Most of my writing career has been focused on words. Lately, I have been learning about the visual aspects of communication. Part of this experience has been due to my participation in Udemy (see my Udemy courses listed over there to the right).
One of the most thrilling discoveries I made in my search for great pictures was Unsplash. Unsplash is a side project of Crew which is “an invite-only community where you meet top freelance designers, developers, or studios to build your next project.”
The remarkable thing about Unsplash is — well there are several remarkable things about it — but one that really stands out is that every 10 days, they send you 10 images that you can use for whatever purpose you want.
And these are truly lovely photos. All the images on this post are from a recent Unsplash set of images. If you are a blogger, you have likely heard that lately, images are the big thing to include in your blog. That and lots of white space.
People need to be able to speed read through the highlights.
About Technical Writing
For me, technical writing began as writing about — well, about — technology. My first technical column was called Net Content. It was the 1990s and it was so easy to write about technology back then. I went to Your Dictionary to see what their definition is. This is it:
“Technical writing is a type of writing where the author is writing about a particular subject that requires direction, instruction, or explanation. This style of writing has a very different purpose and different characteristics than other writing styles such as creative writing, academic writing or business writing.”
Instead of writing about apps, tablets, or Linux, a technical writer could write about mushrooms or skyscrapers or architecture or any number of other topics that calls for direction, instruction, or explanation.
Before I wound down my nonfiction writing, I started using Dr. Andy Williams’ Web Content Studio, which creates extremely web friendly articles. He has a great (free) course on Udemy on using Web Content Studio.
I do still write for a few clients using this tool. I have a lot of old articles stashed away on my backup drive and I have plans to take these and run them through WCS and make them more web friendly.
Off to the right is a photo that symbolizes my retreat to the woods. It is my place of peace, contentment, and recommitment to living healthy.
I modified one of the photos and used it as a post on Facebook. This has become the mantra for my life. Given that I have written so often about technology and the great advances that good technology makes in a person’s life, it seems that I might be hypocritical in now talking about having fewer wants.
I’ll be exploring this in future posts.