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Posts in the innovation category explore new trends, techniques, or other ways of creating new approaches toward tech comm. Innovation and creativity are the hallmarks of an intellectually stimulated mind, and I lean toward experimentation, openness, and try-and-fail approaches on my blog and in my work.

The following content is in the innovation category:

Seeing invisible details and avoiding predictable, conditioned thought (ZAMM series)

What is Diátaxis and should you be using it with your documentation?

Links from around the web (Sept 5, 2023)

Doctave Q&A with Niklas Begley

AI starting to diminish work for student essay ghostwriters

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

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

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

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

Faceted filtering

Intro to the series: Trends to follow or forget

Results of the survey about fizzled trends: Every trend is still with us

Survey about documentation trends that fizzled (one-minute survey)

Site update: Switched from Disqus to Commento

How to become a 10X technical writer in the workplace

Write the Docs Podcast episode 9: Chatbots in Documentation

Applying Tim Ferriss' 4-hour work week rules to tech comm projects

Version 3.0 of my Documentation theme for Jekyll released

Recording of Innovation in Technical Communication keynote at tcworld India 2015

Some web tools worth using in help solutions

Piggybacking onto the innovation of the web

The genius of Github and how it can transform tech comm

Sustaining and disruptive innovations

About Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

I'm an API technical writer based in the Seattle area. On this blog, I write about topics related to technical writing and communication — such as software documentation, API documentation, AI, information architecture, content strategy, writing processes, plain language, tech comm careers, and more. Check out my API documentation course if you're looking for more info about documenting APIs. Or see my posts on AI and AI course section for more on the latest in AI and tech comm.

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