Category Archives: freelancing

Planning in a Planning-Unfriendly Environment

I’m a planner. Whether I’m organizing vacations, work tasks, or long-term goals, I enjoy the process of imagining the future and identifying next steps to get there. The COVID-19 pandemic and the collective responses to it–public and private–have made long-term … Continue reading

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Classroom Debrief: Pointers for Tech Writers Facing the Job Market in 2020

Thanks to my past thesis director, I connected with Marika Siegel, a technical writing professor at Michigan Technical University (MTU) who is using Heroic Technical Writing as a classroom reading assignment. On Monday I was a guest speaker for Marika’s … Continue reading

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Hiring a Tech Writer: What to Expect

I’ve worked with customers who are used to technical writers and know how to smoothly integrate them into their workplace. Others…not as much. A friend recently described what we do as “this whole other world,” which hadn’t occurred to me … Continue reading

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Online Marketing

Marketing was a bit more straightforward in the previous century: you had newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV. Maybe billboards if you were feeling extravagant. Today, to get your message, product, or service in front of the people you expect to … Continue reading

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Is Advice from Older People Worth Anything?

A week or so ago, a high school friend suggested on Facebook that Millennials and Gen Z (Zoomers?) young folks shouldn’t bother listening to older people’s advice about how we did things “back in our day.” His assertion was that … Continue reading

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