Hello, I’m Tammie and this is my blog. techwriteweb was borne out of a love for technology, writing and communications. I love writing and I love technology and I love writing about writing about technology (no, that’s not a typo). I’ve been both a technical writer and communications specialist for the past ten years. I started my career developing and administering databases, which eventually evolved into IT project management and service delivery. I was working in a very small group so I was also tasked with developing training programs and writing technical and project documentation for the group. I also developed web sites and content management systems along the way. The more involved I was with the writing and communications aspect of my career, the more I wanted to be a full-time communications professional, particularly in the field of technical writing.
My evolution from database developer to information developer was a long and happy one. I’ve gotten to travel, work in some interesting places, and learn a whole lot along the way. For me, landing in technical writing was deliberate; it was always the favorite part of my job which is why I decided to get into it full time. My portfolio is here if you’d like to see my work. I will eventually link it to this site.
Perhaps the fact that this occupation is in my blood has a lot to do with it. My father also had a communications degree and was a technical writer and ran large communications teams. I’ve been lucky enough to have a lifetime of communications education, so I guess where I landed doesn’t surprise me.
I’ve worked as a technical writer and communications professional in the private sector and for the federal government. I currently work as a technical writer for the Office of Technology for the city of Washington, D.C. I’m a contractor and freelancer and enjoy every moment when I am writing.
I have a B.A. in Communications and an M.S. in Digital Forensics from the University of Maryland University College. I am proud of my educational pursuits and hope I can use some of what I’ve learned, academically and professionally, to turn this blog into something useful for anyone who chooses to stop by.
In my leisure time I love to read, collect books, garden, and fix up my old house. I author a blog for the Frederick County Humane Society as I am a huge advocate for animal welfare and I like to use my writing skills to help. I believe using our skills for a good cause makes for a life well lived. I’ve also volunteered as a docent for the Smithsonian Institution Natural History Museum and the local Shakespeare theater.
About my blog
Enough about me, let’s get to why you are here. What is this blog all about? Well, first of all, when I decided I wanted to start a blog, I had a few simple rules:
- I don’t care what anyone says, good spelling and grammar are very important to blogging. Period. Content may be king, but spelling and grammar is a reflection of our respect for writing.
- I will write about what I know and impart honest knowledge and use good research. If I reference someone else’s writing (there’s a lot of people out there that have a lot of good knowledge about technical writing and communications), I will use what I learned from them to enhance my own work and of course, reference their work.
- If I see something that another technical writer has written, and it’s a good piece, I will share it.
- I will write about topics that are useful or interesting – and hopefully both!
There are a lot of great topics in the field of communications today, especially with the digital explosion – people are communicating more than ever. I believe information development is becoming more important for businesses because it involves a lot more than the traditional avenues of advertising and reaching out. When you think of a communications strategy today, it includes blogging, social media, content management, editorial calendars, visual appeal, style, gaining online subscribers, sharing your expertise in online forums such as LinkedIn, and a whole lot more that I will be discussing in this blog. It’s a whole new ballgame.
So, what will you find here that relates to all that? Here are some of the things I’ll be discussing, and on which I hope to foster discussion:
- Communications strategy – a multi-part series
- Trends in technical writing and communications
- Useful technical writing tips for people starting out
- How to communicate over specific social mediums
- My journey through freelance writing
- The diversity of our audiences now that our platform is so much bigger
- The art of condensed writing because no, they really don’t read the manual
- Things you should know, such as Section 508, and how to include it in your writing
- Style guides – yes they do matter, now more than ever
- Ideas in communications and technical writing
- How to use the digital landscape to build a communications ecosystem
- Resources I’ve found useful on the web, such as free stuff!
These are just a few of the things I will discuss in this blog. I’m sure I’ll be adding more as time goes on and I discover new and interesting topics throughout my journey.
Please look around and feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions, constructive critiques, etc.
And above all, thanks for stopping by.