How I use Twitter

In his closing presentation at the recent Technical Communications Conference, RJ Jacquez outlined how he uses Twitter as a way to communicate with the users of his product, and as a way to share ideas with, and learn from, other technical communication professionals. There were several people at TCUK09 that used Twitter throughout the conference,

Massive Attack

Monday evening saw me heading into Glasgow, specifically to the O2 Academy, to indulge in some sonic overloading courtesy of Massive Attack, denizens of dub, trip hop and... whatever the kids are calling their brand of electronic noise. I've always been a fan and can still remember, as I'm sure many others do, picking up

Notes from Technical Communications Conference

These are transcribed from my hastily written scrawls throughout the day. Smart Authoring for a Smarter Planet The keynote presentation by Peter Angelhides Set the tone well for bigger thinking about our profession, broadening the scope to the world wide consumption of information and how it can be processed intelligently. Information for your products is

Scheduling everything?

My birthday is in a few weeks and, as is the way of things, I've been asked for a few suggestions for presents. Apparently "nothing" isn't an option though, so I did some thinking and googling and as ever came up with a few books that caught my eye. The problem is that I already

Thoughts on TCUK09*

Having had a few days to process my thoughts about the Technical Communications Conference I can confidently say that it is the best professional conference I have ever attended. I'll post up specific notes tomorrow, but I wanted to touch on some of the themes that seemed to be driven out of most of the

Fatefully conspired against

I have returned from my time in Derby. It has been an eventful and exciting week in many ways and yet, despite my best laid plans, fate decided to remind me of my position in the universe. As I mentioned previously I was travelling down to Derby (Mickleover to be precise) where I was attending

At the conference

Morning, in a short while I'll be delivering my presentation, trying to keep everyone awake whilst I waffle on about why blogging is the best thing ever and WHY AREN'T YOU DOING IT?? Or words to that effect... Don't worry though, dear reader, you can view the presentation and read through some of my notes

I am excited!

This evening I'm flying down to East Midlands airport and from there I'll be making my way to Mickelover Hotel (near Derby) where I'm attending, and speaking at, the Technical Communications conference. I've not done much public speaking with my last outing being a couple of years ago at a similar, smaller, conference and that

Conference Connections

I'm still tweaking my presentation for the Technical Communications UK conference, Thursday morning is looming larger and larger in my view so I'm distracting myself with considering the other good things that happen at conferences. For me people are the primary reason for attending a conference. Don't get me wrong, the value can be measured

Musings on Manchester

So, that was Manchester eh? I'm just processing some of the photos I took and thinking back over the past couple of days. What sort of impression did Manchester make on me? Hmmmm. Let's start with the good stuff. The main reason I was there to see Elbow in their last gig for a wee

All is not me

Having my iPhone not quite working properly over the past few days made me realise just how hooked into the 'online world' I am. I think I have a good balance though, it's not like I spend all day staring at screens of information, cherry-picking things I'm interested in, things I might find useful in

Tell the truth

In direct contrast to my recent experience with Royal Mail, I've also had some issues with my iPhone and had to deal with the Geniuses at the Apple store in Glasgow. Genius might be over-egging it a bit but suffice to say the experience was far far more positive and is an excellent example in

Manchester bound

All of a sudden, from being weeks, nay months!, away my trip to Manchester to see Elbow finish out their live performances of The Seldom Seen Kid is almost upon me. Friday I travel down to sunny Manc land, go for a wander (must remember my camera), head to the gig, and then back to

ISTC West of Scotland Group

The ISTC West of Scotland area group will meet on Thursday 22nd October from 7.30 p.m. onwards at the Waxy O'Connors pub, 44 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1DH. Please make your way to McTurk's Room on the middle level. The evening will start with a discussion of "Conferences and how we benefit from them",