After many years of blogging, and consistent with my desire to move toward retirement, we have ended the Insights blog. Thanks to Doug Bedell for his years of blog support.

Tech Resolves for the New Year

Posted on January 2, 2013
Filed Under Technology, The Writing Life | Leave a Comment

We all know we’re going to do things better in this new year, with more value added. But what does that involve in technical writing terms? Basically to be sharper and more coherent .  But specifically? Well, the Gryphon Mountain Journals blog offers “Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Technical Writers.”

imgres-1Some of the resolves are idiosyncratic, “a physiological or temperamental peculiarity” (according to the American Heritage Dictionary). But others have undoubted utility. For instance, it wouldn’t hurt to “finally learn what DITA stands for”   (“Darwin Information Typing Architecture” says Wikipedia, but that’s only the start of the story). Or it couldn’t hurt to “read the Society for Technical Communication’s bylaws.” That might introduce you to a community that would ease your feeling of being a loner up against the boss.

“Find a professional conference that costs less than the bill for your car’s transmission replacement”  might not be possible, even though it’s a worthy objective.

But we’d avoid “Tell the project manager: ‘It’s all right if no one reviews the project plan for you. No one reads the plan anyway.”

You all know what being sharper and more lucid means in your own settings. We at Encore Technical Resources wish you all success in 2013 in accomplishing that! – Doug Bedell


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