Category Archives: Technical Writing

Getting Inspiration When Blogging

It’s often really hard to just launch into writing a blog. Beyond the possible technical challenges, there’s also the inevitable questions like “what do I write about?”, “what should I sound like?”, “will anyone even read this junk?”…. I find one of the best ways to get inspiration, ideas, and hopefully peace of mind, is to read other blogs. Don’t copy them, but pick out what you like and don’t like about them. What works? What doesn’t work? But ensure you use your own voice in your blog.

For some ideas, you can take a look at this list that a colleague at BCIT and I developed for the recent Tech Writing Alumni Lunch:

For Business/Writing:

For Pleasure:

Whether you learn from good blogs or bad, don’t let anything stop you from just going for it!

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A New Term

Hi everyone,

If you’re checking in for the first time, welcome to the Writing for the Web blog. You can check in for updates, posts, and assignment information. There is a full course outline available on MyBCIT (and it includes the textbook information too).

Feel free to post any comments or questions here on the blog, or via email (you can reach me through MyBCIT).

Geraldine

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November 2012 Class Blogroll

As your blog assignments come in, I’ll be updating this list, so keep an eye on it.

Blogroll:

Lilia – http://mindandmachines.wordpress.com/

Sarah – http://curiousvancity.wordpress.com/

Linda – http://lswriting1110.wordpress.com/

Wendy – http://build-your-own-computer-comm1110.blogspot.ca/

Jason – http://nucknation.blogspot.ca/

Stephen – http://stephengraf.blogspot.ca

Shaka – http://dudebumshak.wordpress.com

 

 

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An Oatmeal Thought About Web Content

The Oatmeal is one of my favourite websites and I thought today’s latest comic was really apt for our class:

Link to Oatmeal Comic on Web Content

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Blogroll of the Brave

Take a look at the web writing expertise of your classmates:

http://clopezdemunain.wordpress.com/

http://veggieinvancouver.wordpress.com

http://prettyinvancity.wordpress.com/

http://hausmirabelleblog.wordpress.com/

http://looseballoon.wordpress.com/

(I’ll be updating this list as I receive all the blog URLS and permission to share them)

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What exactly are breadcrumbs?

Web Breadcrumbs - Sign Posts for VisitorsYou may have heard the term ‘breadcrumb’ when it comes to web content and Navigation Design, but do you know what it means?

Just like Hansel and Gretel in the dark forest, if you use breadcrumbs on your site, your visitors (hopefully) won’t get lost and waste time trawling through your site to find the right information. Typically, breadcrumbs consist of horizontal links near the top of your web page to enable readers to go back to previous pages, i.e. they can follow a trail back to their original entry point. Essentially, you’re providing your reader with visual signposts.

As Wikipedia explains, there are three main types of breadcrumbs:

  • Path breadcrumbs: these are dynamic and act as your ‘ route map’ – i.e. they show you the route  you took to get to the page you’re on
  • Location breadcrumbs: these are static and are used to show where the page you are currently on fits into the site’s hierarchy (kind of like an atlas – where do you fit in the grand scheme of things?)
  • Attribute breadcrumbs: these essentially categorize the page you’re on (a lot of e-commerce sites are using this as a way to show product categories, i.e. to encourage you to explore more and to buy more)

Breadcrumbs are a useful way to help guide readers through your website and ensure that they don’t end up in a scary, confusing forest of pages, with no way out…

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Wouldn’t It Be Great if Email Came with This?

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July 31, 2012 · 3:35 pm

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July 31, 2012 · 3:34 pm

10 Principles of Navigation Design (ND): An Article

We’re going to be talking about ND this week, so to whet your appetite, take a read through an article titled 10 Principles Of Navigation Design And Why Quality Navigation Is So Critical. Do you agree? Disagree? If you aren’t too sure yet, take another look at the article after our class and see what you think then.

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Updating the COMM1110 Blog

A new term, a new beginning… and time to update the blog!

I’ll be updating the 1110 blog over the next few days and then adding more information over the course of the new term (11 July-15 August). Check back often to keep track of the changes!

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