What working as a contract technical writer taught me about the workplace

Photo by Thomas Martinsen on Unsplash I spent a big chunk of my career as a contract technical writer. During that time, I had my share of ups and downs working on contract — learning a lot about technology, human nature, human motivation, demotivation, and a lot of … “What working as a contract technical writer taught me about the workplace”

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Avoiding Mission Impossible technical writing projects

Photo by Aaron Mello on Unsplash I’ve had the great fortune in my career to work on some very tough projects — in what I like to call documentation unfriendly environments — and won some and lost others but learned so much about technology and how to work independently as … “Avoiding Mission Impossible technical writing projects”

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Thoughts about personal information management

I’ve had to become a master of personal information management after a career spent as a contract technical writer and juggling multiple projects Growing up with Dyslexia always made personal organization a challenge for me. Also, I found out years ago that I am better … “Thoughts about personal information management”

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5 things every technical writer needs to experience at least once

Photo by Carl Heyerdahl on Unsplash During the course of my annual end of the year home office clean, I came across some meeting notes from my last job hunt in 2016. It got me thinking about the current state of the technical writer profession. Many … “5 things every technical writer needs to experience at least once”

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Running technical document reviews using remote team members

With some clear expectations and a little planning upfront, running remote writing and document review projects can go smoothly. Here are some lessons I learned when I was a freelancer about running remote writing and editing projects: Set expectations for review comments. When I was … “Running technical document reviews using remote team members”

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Building the better technical editing and QA cycle

Photo by Avi Richards on Unsplash It’s rare when I don’t hear complaints about the technical editing and reviewing of documents and the QA cycle in general. It’s unfortunate because building a document QA process that’s supportable and replicable Here are some considerations to keep in … “Building the better technical editing and QA cycle”

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