Re: going into the local bar and saying

Subject: Re: going into the local bar and saying
From: "Starr, Mike" <Mike -dot- Starr -at- SOFTWARE -dot- ROCKWELL -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 1995 09:24:04 -0400

Caryn Rizell asked:
<<I know that we have discussed this issue before on the list, but it
concerns me still: Is there a better, more descriptive term for what we
than 'technical writer'? Whenever I tell someone what I do, I usually
a blank look and then have to explain what this means. Usually I just
"I write software documentation" when someone asked me what I do, because
that is usually what I end up saying anyway after I get the blank look.

It would be nice to have an occupational description that didn't require
more explanation. I love what we do, but I hate telling anyone what I

I always say technical writer and when (not if) people give me that blank
stare, I say that I write user's manuals for software. It used to be even
more difficult at my last company as their product was a laser trim
system for the hybrid microelectronics industry; I would occasionally
have to resort to giving a short course in basic electronics in order to
explain to someone exactly what I did and what the company I worked for

Mike Starr
Rockwell Software Inc.
mike -dot- starr -at- software -dot- rockwell -dot- com

Previous by Author: Printed vs. Online: What mix?
Next by Author: Yes, another technical communication web page...
Previous by Thread: Page/day counts?
Next by Thread: Re: ARE WE THE POPE? (was E-mail: How do

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads