Re: Just can't help myself

Subject: Re: Just can't help myself
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 10:14:02 -0700 (PDT)

> One of the great things about being a tech writer is that
> it's a very individual experience. Each assignment is
> different. Each writer is different. The tools are different.
> The requirements are different. You get the point. ;)

No, I don't.

Where I am now, I'm documenting a web "backoffice"...databases, code,
processes, features, instructions, data flows, etc.

A year ago, I was at B& and I was documenting a web
"backoffice"...databases, code, processes, features, instructions,
data flows, etc.

Between these gigs, I was documenting an application, which included
processes, features, instructions, data flows, etc.

At all of them, I was interviewing SMEs, managing the project, which
included full MS Project plan. each of them, a project plan
was required by management.

> actually take part in the creation of the documentation. Wow, what
> a concept! :) Excuse me while I snap my gum and take some notes. :)

My last five gigs all started with blank screens and I write from

> I hate certification with a passion. One reason I got out of the
> programming field was that I was repulsed by the very idea of

Certification would not be mandatory...except for companies who are
looking for writers who can approach the documentation with a proven
> When it comes down to crunch time and the manual needs finishing,
> I'd
> rather be the guy who gets it done than the guy with a million
> certificates who doesn't know how to open a Table of Contents in
> Word 2003.

That's an absurd extension. By being certified, you're going to
forget how to write?

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer

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