Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication

Subject: Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication
From: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>, 'Gene Kim-Eng' <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, 'Andrew Warren' <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2012 17:16:41 -0700 (PDT)

It doesn't.  To me the phrase 'developing information' is too nebulous.  What the heck is 'developing'?  It could be sorting and filtering a spreadsheet.  A so-called i-reporter can say he's developing information when he asks questions and transmits blurry picturesat the riot.  You can develop camera film - that doesn't make you a photographer.


On the other hand, the word 'writing' is unmistakable.  It implies producing a tangible, usable product.


I write about highly technical subjects, using a style of writing
tailored for the purpose of creating items that impart technical
information in a clear manner.  That's what I do whether I'm producing a PDF, a
PowerPoint slide show, or a set of software functional requirements.  I like being called a writer.  Among other things, it implies creativity.  And I think there is an element of creativity in this work. 


To some extent, it's a form of bragging.  I can truthfully tell people I am a professional writer, that I have made my living from writing for more than 20 years.  If I tell someone I've been a developer for more than 20 years he'll give me the stunned mullet look because he won't have any idea what I mean.



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From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: 'Keith Hood' <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>; 'Gene Kim-Eng' <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>; 'Andrew Warren' <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
Cc: "'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2012 8:50 AM
Subject: RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication

So how does the previously mentioned title of "information developer" grab you?

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Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Dan Goldstein
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RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Steve Janoff (non-Celgene)
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RE: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Andrew Warren
Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication: From: Gene Kim-Eng
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