How do technical writing and social media intersect?

Written by Jay Manaloto

Let’s be honest. Technical writer isn’t the sexiest job title. We don’t get the fanciest gadgets or the largest piece of the budget. It’s not a job that a grade-school or high-school student looks up to the first thing in the morning, assuming he or she knows what it is. In fact, even grown-ups don’t necessarily aspire to be technical writers or consider the job to be their first career choice. More often than not, it’s the other way around. Folks don’t seek to be tech writers; it’s the tech writing job that seeks them. As an information developer — which sounds only slightly sexier than technical writer — with a Civil Engineering degree, I can definitely identify with that point of view.

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Crossing the Las Vegas Strip

Written by Jay Manaloto

Why did the technical writer cross the road? To visit the user conferences on the other side! Yes, I know, bad joke. But sometimes, to get a taste of the tech world that we document, or the “other side” that lies outside our comfortable cubes and desks, we as writers must take the opportunity to “cross the road”.


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