RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question

Subject: RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
From: "Ehr, Meg" <Meg -dot- Ehr -at- smartworks -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 10:07:34 -0400

Janet Valade said:

>Well, this question is open to interpretation. I ended up selecting the age
when I first got a job in which my title was TW. However, I think I was
doing technical writing for a long time before that. It was just part of my
job, rather than my whole job.<

Same here. Actually, five years ago, I was editing/revising operations
manuals for an air cargo carrier, but I was 1) a temporary employee (NOT
contract, meaning I made almost nothing), and 2) attempting to break into a
different field entirely. I didn't even have a title, much less "tech
writer," and it never occurred to me that I could make an actual living
doing work like that. It took a few more years and a few other positions
(with writing, tech or otherwise, as part of my job the entire time) for me
to decide to turn to TW full-time.

Meg Ehr


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