Systems thinking and developer portals (Trends to follow or forget)

This post is part of a series that explores tech comm trends that I've either followed or forgotten, and why. In this post, I explore why focusing on the big picture fits into the domain of systems thinking. I also make a case for developer portals as a candidate for study that aligns with a systems thinking approach. Read more »

Random notes on recovering the lost art of reading

The single greatest outcome from my basic phone experiment has been to rekindle interest and enjoyment in reading books. Long-form reading is an activity that I'd sort of forgotten, and even though I've reverted to my smartphone, the experiment has taught me to love reading again. In picking up reading books again, I realized that I have many questions about reading, actually. This post is a random list of questions, observations, and other reading-related topics about reading books. I'm sure there's no single way to read, and one strategy might fit another person and scenario more than others. Read more »

Blobr API portal (API doc topic)

I added a new article about Blobr to my API course. With Blobr, you can create an API store to launch and grow an API business with different monetization models. In the same Blobr portal, you can also include documentation that describes the precise workflow for each use case, helping API consumers easily onboard with your API. Read more »

The impact of technical diversity on documentation -- epiphanies on a trip to IKEA (Trends to follow or forget)

This post is part of a series that explores tech comm trends that I've either followed or forgotten, and why. The overall goal is to better understand the reasons that drive trend adoption or abandonment in my personal career. This post focuses on the impact of diversity/pluralism/fragmentation on documentation. Read more »

Technical diversity/pluralism/fragmentation in tech comm (Trends to follow or forget)

This post is part of a series that explores tech comm trends that I've either followed or forgotten, and why. The overall goal is to better understand the reasons that drive trend adoption or abandonment in my personal career. This post focuses on technical diversity/pluralism/fragmentation. Read more »

Six weeks in -- returning to smartphone (but not as before)

All right, so you knew this post was coming. When would I abandon my basic phone and return, at some level, to a smartphone, and why? That's what this post is about. The TLDR here is that texting became too challenging on a basic phone, and it was creating more stress and disruption with my other family members who were trying to communicate with me. But let me provide more details here, because there was a key turning point. Read more »

Review of What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains: The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr

In my ongoing series describing my journey away from smartphones, I decided to read one of the seminal works that kicked off the debate about the Internet's influence on our brains: Nicholas Carr's book What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains: The Shallows. In this post, after a careful reading and dissection of Carr's argument, I try to make sense of the book for my own techno-skeptic journey. My conclusion is to find a balance between online and offline modes, using the computer to find info, but then turning away the monitor to read offline. Read more »