Hello from our First VP
One of the things I love most about technical writing is the ever-present goal of delivering meaningful and relevant content in the simplest manner possible. Though it can be a process. I'm a forest person...not in real life...I'd definitely die if left alone in the forest...,but when it comes to documentation, I can become so engrossed in the research and deconstruction of a particular feature or topic that my first drafts can filibuster me straight into the thick of the data forest. Which is not, incidentally, where the user wants to find himself/herself/themselves, is it? Quite not. To reset myself toward a more minimalistic mindset, I think of being in a doctor's office where sometimes verbal explanations of medical issues surpass my college-level Biology imbuement and I have to say, "Talk to me like I'm five, Doc!" A bit exaggerated, perhaps, in terms of technical communication, but I still love the analogy. And I love the fact that part of my job is taking something apart and putting it back together in a way that gives the user tools to succeed.
Happy July and stay cool (literally)!