Re: The "fundamentally trivial business [of] technical writing"

Subject: Re: The "fundamentally trivial business [of] technical writing"
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: DoughtyTechWriter Mordant <doughtytechwriter -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 16:46:33 -0400

Yes, that's been his opinion when I've spoken to him and heard him
present. He saw technical writing as a limiting career (for him). And
mad props to Matt Gras for correcting my grammar.

On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM, DoughtyTechWriter Mordant
<doughtytechwriter -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> Bill's comment enabled me to see beyond my first interpretation of O'Reilly's remark, which was that he thought tech comm was qualitatively trivial. Like, user documents are trivial.
>
> Maybe he was talking about the money-making potential (the business of technical writing).
>
> I wouldn't put it past him, though -- my first intepretation.
>
> From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
> To: Tech Writers List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 3:20 PM
> Subject: Re: The "fundamentally trivial business [of] technical writing"
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> Well, the fundamental business of technical writing is, itself, fairly
> trivial. On its face it's a necessary evil for companies to supply
> information about their products and services. What's not
> fundamentally trivial is how this information impacts target markets,
> aids the organization in attaining its business goals, and ultimately
> contributes positively to the whole of why and how the company is in
> business. The act of writing is just a small piece of our involvement.
> We can't look at that one facet as the be-all, end-all of what we do.
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The "fundamentally trivial business [of] technical writing": From: DoughtyTechWriter Mordant
Re: The "fundamentally trivial business [of] technical writing": From: Bill Swallow
Re: The "fundamentally trivial business [of] technical writing": From: DoughtyTechWriter Mordant

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