When Aaron and I started our guest blog post experiment, we we’re sure how it would go over – either with the people who read the words published in this space, or with the folks we approached to do guest posts. Much to our surprise and delight, both camps responded enthusiastically.
The only problem (if you want to call it that) is with the format in which our posters submit their posts. We accept files in the following formats: Word, OpenOffice.org Writer, HTML, Markdown, Textile, or plain text. Most of our guest posters send their submissions as Word files. Two people sent OpenOffice.org Writer (bless them!) files and one sent a plain text document embedded in an email. I was really hoping for more submissions in HTML, Markdown, or Textile …
A few weeks back, I read a very interesting blog post titled “Think Like a Five-Year Old”. The thrust of the post was that we all really need to ask that one annoying yet probing question that all children ask: why?
This philosophy extends … into web design, user interface development, etc… As a developer, when someone came to me with a piece of code, I would always ask them: Why did you build it this way?
That philosophy also applies to technical communication, in (at least) two ways.
Scott will be hosting a seminar titled “Getting Organized with Google Apps” at the Camaraderie coworking space in Toronto on September 23, 2010.
In this one-hour seminar, Scott will look at how to organize your work and life using Google Apps. More than just a walk through of how to use the software, this seminar will offer useful techniques you can get more organized and productive, in a simple way. You’ll learn how to integrate Google Apps into your workflow and lifestyle. Best of all, you can apply these techniques to any organization tool that you work with.
You can find more details about the seminar, and register for it, here.
The cost for attendees is $10 (Cdn.), payable via PayPal. The proceeds from this event will help sponsor the FLOSS Manuals book sprint to be held at Toronto Open Source Week on October 26 and 27, 2010.
by: Bill Kerschbaum
One of my favorite hobbies is cooking. Not because I like to cook (I hate it, actually), but because my wife likes to cook. It’s a wonderful activity that brings such rapturous pleasure to both cook and eater—especially if the hobbyist is as good as my wife is!
So one day I was thinking about technical writing, and it occurred to me that cookbooks are nothing more than user guides for your flour, eggs, and sugar. They’re instructional, task-oriented, and generally follow the same basic principles that technical writing uses. They even come in hardcopy and electronic (e.g., TV show) formats!
This time around, our guest poster is Bill Kerschbaum. Bill takes a well-known technical communication analogy and reshapes it in a really interesting way with this must-read post.
Intrigued? Check this space tomorrow.