Throwback Thursday to 1988 and my first full-time technical writing job.
Category: Technical Writing
A lot of government departments and corporations work hard at figuring out what to put in their RFPs, but spend little time thinking about the RFP title or the names of the documents associated with the proposal request. Clear posting titles can often be the last priority, especially when the RFP creators are busy thinking […]
I recently had the opportunity to write a short (about 10 page) manual on a specific REST API for a client. I’m still trying to find some spare time to edit out any confidential info so I can post a PDF, but hope to get that done this week. REST API documentation is a growing […]
Seeing a posting for a “Proposal writer” job today made me realize I haven’t talked about one of my ongoing client projects. My client sells their two software products to city, county, and state governments, and came to me three years ago asking if I could provide them with some help in their RFP process. […]
An interesting blog post from May on Technical Communication and Urbanization caught my eye this morning. I lived in the heart of the Silicon Valley when I started as a tech writer, but moved to be closer to family. You couldn’t pay me enough to move back, or to move to one of the other […]
An interesting overview of trends in Technical Documentation for 2018. I’d Rather Be Writing.
A good article on finding your “voice” in your written communication. PR Daily.
Working on re-writing and updating three manuals for Gov. users in Pennsylvania this week. I now know a lot about how fingerprint-based background checks are processed by the software (and by the users of the software) in PA. The more manuals I write the better my chances of someday winning on Jeopardy.
Extremely interesting post on the I’d Rather Be Writing website about crowdsourcing documentation. My major takeaway is this: “It takes more of a sense of expertise and authoritativeness to write documentation than to answer a forum question.” I agree completely. I also agree with his premise that our jobs aren’t going away any time soon […]