DITA

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 DITA.

WordPress and web CMSs

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 WordPress and web content management systems (CMSs).

Quick reference guides

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 quick reference guides.

Screencasting

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 screencasting.

Faceted filtering

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 faceted filtering.

Wikis and crowdsourcing

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 wikis and crowdsourcing.

Help authoring tools (HATs) and single-sourcing

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 help authoring tools and single-sourcing.

Intro to the series: Trends to follow or forget

In this series on trends to follow or forget, I look at about 15 different trends that I've explored in my career as a technical writer. I divided up the content into individual articles to facilitate easier navigation and browsing.

[Podcast] Become a technical writer: conversation with Bobby Kennedy about the technical writing courses he offers

I recently chatted with Bobby Kennedy to learn more about the technical writing courses he's offering at becometechnicalwriter.com. In this podcast, he shares a bit about why he started offering technical writing courses, some of the activities and strategies in the courses, and the outcomes so far.

My multimodal commuting strategies

My multimodal commuting strategy involves taking a car + train + bike to get from my suburban location to downtown Seattle. In this post, I share some tips and strategies for each of these segments.

Archbee product review -- first look at a new online platform for writing and managing documentation

Archbee.io is a new online documentation platform with a lightweight, fast editor that makes it easy to write and manage documentation, knowledge bases, or other company information. Archbee has some unique features that make it worth exploring — especially if you create web API or GraphQL documentation. Their editor is one that you can easily fall in love with and is the centerpiece of the product. The whole authoring platform feels extremely responsive, modern, and web-friendly. If you're shopping around for documentation tools, I definitely recommend checking out Archbee.

Part 6: The newsletter as the social content of corporations

Despite the failure of these doc reports and meeting notes formats, I hardly fault myself. I was simply following the same conventions that nearly any group does inside the corporation — stuffing all updates into a long email and blasting it out. Different spaces have different communication mediums, and inside the corporation, this was the expected form and delivery.

MEGAComm recording: How to increase awareness of tech comm inside corporate walls

I recently gave a presentation called How to increase awareness of tech comm inside corporate walls at the MEGAComm 2022 conference, which is a conference for tech comm professionals in Israel. The recording, slides, and description of my presentation are available below.

Updated Metrics and Measurement section in API course to remove scoring aspect

I recently updated the Metrics and measurement section of my API course to remove the section on scoring the various API documentation criteria. I also consolidated the first- and second-level checklists into a single checklist.

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

Recently I posted a short survey trying to identify trends that faded or fizzled. About 300 people took the survey. As I was creating the survey, I thought there would be some clear trends that failed. To my surprise, I learned that anything that once surfaced as a documentation trend is still "hanging in there" as a common practice in the field. About the only thing you can say is that tech comm has become more fragmented, plural, diverse, and multifaceted than ever. There are superseded technologies, but apparently no non-trends.