22 October 2013 - 7:48 pm

Technical Writing

A question for you! Photo by Oberazzi

A question for you!
Photo by Oberazzi

This blog is all about my creative writing life, but really, that’s only part of the picture for me.

As some of you may know, I’m a technical writer by profession/employment. I have been working in the field for many years now, and have learned many interesting and useful things along the way.

So my question to you all is: should I start blogging about the stuff I’ve learned as a technical writer? Would you like some insights from someone in the industry? Is it something you folks would be interested in? I know, it’s my blog, I should write about whatever I like, but it’s always good to check these things before I start babbling into the void.

If you would prefer that I didn’t start talking about tech writing, I’d love to hear why.

If you don’t want to comment directly, feel free to use any of the buttons on the end of this post. I will take all of them to mean ‘yes please’ (because I know you’re all polite like that). Comments are always gratefully received, whether made here on the blog or by email.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

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  1. Francisco says:

    Do you want to write a blog about technical writing?

    As to whether I would read it: Are the stories and lessons learnt the sort things that are applicable to more than one sphere/industry? Or are they sort of things that only technical writers (or people who work in similar professions) would appreciate?

    October 23rd, 2013 at 5:53 am

  2. Mel says:

    I think I do want to write about it. I’ve learned a lot over the past few years and I think I have something valuable to say. And part of the process of writing about this stuff helps to solidify it for me, too.

    As to who it would be applicable to… I think that’ll vary. There’s some stuff that I’d write about that would be very specific to technical writing, and stuff that’s particular to technical writing in software development. At the same time, some of it is likely to be useful to anyone who is writing professionally, involved in communications, marketing, or whatever.

    Off the top of my head, I’d probably write about stuff like how to get into technical writing, how technical writers can fit into an Agile software development team, best practices for professional communications, why standards are important, documentation architecture, how to deal with feedback, user/audience focus and tailoring… I could go on, but hopefully that gives you an idea?

    October 23rd, 2013 at 9:22 am