Pulling it all together

Towards the end of last year I started to see how several related, but disparate, strands of work would start to come together. The information produced by my team, the training collateral, the partner focussed material, is all focussed on the product and this coming week will see the first step towards the realisation of all that hard work coming together into a cohesive story. The final push comes in the form of a content audit, which will allow me to see where the gaps are, and where rework is required, to complete all the ‘stories’ that run from the main product messaging, down through our information strategy pyramid. At present we have successfully moved to a single source/content re-use …

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Repetition

Again. Very busy. Can’t blog. Know it’s ok NOT to blog. Still feel I SHOULD blog. Blame Twitter? Stop blogging? Blame work? Blame too many irons in the fire? Not important. Just stuff. Stuff can be put on hold. Grand scheme, this is nothing. But it’s still mine. So it stays. Just not as much. Until, you know, I can. Just another loop round the cycle is all. Should maybe mention the Prodigy gig, another time perhaps.

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Efficient for no reason

Today was a busy day. It wasn’t manic, but I was on the go (still am) and got a lot of stuff done. The things that didn’t get completed were properly rescheduled and a plan put in place, and I also managed to move some things off my plate. Which is good. Thing is, I can’t for the life of me figure out why I’ve had such an efficient day. Just happened that way, and could quite easily have gone the other way and been another day of adding to my task list, rather than DOING stuff. No complaints. Just, well I’d like to know why/how so I can repeat it again tomorrow!

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On Google Wave

I think I’m starting to get it. I’ve used it a couple of times but not for any other reason than to play with it, but now I have an actual need for a place to collaborate with a group of geographically displaced people, the ISTC Community website, it’s starting to make sense. And I’m not the only person that thinks Google Wave is best suited to this kind of collaboration. I’ve realised that what Google have done is take the best bits from a couple of different communication channels, combine them and add a couple of improvements. Those channels are email and Wiki, with a hint of instant messaging thrown in for good measure. The easiest comparison is to …

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Being offline

Things I didn’t do yesterday. 1. Check my email. 2. Check Twitter. 3. Check RSS feeds for updates. 4. Look at any websites, whatsoever. And, you know what, nothing broke, the world is still spinning. Just a wee note to you all, sitting there reading this (yes, all 6 of you), now and again trying just turning everything off.

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Hounds of Hell

Glancing down at the readout I notice, with some dismay, that I’ve still got 4 minutes left. I glance around me, at the huffing man on the treadmill, the two girls gossiping whilst idly spinning the wheels on their bikes, and a middle-aged woman staring in bewilderment at the exercise sheet she is holding. And then my gaze carries over to where the muscle boys are. Bedecked in their uniforms of vest tops and jogging bottoms they silently grimace and sweat, methodically lowering and raising dumbbells. They don’t talk, preferring to stare at themselves in the large mirrored wall, the only noise is the occsional heavy clank of metal. Finally I finish on the bike and swap a few pleasantries …

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The Notebook

“This time it will be different, it will, it will, it will.” She repeats her promise over and over, the needle jumping inside her head. “This time I will be controlled and calm, I’m sure he will notice”, she thinks, “He must notice and if he doesn’t, I will make sure he does!” She laughs out loud at the thought. Heads turn, she blushes and turns away to face the window. Outside the rain falls and sparkling droplets race each other down the glass as the sky rolls and roars above. “How apt” she murmurs. As the bus slowly winds its way through street after street she revisits her journey. She remembers how each passing footstep changed her view, how …

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ISTC Community website

As has been mentioned elsewhere, I’m currently planning to build a community website for the ISTC and thought it time to get you all a heads up and ask for some help. The idea for the website was borne from the members panel that Rachel Potts ran last year, which cited “reducing the feeling of isolation” as an important benefit of being a member of the ISTC. It will also help to promote and publicise the ISTC and hopefully become a valued resource for technical communicators in the UK. As such the new website will compliment the current ISTC website, and has two main aims: – to encourage a sense of community amongst members, enabling all members to contribute and …

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All systems go

Back from a leisurely week in Spain, it’s now February and, frankly, I need to get my ass in gear. I have plans, I have website clients, I have resolutions, and ain’t no-one but me that can do squat about them. I need a little focus though, but that’s coming, things are becoming clearer and with a better view of what lies ahead, I can plan accordingly. I’ve no idea what any of that means to be honest, other than now having a direction rather than aimlessly casting about depending on what grabbed my interest. In other news, I read books. Four of them. Books are good, aren’t they. Not sure I could read one on an electronic device like …

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