Taking Tech Writing To The Next Level
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
The internet is an amazing place. I live in a small town in Thailand, and am originally from Knoxville, TN and the Dallas, TX area. Through all the differences between the places I call home, one thing’s the same: the internet. Facebook, Twitter, and chat may be incredibly easy ways to kill time, but for me, they keep me connected to all of the parts of the world I’d like to be in. I’m currently finishing my degree from a college I’ve never actually been to, and have been blessed to work with colleagues around the globe that I’ve never met in person.
I started out writing about technology on my first WordPress.com blog, and then shortly thereafter started writing for Labnol.org, a blog from the talented Amit Angarwal in India. I then began writing for Howtogeek.com, a Virginia based site that’s started by Lowell Heddings with contributers today from around the globe. Then, I started writing for Envato’s AppStorm.net network, which is based in Australia but is about the most global company you could imagine.
This month, I’ve been privileged to take a larger role with the AppStorm.net team, as I’m now the official editor of Web.AppStorm.net. I’ve enjoyed writing about the latest web apps there over the past months, and am very excited about the new opportunities as the editor. We’ve got an amazing team of contributors from around the world, and it’s always comical to look at my Skype list and see the multitude of time zones represented today.
One thing I’ve really enjoyed over the past weeks is writing more detailed op-ed articles to share my views on web apps and the internet, as well as polls to see what our audience is thinking and what apps and tools they use on a regular basis. These include a recent article on the Future of Online News, a poll on how many email accounts you have (shocking: most people have 5-10 accounts!), and an extensive Ask the Editor post. If you haven’t stopped by the AppStorm sites yet, please make sure to subscribe to our newsletter and Twitter or RSS feeds to keep up with everything I’m writing there.
I’ve also written extensively at the other AppStorm sites, and published a piece on the upcoming Windows.AppStorm.net site in April that featured the best designed Windows apps available today. It seems that most developers are focusing on Macs and mobile devices today, so I really enjoyed the chance to round up some examples of newer apps that can still make your PC enjoyable.
The past couple months, I’ve also been privileged to work with Sarah Hatter of 37signals fame with her new startup, CoSupport. I’m an official tech writer and support guru, there, and have gotten to work with some of the more exciting startups over the past couple months with their support and documentation. If you’re developing an app, and would like quality support and documentation, feel free to stop by; we’d love to hear from you! It’s amazing how much high quality documentation can improve a program, and I’m excited to be directly working with developers and more on this!
Perhaps the funniest thing that’s happened in the past few weeks was creating an About.me page for my CoSupport profile on the staff page. After jotting down a few things about myself, I realized that there was a link to describe everthing I do, from ministry to college to tech writing. Only 15 years ago, most people had never used the internet, and not today, seldom a day goes by that we don’t use it!
As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you continue to enjoy the content I write here at Techinch, AppStorm, and at other sites across the web. All of my new writing and jobs have taken time away from Techinch, but I’ve got a lot of great content planned for the near future. If you’d ever like to see anything covered here, feel free to let me know … I always love hearing about new tech tricks and apps!