Why I blog

I've always enjoyed words, reading and writing. At school English was my favourite subject, with Physics a close second (if there had been a computing O Grade I would probably have taken that instead). My parents are both teachers and much of my inquisitive nature was fuelled by books; I still have, and treasure, a

Censored

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

On not blogging

A product release is imminent. A trip to visit two customers in the US of A. Ongoing complications with the new ISTC website (soon, soon!). Planning for 2012, including a major restructure of our content. Actual writing some documentation (a rare occurrence!). Plus all the usual things that life is wont to throw at us. Maybe

Blog on TwitbookPlus

Apparently, according to something I read online over the weekend (so it must be true, right?) blogging is fast evolving into a niche activity thanks to the uptake of such fancy-schmancy websites like Facebook, Twitter and maybe even the new Google+. Given that when blogging started it was a fairly niche activity, and given that

Technology vs Emotion

Random thought: Has the rise of (talk of) emotional content (affective assistance) been driven by the concentration, over the last few years, on technological solutions? Single sourcing, XML, DITA, DocBook, and all the rest have (rightly) taken our profession forward, so I guess it's natural that the general trends, as well as refocussing on the

Alright me Babber

I was in Brizzle on Friday, I mean Bristol. It was a bit damp, but that didn't matter as I was there for the wedding of a wonderful woman called Ann and a rather charming man called Karl. I had some time to myself during the day, and wandered round the harbour area, avoiding the

How rude

There is one thing I haven't done here for quite a while. It's rather remiss of me so please accept my apologies. Quite simply, I wanted to say thank you. To you. Yes YOU. Thank you for visiting this blog, and more importantly, thank you for coming back and visiting again. A lot of the

10 years

I've had a personal website for over 11 years, the earliest posts from that are in the archives here in a category titled B.B. (Before Blog). Each page was handcrafted and typically it would take twice as long to get the post online as it took the write it in the first place. Then, along

One more blog

This blogging thing seems to be catching on, so much so that my company will soon have a blog looking at industry specific issues and thoughts. And yes, I'm one of the bloggers. I'll link to it once it's up and running (we are testing it at the moment) and provide a bit more information

Role of Social Media

A few months ago I was approached to write a piece that would be featured in a special supplement for the ISTC Communicator magazine. The supplement, sponsored by Adobe, was to be titled "The role of social media in technical communication" and after my presentation on blogging at the Technical Communications conference last year, I

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.

Why blogging is good

The blogs I read are written by a reasonably diverse group of people. Naturally I steer clear of people who have hateful views, or from which I'm not going to learn anything except that they like the sound of their own voice, but on the whole I read interesting posts written by intelligent people. When

Making the brave choices

I was recently asked to write an article about blogging for inclusion in a piece focussed on social media and how it will both challenge and change our profession as a whole and the more I wrote the more it helped me sort out my own thoughts on the matter. One thing I've realised is

And per se and

One thing that continues to keep me blogging, and writing, is my love of words. I write for a living. Well that's not strictly true these days, but my profession is focussed on technical content, the bulk of which comes in the form of the written word. I write for a hobby. Mainly here on

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