Re: Why'd that take so long?

Subject: Re: Why'd that take so long?
From: "Martin R. Soderstrom" <scribbler1382 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 11:55:01 -0400

Hey, Keith.

<kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com> wrote in message news:162835 -at- techwr-l -dot- -dot- -dot-
> At the risk of ruffling some feathers, I gotta ask: Are you sure you're
> setting the right priorities?
> In your post it seems like you're focusing more on tools, methodology,
> fonts, and formatting - everything but the WRITING.
> Sounds like they want CONTENT. So write some. Clean it up when you have
> time, but for now, it seems like they want you to WRITE.

That's one of the problems, they want both. They want the content, they
want the flash and they want them NOW.

> Maybe I'm reading this wrong; after all, you did say that this doesn't
> begin to describe your predicament. But to me it sounds like they want
> some doc NOW, and they don't care if it's quick and dirty.
> The kind of document overhauling and cleaning-up you're describing are the
> sort of thing that would be easier to devote time to if you had a larger
> team, or more time. But it sounds like you have neither.

This is true, but at the same time, I don't want to add to the mess.

> I've been in similar situations. It's frustrating, because you KNOW the
> doc could be better than it is. And you know that by putting these formats
> and processes in place, you could be laying groundwork that would simplify
> your job in the future. But you need to acknowledge both the limitations
> you face, and the priorities of your superiors. And to me it sounds like
> they want you to "shut up and write." :)
> If this is intolerable to you, you should consider looking for another
> position. But I've found that every tech writing gig has its downside, and
> in my market at least, jobs are scarce. I hope you can work this situation
> out. Good luck!

To say the least. (BTW, we used to have something in common. I got caught
in the "let's wipe out the Daleen Toronto office" layoffs. :{ )


-- Martin

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