TechWhirl Recap for September 30

Subject: TechWhirl Recap for September 30
From: INKtopia Admin <admin -at- inktopia -dot- net>
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Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 13:42:33 -0500

TechWhirler Recap for September 30

This week’s update is supported by Platinum sponsor Adobe & RoboHelp 9 |

Six Month Summary

Connie and I have owned TechWhirl for six complete months tomorrow morning.
Yes, if you do the math we bought it on April Fools Day. Given
personalities involved, we actually decided to not tell anyone until April 2
just so everyone would believe us.

In the last six months, we redesigned the website twice – judging by the
numbers most of you will only notice one change; did our first event, 2011
STC Summit – we’re an online company but failed to think about having a
computer at our booth; and assembled a great group of writers and thanks to
Twitter found them a great name – the Special Writers Unit. We are proud
that, as of now, we’ve kept 100% of our sponsors and we’re sincerely
appreciative of their patience and willingness to work with us. And
finally, as of Wednesday, TechWhirl is not just about writing anymore.

We’re pleased with the progress but there’s a lot more on our to-do list. By
all accounts, we’re publishing some great content, which is really helping
technical communicators around the world, but we can do more. For our
magazine, we want to increase not only our long-form writing on topics of
interest but also work toward becoming the leader in technical communication
news. At the moment, we’re not entirely certain of what form it will take –
it may be a combination of short articles and three- to four- minute audio
updates since it’s far easier to read press releases than rework them into
original content.

Our plans for new website aren’t over either. We currently have a new
website under development that should go live in the next couple weeks. In
fact, if our plans work out we’ll release at least two, possibly three new
sites for technical communicators before 2012. Why? Because our mission is
to provide high quality resources for technical communicators and there’s
some stuff missing.

A sincere thank you to everyone reading this and for those who are
sponsoring our work. We truly appreciate it and can’t wait to provide even
more over the next six months.

The gang @ TechWhirl

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What You’re Talking About

*A quick *What you talkin’ ab’out* to our Tech Writers and their discussions
in our email discussion group <>:

· Kevin McLaughlin wonders “What would replace Webhelp?” and worries
that security vulnerabilities and the plethora of browsers will make future
delivery MUCH more complicated Whirlers responded with varied opinions and
creating output with a variety of tools and on how various browsers handle
Webhelp’s key features of TOC, search and indexing.

· New word usage issues from Greg Brown on “Comprise vs Consists Of”
and Tony Chung, who wants to “Bellow about below.” We love word usage
debates (as long as they’re tech comm related) because they generate heat
AND light…

· Becky Edmondson is ready to take her act on the road somewhere and
asks “second acts for technical writers?” Sage advice from many Whirlers
that runs the gamut from following a path of self-discovery, to specific
career ideas embodied in what we like to call the Tech Comm
Ecosystem—related, overlapping fields that require use of some of our best
skill sets… BA, UA, KM, and various other alphabet soups….
In Case You Missed it: This Week @ TechWhirl

· New: “Tips and Tricks: Documenting a Constantly Changing UI” Trilogy

o General by Connie Giordano |

o Large Teams by Jacquie Samuels |

o Small Teams by Craig Cardiomon |

· New: Inside TechWhirl Podcast |

Upcoming Articles

· New: “Usability and User Experience, related but different” by
Silvia Zimmermann, President, UPA

· New: “What you should consider in planning mobile help projects for
field personnel,” by Laura McNeilly

· Classic: “Seven Deadly Sins of Tech Writing Burnout” by Liz Russell

· Poll Question: Do you read the manuals for your mobile devices?


We want to send a very special “thank you” to our sponsors for their
support. We recommend buying something from each and every one of them. Heck,
buy two of each, you never know when a reserve will be necessary.

*Platinum A*: Adobe <>

*Platinum B: *Madcap<>
,* *ComponentOne<>,

*Gold*: EC Software, <>Vancouver Island
University <>, Society for Technical Communication
(STC) <>

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