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Writing "Gud" & Getting Noticed by Documentarian Recruiters

  • Jul 8, 2014 · 6:30 PM

We're back! After a long hiatus, we're reviving Write the Docs meetups in the Bay Area. We have more organizers, more dedication, and more zeal to make WTD happen on a regular basis. If you're interested in organizing meetups, ping us

Tagged is hosting

Tagged has graciously offered to host us from 6:30-8:30 pm Tuesday, July 8th. They'll provide refreshments and a beautiful space in the Financial District.

Speaker details

We have two awesome speakers for this meetup. 

Swizec Teller  – How to Write Gud

You're a writer. Emails, Twitter, Facebook, texts. Everyone writes. Documentarians write even more.

But writing well is hard. And it takes time. People tell you there's rules, but there ain't. Language is flexible and people only remember how you made them feel. Nobody cares what you said, at least not five days from now.

Just don't make a typo, the internet will eat you alive.

Over the years I've written 924,180 words as my morning practice alone. Let me show you what I've learned.

Andrew Davis – Leveraging LinkedIn to Get Noticed

LinkedIn opens up a universe of professional opportunities, but it’s seldom used to best effect. With over 300 million members in over 200 countries, and two new members joining each second, it’s the social network no one seeking work – or workers – can afford to ignore.

Technology workers can quickly find out who needs their services, and which skills they’ll need tomorrow, by following companies, participating in groups, and watching job postings. Unlike its rival services and the job boards, LinkedIn connects you with those who are accountable.

This presentation will show you how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, get timely answers and insider opinions, network with peers worldwide, hunt for work efficiently, and never be invisible again.

• Expand your sphere of influence and network of potential collaborators
• Cull potential employers/clients and employees/contractors, focusing only on the promising ones
• Direct queries only to well-informed, accountable resources
• Learn quickly who knows what, then learn who they know who can help you
• Focus on results, not promises

At least a hundred new members have joined LinkedIn since you started reading this. Are you sure none of them are worth knowing?

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  • Swizec T.

    Bought a new tech book and I had to share the first paragraph. It instantly lets me know the book is at least 200 pages longer than it needs to be (600 page book)

    "I’ve become somewhat numb to all of the JavaScript libraries and frameworks being released on a seemingly daily basis. While the ability to choose from a variety of libraries and frameworks is a good thing, including too many scripts in an application can be a bad thing for maintenance – at least in my opinion. I’ve always been concerned about the dependencies that are created as more and more scripts are added into an application and often longed for a single script (or two) that could provide the core functionality I wanted."

    This is what I was talking about. Don't write like this :)

    July 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hmmmmm. Now I wonder what I missed because I like that opening paragraph (the original).

      But then, I'm a programmer and I know what I like to read. :-)

      1 · July 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just FYI, that paragraph quoted above is para 1 of the Foreword in the Introduction. As is usually the case, the foreword wasn't written by the author of the book.

      July 14, 2014

  • Richard M.

    How about:

    Too many scripts can create dependencies that make maintaining an application hard.

    1 · July 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      How? Why? What are your reasons?

      July 14, 2014

  • Richard M.

    The links to Andrew's and Swizec's notes both work fine. Thanks.

    July 10, 2014

  • Nikolas B.

    Andrew's Notes: http://go.shr.lc/1omCV3C

    I'm new to organizing, so I don't yet know if WTD has an official file-distribution method, but this should work. Let me know if it doesn't.

    (Sorry about the delay with this. I didn't leave work until 10:30 PM last night. #techprivilege #techduty)

    July 10, 2014

  • Swizec T.

    Slides for my talk: https://speakerdeck.com/swizec/how-to-write-gud

    Although they probably worked better with the live hand-wavy action.

    July 9, 2014

  • Richard M.

    Any notes on the meeting? I had a conflict and couldn't make it

    July 9, 2014

    • Andrew D.

      I shared my speaker's notes (22pp worth) and related materials with Nik, who promised to push them out to whomever is interested later today.

      July 9, 2014

  • Cheryl

    Thanks to Nik and TAGGED for hosting! Great space.

    July 9, 2014

  • Riley V.

    Reinforced many "old school" technical writing principles.

    July 9, 2014

  • Frank M. P.

    Apologies, been working late and the CalTrain ride from Mountain View to SF and back is a bit too much.

    July 4, 2014

    • Nikolas B.

      No problem, Frank! Transit takes an emotional toll on all of us.

      July 7, 2014

  • Cheryl

    Under the Header for this event it says 6:30-8:30. In the description of the event it says 6:00-8:00. So.....?

    July 3, 2014

    • Matt N.

      Documentation bug! Good catch. The event start/finish times were moved ahead a half hour after the initial announcement. I'll see if I can get that discrepancy fixed.

      July 4, 2014

    • Nikolas B.

      In case there's any lingering confusion, the official start time is 6:30 PM. :)

      July 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I emailed to pitch an idea and volunteer but no one has responded afaik (or it dropped into my Junkmail and got deleted.)

    June 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Done.

      June 24, 2014

  • Richard M.

    I'd love to attend again, but most Tuesdays I have a conflict.

    June 17, 2014

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