Knowing Better

I am annoyed. I am annoyed mostly at myself, largely because I knew this was something that needed done but didn’t do it for the usual reasons that everyone uses to put off doing anything. Too busy, too tired, not enough time, etc etc. It’s one of those things that won’t take half as long as I think, and I’ll feel good for having done it. I have everything I need to do the job, I just haven’t gotten round to it yet, and someone has pointed out that it needs done and that has made me annoyed at myself for not doing it. But then, does anyone enjoy varnishing their porch? And no, unfortunately, that is not a euphemism.

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Twitter is useful

At the Technical Communications conference last year, I had a couple of discussions with people about Twitter. I was mostly trying to convince them of why I found it valuable, they were mostly of the opinion it was noise about what people had for lunch. I’ve recently been reminded of the value Twitter can have, and again it’s thanks to a conference, specifically a conference I DIDN’T attend. Like most people, budgets are limited when it comes to training and conferences, so there are limits to those I and the rest of my team can attend. The value gained from attending conferences is something we’ve proven in the past, but it doesn’t quite stretch to flying across the pond to …

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Still here

Am packing, send boxes! and Jaffa Cakes!! We are packing, splitting up fragments of our life into cardboard boxes. We are trying to do this whilst keeping the house looking tidy and clean for any potential viewers, so the boxes are stacked in the garage. Not ideal but it’ll do for now. We’ve had one viewer, who will be back for another viewing soon hopefully, and two other hopefuls. So, once again, we’ll make the bed, tidy up as we go, and generally live in a house that is already starting to feel less and less like ours. Which, given the circumstances, isn’t a bad thing. Easing our way into the future. In other news, went to see Kick Ass …

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Slides and notes

Blogging View more presentations from Gordon McLean. Yesterday I gave a presentation on blogging as part of a series of eSeminars arranged by Adobe. The slides (shown above) can be downloaded from my slideshare account. Also of note was the live Twitter stream that Dawn Gartin posted throughout my talk, it almost sounds like I know what I’m talking about, thanks Dawn! Recording of my session is now available (featuring myself & RJ Jacquez) Part one (with David Farbey & Noz Urbina) is also available. I’ve also written up my presenter notes and made them available, just in case you can’t quite make out what I’m saying.

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On Shopping

I’m a terrible shopper. If I’m shopping for something I need I’m just the worst person, unable to make a decision because, well, what if there is a cheaper option in the next shop, or a better model for the same price, or maybe I won’t suit that colour? Terrible. If I’m shopping for something specific I tend to weigh up my options a million times, then a few times more just to make sure. But when I’m shopping for anything, when I have no real need and I’m just enjoying browsing random shops, then I’m a wonderful shopper, I’m a positive spendaholic. I see all sorts of things that I like and would happily purchase them all if I …

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A Super-Role for Technical Communicators?

Are you bored of all this talk of social media? Still not quite sure what it’s all about or why you should bother with it? What IS an Information Platform anyway? Maybe an eSeminar or two would help? As I mentioned last month, Adobe sponsored a supplement for the ISTC Communicator magazine, in which four very handsome* and wonderfully talented** gentlemen put forth their ideas and thoughts on social media in various guises. Caveat: I may be one of said gentlemen. Since then, Adobe has setup two eSeminars to allow each of us to expand on our articles and hopefully get some more excitement and buzz about social media into the Technical Communications industry. The first eSeminar took place on …

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Are you interruptable?

Over the past couple of years my job has changed. I have the same title and job description as I did before but the structure of my day is dramatically different. I certainly don’t do much writing any more, other than the odd page or two here and there. Instead I find myself discussing strategies, planning phases of work, and generally communicating with other parts of the company as best I can. I’m also permanently interruptable. Part of my responsibilities is as line manager to a small group of people within the R&D team. Obviously the team of technical writers forms part of that, and there are also some developers in there as well. I’m not involved as a day …

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Rock and Roll

A quick update on my rock and roll lifestyle. On Monday night I spent most of the evening surfing the internet, online window shopping for new furniture and other bits and bobs. Last night I spent some of the evening flicking through catalogues, browsing for new furniture and other bits and bobs. Jealous, aren’t ya. To be honest it’s fun and a little bit exciting, a new start, a clean slate and I’m only slightly bamboozling myself with all the choice out there, what is my style, when DO I buy an iPad? So many questions! In other news, I’ve decided to vote Lib Dem, but that’s not really that important. Right? Anyway, how the hell are you?

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Virtual Shopping

I’m the worst person in the world when it comes to buying big ticket items as I find myself lost in endless loops of reviews, recommendations, better options, different options, cheaper deals, discounts and before long I start to lose interest and end up just not buying something or, more often than not, I end up just buying ‘something’ which may or may not actually be the best option. A friend of mine once commented on this when she asked for some advice on which mobile phone she should buy next, stating “I know you like to research these things a lot”. Which at face value is true but, as it turns out, isn’t really true at all. Funny how …

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Desire to create

I have a Tumblr account and spend far too long on the main website, randomly surfing and finding all manner of wonderous things to “reblog”. It’s an interesting place, filled with angst-ridden teens, provoking artists of many forms and twats like me who don’t actually create anything. I use Tumblr mostly for capturing things in a very random scrapbook kinda way, song lyrics, quotes, photos, images, videos, the digital detritus that lodges in my filters is spewed onto Tumblr for the delight of, well, me. There is a part of me that still hankers to be creative, be it writing, or photography (although the latter can be simple bastardry itself). And I guess that in itself reveals a further reason …

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