I’ve been musing about Write the Docs, and how it fits into an already busy space for us technical writers. The result of the musings is this blog post:
Here’s an extract from the post, for easy access:
For me, Write the Docs differs from the more formal organisations in that it’s an informal community of people interested in technical documentation. The heart of the community is a series of meetups that happen in various parts of the world. There are also a few annual conferences. You don’t need to join an organisation – you just join a meetup, and then turn up.
Write the Docs is focused on documentation, rather than on technical writing. The community explicitly welcomes anyone with an interest in technical documentation. This includes technical writers, engineers, UX designers, support engineers, editors, and more.
The primary focus of Write the Docs meetups is API docs and developer tools, but other types of tech docs are becoming popular too. It’s up to us, the members of the community, to decide what we talk about.
So, for me, there’s a place for both types of organisation, even in a community of writers as small as Sydney or Melbourne. My aims are to share knowledge, learn, meet people, and spread good cheer.
I hope to see many people at Write the Docs Australia, on Thursday 3 November!