The Not-Boring Tech Writer
Skill #26: Getting Started in API Documentation

Skill #26: Getting Started in API Documentation

September 30, 2019

Tom Johnson—technical writer at Amazon—shares how to get started in API documentation, including where the tech writer fits in the API documentation process, what skills tech writers need to excel at API documentation, and where to find the best resources to ramp up those skills.

Skill #25: Nudging Users to Action Through Contextual Help

Skill #25: Nudging Users to Action Through Contextual Help

September 24, 2019

Kacy Ewing—soon-to-be-Brooklyn-based tech writer—shares the skills you need to excel in creating contextual help, including how to position yourself in the user experience process, how to practice your contextual help writing, and where to find the best examples of contextual help.

Finding Your Content DNA

Finding Your Content DNA

September 17, 2019

John Espirian—technical copywriter and author of the soon-to-be-released book Content DNA—shares how you can find your content DNA, including how to find your niche as a writer, how to market that niche to prospective clients, and how to use your niche to win big clients.

Skill #23: Transitioning into Tech Writing from Very-Much-Not Tech Writing

Skill #23: Transitioning into Tech Writing from Very-Much-Not Tech Writing

August 29, 2019

Chad Sterling—Product Technical Communications Specialist at KUKA—shares how you can transition into technical writing, including where to find a tribe of technical writers, how to use your existing skills to transition into technical writing, and how to ramp up your skills to find your first gig.

Skill #22: Using Your Detective Skills as a Technical Writer

Skill #22: Using Your Detective Skills as a Technical Writer

August 26, 2019

Jamie Roddy—Manager of Technical Communicators who leads a team of global technical communicators—shares how you can use your detective skills as a technical writer, including which detective skills are most useful for technical writers, how to ramp up those skills, and how detective skills can help you transition into other fields within a software company.

Skill #21: Mentoring Prospective Tech Writers

Skill #21: Mentoring Prospective Tech Writers

August 19, 2019

John Paz—Senior Content Designer at Atlassian and mentoring wizard—shares his experience mentoring prospective tech writers and how you can do the same, including how to find prospective mentees, how to foster a relationship with mentees, and how mentoring can boost your own technical writing career.

Skill #20: Understanding Content Marketing

Skill #20: Understanding Content Marketing

August 12, 2019

Chad Lott—content marketer at Zenreach—shares his experiences as a content marketer, plus, shares tips on how technical writers can transition into the field, including how content marketing differs from technical writing, how content marketers succeed, and how technical writers can use their existing skills to transition into content marketing.

Skill #19: Writing for Nonprofit Organizations

Skill #19: Writing for Nonprofit Organizations

July 29, 2019

Kathleen Franks shares how you can use your skills to start writing for nonprofit organizations, including which technical writing skills best assist nonprofits, how to use your skills to advocate for nonprofits, and how to use your skills for more than just grant writing.

Skill #18: Embracing the Long Game of Technical Writing

Skill #18: Embracing the Long Game of Technical Writing

July 22, 2019

Jody Winter—Auckland-based technical writer of 15 years—shares how you can embrace the long game of technical writing, including how to observe and respond to changes in the field, how to respond to seasons of burnout, and how to find opportunities to ramp up your technical writing skills.

Skill #17: Branding Your Work

Skill #17: Branding Your Work

May 30, 2019

Ash Blankenship—founder at Acme Design—shares how you can find your unique perspective on technical writing to brand your work, including how to use content to build your brand, how to choose the right platform to build your brand, and how to build a tribe that believes in your approach to technical writing.