My Journey into #TechComm by Viqui Dill

Greta Boller is doing a blog series about getting into technical writing. Here’s a blog post I wrote for her series.

The Lone Technical Writer

This week kick-starts the series exploring how Washington, D.C. area technical writers broke into the profession. Viqui Dill, the Technical Communications Leader at American Woodmark Corporation, guest blogs this week and outlines her journey for us.

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Do not feed the monster

Another fine post from a fine writer.

Hire this guy!

James Dill's Public Opinions

Hatred was a game that generated a lot of controversy. Controversial games that put the artistic merit of the entire medium into question are anything but new, this has been happening since the first Mortal Kombat, but what I thought was interesting about the controversy surrounding Hatred was an unusual amount of it came from gamers themselves.

I recently watch Total Buiscutte’s let’s play of Hatred. I have to say that I was underwhelmed about the whole affair. The game is pretty tame compared to comparible AAA M rated titles. There were lots of titles that contained a lot more gore and violence, God of War, Gears of War, Mortal Kombat, Prototype, lots of examples that were bloodier and gorier that didn’t generate nearly as much contraversy as Hatred did, in fact, I’d go so far as to say that the level of violence in Hatred was on par with…

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Calling All Female Editors and Technical Writers

Today I spent a few minutes chatting with the future of Technical Communications about my job, my life, and my loves.

Emily is a Ph. D. candidate looking for women in technical communication to participate in a short interview for her research.

The interview is short, engaging, and fun. Contact Emily at her blog to find out more.

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

As you know, I’ve been working on a Ph.D. in technical and professional communication.  I’ve finally hit dissertation phase, and I’m looking for participants.

Here’s the official call:

As part of my current research for my dissertation at Utah State University, I’m conducting a study about women’s work experiences in the field of technical and professional communication. If you consider yourself to be a female practitioner (editor, technical writer, content manager, information/communication designer, etc.) within the field and are interested in participating, please contact me at januarypetersen [at] yahoo [dot] com or leave a comment on this post.

I’m looking for participants within the United States, but if you live outside of the country and feel you have something to offer to my study and really want to participate, let’s talk.

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Participation will include two interviews, which shouldn’t take more than a few hours of your time. I will also…

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Connect with me

Connect with me in a variety of formats online. I’d love to hear from you.

Bio http://wdcb.stcwdc.org/about-us/chapter-bios/dill-bio/

Blog https://viquidill.wordpress.com/

Email social_media@stcwdc.org

@viqui_dill https://twitter.com/viqui_dill

Linked In http://www.linkedin.com/pub/viqui-dill

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/viqui.dill

 

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I’d appreciate your support in the election. But more importantly, I want you to say “Yes” to STC. We need you.

Read all the posts, beginning January 5th and posting every other day, in my blog at https://viquidill.wordpress.com/

See all the slides on my slideshare account, http://www.slideshare.net/viqui_dill

Check out the ballot

There are some great candidates from which to choose in 2015

Visit the STC Election webpage to learn more about the offices and candidates.

Watch your email for an invitation to vote and then cast your ballot in March.

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I’d appreciate your support in the election. But more importantly, I want you to say “Yes” to STC. We need you.

Read all the posts, beginning January 5th and posting every other day, in my blog at https://viquidill.wordpress.com/

See all the slides on my slideshare account, http://www.slideshare.net/viqui_dill

Why I said “yes” to STC and you should too

The STC 2015 election opens March 16th. It’s a great time to think about the coming year and your own involvement in the #TechComm profession.

I’m Viqui Dill and I’m on the ballot for STC’s 2015 Society Election. I said “yes” to STC and I want you to say “yes” too.

Why did I say “yes” to STC? Here are a few reasons, and links to posts in this blog where you can read more.

Why do I want you to say “yes” to STC? The society needs you!

So check out the ballot and remember to vote. STC needs you.

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I’d appreciate your support in the election. But more importantly, I want you to say “Yes” to STC. We need you.

Read all the posts in my blog at https://viquidill.wordpress.com/

See all the slides on my slideshare account, http://www.slideshare.net/viqui_dill

There’s room for you

STC is a big organization that depends on volunteers for its success. We need volunteers like you. Here are a few things you can do to get started.

  • Attend events in person and on line
  • Volunteer for essential jobs that are simple to do
  • Share what you know
  • Learn what others share and laugh at their jokes
  • Spread the good news of technical communication in your world

This is where I talk about how easy it is to get started as a volunteer for STC. There are as many little and big jobs for which we need volunteers as there are people who need a place to plug in. You could volunteer to hand out name tags at an event. You could volunteer to spread the good news on social media. You could submit a proposal for a presentation of one of your #TechComm super-powers.

Or you could just attend an event and meet the folks who are already volunteering. We need supportive participants as well as volunteers. Be sure to laugh at the jokes and smile at the presenters. And tweet photos of the presenters while you’re at it. You can get started just by showing up.

Find your closest chapter on the STC society website.

Find a SIG (special interest group) on the STC society website.

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I’d appreciate your support in the election. But more importantly, I want you to say “Yes” to STC. We need you.

Read all the posts, beginning January 5th and posting every other day, in my blog at https://viquidill.wordpress.com/

See all the slides on my slideshare account, http://www.slideshare.net/viqui_dill

You will have fun with STC

The best reason to get involved with STC is that it’s a lot of fun. Check out the photos of some of our WDCB chapter antics. Check out the photos of our 2014 summit by Rachel Houghton, Rick Lippincott, and the STC office, too.

Feel normal surrounded by fellow geeks

Surrounded by technical communicators, you will finally feel normal. If you’re like me, you feel a little too nerdy to be a writer and a little too creative to be purely technical. We have lively discussions about font choice and the oxford comma. We evaluate the visual impact of white space and wax nostalgic about the smell of a new book.

Join us and feel normal.

See #TechComm rock stars in the same awkward situations as you

If you’re like me, you put your professional leaders on a pedestal. In your mind, these folks have no flaws and no worries. But when you get to know them, you’ll find out that our #TechComm superstars are real people with the same interesting quirks as the rest of us. They are nervous before making a big presentation. They get frustrated with technical difficulties. They need to take a nap or relax with a drink after it’s over.

Come meet these folks and find out that there’s room in STC for quirky folks like you and me.

Bad karaoke is funny

Singing in public is funny when you do it with your STC friends. We have lots of photos to prove it.

Even good karaoke is funny. Check out this photo of Roger Renteria doing “Hollaback Girl” at the summit.

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I’d appreciate your support in the election. But more importantly, I want you to say “Yes” to STC. We need you.

Read all the posts, beginning January 5th and posting every other day, in my blog at https://viquidill.wordpress.com/

See all the slides on my slideshare account, http://www.slideshare.net/viqui_dill