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It’s the last weekly recap of 2011, and what a year it’s been. Since
taking over TechWhirl in April, we made a lot of changes, on the back end
and to what you see, and we are gratified at the response. A whole crew of
dedicated volunteers joined the ranks of the Special Writers Unit,
delivering more than 100 new articles, and lots of fodder for continuing
discussions. The email discussion list welcomed back a few old friends and
a number of new ones, and the threads show why the original is still the
best in tech comm discussions. Our sponsors have shown tremendous faith and
support for our vision to become the go-to spot for all things technical
All in all, 2011 has been a tremendous year of change and growth for us and
the TechWhirl community. If you’re not quite sure about that, Keith
Soltys’ new article on E-book Formats <http://goo.gl/Vq7NL> is just one
example of the kind of information the magazine provides. Then check out
the Top 11 Tech Writer Today Articles of 2011 <http://goo.gl/fw69E>. And,
if you’re not sure about the value of the discussion list, we invite you to
take a look at Best Tips & Tricks from the Discussion
which covers some great ideas gleaned from just a few of the hundreds of
threads that posted during 2011.
We have a lot to be thankful for, and resolve to live up to the support and
confidence you’ve placed in us and to surpass these achievements in 2012.
And we look forward to seeing you participating on the list, reading the
magazine, and attending technical communications events next year.
- The gang at TechWhirl
In Case You Missed it: This Week @ TechWhirl
A quick *What you talkin’ ‘bout* to our Tech Writers and their discussions
in our email discussion group <http://goo.gl/YUrbb>:
- Ann Waterhouse is “Fishing for a new documentation title” for a
package of materials that combines materials from two other packages.
Responses from Whirlers suggest that sometimes we make things harder on
ourselves than they need to be. A simple description such as
“Documentation Package” may do the trick, when the component documents
speak for themselves.
- Lee Fisher provided a link to “the Hadoop comic” developed by Maneesh
Varshney as an experiment in documenting computer science topics using the
medium of comics. A number of Whirlers have reviewed it and provided
comments on how effective the medium could be. Feel free to take a look at
the comic and add to the discussion (link: http://goo.gl/u2LNC<https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B-zw6KHOtbT4MmRkZWJjYzEtYjI3Ni00NTFjLWE0OGItYTU5OGMxYjc0N2M1>
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