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My WordPress 2014 in review

Due to my being a full time technical writer and PhD student, I didn’t have as much time as previous years to write blog posts. Additionally, I have found that the LinkedIn Pulse posts are more convenient for shorter, industry-related articles, but that is another discussion. prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Some of your most popular posts were written before 2014. Your writing has staying power!

Click here to see the complete report.


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WWB – Friendship, Love, and Saying Goodbye

This is the second, and final, personal post in memoriam of my friend, Joe Westom.

See the following link to read the first post – the password is Joe

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WWB – Legend, Lore, and the Loss of a Brother

This is a Personal Post in memoriam of my friend, Joe Westom.

I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

It’s been difficult, but I’ve managed to not write anything about or to Joe since Alex Durkee called me about Joe’s accident. It’s been hard because there is so much I wanted to say, but wanted to say to Joe. I enjoy reading all of the Guestbook messages each day; it makes me so happy to know that so many others feel as I do about Joe. It was a good decision for the doctors to restrict visits to family only—the number of “visits” to his support page tell of the love for Joe, and I believe that each of the 9,317 “visits” would have been ten thousand people going to Joe if the doctors had allowed it.

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Meeting John Irving

The following occurred between Wednesday, May 9, 2012 and Sunday May 13, 2012.

Last weekend I had an amazing and unbelievable experience. I met with John Irving—here is how it happened.

Wednesday, May 9 was an average day—I was at work sitting at my desk and working on the same things I normally do; drinking the same beverage I do; seeing the same buildings outside of my window that I see every day. I then received a message from my coworker Blava Mac who sent me a URL to a writing contest from The Paris Review: Continue reading


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STC Summit 2012 Presentation: Using Video in Tech Comm

I am excited to be presenting at this year’s STC Summit. Last year I presented in the Beyond the Bleeding Edge session on how technical writers can leverage their skills to contribute to an organization’s social media strategy. An ancillary benefit to attending the conference was that I met Ben Johnson. Proof that STC member networking works, Continue reading


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