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Tech Writer Advocacy and Managing Write the Docs with Swapnil Ogale

Tech Writer Advocacy and Managing Write the Docs with Swapnil Ogale

June 14, 2021

In this episode I’m talking to Swapnil Ogale, a Technical Writer Advocate for Redocly based in Melbourne, Australia, who is also a Community and Conference Manager for Write the Docs. He gives us the inside scoop on arranging Write the Docs conferences both in-person and online, and talks to us about the importance of advocacy for technical writers.

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Documentarians for Diplomacy: Bringing the Mirth with Kat Stoica Ostenfeld

Documentarians for Diplomacy: Bringing the Mirth with Kat Stoica Ostenfeld

May 7, 2021

We’re back after a short and unexpected break! Sorry to keep you waiting!

This episode you’ll hear Kat Stoica Ostenfeld, an accomplished tech writer living in Copenhagen in Denmark. A linguist by credential, she says diplomacy is the key to being an effective documentarian, and shares how her translation and applied linguistics background helped her find common understanding and success in the world of technical writing.

Additional topics: Beautiful limestone buildings; puppy chat; spouse sacrifices; documentation as its own pillar; language proficiency vs successful communication; the meaning of “documentation”; linguistics applied; the diplomacy of being a tech writer; full stack teams; writing rage; linguistic detective work.

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Marrying skillsets and existential googling with Caity Cronkhite

Marrying skillsets and existential googling with Caity Cronkhite

March 19, 2021

In this episode, I’m excited to be speaking to Caity Cronkhite, Seattle-based founder and CEO of Good Words LLC...

We talk about her experience of starting up as a tech writer both in-house and freelancing, before starting and growing her own successful business in the technical writing industry, and the successes and struggles of operating Good Words LLC in these strange and unpredictable pandemic times.

Additional topics: U-Haul montage; Something Big and Impactful; (not) going the way of the startup; nurturing your network; adult, painstaking colouring.

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How to Infiltrate a Hackathon in Iowa with Philip Kiely

How to Infiltrate a Hackathon in Iowa with Philip Kiely

February 16, 2021

This week we're speaking to Philip Kiely - author of 'Writing for Software Developers' - about being a first-time author, adventures in Budapest, and how to infiltrate a hackathon during a blizzard! 

Philip's website: https://philipkiely.com/

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A Fond Farewell (Yet Warm Welcome!)

A Fond Farewell (Yet Warm Welcome!)

January 3, 2021

The KnowledgeOwl crew joins longtime host Jacob Moses to discuss their acquisition of The Not-Boring Tech Writer podcast, including why Jacob started the podcast, how the podcast has evolved, and what listeners can expect for the future.

Skill #36: Creating Usability Tests for Your Organization

Skill #36: Creating Usability Tests for Your Organization

November 2, 2020

Mariana Moreira—Technical Writer at Zup Innovation and Community Manager at Brazil's budding tech writing community, Tech Writing BR—shares how you can begin creating usability tests for your organization.

Skill #35: Understanding Basic Design Principles

Skill #35: Understanding Basic Design Principles

September 29, 2020

Laci Kettavong—Marketing and Member Coordinator at Stoke—shares how you can understand basic design principles to improve your documentation.

Skill #34: Crowdsourcing Technical Communication

Skill #34: Crowdsourcing Technical Communication

February 27, 2020

Dr. Chris Lam—technical communication professor at the University of North Texas—discusses his newest platform, Crowdsource TPC, and how you can use it to find insights and resources to advance your career.

Skill #33: Getting Started with Open Data

Skill #33: Getting Started with Open Data

February 10, 2020

Open data advocates Jesse Hamner and Kyle Taylor how technical writers can use their skills to get plugged into the Open Data movement.

Skill #32: Understanding Translation and Localization

Skill #32: Understanding Translation and Localization

January 26, 2020

Mike McDermott—Director of Language Translations at MadTranslations—shares how organization can have a seamless, successful translation process, including how to research the right translation service, who to get involved in the research process, and how to create content optimized for translation. 

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