Re: ghost town

Subject: Re: ghost town
From: Michael McCallister <workingwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:39:01 -0600

Folks,

For Hannah's benefit, the Forum is still alive (though not integrated with
this list): http://community.techwhirl.com

David: I think I still have Peter Kent's book; it was helpful when I got
started.

On Google: When your search results come up, over in the upper right corner
of the page, you'll see a pair of icons. The default setting is the little
head-and-shoulders icon indicating personalized results. Click the globe
next to it, and you'll see what you used to see. In a search for technical
writing (no quotes), the Top 5 results were the same for me: Two Wikipedia
articles, the Bureau of Labor Statistics article, Techwhirl's "What is
Technical Writing?" page (which I think Connie wrote), and a PDF for MIT's
Basics of Technical Writing, Part 1.

Now if you click on that link to TechWhirl, you wouldn't know that there's
a mailing list associated with the site. You would know there's a forum,
because it's in the navigation. Perhaps that's a hint as to "where the
youth are." Similarly, there's no "Subscribe to TechWr-L" button. There's a
link to the archives, but ... perhaps there's a conclusion to be drawn, but
I won't go there.

This is a discussion worth having, BTW.


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On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM, David Renn <daverenn08 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> The only reason I found this listserv is because this past summer I picked
> up a book by Peter Kent called *Making Money in Technical Writing*. It just
> so happens that this book was published in the 90s. I'm relatively new to
> the industry having only been in tech writing for 5 1/2 years, so when it
> came to searching for material about our industry, I would basically stick
> with STC and all things affiliated and a few blogs, most namely by Tom
> Johnson and Mark Baker. It took me 5 years to find techwr-l.
>
> I think the format of the listserv is a bit 90s still, which may be why
> it's tough to find. Although, to be honest, techwr-l might be my favorite
> source of industry information these days, and it's nice to be able to post
> a quick question and receive 5 enthusiastic responses within an hour.
>
> I think the listserv is tough to find because when you typically search for
> technical writing-related material, STC pops up first and is basically the
> dominant industry community. I like Techwhirl better, but it's much tougher
> to find. I feel like people need to stumble into it by chance to find it.
> Then the listserv is even tougher to find, and it has an outdated feel,
> which may turn away some prospective members.
>
>
> On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM, Milan DavidoviÄ <milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com
> >wrote:
>
> > Also, in search results for "technical writing" (with or without
> > quotes), where does this list (or the site) appear? When I do the
> > search on Google, I don't see it on the first page.
> >
> > --Milan DavidoviÄ
> >
> > Sent from my Commercial Visible 6
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Follow-Ups:

References:
ghost town: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: ghost town: From: Brian.Henderson
RE: ghost town: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: ghost town: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: ghost town: From: Milan Davidović
Re: ghost town: From: David Renn

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