“Blogs are Still Where Substantive Conversations are Happening.”

A recent Blogher study finds that blogging is still the dominant place where conversations of substance are taking place (despite rumors about blogging being dead or ideas that microblogging on Twitter and Facebook would replace the more time-consuming blog). I always knew this to be the case. For more info, check out “Blogs are Still Where Substantive Conversations are Happening.” Blogher study on blogging

Typography for Lawyers

Typography for Lawyers provides the basics of typography and general style in an easy-to-read way that would be perfectly suited not only for lawyers, but for anybody whose writing needs a little cleaning up (for example, you could send it to the project manager who keeps putting two spaces after each period). Definitely a handy resource to know about. Hat tip: tc.eserver library.

Podcast: From Overlooked to Center Stage (Overlooked)

From Overlooked to Center Stage 1.0 Presenting at the Atlanta Currents Conference (Overlooked) 1.1 Intro to From Overlooked to Center Stage (Overlooked) 1.3 The Problem: "Just a Writer" (Overlooked) 1.4 The Yearnin...

Message from the Sponsors -- April 27, 2010

MadCap Software Thinking Windows, a leading provider of billing software solutions for Australian water authorities, has long embraced MadCap Flare's single-source publishing to improve efficiencies and eliminate redundancies.  But it also uses Flare for its new device-agnostic mobile output -- and recently was able to deliver online Help to GPS-enabled mobile devices around Australia in less than 30 days. “We have long recognized the imp...

Why Tech Comm Professors Don't Teach Video

The other week, by invitation, I was at a Missouri State University Workshop for Teachers of Technical Writing. I presented about trends in technical communication and highlighted multimedia, particularly video, as an important trend. Near the end of my presentation, I asked the academic audience why so many teachers don't require students to create video (e.g., screencasts, e-learning, video tutorials) as part of their help materials. M...

Story (Overlooked)

From Overlooked to Center Stage 1.0 Presenting at the Atlanta Currents Conference (Overlooked) 1.1 Intro to From Overlooked to Center Stage (Overlooked) 1.3 The Problem: "Just a Writer" (Overlooked) 1.4 The Yearnin...

Why Usability is Praised and Tech Comm is Ignored

While I was in Missouri at a technical writing conference for teachers and students last weekend, I had an interesting conversation with a lady who happened to drop by from Canada. She had transitioned from tech comm to usability, and she explained an interesting parallel. I had just presented my "Anyone Can Write: Changing Roles for Technical Communicators" presentation to students, and she commented that many have the same assumption ab...

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

Listen here: Powerpoint This podcast is a recording of a presentation I gave to students at the Missouri State University technical writing conference on April 23, 2010. This presentation has some overlapping content from the previous presentation on Trends in Technical Communication that I gave to the teachers, except that with this presentation, because the audience was students, I focused mainly on the changing roles ...

Podcast: Trends in Technical Communication

Listen here: Powerpoint This podcast on Trends in Technical Communication is a recording of a presentation I gave at the Missouri State University Workshop for Teachers of Technical Writing on April 22, 2010. Although trends in technical communication could cover a variety of topics, I chose to focus on four trends: hybrid roles, social media, collaborative authoring, and multimedia. Here's the description of my presenta...

Epiphany: Cross Pollination (Overlooked)

From Overlooked to Center Stage 1.0 Presenting at the Atlanta Currents Conference (Overlooked) 1.1 Intro to From Overlooked to Center Stage (Overlooked) 1.3 The Problem: "Just a Writer" (Overlooked) 1.4 The Yearnin...

Crisis Point: Problems with Multiple Roles (Overlooked)

From Overlooked to Center Stage 1.0 Presenting at the Atlanta Currents Conference (Overlooked) 1.1 Intro to From Overlooked to Center Stage (Overlooked) 1.3 The Problem: "Just a Writer" (Overlooked) 1.4 The Yearnin...

Catalyst 4: Wiki Manager (Overlooked)

From Overlooked to Center Stage 1.0 Presenting at the Atlanta Currents Conference (Overlooked) 1.1 Intro to From Overlooked to Center Stage (Overlooked) 1.3 The Problem: "Just a Writer" (Overlooked) 1.4 The Yearnin...

Catalyst 6: QA Testing (Overlooked)

From Overlooked to Center Stage 1.0 Presenting at the Atlanta Currents Conference (Overlooked) 1.1 Intro to From Overlooked to Center Stage (Overlooked) 1.3 The Problem: "Just a Writer" (Overlooked) 1.4 The Yearnin...

Catalyst 2: User Experience (Overlooked)

From Overlooked to Center Stage 1.0 Presenting at the Atlanta Currents Conference (Overlooked) 1.1 Intro to From Overlooked to Center Stage (Overlooked) 1.3 The Problem: "Just a Writer" (Overlooked) 1.4 The Yearnin...

Catalyst 1: Audiovisual Role (Overlooked)

From Overlooked to Center Stage 1.0 Presenting at the Atlanta Currents Conference (Overlooked) 1.1 Intro to From Overlooked to Center Stage (Overlooked) 1.3 The Problem: "Just a Writer" (Overlooked) 1.4 The Yearnin...