You can listen to the I'd Rather Be Writing podcast on most podcast platforms. This category page lists all podcasts that I've recorded as part of my site, I'd Rather Be Writing. I've been recording and sharing podcasts for more than a decade, and though my consistency has fluctuated, I've always championed recording and sharing presentations and other conversations whenever possible.

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I also regularly participate in the Write the Docs Podcast and post summaries of each episode here as well — see Write the Docs podcasts.

Recent idratherbewriting.com podcast episodes

  1. tcworld China 2021 keynote: 'Tech comm and marketing: How to make your tech comm group more visible to those within your company'

  2. Recording of 'Product overviews vs. getting started tutorials: striking a balance between read-first and try-first user behaviors'

  3. Videocast: Micro content and Flare -- Conversation with Kate Schneider

  4. The story behind Document360 -- podcast with founder Saravana Kumar

  5. Playing a product design role as a content designer -- podcast with Jonathon Colman

  6. A tip for doc reviews -- bring a list of questions

  7. Developer portal strategies for complex landscapes -- conversation with Kristof van Tomme

  8. API the Docs recording: How Trends in API Documentation Differ from other Tech Comm Trends

  9. WTD Australia event recording -- 'Remote discussion: Techcomm in the times of pandemic'

  10. "Building Great Documentation" -- WAPI FM radio hour

  11. My Knowledgebase Ninjas podcast episode -- "Metrics don't work"

  12. API The Docs Virtual Series 2020 -- Upcoming presentations and thoughts on the virtual format

  13. Are technical writers increasingly playing non-technical roles? Some thoughts on the evolution of technical writing roles

  14. Podcast: Users as producers of knowledge -- conversation with Nupoor Ranade about how tech writer roles are changing

  15. Tech comm podcasts are growing -- here's a list

  16. Webinar recording: How Trends in API Documentation Differ from other Tech Comm Trends

  17. Introduction to API documentation - Recording from Los Angeles API documentation workshop

  18. Podcast: How Paligo is filling a niche in the CCMS market for complex documentation, with Anders Svensson

  19. The Manuscript Podcast, with Breno Barreto -- Episode 2, How technical should a tech writer be?

  20. Podcast with Andrew Davis: Hiring API doc writers -- an inside look at fixing broken processes

  21. New podcast: Unifying Technical Content Sets into a Broader Ecosystem, with Cruce Sanders at [A]

  22. From API docs to developer portals

  23. Podcast: API Design and Usability with Arnaud Lauret (API Handyman)

  24. Podcast with Jacob Moses on the Not-Boring Tech Writer: Skill #26: Getting Started with API Documentation

  25. Podcast: Dealing with Project Overload -- Strategies to Manage Overflowing Documentation Tasks

  26. Podcast: 10 myths about API documentation

  27. Recording of Tech Comm Trends Presentation (STC Puget Sound chapter)

  28. Crash course in API documentation -- a one-hour video

  29. New video recordings of Raleigh API documentation workshop now available

  30. Corporate exodus narratives: A close look at the tension between the corporation and academia

  31. Recording and slides for my trends presentation at the Symposium for Communicating Complex Information (SCCI)

  32. How to become a 10X technical writer in the workplace

  33. How to motivate users to provide feedback: Show that you're listening to their input

  34. Site analytics from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2018 -- are more engineers writing docs now?

  35. My podcast about writing with Ellis Pratt on Cherryleaf

  36. Recording for Menlo Park API documentation workshop now available -- and some thoughts on using cardioid versus omnidirectional microphones for recording

  37. New post in Simplifying Complexity series -- Principle 11: Be both a generalist and specialist at the same time

  38. How to avoid being a secretary for engineers

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

  40. Preferring technical acuity over specialized knowledge

  41. Tech comm podcasts roundup and survey

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

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

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

  45. The relationship between academics and practitioners -- Podcast with Kirk St. Amant

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

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

  48. Recording of API documentation workshop in Denver

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

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

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

  52. How to become a voracious reader

  53. How do you communicate user progress in a course without a Learning Management System (LMS)?

  54. Intro to API Documentation -- recording of presentation to STC Silicon Valley chapter on 11/20/2017

  55. The Untold Story of Techwriter.pl: A Polish website about technical communication for technical writers, trainers, and translators

