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The Author Experience -- Interview with Rick Yagodich

by Tom Johnson on Nov 5, 2014 •
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While I was at Information Development World, I had a conversation with Rick Yagodich about his new book, Author Experience. This is one of the first books in The Content Strategy series of books. During our conversation, Rick and I talked about the following topics:

  • Why do people have such poor experiences with CMSs?
  • What are key considerations authors need in a CMS?
  • How important is it to see relationships among content in a CMS?
  • How important are workflows in a CMS, and why are they so problematic?
  • Can authors have good experiences with their content without having a CMS?
  • Do CMSs inject tags into your code to handle styles and IDs? Does this make it more difficult to work with the code?
  • How do you figure out details about CMS vendors such as cost, features, etc, when this information is rarely published?
  • How does AX differ from a treatment of CMSs?
  • How can we give so much emphasis on AX over UX? Isn't UX more important?
  • Why did you pick this topic? What about your background or experiences made you particularly interested in the author experience?

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Author Experience, by Rick Yagodich

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