RE: New Poll Question / Introduction

Subject: RE: New Poll Question / Introduction
From: "Jennifer Baldwin" <jbaldwin -at- desertdocs -dot- com>
To: "Joe Malin" <jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:46:29 -0700

It's good to see another programmer-turned-writer! It's an enjoyable transition so far, though it is sometimes difficult to approach my own code as a user who doesn't need to (or care to!) know every little detail.

Thanks for the advice on STC. I'll look into it.


-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Malin [mailto:jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, December 16, 2005 4:22 PM
To: Jennifer Baldwin; TECHWR-L
Subject: RE: New Poll Question / Introduction

Welcome. I have a very similar background; in my time I have been:

* mainframe computer operator
* mainframe programmer
* minicomputer programmer
* systems programmer
* PC programmer in DOS
* PC programmer in Windows
* localization engineer
* product manager
* software engineer

I now work for a Silicon Valley startup as a lone tech writer. I suggest
you look into your local chapter of the STC (Society for Technical
Communication). If nothing else, you'll find a group of people who
understand what you're talking about.

Joe Malin
Technical Writer
jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com
The views expressed in this document are those of the sender, and do not
necessarily reflect those of TuVox, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: techwr-l-bounces+jmalin=tuvox -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+jmalin=tuvox -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf
Of Jennifer Baldwin
Sent: Friday, December 16, 2005 1:42 PM
Subject: RE: New Poll Question / Introduction


I'd like to introduce myself after having lurked for a few weeks. My
name is Jennifer Baldwin, and I'm fairly new to technical writing. I've
worked for a small software company in Tempe, AZ for nearly a decade,
changing positions every two or three years. I have been a release
manager, a software QA analyst, and most recently, a software engineer.
The technical writer position is brand new in the company, and I'm doing
my best to start in the right direction. I've recently read several
books on the subject, and I've already learned quite a bit from you
guys. I still have a lot of work!

I have a Masters in computational linguistics, and I freelance in French
> English translation and software localization. Admittedly, one of my
main motivators to explore tech writing is to gain professional writing
experience to make myself a better translator. It has been a great move
- I was burnt out as a developer, but as a tech writer, I actually look
forward to coming to work now. :)


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