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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Self exposed when the lights go out

Jul 15, 2008 in Personality, Philosophy, Technology

tonychung.ca went down for most of the afternoon on July 14. If you tried to visit my site, or received a message that an email you sent to my address bounced, I sincerely apologize. Since Wordpress 2.6 wasn’t announced until July 15, I can’t even blame the upgrade for the downtime. While I experienced only the mild inconvenience of losing my internet presence, it occurred to me that approximately 4500 people were unable to cook dinner, and hunting frantically for options to prevent their food from going bad inside their refrigerators and freezers.

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My visit with The Shack

Jun 22, 2008 in Creativity, Personality, Philosophy

Last month, while catching up on old Drew Marshall shows, I found myself drawn into the back story of The Shack, a book by William P. (Paul) Young. Before the end of the 35 minute interview I had already received my confirmation email from Amazon.ca that my order was on its way. I felt compelled to read this book not for the story (which intrigued me slightly), but rather for the back story of how this book went from being a Christmas present for his kids to a self-published work selling over a half a million copies.

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