Just renewed STC Membership for 2010 — here’s why

Jan 02, 2010 in Strategy

Happy New Year, everyone!

Tony Chung: Creative Communications - technical writing, web development, multimedia, and music

Tony Chung: Creative Communications

Several technical communicators have had a hard time reconciling the value-add proposition for renewing their membership with the Society for Technical Communication. Some have been very vocal about the society’s lack of support, lack of expertise, lack of understanding, and lack of relevance for the communications field. In blunt terms, the STC is a dinosaur, with a business and operations model that doesn’t fit the current trends. Some of the outspoken include volunteers like myself who thought we could help initiate and support change from the inside. Fortunately I am involved in the very active Society for Technical Communication – Canada West Coast Chapter, which is experiencing a new wave of volunteers who thrive on connecting within this community. As well, I participate in a couple of really experienced special interest groups, the Single Sourcing (officially), and Contractors and Independent Consulting (locally).

After the 2006 summit a fellow chapter member observed that technical communicators are expanding from the traditional plan/interview/write model into the facilitation and editing of user authored content. This exciting trend from writer to enabler has always appealed to me, because I’ve always been on the periphery of traditional technical writing. While I am technical and I love to write, I also have a passion for music and multimedia, web design and programming, graphic design and illustration, and performing. It’s been difficult finding jobs that match my level of interest in technology and my love to write. That said, I’ve found lots of work in the web development arena, and am excited at being able to harness these skills and abilities in my current job, along with writing and editing.

In this post I describe at length why the STC has me for at least another year.

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Change approaching on the horizon. Ahoy!

Jun 30, 2009 in Philosophy

Funny how the next generation always finds ways to upset the apple cart for the one previous. Every new move of God is met with resistance. The introduction of new technology and methods disrupts the security of longtime employees. A new baby threatens its siblings’ desires for their parents’ attention.

This comic strip applies to so many areas of my life right now, and I’m sure you will find the concept familiar to you as well. Navigating change well is all a matter of managing relationships.

The Other Coast ~ June 30 2009 - Click to read more from Comics.com

The Other Coast ~ June 30 2009 – Click to read more from Comics.com

There’s so much more I could talk about, but a picture says a thousand words. What do you think?

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Internet—forever but not permanent

Feb 18, 2009 in Creativity, Personality, Philosophy, Productivity, Strategy, Technology

When I saw The Other Coast (image) comic strip in the paper this morning, I had to laugh. So much of today’s communications media: phone, text/SMS/MMS, email, TV, online publishing—are only available as long as there is enough storage to keep them. The Way-Back Machine on the Internet Archive helped me recover my Tablet PC Blogs posts in a jam, but if all the hard drives in the universe were full, what would have happened then?

In contrast to my post about what happens on the Internet living forever, I present the alternative view. My friend Wayne Radford, the self-proclaimed “King of Poco”, put this bug in my ear over lunch one rainy afternoon. The short version is that our online publishing efforts, though wide reaching, are only temporal.

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