This year I encountered the phrase “career dysmorphia”. I think I have this! Ever since going freelance, I have struggled to value my own achievements and see how much I’ve grown. I find that writing these yearly wrap-ups help me to see that I’ve worked HARD all year.
- Continued with TYPO3 Association as a Community Member.
- Contributed in the Content Team as an editor and writer.
- Was less active this year in the Documentation Team.
The Good Docs project
- Rejoined this project as a Steering Committee member, and contributed across a number of working groups
- Created the Core Strategy for the project. (This effort was sponsored by OSP).
- Helped establish the blog and wrote some posts.
- Joined the Template Style working group and helped audit the templates as a member of the style task force.
- Handled social media for Twitter and LinkedIn.
Writing & Editing
I leaned into editing this year. Here’s what I did:
- Joined the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd)
- Tested myself with the IPEd sample exams (I may sit the accreditation exam next time around).
- Took the Udemy course, Editing Mastery: How To Edit Writing To Perfection by Shani Raja.
- Read and listened to as many editing resources as I could.
- Started writing about editing on Hashnode. (which I decomissioned in August, 2023)
- Broadened my editor network on LinkedIn. I reached out to folks, created connections, responded to posts and was generally more present and active there.
- Engaged more on Twitter with the hashtash #amediting.
- Created the #tech-editing channel on Write the Docs.
- Wrote about the OSP editing codes.
- Failed an editing trial and subsequently discovered where my strengths lie.
- Discovered Foster. Joined as a contributor and hope to be more involved in the collective during 2023.
I wrote a lot more this year.
- Wrote more posts on my own site about tech writing and web3.
- Got published in code:words on Medium.
- Got featured by Hashnode.
- Joined the effort to co-write (with an impressive bunch of tech writers) the 2nd edition of the popular book, Technical Writing Process, by Kieran Morgan.
I made some recordings to become more comfortable speaking in front of the camera. I’m still trying to find my authentic voice. I know it’s in there somewhere!
I consume a lot of content and often find connections between different things. I made one video about that - on the topic of tech writing portfolios. The first of many such videos?
I wanted to record real-time reviews of other people’s writing. I ended up concentrating on just a few key writing principles per post, and these turned into ‘positivity passes’. I created a series called blogstars.
- Evaluated submissions for the Write the Docs Australia conference. I also volunteered on the conference committee - managing the Writing Day
- activities. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to help out again next year.
- Got accepted to speak at the next IPEd conference.
- Discovered the Everything Open conference happening in Melbourne next year.
- Created (with help from my colleagues at OSP) a handy one-pager for podcasts and events.
Open Strategy Partners
I spent another year working with Open Strategy Partners. I continued to learn about communication strategy, said hello and goodbye to some great colleagues, and enjoyed working in the space of authentic comms.