  56. SwaggerHub: A collaborative platform for working on OpenAPI/Swagger specification files, and more

  57. Has plain language deepened or ruined our delight in language?

  58. Discoveries and realizations while walking down the Docs-as-Code path

  59. Why Stack Overflow's Documentation effort failed -- a few thoughts from a technical writer's perspective

  60. Tech docs and Agile: Alternatives to integrating into engineering Scrums (Part 2)

  61. Tech docs and Agile: Problems with integrating tech writers into engineering Scrums (Part 1)

  62. Why simple language isn't so simple: the struggle to create plain language in documentation

  63. When the pain of ignorance exceeds the pain of learning

  64. Transparency in documentation: dealing with limits about what you can and cannot say

  65. Recording of my WTD Portland 2017 presentation on Building navigation for your doc site -- 5 best practices

  66. Recording of User-Centered Design Principles for Organizing Documentation

  67. Recording: Modern Technical Writing, by Andrew Etter (STC Silicon Valley chapter)

  68. Recording: Writing tech docs like a hacker with Jekyll

  69. Recording of Open Authoring -- Collaboration Across Disciplines presentation, by Ralph Squillace

  70. Saving Your Sanity Through Better Client Relations -- with Alisa Bonsignore

  71. How can technical writers thrive in agile environments? Event recording and details

  72. Recording of Let's Tell a Story -- Scenario-Based Documentation, by Matt Ness (STC Silicon Valley Presentation)

  73. Balancing the never-ending list of documentation to write with your natural interests and passions

  74. Presentation recording: Hunting for API developer documentation jobs in the San Francisco Bay area, by Andrew Davis

  75. The complexities of translation and the need for dynamic variables in the build process

  76. Will the docs-as-code approach scale? Responding to comments on my Review of Modern Technical Writing

  77. The Story of Paligo: A new browser-based CCMS with all the features you'd ever want

  78. Review of Andrew Etter's ebook on Modern Technical Writing

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

  80. Thoughts on Transforming Documentation Processes presentation at WTD: Evaluating the trend to treat documentation as code

  81. Context switching and efficiency -- Kanban to the rescue?

  82. Why Programming Sucks and the fallacy of documentation in the context of code chaos

  83. Thoughts on Documentation Avoidance for Programmers

  84. Presentation recording: Move Fast And ... Document Things? Lessons learned in building documentation culture at a startup, by Ruthie Bendor

  85. Presentation recording: Two Great Teams that Work Great Together: Bridging the Gap Between Documentation and Support

  86. Recording of 'Two great teams that work great together: Bridging the gap between documentation and support,' by Neal Kaplan at Write the Docs

