The everyday tactics of content  Clip to Evernote

by: Bill Albing

The technology we employ to manipulate and manage content is an important aspect of our work, because content is crucial in our role as communication professionals. For years, I have worked with content and the technology that delivers it to readers. I have seen automation of more of our work and I have worked with the changes that have transformed our work.

But I continue to wrangle with content, as Scott Abel says, and I continue to learn how to work with the tools of wrangling. I do not apologize for getting my hands dirty and sometimes getting rope burn trying to keep content organized and flowing. But I have, for the most part, been quite successful in working with content and the technology surrounding it. I am not a content strategist and I do not claim to manage the message in the vicissitudes of management.

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When a (presentation) disaster strikes  Clip to Evernote

There’s a moment that everyone who presents or speaks in public fears. And I entered that moment during a presentation last week.

I went blank.

Stage fright. Freezing up. A very pregnant pause. None of those terms really sum up what happened to me during that talk. I went all tabula. As in rasa. It wasn’t pleasant, for me or for my audience.

Here’s a look at what happened, and what I learned from the experience.

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Sprinting to a manual  Clip to Evernote

As you may or may not know, I helped organize a two-day FLOSS Manuals book sprint at this year’s Toronto Open Source Week (held at Seneca College).

If you’re not familiar with a book sprint, read this for details.

This book sprint came about because:

  1. For the last two years, I’ve been promising Adam Hyde (head honcho of the FLOSS Manuals project) that I’d take a more active part in a book sprint
  2. I thought that this would be an interesting event to hold at Toronto Open Source Week

This time around, the goal was to complete a manual for the Mozilla Thunderbird email client. I hosted the book sprint in Toronto, and Adam Hyde took overall control from Berlin (where he lives).

It was an interesting two days, to say the least. Here’s a summary of what went down.

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