Re: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken

Subject: Re: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
From: "Suzette Leeming" <suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 08:24:37 -0400

I now feel comfortable coming out of the closet and admitting that I too,
prefer to be called "Technical Writer". It's unpretentious and to the
point.

When I started my current job, the position was called "Documentalist", but
I objected to having any title with the word "mental" in it (just kidding, I
really just hated the sound of it), so they asked me what title I wanted. I
didn't even blink before I said Technical Writer. Although Information
Developer and Technical Communicator were possibilities, I did not think
they accurately reflected what I did.

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who prefers this title.

Suzette Leeming
Stouffville, Ontario


On Mon, May 12, 2008 at 8:17 AM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
wrote:

> Me, too. I am much better with words than I am with numbers. Look at my
> checkbook. Sheepish grin.
>
> "Technical Communicator" sounds stuffy and pretentious to me. "Technical
> Writer" sounds, well, right on the money to me.
>
> I have always been told that sounding stuffy was the kiss of death. I
> like being identified as a Technical Writer and identifying myself as a
> Technical Writer. I enjoy it and I'm good at it.
>
>
> Craig Cardimon
> Technical Writer
> Marketing Systems Group
> ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: fritillary -at- gmail -dot- com [mailto:fritillary -at- gmail -dot- com]
> > Sent: Friday, May 09, 2008 6:10 PM
> > To: Cardimon, Craig; Gene Kim-Eng
> > Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> > Subject: RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
> >
> > I don't find anything wrong with "Technical Writer" either - in fact I
> > think it has a nice "ring" to it. I'm proud when I reply to people
> who
> > ask me what I do for a living. It usually sparks some questions and
> > conversation along the lines of "what do you write about?" which
> "breaks
> > the ice" if I'm talking to someone I don't know well.
> >
> > That being said "Information Developer" sounded cool when I first read
> it,
> > but upon reflection, it sounds contrived.
> >
>
>
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RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: fritillary
RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: Cardimon, Craig

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