  87. Recording of WTD presentation on Video Documentation, by Alicia Avrach

  88. Recording of STC-SV presentation on the Shape of a Modern Technical Communication Organization, by Sanborn Hodgkins

  89. 10 minute podcast on API technical writing with Ryan Weber on Stitcher

  90. Spec-driven Development with RAML -- presentation by Michael Stowe to STC Silicon Valley chapter

  91. Recording of Creating Documentation for Startups: Panel Discussion -- Write the Docs San Francisco

  92. Recording of Version Control, Writers, and Worfklows by Richard Mateosian

  93. Podcast: Spec-driven Development of REST APIs, with a focus on RAML -- interview with Michael Stowe

  94. Udemy podcast (with me) and infographic on technical writing

  95. Podcast: The divide between academics and practitioners -- Interview with Lisa Meloncon

  96. Podcast: How do design, length, and relevance affect how people use API reference docs -- interview with Bob Watson

  97. Listen to Ed Marsh's Content Content podcast with me as a guest

  98. The key to writing good documentation: Testing your instructions

  99. Introduction to technical writing -- slides and audio recording

  100. API Documentation presentation to East Bay STC chapter -- slides and recording

  101. Recording and slides from "Jekyll vs. DITA: Bridging the Gap Between Tech Comm and the Web" presentation

  102. Recording of API documentation workshop (REST and Javadoc) at tcworld India 2015

  103. Recording of Innovation in Technical Communication keynote at tcworld India 2015

  104. Podcast: The upcoming tcworld India conference on March 12-13, with Akash Dubey

  105. Best practices for API documentation -- podcast with Andrya Feinberg

  106. Survival strategies for API documentation -- slides and recording

  107. API workshop video + audio + slides + workshop files from TC Camp

  108. Moving from passive to reactive documentation -- recording of presentation by Greg Koberger, ReadMe.com founder

  109. Podcast: Unifying the API doc publishing toolchain, with Mark Baker

  110. Podcast: Automating REST API documentation, with Peter Gruenbaum

  111. Learning how developers think, and other API doc insights: Podcast with Joe Malin

  112. Getting a job in API documentation: Podcast with Andrew Davis

  113. The Author Experience -- Interview with Rick Yagodich

  114. Slides and recording for "Perfecting the audio narration in instructional video" at Info Dev World

  115. API Doc presentation slides and recording (San Francisco STC chapter)

  116. Information Development World and the Customer Experience -- A Podcast with Scott Abel and Val Swisher

  117. Introduction to API documentation: Interview with Scot Marvin

  118. Lessons learned as a novice API technical writer -- Interview with Mary Linderman (podcast)

  119. Creating code samples for API/SDK documentation (webinar recording, slides, and audio)

  120. Recording of my STC Sacramento presentation -- Why users can't find answers in help material

  121. Videos and reflections from the 2014 Intelligent Content Conference

  122. Tobi Crabtree on Virtual Agents (Intelligent Content 2014)

  123. Val Swisher on Translation Without Borders at Intelligent Content 2014

  124. Noz Urbina on The Biological Imperative for Intelligent Content (Intelligent Content 2014)

  125. Mark Baker on Every Page Is Page One (Intelligent Content 2014)

  126. Rahel Bailie on the Language of Content Strategy (Intelligent Content 2014)

  127. Don Day on Connecting Intelligent Content with Micropublishing (Intelligent Content 2014)

  128. Theresa Putkey on Diagnosing and Solving Content Problems (Intelligent Content 2014)

  129. Kyle Wiens on gamification and iFixit / Dozuki at Intelligent Content 2014

