and Community: The Social Web for Documentation”]0982219113[/amazon-product], I also interviewed her for a podcast. Now you can listen to Anne talk about some of the concepts in her book in a more personal way through the Continue Reading »