Guess what: we suck!

Subject: Guess what: we suck!
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Milan Davidovic <shl_ctf -at- yahoo -dot- ca>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 16:18:19 -0400

Milan Davidovic noted: <<Well, someone thinks we suck. Or that some
of us suck. Scroll down to item #10 here for details: http://>>

I'm probably going to get flamed for this, but it's undoubtedly worth
mentioning that sales of "For Dummies" books and O'Brien's series of
books (including the "Missing Manuals" series) are in the high
millions. Clearly, this poster isn't alone in thinking that as a
profession, we're doing something wrong. I don't doubt that some of
us do top-notch work, but clearly that can't be said of the
profession as a whole.

Part of the problem is that none of us go up to our managers and
point out that David Pogue is bringing in millions of dollars of
income for O'Reilly with the Missing Manuals series, and that we
should be writing those books instead of letting all those profits
end up in someone else's pockets. (Of course, the downside is that
they might end up hiring Pogue instead of us. <g>)

-- Geoff Hart
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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