  130. Sarah O'Keefe on The Many Facets of Content Strategy (Intelligent Content 2014)

  131. Marcia Riefer Johnston on Writing (Intelligent Content 2014)

  132. Tom Johnson on Blogging (Intelligent Content 2014)

  133. Recording of STC Berkeley presentation on why users can't find answers in help

  134. Recording and slides for "Why users can't find answers in help" presentation to STC Silicon Valley

  135. Recording of "Video Tutorials for User Assistance" (UA Europe Presentation)

  136. Recording of "Making Content More Findable When Users Browse and Search" (UA Europe Presentation)

  137. Podcast: Include It All, Filter It Afterwards -- Interview with Mark Baker

  138. Webinar Recording: Designing Quick Reference Guides

  139. Webinar Recording -- Organizing Help Content: Breaking Out of Topic-Based Hierarchies

  140. Podcast: Organizing Help Content: Breaking Out of Topic-based Hierarchies

  141. Podcast: Content Strategy and Agility, with Noz Urbina

  142. Podcast: A Practical Guide to Information Architecture, with Donna Spencer

  143. Podcast -- Visual Composing: Document Design for Print and Digital Media, with Jo Mackiewicz

  144. Podcast with Alan Houser -- Candidate for STC Vice President

  145. Podcast with Victoria Koster-Lenhardt -- Candidate for STC Vice President

  146. Podcast: Educational Programs and Workplace Practices

  147. Technical Writing Is More Than "Click This, Select That" [Podcast]

  148. Podcast: Finding and Creating Relevant Content -- Strategies for Social Media

  149. Podcast: Developing a Personal Voice in Audio (Intermountain-STC event)

  150. More Students Questions about Technical Writing

  151. Answers About the Field of Technical Writing for Students

  152. Podcast: From Overlooked to Center Stage (Overlooked)

  153. Podcast: “Anyone Can Write”: Changing Roles for Technical Communicators

  154. Podcast: Trends in Technical Communication

  155. Podcast: Ten Voiceover Techniques (PodcampSLC)

  156. Podcast: What's New in Flare 6 — Interview with Mike Hamilton

  157. Podcast: Documentation in the Cloud

  158. Podcast: Riding the Tide of Technical Communications Consulting

  159. Podcast on getting a job in technical writing (TW Job)

  160. Podcast: The Myth of Single Sourcing

  161. Podcast about the Podcast Poll

  162. Podcast on the seven deadly sins of blogging

  163. Podcast from BYU Idaho Professional Writing Panel

  164. Choosing Between Academic and Corporate Life: Did I Make the Wrong Choice?

  165. My STC Summit Blogging Presentation Is Free

  166. Information Overload -- Conversation with Ricardo Amigo

  167. Podcast with Anne Gentle about her Conversation and Community book

  168. Carcast: Friday Thoughts on Reading, Publish2, and Writer River

  169. Podcast on Content Strategy: Interview with Rahel Bailie

  170. Forms that Work – Interview with Caroline Jarrett (podcast)

  171. Blogging, Podcasting, and Screencasting: Eight Characteristics to Attract Devoted Followers [Part 2]

  172. Blogging, Podcasting, and Screencasting: Eight Characteristics to Attract Devoted Followers [Part I]

  173. Anne Gentle on her Forthcoming Book, Conversation and Community: The Social Web for Documentation

  174. STC Toronto's New Five-and-Five Chapter Model

  175. Richard Hamilton's XML Press Imprint

  176. Converting Readers from Casual Subscribers to Devoted Followers

  177. Madcap's Flare-DITA Solution (podcast)

  178. The State of Structured Authoring in Technical Communication (podcast)

  179. John Hedtke on Disaster Preparedness and Book Publishing

  180. GUI Magnets -- Prototyping User Interfaces with Simple Magnets

  181. James Bond: The History of the Illustrated 007 (Podcast with Alan Porter)

