Below is a list of articles published on the internet showcasing examples of my work as an interviewer and article writer. Most of these articles showcase my coverage at the 2011 LavaCon Conference on Content Strategy and general articles at TechWhirl.
Celebrating STC’s 60th Anniversary
Published: April 2013
Written: on behalf of the 60th Anniversary Task Force for STC Intercom
Summary: In 1953, the Society for Technical Communication was formed and a lot of the field and tools of the trade have changed since then. At the 2013 Annual Summit in Atlanta, the 60th Anniversary Task Force will be celebrating in style!
Print: April 2013, p 24.
Online Meeting Tools and Technical Communication Teams
Published: January 16, 2013
Summary: We use a lot of collaboration and meeting technology to make our work easier and more productive. We looked a mix of known, unknown, free, and paid services out there. There might be an online meeting tool that is right for you!
Book Review: Content Strategy 101 by Sarah O’Keefe and Alan Pringle
Co-written with: Jacquie Samuels
Coordinated by: Ryan Minaker
Published: November 12, 2012
Summary: Book review of “Content Strategy 101.” Jacquie and I did a “mini-crowd-sourced” review with the help and coordination by Ryan. This article is a combination of our thoughts about the target audience, structure and flow, and example case studies.
Tips and Tricks or Treats: A Tech Writer’s Guide to Zombie Spotting
Published: October 26, 2012
Summary: Zombies are among us… Here’s my list of tips to survive the zombiepocalypse. This Tech Writer Horror story livens up the mood as we transition from the summer and fall seasons into winter.
Resolved: Technical Communication IS Art
Co-written with: Wanda Phillips
Published: October 22, 2012
Summary: Is technical communication art? Based on an earlier discussion that technical communication is not an art, we discussed our thoughts on why our field is art. The field of technical communication is dynamic and that all forms of art and technology converge together to create documents.
Professional Development in Tech Comm: Is Distance Learning Worth It?
Published: September 5, 2012
Summary: I asked the question: Is Distance Learning Worth It? My article delves into some history of distance learning within technical communication and insight from colleagues who had varying experiences with this type of education.
SWAG Bragging: The Best of Technical Communications Conferences
Co-written with: Lauren Hart
Published: May 7, 2012
Summary: Ever got free stuff at conferences? Lauren and I compiled some of the most awesome “stuff we all get” at technical communication conferences. Some of the best loot happen to be the simplest trinkets.
Tips and Tricks for Technical Writers: Google Freely and Productively
Published: April 30, 2012
Summary: Tips and Tricks that I use as a technical writer for using Google to the maximum. I discuss about the various tools that I use to make sure that I can do my job easily and effectively in this current digital environment.
Evangelizing, Myth-busting and the Future of FrameMaker
Co-written with: Connie Giordano
Published: March 20, 2012
Summary: Interview with Tom Aldous, director of Business Development and Product Evangelist for Adobe’s Technical Communication Suite. Initially done as two separate interviews and merged into one entire article.
The More Things Change…Technical Communication Insight from Neil Perlin
Published: March 5, 2012
Summary: Interview with Neil Perlin, a technical communicator who has more than thirty years of experience in the field. He discusses how content strategy and planning for the future is important for businesses.
Building the Business Case for Technical Communicators by Leveraging Talent, Skills and Passion
Published: January 16, 2012
Summary: Interview with Corey Ganser, from MindTouch, about the business case for technical communicators. He discusses how technical communicators must demonstrate to upper management their strategic value within a company.
LavaCon Session Summary: Lightning Talks – Multiple Speakers
Published: January 3, 2012
Summary: Summary of lightning talk presentations at LavaCon 2011. Six presenters each had ten minutes to discuss a topic that is important in the field of technical communication.
LavaCon Session Summary: Marta Rauch on Mobile Usability
Published: November 20, 2011
Summary: Summary of the LavaCon 2011 session discussing the seven mobile usability guidelines that technical communicators must implement now.
LavaCon Session Summary: Robert Rhyne Armstrong on the Perfect CMS
Published: November 17, 2011
Summary: Summary of the LavaCon 2011 session discussing the challenges and strategies technical communicators have when choosing content management systems.
LavaCon Session Summary: Corey Ganser on “Who Cares About Your Content?”
Published: November 15, 2011
Summary: Summary of the LavaCon 2011 session, discussing the importance of utilizing resources and content strategy to reduce customer support costs while increasing customer satisfaction.