Say Thank You

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As some of you will now be aware, I am no longer writing my monthly Blog News column for the ISTC newsletter, InfoPlus+. It actually started life here on this blog, every week (or so) I used to post a list of interesting posts and blogs and for a while there was an overlap but,…

Information is not a commodity

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The modern day technical writer, in fact I think we’ll go with technical communicator for this on, has a myriad of tools at their disposal. Be they authoring tools, publishing formats, or ways to collaborate, we are spoiled for choice. I can write content and make it available to the world in mere minutes if…

Edinburgh Zoo

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It was a crisp, fresh November day in Edinburgh. I surprised Kirsty with a trip to Edinburgh Zoo. Mostly to see the pandas who are, in real life, just as adorable and fluffy and cute and ohhmygodcanwetakeonehome as you’d imagine. Smaller than I thought though… Anyway. I took the camera and, despite the railings, fencing,…

How to embed linked images in Microsoft Word

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Have you ever shared a Word document with someone only to find the images it included didn’t get sent over? This is probably because the images you had were linked rather than embedded. You now have two options: ZIP the entire folder with the Word document and all the images (and hope that the links…

Not lacking in passion

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What are your passions? Life continues on an upward trajectory. I am a rocket! God, I’ve lost the point of this already? Why on earth do I bother? Ahhh that’s it! Passion! No, not the bodice-ripping type from a Jackie Collins novel (is that even right?), but the type that makes you get up in…

Partridges and Pear trees

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Here in the UK, there is no escaping the fact that Christmas is approaching. On TV the adverts have started, the store shelves are being stocked, and in the office talk is turning to who might make a fool of themselves at the Christmas party. It’s also about this time of year I start dropping…

Journalling

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About a year ago, maybe more, I started writing (sporadically) in a journal and I’m quite surprised that I’ve kept it going, even though how I use it has changed. I’ve always enjoyed the process of writing, this blog is testimony to that, but even before there was this place called the internet which I…

Why seems to be hardest word

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I was chatting to a new colleague, an experienced technical architect, the other day to give him an overview of my team and what we produce. He asked what type of information we provided, was it the “clicky clicky” type or something more useful that explains how our product works. I assured him that we…

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Censored

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Have you noticed anything different here? Maybe not, but those of you who have been reading for a while (thank you!) may have noticed that I’ve been managing to post here a couple of times a week recently. Don’t worry if you didn’t notice, there is no test at the end. I’ve been pushing myself…