  182. Ginny Redish -- Letting Go of the Words (Podcast Interview at STC Summit)

  183. Introduction to Technical Writing (podcast)

  184. Managing Writers: Interview with Richard Hamilton (podcast)

  185. Jane's Presentation, Twitter for Business (podcast)

  186. Podcast -- Blogging for Technical Communicators Webinar (Part 2)

  187. Podcast -- Blogging for Technical Communicators Webinar (Part 1)

  188. Documentation Review Techniques (videocast)

  189. Podcast: Make Your Help Indispensable, Safeguard Your Job

  190. Screencasting -- Workflow and Presentation, by Collin Turner (Podcast)

  191. A Technical Writer with Extra Privileges? Responding to a Question about Roles (Videocast)

  192. Top Technical Communication News for January 2009

  193. Podcast: Help Authoring with Doc-To-Help 2009, Interview with Nicky Bleiel

  194. Podcast: Technical Writing in Agile Environments -- Interview with Alyssa Fox

  195. Podcast: What Is the Technical Writer's Role in Interface Design? Interview with Bogo Vatovec

  196. Podcast: Debunking the Boredom Myth of Technical Writing

  197. Podcast: Personalities of Technical Communicators -- Interview with Deborah (Shapiro) Hemstreet

  198. Podcast: Repurposing Content for Multichannel Publishing (Single Sourcing)

  199. Podcast: Flare 4 -- Ten New Features, Interview with Sharon Burton

  200. Podcast: What's New in the Field of Technical Communication?

  201. Podcast: Using Video in Training and Documentation, Interview with Todd O'Neill

  202. Podcast: Analyzing Your Users and Needs Before Creating the Help Deliverables; Interview with Nicky Bleiel

  203. Podcast: How to Create User-Centered Documentation, Interview with Joe Sokohl

  204. Thinking About a More Personal Style of Podcasting

  205. Podcast: Workspaces, Collaboration, and Information Sharing -- Interview with Emma Hamer

  206. Podcast: Why Content Management Projects Fail, Interview with Rahel Bailie

  207. Podcast: How XML Enables Information Sharing and Reuse -- Interview with Joe Gollner

  208. Podcast: XSL, Flash, and Live Blogging -- Interview with Sarah O'Keefe

  209. Podcast: Document Engineering, Interview with Robert Glushko

  210. Podcast: Living Multiple Lives -- The New Technical Communicator, Interview with Noz Urbina

  211. Podcast: Embracing Wikis -- Interview with Stewart Mader

  212. Podcast: Moving 50,000 Pages of Unstructured Content to DITA

  213. Podcast: Leading Your Company into the Wikis, Blogs, and Social Networks of Web 2.0

  214. Podcast -- DITA: From the Perspective of Someone Actually Using It

  215. Podcast -- Social Networking and the Value of User Communities for Technical Communicators

  216. Podcast -- Transitioning from Technical Writing into Usability

  217. Podcast -- Tackling Godzilla: A Writer/Usability Consultant Reflects on the Largest Project of her Career

  218. My Blogging and Podcasting Presentation -- the MP3 and Video Recording

  219. Jing Screencast: Getting Up and Running with Jing

  220. Interview with STC President Linda Oestreich: Directions the STC Is Heading

  221. Going Beyond Technical Writing: Practical Advice for Diversifying Your Skillset -- Podcast Interview with Mark Hanigan

  222. All About Madcap Flare: Podcast Interview with Paul Pehrson, MVP in Madcap Software Forums

  223. The Impact of Social Media on Technical Communication -- Podcast Interview with Bill Albing

  224. Technical Communication Suite from Adobe -- Interview with RJ Jacquez

  225. Show Me Demos and Captivate -- Interview with Kevin Siegel

  226. Special DMN Communications Podcast with Tech Writer Voices (me): Are you Hurting Your Career By Not Blogging or Podcasting?

