I'd Rather Be Writing Podcast

By Tom Johnson

A technical writing podcast about the latest trends and practices in the field of technical communication. Technical communication includes topics like technical writing (software help), information architecture, usability, API documentation, information design, web design, illustration, DITA, structured authoring, visual communication, and more. If you're a technical writer or interested in technical writing, this is the one of few podcasts in this niche. I also have a blog at https://idratherbewriting.com where the podcasts and other blog topics are published.

  1. 1.
    Videocast: Micro content and Flare -- Conversation with Kate Schneider
    31:04
  2. 2.
    The story behind Document360 -- podcast with founder Saravana Kumar
    32:11
  3. 3.
    Playing a product design role as a content designer -- podcast with Jonathon Colman
    46:20
  4. 4.
    A tip for doc reviews -- bring a list of questions
    8:57
  5. 5.
    Developer portal strategies for complex landscapes -- conversation with Kristof van Tomme
    52:24
  6. 6.
    API the Docs recording: How Trends in API Documentation Differ from other Tech Comm Trends
    32:01
  7. 7.
    WTD Australia event recording -- 'Remote discussion: Techcomm in the times of pandemic'
    1:10:46
  8. 8.
    Are technical writers increasingly playing non-technical roles? Some thoughts on the evolution of technical writing roles
    26:55
  1. 9.
    Podcast: Users as producers of knowledge -- conversation with Nupoor Ranade about how tech writer roles are changing
    50:06
  2. 10.
    Webinar recording: How Trends in API Documentation Differ from other Tech Comm Trends
    59:01
  3. 11.
    Introduction to API documentation - Recording from Los Angeles API documentation workshop
    1:28:07
  4. 12.
    Podcast: How Paligo is filling a niche in the CCMS market for complex documentation, with Anders Svensson
    51:34
  5. 13.
    Podcast with Andrew Davis: Hiring API doc writers -- an inside look at fixing broken processes
    55:10
  6. 14.
    From API docs to developer portals
    32:28
  7. 15.
    Podcast: API Design and Usability with Arnaud Lauret (API Handyman)
    54:38
  8. 16.
    Podcast: Dealing with Project Overload -- Strategies to Manage Overflowing Documentation Tasks
    20:06
  9. 17.
    Podcast: 10 myths about API documentation
    31:53
  10. 18.
    Recording of Tech Comm Trends Presentation (STC Puget Sound chapter)
    1:26:49
  11. 19.
    Crash course in API documentation -- a one-hour video
    58:03
  12. 20.
    Corporate exodus narratives: A close look at the tension between the corporation and academia
    27:51
  13. 21.
    Recording and slides for my trends presentation at the Symposium for Communicating Complex Information (SCCI)
    42:01
  14. 22.
    How to become a 10X technical writer in the workplace
    23:51
  15. 23.
    How to motivate users to provide feedback: Show that you're listening to their input
    9:47
  16. 24.
    Site analytics from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2018 -- are more engineers writing docs now?
    33:34
  17. 25.
    Recording for Menlo Park API documentation workshop now available -- and some thoughts on using cardioid versus omnidirectional microphones for recording
    11:04
  18. 26.
    New post in Simplifying Complexity series -- Principle 11: Be both a generalist and specialist at the same time
    1:02:10
  19. 27.
    How to avoid being a secretary for engineers
    27:15
  20. 28.
    Upcoming full-day API documentation workshop in Menlo Park
    1:08
  21. 29.
    Preferring technical acuity over specialized knowledge
    13:07
  22. 30.
    If writing is no longer a marketable skill, what is?
    25:34
  23. 31.
    My conflicted thoughts about the decentralized web (while taking the Census of Technical Communicators survey)
    24:44
  24. 32.
    Articulating stories that influence product adoption (new article in Simplifying Complexity series)
    43:18
  25. 33.
    The relationship between academics and practitioners -- Podcast with Kirk St. Amant
    56:21
  26. 34.
    Reducing the complexity of technical language (new article in Simplifying Complexity series)
    43:28
  27. 35.
    Evaluating the user experience of documentation -- Podcast with Bob Watson
    58:18
  28. 36.
    Recording of API documentation workshop in Denver
    3:51:12
  29. 37.
    Recording of STC San Francisco presentation: Beyond mere endpoint reference — the overlooked content in API documentation
    59:48
  30. 38.
    Recording of OpenAPI and Swagger presentation (for STC and WTD San Diego)
    1:01:44
  31. 39.
    Recording of WTD South Bay presentation: Publishing tools for API documentation
    1:05:20
  32. 40.
    How to become a voracious reader
    6:58
  33. 41.
    How do you communicate user progress in a course without a Learning Management System (LMS)?
    14:21
  34. 42.
    Intro to API Documentation -- recording of presentation to STC Silicon Valley chapter on 11/20/2017
    1:05:03
  35. 43.
    SwaggerHub: A collaborative platform for working on OpenAPI/Swagger specification files, and more
    16:47
  36. 44.
    Has plain language deepened or ruined our delight in language?
    18:06
  37. 45.
    Discoveries and realizations while walking down the Docs-as-Code path
    23:58
  38. 46.
    Why Stack Overflow's Documentation effort failed -- a few thoughts from a technical writer's perspective
    12:08
  39. 47.
    Tech docs and Agile: Alternatives to integrating into engineering Scrums (Part 2)
    31:07
  40. 48.
    Tech docs and Agile: Problems with integrating tech writers into engineering Scrums (Part 1)
    35:03
  41. 49.
    Why simple language isn't so simple: the struggle to create plain language in documentation
    30:11
  42. 50.
    When the pain of ignorance exceeds the pain of learning
    17:51

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