As the year 2013 comes to close, I take a moment to go back to my blog and pick a few posts that I really enjoyed writing in 2013. Here is my pick of ten favorite posts on this blog, in no particular
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My pick of ten posts that I wrote in 2013, on Technical Writng and Content! It includes topics as structured authoring, a failed documentation project, content models, business case, wordpress for product documentation, top three professionals I want to meet, STC elections, technical writing and helpdesk, content inventory
Lots of companies are doing inspiring things with content strategy. To name one, I admire what IBM is doing to treat content as a business asset across the enterprise. I've never worked for a company that large, so I can't imagine the magnitude of the challenge! But, with a little help from Scott Abel, I have interviewed two IBMers who have given me a peek into Big Blue: Andrea Ames and James Mathewson.
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When Marcia talks about content strategy, it is often thought provoking and beautiful. I particularly like her statements where she calls for content strategists and content marketers to work together.
“To see what new content is being published online in ‘content’ community that interests me”, was my problem.
I am using a few content curation services including paper.li and scoop-it and these are great; however I needed something more specific. It was on 05 Feb, Thursday evening that I planned to solve it. Myself.
Real Add Your Interests for which you want to meet people, at your common preferred locations, in your city. Strategy and Sales. Technology. Product Design. User Experience. Real Estate. Education. Ecommerce. Social. Non Profit.
If you carried the same thought process as an individual, similar approach to problem-solving, same response-mechanism to work and life situations, what could been your full-time profession or business?
Well that's no wonder.With all the information out there on the internet is quite hard to not answer yes to the question 'Are You Confused About How to Achieve a (Are you confused about how to achieve a successful #contentmarketing strategy
Seth Godin wrote, “A brand’s value is merely the sum total of how much extra people will pay, or how often they choose, the expectations, memories, stories and relationships of one brand over the alternatives.”After all, there are brands we as consumers absolutely love. And there are brands we as consumers can’t stand.So what’s the difference between those we admire versus the ones we despise? And is there something we do to monitor the course our brand is taking in this battle between love and hate?...
Johunnnnnn is a technical communicator. As the meeting room opened, he came out and picked “Single Sourcing: Building Modular Documentation” from the rack and settled in his chair. It was drizzling outside. There were doubts–for strategy, goals, and for tools. The whole work culture was passionate–to plan scalable and branded content that works towards the …
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The agony of duplicate content, in its own words. :)
It means rethinking what our interactions with technology need to be - should we be using augmented reality? Or simplified reality (using digital technology to provide clear detail of what the user needs to focus on, and stripping away all the rest)? Should we be thinking about how we control the Internet of Things so that it doesn't get carried away - for example, ordering things from our fridge that we don't want or need? Who will take responsibility for unwanted products that are ordered by connected objects?
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Ray Gallon shares great insights on technical communication, the challenges, opportunities, and the future.
I am a big fan of MasterChef India. As an entrepreneur, I love the way the judges setup stories for participants. This is brand MasterChef that sets up emotional connection with the participants that binds millions of viewers watching the program.
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How we collaborate has profound implications for how we live and work. The author and New York University professor explains how social media has upended traditional norms. A McKinsey & Company article.
Each year, the list of branded social media accomplishments grows longer, and the Shorty Awards are never far behind in recognizing them.
This year's roster of finalists, being announced today, includes nominees in categories ranging from "Best Brand on Vine" to the delightfully meta "Best Use of Social Media by One Brand Responding to Another Brand."
"New platforms continue to emerge and evolve at an unrelenting pace. While most struggle to keep up, Shorty Awards finalists are thriving in this environment," Greg Galant, executive producer and cofounder of the Shorty Awards tells Adweek. "We'll be celebrating their creations on every form of social media."
Transformations are a simple yet powerful technique for separating content and presentation in Web applications. Yet, outside of enterprise and data-processing circles, transformations have failed to gain popularity through XSLT. As a result, Web developers are liable to think that transformations “don’t apply to me,” even though they work with HTML, a structured format ripe for transformation. Thankfully, new transformation frameworks are on the horizon, including work by the inventor of Sass, that hold the promise of a revival.
In this article, we will reintroduce transformations and explore their applications to mobile and responsive design. We will not only teach the old dog new tricks, but show that transformations are relevant to everyone who deals with HTML.
As sad as it may be, many people just don't have the time to read these days. When we say 'read', we don't mean 140-character-long rants on Twitter...
.... To give you an idea of what kind of books you can read in 15 minutes, there’s everything from Popular Science and Business & Career, to Entrepreneurship and Health & Happiness. In terms of specific titles, well, there’s Richard Dawkins’ The Greatest Show on Earth, Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope, and the 2005 classic Freakonomics, from University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt and New York Times journalist Stephen J. Dubner.
Blinkist wants to help.
Once you’ve found the book you wish to read, click, and you’ll see a series of chapters condensed into around 250 words each. Then there’s a ‘Final Summary’ chapter that basically sums up the key points from the whole book....
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