Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A new kitty

The "kitty family" living at my workplace keeps growing. Now they are two:

Monday, April 21, 2008

Words and money

The two articles, 14 Words That LOSE Money and
200 Words That Make Money, are just fun to read. Also, they give two wordlists that may come in handy when occasionally composing or analyzing some marketing text.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Typical day

The mystery of who technical writers are and what they do at their workplaces in gradually unveiling. In the last few days I found several posts from writers all over the world describing a typical day at work. Well, although the descriptions are typical, they're by no means similar! See for yourself:
  • A writer's typical day in the USA.

  • A writer's typical day in China.

  • A writer's typical day in the UK.

  • A writer's typical day in Australia.

  • For me, it was fun to get an insight of other writer's workdays, to find evidence of how different a writer's day can be, and to see what other writers can fit into just one day.

    I'll keep updating the list above as I find more posts on this topic (I'm pretty sure there'll be more). Of course, I'll also consider adding my two-pence to this stream. :-)

    Agile tech writers

    Yesterday I bumped into a couple of awesome posts by Sarah Maddox, a writer at Atlassian. She writes about her team of "agile technical writers" (a.k.a. XTW, or "eXtreme Technical Writers) -- that is, writers who collaborate with Agile (or eXtreme) Programmers.

    Sarah generously shares the secrets of their "XTW cuisine". In particular, her description of a typical XTW day in the first post is very informative. Needa think of re-using some of their XTW tricks in my non-agile environment...

    Wednesday, April 16, 2008

    Hello, world!

    After a year or so of lazy blogging at LiveJournal, I decided to try out blogspot features and services. Hope to find here more ways for self-expression -- and more visitors to read my notes and share their experience.