Re: Yet another title I found: "Content Designer"

Subject: Re: Yet another title I found: "Content Designer"
From: Kornika King <kornika -dot- king -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:00:38 -0400

I am a newbie to the field altogether, having transitioned from working in
clinical ophthalmology to training eye care providers in the use of
electronic health records software and finding that there was a great lack
in its documentation; I lobbied for a documentation position of some sort
since I'm technical and I love to write. Obviously, I sold the company on
it and have been given the title of "Technical Writer."

I am good with the title but I do find that I do a whole lot more than
write. I edit. I design. I market. I troubleshoot. I test. I intercede. I
referee. I interview. It seems that "Technical Writer" short changes what I
do and it is a mere drop in the bucket. It seems my company agrees, I've
earned a $4000 pay increase in less than 30 days after transition from
trainer to writer.

We also have a "Documentation Specialist" but I'm not sure what his duties
are compared to mine.

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On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
wrote:

> I've been with the same company for 10 years, too. Time flies when you're
> having fun.
>
> Craig
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> Subject: Re: Yet another title I found: "Content Designer"
>
> ""Cool" titles for tech writers that I have seen:"
>
> Senior Manager of Technical Content here. Really means Lone Technical
> Writer. Loosely translates to Dogsbody.
>
> Also I looked up today and realized in January I will have been with the
> same company for ten years. Didn't you used to get a gold watch for that? I
> think we get a polar fleece.
>
> Chris
>
> On Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 5:02 AM, David Farbey <dfarbey -at- yahoo -dot- co -dot- uk> wrote:
>
> > At one company I worked at a senior tech writing colleague became
> > responsible for terminology in the product interface as well as in the
> > documentation. She made herself a paper hat with the words "Word
> > Police" on it. She stopped wearing the hat after a few days because
> > people kept asking her questions about Microsoft Word.
> >
> > (well, that's how I remember it, anyway)
> >
> > David Farbey - david -at- farbey -dot- co -dot- uk
> > Mobile 07538 420 800
> > http://about.me/davidfarbey
> >
> >
> > On 8 September 2014 17:10, John G <john -at- garisons -dot- com> wrote:
> >
> > > "Cool" titles for tech writers that I have seen:
> > >
> > > - Content Extrusion Module
> > > - Wordsmith
> > > - Wordware Engineer
> > > - Chief Explainer
> > > - Geek Translator
> > > - Word Wrangler
> > >
> > > While amusing, they seem like they would require some explanation to
> > ensure
> > > the other person really gets what they title holder actually does.
> > > Which might not be a bad thing!
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 11:52 AM, Nina Rogers
> > > <janina -dot- rogers -at- gmail -dot- com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > I am lucky enough to work at a relatively unconventional company.
> > > > (At
> > one
> > > > point, or CEO's title was "Master of the Universe" or something
> > > > like
> > > that.
> > > > Now that we're more established, he's resorted to the conventional
> > title
> > > of
> > > > "CEO.") For the first time in my tech writing career, I'm not in a
> > > > job where I was hired as a tech writer. Instead, I'm a Customer
> > > > Care Representative (i.e., customer service person) who gets to
> > > > write the company's much-needed documentation, edit/proofread new
> > > > screens, and do some QA. I was told to come up with whatever title
> > > > I liked. So far, I haven't come up with anything, but I'm getting
> some good ideas here!
> > > > Content Scribbler has a nice ring to it!
> > > >
> > > > While the names are fun to think about, I'm like several others
> > > > who
> > > posted
> > > > here: I was always, and still am, perfectly happy with the title
> > > "Technical
> > > > Writer." Well, I'm partial to "Tech Writer" because I think it
> > > > sounds
> > > just
> > > > a little cooler!
> > > >
> > > > Nina
> > > >
> > > > On Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM, Karl Norman <
> > kylesimmons0164 -at- gmail -dot- com>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Craig, I'm also the sole technical writer at my company. This is
> > > > > my
> > > first
> > > > > job (straight out of college). I get the feeling my company
> > > > > knows
> > they
> > > > need
> > > > > a tech writer, but they aren't too sure why. As a result, I get
> > > > > some surprised faces when I explain what I can do, but the
> > > > > leadership
> > > doesn't
> > > > > seem to have figured out how to leverage my skills. Any advice
> > > > > for a
> > > lone
> > > > > newbie?
> > > > >
> > > > > --
> > > > > *Kyle Simmons*
> > > > >
> > > > > Technical Writer
> > > > > Aloe Vera of America, Inc.
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References:
RE: Yet another title I found: "Content Designer": From: Karl Norman
Re: Yet another title I found: "Content Designer": From: Nina Rogers
Re: Yet another title I found: "Content Designer": From: John G
Re: Yet another title I found: "Content Designer": From: David Farbey
Re: Yet another title I found: "Content Designer": From: kafkascampi
RE: Yet another title I found: "Content Designer": From: Cardimon, Craig

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