Does the internet world really need another technical writing blog?
While not as engaging as questions about of life’s greatest mysteries or the impetus for the next great philosophical debate, I suppose, this is as good a question to launch the blog with as any.
The short answer is, in all honesty, probably not; especially if the blog ends up being, like many out there, nothing than a clearing house for rambling thoughts, disconnected discussion, and self-aggrandizing “look at me” shout outs.
If I was about to embark on such a blogging effort, I would probably take a serious second look at what I was hoping to accomplish, what I had to say, what I really thought the relevance of my content was, and go fishing. However, that would mean the ending of this writing endeavor before it really gets the change to begin; besides my reason for starting this blog are the not ones I just listed.
Now if the blog content is relevant and helpful, if its author is insightful and engaging, if its readers find value in its articles, then perhaps that is a blog worthy of writing, and worthy of asking you, the good reader, to take the time out of your day to read. There is already so much noise out there on the internet, that adding to it just seems like a waste of effort, so I won’t.
Every piece of your content should be excellent, enough that customers are compelled to share it.
Does that mean then, that this is first and last blog entry?
Absolutely not. What is does mean is that the onus is on me to keep the articles fresh, relevant and engaging; and that is what I am going to strive for. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the read. Feel free to provide comments, and if you really like a particular article, please share it with your writer friends and business associates.
The first series will be a “How To” guide about some advanced techniques available in Microsoft Word to help take your technical publications to that next level.