Does it take a community to create technical documentation?

Image by sxc.hu user: Mattox The technical writer profession certainly takes it on the chin sometimes. Community-based technical documentation (user forums, wikis, blogs, and other social media) is becoming a go-to source for technical documentation. Such documentation may even be another excuse to edge technical writers … “Does it take a community to create technical documentation?”

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The best advice I’ve ever gotten about technical writing…from programmers

I came to the realization that even working with a group of trainers for the past two years, much of my career as a technical writer has been spent working with programmers and engineers. In my opinion there is a certain kind of magic when … “The best advice I’ve ever gotten about technical writing…from programmers”

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Why the backlash against “government writers”?

Image by Jacob Creswick via Unsplash.com One of the disturbing trends I’m seeing on this job hunt are employers who don’t want “government writers” for their projects. After being laid off from a position with a government contractor last year, I came across such references … “Why the backlash against “government writers”?”

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Why Johnny can’t document a product

Image by Farzad Nahafi via Unsplash.com Much of my technical writing career has been spent as a contractor and consultant working with organizations that didn’t have technical documentation in place and need it in place fast. Throughout my travels, I’ve also spoken to even more … “Why Johnny can’t document a product”

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