RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken

Subject: RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: "Suzette Leeming" <suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 08:39:43 -0400

Come on out of the closet. The water's fine. I think.



The title of Documentalist is a mouthful, not to mention a handful. If I
had to go the "docu" route, I would rather be a Documentarian. As in a
Technical Documentarian.



Yeah, the whole "mental" thing would get me, too.



"No, I am not mental."



"Yes I am."



"No I'm not."



Picture Robin Williams doing that in a stage routine, rapidly swiveling
his head from side to side and we'd be laughing.



I'm a writer and proud of it. I use my writing to communicate. I write
using words and pictures. But that's what I do. I write.





Craig Cardimon

Technical Writer

ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com

267-558-3155

________________________________

From: Suzette Leeming [mailto:suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 8:25 AM
To: Cardimon, Craig
Cc: fritillary -at- gmail -dot- com; Gene Kim-Eng; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken



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
Re: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: Suzette Leeming

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