Re: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken

Subject: Re: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
From: voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 08:42:42 -0400

I tried to get "Documentarian" used for our writing group a few years ago. I
especially liked the cult-sounding overtones of "The Documentarians." I
couldn't get buy in from anyone else, though.

-Wendy

On Mon, May 12, 2008 at 8:39 AM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
wrote:

> 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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References:
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
RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: Cardimon, Craig

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