Re: Attitudes toward tech writers (Was: Re[2]: secretary's day)

Subject: Re: Attitudes toward tech writers (Was: Re[2]: secretary's day)
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- AXIONET -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 20:05:41 -0400

On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, Penny Staples wrote:

> This isn't just about "What to do if one is mistaken for a secretary". I
> think the real issue we're discussing is how others (management, co-workers)
> perceive Tech Writers in the workplace.
>

A few thoughts on this subject:

--Some of the confusion about technical writers comes from the fact that
it's a relatively new profession.

--More confusion comes from the fact that the field is changing rapidly
and overlaps many other fields (training, marketing communications,
design).

--The field is wide open, and there are lots of semi-skilled writers out
there, both on contract and in-house. In fact, there's enough of them
that they drag down the reputation of everyone.

However, I'm more observing than complaining. The fact that nobody knows
what a writer does gives you tremendous scope for working independently
and setting your own working conditions and schedules. If the trade-off
is the need to educate co-workers, I think I can live with it.

--
Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
(604) 421-7189 or 687-2133
bbyfield -at- axionet or bruce -at- dataphile-ca -dot- com
www.outlawcommunications.com

"Nor did I know I was being auditioned
For the male lead in your drama,
Miming through the first easy movements
As if with eyes closed, feeling for the role."
-Ted Hughes, "Visit"




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