Silicon Valley is dead! Long live Silicon Valley!

TLDR Remote work and the current health crisis has made Silicon Valley obsolete. Companies and workers are moving away in droves. Will they find a new place like Silicon Valley? Yes and No. The end of the health crisis will enable a resumption of office work. However, having invested in and adopted remote work, organizationsContinue reading “Silicon Valley is dead! Long live Silicon Valley!”

Why I write about me instead of you

As a technical writer, I’m accustomed to telling users what to do using imperative phrases such as “do this or do that.” More recently, in my tech docs, I’ve adopted the practice of directly addressing the user by saying “you.” Many organizations have embraced this practice because it improves comprehension and establishes a warmer relationshipContinue reading “Why I write about me instead of you”

Overview: Write the Docs, Portland 2020

This year’s WTD conference was online/virtual only. This shift to virtual conferences make them more inclusive and accessible to attendees whose work, personal responsibilities, finances, or other constraints would normally discourage them from participating. Although this conference was well-attended by folks on the West Coast, by my estimate, half of the attendees were from otherContinue reading “Overview: Write the Docs, Portland 2020”

Unconference

One of the nice things about the Write the Docs – Portland conference two weeks ago, was it’s unconference. An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. The term “unconference” has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid hierarchical aspects of a conventional conference, such as sponsored presentations and top-downContinue reading “Unconference”

I pulled it

This morning, I wrote the conference organizer and pulled my presentation. My early morning thoughts had revealed to me how I had missed the mark. During the process of creating the presentation, I had this uneasy sense that I was missing something. My early morning thoughts crystallized my understanding of what was amiss and IContinue reading “I pulled it”

My first (awful) video presentation

Ughh! 8 days for 8 minutes of awful video A few weeks back, I saw an opportunity to give a presentation to my fellow developers. The dev lead for oVirt put out an RFP for the upcoming oVirt 2020 Online Conference. Oh, and by the way, please prerecord your presentation so we can upload itContinue reading “My first (awful) video presentation”