Since the start of 2009, technical writing has enjoyed an upswing in interest from buyers – a review of technical writing jobs posted on oDesk in May 2009 shows a rapid climb to reach nearly three times what they were a year ago! In honor of this tremendous growth, here are some of the top technical writing blogs we’ve found – raising the bar in educational value, tech-savviness and even humor!
Tom Johnson’s blog, I’d Rather Be Writing: claims to be a blog about the latest trends in technical communication. And, while it doesn’t claim to be funny, personable, and surprising readable for all skill levels – it should. His blog is also the source of original podcasts interviewing tech writing luminaries.
To say Ivan Walsh has been around the technical communications block would be a vast understatement. As he puts it: “When I started out, it was Lotus 123 not Excel, WordPerfect not Word, and Windows actually had windows. Aldus developed PageMaker, which was bought by Adobe and became a sensation on the Mac platform.” His blog posts are short, informative, and heavy on the product reviews – great for finding the latest tools and tips to use them!
Anne Gentle’s just write click blog covers her many and varied interests, but its clear that her focus in on tech writing and tech writing pubs (with up-to-the-minute commentary on social media).
“Examining documentation and help systems since 2002,” Usable Help provides brief snippets linking to current news and thoughts on documentation. Explores timely items such as: “Are games the last bastion of documentation?”
Blogger Gordon McLean states, “I consider myself a jack of most trades, master of few and I’m happy to keep learning.” His One Man Writes blog always has short, informative blog posts on the menu, with a dash of British humor for flavor!
Did we miss one of your favorites? Comment on this post to let us know!