Meet us in Memphis @WritersUA Contest

I just entered a contest to be a guest blogger for the Conference for Software User Assistance hosted by Writers UA in Memphis, TN in March!  I’ve never been to a conference like this before and would absolutely love to go.

Just reading the session topics got this #techcomm nerd excited about the possibility of being chosen to go.  Their main topics are: Content Strategy, Tools and Technologies (HTML5, CSS3, HATs, Adobe, DITA, and Mobile help), and Emerging Skills. I feel like I could learn so much from these industry experts.  If picked, I would be interviewing them, attending the sessions, and blogging about it from the road.

I’m glad that tech writers and industry professionals get together like this to share ideas and engage in discussions.  It helps everyone develop and improve their skills.  College was the best time of my life, and I think it was mostly because of the constant learning, community, and engagement in focused subjects of interest.  I thrive on it.  I’m always researching new topics and looking for ways to improve myself both personally and professionally.  Attending conferences like this one is a great way to do so.

I hope I get picked!



Follow up: I won!  I’m going to the conference and will be covering it both on this blog and on the Tech Whirl website.  Stay tuned for more info!

A blog entry on the importance of blogging…

I just read this article from Social Fresh written by Michael White of Musings of a PR Student and thought I’d share with you.  It is called The 8 Reasons Why Students Should Blog (but really applies to anyone – not just students). White makes some very valid points, most of which are reasons why I started a blog myself.  The biggest reasons for me were #1, 3, 5, and 6 – portfolio, networking, expanding knowledge-base, and reputation. (#8 would be nice of course, but like White said: “In my opinion earning money is never a goal, only a side effect from doing something you enjoy.”)