Checking out Youtube: A Few Fun Videos to Watch

I've been hearing so much about youtube that I finally decided to check it out. Seems like the perfect medium for film students and other video-savvy people to exploit. Here are a few of youtubes that I found interesting: Of course Google just bought youtube for something like 100 trillion dollars. It has a great advertising and learning potential, but it's mostly random entertainment right now.

Firefox and Deepest Sender are superior to IE7

I've been somewhat of a latecomer to Firefox. Earlier versions of the browser seemed to load content more slowly than IE. But Firefox 2.0, esp. with the Fasterfox extension, loads content much faster than IE7. Plus, one of the best benefits of the Firefox browser is the Deepest Sender extension. This extension makes posting to your blog much, much easier. All you do is click a button on your browser, and a dialog box pops up that interfac...

The coolest thing ever -- Total Tech Writer Blog Aggregation

For some time now, I've maintained a list of technical writing blogs on stc-suncoast.org. And I've had them all aggregated in my own Feeddemon newsreader. By aggregate I mean my newsreader pulls together all the content into one long flow of information, arranged chronologically. Now you can get the same effect without a newsreader -- I've aggregated them with Blogdigger. Here is the link of aggregated technical writing blogs: http://gro...

First survey results with Survey Gizmo

I used Survey Gizmo (surveygizmo.com) to survey the chapter about whether job postings should be restricted. Survey results: 55% think job postings should be restricted to members only. 38% think job postings should be open to everyone. 6% are unsure. There are 240 people on the listserv, and only about 140 who are members. 47 people responded to the Strangely, after posing this survey, 4 new job postings appear...

Recommended podcast: Facilitating Collaboration

This is a worthwhile podcast to listen to: http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail1564.html The guy covers about 20 different online collaboration tools. Plus he talks at an intense rate.

Top 100 blogs and top 100 podcasts

http://share.opml.org  is a site that shows you the top 100 blogs and top 100 podcasts based on OPML files that users submit. (OPML files are lists of all the feeds you're subscribed to with your news aggregator.) I wish I could create something like this for technical writers.

Two useful tools for surveys and webinars

I've come across a couple of free tools that may prove useful for surveys and webinars. Surveys: www.Surveygizmo.com Allows you to create surveys with up to 250 responses for free Webinars: www.vyew.com Free webinar tool (but I need to explore it more) Has anyone had any experience with these two tools?

Getting Ideas for Your Blog: Oneword.com

Here's an interesting site: www.oneword.com. It gives you a word to start writing about -- something to get your creative juices flowing. More interesting is to read other people's one-word writes.

Podcast metrics analysis for Tech Writer Voices

As of Nov 1, here are the number of unique downloads for the podcasts on Tech Writer Voices (https://idratherbewriting.com). Technical Writing in India (Sandeep): 42 Another Perspective on Single Sourcing (O'Keefe): 132 How to Create a Usable Index (McGhie): 88 Podcasting 101 (Johnson): 101 How to Implement Single Sourcing (Perlin): 175 Joomla, a Free Open-Source Content Mgmt Sys (Wheller): 130 Flare 2.0 (Hamilton): 237 CM Pros (Abel): 5...

Technical Writing in India — Interview with Sandeep Balakrishna

Listen here: In this podcast, I talk with Sandeep Balakrishna, a seasoned technical writer based in Bangalore, India. He has been a technical writer for 10 years, and has observed the explosive growth of technical writing in India. According to Google Trends, seven of the top ten cities where the term "technical writing" is searched is India. What does that mean? Is outsourcing growing or shrinking? What is the Indian pe...

Corporate Blogging

I'm happy to say that we've been blogging at my work for the last 3-4 months and it has been well-received. We're using SharePoint as a blogging tool -- not really the normal tool for blogging, but it actually works pretty well. People can subscribe to alerts to a discussion, and you can also sort your discussion by specific categories. I find that if it makes a nice substitute for email. When you have something to share, but don't want t...

Wordpress releases first official Wordpress Multi-User Edition

This is pretty big news in the Wordpress blogging world. Wordpress multi-user edition 1.0 has been released. Wordpress multi-user editions enable others to actually create blogs from your install. I mean, you can essentially host thousands of blogs on your blog. For a long time this was the one advantage that Movable Type had over Wordpress. This is good news for STC because now the STC can provide free blogging for all of its members. Of...

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

Listen here: In this podcast, Sarah O'Keefe talks about how to implement single-sourcing, particularly for writers with medium-level reuse needs, such as those using RoboHelp and Word. Additionally, she discusses the resistance writers have to change, how to calculate business costs versus savings, and tool options for producing online help and print deliverables. Specific topics in this podcast include: Determining whe...

Recommended Podcast: Alistair Christie's IT Author Podcast

Download MP3 (from Alistair's site) Duration: 30 min. If you like the Tech Writer Voices podcast, then you'll probably also like Alistair Christie's podcast, which is called IT Author Podcast and can be found here: http://www.itauthor.com/wordpress/category/podcasts. Alistair is a technical writer from the UK, and has a pleasing conversational style to his podcasts. He also has an incredible depth of information about technical writing. ...

Calling all potential podcasters...

If you've been thinking about getting into podcasting, consider joining the Tech Writer Voices podcasting team. We only have several members right now, and we're just getting started, but we eventually want to grow into a dozen members, who are all creating interesting podcasts and publishing them on Tech Writer Voices. You'd be amazed at how much fun it can be to interview someone. Editing and post-production time are minimal. It's actu...