TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
RE: What is happening to us -- was RE: What's wrong with this headline?
Subject:RE: What is happening to us -- was RE: What's wrong with this headline? From:Kat Kuvinka <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com> To:<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:26:19 -0400
> As such, it impacts our jobs in that fewer people seem to view technical
> writers as a profession and as worth any money. After all, everyone learned
> to write in third grade.
> The competition among writers to fill the need for published material (news
> articles, use guides, technical documentation, and so on) has become such
> that we see ads such as "Content writers wanted - $1 page" and "Technical
> writer needed - $13/hour" more often.
I have mixed feelings here. I became a technical writer because I did not want to be a programmer. I was one of those who cashed in on the boom, but I am still here and still learning and still excited about the profession. So...as more people became aware of the profession in the 80s and 90s and it *was* worth more money, it was somewhat brought down by a lot of bad technical writing.
I don't want to blame bad teachers or bad journalism or the overly casual approach to written communications today, because I think there is still room for good technical writing to be taken seriously and rewarded accordingly.
Create and publish documentation through multiple channels with Doc-To-Help. Choose your authoring formats and get any output you may need.
Try Doc-To-Help, now with MS SharePoint integration, free for 30-days.