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Sean: I certainly enjoyed the answer. Point 5 applies to all of us,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Cc: "Bruce Wolf" <bwolf -at- scheidt-bachmann-usa -dot- com>
Sent: Monday, July 29, 2002 10:15 AM
Subject: RE: Average Hours Worked
Good and appropriate questions, methinks.
1) Probably, I post twice per day to Techwr-l. Probably 5 minutes per
post. Actually, I probably post and/or read an hours' worth per day, or
five hours per week, including HATT, Framers, U2U, and WWP-Users.
2) These are included in my 60-hour total.
3) I work through lunch. That is, I eat a sandwich and keep working. I
did not include this in my 60 hour total. Let's say my efficiency is
50%. Thus, I work an extra 1/2 hour per day or two-and-a-half hours per
5) Additionally, I do benefit from cruising the lists. My company
benefits, too. I saved a tonne of hours, and also some tech support
money, on my last project. I cannot quantify that, but one issue that
was resolved on WWP-Users probably saved me 24 hours of my time, for
maybe 15-minutes-worth of posting. Another issue resolved on Framers
probably saved me a couple of hours, for one 5-minute post.
6) If I am this busy, why write messages? To break up my day. For my
sanity. I have no tech writers here to bounce ideas off or to chat with
about my profession. The lists help me with these things. I do learn
some things from the list that I work into my products. If I had other
tech writers here, I'd probably post less. As a one-man-band, getting
fresh perspective and addressing long-term errors is difficult.
Additionally, my one request for tech-writing training this year (the
FrameUsers conference) has been turned down; so the lists double as
professional training for me.
7) I am that busy. I am expected to be here only 40 hours.
I am not offended by Bruce's post; I think it appropriate. I am very
curious to know what you all think of my response--on-list is fine, even
if you think me the most evil of slackers ;?).
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