Re: More about the changes coming to tech writing

Subject: Re: More about the changes coming to tech writing
From: Helen OBoyle <hoboyle -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 08:40:01 +1000

Kevin,

Yup, same here. I was hired out by the hour to a client as part of a
project at a consulting firm. If I wasn't butt-in-seat, they were losing
$80/hr or so. No way they'd just give up $3200 of income. The way they
saw it, my level of skill didn't matter at all to their income, so there
was no need to upskill me or anything. Yeah, I got out of there (and the
next one, and the next one, and, well, yeah, the next one who thought like
that, too). In my part of the US, there were a lot more cheap
burn-through-em-til-they-leave employers than ones interested in developing
their staff.


On Thu, May 8, 2014 at 1:10 AM, McLauchlan, Kevin <
Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:

> For me, it would have USED vacation, as the same employers that didn't
> have travel and conference budgets for employees not travelling TO DO their
> jobs, also didn't pay salary for not being at work.
>
> I was tempted a few times in the early 2000s, but it wasn't long before
> anybody who was innovating anything in the field was on-line about it, with
> their own sites or blogs, or - most recently - with their own
> self-published ebooks and other ways of monetizing.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: techwr-l-bounces+kevin -dot- mclauchlan=safenet-inc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com[mailto:
> techwr-l-bounces+kevin -dot- mclauchlan=safenet-inc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
> Behalf Of joanne grey
> Sent: May-06-14 3:59 PM
> To: Robert Lauriston; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: More about the changes coming to tech writing
>
> Robert, I've paid my own way to conferences for years. It's not a
> vacation, it's a way to keep myself up on trends. It's a way to talk to
> people one-on-one who I might not get to talk to otherwise and see what
> they are doing. What works, and what doesn't work. It's a great way to make
> sure I stay valuable.
>
> I consider it money well spent. Regardless of first or second career,
> it's up to me to show the value I bring and show that I can add even more
> value. It's what gets me that extra at raise time, and what gives me more
> confidence that I can justify my position with the company. It lets me grow
> into the expanding role of tech writing instead of worrying that it's going
> away.
>
> Just my .02.
> -j
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:43 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
> wrote:
>
> The only people I know who go to tech writing conferences do so because
> their employer pays their expenses, so basically it's a free extra vacation.
>
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References:
More about the changes coming to tech writing: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: More about the changes coming to tech writing: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: More about the changes coming to tech writing: From: Milan DavidoviÄ
RE: More about the changes coming to tech writing: From: Sharon Burton
RE: More about the changes coming to tech writing: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: More about the changes coming to tech writing: From: Robert Lauriston
Re: More about the changes coming to tech writing: From: joanne grey
RE: More about the changes coming to tech writing: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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