How to Write ‘Scannable’ Web Content

Need to improve your web content? How much words should I put on a web page? How do I present the material? How do I know that anyone reads it? Research suggests that users don’t read on the web –  they scan. This means that when you are converting documents to the web, you need to […]

How to Write ‘Sticky’ Web Content

Why do technical writers struggle to write web content? Maybe it’s because writing for the web requires a different approach to the writing process. Here are some ways to stop thinking like a technical writer and more like a web writer. How to Write Web Content Before you start writing web content, invest some time […]

Camtasia Studio: Making Videos More Sticky

One way to make your video content more sticky, that is get more readers and keep them on your site, is to use captions. Why use captions? Because, they keep the reader focused, reinforce your key points and give the viewer a second way to digest your material. While watching your video, they can read along.

How To Write For Your Blog Every Day

In this short video I explain how to create content and to remove the barriers that stop most people from creating content on a daily basis. It’s not difficult but you do need to have a system that lets you maximize your opportunities to create content and reduces the barriers that stop you from doing […]

What Macaulay Culkin Can Teach You About Technical Writing

Larry says that last week another technical writer asserted that DITA has “jumped the shark.” “It’s not a new idea. I’ve heard other people say that DITA has already seen its best days, that it’s struggling to remain relevant in a world that’s passed it by. I was amused, I admit, because it was the first time I’d seen DITA compared to a TV show.”

The Future of Technical Documentation

Elllis, over on the Cherryleaf Technical Authors Blog, points out 5 secrets regarding the future of technical documentation.
Here are the key points:

4 Ways to Write Better Web Content

What’s the secret to writing great web content? This article explains how to write content and how to tailor content to online audiences. The primary differences between web-based text content and printed media are related to: Hypertext — users have the ability to jump to another page with one click Points of Entry — users frequently […]