Re: What's in a title?

Subject: Re: What's in a title?
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2013 08:54:31 -0400

On Thu, 19 Sep 2013 08:29:34 -0400, Cardimon, Craig <craig -at- m-s-g -dot- com> wrote:

Interesting post I came across this morning:

http://techritesolutions.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/manual-writer-technical-writer-or-technical-communicator-whats-in-a-title/

I've got a friend, Kangaroo Kate, who's been a clown. What's the problem with that title, "clown" ? Here's her report:

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... when I did clowning it was really frustrating with the general public.
Some reason they have this idea clowns are this alternate species and we automatically
go around making everyone happy for free ! ...
Constantly got calls from places when they heard what I charged they were almost offended
I actually got this..... "but.....you're a clown, you're not supposed to charge to do what you do!"

I guess I come from happy clown land and just existed for the fun of others ....I have no expenses I live in a free clown house and eat free clown food and my car runs on wild flowers that I pick where the fairies live.
Then they would barter instead of being $125 to do a birthday party they would offer me $25 that should be enough after all......"You don't really work, let be honest here." "What makes you worth $125?"
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And of course writers don't really work. It's just typing. Anyone can learn how to do that. Now we have voice-to-text and automatic spelling correction, sew what good be easier?

I think it goes beyond the title, and instead is how we present ourselves, and how others represent us. Maybe we should bill ourselves as being clowns. Sometimes it's seemed as if that's what we do.


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