Re: STC is broken

Subject: Re: STC is broken
From: "Ealasaid A. Haas" <writer -at- ealasaid -dot- com>
To: Joel Wilhelm <eleysium -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2008 14:51:41 -0700

Joel Wilhelm wrote:

>A good article on the state of the STC:
An interesting piece. It doesn't seem to have a lot to say, though. And
it definitely didn't cover why people like me don't go to STC meetings.

The reason /I/ don't generally go to STC meetings (excep the schmoozes,
when I remember to put 'em in my PDA) is that they're not about things I
would find useful. I'm a tech writer, sure, but the tools I use
(FrameMaker, Illustrator) and the things I document (DVR hardware
testing) don't seem to get presented on. The biggest problem I have at
work (getting engineers to actually follow through and get me info)
doesn't seem to get presented on.

I suspect that I'm not the only one in this situation. The STC is useful
as a networking tool and I often recommend it to jobhunting or new tech
writers, but for someone in my situation it's not so useful. Now that my
employer isn't footing half my membership, I might not bother renewing.


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