Technical communication blog

With bits of copywriting, content design, and other stuff too

Technical communication blog

With bits of copywriting, content design, and other stuff too

Welcome to the StrayGoat Technical Communication Blog.

Here, I’ll be posting technical writing advice, opinion pieces, recommendations, and explanations on how to achieve various tasks with different software tools. (The latter of which is going to be a reminder for me as much as anyone else!).

If you find the technical writing advice posts useful, please leave a comment.

Some of the older posts have some formatting issues, due to conversion problems when I upgraded the site theme. Sadly, the comments were lost in migration too. 

Technical communication blog posts

General posts about technical communication:

Content Reuse

What is content reuse and how do technical writers use it to save time and reduce costs? In this post, experienced technical writer, Craig Wright, explains the pros and cons of content reuse.

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Content Creation – Where do Tech Writers Fit? (Part 1)

Content designers and technical writers have similar skills and approaches to content. But are they the same? In this post, I look at the roles of content designers and technical writers, and consider the similarities, differences, and the way the roles are perceived by others.

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Interview with Technical Writer, Tess Walpole

Every so often, I share a discussion about #techcomm that I have had with another tech writer. Here's the latest, which was a chat with contract technical writer, Tess Walpole, who works mainly in the London area. She is a big fan of Confluence and has worked for some...

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Content design blog posts

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Paligo blog posts

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Freelancing blog posts

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UX blog posts

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MadCap Flare blog posts

First Attempt at Using Flare 10’s Brochure 3-Fold Template

MadCap Flare’s 3-fold templates were one of the key reasons I upgraded to Flare 10. I mostly use Flare for online help work, and rely on MS Word and Adobe InDesign for print, so I was intrigued to see if the new templates would cut the mustard. Beauty is in the Eye of...

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Technical Writing Tools – Do You Need to Know Every Tool?

Have you ever felt yourself becoming overwhelmed with the amount of things you need to learn? Join the club. Since quitting the day job as an employed technical writer and trying my hand at contracting, I’ve been compelled to learn more about a variety of...

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DITA blog posts

Here are some posts about DITA. I rarely post about DITA, as I don’t use it, but sometimes post about how to achieve certain things.

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XML and XSLT blog posts

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MS Word blog posts

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Camtasia and Snagit blog posts

Tips and reminders for using TechSmith Camtasia and Snagit.

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Non-technical communication posts

Sometimes, I post things that are nothing to do with tech comm, but people might find useful. You’ll find those posts here.

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