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2023 archives

  1. Claude versus ChatGPT -- and a few thoughts on using AI chatbots on an Alaskan cruise

  2. Alphadoc: Build API documentation that tells your API's story

  3. New API course topic: Using AI for summaries

  4. Links from around the web

  5. New API doc course topic: Using AI for glossary definitions

  6. New API doc course topic: Using AI for comparison tasks with API responses

  7. New API doc course topic: Using AI For thematic analysis

  8. New API doc course topic: Using AI for language advice

  9. New API doc course topic: Using AI to create doc updates based on bugs

  10. New API doc course topic: Using AI to learn coding

  11. New topic in API course: Using AI tools to write build and publish scripts

  12. New topic in API doc course: AI document engineering with pattern-based prompts

  13. First Look at Oxygen XML's Positron AI Assistant [API doc course]

  14. Adding a new AI section to my API doc course

  15. Telling your conversion story into tech comm

  16. Chapter PDFs for API doc course

  17. How to meet other technical writers in Seattle -- WTD Seattle coffee chats

  18. How the blog-to-book experiment is going: challenges and thoughts

  19. Blog and API doc course are now one site

  20. Doctave Q&A with Niklas Begley

  21. News turns the content wheel of advertising

  22. Newsletter: Endless news cycles, style checkers, finding research, noticing things around you

  23. How to find academic research to back up your tech comm decisions

  24. Book review of the Art of Noticing, by Rob Walker

  25. AI starting to diminish work for student essay ghostwriters

  26. From DITA to docs-as-code and Docusaurus: Q&A with Mike Howes

  27. Newsletter: Copilot for Docs, Wappalyzer, Illusions, Late projects, Forbidden Fruit

  28. Newsletter: Doctave, Chatbase, SiteGPT, small CLs, TC bibliography

  29. What’s missing from the AI workflow: incentives for content creators to provide training data

  30. Newsletter: Content creator ROI, Netlify, Madbot, and Hollywood

  31. Newsletter: AI doc alerts, state of tools, saying easy or just, automated writing teams

  32. Newsletter: Docusaurus, Lens, Docs-as-Code, 2022 site analytics, and HTML Table formatting

  33. Newsletter: Markprompt Q&A, LearningDITA, Snowflake docs, AI Commits

  34. Meandering thoughts on my 2022 site analytics

  35. Markprompt Q&A with Michael Fester

  36. Newsletter: Alphadoc, vocab lookup, field, Open Assistant, Markprompt, content ops

  37. Newsletter: GPT-4 tutors,, Dark user manuals, interfaces for reading docs, automation scripts, and bball

  38. AI chat interfaces could become the primary user interface to read documentation

  39. Using AI tools to look up words and provide mini-poems to help remember their meaning

  40. A script that creates a new Jekyll post and populates it with YAML frontmatter, and also makes a curl call to add a Rebrandly shortlink

  41. Newsletter: Docs-as-ecosystem, structure in WordPress, identity crisis, and pencils

  42. Newsletter: AI and tech comm survey results, Zoomin's predictions, Beating an ATS, ChatGPT plugin docs

  43. Survey results: Technical writers on AI

  44. Newsletter: Why engineers need to write, tech writers in pop culture, 101 subreddit, Cambrian period of AI (April 4, 2023)

  45. Survey on the impact of AI on tech comm

  46. Upcoming Webinar: API Trends Across the Lifecycle Webinar (April 11, 2023)

  47. Beyond 'parts' documentation: Moving towards systems thinking with developer portals

  48. The influence of language-generative AI tools on tech comm: parlor tricks or disruption?

  49. Updates on my standing experiment: surprisingly good for the lower back

  50. Presentation recording: Specialization myopia syndrome and the content journey

  51. Podcast: All about Redocly, with founder Adam Altman

  52. Building your own balance board for a standing desk

  53. Finally got Covid -- my experience

  54. Five ways to leverage big-picture thinking as a technical writer

  55. New Job-Hunter Support Group course offered by Bobby Kennedy

  56. New series: Sitting, standing, and walking

About Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

I'm a technical writer / API doc specialist based in the Seattle area. In this blog, I write about topics related to technical writing and communication — such as software documentation, API documentation, visual communication, information architecture, writing techniques, plain language, tech comm careers, and more. Check out my API documentation if you're looking for more info about that. If you're a technical writer and want to keep on top of the latest trends in the field, be sure to subscribe to email updates below. You can also learn more about me or contact me. Finally, note that the opinions I express on my blog are my own points of view, not that of my employer.