What’s the Difference Between Reusing and Repurposing Information?

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Defining Key Terms In technical writing circles, the terms reuse and repurpose are often thrown about synonymously. However, there are distinctions between simply reusing text and repurposing information. Reuse is simply copying text from one location and using it again—verbatim—in other locations. You’ll often see reuse of text in social media posts: a marketing message […]

How Do Tech Writers Use Visual Elements to Depict Data?

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Technical communicators have many reasons for incorporating visual data (specifically tables, charts, and graphs) into their work: they make text easier to understand, they often save on production costs, and translation to other languages is usually easier. So, the problem for many writers isn’t if to include charts, graphs, etc.; the problem may be when […]

How Do I Generate Blog Content?

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Writing a single blog entry: simple. Writing a monthly blog post: easy. Writing a weekly blog article: challenging. Writing more frequently than once-a-week: tedious. If you’ve had the opportunity to write blogs—or anything that requires frequent, discrete, original content—you understand that generating content ideas can be challenging. You figure that you, or someone else out […]

How Can Technical Writers Help You Maximize Your Social Media Marketing?

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Social media is changing the way people communicate—communication is now constant, prolific, and global. And, most businesses looking to grow have integrated social media into their marketing strategies. And, it’s working! But, if you’re new to the game, you may not fully understand how and why to use these outlets. You can find all kinds […]

How to Avoid Translation Mishaps

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In today’s global marketplace, business owners must ensure that their publications are readable by all their intended audiences. And while many businesspeople around the world do speak English, they may not speak American English or understand American English language usages. So, translation and localization are often key to the success of published documents. What’s the […]

Grammar for the Technical Writer: Is There an App for That?

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All technical writers, novice or expert, rely on tools to make their jobs easier. In a writer’s toolbox, you’ll generally find reliable references, such as a dictionary and/or thesaurus (although technical writers probably don’t use a thesaurus too often), a grammar resource, and a spelling correction resource. Below, you’ll find a list of resources—specifically mobile apps—that […]

Can You Be a Blog Writer?

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According to Ignite Spot, 77% of Internet users read blogs, 6.7 million people blog on blogging sites, and 12 million people blog via social networks. Blogging is clearly here to stay. Though blogging is more of an art than a science, we can provide the repeatable parts of the process here. As you gain experience, […]

How Do Technical Writers Use Social Media?

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What’s the big deal? Social media is changing the way people communicate—communication is constant, prolific, and global. So, if you’re looking to share your craft with the world, you better jump on the social media bandwagon! This article will explain how and why technical writers are using some of the more popular social media outlets: […]

What Tools do Technical Writers Use to Collaborate?

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Technical writing is often a boundary-less occupation. Rarely do technical writers collaborate with people “in the next cubicle.” More often, we work with team members—SMEs or other contributors—who are in geographically dispersed locations. So, we rely on tools to support the projects we complete. The key to a successful technical writing project is communication. No […]

How to Make the Most of a Style Guide

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What is a style guide? A style guide is a reference for writers. Think of it as a dictionary of sorts, but one that documents decisions rather than definitions. Style guides essentially serve as a roadmap to consistency. Let’s face it: writers have options, and most writers follow their own preferences where they can. But, […]