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Subject:Re: Is the STC worth it? From:Shawn <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com> To:"Post, Susan - Exelis.Agency" <Susan -dot- Post -at- exelisinc -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:36:23 -0800
Susan, kudos for the first positive reason to join STC I have read in quite
some time. :)
I was a member a few years back but only because my employer paid for it.
At the time, it felt it was a waste of money because Intercom wasn't that
useful (to me) and the meetings were poorly organized, "dry" in
conversation, and sparsely attended.
If you want to meet with like-minded technical writers, for free... I
suggest people check out the many technical writing related Meetups (www.
*meetup*.com) in your city. I belong to five different groups and all of
them are lot of fun.
On Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM, Post, Susan - Exelis.Agency <
Susan -dot- Post -at- exelisinc -dot- com> wrote:
> This is the first year I've joined STC, and I pay for my own membership.
> I, too, hesitated because of the cost. I can say without a doubt
> it's been worth it. I contacted my chapter and asked if anyone could
> mentor me in API/SDK documentation, an area I'd like to move
> in to. STC (specifically, a wonderful woman named Deb Lockwood) connected
> me to a woman with
> vast experience who has already been a tremendous help. I could go on,
> but that's just one instance of how STC has been helpful.
> That said, I think a lot will depend on your chapter, how active it is,
> and how dedicated the committee members are. While it looked
> like not much was going on with my chapter, I joined anyway, mostly
> because I wanted to have access to the on-line magazine
> Intercom that focused on API documentation. I've been so impressed with
> the people I've connected with that I
> want to volunteer to make the chapter even stronger. And I haven't even
> been to a meeting yet!