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Interview with an Online Technical Writer

This is a true story as told to LatPro.com, the worldwide leader in providing online employment resources for Hispanic and bilingual professionals. LatPro is the largest diversity employment site in the U.S. and the most complete personal career advancement service for Latino and bilingual professionals. I am a consultant technical writer in the transportation industry, and have worked in this field for the past 32 years. Currently, I am reviewing and editing maintenance documentation for commuter railroad cars. This documentation can take the form of descriptive information about what is being maintained, procedures about how to maintain this equipment, and parts lists of what would have to be replaced or repaired. The work itself is very detail oriented. The maintenance procedures are especially important as the safety of the maintenance workers is dependent upon how well the procedures are written. Most people I have met do not seem to have a clue as to what a technical writer actually does. There are so many facets to technical writing that it is easy to be misunderstood. I could be writing about Navy airplanes or financial software, and everything in between. I have always loved what I do, so I would definitely rate...
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10 Easy Proofreading Methods to Help Ensure Your Blog Posts are Flawless

Even the most experienced writers proofread their work before publishing it. The same should be true for blog posts. If elements of your posts are grammatically incorrect or filled with misspellings, no one will consistently want to read your blog. The following are 10 easy proofreading methods to help ensure your blog posts are flawless: Give yourself some distance. Instead of proofreading your posts immediately after you complete them, take some time to do something else. If you can put some physical distance between you and your work, such as walking away from your computer, that's even better. Separating yourself from your work will allow you to examine your work with fresh eyes when you return. Read your work out loud. Often, your ears will hear mistakes that your eyes miss. Hearing your work read out loud can help you identify awkward phrases as well as words you may have accidentally repeated. When in doubt, check it out. Are you unsure if it's “Queen's English” or “King's English” (both are correct, by the way, depending on who was in power at the time)? Instead of guessing, use the power of the Internet and double-check if phrases, rules of English, sayings, etc. are correct when...
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Want a Bad Website? Here's How...

Most know that it's crucial for a business to have a website, but why do so many businesses go to the effort of having websites, but bad ones? Sure it takes time to design and run a site, and it also takes money unless you're able to barter for services, but a poorly designed or poorly managed website can actually hurt your business. Here are a few of the biggest mistakes that businesses should take care to avoid... Fancy without foundation. Look, you can have all the bells and whistles in the world but it won't make a lick of difference if you've overlooked a solid foundation. If you have a physical storefront it should be very easy to find your pertinent information such as location, phone number and days and hours of operation. Think this sounds simplistic? Plenty of businesses fail in this regard. You can also have the latest social media trackers and widgets galore but if you have to choose between the two skip flashy gimmicks and instead invest in a solid writer and photographer for your web content. Seriously, you could have the best product in the world but if you are describing them in pedestrian terms...
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