Re: Your "Well Done" File

Subject: Re: Your "Well Done" File
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 10:32:05 -0700

I don't have a file, Nancy...I have an overflowing banker's box, a website,
and a LinkedIn profile all singing praises about my multi-faceted work
("He's a techwriter!" "He's a marketer!" "He's a speaker!" "He's a
trainer!") Yes, I'm a terrifically creative, intelligent, talented, and
capable individual; they broke the mold when I was born. ;>)

Yes, it helps my morale, but that's about it. No one else cares and I've
come to accept that. Nothing I've done or created seems to matter in today's
marketplace, it would seem, when most of the listings seek someone having
all of my wonderful attributes for which they'll *gladly* pay $25 an hour.
You get the drift.

No, instead these positings are being filled by many of "those" who don't
know the difference between it's and its, insert two spaces after all
punctuation (because that's what they were *taught*, dawgone it!), and
believe that the plural form of all acronyms requires an apostrophe.

</rant>

> Chris

On Thu, May 7, 2009 at 10:18 AM, Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net> wrote:

> So sorry. No matter how often I set Verizon webmail to Plain Text, it
> switches back to, evidently, the formatting of the last post I responded to.
> I am slowly training myself to check the setting every time, but I missed it
> this last time.
>
> OK, so, my topic was, do you have file in which you store complimentary
> notes on reviews? I do; it's at home, since as a contractor I change
> employers so frequently. I look at it when I need reassurance that someone
> other than fellow tech writers values what I do.
>
> My favorite item in it is a post-it note that came back to me
> unintentionally. An editor (yes, this was at a company that had editors) had
> passed my document on to another editor and her note said, "Sorry this is
> such a rush; the upside is that she's the best of the bunch." In the
> context, it was clear that "she" referred to me.
>
> Anyway, I just got a very nice "Brava" from a reviewer.
>
> Do you have a "Well Done" file or something similar? What do you have in
> it? Does it improve your morale?
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