Strange Bias

Pulling together my monthly column for the ISTC (I write about blogs, unsurprisingly), I noticed something rather odd. I really, sincerely, hope this isn’t something I’ve been unconsciously doing but it does seem that many of the technical communications blogs I follow, and which I feature in my monthly column, are written by men. Given…Continue reading Strange Bias

Not here

I don’t think I’ve done this before and to be honest it’s more an experiment than anything that has particularly good reasoning behind it, yet here I am, tapping away on my iPhone. It’s because I can, pure and simple, yet there is a part of me screaming “SWITCH IT OFF!!” and begging me to…Continue reading Not here

ISTC & Community

Over the coming month or so, I’ll be casting around for opinion and insight from you, my lovely readers, particularly if you are based in the UK and especially if you are a member of the ISTC member. Why? I hear you ask. It’s because I’m planning, designing, and building, a community focussed extension to…Continue reading ISTC & Community

ISTC West of Scotland area group – January meeting

Theme: The remit of communication professionals in the organisation. How can different comms professionals (technical authors, editors, web content/marketing/training writers, internal/corporate comms, information architects, graphic designers…) work effectively with each other and the rest of the organisation? Time: Monday 25 January 2010, from 7.30 pm onwards. Venue: Waxy O’Connors pub, 44 West George Street, Glasgow,…Continue reading ISTC West of Scotland area group – January meeting

Words and books

I’m blaming Stephen Fry. I tried, I really did try and read his autobiography but it just didn’t flow for me. As wonderful a wordsmith as he is, it just didn’t read well, the flow and cadence was wrong and I found myself slowing down to read things in his voice. Whilst I like Stephen…Continue reading Words and books