Here you are! My ultimate list of techcomm resources. See something I missed? Let me know in the comments! Based on your responses, I’ll be posting updates to add more of the people and sites you have to know if you’re going to be in the techcomm world.
Before diving into my techcomm guides, let’s cover the basics. Here are the resources I go to with general questions on English, grammar, and style.
Mignon Fogarty (Grammar Girl)
If you have a grammar question, Grammar Girl has an article that answers it. Winner of Writer’s Digests’ 10 Best Websites for Writers 2015, she has solidified her place as the go-to girl in the grammar world. Follow her Twitter, site, and podcasts. I also recommend her LinkedIn group for articles and rousing discussions on every grammar topic imaginable.
Arlene Miller (The Grammar Diva)
The Grammar Diva, Arlene Miller, is author of The Best Little Grammar Book Ever! She is a wealth of resources for writers of any age and level. Follow her Twitter for the latest trends in English.
Purdue OWL maybe one of the best hidden gems in the writing world. Not only do they have tips on every kind of writing, but they are also the best resource for every style guide out there. While Chicago and GPO provide their guides online, others like AP require you to purchase them. Purdue OWL stays up to date with all the latest style guide changes so you never have to fear outdated information.
In the techcomm world, certain people stand out. Those who have relevant and engaging content. Those who are thought leaders in the field. Here are just a few who I follow.
Scott Abel (The Content Wrangler)
Scott Abel, content strategist, is your one stop shop for webinars and slide decks about content management. Follow his Twitter to keep up with his never-ending stream of articles, workshops, and anything else going on in the content management world.
If there is a topic in techcomm, Ugur Akinci wrote a post about it. From software walk-throughs to theories, you can get filled in at Technical Communication Center. Follow him and learn about things you never knew you never knew!
Tom Johnson (I’d Rather Be Writing)
If you need to know API, Tom Johnson has the article, webinar, workshop, or course you need. Beyond API, his blog and twitter cover every angle from the instructive, to the inquisitive, to the topical. If you follow him on Twitter, prepare to see relevant, original content, and a lot of it.
Marcia Riefer Johnston
Marcia never fails to light up my Twitter. She tirelessly creates a stream of content management articles from authors across the industry. On her blog, Marcia hosts her weekly challenge Tighten This! which is not only engaging, but informative about the importance of concise language. Follow her Twitter for the news and her blog for the fun!
Matt Sullivan is a wealth of techcomm, eLearning, and content marketing information. An Adobe Certified Trainer for 10 different products plus over 15 years in the industry? He knows what he’s talking about. Follow Tech Comm Tools and his personal website for the articles. Follow his Twitter for links to #TechComm and Content Marketing and Social Branding feeds with all the trending blogs, tweets, and stories of the day.
Sarah Maddox (ffeathers)
If you Google “technical writer blog” or talk to anyone in the techcomm world, you can’t avoid Sarah Maddox. The Aussie technical writer has been blogging since 2007 and never fails to provide thought-provoking and relevant topics, conference information, and quips that bring her personality to the forefront.
Scriptorium Publishing is a content strategy service and blog. Their team, including founder and president Sarah O’Keefe, produces wonderful articles that challenge the way we think about content strategy. Prepare to read and enjoy the forward-thinking that is Scriptorium.
Danielle M. Villegas (TechCommGeekMom)
Danielle Villegas is a blogger and information developer. She stretches a range of topics that covers everything from translation to eLearning and all the Adobe products in between. Follow her Twitter for techcomm news and a few laughs.
Bonus Career Influencers
As a bonus, here’s a list of my top 3 career influencers.
Hannah Morgan (Career Sherpa)
If you want to get noticed on the internet, Hannah Morgan’s your girl. On top of her solid career advice, Hannah has countless articles about how to manage your online reputation and tell the world all about you.
J.T. O’Donnell (CareerHMO and CAREEREALISM)
J.T. is one of my favorite influencers on LinkedIn. She is constantly providing articles from each perspective of the hiring process. Recruiters, employers, and applicants all have something to gain from every article, whether it’s keeping up with the latest hiring trends, or getting the perspective you need to give you an edge.
Liz Ryan (Human Workplace)
Liz Ryan’s goal is very simple: she wants you to love your job. No matter where you are in your career, her articles help you identify (and go for) the job you really want in an environment that makes you soar.
About the Author
Greta Boller is a technical writer located in the Washington, D.C. area. For more information, please visit her bio page.