1. I'd Rather Be Writing is now an Alexa Flash Briefing skill

  2. Upcoming full-day API documentation workshop in Menlo Park

  3. The Tell-Tale Project — Guest Post by Edgar Allan Poe, Technical Writer

  4. Preferring technical acuity over specialized knowledge

  5. Write the Docs Podcast Episode 17: Structured Writing -- reasons and approaches, with Mark Baker

  6. Brainstorming by transposing patterns from one category to another

  7. The ideal number of slides for an hour-long presentation, and other thoughts on preparing slides

  8. Tech comm trends -- Take two

  9. Tech comm trends: Providing value as a generalist in a sea of specialists (Part I)

  10. Tech comm trends: Providing value as a generalist in a sea of specialists (Part II)

  11. Tech comm trends: Providing value as a generalist in a sea of specialists (Part III)

  12. Tech comm trends: Providing value as a generalist in a sea of specialists (Part IV)

  13. Tech comm trends: Providing value as a generalist in a sea of specialists (Part V)

  14. Tech comm trends: Providing value as a generalist in a sea of specialists (Part VI)

  15. Tech comm trends: Providing value as a generalist in a sea of specialists (Part VII)

  16. Tech comm podcasts roundup and survey

  17. Pages at a glance -- the importance of the first two sentences of any topic

  18. Write the Docs Podcast Episode 16: An open-source Grammarly for tech docs?

  19. How I handled data for about 10 device specifications on the same page -- the advantages of a flexible, customizable web-based framework like Jekyll

  20. New article in Simplifying Complexity series -- Iterate and increment on content following an agile approach

  21. Getting a job in API documentation -- new topics and expansions in my API doc course

  22. Strategies for learning technology -- podcast recommendation and a poll

  23. If writing is no longer a marketable skill, what is?

  24. My conflicted thoughts about the decentralized web (while taking the Census of Technical Communicators survey)

  25. The right story for tech writers to tell in a corporate blog post

  26. Articulating stories that influence product adoption (new article in Simplifying Complexity series)

  27. Reciprocal knowledge networks and the iFixit Technical Writing Project -- Conversation with Guiseppe Getto

  28. Looking at the theoretical foundations for tech comm -- Conversation with Lisa Melonçon

  29. Adventures of a Techie Academic with Lightweight DITA (LwDITA): Conversation with Carlos Evia

  30. WTD Episode 15: User research, tech writer stereotypes, and conversations

  31. Teaching Technological Adaptability to Bridge the Gap (Guest post by Melonie McMichael)

  32. Combatting the "Make-It-Pretty" Philosophy: Technical Writers Fight Back (Guest post by Emily January Petersen)

  33. Results from my Academic/Practitioner Attitudes surveys now available

  34. The relationship between academics and practitioners — Podcast with Kirk St. Amant

  35. Reducing the complexity of technical language (new article in Simplifying Complexity series)

  36. Random reflections on the throwaway mentality in our culture

  37. Thoughts on docs-as-code after 3 years -- it works!

  38. A short survey to measure academic/practitioner attitudes

  39. 10 ways technical writing is just like the World Cup

  40. Guest post from Una Cogavin: A Review of MadCap Flare 2018 and MadCap Central May 2018 Release

  41. Evaluating the user experience of documentation -- Podcast with Bob Watson

  42. Non-Reference Content section updated in API course

  43. Hiding Complexity -- A new Simplifying Complexity article

  44. New article in Simplifying Complexity: Reconstructing the absent user

  45. The reason I always find time to write on this blog

  46. Stoplight -- creating a single source of truth to drive the API lifecycle

  47. My site now has Algolia search integrated

  48. Replaced the previous weather API example in my API course to now use OpenWeatherAPI

  49. Do you have to relocate to an urban tech hub to find a technical writing job?

  50. Strategies from pickup basketball -- Why you shouldn't guard the worst player or focus too much on the documentation no one reads

  51. New Simplifying Complexity article on shaping information into familiar schemas, especially story

  52. A Review of the MadWorld Conference -- guest post by Jayna Locke

  53. New article on Simplifying Complexity: Reduction, layering, and distillation as a strategy for simplicity

  54. The math game my daughter and her friend created with Codesters

  55. What can we learn from the homogenous profiles in the Stack Overflow 2018 survey?

  56. WTD podcast episode 14: Humanizing your documentation

  57. Recording of API documentation workshop in Denver

  58. Guest post: The story behind DocToolHub, a site for finding tech comm tools

  59. Recording of Docs-as-code tools and workflows presentation

  60. Recording of STC San Francisco presentation: Beyond mere endpoint reference — the overlooked content in API documentation

  61. New article in Simplifying Complexity -- Ensuring information harmony in the larger documentation landscape

  62. Perspectives on tech comm from the VP Candidates — Q&A with Pam Brewer

  63. Perspectives on tech comm from the VP Candidates — Q&A with Ben Woelk

  64. Recording of OpenAPI and Swagger presentation (for STC and WTD San Diego)

  65. Two open-ended surveys to gauge practitioner/academic attitudes

  66. New Simplifying complexity tutorial: Discoverability through metadata

  67. New section on my site: Simplifying complexity

  68. WTD Episode 13: Postman for API development and docs — Interview with Postman Founder

  69. Recording of WTD South Bay presentation: Publishing tools for API documentation

  70. Unexpected realizations after a comprehensive review of my 2017 site metrics

  71. New STC Intercom article: How to Research What You Need to Learn to Be Successful as a Technical Writer

  72. What technical writing trends will we see in 2018?


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