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Subject:Tech writing, publicity in US From:Faith Weber <weber -at- EASI -dot- ENET -dot- DEC -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 6 Sep 1994 18:06:06 PDT
Ed in NJ writes:
>hell, when I tell people what I do, they're like "oh," like I have
>some sort of disease or what I do sounds REALLY boring.
I've had the same experience. It seems that most people
don't know what a tech writer does, and many who do know don't like
us! One friend who used to be the head of a tech pubs department
said when he revealed his occupation to new acquaintances, some people
"practically spit on" him. Also, when I meet older people who aren't
familiar with computers, they seem completely intimidated, as though
I just stepped off a UFO or something. "Egad, George! She's a techno . . .
er, tech . . . what did you say you were again?"
It's not much help in starting conversations at parties, I'm afraid.
No one seems to know what to say when they ask what I do and I
tell them; as Ed said, they often just say "oh" and go talk to
someone else as soon as they have an excuse, unless I change the
subject ("How 'bout them Niners?").
Sometimes it's so bad that I have to wonder what it says about me
that I chose this profession -- but *I* like it, and our users
seem to think I've improved our documentation, so I just try to
educate people so they don't say "Eek!" or "Yuck!" to the next
tech writer they meet.
Do Brits and other Europeans have this reaction to tech writers,
EA Systems Inc.
weber -at- easi -dot- enet -dot- dec -dot- com