Why Mentor? Revisited

Monday’s post talked a bit about how to mentor and how some of the reasons people don’t want to mentor can be overcome. However, I’m not certain I answered the fundamental question posed in the title (I see a future post on Writing Effective Blog Post Titles). I will rectify that today. The short answer is that mentoring is good for you, not just the person you’re mentoring, both as a character-building and network-building activity. Continue reading

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Why Mentor?

One of the better and easier ways you can leave a legacy is to be a mentor to someone…or multiple someones. It costs very little, builds goodwill, and ensures that the people who seek your advice will know what you know. There is some responsibility in the role, but it need not be a source of worry. Continue reading

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Attention to Detail in Technical Writing

When I was a young child (<5 years old), my mother made the mistake of telling me to “go jump in the tub” to get a bath. Literal-minded creature that I was, I climbed onto the edge of the tub and jumped into the water, creating massive puddles everywhere and darn near cracking open my skull. Little did I know that this literal-mindedness and careful (if creative) parsing of words would turn out to be a useful skill when I got older. Continue reading

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How Do You Keep a Blog Going?

Have you ever struggled with finding ideas for blog postings? It’s not uncommon. Eventually, you can cover the same ground that you did before, which is more than likely, especially if you’re writing on a regular basis. Still, the marvelous thing about life–even work life–is that it’s constantly changing, as are your thoughts about it. And while I’ve covered this topic before (as recently as a year ago, in fact), there’s always something new to say just because life changes who I am and how I respond to it.  Continue reading

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Observing the New Normal Through the Lens of Science Fiction

A while back, I wrote a post stating that all I needed to know about tech writing I learned from science fiction. While that might be a wee bit of a stretch, SF helped me develop the right mindset for approaching unfamiliar content and situations. In my free time, I’ve been reading a lot of SF lately, and it’s helping me respond to our “new normal” in the midst of a pandemic.  Continue reading

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