  227. Top 10 Worst Things SMEs Say or Do -- Interview with Brenda Huettner

  228. Building Online Communities: Interview with Svi Ben-Elya about Elephant.org.il

  229. Answering Tough Questions About Wikis -- Interview with Anne Gentle

  230. Usability Research Behind Microsoft's Ergonomic Keyboard

  231. Location is everything when it comes to getting information from SMEs — Carcast

  232. Virtual Ways of Communicating — Char James-Tanny

  233. Information Architecture: Organizing Chaos, Metadata, Taxonomy vs. Folksonomy, and the Dublin Core

  234. A New Approach: Tech Comm News

  235. Vista and Office 2007: Presentation by David McNamee from Microsoft

  236. Podcasting at the STC Conference: Reasons, Methods, and Reflections

  237. STC Conference: Jack Molisani on Trends in Technical Communication

  238. STC Conference: Geoff Sauer on tc.eserver.org, the Largest Tech Comm Index Online

  239. STC Conference: Rob Houser on Creating Nontraditional E-Learning

  240. STC Conference: Scott Abel on Web 2.0

  241. STC Conference: Ann Rockley on the Rockley Group Blog and a New CMS Report

  242. STC Conference: Chris Thompson on Searching for a Content Management System

  243. STC Conference: Caroline Jarrett on User Interface Design

  244. STC Conference: Whitney Quesenbery on the Five E's of Usability

  245. STC Conference: Harry Miller on Multimedia Documentation

  246. STC Conference: Stephanie Bryant on Videoblogging

  247. STC Conference: Mike Brazill on Writing for Developers

  248. STC Conference: John Daigle on RoboHelp 7

  249. STC Conference: Debbie Kennedy on Modular Writing and Reusability

  250. STC Conference: Joan Lasselle on Adopting Content Management

  251. STC Conference: Cindy Skawinski on Activity Diagrams (Uniform Modeling Language Artifacts)

  252. STC Conference: Adrienne Escoe on Recruiting

  253. STC Conference: Teresa Lipus, Snake River chapter, Southern Idaho and Eastern Oregon

  254. STC Conference: Deanne Levander, Twin Cities, Minnesota Chapter, and John Garison, Vermont

  255. STC Conference: Laurel Bowen, Oakridge Tennessee Chapter

  256. STC Conference: Brad Simmons, Ames, Iowa

  257. STC Conference: Michael Gernes, Central Iowa STC Community

  258. Leadership Day: Jackie Damrau, Dallas, Texas, and Rachel Houghton, Willamette Valley, Oregon

  259. Leadership Day: Jeanette Rogers, Seattle, Instructional Design & Learning SIG

  260. Leadership Day: Lorrie Corbett, Philadelphia Metro Chapter

  261. Leadership Day: Hillary Hart, Austin Chapter

  262. Leadership Day: Todd Race, Toronto chapter, Canadian Issues Group

  263. Leadership Day: Dan Dornbrook, Chicago Chapter

  264. Leadership Day: Melanie G. Flanders, China; Beau Cain, Director 8

  265. Leadership Day: Paul Sinasohn, Berkeley Chapter, California

  266. Leadership Day: Holly Harkness, Al Hood, and Howard Speck — Atlanta Chapter

  267. Leadership Day: Rhevati Sampath and Wendy Tung, Berkeley Chapter, California

  268. Leadership Day: Kelly Schrank & Lou Martindale — Mid-South Chapter in Memphis and Suncoast Chapter in Tampa

  269. Leadership Day: Sue Kloster, Willamette Valley Chapter, Oregon

  270. Creating Help in the Web 2.0 Age — Presentation by Neil Perlin

  271. Special Announcements: Add your blog to techwriterblogs.com wiki, and also support Tech Writer Voices

  272. Presentation on Writing and Web 2.0 by Keith Hoffman — Given at the University of Wisconsin

  273. Wikis Are Coming: An In-Depth Exploration of Using Wikis in Documentation — Interview with Katriel Reichman (Israel)

  274. A Few Conversations at Doc Train — User Personas, Data Conversion, and Simplified Technical English

  275. My First Carcast: Driving Home from Vancouver After the Doc Train Conference

  276. Managing Virtual Teams: Getting the Most from Wikis, Blogs, and Other Collaborative Tools — Interview with the authors

  277. Interview with George Hayhoe, editor of Technical Communication Journal, on Technical Writing in China and Korea

  278. Defining Experiences: Five STC Candidates Share Influential Stories from the Tech Comm Field

  279. Making Help More Human, and other discussions

  280. Susan Burton Provides an Inside, In-Depth Look at STC's Most Pressing Issues

  281. Special STC Elections Podcast: Interview with Nicky Bleiel, Candidate for Director

  282. Is Technical Writing Boring? Tech Writers as Information Architects

  283. Online Communities, Member Maps, Virtual Chats, Sparkpeople, Intercom, and More

  284. Review of Word 2007, Tool vs. Industry Experience, the Slow Movement, E-mail Tips, and More

  285. First Cohost Podcast — A Natural Conversation about Technical Writing

  286. Discussion about RoboHelp 6 — Interview with Rick Stone

  287. How to Create a Site Where Users Can Actually Find Information — Interview with Thom Haller

  288. Ten Lessons Learned as a Technical Communicator — Interview with Rahul Prabhakar

  289. Mike Hamilton Gives Flare Demo to the Suncoast Chapter

  290. The Convergence of Web 2.0 with Help Documentation — Tom Johnson

  291. Understanding Principles of Usability, Part 2 — Karen Bachmann

  292. Understanding Principles of Usability, Part 1 — Karen Bachmann

  293. Keith Hoffman Interviews Susan Burton, Exec. Director of the STC

  294. Web 2.0, CMS, and DITA — Interview with Ann Rockley

  295. How to Increase Collaboration and Performance — Interview with Emma Hamer

  296. Technical Writing in India — Interview with Sandeep Balakrishna

  297. Another Perspective on Single-Sourcing — Interview with Sarah O'Keefe

  298. How To Create a Usable Index — Interview with John McGhie

  299. Podcasting 101 — by Tom Johnson

  300. How to Implement Single Sourcing — Interview with Neil Perlin

  301. Joomla, an Open-Source Content Management System Solution — Interview with Sean Wheller about Joomla

  302. Knowledge Management and Technical Writing — Janet Foley

  303. Flare 2.0 and MadCap Software — Interview with Mike Hamilton

  304. Content Management Professionals — Interview with Scott Abel

  305. Writing for the Web — Ian Koss, Founder of Ink19.com