Why? Why a Tech Writer? What made you decide to take this step?
I've been getting this a lot lately. =) Some people say that it makes total sense that I would go and do something like that. A lot of people want to know why.
Mostly because I see the need.
We have an awesome off-site Tech Writer, but that's really not enough. We're trying to hire an on-site, full-time one right now. But we somehow keep getting the candidates that act like they're too good for us.
Maybe it's an employee's market right now for Tech Writers. Maybe we were just unlucky enough to get the assholes. Maybe it's something about the way the job postings are worded. I wasn't a part of that hiring process, so I really don't know. But I do know that there's an increasing pile of documentation, manuals and such that need to be done.
I see it as valuable experience.
I'd like to be able to empathize with the Technical Writing Group of the IT Team and gain insight as to what Tech Writers need from the rest of the team. Documentation is a very important part of the process, but it doesn't seem to have a lot of presence here.
It's a corner that I haven't poked in. I've had a job in almost every role on the IT/software development team. Technical Writing was just something that I've never tried.
I also enjoy writing.
I never thought I would actually like writing because highschool English was such a miserable experience for me. It's definitely not my passion and I know I'm not the least bit creative. I feel like saying that I enjoy writing on my own terms, but that's really not it either. I am able to write to specific requirements which is what I have always done at Work.
I'm not sure I can explain this.
I obviously do love to write English prose, on some level, evidenced by the last six years of keeping this journal and randomly gabbing. If I didn't love to write and didn't think I could do it, I wouldn't have asked to help Work out as a Tech Writer.