I receive a lot of email queries through my website, so I thought I’d share my last 25 questions along with some answers.
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‘I don’t like how he installed that shower, you know. I’m going to pull out a few tiles and move those pipes around.’
For the most part, those aren’t sentences that you’re likely to hear about a bathroom fitter.
And, in general, that’s true for most classic tradesmen. Plumbers, carpenters, electricians, you name it. And it’s also true for people in other professions:
- Lawyers – ‘These contract restrictions aren’t exhaustive enough. To the library!’
- Dentists – ‘Let’s redo that root canal. Gloves, please!’
- Doctors – ‘Well, I really do think the incision ought to go here.’
- Pilots – ‘This glide slope is sub-optimal. Hand me the controls.’
My old marketing approach was boring as hell. There’s a harsh personal realisation right there.
It didn’t matter how useful or well researched my posts were (and they were), they fell into that boredom trap. Into that I’ve-read-something-like-this-before trap. So, after a bit of soul-searching and a fun chat with my buddies Andrew and Pete, I’ve decided to make some changes to the way I go about these blogs.
In October 2016, I took up the Content Marketing Academy’s challenge to create a Facebook Live video for each day of the month. So, 31 days, 31 videos. No mean feat.
It’s funny how native speakers of English have that sense of what sounds right and what doesn’t. Even though we can’t always explain why, we often know when there’s something wrong with the way a piece of text is written.
Earnest question: would you, a potential consumer, trust a service provider who didn’t give any indication of their price on their website?
That’s the question I asked my friends and here are the answers I got back. I’ve split them into pros and cons.
I’ve worked as an independent technical writer since the end of 2009. I’m fortunate to have a career I enjoy: I get to take part in varied, interesting projects, and the words I write help people get stuff done. That’s all awesome. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to raise my profile. How does one do that?
Freelance technical writers are usually charge using one of the following pricing models:
Here’s part 3 of my series on technical writing prices. This time, I look at the research that technical writers have to do before they can produce any useful content.
Here’s a quick round-up of a poll I ran about technical writers’ preferences for common computing terms.
I write for a predominantly British audience in UK English, but I sometimes have to use computing terms, which are usually written in American English (probably because of style guides such as the Microsoft Manual of Style). That can lead to an odd mixing of styles.
Recently, I’ve noticed more UK spellings creeping into technical communications about computing, and I wanted to get a feel for what others thought about this.